Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • EarthLink To Unveil WiFi Phone Beta


    EarthLink is expected to announce a beta test for Accton Technology Corp’s WiFi phone as early as tomorrow. Beta testing on the phone has been in the works on EarthLink’s municipal wireless network in Anaheim and it seems to be working very well. Like any WiFi phone, you’ll be able to make VoIP calls from your home network or on EarthLink’s Municipal WiFi network. As… Read More

  • Kajeet: You Know, For Kids


    The Sanyo Katana – Could a kid step on it and break it? Mine almost did! I just got in a phone from an interesting MVNO, Kajeet. The service is aimed at kids and their parents and offers a few basic features that Mr. or Ms. Mom and Dad might like. Read the rest at MobileCrunch… Read More

  • Jellyfish/CTIA Smack Off

    on their site. The site offers a limited number of products at a deep discount. The Smack Auction reduces the price over time, but only until supplies run out. If you don’t buy before they’re out, you’re stuck. The key is to time it and buy just before you hit that magic, hidden number. The fine folks at Jellyfish are planning to offer phones and laptops at a considerable… Read More

  • The Case For High-End Audio: The Super Audio CD

    I’d say it’s a safe bet to say that most of us listen to music. We all enjoy our favorite artists and like to listen to music in the car, at work, or while just relaxing at home. But some of us are complete snobs and are picky about our music and audio. For those of you who share this trait, there’s the ostracized SACD and DVD-Audio formats. Exceptional quality and… Read More

  • Open Your PS3 and Wii


    At $14.95, you really can’t go wrong with this cute toolkit. It includes everything you need to open your Wii or 360 and then some including the 360 slimjim you need to pop the case. Seriously. The Internet thinks of everything. Read More

  • Apple TV To Overtake TiVo, Netflix, and Jesus According To Analyst

    Saying that a device like Apple TV is going to overtake huge, pioneering companies like TiVo and Netflix is a pretty bold move. But here at the CG, we like bold moves. ThinkEquity analyst John Hoopes says that the Apple TV is “an ideal conduit for multiple services including DVR, paid-for content, gaming, or advertising.” Ok, quite true. The Apple TV can do a lot of fantastic things. Read More

  • nVidia's Next Top of The Line GPU To Appear Next Week: Just an Overclocked 8800 GTX?

    Graphics card specialist nVidia will launch a host of new video cards next month, with what appears to be an overclocked 8800 GTX leading the charge. “Sources” said that nVidia will call its new top of the line card the 8800 Ultra and is intended to one-up AMD’s yet to be released Direct X 10 graphics card. (That card was supposedly to be unveiled last week, but AMD got cold… Read More

  • Zune-Fans in a Stream: Send Music To Another Zune

    We’ve all grown to love or hate the Zune in the last few months, but this here factoid may change your mind for the better if you’re apart of the latter group. The FM transmitter accessory for the Zune is meant to be used for your car stereo, but remember how the Zune has built in FM tuners? Has it clicked yet? You can tap into the frequency one Zune is transmitting via the FM… Read More

  • HTC Ameo/Athena T-Mo Pricing Available for UK

    The Germans are paying roughly €500 for the Ameo/Athena and now the Brits will have to pay ₤120 depending on their airtime package, otherwise it will cost ₤430. It’s still running WinMo 5 though — bummer. Reports also indicate that HTC is expected to offer Ameo/Athena under a different moniker, Advantage X7500. Unlike Ameo/Athena, the X7500 will not be hog-tied to a… Read More

  • HTW (who?) Announces Solar-Powered Mobile Phone

    Here’s a little something for the solar power proponents in the CG audience. Chinese electronics manufacturer HTW announced the S116 Solar Mobile phone at CeBIT and it seems pretty promising. Unfortunately there wasn’t an actual working model or any model available for display. A 40 minute charge yields 20-25 minutes of talk time, but does anyone carry their phone where it can… Read More

  • Technovision's 205-inch LCD TV: How Big is Too Big?

