Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Motorola RAZR2 Spec'd Out


    The RAZR2 V8 is geared toward entertainment and it sports the necessary accoutrements to get the job done. The second generation RAZR keeps the slim and sleek form factor of its predecessor with a stainless steel frame, metal and glass housing that’s 2mm smaller on the GSM and CDMA versions. The 2-inch QVGA external display is nice and bright with contextual touch interaction with… Read More

  • Sliq Samsung Cellphone Concept: Unadulteratedly Black

    This glossy concept is the Samsung Sliq, a cellphone that has all the usual multimedia features like 2-megapixel camera, video camera and MP3 playback. That, and it looks better than most of the other, “real” stuff out there. Its LCD is of the “extra” wide type and the icons of the phone’s GUI disappear when not it use, leaving behind its… Read More

  • Rolling Stones Edition Blackberry: Maybe

    RIM is no stranger to the courtroom, having spent the better part of its existence defending its patents, sometimes winning, sometimes losing. The latest litigation towards the Blackberry maker comes from an unlikely source, though: The Rolling Stones. That’s not the news, however. The news is why Mick and company are sicking the lawyers on RIM. It seems that RIM had an idea for a… Read More

  • Boynq Saturn Portable Speakers: Close, But No Cigar

    The Boynq (boink?) Saturn is a portable USB-powered speaker system that works with any device that has a 3.5mm audio jack. It turns on and off with a swinging motion: putting it on its back and it turns off and setting it upright turns it on. Genius. The speakers are only 5W, so don’t expect arena rock-like sounds. Meh, I’ve seen cooler speakers in my travels. Product Info (PDF)… Read More

  • Blackminton: Get Sorted And Roll With It

    Ever wonder what would happen if the dude from Tron got hooked on ecstasy, bought tons of blacklights and glow paint and started playing badminton? Well I’m pretty sure it would end up looking like this. This is Blackminton, which is basically a blacklight-infused, tripped out game of people playing badminton while high. It’s a bit more fast paced and apparently it has a bit of… Read More

  • Ruby On Rails Versus Java Ad

    Every once in awhile, I love to post something incredibly dorky that makes all the geeks come out of hiding and get a good laugh in. This Ruby on Rails versus Java video is a parody of the popular Mac versus PC ads Apple has been doing. If you understand the basics of Java and Ruby on Rails, you’re bound to get some laughs. out of it. Glad the guys over at RailsEnvy have a sense of… Read More

  • DirecTV Looks Into Broadband Over Power Lines

    Believe it or not, some people in this country still don’t have access to broadband. Combine that with the fact that DirecTV is in a bit of a financial pickle and you’ll understand why the satellite TV provider is toying with the idea of starting a broadband over power line service in the near future. It’s currently deciding whether or not to go into formal testing, using… Read More

  • Wii Crystal Cooler: If a Cooling Fan Could Look Stylish, It'd Look Like This

    Wow, purdy. It’s the Wii Crystal Cooler from Brando, a stand and system fan for the Nintendo Wii. Unlike the fan we saw last week, this one actually looks pretty great, what with its shiny blueness and all. Thankfully, you can turn the LED off with the flick of a switch. Somewhere, Mike Elgan is very pleased with himself. $20. If I had a Wii, that is, if I could find one, I’d be… Read More

  • Motorola RAZR 2 Debuted

    John is working hard over at the big Motorola event in NYC today. He says Zander just showed off the RAZR 2 and it’s looking really nice. Features include haptics, front touchscreen, music player, vibrating front buttons when you touch the screen, full HTML browser, landscape and portrait modes, and multi-shot photos. It also does video conferencing, you can send an MMS while a call is… Read More

  • Game Content Under the Microscope: An Insider Talks



    An avid gamer since his youth, author Steven L. Kent has seen the evolution from flat 2D arcade games to epic non-linear 3D adventures. Kent talked to CrunchGear for the second part of our series on video game violence and content. For more than a decade Kent has been the video game industry’s most prolific writer to date. His work has appeared in dozens of magazines and Web sites. Read More

