Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Creative Xmod Hands On


    The Creative Xmod is an external solution that utilizes the technology of its stellar X-Fi sound cards. Due to its ability to play nicely with both Mac OS X and Windows, it’s the first product that I’m examining as part of our CrunchGear HiFi series. The device can fit easily in your hand, but it is capable of upconverting your MP3s to 24-bit. Additionally, it can also introduce… Read More

  • More Reality Bedding For Almost Free


    At least he died happy. Reality Bedding is going nutso, people, and they’re giving away Twin XL/Full Size Sleeping Beauties bedding for $20 plus shipping. The bedding is usually $60, but because they apparently like us for some strange reason they’re offering this promo. Head on over, click on through, and start hitchiking under the Big Top. Promo Read More

  • Xbox 360 120GB HDD Hack

    The release of the 120GB HDD for the Xbox 360 was something we’ve (read: fanboys) been waiting for since the 360 was released. But $179 is a lot for a HDD that we can purchase for much cheaper. Alas, the interwebs have shown me the light and there is a hack to add on a much cheaper 120GB HDD, Western Digital Scorpio BEVS-LAT SATA 2.5-inch PC/laptop, to my beloved Xbox 360. Read More

  • Amazon Gunning for iTunes' Non-DRM-ness?

    It’s appearing as if 2007 might be marked as the year DRM died. We all know that Apple has started selling DRM-free tracks on iTunes, and now we’re getting reports that Amazon is looking to launch its own DRM-free music download service as early as next month. According to the Times Online out of the UK, Amazon has been chatting with heads of all the major labels in a bid to beat… Read More

  • BlinkyBugs: The Coolest DIY Project You'll See Today

    PT over at MAKE has a great post on BlinkyBugs. These electronic critters are made up of LEDs, a watch battery, and a little coper tubing. You can really get creative and add pipe cleaners for that “fuzzy insect” effect. Each BlinkyBug will light up when picked up or moved thanks to a little set of antenna that act as a circuit. The project requires a little bit of soldering… Read More

  • CrunchGear HiFi Week


    This week CrunchGear will be celebrating audio. We have a ton of great reviews and insights on the way, so get ready for them. We’re also launching a brand new reader response series to run in conjunction with HiFi week. Up for grabs are two SanDisk Sansa Connect units. We’ll be announcing both of the winners on Friday, but comments from the entire week will be considered. Read More

  • Wi-Fi Could Be Dangerous To Your Health (But What Isn't?)

    The Independent has a nice doom and gloom piece today, reporting that Wi-Fi could be more damaging to your health than cellphones are (which assumes that cellphones are, in fact, dangerous). And since Wi-Fi is everywhere, we’re all at risk. Never mind that radio waves have saturated the atmosphere for many, many years now and I haven’t seen any zombies running around yet. The crux… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson's Newest Phone?!

    According to the YouTube description this phone is so new it doesn’t have a model number. Any guesses? It has Vodafone branding so we know it won’t make it stateside. Leaked Footage of Unannounced Sony Ericsson Phone [Tech E Blog] Read More

  • Nokia Makes Waiting At The Bus Stop Tolerable

    Nokia has launched a new ad campaign for the N95 and if I lived in London I’d definitely be taking the bus. I loved playing Memory as a kid and I can see myself sitting at the bus stop playing this game for hours. I don’t feel the need to teach you all how the game works so just watch the video. Nokia installs clever touchscreen game to market N95 [Engadget Mobile] Read More

  • City of London Gets Wi-Fi Access: Too Bad It Isn't Free

    The City of London, financial district included, is now covered by a privately owned Wi-Fi cloud. The network was created by The Cloud, a company that provides similar Wi-Fi access across Europe. What makes this network different than, say, Google’s initiative in Mountain View, Calif. is that London’s is a mesh network. In the vernacular, this means you shouldn’t lose… Read More

  • Blu-Ray Takes The Lead! Over 1 Million Discs Sold

    Take a guess at who just whooped HD-DVD in sales? Home Media Research today announced that Blu-Ray had surpassed the 1 million sales mark, making it the first next-gen format to do so. The report released states that 70% of all movies sold in the first three months of the year were Blu-Ray — no doubt a straight a kick to HD-DVD’s nads. These remarkable sales are attributed not… Read More

  • Hunt Ghosts With The Moto Q!

