Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Breaking: Microsoft Preps Car Zune


    Best graphic ever?
    Microsoft this week received a patent that could have a profound effect on the car audio landscape. The newly minted patent covers a portable audio device that can be docked and/or integrated into a car stereo. The union would allow the devices to transfer media and data back-and-forth. The guts of the patent boil down to this key point: Read More

  • 14x Zoom with Built-In Digital Camera

    In today’s installment of gadgets that enable you to stalk more efficiently, we bring you the 14x Spotting Scope digital camera. Most people would mount a zoom lense on a digital camera. You could do it that way, or go the other direction: mount a camera to a zoom lens. If you’re going for megapixelage, you’ll have to look elsewhere, as the camera boasts a mediocre… Read More

  • Video of Self-Playing Video Game, or Ghost? You Decide

    OK, I’ll level with you: I have no idea what this weird joystick thing is. It’s called Notbot and is part of some Spanish exhibition called Gameworld. It’s supposedly some sort of self-playing AI thing. How ’bout we call it a ghost and leave it at that? Notbot [Gameworld via we make money not art] Read More

  • Cheap Plastic For Your Phone's Ass

    Your poor, tired celly. It works long and hard all day long, helping you tell your friends from far away things like, “No way!” and “She said what!?” It deserves a brake. Enter Cell Phone Chairs. They’re not docks, they don’t charge or sync your phone, they just let it hang out. Be kind to your handset. We’re guessing this is aimed at people who bling… Read More

  • Nero Linux 3 Gets Blu-ray and HD DVD Support

    Nero announced today that Nero Linux 3 is now available. Two points of interest about the software is that it can burn Blu-ray and HD DVD discs. Nero claims that Linux 3 is the most powerful and versatile burning application for Linux — I’m inclined to agree. Other than that though, it’s still just burning software. Great burning software, but it is what it is. Nero Read More

  • Where's My Jetpack?

    We know that most of you don’t read anything but CrunchGear, but there is a book currently making the rounds that is of considerable interest to gear heads. Where’s My Jetpack? looks at many of the amazing bits of invention that have been promised to us over the years but never arrived. Author Daniel Wilson is a Ph.D. roboticist, so he probably knows what he’s talking about… Read More

  • Crazy Rumor: Apple To Kill Off Mac Mini This Year

    AppleInsider has a source whom it “holds the utmost respect for” that says that Apple will kill off the Mac Mini this year. They cite the fact that Apple never really liked the headless computer and that the company may have been pressured into making it by its shareholders. A nice backstory, and well worth a minute it takes to read, but without any real indication who this source… Read More

  • Roomba Metal Detector

    Now this is a cool idea. A UK inventor, John Comey, has created a Roomba-esque metal detector that can scan the ground for metal and/or mines. The device cost him $3,800 to design and build. Apparently he’s brought up quite a few bits of trash/coins with his super robot. Anyone done anything super hot with their Roomba? Mine got sick and is now lying, dead, in the basement, and… Read More

  • Unreleased Star Wars Toys


    Lucas really messed up when he passed on these must-have Star Wars toys. Who doesn’t want their very own “The Force”? Bully beating you up? Just whip out “The Force” and she’ll run away scared. A few other should have been’s after the jump including a Dead Ewok. And if you didn’t already know the 30th Anniversary of the original Star Wars… Read More

  • Dell To Offer Exclusive Desktops At Wal-Mart Stores

    HP and Gateway computers have been available at retail locations for a long time now, so I’m not shocked that Dell is testing the waters (I am surprised it took them this long.) Starting June 10, Wal-Mart stores and Sam’s Club locations throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico (sorry Guam) will carry two exclusive desktops in bundles priced less than $700 (aka $699.99). There are… Read More

