Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Sprint Launches Two Low-End Phones, Monsieurs M510 and M300

    2007 is the year of the smooth phone. Case in point: the two newly released clamshells from Sprint/Samsung. The M300 is a basic phone with a clever mirror finish on the front and it supports Bluetooth and Spring Vision. VGA camera, yadda yadda. It’s 3.6 inches long and offers 3.2 hours of talk time. There’s an external 96×96 pixel color screen and an internal 128×160… Read More

  • Halo 3 Release Date Announced

    For those of you psyched about Halo 3 and its sub-par graphics, you now have an official launch date: September 25th. That’s right. Come the end up September, you can line up outside Target or Best Buy with your Halo 3 Zune, listening to all the Slipknot you so desire. Then when midnight hits and you rush inside to score a copy, you’ll have to decide whether that Legendary… Read More

  • Sex Offenders Complain About Removed PCs

    Over in Minnesota, a group of imprisoned sex offenders are pissed off because guards confiscated PCs they were using in their cells/rooms. So like any American, they took it to a court of appeals, only to have it shot down by a judge with half a brain. I’m guessing the court appearance went something like this: Judge: Why should I let a group of sex offenders keep their PCs? Inmates: So… Read More

  • New Tropical iPod Ad Looks Just Like CrunchGear HQ

    Hot new iPod ad just hit the Tubes last night, featuring the song “Mi Swing es Tropical” by Nickodemus & Quantic featuring Tempo. That’s pretty much what we do all day at CruchGear: rattle maracas and play keepy uppy against a stylized background. Try it sometime. Here’s a janky YouTube version. Head over to Apple to grab the higher quality jawns. High def o… Read More

  • There Is A God: Killzone Beta Coming Soon

    Though a lot of the FPS hype lately has been centered around the upcoming Halo 3 multiplayer beta, one other tidbit of news has just been announced that could rival that of the Master Chief and the Xbox 360. Seb Downie from Guerilla Games, the team responsible for the Killzone series, has posted on the official Killzone.com forums, saying that a public beta will happen for sure. “Of… Read More

  • ESPN Mobile Application For Verizon

    Now that ESPN Mobile is long gone and dead as a doorknob (or Babe Ruth), the company can now focus all its energy into the new mobile application that’s launching for Verizon. Verizon users who pay the $15 a month for the VPak service will be able to download the ESPN application at no additional cost. The software will feature sports scores, live updates, sports video, trivia, etc. Read More

  • Sling Media to Boost Your Net Connection Speed, Show Ads While Slinging

    Yup, perhaps in a move to allay content providers’ fears or perhaps in a move to make more money, Sling Media also announced that it’s considering showing ads on its upcoming Clip and Sling service. (Clip and Sling lets you take clips of TV shows and sling ’em to your compatible devices.) I wonder how showing ads will affect Sling Media’s relationship with the… Read More

  • Daily Crunch is offline

    I’ll be offline for a week and traveling to a secure(?) undisclosed location, which means Daily Crunch will also be going away for a little while. I’d have loved to make a “Scratch and Stitch”-themed image that somehow involved a pink seal tazer and pastel Blackberries, but you’ll just have to imagine it. Happy reading! Read More

  • PS3 Leads To 68 Percent Profit Drop For Sony

    Far be it from me to tell a company how to conduct itself or its business, but Sony’s had one of the worst years I can remember. It just posted a 68 percent drop in profits compared to last year, and we all know what the culprit is. Yup, the PS3’s underperformance and botched launch really screwed Sony this year. It’s not uncommon for manufacturers to take a loss on… Read More

  • Samsung SyncMaster 225UW Monitor

    Samsung has answered all your monitor needs with the launch of the SyncMaster 225UW LCD monitor. The 22-inch widescreen monitor has a built-in 2-megapixel webcam, stereo speakers and microphone. Pretty good so far, right? How about a 1650×1050 resolution, 700:1 contrast ratio and 5ms response time? Sounds a little better. The latest SyncMaster will be the first official product on the… Read More

  • Sony Rin Speakers are…Cool?

