Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Hey, Pig: Porcine USB Card Reader

    Need a USB 2.0 card reader? Need it in the shape of a pig? Need it to support SD, Compact Flash, xD, MemoryStick, Mini SD, T-flash/Micro SD? Wait… pig? Yes, Brando, salesman to the world, is offering a pig-like USB card reader for $10 plus shipping. This might be just the thing to place on your desk to protest Communism by recounting the travails of the Animal Farm gang to your… Read More

  • Sony Ready To Release Another iPod Dock: The DockTDM

    Poor Sony, lackluster PS3 sales and all but pushed out of the digital music business by Apple. To that end, it’s releasing the $100 Digital Media Port iPod DockTDM-IP1, an iPod dock that integrates with its Bravia line of home theater equipment. Not too much going on here: just plug the iPod (fourth or fifth-gen, mini, or nano) into the connector then plug the unit into… Read More

  • Sony's Phil Harrison Can't Give Away PS3

    In a convoluted story involving beer, hard rock, and t-shirts, one man recounts his experience in Holland where Phil Harrison of Sony Entertainment’s Worldwide Studios stood up and tried to auction a PS3 for charity — and failed. It seems there’s a band called Marillion and they’re big gamers. At a recent event, they introduced Harrison who proceeded to offer a PS3 for… Read More

  • Time Warner HD Cable Box Includes HDMI, Cool Remote, Porn

    It seems that Consumerist reader John ordered a Time Warner DVR and, after a long wait, received a refurbished unit pre-owned by someone who really enjoys the PR0N. When his wife turned on the machine, she found reams of porn video. John received an angry call from said wife, who complained that the kids could have seen this and that the collection did not include that classic, Juranal… Read More

  • SlickrFrame Digital Photo Frame Automatically Displays Flickr Photos

    This SlickrFrame digital photo frame uses recently released open source software to display any Flickr photo tagged with the word “slickrframe.” The frame itself is made out of an old laptop and connects to the Internet with Wi-Fi. The software, Slickr, then combs Flickr for any and all images tagged with the magic word. When it finds one, the frame then displays the photo. Read More

  • MyCybertwin Software: Create an Online Version of Yourself To Annoy Your Friends, Family

    An Australian company just released software that acts as your online doppelganger. Called MyCybertwin, the software serves as a go-between between friends, customers, well wishers, etc. and your online personality. In other words, it’s a programmable avatar (God, that word bothers me so) that people can interact with. For example, you may be AFK, but your cybertwin is always online. So… Read More

  • Vonage Stays Afloat With New Deal

    After rumors of Vonage folding and Verizon’s infamous patent infringement case, things just weren’t looking good for the popular VoIP provider. But now, thanks to a new two-year deal with VoIP Inc., Vonage can now stay alive and win back some customers. The deal between Vonage and VoIP Inc. will allow Vonage to basically outsource calls placed by customers. This way, Vonage can… Read More

  • PC World's 50 Best Tech Products Of All Time

    Incredibly awesome magazine PC World has come out with a Top 50 Best Tech Products of All Time list and boy is it full of nostalgia. Classics include 3dfx Voodoo3 at #16, the Motorola StarTAC at #8, Tetris at #10, and Napster at #4. The most recent item on the list is Blizzard’s World of Warcraft at #27, followed by the Canon EOS Digital Rebel at #44. So who took the #1 spot? Was it Mac… Read More

  • Wii Outsells PS3 and Xbox 360 in February, Must Mean It's The Best

    The Nintendo Wii outsold both the Sony PlayStation 3 and the Microsoft Xbox 360 during the month of February. Nintendo sold 335,000 Wiis to Microsoft’s 228,000 and to Sony’s 127,000. Obviously this means that the Nintendo Wii is the bestest console of them all. And with games like NiGHTS coming out, I really can’t see how the Wii will lose the next-gen war. (Provided people… Read More

