Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Malaysian Theaters Go Stealth

    Fighting movie pirates can be hard, especially in Asia, where 7-megapixel cameraphones run rampant. So in an effort to crack down on piracy, Malaysian movie theaters have started using night-vision goggles to track down pirates. The method has been useful so far, as 17 people have been caught trying to record films in the past two months. Maybe “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead… Read More

  • Google Being Investigated By FTC Over Its DoubleClick Purchase


    Google just can’t catch a break. The Old Gray Lady reports that federal investigators are looking into the search company’s proposed acquisition of DoubleClick. The Federal Trade Commission is responding to complaints from several privacy advocacy groups that claim Google would have access to too much information if it bought DoubleClick. Intrigue! Read More

  • Longhorn Lives!

    Windows Vista has been more of a problem than a useful operating system since its release. If you’re looking for something not as flawed and with a little extra spice, why not give Longhorn a try? The original project team has revived it and has finished the code so that what was supposed to be Vista now is available for all to download. Longhorn Reloaded is full of great features… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: A Million Flying Zunes Edition

    One Million Zunes (Somehow) Sold
    Spy Drone Takes Off In The UK
    Roll Shades: You Know You Want Them (If You’re 10)
    GPS + GSM = TXT MSG Fear
    Gadget Holster: Bring Out Your Inner “Nerdy Harry” Read More

  • Sony Enters HD Radio Market With XDR-S3HD, Some Other Thing


    If you were holding out on HD Radio until Sony got in the game (those of you that didn’t run out and buy Cambridge’s radio), your wait is officially over. Sony announced that it’s totally down with HD Radio for the long haul (on a holiday mind you), and will be developing and distributing HD Radio-enabled products in the coming years. And it all starts with the XDR-S3HD… Read More

  • Scoop: AT&T Wireless, iPhone Coming to Fry's Next Month

    Thanks to the loose lips of a local employee, we now bring news that Fry’s, the ginormous big-box electronics retail chain that is part Mecca and part Disneyland for nerds, will next month start selling AT&T Wireless. They haven’t announced this yet, but it’s a big deal. Fry’s was always reluctant to offer Cingular’s services for various reasons, but seems to… Read More

  • Help-Key: How to Buy and Sell on Craigslist Without Being an Idiot

    Back in the day, Craigslist dot org was just for us geeks, a marketplace where those in-the-know bought and sold gear with other tech elitists. Now my mother uses it to get pretty much any household or electronic doo-dads she needs. But as the popularity and exposure of the site grows, so do the dangers. Shysters are always looking for new paces and ways to steal your hard-earned dollars… Read More

  • The Complete N00B's Guide to Grand Central

    Michael has just posted an extremely detailed guide to Grand Central, one of our favorite web/phone services. The guide includes all the secret button presses that we forgot to read about in the online manual and breaks down the service into easy to understand chunks. The center of the Grand Central universe is your Grand Central phone number. This is (theortically) the last phone number you… Read More

  • With WiFind, Airport Automatically Tell You Which Networks Are Open


    There’s nothing more frustrating than manually clicking through a list of networks on your Macbook’s Airport, desperately trying to find that one open one with a decent signal. No longer. With Apple’s just-released WiFind app, a click to Airport automatically tells you which networks are unlocked and how strong their signal is. Stealing your neighbor’s Wi-Fi… Read More

  • Star Wars Inches Toward Middle-Age, Has a Crisis


    Image from Bonniegrrl
    The Star Wars 30th Anniversary took place this weekend and played host to nerds of all shapes and sizes. I’ve been sorting through some of the pictures and videos for awhile today (I have no life) and found one that, ummmm, caught my interest. Depicted in the picture above is what is possibly the largest gathering of Slave Leias the world has ever seen. Add to the… Read More

