Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Delphi SkyFi3 XM Review

    Give a little get a little” is an appropriate description of the SkyFi3. Seems to me that Delphi’s initial thought was to provide XM in the car, and then they expanded that role. Similar to Pioneer’s Inno and Samsung’s Helix, the SkyFi3 performs many of the same functions as these more expensive units. XM satellite radio is robust in its line-up with over 170 channels… Read More

  • Google Earth Might Offer Sounds of Locations Around the World

    Google Earth is pretty cool as it is, letting users traverse the globe and see all sorts of landmarks and the like. What would make it better, though, would be to hear the sounds of the area you’re looking at. One company, Wild Sanctuary, has more than 3,500 hours of ambient sounds from all over God’s Green Earth. Collecting all those sound clips took 40 years and now the company… Read More

  • Details On The Simpsons Video Game

    The boys over at Kotaku got a chance to spend quite a bit of time with the new Simpsons game that’s due out this summer from Electronic Arts. Aside from an awesome party with hilarious parodies of current video games (“Grand Theft Scratchy”, “Bartman Begins”), they say the game is very well done and includes plenty of creative input from the show’s… Read More

  • Halo 2 Hits The 5 Million Mark

    You know your game is a smash hit when millions of people purchase your game, but what about when millions of people go out of their way to play that game online? That’s called a huge success and Bungie certainly deserves some credit. Yesterday, the 5 millionth player logged on to XBL to play Halo 2. Since its release two-and-a-half years ago, Halo 2 has seen enormous success and growth… Read More

  • Pacemaker Pocket DJ Better Be Real 'Cause I Needs to Mix

    Dear Space Jesus, please tell us this Pacemaker pocket DJ is real. Who could resist a 120GB hard drive and the ability to mix and crossfade all the ATB and AVB you can stomach? (For Vince and I that’s quite a bit. In fact, we’ll be raving to ATB next week. Come join us.) Battery life is only so-so, though, lasting only five hours while mixing, barely enough to put together an… Read More

  • Patent Reveals Next-gen iPod and iPhone Nano

    Now that the iPhone has almost arrived, Apple is starting work on a new version of the iPod and possibly the iPhone. A recent patent filing reveals a new full-screen iPod that uses touch controls located on the back of the device. A user will slide his thumb along the back to browse through menus while applying pressure to act as a “click” or “selection”. Feel me so far? Read More

  • NYC Taxis To Go High-Tech

    I only use cabs in the city when I’m trying to get my mack on and I have no time for that silly subway. But if I should come across a situation where I need to use one, I’ll finally be able to use my credit card instead of cash. How, you ask? NYC has finalized plans to install 13,000 devices into all the cabs around the city. These units will allow you to pay with a credit card… Read More

  • Heart-Stopping Video of Sling Player and Apple TV Having Fun Together

    Commodore Zatz, now a full-time employee of Sling Media, posted an insider’s video on how Apple TV and Sling player work together. I say the video could’ve used some Digital Underground, but at least it’s thorough. Slingin’ Apple TV [Zatz Not Funny] Read More

  • Fabricate Tasty Objects Out Of Sugar

    Evil Mad Scientist may have a scary name, but his creations are simply delicious. This genius whipped up a 3-D fabricator that can create objects out of granulated sugar. These tasty treats can then be used for impressing little children with a taste for sweets. As long as you can design something in AutoCAD (I’m assuming here), you can have it printed out in the tastiest form known to man. Read More

  • Guitar Hero: Rock the 80s Comes Out This Summer for the PS2

    The band is back together. Activision confirmed today the long-running rumor of a 1980s-themed Guitar Hero. Called Guitar Hero: Rock the 80s, the game is scheduled to be released exclusively for the PS2 (sorry, 360 fans) this summer. Most importantly, Activision revealed a couple of songs Clapton wannabes can look forward to, uh, shredding. • Twisted Sister’s “I Wanna… Read More

  • Motorola To Unveil 30 FPS Phone, Shooter

    Big Daddy over at Motorola Ed Zander said that next week, his company will show off a new phone capable of playing movies at 30 frames per second in very high quality video. Then every American sighed in disappointment as he revealed that the phone would be launching in Europe. Oh well. It’s nice to dream. Zander said that users will be able to load movies onto the phone via SD cards… Read More

  • Harry McCracken Returns To PC World

    Oh snap! Guess who’s back at PC World? That’s right, Phil Harry McCracken is back at the magazine, now as Editor In Chief and Vice President. This comes after a huge storm over at PC World, when last week, McCracken walked out and resigned during a meeting when CEO Colin Crawford shot down an anti-Mac story, fearing it would piss off advertisers. Read More

  • The Futurist: The End Of The Line For Obvious Patents

    There’s an old episode of The Simpsons where the designers of Barbie stand-in Malibu Stacy are gathered in their smoky room trying to come up with a killer app to take on a new competitor on the block. Their idea: stick a hat on the old doll. The ever-wise Lisa, who sees through such marketing shenanigans, says something along the lines of: “It’s still the same old doll… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Vending Edition

    Healthy Vending Tries to Stop Kids From Getting Fat While in School
    Helio Ocean First Impressions
    Orignal Poker Chip Customizer: Liquor Up Front, Poker In The Rear
    Omelette 1.0 – The First Apple TV Game
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  • Rough Ridin' Mac Mini for Mighty Mac Daddies

    We tried to come up with reasons why you’d need to ruggedize a Mac Mini, but we came up with none. Really, a MacBook Pro and a nice bag should be good enough, but apparently some people want to take their diminutive Macs on the road. And there is a case for them. Here it is, enjoy. Read More

  • TV Timer: For Moms who Hate Their Kids

    Dear Mums: As Mother’s Day approaches, we’ve been on your side here on CrunchGear. We’ve saddled our readers with contests aimed at winning prizes for you, their mothers. They could have been a little more responsive, but maybe it’s not them? Maybe it’s you? Read More

  • Alpine's $1,000 Do-All: Now Shipping

    Alpine aims to do to your dashboard what others have done for your living room. With its new IVA-W205 car deck, you can build a customized super-elaborate car stereo that does everything you could possibly want. Everything’s centered around a 6.5-inch QVGA touchscreen with tactile feedback, meaning when you touch the screen to make a selection, it moves to let you know that you’ve… Read More

  • Lenovo Launches Stronger, Quieter, Cooler ThinkPads


    Ususally when you hear about a manufacturer’s new laptop, it’s all about the latest processor or fancy screens. Lenovo’s taking a different route. Since notebook computers have become so hard to differentiate, the Len’s going back to basics with a pair of Intel Centrino-based laptops with innovations in more than just the architecture of the innards. The new ThinkPads… Read More

  • Alltel Prepping Itself for Dinner?

    Alltel, you know, that other cellphone carrier, is now proactively positioning itself for a sale, according to Phone Scoop’s Ouija board. Three private equity groups are looking at snapping up the small-but-important carrier. No larger networks have shown interest, which isn’t that odd. As the Big Four (Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile) have coast-to-coast networks of their… Read More

  • Philips NX ProntoLite Remote Rules The Living Room

    Those of you with pricey home theater installations may want to check out the latest offering in remote controls from Philips. The NX ProntoLite is a touch-screen remote control that can control basically anything with an IR port. A huge VGA screen lets you easily pick channels, control room lighting, and even stream music via a built-in server. Should you need it, you can control an… Read More