Gadgets

 

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Garmin Nuvi 660 Shows Face

    Last week we reported about the Garmin Nuvi 660 getting past the evil monsters at the FCC. Today we have a pic of the new device for you. The most notable feature of this new model is the inclusion of an FM transmitter that can be used to broadcast directions or MP3s to any FM tuner. It also has a widescreen 4.3″ touchscreen display that can project at a resolution of 480 x 272… Read More

  • Yahoo! Go Expands, Does Microsoft

    Big news this morning for Yahoo! users who own a Windows Mobile based phone. Yahoo! has announced that its popular Go software, previously available only on Symbian devices, would launch today for Windows Mobile-powered phones. Yahoo! Go will now work Windows Mobile OS versions 2003 SE and 5.0. The services allows users to access from their phone services like Y! Mail, Search, Photos, Address… Read More

  • Blu-ray vs. HD DVD: Timeout

    Well just as the formats were about to fall out of the ring and go into an all out street brawl, the ref called time and sent the combatants back to their corners. The violation being a worldwide shortage of blue laser diodes. Nichia, the company that holds 80% of the blue laser diode supply, has reported that its yield rate of production is currently at 30%, but the product still fails to… Read More

  • Ricoh Drops Two New Ruggedized Wireless Cameras

    If you’ve got an 8.13 megapixel camera, and you want to improve on it, what would you do? You’d make it shockproof. And waterproof. And dustproof. Then you’d have a ruggedized, “sport camera”, perfect for the outdoorsman. But outdoorsmen need to pack light, so you wouldn’t want to bring any of those pesky cables with you. So you’d make sure to make… Read More

  • Protect, respect your disks with new DVD condoms.

    So I want you to promise to always carry a d_skin Protective Disc Skin, just in case. They’re made of a clear material that’s thin enough that you can leave it on the disk, even while the disk is in action. It’s just like it’s not even there, but there it is, protecting you from scratches. If the Disc Skin breaks, just replace it with another one as soon as… Read More

  • Nintendo WiFi Connection claims 2 Million Users

    I have a Powerglove. I’ve had it since I was a kid. And I had a U-Force, the equally-jokable “hands free” controller for the NES. Both of these “revolutionary” controllers were touted as being “wireless”, as that was to be the next big thing in gaming. In reality, they sucked. And had wires. Fast forward 15 years, and it appears Nintendo has gotten… Read More

  • Microsoft Releases XNA Game Studio Express Beta

    Microsoft has released its XNA Game Studio Express Beta, software for aspiring game developers. The program is compatible with both Windows XP and Windows Vista, and all games developed on the software can be migrated over to the Xbox 360 this holiday season as part of the XNA Creators Club. The catch is, XNA Creators Club requires a yearly subscription fee of $99, or a four month trial fee… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Peeping Tom Edition

    Some highlights from yesterday’s posts. Universal Embraces Internet, DRM
    Xantrex PowerSource Mobile 100 Portable Charger
    Samsung Z610 iPod-esque Cell Shows Up On FCC
    Built NY Electric Laptop Sleeves
    Toshiba DRAPEs Ugly Phone Read More

  • Universal Embraces Internet, DRM

    Well it was bound to happen, the big labels are starting to see the light. Universal announced plans today to offer its entire catalog of music for free through a startup service called SpiralFrog. The project is supported entirely by ads. Users of SpiralFrog will be able to load its proprietary software and play Universal songs in Windows Media Player and on two portable devices, the iPod is… Read More

  • Fujitsu Drops Four New Laptops

    I don’t mean they literally dropped four laptops, that’d be bad. Actually though I wonder how many laptops are dropped and destroyed in productions and distribution. Anyone have a figure? Ah crap, I’m digressing. Fujitsu announced today the release of four new laptops to its Biblio and LOOX lines. Surprisingly none of these systems feature a Merom, but one of them does sport… Read More

