Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • The AudioFile: Sonic Weapons, Justice League-Style


    Traveling through the Scottish countryside with fellow writer Todd Seavey, who has written a couple of storylines for Justice League comic books, I began to doze off. Todd had just told me one of his storylines, so I began daydreaming about the various members of the League in terms of how these heroes might make use of bleeding-edge sonic weaponry. After all, even superheroes can benefit… Read More

  • Laptop Horror Stories Entry #4: Rock and Crunch

    contest. It was a lovely afternoon as I was using my laptop while sitting in my recliner, when the phone rang. Cursing my forgetfulness, since I hadn’t grabbed my cordless phone off the charger earlier, I set my laptop down on the floor, closing it as I placed it there, and rushed to the phone. After my call was done, I came back and sat down – in my rocker-recliner – and… Read More

  • WiFi Sixth Sense

    Do you dream of being Hiro or Claire in Heroes? Want to have your own special power that Sylar can steal out of your head? Why not try WiFi sensing? This DIY device uses a WiFi sensor and a motor to notify you — at all times — when WiFi is active. Looks fairly easy and a great way to make your friends think you’re a freak. iMakeProjects via Make via BB Read More

  • Kingmax Releases "World's Smallest" USB Drive, Largest Ego

    Every couple months or so, some company comes along and goes “Yo. We’ve got the smallest USB flash drive EVER!” Everyone yawns, we all nod our heads, and life goes on. But with Kingmax’s latest endeavor, the Super Stick, you kinda have to pay attention when the dimensions are, ah, 24 x 12.4 x 2.2mm. Yeah, that’s also known as really friggin’ small. This… Read More

  • WSJ Discovers Twitter, Buttocks in Dark Sans Flashlight

    Good morning, Farnsworth. Up bright and early, I see. I say, old chap, have you seen this latest computer system? It’s called Twittle, I believe. A, here it is in the Journal. Yes. Twitter. How much do we have available in the Mad Money fund? 45 million? Let’s put a pinch of that into this company. It seems the kids just love it. What does it do? Well, the children go to the… Read More

  • Transmit TV Signals Through Electrical Wires

    A mighty German company has figured out a way to transmit television signals through the same wires that handle electricity. Devolvo demoed its creation a CeBIT, though for now the technology can only transmit one TV signal at a time. The technology is still in its infancy (even though companies have had ways to share a network connection via the very same wires for a while now) and uses IP… Read More

  • A PC That Rolls Off the Tip of Your Desk

    This green orb contains a computer with a VIA EPIA Mini-ITX motherboard, 40GB hard drive and 200W power supply. Called the Ball PC System, the sphere opens up when the user needs access to the DVD drive. It comes in two colors: silver and green. The computer looks quite stylish, and I’m a bit amused that it’s suspended in a plastic base, mainly because it could potentially roll… Read More

  • Samsung UbiSync USB Monitor

    The Samsung USB monitor we told you about some time ago is at CeBIT and it’s way better than we thought. It was reported that only three to five peripherals would work from one USB port, but it’s been confirmed that six is actually the number. A Samsung rep stated that a setup with 2GB of RAM and a dual-core processor running at 2GHz could easily support six monitors. There was no… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Elevation Edition

    Japanese Pedal-Powered Roller Coaster: Exactly What It Sounds Like
    Pantech Maglev Floats And Amazes…I Think
    Griffin Radio Shark 2: Like TiVo For Radio, Now Better Sound Quality
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  • Cingular Unlocks Blackjack for Free

    Searching around on the Web, I’ve found a lot of sites that will charge you between $25 and $35 to unlock your Samsung i607 Blackjack. However, I came across a post describing how to get your phone unlocked for free via Cingular. I decided to try it, since I’m legitimately headed to Europe this summer and need to unlock my phone. I couldn’t find much on the Web about it, so… Read More

  • Laptop Horror Stories Entry #3: Bloops!

