Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • 3jam Text Service Lets You Bug All Your Friends Simultaneously

    The SMS-based 3jam service lets you send a text to one number, which then gets multicast to everyone in that “group”. They’re free to use right now, and normal text messages still apply. But it’s one text per group, despite however many members you have in the group. There’s no obvious money-making model here right now, though there’s a great money-losing one. Read More

  • Core 2 Duo iMacs Shipping With pre-802.11n WiFi Cards?

    According to people who’ve installed Windows Vista on their new Core 2 Duo iMacs, the Microsoft OS identifies the wireless card as a Broadcom 802.11n Network Adapter. If that’s true, it means Apple’s shipping pre-N gear without enabling it in OS X, something probably coming in the future via an update. There’s also been speculation that the Apple iTV set-top-box is… Read More

  • Kenpo's Spring Line of iPod Jackets

    Keep your iPod snug and protected while you’re out in the elements with this Kenpo iPod Jacket line for 2007. Available in various colors, but one style, the Jackets have iPod controls on the left sleeve so you can manage playback while concealing your player from the world. Useful for public transportation, the bad side of town, and public transportation through the bad side of… Read More

  • Smack Talk Talks Smack

    Alright, we know that one of the best things about playing online on Xbox 360 is telling someone how you “wtf? pwned” them. It’s like instant gratification. Digital Innovations has capitalized on this idea and created the GameDR Smack Talk, a device that talks smack with the push of a button. The Smack Talk plugs into the headphone jack of your Xbox 360 controller (it has its… Read More

  • Hauppauge's WinTV-HVR-950

    The WinTV-HVR-950, released by Hauppauge, is an easy-to-install USB2 receiver that lets you watch HDTV on the go. The WinTV-HVR-950 features analog cable TV, ATSC HD digital TV (the standard HD for North America), Hauppauge’s WinTV2000 application to watch and record TV in small or full screen and WinTV-Scheduler that lets you set recording times. The receiver also comes with an antenna… Read More

  • Sony Starts Interactive Commercials

    With all the ad-skipping PVRs out there, Sony has decided to start making interactive commercials for viewers who own PVRs. The commercial is actually for Sony’s Bravia televisions and offers viewers two pick one of two different endings – one for male and one for female. The question here is: Will interactive commercials actually get people to watch Sony’s commercials? Read More

  • Free Digital Life Tickets

    We’ve got some hot free tickets to the Digital Life in New York in October. If you’re in town, we’re planning a Meet-up for that week so we’ll keep you informed. Otherwise, visit this site and enter the code “INSIDER.” Please comment if you think you’d be interested in joining some CrunchGear editors for an evening of fun and frivolity in a Manhattan bar. Read More

  • Game On Comes Home

    Game On is the first major UK exhibition that lets the audience review the culture and history of video games. The video game exhibition has taken place in several different locations over the years including the most of Europe, Israel, Chicago, San Jose, Seattle and is now returning home to London. Game On doesn’t only showcase the new and upcoming games like most exhibitions and… Read More

  • TGS 06: Sony Debuts PSP GPS

    For the first time ever, the PSP’s new GPS receiver was out in the public at the Sony booth at Tokyo Game Show. According to Gamespot, there was no touching and no photography allowed of the actual GPS receiver. Gamespot also got some stats on the peripheral: The receiver is extremely compact at less than two square inches (45mm x 41mm x 17mm), meaning it’s a little bigger than… Read More

  • Canon Launches Portable Media Storage Devices

    Canon, makers of many things digital camera-centric, has launched a couple of new portable digital storage devices aimed squarely at photographers. More than just hard drives with batteries, the M30 and M80 feature a full-color LCD screen for previewing images, digital image zooming, SD and CF card slots, and even a headphone jack for MP3 playback. The internal hard drives are at 30GB and… Read More

  • IOGEAR Germ-Free Mouse Free Of Germs

    Yes! IOGEAR has finally made it safe to lick your friend’s mouse. That is of course if they are using the $39.95 Germ Free Wireless Laser Mouse, also to be known by its far-catchier name, the GME227RW6. The mouse has a Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) and Silver (Ag) nano-particle compound on its surface that deactivates enzymes and proteins preventing bacteria, virus, fungi, and algae from… Read More

  • 1 Million For Wii

    Ron Bertram, vice president and general manager of Nintendo of Canada, has stated that one million Wii consoles will be available for the North American launch on November 19. Previously, Nintendo has stated that they will have four million units shipped out before the end of the year, but never announced where the consoles would be available. Along with the consoles, Nintendo has stated that… Read More

  • PlayStation 3 Games Get Pricey

    . That’s a good move for Sony, as the Wii from Nintendo is poised to launch at under $300. What’s not so hot, however, is news that PlayStation 3 games could cost as much as $75 to $84 at launch. Besides the known problems plaguing the new PlayStation, including feature-creep and delays, the costs of developing games for the system is higher–due, in part, to the Cell… Read More

  • Study: If Vibration Feedback Makes Gamers Happy, Sony Makes Gamers Sad

    I like a good, numbing vibration in my console gaming experience as much as the next person, but I can’t say that the absence of force feedback would disappoint me or keep me from buying a PS3. Apparently I’m in the minority though according to a study released by Ipsos Insight. The survey-based marketing research company questioned 1,075 console gamers aged 18+ on their intent to… Read More

  • WinXP As House: Discuss

    , only occasionally fires of a strongly worded column against a particularly egregious example of crapitude. That’s what makes this article in the WaPo especially interesting. It’s basically a recap of Windows XP that says: You can think of Windows XP as a house with a second floor built of spackle, wood filler and duct tape. Gua! He’s going to lose his access from… Read More

  • New Walkmanified Sony-Ericsson at Cingular

    Cingular added today a new Sony-Ericsson Walkman phone to its website as “currently available”. The W300i is a fairly feature-packed phone at a reasonably good price. It features Bluetooth, a 640 x 480 camera, video playback, access to MSN, Yahoo!, and AIM messengers, external speakers, and, of course, Walkman music playback with Memory Stick Micro expansion. The clamshell also… Read More

  • Joel Johnson Launches Dethroner

    and we insist that you add him as well – I personally consider him my blogging mentor and one of the funniest guys on the Internet. Read More

  • Samsung SDC-MS21

    Samsung might be the busiest company I can think of. It seems as if they drop a new product every day. Today we get another new camera, the SDC-MS21. This new unit features 6MP, a 2.5-inch screen, ISO 1600, MP3 playback, SD card and 640 x 480 video. Not as nice as the NV3 review unit I received a few days ago, but it looks like it’ll get the job done. Expect that NV3 review later… Read More

  • Lucky And Flo Are Coming For You, Digital Pirate

    The war on CD and DVD pirates continues today with the MPAA’s introduction of two Labradors named Lucky and Flo. I kid you not. They have trained these dogs to sniff out the polycarbonate used to burn discs. The problem, for the time being, is that they will alert their handlers to any and all CDs and DVDs they sniff, legal or not. They don’t know the difference. The MPAA is hoping… Read More

  • The Skype Mouse Makes Its Entrance

    There’s something about this new Skype mouse from Sysgration that just makes me want to bang my head against my keyboayrd, but the Inquirer had a chance to play around with it, and they said that: This is certainly a fun product. It works well as a mouse and it works well as a Skype phone, offering a decent-quality sound and a lot of options. We don’t yet know the price but it… Read More