• BlackBerry 8800 Gets Official

    BlackBerry 8800 Gets Official

    We all knew it was coming, but RIM just pulled the curtain back on the BlackBerry 8800, AKA the Full-QWERTY Pearl. The latest offering in the super-slim ‘berries is a worthy successor to the Pearl (which was my favorite phone of all last year.) It comes loaded with a built-in GPS, microSD slot, a media player, high-contrast 320×240 display, quad-band GSM/GPRS, and EDGE. It’s a… Read More

  • Remote Control Lawnmower

    Remote Control Lawnmower

    When kids in the midwest get bored, shift happens. Terry decided that he’d like to mold a lawnmower, RC car and wheelchair into one machine to create a remote-control lawnmower. This is what every kid who’s 15 and trying to make a buck during the summer wants. Easy, no-hassle work. You can drive it around with the remote control from the RC car. I wonder if it still requires $100 in… Read More

  • Vodafone, Google Partner For Maps

    Vodafone, Google Partner For Maps

    Vodafone customers might be getting a very welcome upgrade from Google. Today, Vodafone announced it has partnered with Google to develop a mapping service for the telecom provider. According to the deal, Google Maps for Vodafone will have easy-to-use maps, local listings, navigation and search. Says Frank Rovekamp of Vodafone: Vodafone sees Google Maps as a new milestone in the relationship that… Read More

  • HP iPAQ 510: It Lives!

    HP iPAQ 510: It Lives!

    Looks like HP resurrected its near-dead brand of PDAs. The new iPAQ 510 is a strange, yet slim phone device that runs Windows Mobile 6 and comes with features like Skype, EDGE, Wi-Fi and extended battery life. Despite packing some decent features, we still have no clue why HP would continue the iPAQ brand. Says Laptop Mag: The HP iPAQ 510 Voice Messenger is a solid phone for people who like the… Read More

  • NeoNode: Little, Black, Different

    Got a chance to look at the NeoNode, an odd little device that is essentially a GSM cellphone designed solely for media. It has an optical touchscreen and runs Windows CE under a massively overhauled shell. It can play back video and music and is quite small, about 2 inches by 2 inches. No U.S. availability but it looks like it will hit Europe in May. I talked to the CEO of the company and was… Read More

  • Toy Fair Doesn’t Mean Playtime

    Toy Fair Doesn’t Mean Playtime

    It all sounds like a day filled with fun. The New York Javits Convention Center packed with toy companies from around the world. And truth be told, it should be fun. But it never is… maybe the Javits is built on an old Indian burial ground or something, and has cursed the world of toys. More likely it is the fact that toys are big business, and the late middle age men hawking their products are… Read More

  • Lionsgate Comes To iTMS

    Lionsgate Comes To iTMS

    If you’ve been waiting for your fix of Swayze and Arnold, it’s finally time. Lionsgate films has released over 150 titles to the iTunes Music Store, including classics like Dirty Dancing and Terminator 2: Judgement Day. With over 10,000 films in its collection, Lionsgate will be slowly releasing more titles over the next few months. Movies will cost just $9.99 and come in 640×480… Read More

  • Motorola Q9 Hands On

    Where are Qs 2 through 8? I asked Motorola this and they weren’t quite sure. The Q9 is quite peppy – much faster than the Q1 — and will (unofficially) run WinMo 6. Read More

  • Motorola Z8 Hands On

    Got some quality time with the Z8. It’s quite similar to the RIZR but it has this little kink in it that folds it over when you open it. The OS, which is Symbian, is much improved over the standard RAZR garbage. Is this the phone to bring Moto out of their doldrums? Potentially. It’s interesting and improved enough to be contender. Read More

  • Circuit City Closing Up Shops

    Circuit City Closing Up Shops

    I have to admit, this news isn’t as shocking as it should be to me. Circuit City has fewer stores than Best Buy in my area and they’re always empty. The electronics retailer says it’ll be closing eight stores in the US, 62 in Canada and a distribution center in Kentucky. The move comes as Circuit City tries to reduce costs among falling profits. About 270 employees total will be… Read More

