Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Skype To Offer Gaming Connectivity

    Skype has announced that it will be offering a software developer’s kit (SDK) for its new GameXN framework. The plan is for Skype users to be able to invite one another into online games. No word yet on if Skype plans on allowing users to communicate via VoIP during the game, but I’d imagine it’s in the works. Windows Live Messenger already has some similar features, but a lot… Read More

  • Rumor and Innuendo: XM Losing 20K Subscriptions Per Day in Clash With Opie & Anthony Fans

    Hell hath no fury like the Opie & Anthony pests scorned. Rumors, utter utter rumors, suggest that between 19,000 and 38,000 subscriptions were canceled as of yesterday in response to the radio duo’s suspension. That works out to about 20,000 subs killed for each of the past two days. Add that to the many XM units still being destroyed and XM certainly must be feeling the heat as a… Read More

  • Samsung Smörgåsbord Smells Like…

    I’m usually on-board with the mobile phones that Samsung puts out on the market, but the 5200 makes me scratch my head and rethink my loyalties. The dual slide design is nice and all, but you can’t rip the QWERTY out in favor of gaming controls. WTF! It runs on WinMo so I could care less about the 2.8-inch touchscreen, 3-megapixel camera and HDSPA. Does anyone else notice the… Read More

  • Unboxing the Halo 3 Zune: Almost As Exciting As Reboxing It

    http://www.gearlive.com/video/newflvplayer.swf Call me a Sulky Sally, but I’m about as excited about the Halo 3 Zune as I am about paying my mortgage — I guess it’s necessary, but it really doesn’t charge me up. Apparently the rest of the world disagrees and, in order to be fair to those people I’ve posted Unboxing.com’s video of opening a box containing… Read More

  • Sony Says Yes to PSP Store, Fall Launch Expected

    So Sony announced that it’s going to launch a PSP store, intending to have it up and running sometime this fall. Then again, we’ve pretty much assumed that was going to happen since it launched the handheld two years ago. And really, it wasn’t much of an announcement, just a one-off comment by SCEA’s president saying that it should’ve been here by now and that… Read More

  • Game Content Under the Microscope: Watch What Our Kids Watch


    Should the ratings for video games be updated? Since being adopted in 1994 the landscape of video games has changed greatly, and some experts believe it is time for a revision, or at least redefinition of what is appropriate for adults and what is family friendly. In this fourth part of our series on video game violence and content CrunchGear spoke with Doctor David Walsh, president of… Read More

  • Samsung Develops 8GB MicroSD Card

    Not too sure how many of you use music phones out there in lieu of an iPod, but if you do, Samsung has some exciting news. Today, the company announced that it has developed an 8GB microSD card. This new model has an 8MB/sec write-speed, as opposed to the previous 2MB/sec speed on older cards. This is great news, because transferring 8GB of videos and music is just not what I call a fun… Read More

  • Starcraft 2 Coming, Maybe

    Are there any Starcraft fans in the house? Don’t be shy; it’s OK to answer yes because no one will know. Now, it’s all speculation at this point that Starcraft 2 will be coming out, but the fact that the URL has been bought and redirected to the main Blizzard site makes me wonder. What do you guys think? Is Starcraft 2 coming soon or did Blizzard just swoop up the URL for… Read More

  • AT&T Introduces Mobile Backup

    I can’t tell you the number of times people have come up to me asking how to recover phone numbers because they dropped their phone in the toilet. Maybe they should stop using their phones while on the crapper. Either way, anyone with AT&T can now start using their phone without worrying about losing valuable information thanks to Mobile Backup. Read More

  • Watch With Built-In PayPass

    Over in Turkey, a local bank has a new promotion that is going to make credit cards a thing of the past. In a deal with MasterCard, the bank is now offering a wristwatch with a built-in PayPass credit card. All you have to do is just swipe your watch at a counter that accepts PayPass and you’re good to go. No need to sign anything as long as the price of your total purchase is under… Read More

