The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • HTC Goes CDMA, GSM Not SOL, We P&L, From CTIA

    One thing the GSM camp in America has always had over the CDMA camp was smartphones: there were simply more of them. This was largely due to one manufacturer, HTC, who’s Windows Mobile-base smartphones were rebadged concurrently by both T-Mobile and Cingular (now the new AT&T *insert jingle*). But things change, CDMA friends. If you’re on Verizon or Sprint (poor thing) then… Read More

  • Happy Tomorrow: Xbox 360 Elite is a Reality

    Strictly speaking, today is the 27th, meaning that the Xbox 360 Elite is all officilized, and priced at $479. That gets you the rumored 120GB internal HD, an HDMI cable, and a black casing. Nothing new, but that’s the good news: the guts are all the same (except the harddrive) so current owners don’t have to feel too bad. We don’t like the name “Elite”… Read More

  • Xbox 360 Elite Officialized Tomorrow

    Another day and another Xbox 360 Elite rumor, but this one might actually hold water. GameDaily Biz has been informed by an industry source that Microsoft will officially announce the existence of the Elite sometime tomorrow. Eh. We’ve known about it for months, but it’s always nice when it actually becomes official. If the rumors are true we’ll know for sure that the Elite… Read More

  • SanDisk 4GB M2 Card Aimed At Mobile Phone Users

    I’m not the type to use my mobile phone for media purposes because the software programs just suck. I’ve never used the MP3 player on my SK3 and my Nokia 5300 hasn’t even seen the light of day. The lack of memory is the main reason why I don’t use such features, but the SanDisk 4GB Memory Stick Micro line just might change my tune. While it’s geared towards the… Read More

  • Nintendo Fights Back Against Modchips

    Nintendo is fighting back against Modchip manufacturers and modders with an altered circuit layout on the newest shipment of Wii’s. The move isn’t all that surprising, but Taiwanese retail channels are saying revised modchips could be available within a month. If you recently purchased a Wii and you have plans to mod it then I’d think twice. Because of the new altered… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson HSDPA Mobile To Hit US Shores

    Sony Ericsson’s first HSDPA-enabled phone is set to hit our shores Q3. The Z750 clamshell will also be SE’s first mobile phone to feature the next-generation Java umbrella standard, Mobile Services Architecture. The new Java platform will support instant messaging, all facets of mobile banking, which leads me to believe that AT&T will be the carrier of choice. Who cares about… Read More

  • M-Audio's Session KeyStudio: $99 Band In A Box

    And while we’re on the subject of M-Audio and music creation, the company’s been slowly building its catalog of “Make-Music-Now” products, which includes both hardware and software solutions for creating, editing and playing back computer-based music. Today, it released a new package that combines two of its popular products: a 49-Note USB keyboard and Session software… Read More

  • M-Audio 02 MIDI Keyboard Hands On

    Need an ultra-slim MIDI controller keyboard for laying down quick tracks while you’re on the go? Or perhaps you’re looking for a small, inexpensive keyboard to complement your full-size home studio rig. Either way, the M-Audio 02–the followup to the company’s successful Oxygen 8 keyboard–isn’t the most advanced 2-octave controller out there, but it’s… Read More

  • Plantronics Pulsar 260

    I don’t usually get excited about headsets, but the Plantronics Pulsar series has produced a few strong stereo headsets and the 260 is the latest of the bunch. The headset comes with noise-isolating earbuds and a tiny little Bluetooth dongle with microphone. The headset will sell form $109.95 and includes inline answer buttons and fast forward/rewind buttons right on the unit. It also has… Read More

  • Helio Ocean: Hello, Nurse!

    and I am glad to say that the Ocean is all that and a bag of chips. The device is smaller than a Sidekick 3 and has a number of unique features including GPS photo tagging, consolidated messaging and IM support, and an amazingly easy to use browser and UI. This is a sea change in the MVNO space, friends. Helio has gotten messaging for the masses right and is gunning for Sidekick fans. The… Read More