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  • iPod Meets Cassette Deck

    iPod Meets Cassette Deck

    When you’re rollin’ on dubs in your Yukon Denali, chances are you’ll want to blast the new Young Jeezy album you pirated off Bit Torrent and on to your iPod. User JPPadula off of CarDomain modded a cassette player in his car to allow riders to plug in iPods like cassettes. Slide the iPod in and it’ll connect via an embedded firewire cable. It even comes with a… Read More

  • Expensive NES Games/Shirts Hit eBay

    Expensive NES Games/Shirts Hit eBay

    The Nintendo World Championship NES cartridge is one of the rarest and most sought after “games” for the Nintendo Entertainment System in existence. I’ve seen it around before but only at exorbitant prices. This eBay auction, though, doesn’t just include the incredibly rare cartridge—it comes with an OFFICIAL 1990 Powerfest t-shirt that really captures the look of the… Read More

  • MySpace to Implement Copyrighted Video Filtering

    MySpace announced this morning that it is offering free indexing to any content producers who want to block users from uploading their copyrighted videos.  The site has been offering audio filtering and limited video filtering since late last year.  The biggest question on the table is whether and when YouTube will do the same, as it promised to do when it was acquired by Google. Other… Read More

  • Nokia Quick Tour

    Nokia Quick Tour

    Took a run at the Nokia booth. One interesting little tidbit is the new hands-free car kit from Nokia, the CK-15W. It includes a mini screen that mounts to your dashboard and a scrolling wheel for browsing contacts and calls. The screen was very compact and very bright. Got some shots of the E61i and the N77 after the jump. Read More

  • Talking Urinal Cake Tells You To Lay Off The Hard Stuff

    Talking Urinal Cake Tells You To Lay Off The Hard Stuff

    Urinal cake technology has been pretty stagnant in recent years. However, apparently New Mexico has been pretty pissed (get it?) about how many of its citizens are drinking and driving, That’s where these new cutting-edge, state-of-the-art cakes come in. Even though most people know that by the time you think you hear your toilet talking to you, you’ve usually had enough to drink, the… Read More

  • D-Link DIR-655: Draft-N Hotness

    D-Link DIR-655: Draft-N Hotness

    Since first getting broadband about 10 years ago, I’ve used more routers than I can count. Most were barely passable, but some where better than others. For the past year or so I’ve been using a Netgear WPN824, that was a solid performer except for the giant flashing blue LEDs on the top that illuminated my entire house and irritated me profusely (I had to just to prevent it from… Read More

  • CrunchGear @ 3GSM

    CrunchGear @ 3GSM

    CrunchGear is attending 3GSM in Barcelona this year so head over to the site to see the latest in cellphones the U.S. won’t see for years and years. If you’re in town and want to talk tech, email me at john at crunchgear dot com and we can enjoy a fine Iberian jamon. Read More

  • GPS Sneakers Defeat Purpose of Sneaking

    GPS Sneakers Defeat Purpose of Sneaking

    The Associated Press has an article about new sneakers, called Quantum Satellite Technology, designed to help locate people via GPS. At $350, the sneakers contain a 2-by-3-inch chip that is activated by a button located inconspicuously near the shoelaces. An alert detailing the wearer’s location is sent to a 24-hour monitoring service that charges $19.95 a month. The chip also can be… Read More

  • Pop Goes the Soda Bot

    Pop Goes the Soda Bot

    This conversion toy kit allows you to turn your pop can into some sort of motorized robot bug that vibrates, slides and buzzes (that’s right, I’m from the Midwest. It’s called “pop”). Although the UK company that sells it, Great Gizmos, has yet to put a price or release date, I can imagine it being extremely popular with beer-drinking frat boys and activist recyclers. Read More

  • Round Sound

    Round Sound

    This giant speaker, dubbed “The Eyeball,” by those who fear it, is actually a large four-way coaxial speaker. It is designed for movie theaters and offers dynamic range and loudness for orchestral music and film soundtracks, according to Stereophile. Meanwhile, the “spherical enclosure is designed to help eliminates standing waves and create a more rounded sound,” according… Read More