Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • HP Kinda Caves In, Also Throws Support Behind Blu-ray Disc

    Used to be that HP was a member of the HD DVD forum, meaning that even thinking about Blu-ray was a no-no. How time files when consumers are confused and/or don’t know which horse to original story titleback. Two new HP computers, the Pavilion Media Center m8010y and the Pavilion d4890y, will be able to read and write Blu-ray discs as well as read HD DVD discs. (Plus regular ol’… Read More

  • Vista: Switching Back Is Easy To Do

    Nik Cubrilovic, a contributor to TC, recently had a blow-out with his Mac and started using Windows Vista full time. The terrible part? He really, really likes it! Surprisingly, I tend to agree with him. I was very pleased with Vista’s performance on an older machine I have here at home and I now look forward to booting up Windows rather than dreading it. Granted there’s no way… Read More

  • Samsung Q1 Ultra UMPC: Huh. Ok.

    Another day, another UMPC. The Samsung Q1 was the hottest thing since sliced bread about two years ago, but now that they’ve released the super Ultra version, I’m pretty sure we’re all yawning a bit. I mean they didn’t even call it the Q1. They just stuck an Ultra on there and called it a day. It’s got a split QWERTY keyboard, thumb buttons, and a $799 price tag… Read More

  • iPod Update Tomorrow?

    The word on the street (and by “street” I mean the clamor coming from the basements of nerds across the Internets) is that an updated iPod could surface as soon as tomorrow — Tuesday, May 8. Think Secret has acquired the information by way of an “unproven source,” so take this as the BS that it more than likely is. Nevertheless, imagining for an instant that it… Read More

  • Students Use Laptops for Porn Instead of Schoolwork

    Truly shocking news: rather than user school-issued laptops for educational purposes, high school kids instead used them for instant messaging, Web browsing and porn immersion. Say it ain’t so. So school districts around the country, which were convinced that giving kids laptops would, I don’t know, make them smarter, are scuttling in-school laptop programs, making kids learn the… Read More

  • LED Roses Make Dorky Moms Smile

    This coming Sunday, two important things are happening: Mother’s Day and my birthday. Now I’ll leave it up to you to determine which will be more fun, but you can’t ignore the woman who cast you into this world. So pick her up some roses, or even better, LED roses, for the big day. This set of four contains light up roses that glow in various colors (red, blue, light blue… Read More

  • 3D Printers Let You Print Out 3D Objects

    They’re called three-dimensional printers and they’re mainly used in the industrial design industry—car and airplane manufacturers. for example—to test out designs before mass production. Us normal folk can look forward to using printers to create items that we need or want after downloading the plans from the Web. Did your pesky child see a toy advertised on toy? Read More

  • Reminder: ScottEVest Savings

    Oyez, oyez. ScottEVest, purveyors of all clothes technological, is offering CrunchGear readers a special deal until May 14 on Performance Polo and Performance Pullover shirts. Type in the coupon code 2SAVE20 and get 20% off those items. I can personally vouch for SeV’s cooltasticness. I wear the Performance shirts on almost all the flights I take and the Tactical jacket I got a few years… Read More

  • Mother's Day Gift Trade Up Contest: Win One of 2 iPod 4GB Nanos

    OK, guys. It’s six days until Mother’s Day and you don’t have anything for your mom. How about an iPod Nano and some chocolates, courtesy of Best Buy. Here’s what’s going to happen. I have two iPods lying around here and, in order to ensure they go out in time for Mom to get one, I need entries by 12:00 PM EST Wednesday, May 9 and we’ll vote until 12:00PM… Read More

  • Worms Can, Ah, Make Music Too

    Cross one part DIYer, one can of worms, and a whole lot of electronic circuitry and what do you get? A bunch of worms trying to become the next Aphex Twin. The device you see the worms crawling on is an electronic touch contact feedback device. In short, you touch it, the circuits become connected, and sweet blips and beeps are produced. Fun for all ages, but a total blast when you throw a… Read More