    Something about these Italian designed speakers remind of Austin Powers’ Swedish Penis Pump. The design aspect is interesting, but the mix of Italian design and Japanese circuitry certainly doesn’t bode well for consumers who like stylish items on a budget. The base of the speakers is set in Lombardy marble and the transparent pole emits sound throughout an area in the same way… Read More

  • Apple Japan Offers Be@rbricks With Every Mac


    I guess Apple doesn’t love its own country because Apple Japan is giving customers a free Apple branded Be@rbrick with every purchase. Seriously, throw us a bone. The ‘free’ printers we get here are great, but a tiny Be@rbrick toy would bring so much joy to a geek’s heart. Plastic Bamboo Read More

  • VTech Wants You To Go DECT Yourself


    If you still rock the POTS and are hunting for a new cordless phone that’s not heinous looking (seriously, why are most cordless phones so ugly?) and won’t pick up interference from the other wireless signals around you (my 802.11g client picks up no fewer than 22 networks, to say nothing of the signals from other cordless products), check out these five newly available VTech… Read More

  • Spice Up That iPod With New Font Colors


    Owners of video iPods are blessed and there is no doubt about that. They get video while the rest of us mope around the streets just listening to music. Today is no different because those owners that I despise so much now have the ability to change the font color of the title bar, main menu and secondary font color. Oh great! Even Nano owners can do this. I give up. Maybe I’ll buy a Zune. Read More

  • Swivel Search For TiVo Goes Live

    TiVo’s trying to make searching for different video content easier with its new Swivel Search feature that rolls out today. Developed for broadband-connected TiVos, Swivel Search is sort of a meta search that spiders the many different sources of TiVo content, like TiVoCast and Amazon Unbox, to find content that interests you. For example, saying you’re watching an episode of… Read More

  • The New Loudness for Attention Whores

    Attention ladies: If you have the innate need to draw more attention to yourself as you go about your business, there are better ways to do it than this dress with built-in speakers. Yes, it’s a concept, but one we hope doesn’t take off. Turning your clothes into a Teddy Ruxpin will only serve to piss the people around you off. Any woman who’d wear this would undoubtedly… Read More

  • Kodak EasyShare 5300 All-in-One Printer Review

    Some — myself included — would say that printer evolution is spent. The ink-jet was essentially the end of the line for printer makers. By sticking some tiny holes in an ink bottle and hooking those selfsame holes up to electricity, you got a pretty passable imitation of most other high-resolution printing technologies at a price that is quite acceptable. So we were OK with… Read More

  • RakOut Rates Drop

    Voice over IP (VoIP) has already been a reliable way to call friends in far off lands on the cheap, but Raketu, a global Internet communications and information company, is set to drop dial out calling rates for their RakOut VoIP service by up to 66 percent! This is part of a promotion that will run through June 30. Ratetu runs over any Internet connection on a Windows PC, and uses… Read More

  • Panasonic DMP-BD10A Blu-ray Player: $700 Cheaper Than Last Year's Model

    Panasonic just released its second generation Blu-ray player today, the DMP-BD10A. It supports DTS-HD and Dolby TrueHD, two new 7.1-channel audio formats that are beginning to gain traction. (Incidentally, Microsoft’s HD DVD player now supports these formats.) The player also adds H.264 to its list of supported video codecs. So yeah, it’s pretty much the same Panasonic Blu-ray… Read More

  • Rumor Wrong: PS3 Firmware Version 2.00 Not Real (Well, Not Yet)

    Nope, false alarm. Rumors had been circulating around the Web detailing the supposed features of PS3 firmware version 2.0, including in-game XMB access and a built-in RSS channel. But yeah, it wasn’t meant to be. The person who leaked the feature list, “Leah,” now claims that her message board account (where the list was posted) was hacked and the list is phony. Now… Read More