    TV obsessives take note: the fine folks at Technovision unveiled a 205-inch Luxio LCD TV at CeBIT. (And to think people were drooling over 108-inch TVs at CES earlier this year.) You may well need to move into a bigger house just to be able to fit all 8.3 x 15 feet of the TV. The Italian manufacturer didn’t specify how much the TV would cost, but I’m gonna take a wild guess and… Read More

  • GrandCentral: Huh. Wow.

    I know I should be saving my Wows for Windows Vista, but I’m spending them all on GrandCentral. David Pogue talked about the service last week and I set up an account, just for kicks, to see how it worked. I didn’t really play with it until today and I’m really blown away. The service is fairly simple. You give it all of your phone numbers and it funnels calls through a… Read More

  • Sony Talks About Apple, Could Teach a Weeping Willow How to Cry, Cry, Cry

    Sir Howard Stringer, Esq. Ltd. III sat down with CEO Exchange last week and discussed how Sony fumbled the portable player market and his hopes that the PS3 makes it past the Wii onslaught and out of infamy. On digital players he said: In 1997 we were working with IBM on electronic music distribution and could have put this out five years earlier [than iPod]. But we couldn’t get our… Read More

  • Samsung, STMicroelectronics and Metalink Unveil Wireless HD IPTV Set-Top Box

    Some exciting news has come out of CeBIT this morning from Samsung, STMicoelectronics and Metalink. They’ve collaborated on a set-top box that they are hoping will revolutionize the way you watch TV. The SMT-H6155 will support HD TV based on the 802.11n wireless IPTV standard. HD video decoding is taken care of with the STMicroelectronics STi7109 chipset and multiple HD video streams… Read More

  • Go Against The Grain: The Sand Time Watch

    All hilarity aside, the Sand Time Watch from designer Pavel Balykin is one of the most stunning timepieces around. If you play a lot of Pictionary, Scatagories, or other board games where a timer is needed, then this watch would certainly fit into your wardrobe. The display features the time like a basic clock would, but when put into screensaver mode, the watch turns into a virtual sand… Read More

  • Toshiba Gigabeat U101 and U201 DAPs Directly Encode MP3s

    Yes, we all know that the iPod is the undisputed king of DAPs, but that doesn’t mean companies shouldn’t be allowed to sink untold sums into R&D trying to dethrone it. What sets these tiny Gigabeats — the U101 and U201—apart from other “me, too” DAPs it the ability to encode directly into MP3 format from any audio source. Handy, yes, but hardly what… Read More

  • Netgear's EVA8000 Gains BitTorrent Support, Pricetag

    Rumors persist that Apple’s Apple TV will ship tomorrow, March 20, and while we’re excited to see what Apple can do to the American living room, there are some of us who are a little anxious about a few missing features from the device. DivX? Hardly. Read More

  • The Evolution of the Computer Mouse: As Excting As It Sounds

    Programmers may have no need for the computer mouse, but the rest of us do. Wired went through the trouble of going back in time some 45 years to see how the mouse has evolved from this hulking wooden device to an LCD-laden modern day clicker. Look for future mouse innovations like motion sensitivity (à la the Wiimote) and automatic color changing. The Evolution of the Computer… Read More

  • Laptop Horror Stories Entry #5: UMPC Train Pain


    Another entry in our Laptop Horror Stories contest. As I was standing on the platform with UMPC in hand I recieved a phone call from my girlfriend and stupidly decided to reach
    into my bag with my right hand to answer the phone while my Q1 was in my left hand. As the 2 train came into view the usual
    horde of people began sprinting to the train to get in first. Anyone who lives in any of the… Read More

  • Quicktime Update Adds Apple TV Support

    With the Apple TV finally starting to ship, future owners will gladly welcome the latest update to Quicktime. Buried inside all of Quicktime’s rich features is an an export option called “Export to Apple TV.” What does it do? It exports videos for your Apple TV in high-def so you can actually put that 42-inch Plasma to use. The feature will export videos to a 720×404… Read More