  • Guy Fined For Using Cafe's Wi-Fi

    If you’re a geek thinking of moving to Michigan, I suggest you keep looking. A Michigan man was recently fined $400 and ordered to perform 40 hours of community service. Damn, he must have assaulted a police officer or something, right? Actually, the dude was just using a cafe’s Wi-Fi connection to check his e-mail and surf the web. A nosy police chief confronted the gentleman about… Read More

  • George Lucas Caves, Will Let Star Wars Fans Edit Clips of His Great Movies

    George Lucas is giving up suing every organism on Earth and will let fans of all shapes and sizes cut, edit and re-edit a selection of some 250 Star Wars clips to their heart’s content. Well, so long as you play by his rules: no nudity or pornography, which means we here at CG are SOL. Still, I applaud Lucas’ decision to let his uberfans make all sorts of kooky videos. The… Read More

  • Verizon Customers Could Get Blackberry 8830 on Memorial Day


    I’m tempted to drop T-Mobile as my service provider and switch to Sprint or Verizon because their respective networks blow T-Mo out of the water. EDGE can bite me; EVDO is where it’s at, folks. Anyways, Engadget Mobile claims to have it from the source that the 8830 will finally be launched this coming Memorial Day. Hmmm, makes me wonder how this one will turn out. Verizon to… Read More

  • Dell Officially Announces Ubuntu Line-up

    It’s now official, dude, you’re getting Linux on your Dell. It seems the leaked internal document was correct and there are three Linux systems available today. The XPS 410n and Dimension E520n desktop PC along with the Inspiron E1505n notebook will run Ubuntu 7.04. All three rigs will be available today by 4 p.m. CST. Pricing and specs after the jump. Read More

  • Blackberry 8300 Hits AT&T June 13…Maybe


    We’ll take this one with golf ball sized grain of salt, but a launch date for the Blackberry Curve has been floating around and June 13 seems to be the day we’ll see the latest RIM device hit the streets. There are also rumors about a launch party for the Curve on June 8th here in NYC. Neither of which have been confirmed, but we’re keeping an ear to the ground. AT&T… Read More

  • How Much Longer Can Newspapers Survive?

    Fasten your seat belts, ladies and germs, for the Wall Street Journal‘s Andy Kessler is going to tell you how to fix the so-called dying newspaper industry. Wait, as a matter of fact, it’s not dying. Newspapers, because they’re harder to copy and pirate à la music and video, will be here for a little while longer. Great! Why hop online to get all my news, from… Read More

  • Sony's Flexible, Full-Color OLED Display

    Sony today unveiled a new screen that will forever change the future of electronic devices. This new 2.5-inch OLED screen is made of a glass substrate that allows you to casually bend the screen. Since the display is wafer-thin, you one day might see these inside magazines as advertisements or perhaps on the back of a cellphone for viewing movies. It uses organic TFT technology to keep… Read More

  • WeFi: I'M IN YER ROUTERZ, CHATTIN YER DEKSTOP

    Let’s all make a Web 2.0 gadget company, shall we? Please pick one item from column A and one from column B. Heck. Pick a few. A B Social Networking Handhelds Ajax-enabled Monkey Cages Buddy-list toting Trashcans XML Feed Using Goat Farms Ultra Simple Routers Interactive, Sensing Weather Station VoIP MP3 Players with Vibration Read More

  • Halo 2 For Vista Delayed

    As if anyone out there right now is even remotely interested in Halo 2 considering that the Halo 3 beta is in full-effect. Microsoft has now come out saying that Halo 2 for Windows Vista has been pushed back from May 18th to June 8th. It will be overpriced, it will feature a map editor, and people will still buy it. Did I mention it’s also a catalyst to improving Vista sales considering… Read More

  • T-Mobile Wing Second Look


    When T-Mobile began shipping the Wing (made by the good folks at HTC) just the other day, they earned bragging rights for being the first provider to give us a Windows Mobile-6.0-loaded phone. So how does the gadget hold up? I’ve spent a good deal of time playing with the brand-new T-Mobile Wing, and am now ready to pass judgment on it. Click the jump for a full review and lots of… Read More