  • Louisiana Judge Shoots Down Violent Game Ban

    A district judge in Lousiana threw out a bill today that would ban the sales of violent video games to minors. U.S. District Judge, James Brady, said the state had no right to stop any distribution of games because they contained violence. Brady dubbed the law an “invasion of First Amendment rights” of producers, retailers and kiddies who play the games. He said that depictions… Read More

  • Sprint Treo 700wx to Launch for Real September 3

    about the as-of-yet-unannounced Treo 700wx, it’s not even fun anymore. It’s EV-DO, with Windows Mobile 5, GPS, 1.3MP camera, 240×240 screen, and 128 built-in RAM. And now we know even more, like that it launches September 3rd, will retail for $399 after applicable rebates, and goes public at the same time as the sexy Samsung 900M, which is the latest not-a-RAZR, also with EV-DO… Read More

  • Six Degrees of Crunchation: It's On Like A Chicken Bone

    OK. I got all kinds of hate mail from people who were getting pictures to me. I actually didn’t realize we had such a rabid following. If you are taking part, please comment after this post so we can see who/what is entering. Thanks! Sorry for the confusion. We’re equally confused. Read on for full rules. Read More

  • T-Mobile and Nikon Join Forces For WiFi Photo Uploading

    cameras to upload photos to T-Mobile’s servers directly from the camera. Owners can upload 50MB of images to T-Mobile, where they’re stored and slowly leered at by bored T-Mobile IT employees for two weeks, after which they’re deleted and end up in their personal archives. People who buy the Nikon Coolpix S7C get 1 year free, after which you’re going to have to either… Read More

  • Xantrex PowerSource Mobile 100 Portable Charger

    This PowerSource Mobile 100 from Xantrex weighs about as much as a mobile laptop battery, works with “multiple electronic products at different voltage and power levels”, and costs $129.99. Why would you use this thing? Because when plugged in the AC outlet on this portable charger, laptops get 2 hours more power, Sony PSPs get 12 hours more power, and iPod Nanos get 72 hours more. Read More

  • Cingular Gets Samsung SGH-ZX20 HSDPA Phone

    The Samsung SGH-ZX20 is Cingular’s second HSDPA phone on their network, the first being the LG CU500. This flip-phone from Samsung allows you to be on a voice call and check your email, browse the web, or download ringtones simultaneously. The phone has a 1.3 megapixel camera, a micro SD slot, quad-band GSM, and of course, the high speed HSDPA network. Cingular’s HSDPA network… Read More

  • Built NY Electric Laptop Sleeves

    These laptop sleeves and gadget bags aren’t quite electric, but the stuff that goes inside them definitely is. Designed by Built NY, the Laptop sleeves come in 12″,15″ and 17″ models and cost about $39.99. The Pockets are little sacks that let you keep your gear close to your heart or hanging off of your other bags like a luggage tag. They cost about… Read More

  • Samsung Z610 iPod-esque Cell Shows Up On FCC


    The Samsung Z610 takes a bit of its styling cues from the iPod, as seen from the white body, rounded borders and smooth plastic shell. It also plays MP3/WMA/AAC files, has a 2.0 megapixel camera, a micro SD expansion slot, and even a secondary camera in the front for video calls. So does that mean this supports 3G? You bet your arse it does! No idea which service is going to get this phone… Read More

  • Research Suggests $4.4 Billion Online Market In 2010

    Research firm Parks Associates has announced that it will be releasing research details at the Austin Game Conference suggesting that the online game market in North America will grow from $1.1 billion in 2004 to $4.4 billion in 2010. Research shows that PC gamers in North America currently spend an average of 18.5 hours playing games each week, 4.9 hours more than console gamers, and 9.6… Read More

  • Vertu Aerius Bluetooth Headset

    Not content with just overcharging for cell phones, Vertu is expanding into overcharging for Bluetooth headsets as well. Designed by Jacob Jensen, this headset has a push-button answering and calling system, noise reduction, ear hook and leather pouch. No doubt these will work fine with Vertu phones, but they have no problems with regular cell phones that support Bluetooth headsets too. Read More