Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • New York Braces Itself For The Taxi of The Future

    There’s some sort of automotive trade show going on in New York right now and one of the highlights is an exhibition showcasing taxis of the future. It’s called Taxi 07 and includes various concepts and prototypes of what you might see on the streets of New York one day. Lots of the concepts focus on improving accessibility for the disabled, while others try to be as… Read More

  • Apple Files Patent For Multi-Sized Icons

    In an interesting move, Apple recently filed for a patent that would allow OS X users to have multi-sized icons on the screen at the same time. The system would allow users to make icons of files larger or smaller, based on importance. In fact, there’s a whole lot of sizing goin’ on here. Apple writes: “However, such difference in size does not indicate the relative… Read More

  • The AudioFile: The DRM Dam Cracks


    If you saw my April Fool’s post about Apple getting rid of DRM in the iTunes Music Store, apparently the joke was on me. The very next day, Apple and EMI (one of the big five major labels) made a deal to sell EMI’s entire catalogue–minus the Beatles’ music–without copy protection for $1.29 each. But as I read the reports and analyses and talked to some… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Instruction Edition

    LG SV80: Enough With The Banana Comparisons Already
    The Futurist: Where All These Cell Phone Names Are Taking Us
    Stream Surround Sound Music With Sony’s TDM-NC1 Cube
    Yeah, It’s For Real
    MyGADs for Storing, Retrieving Factoids Read More

  • Denon AH-C700 Canalphones Hands On

    Denon finally returned to the consumer headphone market, and they’ve made a big splash with their latest offerings. I spent some quality time with the AH-C700 (available in black or silver), and the upshot is that I’m not going to wait 2 days to call. They’re not cheap dates, though, at about $200. But they have such nice extension in both the bass and the treble that they… Read More

  • Verizon Gets the BlackBerry 8830 World Phone


    Today isn’t a bad day to be a Verizon customer. It just announced that it would be carrying the new BlackBerry 8830 Cyclone. The new device features CDMA and GSM capabilities, making it functional in both the US and Europe. The phone features a QVGA screen, microSD and EV-DO. No camera, but don’t know many people who actually takes shots with their phones so that… Read More

  • Mobiode: Surveys Tailored for Mobile

    Now that people are finally accessing mobile content on their phones, it’s good that someone is putting metrics in place to judge how good that content is. Mobiode by Wirenode is a survey tool for mobile phones. Using the built-in WAP or WHML browsers on today’s handsets, site operators can ask user’s opinions on any range of topics, and get the results fast. In theory… Read More

  • MyGADs for Storing, Retrieving Factoids

    Those of you familiar to the old days of IRC might recall infobots, handy little scripts that live in IRC channels and spout out factoids when they see a certain trigger. For example, my favorite infobot on Slashnet is Zuul. If you ask Zuul about me, he’ll respond with “Matt Hickey is the brain that makes the underpinnings of the Web,” an obvious reference to my genius. But… Read More

  • LG SV80: Enough With The Banana Comparisons Already

    People have called the LG SV80 a banana phone — clearly they’ve never seen a real banana phone before. LG believes that the SV80’s shape make it more ergonomic. They’d better because the shape is the only thing that makes it interesting. The stats look like a cellphone from 2005: 1.3-megapixel camera and a paltry 142MB of built-in memory. It’s only for Korea right… Read More

  • Dvorak Sez iPhone Bat Dead in 40 Mins, Continues to Hit Magical Crack Pipe


    Alright so, I’ve made no secret of my complete disenchantment of the iPhone. My primary reason for distaste is also because I think the battery is going to be entirely worthless. Nevertheless, something weird is going on with Mr. John C. Dvorak. Last week he issued a proclamation saying that Apple should withdraw the iPhone (not a bad idea). He gave all sorts of reasons that… Read More

  • Microsoft Tries To Justify 120GB Xbox 360 Hard Drive's $180 Price

    The 120GB hard drive for the Xbox 360, purchased as a separate accessory, will cost $179.99 when it comes out later this month. I repeat, $180 for a 120GB hard drive. Isn’t that a bit much? Lots of folks on the Internets thought so, too, forcing Microsoft to respond to allegations of overcharging. Read More

  • RIAA Messes Up Again!

