Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Frickin' Motorola LAZR Beams!

    All I want are some frickin’ lasers! Is that too much to ask? Motorola’s newest handset is making the rounds under the LAZR moniker with limited details. What we do know is that it runs a Linux OS, has 512MB on-board memory and Motiquette. If the RIZR wasn’t enough to hold your RAZR appetite at bay then maybe the LAZR will do the trick. Who knows if the LAZR is even the… Read More

  • Helio Ocean: Don't Call it a Messaging Phone With Keyboard and Keypad

    Hot on the tail of the Helio Heat comes the Helio Ocean. This messaging phone, aka the Pantech PN-810, folds out to a keyboard in messaging position and slides to reveal a keypad in phone position. It runs Helio’s own UI and plays MP3s and Windows Media files. So what’s that keyboard for? Well, it supports POP/IMAP mailboxes as well as IM along with GPS and Google Maps. Sidekick? Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Weird Guest Edition

    Doctor Who Is Calling?
    Have You Found The Easter Eggs In Google Homepages?
    Understanding Games Teaches Us How Games Work
    Chapit Helper Robot Reminds You of How Lonely You Are
    Go Against The Grain: The Sand Time Watch Read More

  • Sprint UpStage: Flippy, Man


    We’ve been seeing rumors of the Sprint UpStage aka the flippy Samsung M620 phone with a phone on one side and an MP3 player on the other and now have word that it’s going to be called the UpStage and will be available come CTIA. We’ll probably have some good hands-on action with this in Florida, but from my experience with it in South Korea, I can say that the form factor… Read More

  • Off to CTIA Wireless

    I’m off to Sunny Orlando tomorrow to check out CTIA for CG and MobileCrunch. If you’re in town for the show, drop me a line a john at crunchgear dot com or call me at 6468270591 for some red-hot cellphone conference drinking action. Otherwise, look for oodles of coverage next week and, with any luck, no downtimes. Read More

  • Whew!

    OK. We’re back in the saddle. Chris at MediaTemple discovered that a file was loading that should have been loading and essentially tearing the site down completely. I should have thought of it when the back end was speedy but the front end was a mess, but we amateurs always look in the least likely places and leave the obvious problems for the pros to find. Read More

  • Bloops Part Deux

    We’re still running on some sort of hobbled server — the front end is slow as whatever and the back end is peppy as a Jack Russell on crank. Very weird. Apparently our boys are looking into it and will be moving us to a new server come sundown, so hopefully we’ll be up and ready to rock for CTIA next week. Is anyone seeing any performance anomalies i.e. amazing performance in… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Basket of Goodies Edition

    Saitek’s High Tech Easter Basket
    Doctor Who Is Calling?
    Pink Zune Confirmed, Just in Time for the 61st Anniversary of the Pilbara Strike of Indigenous Australians
    Laptop Chiller Pads: Crave Finds The Coolest of the Cool Coolers
    OS X Leopard Still Not Ready, Programmers Still Figuring Out Linked Lists Read More

  • CG/CTIA Smack Down

    on their site. The site offers a limited number of products at a deep discount. The Smack Auction reduces the price over time, but only until supplies run out. If you don’t buy before they’re out, you’re stuck. The key is to time it and buy just before you hit that magic, hidden number. The fine folks at Jellyfish are planning to offer phones and laptops at a considerable… Read More

  • Saitek’s High Tech Easter Basket

    OK, Saitek isn’t actually releasing a high tech Easter Basket, but they did put together this one as part of a spring/Easter pitch. Their basket contains four of Saitek’s Notebook mice, which are available in orange, yellow, green and pink for $19.99 each, and they’re suggesting the mice as a gift or addition to your basket. It’s still 276 days until Christmas so… Read More

  • Apple TV is T3H 8om6


    To break the surly bonds of TiVo and touch the face of Jobs. Not to be a fawning Macindouche or anything, but Apple TV is seriously a kick-ass product. I got mine today after days of ceaseless waiting and I can unequivocally state that no matter what you say about DIY media centers and super hot XBox 360 video stuff, the Apple TV has those beat, especially for anyone with an iPod. Read More

  • Funky Downtimes

    Something is up with our MediaTemple server so you’re going to get intermittent outages today. I’m working with our crack team of Serbian Hackers/Interior Decorators to solve the mystery. Read More

  • Doctor Who Is Calling?

    During its heyday in the 1960s the UK was bombarded with all sorts of products related to the cult science fiction series Doctor Who. With a successful new series going strong – a third season is about to start next week – it is no wonder that a mini-wave of product tie-ins is being released. The latest include Doctor Who Phone Charms, which feature a miniature Tardis (forever stuck… Read More

  • Clocky: A Brief Video Review

    It’s Friday, it feels like Spring, and Clocky has invaded CrunchGear HQ (well, my place at least). Check out the above video for a humorous, informative review on one of the coolest alarm clocks of the century. If you want to read more about Clocky or purchase one, visit Nandahome.com. Read More

  • Fonality Trixbox Appliance: Telephony is Fun Again!

    I would totally consider the Fonality trixbox Appliance. I know we have some hardcore IT people in our audience, so check out this hot box of Asterisk-based IP-PBX open-source telephony action. The appliance comes loaded with Fonality’s trixbox software platform and is wrapped in an industrial-grade, rack-mountable server with dual hard drives and dual power supply redundancy options. Read More

  • Breaking News: RIAA Still Sucks, Schools Fighting Back

    I realize this might be hard to fathom, but guess what? The RIAA still sucks and is still wasting everyone’s time with file-sharing lawsuits. In fact, the RIAA apparently wasted too much time with the University of Nebraska and now the school is hitting back. U of N has sent the RIAA an invoice to the RIAA requesting that it reimburse the university for all the expenses it’s… Read More

  • Greedy Media Companies Sue Network DVR Concept Into Oblivion

    A lawsuit filed by a bunch of faceless, money grubbing entertainment companies has killed the network DVR before it even made its debut. New York’s Cablevision had wanted to introduce a digital video recorder that, instead of locally storing content on a hard drive, would store everything on Cablevision’s servers somewhere out there. The complaining companies, which include… Read More

  • Hackers Hack Hacked Apple TV to Play DivX


    What if I told you that somewhere on this island there’s a very small box that can play DivX video? Clever clever hackers! Some clever folks have opened up their Apple TVs, taken out the hard drive, and installed an SSH client as well as some video playing codecs. The result? An Apple TV that plays DivX, albeit with some difficulty. They’ve also discovered that the device runs… Read More

  • See? I Told You The PS3 Is The Best Console Ever!

    Oh wait. What’s that noise? Is that the sound of Nintendo Wii owners whining and pouting? My goodness! Keep it down! Just because 100 lucky people who lined up to get a PS3 got a free 45-inch Sony Bravia LCD TV doesn’t mean you should be poor sports. I mean, doesn’t the Wii come with like a wrist-strap or something cool like that? But all fun and games aside, 100 people… Read More

  • OS X Leopard Still Not Ready, Programmers Still Figuring Out Linked Lists

    Poor Leopard. Even though everyone is all excited that the new OS X version will launch this April, the rumor tree is budding with grumblings that it won’t be available for a long time and that the programmers themselves are sick of being pushed by Apple’s evil Persian sword-armed team lead. To those who say that Leopard is ready to go and that people are just lying, the Apple… Read More