    I’ve adjusted to a certain amount of heavy-handed product placement in TV shows, but this is new territory. On the CW show, Supernatural, one of the characters, Dean, has been using a Motorola Q stamped with Verizon Wireless for part of the season. In this past week’s show, he used the camera — and its video abilities — to find and shoot ghosts. It’s a real… Read More

  • Samsung Is The RAM King: 4GB Modules, More Efficient and Faster

    Samsung has figured out a way to stack DRAM modules on top of each other, which should eventually lead to—you guessed it—faster and more efficient memory. Separately, it’ll also permit Samsung to create 4GM RAM modules, which is a first. The new technique is called wafer-level-processed stacked package, or WSP, which essentially lets Samsung snap memory modules onto each… Read More

  • DoCoMo Hopes You'll Wave Your Wand In Public

    NTT DoCoMo is taking a design cue from Nintendo’s oh-so-very-popular Wii for the Japanese wireless giant’s newest phone. The D904i features motion-sensing technology for playing games on the handset. It will be joined by two other handsets in the hopes that people will want to look like a complete douche while on the subway. Other than motion-sensing games another cool new… Read More

  • Timex TX 730 Hands On

    Timex has long been the butt of countless jokes. A brand that used to take a licking and keep on ticking has been reduced to bargain bin quartz pieces with a few bright lights like the Ironman series to keep it afloat. Well, Timex has pulled a complete 180 and released a watch that I can honestly say is a step forward for the brand and, dare I say it, everyday horology. Read More

  • FON, Time Warner Cable Wi-Fi Hotspot Partnership Official

    Rumor becomes reality. Straight outta Madrid, Spain comes word that Time Warner Cable has inked a deal with Wi-Fi community FON allowing TWC subscribers to become FON community members and create FON access points with their home or business broadband connection. If you’re not familiar with FON, the idea is that you share your Wi-Fi with other community members and in return you can… Read More

  • Jellyfish Beer Bong

    The Jellyfish Beer Bong is one tentacle short of being the most awesome frat-accessory ever. For $10.99, you get an inflatable plastic beer bong that comes in the shape of a Jellyfish. Unfortunately, it only has one funnel for beer flow, which is kind of disappointing considering Jellyfish tend to have several tentacles flowing side to side. But the booze experts over at Liquor Snob reviewed… Read More

  • Patent Monkey: Mobile Social Networking Patent Sells for $2.6 Million

    At the Ocean Tomo live auction last week, US Patent 6618593 sold for $2.6 million to an anonymous buyer making it a record for the purchase of a patent in a live auction. Billed as a patent to bridge the online into the real world, the patent’s main claim covers the use of mobile location information in conjunction with online information. This is a broad application which provide a… Read More

  • HTC Advantage Video Unboxing Is Mindblowingly Amazing

    Look, I don’t know who Tracy and Matt are, but I’m sure they’re nice guys. They’re so nice, in fact, that they’ve shot a video of them unboxing the HTC Advantage. There’s some stunning analysis in this piece, too: “It has some stuff inside,” “there must be some stuff underneath here,” etc. Unboxing: just another one of… Read More

  • Grand Theft Auto 6 On Its Way!

    PLAY Magazine UK must have the ULTIMATE hook-up at Rockstar. The magazine has just revealed that popular GTA series will be getting its sixth installment very soon. Amazing that details have already leaked out considering GTA IV isn’t even yet out and is still highly anticipated. Rumor has it that the game will feature a recently-fired designer from a game mag. going on a… Read More