Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Kodak EasyShare 5300: Don't Believe The Hype

    Though new to the world of desktop printing, Kodak still has an illustrious past with some excellent products. But its reputation could be going down the drain thanks to some recent claims the photo-centric company made. Over at Pop Photo, the boys put the Kodak EasyShare 5300 All-in-one to the test to see if could truly crank out 180 borderless color photos. It looks like Kodak got a… Read More

  • The Futurist: Where All These Cell Phone Names Are Taking Us


    Mark this down in the “Obvious” bin: more and more cell phones are using real names in recent years. It was only a few years ago that virtually every cell phone was identified by a serial number-esque stream of numbers and letters that, while I’m sure they made plenty of sense to a company’s on-hand staff of engineers and marketing pros, were more likely to leave… Read More

  • Intel Debuts Centrino Pro

    Today Intel announced its new Centrino Pro processor that utilizes the same vPro technology used on desktops. Aimed at the IT and business sector of computing, these new processors allow users to manage data wirelessly via WiFi without compromising security. Intel will be using draft-802.11n so that companies can take advantage of the increased wireless speeds. Says Intel: Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Coach Edition

    Free WiFi for PSP Owners
    Airlines Taking A Liking To WiFi
    FCC Calls to Say No Cellphones on Airplanes
    Viacom Videos Bored YouTube Viewers
    Verizon’s Unlimited Data Plan Not So Unlimited Read More

  • Flash-based Laptop for $30

    Very cool. Addonics is selling a $30 Compact Flash adapter that allows you to boot from any CF card just like a standard 2.5″ hard drive. The adapter comes in SATA and IDE and can use multiple flash cards at once. Clearly, you’d need a few hundred for some fat CF cards — $260 for 24GB — but the read and write speeds will be phenomenal. This will become extremely… Read More

  • Microsoft to Abolish DRM, Offer PlaysForDamnSure Program to OEMs for $25 per Unit, Sell Zunes in Red, Orange, Pink

    Sorry. That headline is misleading, as was the CNET headline we sourced this from. Only the red, orange, and pink news has any legs. No, Microsoft is not really planning to abolish DRM. Essentially, this is just Zune’s Jason Reindorp musing on the possibility of considering the idea of getting rid of all DRM on the Zune, as if it were Microsoft’s decision. In reality, Microsoft… Read More

  • Ikea Prefab Housing: The Instruction Manual is Four Pages Long


    While I’m not sure if they’re including a hex key and cheap screws with these houses, it’s an idea whose time has come. Looking around right now I notice almost 90% of our furniture is from Ikea and, if given the land mass, I’d build and install one of these BoKlok housing cubes in a second. Unfortunately, you don’t pick these up out in Elizabeth, New Jersey… Read More

  • Samsung SpinPoint S166 Hard Drives Don't Bring The Noise

    While sizes and speeds of hard drives always seem to be going up, it’s a little more rare to see a company doing something about the sound given off by the fast-spinning platters. Samsung’s SpinPoint S166 hard disk drive series, however, does address noise by using its proprietary SilentSeek and NoiseGuard technologies “to accelerate operational speed while reducing… Read More

  • Rumor: Free Zune With Music Subscription

    Zune-Online is positing that a new, flash-based Zune will soon be available for free with a Zune subscription. They really don’t have much overall information on the concept or actual device, so take it with a grain of salt. I’m not a big Zune fan, but I’ll admit I was excited back when it first launched. However, as we all know, the iPod juggernaut is a hard beast to break. Read More

  • Trap Gary Busey In Your TomTom

    I change the main ringtone on my phone about once a week, so I can completely understand why someone would want to change out the voice that daily tells them to “turn left” on their GPS device. TomTom gets this and, while other companies offer multiple voice options for GPS voices, the company seems to be going out of its way to get unique voice talents, which now includes actor… Read More

