Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Daily Crunch: Bug Invasion Edition

    MOW-AERATOR: Gopher Perforator
    BlinkyBugs: The Coolest DIY Project You’ll See Today
    Jellyfish Beer Bong
    SmartShopper USA SS-101 Hands On
    Wi-Fi Could Be Dangerous To Your Health (But What Isn’t?) Read More

  • Sidekick 3 Review: Are You There, God? It's Me, Austin

    Sorry we’re posting so many Sidekick videos, but I visited my own SK iD review and saw some related video along with some very pithy and cogent commentary (“do you have to activate it 2 use it”). This is one of the standouts, friends, and from now on all of CG video will be in this vein. We will bring you the shiniest, happiest gadgets fresh from the puppy fields of Boogie… Read More

  • Sidekick ID: Now Works in All 360 Degrees

    Dear Marketing Executives: Please don’t release viral video into the wild. You’ll eventually find it on YouTube where people will immediately realize it’s some sort of strange attempt at astroturfing and someone will be fired for failing to realize the model at the end of this video is holding the damn phone upside down. Thank you. Read More

  • Clip From Peter Jackson's "Crossing the Line" Online; Shot with Red One Prototypes

    Remember the WWI biplane dogchase film we told you we loved from Red’s booth at NAB? It’s called “Crossing the Line”, and a brief clip of the trenches scene is online now, ready for you to view at 1/4 resolution. It’s a large Quicktime movie, so you’ll need decent broadband connection to download it. The short is amazing, and was shot entirely with Boris… Read More

  • RAZR MAXX Ve Set to Drop Tomorrow?

    Verizon tomorrow is set to release the only phone from the RAZR line that we kinda like, the MAXX Ve. The MAXX is similar to other RAZRs in form factor, but adds a hefty 2MP auto-focus camera with true flash and an oversized external LCD. With the built-in EV-DO connectivity, this little clamshell is destined to flickr. It should hit at around $200 with a 2-year contract, and we’d expect… Read More

  • OpenDNS: The Ultimate In Short-Cut Coolness

    DNS is boring. Seriously. I’m yawning as I type this. However, OpenDNS is adding some very unusual features to their already speedy nameserver service. OpenDNS is a separate DNS nameserver system that offers a few interesting things. First, it speeds up your browsing time, subtracting a few seconds with each query. Second, it offers “search completion.” Whenever you mis-type… Read More

  • MOW-AERATOR: Gopher Perforator

    War creates all kinds of new weapons but this isn’t one of them — it’s just the scariest lawn care product I’ve ever seen. The MOW-AERATOR is a manly thing of beauty, strong 1/8 inch cold rolled steel made into sets of 1.5-inch spikes. It attaches to the rear tires of your lawn mover for great traction and aeration. Makes sense to me, I see how it would work but I… Read More

  • 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