The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Elecom Releases Bar-Code Reading Mouse

    During my many years of service as an IT guy in Lousiana, I had a lot of experience with bar code readers. From high-end Symbol handhelds to low-end pen readers (man, I hate pen readers), I’ve seen them all. One thing that has never made sense to me is why they’re not incorporated into more technology. It’s a simple enough piece of machinery, it seems only logical that it… Read More

  • Camera Lemons

    Point and shoots can be pretty dicey. If they’re good, they’re adequate. If they’re bad, they’re vile. DigitalCamera-HQ rounds up the worst including the “6-megapixel” Option E10 which was just an interpolated 2-megapixel and the Polaroid PDC-5080 which is an even worse pack of lies. Watch for our upcoming camera holiday round ups, but until then, suck on… Read More

  • Face-Tracking Cellphones Coming Soon

    FotoNation has created a face tracking system for cellphones that keeps your mug in the frame with a minimum of fuss. It works with Symbian Series 60 and Windows Mobile 5.0, meaning that the software fits onto most smaller platforms. It aids in focus, exposure, and color balance and can also crop out faces in scenes automatically. It’s not out in the wild yet, but it’s available… Read More

  • T-Mobile HotSpot @ Home Hands On

    Just launched (only) in Seattle, T-Mobile HotSpot @ Home is a service that lets you switch your call from cellular to WiFi both seamlessly and invisibly. The service comes with a T-mobile Linksys Router and a Samsumg UMA (Unlicensed Mobile Access) phone which allows you to use WiFi for calling when you’re at home. The plan costs $19.99 a month on top of whatever you’re paying for… Read More

  • Rumor: Best Buy Locks Out Employees From PS3s

    Hot on the heels of the rumor that EB Games is watching for employee auctions of PS3/Wii consoles on eBay, we’ve got a rumor that Best Buy is preventing their employees from buying a PS3. Period. Not just eBaying them, buying them. A Best Buy mole says: Not even if we stand outside in line overnight like everyone else. I’m heading up employee training for the new consoles at… Read More

  • Sony Releases CD Walkman – Wha?

    How about a round of applause for Sony for inventing the time machine! From what we hear, they’ve gone back in time to 1997, picked up a bunch of Sony engineers, brought them to 2006, and gave them all jobs. That’s the only rational explanation for Sony releasing a new CD Walkman. Idiocy aside, the Walkman has a G-Protection system, supports MP3 CDs, and is round. If the CD players… Read More

  • iLuv i9200 CD Changer with iPod Dock

    More at home in surgery room on Nip/Tuck than in my messy office, the iLuv i9200BLK Speaker set has four vertical loading CDs that look good whether they’re spinning or not. The CD player is compatible with regular CDS, burned CDs, or MP3 CDs, and even has a dock for an iPod. Too good to be true? Perhaps, since the dock supports all recent iPod models and even has a remote control. Read More

  • The Linutop: A Linux Mac Mini

    Coming soon: a Mac Mini-ish Linux computer made for surfing, browsing, and quick internet usage. Pretty much a substitute for older, larger machines at libraries, hotels, hospitals and internet cafes that can’t do much, the Linutop comes with an AMD Geode Processor, 512MB ROM, 256MB RAM, VGA display, and 100 Mbps ethernet. It comes with a flavor of Linux (which one, they don’t… Read More

  • Novatel Gives Sprint EV-DO Revision A USB Dongle

    Now that Sprint is rolling out its badass EV-DO Revision A network, with its mobile Internet access at broadband speeds, many people are going to want to pick up one of those fancy new Rev A compatible PCMCIA or Express Cards for their laptops. But what if they’re one of the millions who own laptops without said card slots? Don’t worry, Novatel has them covered. Its offering up a… Read More

  • HTC Artemis Up Close and Personal

    Dave over at MobilityToday got to play with the HTC Artemis, a GPS-enabled smartphone with FM radio and TomTom Navigator 6
    . It even has a wee squirrel ball, which is fairly cool, and runs Windows Mobile as opposed to Windows Smartphone Edition which makes me throw up a little when I use it. HTC Artemis First Look [MobilityToday] Read More