  • Laser TV: A Cheaper HDTV Technology That Actually Looks Better

    LCD and plasma may be all the rage when it comes to current HDTV implementations, but next year should see the emergence of laser TV—sort of an offshoot of DLP technology—, which has double the color range and costs manufacturers a lot less to produce. For us that means lower prices, or at least it should. From a performance standpoint, laser TV pretty much makes plasma and LCD… Read More

  • Sprint UpStage Video Review

    It took me 2 hours to trim this down to a viewable format and it’s still kind of choppy. The short story is this: new phone from Sprint. Plays music. Only has a 64MB memory card, although some folks are saying there will be more. Actually quite cool. Product Page Read More

  • OQO 2 Shipping, Related: Some Bloggers Fight With Other Bloggers

    The news is this: the XP version of the OQO 2 is shipping. There is also some sort of blogger-on-blogger catfight going on as well about someone saying OQO is not shipping and OQO saying “WTF! You steppin’?” and then other bloggers saying some other blogger sucks. To repeat: OQO 2 is shipping, Boy Genius has photos, and I need an aspirin. Unboxing [BGR via MobilityToday] Read More

  • G-Men Visit Second Life Casinos, Stay for the Brothels

    The FBI has visited Linden Lab and their Second Life casinos in order to figure out just what that giant teddy bear — really a Japanese exchange student — and the fat man in Spokane who looks like a Suicide Girl and calls himself Wendy Wild are doing over at the roulette table. Yes. friends, some FBI agents want to know how online gambling in Second Life works and they won’t… Read More

  • PS3 Sales Take A Hit To The Tune Of 82%

    Though the initial rush for the Playstation 3 in the UK and Europe showed it being well-received and profitable, the second week of sales is just not looking good at all. Official figures from Chart Track data show that indeed, the PS3’s sales have dropped by a mind-blowing 82%. But that’s not the worst part. Titles are taking a hit too. The two most popular games, Resistance… Read More

  • D-Link DWA-643 Xtreme N ExpressCard – Long Name, Fast Speeds

    Those of you who didn’t get a Macbook Pro with 802.11n built-in or own a laptop with an ExpressCard slot, you’re actually in luck. D-Link has just released a new ExpressCard featuring Pre-N speeds — the DWA-643 Xtreme N. You’ll be covered as far as WiFi goes, as the card includes both 802.11n and 802.11g/b wireless and supports all kinds of secure encryption settings… Read More

  • Apple Cinema Displays Take a Price Cut

    With the announcement of the expensive 8-core Mac Pro, Apple must have figured it needed a little spin to keep customers’ minds off of the high price. Now the Apple Cinema Displays have been given a price cut to make us feel all warm inside. You’ll now be able to snag a 20-inch Cinema Display for $599, a 23-incher for $899, and the grand ol’ 30-inch behemoth for a mere… Read More

  • Verizon's Unlimited Data Plan Not So Unlimited

    Having EVDO on a notebook when you’re out and about is certainly a treat. But all good things must come to an end and in this case, it just so happens to be the word “unlimited”. For over a year now, Verizon has been touting its EVDO data plan as “unlimited,” when in reality, if you went over 5GB of downloads a month, your service would be cancelled for fear that… Read More

  • FCC Calls to Say No Cellphones on Airplanes

    It took three years for the FCC to state that flying the friendly skies should not include jabbering on our cellphones. In a closing statement, the FCC ruled that research “provides insufficient technical information on whether the use of cellular phones onboard aircraft may cause harmful interference to terrestrial networks.” As far as I understand it, the original issue was… Read More

  • Netgear EVA8000 Digital Entertainer HD Wireless Media Streamer Even Works With iTunes Music

    Apple haters or people who want a little more out-of-the-box file type compatibility than what the Apple TV offers should look at the Netgear EVA8000 Digital Entertainer HD. It’s a wireless (802.11g) media streamer like Apple’s latest endeavor, but it’s a little more versatile. Like the Apple TV, it’ll wirelessly stream your music, videos and photos from your PC to a TV. Read More