  • LG's U.S. Shine: The Verizon VX8700

    This shine doesn’t have the “I can kill you with this thing” styling of the Korean LG Shine, but I suppose thin is in here across the pond and clearly that’s where LG is headed. This diminutive CDMA clamshell is pretty styling with punched metal buttons and brushed metal stylin’. Is it good for the road warrior. Nah. Would I kick it out of bed for eating toffee? Read More

  • iResQ Will Upgrade Your Apple TV's Hard Drive For You

    The Apple TV’s 40GB hard drive is pretty laughable, but upgrading it on your own may not be for everyone. If you’re too shy to do it yourself, iResQ will gladly do it for you—for a fee, of course. They’ll upgrade your Apple TV’s hard drive to a 160GB one for $259; to 120GB for $229; or to 80GB for $199. (Might as well go with the 160GB hard drive for those… Read More

  • The Cell Processor: The Brains of The PS3 and Now Tekken 6

    The Cell processor already sits at the heart of Sony’s PlayStation 3, but starting with Tekken 6 it will also power arcade machines. Namco’s upcoming fighter is currently scheduled for release sometime this year and will be the first arcade machine to use the notoriously difficult-to-program-for Cell. This isn’t too surprising, considering that Namco always based their… Read More

  • Microsoft Roundtable For, You Know, Roundtables

    Microsoft has announced that the RingCam will now be seeing the light of day as the Roundtable. After all, who wants to touch VoIP software that is “so disruptive” that hardware suppliers won’t come within 100 yards of it? If you’re unfamiliar with the RingCam then I’ll fill you in on some details. Basically, it’s a videoconferencing device that will… Read More

  • AT&T Has 1 Million People Asking Them About The iPhone

    Poor AT&T! With the soaring popularity of the iPhone and the launch date getting closer, over 1 million people have been bitching to AT&T/Cingular, asking when they can get their hands on an iPhone. Since AT&T isn’t taking advance orders for the phone (a smart move), the company has since started directing customers’ attention to a web page where they can sign up… Read More

  • More Details on ZenZui Forward-Looking Mobile GUI

    about the Microsoft-funded ZenZui launch today and its noble goal to “[transform] the way people engage, consume and interact with Web content through a revolutionary mobile user experience and information ecosystem.” (Seriously, I kid you not. That’s what the release says.) Essentially, it’s a GUI that zooms in and out. The technology splits the UI into 36… Read More

  • LG Announces Coupla' CDMA Clams

    With CTIA in full effect and John full of Captain Morgan, phones are being released and announced every few seconds it seems. The latest batch includes two new LG clamshell-style phones: the VX-8700 and LX-570. The VX-8700 is part of the “Shine” series of phones LG has been working on and includes EV-DO, a 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, microSD, and all that jazz. It also… Read More

  • Mempile TeraDisc Boasts 1TB Of Storage

    Mempile announced the next-generation optical storage technology with the release of the TeraDisc that boasts up to 1TB of storage capacity on a single platter. While it’s still in concept with an expected alpha testing to start in 12-18 months, the technology shows a ton of promise. It was recently demonstrated in Japan and Mempile was able to record and read over 100 virtual layers on… Read More

  • TiVos Can Now Share Videos and Pictures With Each Other

    TiVo users can now send video and picture montages to other TiVo users for free through the end of April. The company hooked up with the Web site One True Media (jeez, where’s Orwell?), which will facilitate all of this nonsense. Users upload their pics and videos to One True Media, make a “Tivo channel code,” then share the channel with their TiVo-owning friends. Wow… Read More

  • myMobileMedia Lets You Stream DRM-Protected Tunes

    DRM blows and we all know it, but at least someone is doing something about it instead of whining. (Not us, though; we still prefer whining over action.) CMWare has introduced a service that allows you to stream your DRM-protected music from a PC to an MP3-enabled phone, but myMobileMedia does a few other cool things. The technology will stream all your music files, including iTunes… Read More