Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Battle Test: H2O Audio

    Having lived in New Orleans forever, I have a handful of friends who work in aquatic settings–Divers, fishermen, etc. I’ve had quite a few requests from them for advice on which case to use for their beloved DAPs while working. It took a bit of scouring, but I eventually found H2O Audio, a company that makes rugged, waterproof cases that are precisely suitable for the environments… Read More

  • Sony Unleashes New DVD/CD Rewritable Drives

    <img src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/CD drives based on its 12th gen optical storage technology. Three of the drives will supplement the 830 series. The drives will write at 18x DVD±R, which can fill al 4.7GB 16x DVD±R disc in five minutes. The internal DRU-830A and the external DRX-830U will come bundled with Nero 7 and are compatible with Windows. The… Read More

  • OS X Market Share Actually Falling. Wha?

    This is quite interesting. A market study shows that from the period of April 2006 to August 2006, Mac OS’s market share actually fell from 4.33% to 3.71%. And from the entire year of September 2005 to August 2006, its share went from 3.74% to 3.71%. That means it actually grew to its peak of 4.35% in December, but gradually went down as the year progressed. What’s also interesting… Read More

  • Windows Vista's Choose Your Own Adventure UI


    If you weren’t aware, Microsoft’s Windows Vista has all of four different standard UI “themes” you can choose depending on your graphics card’s ability and amount of system RAM. Someone was bored enough to take screenshots of all four UIs and post them for a comparison. Which one looks the best? We’ll have to say Aero Glass, thanks to its transparency… Read More

  • Microsoft's Soapbox Joins YouTube, Google Video

    According to a Microsoft employee’s blog, Microsoft’s YouTube competitor, Soapbox, may just be launching today. The service, added to Microsoft’s Live initiative, is an internet video offering that lets users upload 100MB files in various formats. One difference between this and YouTube is that Soapbox will autodetect your browser, and if you’re using IE, it will… Read More

  • How to Never Lose at Roulette Again

    In the UK, gamblers are rushing to buy a £1,000 ($1,879) device that allows them to win at roulette. How does it work? Well, the gadget is made up of a time recorder, a hidden computer and an earpiece. It’s a “predictive device”, rather than a device that actually cheats directly. It’s somewhere along the lines of an aid that helps you count cards, but in this case… Read More

  • Xbox Live Features TGS And XO6

    Starting September 20th, Xbox Live has an answer for all of us game junkies who can’t afford to fly to Japan for the Tokyo Game Show. The Xbox Live community will be able to download tons of video game demos, videos and more stuff featured at TGS 06. That’s not all either: Xbox Live will also give users access to X06, which takes place in Barcelona, Spain. We’ve had this… Read More

  • Programmatically Fetch iTunes Album Art

    Pretty cool little hack. Jesper Nøhr created a perl library – and others have created Python and PHP versions – of a system to grab iTunes album art on the fly for almost any application. As an exercise for you, our readers, we encourage you to post links to amazing scripts you’ve written using this API. We might even make it a contest, so get cracking. Everyone is asleep… Read More

  • iSoundCap – Put Your iPod Nano In Your Hat

    Want to carry your iPod Nano along but think an arm-band or a necklace is too high-class for you? Then might we interest you in the $29.99 iSoundCap, a baseball cap with a slot in the back for an iPod Nano. The cap includes a sleeve for the iPod, a spool for the wires, and a white flare design on the bill. Just check out this lovely lady on the left for an example of how the iSoundCap will… Read More

  • Banksy's Paris Jam

    This isn’t quite gadgety, but it’s great video. This is artist Banksy’s jam on Paris Hilton’s new album, I Do Not Have an Anus, in which he places 500 disks with his own modified CD and booklet into stores around England. Great prank, even better social commentary. Video of Banksy’s Paris Hilton Jam [WoosterCollective] Read More

  • USB Card Reader with TV-Out

    <img src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/MS Pro), but also has a TV out function. Why? To display your pictures on your TV in case your camera doesn't have that ability. Unfortunately the device only supports JPEGs and not video, but has a 3×3 preview screen, slideshow, and works on NTSC as well as PAL. Rotate and zooming also supported, for some… Read More

  • Motorola to Acquire Symbol Technologies

    Motorola announced today that it would buy Symbol Technologies Inc. for $3.9 billion. The move will position Moto as the world’s largest seller of hand held bar-code scanners. The companies have had a close relationship for years, so this isn’t too much of a surprise. Nevertheless, the acquisition could beef up Motorola and aid their run at taking cell market dominance from Nokia. Read More

  • Crazy Newegg Deals – 99 Cent Promotion

    Newegg has an internal promotion going on right now, offering various small electronics for $0.99 after rebate. Some things were pretty cheap already, but at $0.99 you can afford to stock up on a few in case the ones you’re using now break. The items include a 2 gigabit ethernet adapter, Bluetooth dongle, USB 2.0 802.11b/g WiFi adapter, PCI Wireless Adapter, powered wireless antenna… Read More

  • The Temple of Nod Mod

    I don’t know what’s weirder: the fact that some of you geeks spend hours modding the cases of PCs that will be obsolete in 18 months, or that there isn’t a reality TV show on Bravo dedicated to it yet. Some case mods are just insane, and this, of the Temple of Nod from Command and Conquer, really is impressive. I tried my hand at model making about twenty years ago. It was… Read More

  • Key Finder Thing

    versions and shows you which keys it found on your disk. Might be a good way to backup your info, as necessary, and keep things on the legal.You could also potentially go into Best Buy, pop out your USB key, rock some warez. Retrieve Serial Numbers or CD Keys from your computer [Raymond] Read More

  • Creative Zen Vision:M Now $249

    Creative’s iPod competitor, the 30GB hard drive-based Zen Vision:M is now $249, down from $299. Wait, wasn’t another 30GB player also lowered from $299 to $249 recently? The ePod? iPard? We forget the name. In any case, this player is pretty decent for the people who want an alternative to the most popular MP3 player out there. You can even save another $15 when you buy it on… Read More

  • CrunchRace 2000

    You did it! We’ve hit 2000 comments. The race has spanned about a week and has racked up over 1000 comments. You’re all winners, but only one of you gets a Nano. And that person is Brooke who will receive a shiny new first-gen 4GB iPod Nano. We’ll be in touch shortly with details on how to claim your Nano. Special thanks to Apple for providing the prize. Now that the contest… Read More

  • Lost Your Cellphone? It Can Scream For You

    Ok, we’re not sure exactly how (or if) this works, but Synchronica has developed a way to make your stolen cellphone scream. And when we say scream, we mean scream. If you’re a customer of their Mobile Manager software, and your phone is stolen or lost, you can have them activate the theft feature. It locks your phone, deletes all personal information you’ve flagged as… Read More

  • T-Mobile Wins FCC Bandwidth Auction, Ready to Play

    Oh good gonanzas! Holy Zeta-Joneses! T-Mobile, you sneaky guys, you! What did they do, you ask? They went and bought tons of digital 3G PCS spectrum, sitting on the 1700MHz range like you knew what was coming. Read More

  • MacBook Update By Hanukkah?

    I’m not Jewish, but I certainly would love to play eDreidel on a refreshed MacBook Pro. It seems Apple is coming out with Intel Core 2 Duo MacBooks in a few months with an estimated Thanksgiving launch, just in time for the holidays. This could coincide – dare we say it – with the touchscreen, WiFi/Bluetooth iPod launch that has been floating around the Webernetic Mesh… Read More