  • LED Macs By Years End

    The recent announcement from Apple promising a greener future has fired up the rumor mill again with talks of LED backlit Macs. Which makes complete sense, but when will we expect those Macs to hit shelves? I’ll go out on a limb and say by Q4. Just in time for the holiday shopping season. Industry sources in Taiwan are confirming both panel and component pieces are being tested and… Read More

  • Audio Bombing: Cassette Tape-based Graffiti

    Traditional graffiti, eyesore that it is, means having to spray paint the sides of buildings with tags, the graffiti artist’s signature. Audio Bombing is a new take on the practice that uses cassette tape as the medium. You record whatever you want to say onto the audio tape, then rip the tape itself out of the cassette. Then you place this tape all over town—on building walls… Read More

  • Shutterfly and Target Announce Partnership

    Personally, I use Flickr for my photos and don’t even both with hard-copy anymore. But for those of us who still have a heart and use Shutterfly, you can now pick up your digital prints from your local Target. Today, Target and Shutterfly announced a partnership where you can order prints online for the rate of about 19 cents a photo. Pickup is said to only take about an hour, meaning… Read More

  • Your Wii Wii Needs To Cool Off

    Are those marathon sessions of Paper Mario and/or Zelda leaving your Wii Wii a bit too warm? Yes, maybe. I’ve never had problems with my Wii overheating, but maybe you do. In any case, Firstsing is offering a USB cooling fan that runs “without noise.” The simple yet effective design will keep your Wii nice and cool while you’re flipping from 2D to 3D. It… Read More

  • Third Apple Store Coming To NYC

    As we already know, Apple apparently feels the need to make its presence known throughout all of NYC. In fact, Apple isn’t content with two great stores located in SoHo and 5th Avenue, so they’re building a third in the meatpacking district. That’s right. After stuffing your face at Morimoto, you can now stroll over to 401 W. 14th St. for an iPod Shuffle or a Mac Pro. The… Read More

  • Ultimate Ears metro.fi 2 Review


    Ultimate Ears continues to make a very strong push into the consumer headphone market. The company’s most aggressively priced and most compact in-ear headphones yet, the UE metro.fi 2, are a very good buy at just $79.99. If you’re looking to save a few bucks over pricier models like the UE super.fi 3 Studio or Creative Zen Aurvana, these are highly recommended, with great comfort… Read More

  • WoW Visa Credit Card Offers Gamers Free Game Time

    Oh boy, credit card debt and World of Warcraft, a powerful combination to be sure. Now thanks to Visa, you can get your very own WoW credit card in one of 13 designs. The game-related rewards for using the card include one free month upon first use and 1 percent of every dollar you spend will be converted to free game time that’s credited to your account. (What isn’t specified is… Read More

  • Scientists Figure Out How to Wire Quantum Computers

    D-Wave’s Orion may be a step in the right direction in the field of quantum computing, but many of its detractors are still waiting for something a little more credible to appear on the scene. Enter RIKEN, a team of Japanese researchers who now are able to “controllably couple qubits.” Thought not the first to accomplish this (a team at UC Berkley did so last year), the… Read More

  • OQO Model 2 Gets HSDPA'd

    Over on Flickr, user tnkgrl got fed-up with the EVDO card her OQO Model 2 came with. So what’s a girlfriend to do when she wants a little HSDPA in her life? Mod the hell out of her computer, that’s what. Tnkgrl went ahead and ripped out that EVDO like a loose hangnail and replaced it with a brand spankin’ new HSDPA card. Doesn’t look like it took too much work, but… Read More

  • Gran Turismo: HD – One Of These Cars Isn't Real

    Over at the VGChartz (with a Z!) forums, someone posted some fantastic screenshots of Grand Turismo: HD compared with real-life action shots from a race. Needless to say, guessing which photos are real is tricky, but no one expected it to be this hard. Though some are labeled wrong, it’s still fun to compare two shots. You really get a chance to see how far video games have come in the… Read More