Gadgets

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  • Alltel Prepping Itself for Dinner?

    Alltel, you know, that other cellphone carrier, is now proactively positioning itself for a sale, according to Phone Scoop’s Ouija board. Three private equity groups are looking at snapping up the small-but-important carrier. No larger networks have shown interest, which isn’t that odd. As the Big Four (Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile) have coast-to-coast networks of their… Read More

  • Philips NX ProntoLite Remote Rules The Living Room

    Those of you with pricey home theater installations may want to check out the latest offering in remote controls from Philips. The NX ProntoLite is a touch-screen remote control that can control basically anything with an IR port. A huge VGA screen lets you easily pick channels, control room lighting, and even stream music via a built-in server. Should you need it, you can control an… Read More

  • Intel's Santa Rosa Explained in Excruciating Detail

    You may have been reading CrunchGear today wondering what in God’s name is all this Santa Rosa business about. Luckily the crew at Computer Shopper has a giant feature that explains what Intel’s new chipset is and what it means to you. They also have a bunch of in-depth reviews of Santa Rosa laptops that I wouldn’t even have the patience to come up with. They look at… Read More

  • Patent Monkey: Ericsson Multi-Layer Display Cell Phone

    After covering Motorola’s multi-layer LCD solar display, Ericsson’s recently issued patent adds a feature in yet another direction: a multiple layered display. Ericsson has thought up a number of applications to fit more onto that tiny screen by layering the information. Apple may be the company to do something like this justice, and after the jump you’ll see just how much… Read More

  • Pioneer Announces Four Elite A/V Receivers

    VSX-90TXV Pioneer isn’t being sheepish about their intentions to take over the home entertainment division with the announcement of four A/V receivers that deliver superb HD audio and video. The Elite receivers, VSX-90TXV, VSX-91TXH, VSX-92TXH and VSX-94TXH, will be the center of your home theater system because of the 1.3A HDMI (only 91-TXH, 92-TXH and 94-TXH) connectivity. The… Read More

  • 2TB RAID Array From Other World Computing: Enough Space For You?

    People who leave Azureus running all day long could benefit from this 2TB RAID array from Other World Computing, said to be the Largest Ever. It’s got a regal-sounding name, the OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Dual 2.0TB RAID solution, as well as a price that only kings you afford—laughing out loud!—$1,099. The 7200RPM drives connect to your rig using either a FireWire 800, 400 or… Read More

  • Jesus Has the Answers (Or At Least 20 Of Them)

    As a good Christian, I try to avoid playing with the Dark Forces of the Universe. Ouiji board? No thanks. Tarot cards? Not my thing. Magic 8-ball? I don’t think so. But what do I do when I need to divine my future? What crutch do I have to turn to when I can’t make decisions and think for myself? Jesus is the answer, friends. Working much like a magic 8-ball, the Answer Me Jesus! is… Read More

  • Moscow Getting WiFi Coin-Box Phones

    An interesting little tidbit of information here. Comstar UTS and Moscow’s City Telephone Network will be teaming up to deliver 200 WiFi-enabled coin-box telephones throughout the city. These phones will be placed in subways, airports, hotels, and other public places. Each phone will allow customers to pay via coins, pre-paid cards, sms-authorization, and MGTS phone cards. Apparently… Read More

  • Quick Tidbits: EA To Release Four New iPod Games

    Not a lot of info to work with here but iLounge/Seeking Alpha are reporting that Electronic Arts will be releasing four new iPod games this year. One of the new titles will be Sims Bowling while the other three remain a mystery. This was revealed during an EA’s quarterly earnings conference call and all we know is that the games will be released during 2007. Glad to see someone is… Read More

  • Really Hot Skype Software For Your Blackberry

    IM+ from SHAPE Services is about to make Blackberry owners cry out with pure glee. This client lets you IM and talk to Skype friends on the cheap. For $25 you get the ability to make calls not over WiFi, but over friggin’ GSM/3G/CDMA networks. Yeah, that’s right. Free voice calls to friends and cheap-as-hell SkypeOut calls without a WiFi network. Might as well lower your… Read More

