Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Cingular Forced to Refund Customers To the Tune of $18.5 Million

    Thousands of California Cingular customers can look forward to receiving a $160 check in the mail thanks to a recent settlement. You see, back between 2000 and 2002, Cingular’s network stunk on ice because of a rapid increase in the number of customers it served. Many of those customers canceled their accounts as a result of the shoddy service only to see Cingular impose early… Read More

  • Sega Saturn Titles Coming To Wii VC (Maybe)

    Ok I give up. Nintendo, if you make games from one of my favorite systems of all time available via your Virtual Console on the Wii, then I’m sold. I’ll totally buy a Wii and stop bashing Nintendo every three seconds. Maybe. We’ll see. But the actual news is that Sega Saturn titles may be coming to Nintendo’s Virtual Console. Apparently a DigiPen employee was told that… Read More

  • TomTom Go 715 GPS: Now With GSM-Powered Broadband


    TomTom, France’s top GPS maker, have made the Go 715 nav unit real. The killer app: a SIM card slot lets you tap onto the power of the data transfer medium known as the internet, for sending and receiving data. This could be cool: Easy updating of maps and points of interest is the most obvious application, but there are others, such as SOSing and reading gadget blogs on the… Read More

  • Cingular, Qwest: No More Free Calls For You

    a free conference calling service based in Iowa which essentially follows the same free-calling-because-of-loopholes model used by so many other companies. The service was quite popular and undercut the big guy’s business so… yank. Read More

  • Mickey Mouse iPod nano

    Walt Disney may have been a nut, but he sure did love making children happy with his cartoons, especially good ol’ Mickey Mouse. That’s why we so thoroughly enjoy this Mickey Mouse-engraved iPod nano from Japan’s Run-at. It’s the standard issue 2GB nano, but with the famous mouse etched into the back. It also comes with a svelte leather case. Only around 500 were made… Read More

  • Retailers Give Ultimatum to Sony PSP

    Retailers have told Sony that unless the PSP sees a price drop, they will drop it from their shelves, according to 1UP. Although 1UP doesn’t name retailers and is vague on the details, the site hints that if a price drop doesn’t come, something major has to happen with the PSP soon. Vince has some details about what a redesign might entail and Matt has a post about a new PSP… Read More

  • Nintendo Mii's=Big Business

    Who says the Wii isn’t the most popular gaming console right now? The Wii was once again the most sold and sought after console in February and now, apparently, Mii’s are big business. Maybe I’m a far superior graphic artist than David Merrill, but I created my Mii in just a few minutes and it looks fantastic. David Merrill is possibly incompetent and/or has no thumbs because… Read More

  • Mio C320, C520 and C520T Widescreen GPS Units

    Mio makes, like, a lot of GPS devices of various shapes and sizes and just showed off three hot little numbers at CeBIT. There’s the C320, C520 and C520T, all of which have a 4.3-inch widescreen, touchscreen display and the latest Tele Atlas maps. Awesome. Mio’s also quite proud of its new split screen interface, which supposedly helps show more information on the screen than… Read More

  • No Vista Key? No Problem! Run Vista Up To A Year Without Activation

    Last month, while John was upstairs at his place baking a lovely fruitcake, I stole a copy of Windows Vista Ultimate from his basement. When I went to install it on my friend’s computer, everything was working great. Then after awhile, WGA kicked in and sort of tried to break Vista. Then it dawned on me that Johnnypants had already used the serial number that came with the box. Turns… Read More

  • Geometry Wars Was Supposed To Be FREE

    Microsoft screwed you over, lads. Bizarre (the creators of GW) recently told IGN it originally wanted to release Geometry Wars over XBL Arcade for free, but Microsoft wouldn’t allow them. Says Bizzare: Geometry Wars was really intended as a gift to hardcore gamers and we initially wanted to give the game away for free. When it became evident that we couldn’t do this, we said… Read More

  • LG To Host National Texting Championship

    File this one under…awesome, I suppose. Turns out LG is hosting the world’s greatest sporting event. No, not the Super Bowl, but the National Texting Championship! Yes, this is THE premier event where all the best text messengers get together to see who can text the fastest. Those of you with a lot of free time on your hands and no girlfriend can apply for the semifinals in NYC… Read More

  • The AudioFile: Sonic Weapons, Justice League-Style


    Traveling through the Scottish countryside with fellow writer Todd Seavey, who has written a couple of storylines for Justice League comic books, I began to doze off. Todd had just told me one of his storylines, so I began daydreaming about the various members of the League in terms of how these heroes might make use of bleeding-edge sonic weaponry. After all, even superheroes can benefit… Read More

  • Laptop Horror Stories Entry #4: Rock and Crunch

    contest. It was a lovely afternoon as I was using my laptop while sitting in my recliner, when the phone rang. Cursing my forgetfulness, since I hadn’t grabbed my cordless phone off the charger earlier, I set my laptop down on the floor, closing it as I placed it there, and rushed to the phone. After my call was done, I came back and sat down – in my rocker-recliner – and… Read More

  • WiFi Sixth Sense

    Do you dream of being Hiro or Claire in Heroes? Want to have your own special power that Sylar can steal out of your head? Why not try WiFi sensing? This DIY device uses a WiFi sensor and a motor to notify you — at all times — when WiFi is active. Looks fairly easy and a great way to make your friends think you’re a freak. iMakeProjects via Make via BB Read More

  • Kingmax Releases "World's Smallest" USB Drive, Largest Ego

    Every couple months or so, some company comes along and goes “Yo. We’ve got the smallest USB flash drive EVER!” Everyone yawns, we all nod our heads, and life goes on. But with Kingmax’s latest endeavor, the Super Stick, you kinda have to pay attention when the dimensions are, ah, 24 x 12.4 x 2.2mm. Yeah, that’s also known as really friggin’ small. This… Read More

  • WSJ Discovers Twitter, Buttocks in Dark Sans Flashlight

    Good morning, Farnsworth. Up bright and early, I see. I say, old chap, have you seen this latest computer system? It’s called Twittle, I believe. A, here it is in the Journal. Yes. Twitter. How much do we have available in the Mad Money fund? 45 million? Let’s put a pinch of that into this company. It seems the kids just love it. What does it do? Well, the children go to the… Read More

  • Transmit TV Signals Through Electrical Wires

    A mighty German company has figured out a way to transmit television signals through the same wires that handle electricity. Devolvo demoed its creation a CeBIT, though for now the technology can only transmit one TV signal at a time. The technology is still in its infancy (even though companies have had ways to share a network connection via the very same wires for a while now) and uses IP… Read More

  • A PC That Rolls Off the Tip of Your Desk

    This green orb contains a computer with a VIA EPIA Mini-ITX motherboard, 40GB hard drive and 200W power supply. Called the Ball PC System, the sphere opens up when the user needs access to the DVD drive. It comes in two colors: silver and green. The computer looks quite stylish, and I’m a bit amused that it’s suspended in a plastic base, mainly because it could potentially roll… Read More

  • Samsung UbiSync USB Monitor

    The Samsung USB monitor we told you about some time ago is at CeBIT and it’s way better than we thought. It was reported that only three to five peripherals would work from one USB port, but it’s been confirmed that six is actually the number. A Samsung rep stated that a setup with 2GB of RAM and a dual-core processor running at 2GHz could easily support six monitors. There was no… Read More

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