  • Macpack Pwns Your Backpack

    The ultimate in fanboy apparel has arrived in the form of the Macpack. All it took was a dead Macintosh SE from the late ’80s and some hard work. After trying to restore his Mac, lamanalchemist went and attached backpack straps to the machine, gutted it, and is now using it for storage. Comfy? Hardly, but think of all the whistles you’ll get walking up to the Genius Bar. Macpack [MAKE] Read More

  • Kyocera MARBL Released On Virgin Mobile

    Nothing too exciting here, but certainly worth mentioning. Today Virgin Mobile released yet another inexpensive phone for the pre-paid fanboys. The Kyocera MARBL is just a basic flip-phone with literally no exciting features. Camera? Nope. Bluetooth? Sorry. MP3 Player? Not a chance. Seems as if the best feature on this phone is either the design or polyphonic ringtones, the latter of which… Read More

  • You're All Idiots For Applauding The Apple/EMI Agreement Says Angry Inquirer Guy

    The Inquirer‘s Charlie Demerjian thinks you’re all idiots (and dumb sheep and suckers…) for applauding the EMI anti-DRM stance announced yesterday. His main rationale is that you’re all celebrating being sold back rights that never should have been taken from you in the first place. Fair enough. But then he goes on and on about how a 30 percent price increase is… Read More

  • Five Ways Best Buy Ruined Geek Squad

    Over at The Consumerist, a former Geek Squad employee has written in with a detailed explanation on why Geek Squad, well, sucks. After working at an Arizona-based location for nearly two years, this geek quit in hope of finding a less-stressful job. The reasons behind Geek Squad’s suckage include hiring practices that don’t go for brains but personality, a lack of staff available… Read More

  • Create Your Own MVNO With Sonopia

    This idea may seem a bit bold at first, but with the right execution, it could end up being a smash hit. Sonopia has purchased minutes and service from Verizon and will now let you create a personalized MVNO. No need to deal with companies like Sprint or Helio anymore — now you’re the boss. You can build plans, add services, and have friends, groups, or whoever you want join in. Read More

  • Korea Sky Concept Cellphone: Why Are Real Cellphones So Ugly?

    The thing about concept phones is that they so often look so much better than actual cellphones it’s almost depressing. This concept from Korea’s Sky is but the latest example of one that puts the many tired actual designs to shame. (Helio’s Ocean notwithstanding—that actually looks promising.) Its specs are nowhere to be found, but concepts are a lot like the womens… Read More

  • Analyst Predicts Blackberry Launches On Sprint, T-Mobile

    Merrill Lynch is up to it again with those crazy predictions. Well, maybe this isn’t so crazy, but it’s still noteworthy. Rumor is that come May 7th, Sprint will be getting the Blackberry Pearl and T-Mobile will be getting the 8300. The reasoning behind this speculation? RIM will be reporting its Q1 earnings come April 11th and the May 7th launch date also happens to be… Read More

  • Cambridge Soundworks Radio CD 745i w/ iPod Support

    Love your iPod but don’t want to invest in a dock because you’re still into FM radio and CDs? You might just want to peep the Radio CD 745i from Cambridge Soundworks. Equipped with a boring name and a Bose-esque design, this stereo features a dedicated iPod dock for playback and charging, AM/FM radio, a CD player that supports MP3/WMA discs, alarm clock, and a remote control. It… Read More

  • Meet the Treo 755p

    The 755p is the model number for a forthcoming Treo smartphone, and it’s bound for Sprint. The 755p is styled after the Treos 750w and 680, meaning a smaller form factor and sans antenna. The new Treos keep the EVDO connectivity the 700p enjoys, and will likely retain the Megapixel-class camera and Bluetooth as well. Not much else is known, sadly, except the launch date: look to be able… Read More

  • Apple and EMI Being Probed By EU

    Those Europeans are fast! Just one whole day after Apple and EMI announced they’d be offering DRM-free tracks on the iTunes Music Store, the European Union comes in to crap all over Apple’s parade. This time around, it’s accusing Apple and “The Big 4” record companies over iTMS purchasing options. Those eurocats don’t like the fact that you have to buy from… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Pain Gun Club Atmosphere Edition

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