Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Amp'd Mobile Being Fined $100k

    Amp’d has been a naughty, naughty MVNO! The FCC is about to lay the smackdown on Amp’d for not protecting customer data securely enough. Turns out HP hired a bunch of private detectives to call up Amp’d impersonating customers and fished data out of the mobile provider. Amp’d hasn’t been cooperating greatly with the FCC on the investigation and has 30 days to… Read More

  • Airlines Taking A Liking To WiFi

    The WSJ has a great piece on how American-based airlines are going to soon offer WiFi on flights. With the growing demand and absolute need for the Internet everywhere we go, it was only a matter of time before US-based airlines jumped on ship. According to the article, within the next 12 months, airlines will offer in-flight net connections, IM, and e-mail. The announcements are expected to… Read More

  • Apple Unveils 8-Core Mac Pro

    Out of absolutely nowhere, Apple has decided to randomly unleash the 8-core Mac Pro unto the world. As you’d probably expect though, power doesn’t come cheap. A base Mac Pro with only the CPU upgraded so it’s 8-core will cost you $4000 alone. Should you dare to upgrade the RAM and hard disks, you’re looking at a $7500 machine. Aside from the new CPU upgrade… Read More

  • DS-Xtreme Flash "Homebrew" Cart Now 2GB, Still $129

    We looked at the DS-Xtreme Nintendo DS piracy enabler (let’s be honest here: that’s what you’ll use it for) a little while back, but a common complaint against it was that it only packed 512MB of storage. Not true anymore. Now the DS-Xtreme comes with 2GB of storage for the same price as before, $129 (the same price as the DS itself, incidentally). Just think of how many… Read More

  • Google Desktop Now Available For Mac

    Google has released a beta of its Google Desktop application for Mac OS X. The application—which is a Universal Binary—indexes users’ hard drives, including fun stuff like e-mails, PDFs, apps and other files. If this sounds similar to Apple’s own Spotlight search technology, that’s because they both do essentially the same thing. Google Desktop had been available… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Backpacker Edition

    Macpack Pwns Your Backpack
    Hey, Pig: Porcine USB Card Reader
    Seagate FreeAgent Go 160GB Hands On
    Minitel 2.0
    Analyst Predicts Blackberry Launches On Sprint, T-Mobile Read More

  • Get A $60 iTunes Card For $45

    I stumbled upon a forum post on a site that shall remain nameless and discovered that Best Buy is offering quite the deal. For a limited time, Best Buy will give you a free $15 iTunes Music Store gift card when you buy three at regular price. Just head over to the site, add four $15 cards to your basket, and check out. That’s it! Now you can have a little extra content to check out on… Read More

  • Minitel 2.0

    When I was a kid I always wanted to use a Minitel terminal. These were essentially dumb terminals hooked up basic servers that allowed you to send email and get information, much like today’s postal service and newspapers. Apparently French ISP Neuf Cegetel is going to create Minitel 2.0 using a mini Linux computer and keyboard. The full kit costs 99 euro – about $130 – and… Read More

  • Moka: Wisdom at $.25 Per Message

    Are you down and out? Are you on the street? Does evening fall so hard that you’d like Paul Simon to comfort you? Fear not, brave soul. Moka has some content for you. Moka is an odd SMS service that condenses and sends the key thoughts from many popular self-help books (Louise Hay’s “You Can Heal Your Life,” Wayne Dyers “Inspiration,” God’s… Read More

  • PCs Ready Not So Vista Ready: Call the Lawyers!

    Dianne Kelley is sick of fake Vista stickers. She goes into a store, buys a computer, and finds it can’t run Microsoft Vista’s fancy Aero interface. What’s a poor woman to do? Sue! In a proposed class action lawsuit, Kelley is suing to protest the practice of putting Vista-Ready on anything and everything with a keyboard and mouse when we all know damn well that a Dell with… Read More

  • Seagate FreeAgent Go 160GB Hands On

    Looking at a device like Seagate’s FreeAgent Go 160 GB makes the average user yawn. Storage? 160GB? Feh. Boring. But Seagate has some tricks up its sleeve. In affect, the FreeAgent Go is your computer’s environment and personality in the palm of your hand. It’s a storage product that’s focused on always traveling, location-moving, iPod-toting… Read More

  • Steve Jobs Says Not To Expect DRM-free Video

    Everyone except for this guy applauded Apple and EMI’s agreement to sell DRM-free music on the iTunes store. Enjoy it, but don’t expect to see DRM-free video any time soon. There’s two reasons why this is the case: 1) Apple doesn’t have as much clout in the movie industry as it does in the music industry and 2) people have more of an expectation of movies coming with… Read More

  • Sony Drops The PSP's Price By $30 To $169

    The PSP has pretty much been a flop (remember when retailers told Sony to drop the price or else?), so Sony has officially dropped the price of the portable gaming system by $30. Once $199, the Core PSP pack (which just includes the system itself, AC adapter and a batter) now carries a $169 price tag. This only applies to North America, so European gamers still have to pay what they’ve… Read More

  • 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