  • Slideon Concept MP3 Player or Game Boy SP? You Decide

    This Slideon concept MP3 player has a simple premise: slider cellphones have grown in popularity, so why not make a slider MP3 player? This flash-based player tucks the buttons, of which there are only five, underneath the screen when not being used. The screen looks to be plenty large with an adorable, ghost-like character floating around the infinite blueness. One more hot pics inside. Read More

  • Boo Hoo For Us

    Man, the Japanese smartphone marketers are getting mean. This video features some sort of squid monster making fun of Westerners — we’re the nice piece of sushi — for having crappy phones. You can use your phones as wallets? You have biometrics? Most importantly, you can play interactive games, huh? Well so can we. Ours are called talking to women, not playing with Gundam at… Read More

  • Sony VAIO Type T Laptop Now With LED

    What could be better than waking up at the crack of dawn and finding out that there is an LED-backlit laptop? A lot of things, actually, but it would be nice if the Japanese tech overlords would send us the latest VAIO. We’re all frothing over the highly rumored LED Macbook. Sony would make a killing, but they put their heads so far up their butts’ years ago that it will never happen. Read More

  • Patent Monkey: P&G Considers, Drops Robotic Cleaner

    A fact about innovation is that ideas that are tried fail much more often than they succeed. Frequently, a team can shut down a dead project long before anyone in the market knows it was even attempted. In the case of companies like P&G that patent protect concepts as they are being market tested, some cleaning up becomes necessary after the fact. Read More

  • The Futurist: The Future of Pandora is Mobile


    Thanks to the Copyright Royalty Board, beginning in mid-July, all Internet radio stations will see substantially higher royalty fees. Fees so high, that it isn’t difficult to imagine vast swaths of the musical Internet becoming dead air overnight. Most frightening of all is the prospect of losing Pandora — one of the truly great things to come from the entire Interweb. I had… Read More

  • Coke And Apple Giving Away 2 Billion iTMS Tracks

    Right off the bat, allow me to inform you that this promotion is only going on in the UK. Kind of makes sense, since the past two summers here had Pepsi giving away iTMS tracks. Either way, Coke and Apple have teamed up to bring you over 2 billion free iTunes Music Store tracks for free. Just look inside specially-marked bottles of pop and you could be on your way to downloading… Read More

  • Nokia 8600: Meh? Eh?

    After seeing the RAZR 2, I’m ready for anyone to launch anything that will excite me to no end. Is this leaked photo of the Nokia 8600 it? Well, it looks awful purdy, which is cool, and has that 8000-series flip down keypad protector, which is cool. Apparently all it has are: GPRS & EDGE
    Quadband
    2 Meg camera
    Bluetooth Which is kind of like saying it has an internal antenna and a… Read More

  • TrekStor MovieStation maxi t.u.


    TrekStor announced today a line of devices that seeks to blur the line between computer hard drives and home media servers. The MovieStation maxi t.u. comes in sizes ranging from 250GB to 500GB. The devices connect via USB 2.0 and can be used to play HDTV and multi-channel audio content. Additionally, they are compatible with several popular movie and music download services. It works with… Read More

  • Nintendo DS Demos at An Airport Near You


    I need to book my next flight ASAP. Nintendo is getting ready to test out ‘download stations’ at the international airports in New York (JFK: Terminals 2 and 3), Atlanta (Hartsfield-Jackson) and Cincinnati (Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky). What are they testing? That’s a very good question and I have the answer for you. Nintendo DS owners will be wirelessly downloading a… Read More

  • Belkin Announces Network USB Hub

    Belkin has announced a new network USB hub that conjures up a bit black magic to trick your computer into thinking that it’s directly plugged into all your devices when it really isn’t. The hub works with your existing wireless network and gives you wireless access to all your goods because of a ‘special caching technique that supports high-speed USB devices and their… Read More