Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • The Great Skype Contest of 2007


    New versions of Skype for Windows and Mac have been available for a little while now, and while the CG staff was quick to download the latest versions of the free VoIP app, we’re a little concerned that some of our readers haven’t heard the call, so to speak. To make Skype even freer, the company has given us five SMC WiFi Phone and FON Router kits to give away to our readers. Read More

  • Holy Cow! Apple Sells 100 Millionth iPod

    We’d like to remind you all that a little over five years ago, there was no iPod. MP3 players were limited to the likes of a 256MB Rio that would set you back $189.99 at an EBGames. Then came the iPod. It rocked an industry, set a new benchmark, and become the product to have. Now Apple has sold its 100 millionth iPod. Think about that for a second. That’s enough iPods to fill up… Read More

  • Help Key: Hosting a Kickass LAN Party


    A good gaming PC and monitor are ready to go. Computer gaming doesn’t have to be a solitary experience. Today most shooters and strategy games feature multiple modes as robust as the single player campaigns. And you also don’t need to limit your multi-player sessions to playing online where you don’t actually see or talk to the other participates directly. Getting together… Read More

  • Update: Body Armor—Not iPod—Saves Soldier's Life in Iraq

    So it turns out that an iPod didn’t save Kevin Garrad’s life in Iraq, but that his body armor did. That’s a little less interesting (from a gadget blog perspective), but good news nonetheless. The rest of the meme holds true: the soldier got into a firefight with a bad guy and was shot, unbeknownst to him. When he got back to his barracks intending to listen to his iPod and… Read More

  • 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