Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Yahoo! And Sandisk Partner For WiFi Device

    Yahoo! just announced a partnership with Sandisk on the Sansa Connect. This device is a media player with built-in WiFi which syncs with your Flickr account and comes with ready-to-listen-to Yahoo! Music content. The Sansa Connect will contain 4GB of storage, Internet radio, a 2.2-inch screen, and comes with a reasonable $250 price tag to boot. Those of you willing to shell out the $15… Read More

  • Toshiba Unveils Inexpensive Notebook With Expensive Features

    Toshiba has its ups and downs with notebooks, but the Satellite A135-S4527 looks
    like a pretty solid deal overall. Expected to hit retail stores this week for under $800 total, the A135 comes with some impressive features like a dual-core 1.73GHz Intel Core Duo T2060 CPU, 1GB of RAM (bravo Toshiba!), DVD burner, 120GB hard disk, and Vista Home Premium to boot. Yes, all this for under $800. How… Read More

  • Windows Live Messenger (MSN) Hits Xbox Live Next Month

    Starting next month Xbox Live users will be able to instant message each other and all their Windows Live Messenger (MSN) buddies, be they on a PC, Windows mobile device or the 360 itself. You’ll be able to type using an on-screen keyboard or any ol’ USB keyboard you have laying around. The Spring update to Xbox Live brings not only Windows Live Messenger to the online service… Read More

  • Japanese Telecom Provider Coming To US

    Seeing items from Japan like TVs and cars all over the US is nothing but commonplace these days. But in a rather interesting move, Japanese-based cell provider KDDI will be launching a new MVNO in the US. It will leech off of Sprint’s network, so expect lots of media and 3G features to be a part of the upcoming network. A newspaper in Japan reports that KDDI is already stepping into gear… Read More

  • $600 Swarovski-encrusted Nintendo DS Lites

    Throw some Swarovski crystals on damn near anything and you’ll generate buzz. Today’s belle of the ball is these Swarovski-encrusted Nintendo DS Lites, found in the Nintendo World Store in New York. It’s the same DS we know and love, just rice’d out like a high school senior’s 12-year-old Honda Civic. They’re even on sale: only $600 separates you from… Read More

  • Cambridge SoundWorks Radio 820HD: HD Radio In All Its Splendor

    HD Radio. Yeah, I’ve never listened to it either, but Cambridge SoundWorks apparently still has faith in it, what with its new Radio 820HD and all. It looks remarkably similar to its iPod dock’d radio from a few days ago, but you’ll find no such compatibility here (aside from the aux inputs). It does, however, let you listen to regular radio, CDs and the aforementioned HD… Read More

  • Sony Laptop Sold For $10,099 On eBay

    Either this Sony Vaio had a Virgin Mary burnt into its casing or this bidder is just plain dumb. I’m going to go with the latter, since this eBay auction for a Sony Vaio VGN-0FJ270/B ended bidding at a whopping $10099! Nothing was special about it either and the seller wasn’t being deceptive. In fact, all the description read was: “You are bidding on an EXCELLENT CONDITION… Read More

  • Xbox 360 QWERTY Pad Is For Real

    Years ago, when the 360 first made its debut, you remember a rumor about a 360-controller attachment that would add a small QWERTY keypad for easy typing on XBL. Well, it’s real and it’s fabulous. Sources say that the new keypad will plug into the headphone jack on the bottom of the controller and comes with new headset to plug into the keypad. It will also be backlit, have MSN… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Planes, Pigs, and Automobiles Edition

    Mario on Apple TV
    It’s a Spoon with Airplane Wings for Babies
    LG SV80: Enough With The Banana Comparisons Already
    Hey, Pig: Porcine USB Card Reader
    New York Braces Itself For The Taxi of The Future Read More

  • Mario on Apple TV

    This is so cool. It’s great to see the Apple TV is a full-bore mini-PC with some amazing power under the hood. If I didn’t love my the Apple TV on its own so much I’d tear it down and make it a Nintendo 64 in a second. via Giz Read More

  • Leaked 360 Dashboard Updates

    Apparently GameSpot posted — and yanked — a video of the 360 Dashboard updates coming May 7. Good stuff includes: – Releases May 7th.
    – Add up to 600 Windows Live Messenger contacts to your Friends List.
    – Text chat with up to 6 Live Messenger contacts at once during games or movies.
    – The Marketplace will be getting its own Dashboard Blade.
    – The… Read More

  • Screen Caps for Transformers: The Movie: The Game

    We are totally stoked on the upcoming Transformers movie. You shouldn’t have to ask why, it’s elementary. For many of us, our gadget obsessions began with Transformers. They were little hand-held devices that served a purpose, were sophisticated (some, anyway. Sorry, Gears), and were capable of assigning status within a grade school. We also like video games. So, after the film… Read More

  • It's a Spoon with Airplane Wings for Babies

    It seems sometimes as if I’m the only person I know right now who doesn’t have some sort of baby either on the way or recently birthed. I am thankful for this. That does not mean I don’t like babies (I do) or am sterile (though I try). That also does not mean I dont’ keep my eyes out for fun baby stuff for the young offspring of my friends/co-workers/bartenders/cab… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Happy Spring Edition

    iPod Saves a Soldier’s Life in Iraq?
    New York Braces Itself For The Taxi of The Future
    Even Mossberg Can’t Figure Out His PC
    Happy Spring Read More

  • Google 411: Hello? Operator?

    Google Labs has just quietly launch a new 411 service accessible by dialing 1-800-GOOG-411. Michael at TechCrunch writes: The product is completely automated and there is no way to talk to a human for additional or clarifying information. You tell it your city and state, and then ask for a specific business or business category. In my tests the product was excellent. Although the voice… Read More

  • Vonage Lawyer Equates Ruling to 'Cutting Off Oxygen'

    A federal judge ruled today that Vonage cannot service new customers while it appeals that it infringed Verizon patents. The judge also ordered that the company post a $66 million bond. Roger Warin, Vonage’s lawyer, told the court that prohibiting Vonage from seeking new customers is equivalent to “cutting off oxygen or a bullet to the head” for Vonage. Back in early March… Read More

  • Comcast Boots Off Its Users For Downloading Too Much

    Comcast is threatening to cut off Internet access to so-called bandwidth hogs, only they’re not exactly specifying what constitutes bandwidth “hogging.” (If you can decipher what downloading “100 times the average national Comcast bandwidth usage” means you deserve a treat.) One banned user created a Weblog to vent his frustrations. His situation is even more… Read More

  • Happy Spring

    We’re taking a half-day today out of deference to religious tradition and simply because we’re all really sleepy and cold here in the northeast. Have a great long weekend and blessed whatever you celebrate. Read More

  • Linux iPod Proof-of-Concept Virus in the Wild

    There’s an iPod virus. Before you encase your Nano in lucite, however, please understand that this virus is merely a proof-of-concept that runs only on iPodLinux and requires manual intervention to begin infecting .ELF files. Let’s just say that there are no iPod viruses, currently, but there are apparently homebrew apps that could be exploited in nasty ways. ‘Nuf… Read More

  • Butterfly Cellphone, As Designed By a 15-Year-Old

    Again, cellphone concepts usually outclass actual cellphones all the time, but this one—the Butterfly—was designed by a 15-year-old Canadian kid. It’s part cellphone and part social networking device and has built-in Wi-Fi to surf the Web. All well and good to be sure, but the design itself is what’s so keen here. It opens at a 30-degree angle to reveal a 3.4-inch… Read More