  • Solar-Fine 1350 Charges Your Gadgets With The Power of The Sun

    Links over in Japan has come up with a solar powered battery charger that can charge any device via a USB port, including the PSP and DS. The Solar-Fine 1350 doesn’t look like the smallest charger out there, but it looks portable enough to get the job done. A day out to the park or a forced family picnic no longer means having to listen boring “remember when?” drivel. Read More

  • Nintendo Wants You To Make a Movie About It: $10K Up For Grabs

    Nintendo’s running a contest called Nintendo Shortcuts to see who can make the best Nintendo-themed movie. (Holy redundancy alert, Batman.) The winner will get his or her movie played at Rockefeller Center’s Top of the Rock film showcase, lunch with a co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival and $10,000. The winner and two runners up will all get Nintendo video game systems and… Read More

  • Kensington QuickSeek iPod FM Transmitter

    If you like living on the edge of excitement, then you might want to check out one of the latest iPod accessories from Kensington. The QuickSeek iPod FM Transmitter is exactly what you think it is – an iPod FM Transmitter. But what sets it aside from others is its ability to find the clearest radio station possible. Just hit a button and the QuickSeek will blast through your FM… Read More

  • Microsoft Updates HD DVD Player: More Audio Options, Better Disc Compatibility

    Microsoft is set to release an update to its HD DVD player for the Xbox 360 today. Most of the updates are audio-related: users now have the option to output all audio as DTS 1.5Mbps, DD 640Kbps or WMAPro. Other little fixes include improved lip syncing and greater compatibility with problematic HD DVD titles. I don’t have the player, but if I did I’d grab this update, pop in… Read More

  • Apple Updates Macbooks

    Figures. Right after I get done buying a new Macbook, Apple goes and updates them with better specs. Oh well. Looks like the Apple Store was down for a good reason. The new entry-level Macbook features a faster 2.0GHz Core 2 Duo CPU, 1GB of RAM, an 80GB hard drive, and a combo drive. All the next version has is a Superdrive, a 2.16GHz CPU, and a 120GB, which will cost you another $200 ($1299). Read More

  • Scratch: Because Your Kid Can't Do FORTRAN

    The geniuses over at MIT have developed a new programming language that requires almost no knowledge of real languages like C++ or Java to learn. Dubbed “Scratch”, this new language is aimed at children and operates like a set of building blocks. Through a GUI, children can drag and drop, sounds, images, video, and other elements together to create a real, working program. Now… Read More

  • Stitch Customizable Glasses: Sew Your Very Own Catchphrase Into Your Frames

    I really do love these product designs that’ll never see the light of day. Today is no different, with Stitch customizable eyewear—glasses to you and me. They were created to give people an opportunity to wear glasses that truly match their personality. It seems many of these designers love to rag on big business and large manufacturers for creating derivative, uninspired junk all… Read More

  • Pink Seal Pendant Really A Tazer

    The next time your girl has to walk home from your apartment by herself (jerk), make sure she’s equipped with this seemingly innocent pink seal pendant. Though it’s an extremely beautiful piece of jewelry, the real secret lies within the seal’s gut. See this pink pendant actually has a built-in tazer-like device to thwart attackers and muggers. 195V of electricity will be… Read More

  • Get A Wii For $50, Possibly Free

    Over at Gamefly.com, they’re apparently giving subscribers a free year of Gamefly or a free Nintendo Wii if you manage to get five of your pals to sign up and pay for the service. Over at The Last Boss, reader Mark wrote in to mention an easy way to get your hands on a Wii for $50. He went and told each of his friends about the deal and gave them $10 each to sign up for the service. They… Read More

  • Sony Vaio N30 Announced

    Over in the land of frog legs, cigarettes, and Sarkozy, Sony announced the Vaio N30 series. Though it’s not a UMPC, it’s still a pretty compact little machine that packs decent power. You can get it configured however you like, but as far as standard stuff goes, you’ll find an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, up to 2GB of RAM, a 120GB hard drive, and Windows Vista. Plus, select models… Read More