Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • World of Warcraft Patch 2.1.0 Out Now

    Just as I was talking to my friend about rolling a new Horde character on Burning Blade, out comes this new WoW patch. Dubbed “The Black Temple”, this 256MB patch will allow players to enter, well The Black Temple! Players can fight Illidan the Betrayer before realizing they have plenty of other goodies associated with this patch to check out. There’s a new PVP arena, new… Read More

  • Qwest Now Offering EV-DO Service

    Qwest users can now get some decent wireless Internet on the go. Using Sprint’s EV-DO Revision A network, Qwest is offering users over-priced wireless mobile broadband plans. For $69.99, you can get a paltry 500MB of data a month. According to the report, Qwest will offer a 600MB plan and an unlimited plan as well, which makes no sense considering that 500MB and 600MB aren’t that… Read More

  • SoundTech LightSnake iChat USB Headset and Mic: Does Apple Know About This?

    I’m sure you’ve heard of SoundTech before. It makes all sorts of audio-related cables and the like, the latest of which is the LightSnake iChat, a USB headset and mic that’s designed for everyday tasks like gaming and annoying your friends on Skype. A nice vanity feature here is “Live when Lit,” which causes the unit to flash wildy when it’s processing sound… Read More

  • A Friend Of The Devil Is A Friend Of Sirius

    Sirius will be adding a new station to its lineup consisting of only Grateful Dead tracks. Set to debut this summer, the station will feature classic tracks, new tunes, unreleased recordings, special shows hosted by members of the band, bootlegs, and of course, live sets. This is not the first time Sirius has given a band its own station. Elvis has his own station and so does Howard Stern. Read More

  • More Guitar Hero Encore Tracks Unveiled

    Can’t get enough Guitar Hero? Don’t worry! Activision realizes you’re not just a casual gamer and need more rockage. That’s why they’ll be releasing Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s sometime this year hopefully. A new tracklisting has been posted, showcasing some of the hits of the 1980s. Songs include: Read More

  • Lost – The iPod Game

    What do you do when you have a failing TV show with a terrible plot line and you’re losing money on it? Create a mobile game! Duh! “Lost” is now available as a downloadable iPod game on the iTunes Music Store. For $5 you too can “Help Jack search for dynamite, tend to the wounded, and avoid the black smoke.” Sounds extremely exciting. Other activities include… Read More

  • Motorola and Kodak Working On 5-Megapixel Cameraphone

    Kodak and Motorola are currently at work on a 5-megapixel cameraphone using a Kodak-developed CMOS sensor. This was confirmed yesterday when Kodak President Antonio Perez jumped up on a conference table and shouted “Five megapixels in your face and up your butt, baby!” Of course this is just speculation. Other than the 5-megapixel CMOS sensor, Perez didn’t mention much… Read More

  • Cambridge SoundWorks Radio CD 745i Review


    iPod clock radios are a dime a dozen, but renowned speaker maker Cambridge SoundWorks supercharged theirs with beefy sound and a built-in CD player. The all-in-one CSW Radio CD 745i has sophisticated looks (in black or white), thanks to a bevy of on-board controls. We got our hands on one and nightstand-tested it for a week, and it was no letdown. The features, compactness, sound, and… Read More

  • T-Mobile Wing Released

    Not like you didn’t already know about the Wing, but those of you with T-Mobile can now purchase the Wing. This MyFaves-enabled phone isn’t cheap and will run you $300 with a two-year contract, but oh is it feature-rich. Aside from the sliding QWERTY-pad, you’ll find Bluetooth 2.0, WiFi, EDGE, a full HTML browser, push e-mail, microSD, media player, and a 2.0-megapixel… Read More

  • Cruncharcade: Frag Time


    While early summer is typically that time when video game releases slow down a bit, this year a few notable titles are showing up (plus there a couple of games that might have slipped through the cracks) This week we look at the games that will have you lock ‘n loading as you face off in some high intensity shooters. We’re also finally starting to see what Vista means for gamers… Read More