    Just when you thought the RIAA could seriously not get any worse, it does. Nine Inch Nails is currently on tour in Europe (their new album is absolutely fantastic by the way) and have been leaving special USB keys hidden in restrooms at venues. People who discover the USB drives will get access to leaked songs off the forthcoming album, “Year Zero”. And if a fan finds free MP3s in… Read More

  • Out of HDMI Ports? XtremeMac's Switcher Gives You Four for One


    Got an HDTV or A/V receiver that’s ill prepared for the onslaught of HDMI products now available? Well, in case you didn’t know, you can get switchers that allow you to pass multiple HDMI devices through a single HDMI port (kind of like a USB hub). One such option is XtremeMac’s HDMI Switcher, which for $100 lets you connect four devices to one port. It supports resolutions… Read More

  • Give XP an OS X Makeover

    http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/501677/how_to___make_windows_look_like_mac_os_x.swf Look, we’re not one to judge. We’re not sure why you’d want to make Windows XP look like OS X, but there must be some of you out there that do. Perhaps you’re the type who’d do it just to say you’ve done it, or for some other sort of novelty. Either way, the above video will… Read More

  • Patent Monkey: Eye Tracking for Computers

    In watching the growing interest in web tracking, with players like clickdensity combined with analytics to fine tune preferences, we thought Canon’s recently received patent covering the use of image data to track eye movement on a computer screen quite interesting. Canon has a deep history in eye tracking technology and filed on this technique to determine head position and then… Read More

  • EMI's First DRM-free Release: The Good, The Bad & The Queen

    Yay! The first EMI album to be offered for download free of copy protection, or digital rights management (DRM), is now available. “The Good, The Bad & The Queen” can be downloaded in the “new format,” aka 320Kbps MP3s, directly from the band’s Website. Apple’s iTunes Music Store also has a “Live from SoHo EP” with five tracks recorded, um… Read More

  • Stream Surround Sound Music With Sony's TDM-NC1 Cube

    Sony sure does smell a potential market with this wireless media streaming stuff. (Don’t want to be late to the party this time, right Sony?) This odd looking fellow is the Digital Media Port Wi-Fi Client, or the TDM-NC1. Like the similarly styled iPod dock before it, this $200 cube, which should hit stores in June, integrates into a Bravia-branded home theater setup via the digital… Read More

  • WEP, She Is Not So Secure, You Know

    According to researchers Erik Tews, Ralf-Philipp Weinmann, and Andrei Pyshkin of Darmstadt Technical University it’s possible to crack a WEP key in about a minute. The trio proved that with a nice set of encoded data and a little processing power allows you to crack a 104-bit WEP key. Didn’t we already know that WEP was useless? WEP key wireless cracking made easy [TheRegister] Read More

  • WJAu Speaks on Second Life Marketing


    I’m not very big on Second Life — I have enough trouble making my first one work — but it’s interesting to see SL grow and change from a group of geeks reliving Snow Crash to some sort of media darling. Wagner James Au is writing about a study from Komjuniti about marketing in Second Life. 72% of respondents didn’t like SL marketing while 40% thought the concept… Read More

  • The Mystery of the Multiple Apple TVs

    Holmes: Ah, Mr. Watson. Let us take a pipe of opium and discuss this matter, shall we?
    Watson: Yes, Dear Mr. Holmes. Let’s.
    H: Attention, then, please. We have here the page for the Airport Extreme Base Station. What do you see?
    W: An overpriced 802.11n device?
    H: You are an ignorant buffoon, Dear Mr. Watson, and your mother was a fishwife. To that end, we return to our examinations. Read More