    . It came out of no where. There are no signs. You and your love have spent every day together, mornings…evenings…you can’t keep your hands off. Then suddenly life decides to play bitch for a day. You wake up one morning, do your daily routine and then BAM! They are gone. No signs, no warnings. I can’t help but feel completely responsible for what happened. Life… Read More

  • iTMS Getting "Live from Las Vegas" Concerts

    Perhaps you heard back in 2006 that the Palms resort and casino was opening up an $80 million concert theater decked out with state of the art equipment. Now that the theater/hall/whatever is open, Palms is ready to cash in by recording each concert and offering it on the iTunes Music Store. The first show will be March 17th featuring Evanescence and will feature extra songs… Read More

  • Polk Audio’s iPod Dock

    Are there are any speaker companies out there that haven’t jumped on the iPod bandwagon? Of course considering the number of iPods on the market, it is understandable why companies such as Polk Audio would want to cash in. And while many of the docking stations out there are just plain terrible, their new RadioShack exclusive MiDock10 ($199) – get it “My Dock”… Read More

  • Linksys KiSS 1600 Wireless Media Hub

    Introduced today at CeBIT is the Linksys KiSS 1600 wireless media hub. This is a must-have media device that can stream all sorts of digital content including HD video to your TV through the internet or any other device set up on your network. The KiSS replaces your DVD player because it will upscale your entire DVD collection to 720p through HDMI. Most of the specs are still unknown, but it… Read More

  • LG's Prada Phone Unboxed: It's Real, It's Hot

    Thanks to T3, the UK gadget site that likes to exhibit half-naked girls with its gear, we’ve got a peek at a sexy unboxing of the Prada phone. For those not in the know, the Prada is LG’s $775 iPhone contender with style to spare, but it’s always been shrouded in whispers of vaporware or self-inflicted hubris. It is indeed real, as the above video demonstrates. If… Read More

  • Sony-Ericsson Debuts Cameraphone Accessory Kit

    One thing we like about Sony-Ericsson’s phones is how the company has split them neatly into two distinct categories: musicphones and cameraphones. Unlike other phone makers, the music-listening and picture-taking aspects of SE’s phones aren’t half-assed attempts, it uses real Walkman tech for the musicphones, and real Cybershot tech for the cameraphones. Something long… Read More

  • Japanese Pedal-Powered Roller Coaster: Exactly What It Sounds Like

    I recall being on a field trip in DC as a kid and seeing some exhibit at the Smithsonian with similar physics, and at the time the thought in my mind was “no way in hell I’m getting on that.” My sentiments here echo those of my youth. It’s a roller coaster with cars you pedal. No, really. The green ride has carts on a track that are propelled by the people who ride in them. Read More

  • Pantech Maglev Floats And Amazes…I Think

    Amidst the recent and much needed surge of mobile phones shedding weight. Pantech hopes to stand out with their newest phone that employs magnetic levitation. Maglev, as it’s called, basically allows an object to hover over another object without any physical contact and is held in place by the magnetic fields. Most slider phones are designed with springs, which make them fatty and… Read More

  • Laptop Horror Stories Contest Reminder

    Hello, kiddies… welcome to the Crypt of Laptop Horror Stories (TM). You have until next Monday, 12pm EST, to send me your worst laptop horror stories — how your laptop fell into a toilet, how your Gateway exploded on your granny’s lap — and you could win one of three beautiful prizes. Koss Cobalt Bluetooth Headphones One of two RhinoSkin 13″ MacBook Cases in Black… Read More

  • Griffin Radio Shark 2: Like TiVo For Radio, Now Better Sound Quality

    Griffin’s radio Shark, a TiVo-like device that records AM/FM radio onto your computer’s hard drive, has been ever so slightly updated and is now the Radio Shark 2. An included antenna and improved radio chip — which should lead to better sound quality, natch — are the reasons they’re calling this “2” as opposed to “a new Radio Shark.”… Read More