  • Get Video Onto Your iPod/PSP/Whatever on the Cheap

    to rip your DVDs and convert video for the video iPod, we received a bit of info from our spies in deepest Russia who suggest trying their program, Movavi, to automatically rip and convert video to your iPod. It works with Windows and is considerably easier than waiting around four hours while HandBrake or other programs work their magic. Because the Movavi folks like you all so much… Read More

  • Why You, The Reader, Need This 68 LED Flashlight

    You need this 68-bulb LED flashlight, because you need people to see your light from over a mile away. You need it because it’s waterproof, so you can blind fishes. You need it because it’s ruggedized and because it has low-power consumption, so you can stay outdoors for 100,000 hours, which is good for any gadget nerd. You need it because you like the best in your gear, and… Read More

  • Zune Will Not Pay You Back For Sharing After All

    Do you want to know something we hate? We hate it when there’s a really hot Internet rumor, the kind that gets our attention and makes you, our readers, stand up and take notice, and then it turns out to be total bullshit. Complete rubbish. Well, almost complete.

    We mentioned yesterday that we’ve been hearing buzz about Microsoft’s idea to compensate Zune owners for… Read More

  • Battle Test: Nokia E62 and BH-800

    The Nokia E62 is an interesting little beast. It looks like Motorola Q but it uses Symbian S60 platform rather than Windows Mobile 5. Additionally, the E62 is available on Cingular, so it utilizes EDGE “high speed internet” rather than EV-DO. So far so good. The E62 is not a bad phone. It performs quite while in many of the most important categories. Its reception is clear and it… Read More

  • GPS System With Tri-Band Phone Announced

    This little guy may look like a simple GPS, but do you see that little lit LED light in the top right corner? That’s to let you know that you have an incoming phone call. That’s right, this thing has GPRS 900/1000/1900 and it knows how to use it. The GPS01 by Sunlike International Electronic of Shenzhen also has that dazzling 4-inch TFT screen, a CF Type II card slot, a 28mm… Read More

  • Cingular Nokia N75 Self-Important Musicphone In the Wild

    That’s not just a Nokia N75 in this photo, that’s a Nokia N75 with Cingular branding. Word on the tubes is that Cingy will be getting this 3G clamshell sometime in November. The N75, spotted here in the wild, is a musicphone, one from the line Nokia insists on calling “multimedia computers”, to which we say “whatevs”. Sure, it runs Symbian, so you can load… Read More

  • Imation Wants You To Know Where Your Next-Gen HD Discs Come From

    So you say you’ve heard of these newfangled Blu-ray and HD DVD discs but don’t know what the hell they are or how they are made? Well the crack marketing team over at Imation, the only company in the Americas capable of manufacturing blue-laser recording media, walks you through the “unique manufacturing process, technology and consumer uses of high-definition media” in… Read More

  • CG Staffer Suffers from Sony's Hubris

    In some news earlier, we found out that Sony’s lawsuit against Lik-Sang caused the video game site to shut down completely, refunding its customers of any preorders they had placed. I was unpleasantly greeted with a cancellation of my PS3 preorder earlier today. Here’s the email:
    to raj Dear valued customer, unfortunately, Lik Sang is forced to close its virtual… Read More

  • PS3 Is Good To Go

    Sony’s PlayStation 3 has now gotten the approval of the FCC and is now ready to go. For those of us who can afford the system, we should be expecting a great next gen console coming our way. I now PC fan boys are going to hate me for this, but the PS3 is doing a lot to push the barrier of what gaming consoles can do. When you start to think about it, paying $6,000 for a high-end… Read More

  • Rumor: EB Games Employees May Get Fired Over Ebay Auctions

    EB Games/Gamestop are said to be keeping an eye out on all employees who have the luxury of getting their hands on a Nintendo Wii or PlayStation 3. Apparently the employees are not allowed to sell a console they’ve received through the company on Ebay. I hope this is true — I’d be really disappointed knowing that employees were selling consoles that us gamers will have to… Read More