Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Latest iPhone Ad, Watered Down? Yes

    What’s this now? A new iPhone ad and no one bothered to inform us? Sound the alarm! Apple’s latest dog and pony show (read: ad) shows off the Jesus Phone’s prowess in the web viewing arena. Sweet, I can check out the NYT in all its glory and utilize that awesome multi-touch thingamabob to navigate through pages. The wait is killing me. Read More

  • Dell Leaves LCD TV Business, World Weeps a Great Weep

    Raise your hand if you own a Dell LCD TV. Now, how many hands are in the air? One? Two? Ten? An exaggeration to be sure, but it’s one reason why Dell is pulling out of the LCD TV business and focusing on what brought it to the dance: halfway decent computers sold for Wal-Mart-like low prices. While Dell never actually produced any of the LCD TVs in question itself (it simply slapped its… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: War Games Edition

    CrunchArcade: War Simulations on the Front Line
    Landeez All-Terrain Wheelchair: Exactly What It Sounds Like
    Xbox Skillz Good in Warzones
    Pac-Man Debuts on Xbox Live Arcade: Now in High Definition
    Touch Sensitive Paper Read More

  • Microsoft Expands Table to Whole Kitchen

    Hot on the heels of its soon-to-be-revolutionary table, Microsoft is aiming squarely at the rest of your kitchen, and is set to roll out enough cooking gizmos to make your proverbial ass swim. The idea is called “Kitchen Client.” No, really. The devices in your kitchen will be aware and will interact with Windows Live. You’ll also have a terminal for recipes, calendars… Read More

  • Windows Apps in OS X: Is This What Leopard Can Do?

    Some of our regular readers may recall a stupid and irresponsible rumor we started right here on this blog, that being the idea, based on a slip by an Apple PR type, that future Macs might shortly ship with Vista pre-installed as a dual-boot option for Leopard. The idea isn’t just to run Windows, but to run Windows apps in the Mac OS. Many of you scoffed at the idea, and we even thought… Read More

  • Inside a Mechanical Watch

    This, friends, is the Behind the Green Door of watch videos. It’s essentially an amazing close-up of a Panerai mechanical movement running at full tilt taken with a video microscope. Clearly this is about as exciting as watching paint dry for many of you, but for watch obsessives this is full on gear-on-gear action. Read More

  • Mobile Video Watchers: Stand and Be Counted

    Nielsen, the media monitoring company famous for letting Alf stay on the air as long as it did, is now measuring mobile media eyeballs and boy is it getting some juicy info. For starters: Eight million persons 12 and older viewed video on their mobile phone (this excludes videos created with a phone’s camcorder function) Read More

  • Touch Sensitive Paper

    Blow up doll connoisseurs rejoice! A new wave of touchable tech is just around the bend.
    A team of Swedish scientists have created paper embedded with metallic particles that, when touched, complete a circuit which produces a recorded sound. The sound is played via small electromagnets
    embedded in the paper. The aim for now is to apply this technology into packaging. However, more… Read More

  • What's In This Bag?


    Kevin Poulsen, ex-hacker extraordinaire, posted a teaser image on Threat Level, one of the Wired blogs. He writes: I’m so excited by this piece we’re running tomorrow, that I’m posting this preview pic to give THREAT LEVEL readers an exclusive chance to guess what the subject is. Here’s a clue: this will be the best thing that’s ever appeared on the internet. Read More

  • Leopard Will Use ZFS File System: Sun

    Sun opened its big, fat mouth today and announced that Apple’s upcoming Mac OS X Leopard will use its ZFS file system as its default. (Macs currently use HFS+ with journaling enabled as the default file system.) A full list of ZFS’ advantages can be found on Sun’s site, but this one caught my eye while quickly glancing over it: All operations are copy-on-write transactions… Read More

  • Skype Thinks Phones that Can't Run Skype Are Bad

    USA Today is running a little piece about how Skype is totally Pee Oooed about how some carriers won’t let phone owners run outside applications on their handsets. They were so angry, in fact, they wrote a sternly worded letter to the FCC about it and they intend to take this all the way to … zzzzzz… what? Oh, sorry. Read More

  • Life-size "Lost in Space" Robot Only $25K

    Goody, more robots! Today’s is a Robot B9 replica—you know, the one from “Lost in Space” that always ran around flailing his arms in the air warning about danger and hippies. She’s full-size, too, which just makes the $24,500 price all the more inviting. Right. If I had an extra $25K I probably wouldn’t be buying robots, but rather some Air Jordans and… Read More

  • Sorry, No New iMac at WWDC Next Week

    Uh, oh. Now it looks like there will not, repeat, *not* be any new iMacs at Apple’s WWDC next week. That’s what AppleInsider has learned, at any rate. But AI promises that a major overhaul of Apple consumer computers is still on track for this year, it’s just that next week is too early to launch them. (Apple might have a certain other product launch to worry about.) AI… Read More

  • Olympus Teases Us With Possible E-1 Successor

    What’s underneath the veil, Olympus? Could it be the successor to your E-1s, which are now some four years old? I know you showed a prototype SLR back at PMA, but we want the real thing, baby. We want it so bad. Or not, whatever. It better do well to compete against the heavy hitters from Nikon and Canon. “Product Page” [Olympus via fareastgizmos.com] Read More

  • Porsche Shows Off Phone That May Not Really Exist

    It looks like Porsche is branching out from its mainstream-fancy sports car production and into the cellphone game. In this man’s hand is the Porsche Design Mobile Phone P’9521, whose interface looks a hell of a lot like the Prada’s. It’s a flip phone, my least favorite kind, and I have no idea whether or not it’ll be released or how much Porsche would want to… Read More

  • Kids Spend Their Time Online Dressing Up Virtual Dolls – Shouldn't They Be Outside Playing Instead?

    There’s a fine article in today’s New York Times exploring the relationship between online, Facebook-like Web sites and the young girls these sites target. It’s stunning, really, to read that these youngsters (the profiled girl here is 9) prefer to engage in virtual worlds wherein they dress up dolls, do each other’s hair and gossip—granted, excellent training for… Read More

  • Segway Finally Aids Law Enforcement

    Love it or hate it, the Segway does allow you to move a bit quicker than the average human. So it makes perfect sense why law enforcement and college campuses across the nation have chosen the Segway as the security personnel carrier of choice. Last Thursday however, the Segway received instant respect from the Long Beach Police Force. Officer Jose Miguez was patrolling the streets on his… Read More

  • Xbox Skillz Good in Warzones

    Johnny 5 isn’t autonomous yet, so he needs help navigating the battlefield. US troops in Iraq are trained to use SUGVs (Small Unmanned Ground Vehicles) to be their eyes, ears, and even triggerfingers in highly hostile situations. These robots are cheap enough to almost be considered disposable, and allow the ground troops to explore intense areas with little or no risk to life. The… Read More

  • Sling Media Partners With NHL

    Those of you with a thirst for blood and a Slingbox will be extremely pleased to know that the NHL has signed onto a content deal with Sling Media. Users will now be able to Clip+Sling a segment of a hockey game and send it to their friends and family. Wondering what Clip+Sling is? It’s an upcoming service Sling Media will offer to customers who want to share clips of video. You’ll… Read More