Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Daily Crunch: Happy Spring Edition

    iPod Saves a Soldier’s Life in Iraq?
    New York Braces Itself For The Taxi of The Future
    Even Mossberg Can’t Figure Out His PC
    Happy Spring Read More

  • Google 411: Hello? Operator?

    Google Labs has just quietly launch a new 411 service accessible by dialing 1-800-GOOG-411. Michael at TechCrunch writes: The product is completely automated and there is no way to talk to a human for additional or clarifying information. You tell it your city and state, and then ask for a specific business or business category. In my tests the product was excellent. Although the voice… Read More

  • Vonage Lawyer Equates Ruling to 'Cutting Off Oxygen'

    A federal judge ruled today that Vonage cannot service new customers while it appeals that it infringed Verizon patents. The judge also ordered that the company post a $66 million bond. Roger Warin, Vonage’s lawyer, told the court that prohibiting Vonage from seeking new customers is equivalent to “cutting off oxygen or a bullet to the head” for Vonage. Back in early March… Read More

  • Comcast Boots Off Its Users For Downloading Too Much

    Comcast is threatening to cut off Internet access to so-called bandwidth hogs, only they’re not exactly specifying what constitutes bandwidth “hogging.” (If you can decipher what downloading “100 times the average national Comcast bandwidth usage” means you deserve a treat.) One banned user created a Weblog to vent his frustrations. His situation is even more… Read More

  • Happy Spring

    We’re taking a half-day today out of deference to religious tradition and simply because we’re all really sleepy and cold here in the northeast. Have a great long weekend and blessed whatever you celebrate. Read More

  • Linux iPod Proof-of-Concept Virus in the Wild

    There’s an iPod virus. Before you encase your Nano in lucite, however, please understand that this virus is merely a proof-of-concept that runs only on iPodLinux and requires manual intervention to begin infecting .ELF files. Let’s just say that there are no iPod viruses, currently, but there are apparently homebrew apps that could be exploited in nasty ways. ‘Nuf… Read More

  • Butterfly Cellphone, As Designed By a 15-Year-Old

    Again, cellphone concepts usually outclass actual cellphones all the time, but this one—the Butterfly—was designed by a 15-year-old Canadian kid. It’s part cellphone and part social networking device and has built-in Wi-Fi to surf the Web. All well and good to be sure, but the design itself is what’s so keen here. It opens at a 30-degree angle to reveal a 3.4-inch… Read More

  • Nokia N95 Preview

    http://s86.photobucket.com/remix/player.swf?videoURL=http%3A%2F%2Fvid86.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fk90%2Fcrunchgear%2FApril%25202007%2F266b1f22.pbr&hostname=stream86.photobucket.com Nokia knows intelligent design. Not unlike God, who apparently formed bananas to fit gracefully into the human hand, Nokia pays close attention to its product life cycle. While many of the N-series phones… Read More

  • Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1080: 100-inches of Pleasure


    Viewing pleasure that is! The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1080 was announced at the end of March, but Epson recently gave us a demo of the projector, which delivers picture resolutions up to 1080p at up to 120 inches in size at a price point of $2,999. And for the money, the high-def picture quality is impressive. This PowerLite actually uses 1,920×1,080 pixels on each of the… Read More

  • Apple TV Free-for-All

    I’ve been following the supposed Apple firmware anti-hack updates and I’m glad to say my refusal to post fifteen things about how Apple is against the hax0rs was validated by Engadget and a few other folks. In short, Apple doesn’t care what you do with your Apple TV — or any device, for that matter — but don’t come whining to the Genius Bar if you brick… Read More

  • iPod Saves a Soldier's Life in Iraq?

    An iPod saved a soldier’s life over in Iraq, or so the story goes. A picture of a destroyed iPod showed up on Flickr with a message saying that it was destroyed in a firefight between a U.S. soldier and some Iraqi miscreants. Supposedly an AK-47’s bullet tore through the soldier’s handy dandy iPod jacket pocket, where Apple’s little portable media player stopped the… Read More

  • Even Mossberg Can't Figure Out His PC

    This is a problem near and dear to my heart. I rarely test PCs and laptops anymore simply because it takes too long. Back when I worked at Laptop Magazine, the #3 best-selling tech magazine in the Honolulu airport, I had the pleasure of unboxing, starting up, and testing hundreds of models and every time I tried to run my tests I had to uninstall reams and reams of veritable crap. It was one… Read More

  • New York Braces Itself For The Taxi of The Future

    There’s some sort of automotive trade show going on in New York right now and one of the highlights is an exhibition showcasing taxis of the future. It’s called Taxi 07 and includes various concepts and prototypes of what you might see on the streets of New York one day. Lots of the concepts focus on improving accessibility for the disabled, while others try to be as… Read More

  • Apple Files Patent For Multi-Sized Icons

    In an interesting move, Apple recently filed for a patent that would allow OS X users to have multi-sized icons on the screen at the same time. The system would allow users to make icons of files larger or smaller, based on importance. In fact, there’s a whole lot of sizing goin’ on here. Apple writes: “However, such difference in size does not indicate the relative… Read More

  • The AudioFile: The DRM Dam Cracks


    If you saw my April Fool’s post about Apple getting rid of DRM in the iTunes Music Store, apparently the joke was on me. The very next day, Apple and EMI (one of the big five major labels) made a deal to sell EMI’s entire catalogue–minus the Beatles’ music–without copy protection for $1.29 each. But as I read the reports and analyses and talked to some… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Instruction Edition

    LG SV80: Enough With The Banana Comparisons Already
    The Futurist: Where All These Cell Phone Names Are Taking Us
    Stream Surround Sound Music With Sony’s TDM-NC1 Cube
    Yeah, It’s For Real
    MyGADs for Storing, Retrieving Factoids Read More

  • Denon AH-C700 Canalphones Hands On

    Denon finally returned to the consumer headphone market, and they’ve made a big splash with their latest offerings. I spent some quality time with the AH-C700 (available in black or silver), and the upshot is that I’m not going to wait 2 days to call. They’re not cheap dates, though, at about $200. But they have such nice extension in both the bass and the treble that they… Read More

  • Verizon Gets the BlackBerry 8830 World Phone


    Today isn’t a bad day to be a Verizon customer. It just announced that it would be carrying the new BlackBerry 8830 Cyclone. The new device features CDMA and GSM capabilities, making it functional in both the US and Europe. The phone features a QVGA screen, microSD and EV-DO. No camera, but don’t know many people who actually takes shots with their phones so that… Read More

  • Mobiode: Surveys Tailored for Mobile

    Now that people are finally accessing mobile content on their phones, it’s good that someone is putting metrics in place to judge how good that content is. Mobiode by Wirenode is a survey tool for mobile phones. Using the built-in WAP or WHML browsers on today’s handsets, site operators can ask user’s opinions on any range of topics, and get the results fast. In theory… Read More

  • MyGADs for Storing, Retrieving Factoids

    Those of you familiar to the old days of IRC might recall infobots, handy little scripts that live in IRC channels and spout out factoids when they see a certain trigger. For example, my favorite infobot on Slashnet is Zuul. If you ask Zuul about me, he’ll respond with “Matt Hickey is the brain that makes the underpinnings of the Web,” an obvious reference to my genius. But… Read More