Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Microsoft Zune Phone Coming Sometime

    As part of the Zune news yesterday, Microsoft announced that a Zune-branded phone was part of its upcoming Zune platform. Chris Stephenson, the general manager for marketing for the Zune, didn’t give any other details on the device. This announcement is interesting, since Apple’s iPhone is supposedly coming in January ’07, so this announcement could just be a “hey… Read More

  • Proporta Shows Off New iPod Cases

    One layer of aluminum not enough for your Nano-needs? Double bag your 8GB bad boy with new Alu-Crystal cases from Proporta. These aluminum cases have a little polycarbonate window for your screen, and hug tightly to your iPod, as you do. But these aren’t the only game in town from Proporta. Oh, no. If bouncy is more your taste, they also offer a softer case apparently named after my… Read More

  • Find Your Neighbor's Default Wireless Router Password

    <img src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/passwords for helping out your friends when they've misplaced theirs, and not for logging into your neighbor's wireless and messing with their settings. The prerequisites for the latter are 1) an open wireless connection, and 2) a real hatred for your neighbors. Just make sure they don't know it was you… Read More

  • Paltalk Tells Xbox Live to Shut Up

    Paltalk is a small company that specializes in server-group messaging. Somehow, they think that Microsoft’s Xbox Live service, which allows multi-player gamers to chat with one another in real time, infringes on a couple of their patents. Not only this, but they’re taking them to trial in East Texas. Why East Texas? Apparently, the district court there is more prone to guilty… Read More

  • HoMedics iCush Reviewed

    We recently got to test out HoMedics new iCush and the verdict is: Good for smaller bedrooms and the younger audience, bad for everyone else. If you’re unfamiliar with what the iCush does, check it out here . Right when you take the chair out of its box you’ll realize that you’re in a world of trouble. For the chair to function properly, you must connect audio cables to… Read More

  • Altec Lansing USB 5.1 Speakers


    Here’s a strange duck. Although Bose is doing this with their Companion line, these Altec Lansing speakers are USB only and include audio in and out but no optical connector. Presumably these speakers use a driver on the PC to smooth out the audio and create the surround-sound effect. It also includes a remote. Priced at $249.95, they’re an interesting idea. Not sure how… Read More

  • Sling Readies OS X Client

    In an interview with the Guardian, Sling Media CEO Blake Krikorian announced that a SlingPlayer for OS X would be available within the next week. He also promised that at least one other OS would be available by year’s end as well. Zatz Not Funny writes that Sling Media has posted job openings seeking coders for Symbian and/or Palm (J2Me), which could indicate the other OS that… Read More

  • Zune in Action

    Not sure why we didn’t get this sooner, but this is the vaunted Zune in action. The UI looks pretty hot but remember what they say about eye-candy. I’m actually pretty excited about this, though. When MS does their research, they do a great job on hardware. Zune Video Upclose [MobilityToday] Read More

  • iTunes 7.0: Apple Gives Will Wheaton Back His iTunes Music

    It appears Star Trek is a very popular show. Actor Will Wheaton – who played Jean Luc La Forge on Star Trek: The Voyage Out of Your Parents’ Basement – complained that all of his purchased music disappeared from his iPod after upgrading to iTunes 7.0. Apple quickly called him and helped him out of his jam, but if you’ve never sucked face with a Klingon then I doubt… Read More

  • Toshiba Announcing Second Generation HD DVD Players

    Toshiba’s new players, coming later this year, are going to use HDMI version 1.3, which doubles bandwidth, and support 720p and 1080p playback. The two models, HD-A2 and HD-XA2 will replace their HD-A1 and HD-XA1 players, which have had bugs and other quirks that made sales slower than expected. The HD-XA2 will have the HDMI 1.3, 1080p resolution, and 297MHz/12-bit Video DAX with 4x… Read More

  • Microsoft LifeCam NX-6000 Has 2-megapixel Video Resolution

    The Microsoft LifeCam NX-6000 is the upgraded version of the VX-6000, which ran at a 1.3-megapixel video resolution. Now at 2.0 megapixels, which qualifies as high-definition, the NX-6000 can take 7.6-megapixel stills as well. There’s a 3x optical zoom, and Windows Live Messenger integration, such as pan and tilt control. It will be $100 in November, after which we’ll be seeing… Read More

  • Cornell Developing Bacteria Finding "Nano-Napkin"

    Looks like today is nano technology day for me. A research team at Cornell University has announced its work on a “nano-napkin,” which would be able to detect certain bacteria or viruses. The idea sounds simple enough, binding nanofibers to antibodies in an attempt to use the napkain to locate specific bacteria. The example the team gives is of a meat packing plant. Read More

  • Harvard's Nano Antenna Could Create 3TB CDs

    A research team over at Harvard University has developed a nano antenna that can be mounted on a regular off-the-shelf laser so that data can be written onto media at a much greater rate. In theory, this would mean that even the soon-to-be-obsolete CD could have over 3TB written onto it. The device is essentially a couple of gold-coated nano rods. When light from the laser hits the rods… Read More

  • Apple iPhone Coming at Macworld '07

    ThinkSecret’s sources, the same sources who said the iPhone would not be launched in ’06, said it’s set to make its world debut at Macworld SF in January 2007. Apple was having “significant technological hurdles” earlier this year designing a phone that would innovate on whatever is currently out there. These sources also say that the phone will be one of two… Read More

  • Gameloft Presents Lumines Mobile

    Mobile gaming company Gameloft, developer of Paris Hilton’s Diamond Quest, has recently released Lumines Mobile for all who love puzzle games. Lumines was awarded game of the year for the PSP by many video game websites and magainzes, including Gamespot. Being a gamer, I had to try Lumines Mobile out for myself. The mobile version isn’t too different from the PSP version gameplay… Read More

  • Bathys Automatic Watches


    I’m a watch freak so I decided to share this with you all. This is a Bathys Automatic, designed by John Patterson in Kaua’i. This guy is a surfer and wanted to make a watch that could withstand a heavy pounding on some of the island’s amazing beaches. He designed his first watch last year, sold out all of his quartz models, and went to Switzerland to have automatics made. Read More

  • Delphi SkyFi3 XM Radio Has Removable Storage

    Delphi’s stepping up the XM receiver race with their new SkyFi3 model. This model is the first of its kind to include a removable storage solution, in this case a microSD slot. The other pretty nice features on this $200 receiver are a 2.8-inch screen, 30-minute pause and replay, 5-hour rechargeable battery, car kit with remote control, and the ability to tag songs for purchasing later… Read More

  • Flame Retardant Laptop Sleeves

    Here’s a product that makes sense. This corduroy sleeve from Wrappers not only protects your laptop from injury, it protects you from being injured by your laptop. The sleeve, you see, is fire retardant, which sadly isn’t the same thing as fire proof, but it’s a start. So if your laptop decides to burst into flames while bouncing along in your backpack, it just might prevent… Read More

  • Race to 2000 Update: 1500

    Remember, friends, only 500 comments stand between you and a black iPod. Read more about the contest here. Read More

  • Inkling: The Invisible Hand Predicts iPods, Other Stuff

    is a fantasy stock market that predicts outcomes based on the free market. It works like this: users create questions and potential outcomes (“Will it rain tomorrow?”, “At which major technology conference will Bill Gates shed his human skin and reveal his angelic beauty high above Mount Rainier?”) and other users buy and sell shares based on their belief that a… Read More