  • Dell Latitudes, Too, Have Santa Rosa Fever

    Whether you like it or not, today is Santa Rosa Day, where all the king’s horses and all the king’s men pimp their new laptops that have Intel’s latest chipset. Dell is no exception and two of its business-centric laptops, the Latitude D830 and D630, stand on guard for thee. Since they’re intended for business customers they have (as build-to-order options, natch) a… Read More

  • Get That Noose Ready: Surge Of 3-D Films Coming Next Year

    Not all 3-D movies are terrible, but most are rehashed pre-teen jokes with adult innuendos and crappy voice overs. While waiting for Spiderman 3 to start, I had to sit through two previews for PG-rated 3-D animal flicks (yes, one included penguins). I thought that was bad, until I read this Reuters report. Apparently, next year and into 2009, almost every studio will be releasing multiple… Read More

  • Sony Introduces VAIO FZ Series

    Going crazy for some Santa Rosa action? Sony delivers the goods today with the new VAIO FZ series of laptops. These new notebooks go on sale in the next week or so and will retail between $1400 and up. Equipped with Blu-Ray drives and sleek designs, the new FZ series looks to be one of the better looking VAIOs hitting the market recently. Read More

  • Pioneer Drops Cheapish PC Blu-ray Drive

    Blu-ray is winning and Pioneer agrees! The BDC-2202 PC drive was announced a few days ago, but here’s the real deal. The drive will playback Blu-ray discs as well as read and write to DVD and CD. The 2202 can read BD-ROM/BD-R/BD-RE at up to 5X and can read BD-ROM (DL) and BD-R/-RE (DL) at up to 2X speed. You can even create your own DVD movies and digital photo slideshows and the… Read More

  • CPC Strap: Potentially Better Than an Arab Strap

    Oh… my… God. We get stuff in our mailbox that causes us to pause, puke a little, and move on. But this, friends, will not allow us to move on. It screams at us from the depths — “POST ME! POST ME!” — and jibbers madly in our minds, filling our every waking moment with torment. What is it? It’s a strap for your phone. Read More

  • Pioneer Announces Elite BDP-94HD Blu-ray Player

    Along with the new 8th-gen plasmas announced today is a Blu-ray player from Pioneer, the Elite BDP-94HD. There isn’t a whole lot to drool over, but the BDP-94HD can be seamlessly integrated into your home theater system via HDMI Consumer Electronics Control Technology. One remote control for all your home theater gadgets…awesome! Unfortunately you’ll have to deal with a 1.2… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Movie Tie-Ins

    In case you weren’t paying attention summer has officially arrived. OK, maybe the kids are still in school, the weather isn’t quite that warm yet and it is still two and a half weeks until Memorial Day. But for Hollywood summer is here. Spider-Man 3 just had the biggest single day record at the box office, and this is just one of several highly anticipated films to be arriving… Read More

  • Mother's Day iPod Giveaway: The Entrants

    Thanks, guys, for coming through at the last minute. I’m going to pick two folks at random to save time but rest assured I appreciate the hard work some of you put into these cards. Funny stuff. Read More

  • Rumors: No Santa Rosa Macbooks But OLED On the Way

    According to my source who works with Apple, no Santa Rosa-related Macbooks or anything for that matter will be coming in the next few weeks or even months. Sorry. Not happening. Untrue. However, the OLED Macbook rumors seem to be true and our source says we can expect to see them within the next month. Extremely exciting news, I know. But hey, the iPhone is about a month away, so start… Read More

  • Pioneer Project Kuro First Impression

    I just got back from seeing the new Pioneer HDTVs and, wow, I’m impressed. The difference between the 720p and 1080p picture quality was barely noticeable, though. Details remain the same from our earlier post, but now we have pricing and launch dates. UPDATE:Optimum Mode not only adjusts picture brightness according to surrounding light, but also adjusts according to what type of… Read More