Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • 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

    Elgato Turbo 264 USB Turns Regular Video into iPod Video
    Reporter Gets Shot With Pain Gun
    To-Conne i-Lit Speakers: Instant Club Atmosphere Without All Those Annoying People
    Orange Zune Coming Zoon
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  • Elgato Turbo 264 USB Turns Regular Video into iPod Video


    This tiny USB stick might make your life considerably easier if you regularly convert video to h.264 for use in the iPod and the Apple TV and iPod. The device offloads the conversion load to a separate processor and includes software for video conversion that starts up when you insert the stick. It will be available this Spring for about $130. Might be handy if you follow the advice in… Read More

  • Orange Zune Coming Zoon

    You know it’s a slow news day when this kind of stuff gets headlines. This, friends, is an orange Zune. Is it better than the other Zunes? No, unless you feel that orange makes some items intrinsically better than other items. This, unfortunately, is not the case. However, if you like Zunes, we’re sure you’ll like this orange one. When I was in J-school they never told me… Read More

  • Xbox 360 Elite Not So Elite: Doesn't Have HDMI 1.3, PCM Audio, Does Not Cure Impotence

    The hype surrounding the Xbox 360 Elite is starting to wane, which means it’s time for the fanbois to complain about what they don’t like about it. The qualms thus far: lack of HDMI 1.3 support and the lack of a built-in HD DVD drive minimize the meaning of the word “Elite.” The absence of HDMI 1.3 means that Dolby’s super mega high def audio format TrueHD is… Read More

  • Make Video Calls From Your Cellphone (If You Live in Canada)

    Marvel at the wonders of 3G! Up in Canada, cellphone provider Rogers will be the first carrier in North America to let its users make video calls. This high bandwidth activity is made possible by the company’s shiny new HSDPA network. Rogers also plans to use all this extra bandwidth (current HSDPA speeds range from 1.8Mbits/s to 14.4Mbits/s) to funnel to its subscribers the weekly top… Read More

  • Help Key: Putting Video Onto Your Apple TV

    So you’ve got an Apple TV yet, for some strange reason, you’re not satisfied with $9.99 downloads of Disney classics. What is a fan of HDMI-enabled video playback devices to do? Here’s a quick tutorial on getting video from almost any source onto your Apple TV. Read More