Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Internet Radio: Day Of Silence


    If you tried tuning into Pandora, Yahoo! or even MTV today to listen to some web radio and were confused and possibly ticked off by the silence then you’ve obviously been living under a rock. In protest of the $1 Billion royalty rates that are due to hit web radio broadcasters on July 15 today was officially deemed a ‘day of silence’ in the US. Every web radio outfit in… Read More

  • Toshiba Releases Several Laptops, One of Which Has HD DVD Drive

    I love it when companies release a bunch of products simultaneously. That either means 1) they want to flood the airwaves with news of their products or 2) none of the products are all that hot, so they release them all at the same time to dull the pain. My opinion, not anyone else’s here. Right, so, Toshiba just announced an HD DVD-having Qosmio and a few new Satellites. The Qosmio… Read More

  • Sony To Offer In-Store Tech Support

    The next time you cruise by the Sony Style store at your local mall, you may find people waiting in line with PS3s, VAIOs, and Walkmen. Don’t be alarmed, as they’re simply there trying out Sony’s new in-store tech support service. Dubbed “Backstage”, this service will be available in NYC and NJ Sony Style stores and certainly resembles Apple’s Genius Bar setup. Read More

  • Sprint Launches LG MUZIQ

    LG and Sprint are rolling out the MUZIQ today and it’s gunning for the top of the Mobile Music heap. Not only does it store up to 4,000 songs, but it also incorporates a built-in FM transmitter that feeds your music to any FM radio within 10 feet. A lot of mobile music phones lack the capacity to support any SD cards larger than 2GB, but the MUZIQ is not run-of-the-mill and supports up… Read More

  • Hydra Game Console DevKit

    Any video gamer loves playing games, right? Now imagine if you could make your own fantastic, lush 3-D environments to roam around in, shooting bad guys and driving dirt bikes into enemy bases. Well you can’t, because you’re not John Romeo and haven’t spent years designing games. Thankfully, there’s the Hydra Game Console Development Kit. Though it may resemble… Read More

  • Magician Doing Green Laser Tricks

    http://www.liveleak.com/player.swf Here’s a video of a pretty cool magician doing some rad tricks with a green laser beam that looks pretty powerful. Obviously some mirrors are involved, but watch the whole thing and you’ll see that this guy is no amateur. Any readers who dabble in magic want to fancy a guess how he’s pulling off some of these moves? Laser magician [MAKE] Read More

  • 80GB Zune, Codenamed Scorpio Coming Soon


    Zune Scene has the scoop from an inside source at Microsoft that a bigger, better flash-based Zune is coming out along side the Draco. The Scorpio will be packing 80GB of storage and is said to be rolling off the production line at the end of July. A launch date is still under wraps, but you can expect Zune 2.0 to hit shelves in time for the holidays. I think Europe will finally get some… Read More

  • Why Xbox Live Costs $50

    I, and many others like me, pay $50 per year for the privilege of hearing 12-year-olds curse and wish bad things upon my family while playing on Xbox Live. But why am I paying $50 for this when I can do the same on a PC for free? Says a member of the Xbox Community Team: … it goes back to this unified system. We have to have voice communication, text communication, now we’re… Read More

  • iPhone Will Be Activated By iTunes

    Call it convenience or call it more fiddling to do, but make sure you call it Apple’s final decision. Lucky iPhone owners will have to come home and sync their iPhone with iTunes in order to activate it. Now normally I’d say this would be an annoying process that Apple should have dumped on AT&T, though when you think about it, the iPhone is also a music and video player as… Read More

  • Hope You Didn't Buy That 360 Elite Just Yet

    I’m sure that anyone with a decent HDTV with HDMI realized that purchasing an Xbox 360 Elite would be in their best interest. I mean, who doesn’t want to play games on a big screen in full HD glory? But if you bought the console solely for HDMI connectivity, you could be in for a rude awakening. Seems cable-manufacturer XCM has just announced it will have a cable for older Xbox… Read More

  • AT&T iPhone Plans Revealed

    Alright. I’m not even going to work my way into giving you the lowdown. You’re sick of the iPhone, I’m sick of it, and we have ourselves some plans to look over. So if you’re buying an iPhone, listen up. Three plans are available for the iPhone. All of them include unlimited data, Visual Voicemail, 200 TXT messages, rollover minutes, and unlimited mobile-to-mobile calling. Read More

  • ZFS *is* in Leopard–Rejoice!