  • Panasonic Lumix FX100 Goes Buckwild With 12-megapixels

    Panasonic unveiled the latest Lumix today and it’s a whopper. The FX100 may be small in size, but the 12-megapixel, 28mm wide-angle Leica DC lens with 3.6x optical zoom and f/2.8 tells a different story. A cool feature I like is the High-Speed Burst shooting mode that picks off eight frames per second. It also boasts the ability to snap HD pictures and records 720p video at 15 FPS. Read More

  • Spy Drone Takes Off In The UK

    If you’ve played GRAW 2 then the drones that are being deployed in Merseyside, England shouldn’t come as a surprise. What was once utilized by the military is now being used by law enforcement to help catch criminals. It will also be used to monitor traffic and investigate illegal firearms operations. The “spy drone” is capable of taking images from 500m above, can… Read More

  • LCD Panel Prices Hit Bottom Indicating Standard Price Points; or, Now's the Time to Buy That HDTV

    If you’re one of the millions of American’s waiting for just the right time to pounce on that flat panel LCD TV you’ve had your eyes on, now’s the time to strike, according to Wired and iSuppli. The market prices of the LCD panels, which are at the heart of any LCD TV, have hit bottom and are starting a rebound, meaning they’re not likely to get any cheaper. This… Read More

  • Apple Prepped to Kill Off 17-Inch iMac?

    Let’s make one thing perfectly clear: Apple, as we know the company today, can trace it’s recent successes (and, truly, failures) to one single model of Macintosh: the iMac. When the inexpensive all-in-one was introduced in 1998, shockwaves of lust were felt across the PC ecosphere. And with the Internet blossoming, this was the perfect time to market to first-time computer buyers. Read More

  • Windows Vista SP1 Coming Soon

    Are you ready for some Vista Service Pack 1 hotness? It does, in fact, exist, folks. So don’t think I’ve gone crazy. At the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference a PC was shown running the service pack, “Windows Build 6001 Service Pack 1, v113.”, and the crowd went absolutely buck wild. I think. In any case, the service pack has been spotted and now we wait for… Read More

  • Lawmaker Votes for Talking-While-Driving Law, Breaks Law, Causes Accident, Makes Us Chuckle a Little Bit

    We’re filing this one under “cruel, humorous irony.” State Senator Carole Migden is a crusader for public safety, it would seem, voting for a measure to fine people for talking on their cellphones while driving, because that’s far more dangerous than, say, tuning the radio or eating, explaining why those activities are still perfectly legal. Imagine how red-faced she… Read More

  • Criticize How Much It Costs To Run Vista Decently and Get Beaten Up By Readers

    If you don’t have anything nice to say about Windows Vista then don’t bother writing about it. That’s the general consensus on a certain post on eWeek’s Microsoft Watch. One of the writers over there recounted a story in which his sister bought a Sony Vaio laptop with Vista installed that had a Windows Experience Index score of 3.3—considering the laptop cost… Read More

  • Who Should Be Rewarded For Their Firefox Contributions?


    Open source is all well and good, but what should happen to all the money that’s generated in its creation? A very good question, and one the New York Times tackled today. Told against the backdrop of a failed presidential campaign and the spirit of the grassroots movement, the article looks at the success of the Mozilla Foundation and its Firefox Web browser. The non-profit… Read More

  • Sprint Expands Unlimited Pilot Plans

    Use Sprint to the MAXX? If you live in San Francisco, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Tampa, or Philadelphia (booh yah!), you’re now eligible to take part in Sprint’s unlimited plan trial. The unlimited plan costs $120 a month and gives you unlimited voice, texting, and data use. Need a PC card thrown in there too? For $150 you can get PC card access thrown in there are well. Some would… Read More

  • ZDNet Wants You To Review Products, Will Let You Keep 'Em

    Do you want to be a part of the glamorous world of technology writing? I mean, who wouldn’t? Beginning this week, ZDNet is giving you the chance to become a Deputy Product Tester. Every week, ZDNet will pick at least one person to do a hands-on test of a product of the site’s choosing. Afterward, you get to keep the product (so long as you’re based here in the U.S.). Should… Read More