Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • LED Swing Full Of Cheap Thrills

    BCXSY has created a swing it’d love you to see. It’s an LED swing that lights up at night to create a soothing ambient glow that probably (in designer speak) “creates an atmosphere of calm for the child”. Yeah, fantastic. How about you install four of these swings at an inner-city park and watch them get destroyed in a matter of hours? Or better yet, install them in a… Read More

  • The AudioFile: Heavenly Audio Gear


    In my Brooklyn neighborhood, I’m surrounded by Christians, Hasidic and non-Hasidic Jews, Rastafarians, Santeria initiates, and the occasional Sikh. The MP3 player market must have similar diversity, right?naïveriffic! Well, not quite… in fact, I was disappointed at the dearth of religious zeal wrapped in a shamelessly commercial product–though Kosher cell phones do give me… Read More

  • OS X Leopard To Be Animated OS

    Alright, I’m not diving that far into this, but here’s the deal: WWDC is approaching, Jobs will speak about OS X Leopard, and will most likely unveil the “top secret” features Apple has kept under wraps. But these secrets could blow away the idea of an operating system as we know it. See, the next incarnation of OS X might be animated is what I’m trying to tell… Read More

  • First In-Store iPhone Ads Spotted

    Hold. The. Phone. iPhone, that is. The first pictures of AT&T’s in-store iPhone ads have appeared online and millions around the globe are going b-a-n-a-n-a-s. It’s mainly eye candy and we present it here, today, to whet your appetite for Apple’s civilization-changing cellphone. Huzzah! iPhone Banners at AT&T Stores [Mac Rumors] Read More

  • HDMI and You: So Confused Together


    Confusion about HD components and interconnects has spawned so much misinformation from all sides — including retailers, journalists, manufacturers, and forum-posting electrical engineers — that it’s time to set the Blu-ray discrecord straight. Monster Cable is the current target of somewhat misguided accusations because of this lack of understanding. The issue is: Does a… Read More

  • Lego MMO In The Works?

    Digital Trends is reporting that a Lego MMO-style game is currently in the works. Dubbed “Lego Universe”, the game will allow you to play the roll of a Lego figure in a Lego world. I’d imagine Lego is ready to let you drive around in vehicles, smashing everything in sight. I mean, that’s what makes Legos half the fun – destroying them! MMO maker NetDevil is… Read More

  • $199 Is The Ideal Price For a Video Game System: Microsoft

    The ideal price for a video game console is $199, says Microsoft, and Wall Street analysts believe the company will slash the price of the Xbox 360 this holiday season in order to approach that price. One of the company’s group product managers admitted that it was “well aware” of the magical number and attributed much of the Nintendo Wii’s success to its low price (and… Read More

  • Original Sony/Nintendo Super Famicom Found

    Any gamer who is a big enough dork to comb over Wikipedia for some video game history should know that the original Sony Playstation isn’t exactly the gray, overheating 32-bit console we all love so dearly. Originally, Nintendo has hired Sony to help develop its Super Famicom (SNES) console. This model had a CD drive and was essentially a predecessor to Sony’s Playstation. A… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Beer Me That iPhone Edition

    Beerbot: It Totally Does What You Want Done Most
    Softflask: Soft, Plasticky Genius
    Crumpler Beer For Bags Part Duex
    The Futurist: We Predict the iPhone Will Bomb
    How Amazingly Great Will the iPhone Be? Like Lots Great
    Contest: End The Scourge of Pater Obsoletis Read More

  • PatentMonkey: Microsoft Enhanced TV

    Microsoft recently received a patent covering enhanced TV by streaming an interactive layer in conjunction with the broadcast content. One of many video related patents that they hold, actually. While the Nintendo Wii has brought us one step closer to point-and-click TV without much of a word being uttered about its potential and Joost soaks up the glory of being an innovative new TV… Read More

  • Crumpler Beer For Bags Part Duex

    Last Year’s Raging Party Alright, folks, the time is near and I’m getting mighty thirsty. If you’re in NYC between June 9 and June 17 then I suggest you mosey on over to one of the two Crumpler stores and participate in this kickass event. I participated last year and it was awesome! How do you think I scored my Crumpler bag? You will not be disappointed, trust… Read More

  • Google Reader On The Go


    Well, well, well. I finally know what I can do with Google Gears and it makes me feel funny deep down inside my pants. Get your head out of the gutter! My ankle itches, you perverts. Anyways…back to Google Gears and the amazing things it can do when you’re stranded without an Interwebs connection. It’s THE perfect solution for people who have to travel and rely on their laptop… Read More

  • Softflask: Soft, Plasticky Genius

    In 150 years, our time won’t be remembered as the time of converting to green and renewable resources. It won’t be remembered as the time when the Internet first became totally ubiquitous and pervasive. It won’t be remembered as the time we let slutty, bratty heiresses out of jail for breaking the same laws that landed others behind bars. No, reader, our time will be… Read More

  • How Amazingly Great Will the iPhone Be? Like Lots Great

    In order to round out our earlier nastiness we’d like to bring you a breathless piece from Business Week about how Apple will add a “totally new, $10 billion-a-year business” in just a few seconds — the seconds between June 28 and June 29 when the world explodes in a storm of fecally incontinent fanboy joyrage. Read More

  • Google Street View Strikes, Again

    Street View strikes, again. At 588 44th Avenue in Fog City, CA, an unsuspecting woman was caught with her pants down and now everyone can see what color her thong is. Museum this is not. It’s getting out of control don’t you think? Not that I’m complaining about this particular one, but the next time I head to the Bay I don’t need some freakish Beetle taking a picture of… Read More

  • Tough Love: Identity-based DRM and iTunes

    It’s been a few days since the world “discovered” that Apple was embedding personal information in some of their digital files. The outcry was immediate — how DARE they — but what is the strategy behind this move? After all, the data is essentially in the clear, available to anyone with a text editor. Read More

  • Tomb Raider: Anniversary On Its Way to Xbox Live?

    Next Gen, the online magazine that used to be a dead tress magazine I used to read because it didn’t use hyperbolic language to describe video games, reports that Tomb Raider: Anniversary, a remake of the original game, may well be on its way to Xbox Live as a downloadable game. It cites a recent ESRB listing on the organization’s Web site that shows the game was rated (and… Read More

  • DivX Pro is Free Today


    Want DivX Pro Mac for free? Of course you do, who doesn’t? Today is special for some reason because the folks at DivX have lost their collective minds. Head on over now and download Pro. Not only do you get the DivX player, but you also get DivX Converter and DivX Pro Codec. Make sure you do it today because it won’t be free tomorrow. Thank me later. Oh and Windows users are privy… Read More

  • Santa Rosa To Get HD DVD, Blu-ray Playback

    According to Intel mobile graphics spokesperson Mike Choi, Intel will begin using a third-party hardware HD DVD and Blu-ray decoder in some versions of Santa Rosa. Using a separate decoder will enable machines with cheaper integrated graphics to play high-definition media, while allowing Vista’s Aero interface to run smoothly and keep costs down. This will hopefully let more consumers… Read More

  • Qualcomm Eyeing Amp'd, I Don't Think So


    This is simply an “interesting idea” from In-Stat analyst, Allen Nogee, and what he thinks will happen to bankrupt Amp’d. He believes Amp’d’s daddy, Qualcomm, will save the MVNO and use it as a test bed for new services. Not a bad idea, right? Read More