  • BlackBerry 8830 Lands on Verizon Wireless Today

    Amazing. The BlackBerry 8830, which works on both CDMA and GSM networks, is now available on Verizon Wireless, as per the rumors. It is, after all, a BlackBerry, so you can expect and look forward to push e-mail and Internet access (in the EVDO/GPRS flavors) ’round the world. And is truly is “’round the world” because the 8830 works in more than 160 different… Read More

  • The LG Prada is Verizon's Answer to the iPhone: Good Luck, Bro

    The $600 LG Prada is Verizon Wireless’ answer to the $500 Apple iPhone… OK, you can stop laughing now. It’s not that the Prada isn’t a good phone or anything—clearly it’s deserving of all the hype. But the thought of VZW “answering” to anything borders on the absurd. Can you imagine the Prada with really hottt V-Cast Tunezzz on it? There’s… Read More

  • Clinton Asks YouTube Users To Pick A Song

    Alright CrunchGear readers. I’m really counting on you for this one. Hilary Clinton has a campaign for the presidency going down right now. Only problem is, she isn’t rockin’ enough to pick a cool theme song for her campaign’s web site. So she is now reaching out to the YouTube community and is asking you, the voter, to pick a song for her. The choices are downright… Read More

  • One Million Zunes (Somehow) Sold

    Talk about a shock over the weekend. Microsoft somehow managed to sell one million Zunes. Robbie Bach, Microsoft’s president of Entertainment and Devices, said that Microsoft had met its goal and that more Zune things will come later this year. I can understand maybe a smaller company getting excited over selling a million devices, but Apple in Q4 of last year alone sold 14 million iPods. Read More

  • Facebook Wants to Own Your Soul

    Facebook, in its current incarnation, is used for two purposes: to message random hot girls because you have “so much in common” (For example: Wow, you enjoy “movies,” too? Amazing. Wanna, you know, hang out?) and to show off drunk pictures, sometimes doctored, of yourself acting all crazy to the rest of your crew. That’s it. Sure, I’m a member of one or… Read More

  • New Halo 3 Armor Types Discovered

    Being the excited fanboys that they are, any Halo 3 news is good news to most 360 owners. Seems one investigative Halo 3 beta-player dug deep into the files being used for the game and found a little buried treasure. See the image for this post? The following strings were found inside some code used for the Halo 3 beta. They reveal new armor sets called Cobra, Ninja, Intruder, and Regulator… Read More

  • DRM-free Music To Launch On iTMS This Week

    I am proud to present the latest Apple rumor to you in all its glory. This week, the iTunes Music Store is the center of attention. It seems a “credible French-Italian source who knows my Dad’s mechanic” has indicated that Apple is set to launch EMI’s catalog of DRM-free music this week. The reason for the delay in Apple getting those tracks up? Apple wants to do it all… Read More

  • The Hi-Tech Soldier: A Retrospective

    Today is Memorial Day in the greatest country on Earth, the greatest country in history. CNET knows this and has a patriotic slide show featuring freedom-spreading technology the U.S. Army uses or plans to use on the battlefields of liberty. I like this picture here the best because it shows our boys, Over There, controlling a Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle with an Xbox 360 controller. Now… Read More

  • Wii Still Damn Near Impossible to Find Through Holidays: Money Men

    Hating on the Nintendo Wii seems to be the local raison d’être, but the numbers don’t lie: many of you love to wave that Wiimote around like it’s 1999. Sure, OK. But, alas, if you don’t already have a Wii, prepare yourself for more agony. One of those financial outfits—Lazard Capital, to be exact—predicts that demand will outstrip supply for… Read More

  • Toshiba Gigabeat V: Next Gen Gigabeat, Next Gen Zune?

    Toshiba’s original Gigabeat is among the most successful non-iPod portable media players (PMP) out there, boosted by the fact that Microsoft used it as the basis for the Zune. Whether or not this new Gigabeat, the Gigabeat V, will be the basis of Zune 2(or Zune Too, or whatever hip, focus group-tested name Microsoft gives it) is yet unknown, but Toshiba’s player does its best to… Read More