    ZFS is in, ZFS is out… OK, so now we know that ZFS file system support is in Mac OS X Leopard. The read/write support was just seeded to developers according to reports online and no one but complete nerds will notice unless Apple makes it the default file system. The WWDC build of Leopard still has journaled HFS+ as the default file system. Man oh man, nothing like writing about… Read More

  • New York Will Put You in Prison if You Sell Violent Video Games to Minors

    At what point are video gamers, of which I am only nominally these days, going to tell their oh-so-concerned elected officials to stop fiddling with their hobby? Here in New York, our esteemed state legislature had a bill on tap that would make selling a violent video game to minors a Class E felony. (I just bought the Wii edition of Resident Evil 4 on Sunday and was rather bemused to find… Read More

  • iPhone: Total Cost Of Ownership Over Two Years

    Based on current iPhone hardware pricing, and service costs, the estimated cost for owning an iPhone over two years is hovering at about $2,200. This is the lowest price as it assumes that you have selected the 4GB version and the cheapest service. This price is bound to change considering the estimate was made using current Blackberry and smartphone plans. It also does not include the price… Read More

  • Daily Crunch:Designer Edition

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    Weiner Dog Accent Lamp
    Ikan Is Set To Revolutionize Your Grocery Shopping Experience
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  • U.S. Internet Speeds Stink on Ice Compared to Rest of World

    Like our very own Peter Ha pointed out, do we really need a USA Today article to tell us that U.S. Internet speeds are terrible? According to a report conducted by the Communications Workers of America, U.S. Internet speeds are “pathetic” compared to the rest of the world. Right now, the median U.S. download speed is 1.97 megabits per second; Japan’s is 61 megabits per… Read More

  • TorrentSpy Crumbles Under The Pressure, Removes Copyrighted Content


    Free-for-all torrent sites like TorrentSpy are under close watch from the music and movie industry these days and a giant, so to speak, has fallen. TorrentySpy has implemented an automated filtering system, FileRights, that removes links to copyrighted material amidst a court order that was filed last year by a handful of Hollywood Studios, which now requires TorrentSpy to track user activity. Read More

  • 155,000 Xbox 360 HD DVD Add-ons Sold

    The HD DVD camp is getting a boost from the figures that Microsoft released on its ‘biggest-selling’ add-on in the U.S. 155,000 units of the HD DVD drive have been sold since launch and while this doesn’t significantly make a dent in the numbers Blu-ray has put up, it does help their cause in a few different ways. A significant number of Blu-ray playing machines that have… Read More

  • Seagate Announces Two 1TB Drives

    http://www.podtech.net/player/podtech-player.swf?bc=bb0eb150dad14f4c9aeb9810cb8d1999 Seagate announced a 1TB hard drive today, albeit late, but as they say, “better late than never.” The Barracuda 7200.11 and ES.2 revv up to 7,200rpm, cache up to 32MB with an average data rate of 8.5ms. The ES.2 is leading the pack offering consumers a SAS interface along with SATA and is aimed… Read More

  • The First Apple iPhone Display Goes Up In Seattle and No, It's Not The One You've Already Seen

    Score one for my homies on the West Coast, the first iPhone kiosk has gone up in Seattle. The display is looping a video of the UI, docks to charge your iPod while you drool over the video and “alarm sticker things.” It’s making our own Matt “Hawt Scoopz” Hickey dance around the store and do his happy dance. If you have them in your town, send us the pics! Read More