The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • FastMac Releases Blu-ray on the Cheap

    FastMac really likes Blu-ray and the newest drive was announced today for the Mac Pro and PowerMac G5 platforms. The 5.25-inch, tray loading optical drive has been tested and certified compatible with Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 so no need to worry there, video production folks. The Blu-ray drive facilitates reading, writing and re-writing to single and dual layer BR discs at a whopping 2x speed. Read More

  • Sony Cyber-shot S800 Jacked Up to 6x Optical Zoom

    The Sony Cyber-shot line is getting a punch in the arm next month with the launch of the S800. The S800 has done away with the Carl Zeiss lens and is now equipped with a proprietary 6x optical zoom lens that ensures those in your face shots will reveal every crevice. Other features include anti-blur technology, 8-megapixels with an ISO rating up to 1250 and a 2.5-inch LCD. It also includes… Read More

  • The AudioFile: Ultimate Pocket-Size Hi-Fi Rig

    As part of HiFi week here at the ol’ Crunch, I’m detailing my favorite mobile high-end audio rig. I’ve spent a lot of time finding the right balance among portability, sound quality, and budget — which means don’t go freaking out about how your home setup is so awesome and can be taken with you as long as you have a portable generator and a power conditioner, not… Read More

  • Patent Monkey: Rock Your Body Headphones, Now with Surround Sound

    uncovered a Sony application on using your body to transit a signal. Well, Sony has even more out of the box thinking for body transmitting wireless headphones by even more signals rocking through your body. Read More

  • Move Over E3, E.I.E.I.O. is on the Way

    Getting into the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) this year is being compared to getting the golden ticket in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” and not just for the attendees but also for the exhibitors. The number of companies that will be at the show has shrunk from more than 400 to just 32 companies. So what are the smaller guys to do? One option is for them to wait until… Read More

  • Digital Cameras Biz Said to be Peaking ('Cause Everyone Has One)

    The digital camera craze will soon come to an end, not because consumers are losing interest in them, but because damn near everybody has one by now. Think about it: you probably already have at least one point and shoot, maybe even an SLR if you’re a little more serious about your photography. (Never mind that cellphones have had digital cameras built-in for several years now.) In… Read More

  • Adult Swim+Zune=Another CG Invite Lost in the Mail

    I really don’t know what’s going on with the local Post Office, but they’ve been misplacing our invitations left and right. The CrunchGear crew missed out on last night’s Cartoon Network party at the Chelsea Museum. I, personally, cried myself to sleep. The special edition Zune, limited to 500, would have been sweet and we totally would have given it away to one of… Read More

  • Tiger R-Zone: Worst Console Ever, or Just Misunderstood?

    Yet another video game story for you today. Crazy! Remember the Tiger R-Zone handheld video console? Was it not the worst system you ever laid eyes on? TechEBlog seems to think so, and has a short little retrospective on the device. Maybe the reason why it stunk so much was the way Tiger advertised it, making it look like it had arcade-quality graphics when it was really just a red 3D thing… Read More

  • Slouchpod Endorses Laziness: We Get Fatter

    OK, in no way does the SlouchPod Interactive XT actually endorse laziness because that’s what the gaming console manufacturers are for. What the SlouchPod does endorse is some good ol’ fashioned convergence. It’s a multi-media fun chair with 2x5W speakers and 1x10W subwoofer. A 12V connection runs the show then you can plug your gaming console, MP3 player, DVD player or… Read More

  • DreamAuthentics' Katana: The Desktop Arcade Machine You Always Wanted

    DreamAuthentics’ Katana brings the excitement of video game arcade culture of yore to your desktop. Built around a Windows-based PC, the Katana is filled with more than 200 games, very possibly leading to all-night, Mountain Dew-fueled gaming sessions. Its 17-inch screen does the job and its many buttons should make playing games an enjoyable, if not entirely accurate experience. Whether… Read More

  • Griffin Journi and Amplifi iPod Sound Systems: One's Portable, One's Made of Wood. What's Not to Like?

    Griffin just came out with two new iPod speaker systems, the Journi and the Amplifi. The $150 Journi, whose name evokes the shrill voice of Steve Perry, is a portable system that’s supposed to be rugged and all that jazz. It does look fairly attractive and if it sounds as good as Griffin says it does—your music won’t sound like it was run “through a meat… Read More

  • iNewsCaster Audioizes CrunchGear For Your Pleasure

    Magnetic Time has announced the latest version of their uber cool RSS feed audiozer, iNewscaster, and it sort of freaks me out. The service is cool because it extracts the text from your RSS feeds and then ‘audiozes’ them into MP3 files so you can listen to them anywhere you want. The part that freaks me out is the voice delivering the news. It’s really creepy and it makes… Read More

  • Nintendo Will Finally Increase Wii Production to Meet Demand

    Nintendo’s president acknowledged that it didn’t accurately predict the demand for the Wii and is now prepared to ramp up production. Starting next month, Nintendo will increase production of the Wii, though the company didn’t say exactly how many more units per month it will produce. Fair enough, since any increase at all is good news for lots of you out there, my family… Read More

  • Sony-Ericsson Goes Ferrari; Loses All Class to Dollars

    We all have that one friend who was really cool, but, ya know, changed. They were reliable, solid, always there for you, in good times and bad. You thought you knew them, but then out of nowhere, you blink, and they’re entirely different. For some of us, it’s an ex. For others, a childhood playmate. For me, it’s Sony-Ericsson. SE is about as good as cellphones get to Yours Truly. Read More

  • Sony Launches eyeVio YouTube Clone in Japan

    Sony’s once again late to the party, having just launched in Japan a video-sharing Web site à la YouTube called eyeVio. Users upload their videos, which can be, among others, in MPEG-4, Flash and Quicktime formats. Sony says that it’ll closely monitor the site for copyright-violating videos, but exactly how they plan on doing this is unknown. To top it off, the eyeVio… Read More

  • GPS + SIM = GPSIM! Right? Right!

    We like GPS, mostly because we get lost a lot. For reals, when you’re stumbling home from Seattle’s The Rosebud, it seems like a straight line, but it’s not. It’s whirley and thorny, like, ya know, a rosebud. GPS in cellphones is helping, but we’re not there yet. Blue Sky, out of Europe, has an idea that could put a GPS in every phone. Unless, of course… Read More

  • Nokia N75 Lands at AT&T

    Today is a great day for America. Not because it’s Friday, but that’s still a legitimate reason. Today marks the first day that the US has a 3G handset from Nokia and it’s about darn time. The Nokia N75 has shown up on the AT&T website and, maybe, now folks will be able to utilize that highly touted 3G network. The N75 is being marketed as a convergence device that… Read More

  • Korea Says Your Cable Modem Sucks

    Holy cripes. I’ve got pretty good broadband at home. I get 6Mb up and 6Mb down. I thought I had it good until I read that researchers in Koreadiaburgtonville, Asia, have figured out a way to combine downstream broadband channels into a single 144Mb connection. That’s about 20x faster than your home connection, homes. Don’t go calling your Comcast/Cox/Time-Warner/RipOffCo yet… Read More

  • Apple Expands DRM-free Music Offerings

    EMI won’t be the only record label to offer higher quality, DRM-free music on iTunes. Apple sent out a little note yesterday to its music partners saying that they, too, would be able to offer DRM-free music and videos on its iTunes store. If the deal is anything like the EMI one, music fans can expect to pay slightly more for the DRM-free music. Read More

  • When Robots Attack: What Does the Future Hold?

    Truth be told, robots have never really revved my engine so to speak, but the Daily Mail (where else am I going to get my EPL news?) has a fine piece on just what the human-robot relationship might end up becoming. It touches on recent proposed legislation that would grant robots “human rights” (which is insane), nursing home robots and whether or not they’ll go… Read More