The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • German Cryptophones: Securephones, not Smartphones

    or Wizard smartphones, utilize AES 256 and Twofish encryption to make sure that your voice calls are secure as possible. These phones aren’t smartphones, though. They do not run the Windows Mobile OS like the standard versions, but instead GSMK’s proprietary security OS. In theory, you could install WinMo on these phones, but then you’d be compromising the security features. Read More

  • InPhase Ships Holographic Storage

    The future is here—sort of. InPhase today announced that it has begun bulk shipping its 300GB holographic storage disks. The platters are 1.5-millimeters thick and cost $180 each. That is on top of the initial $18,000 investment for the Tapestry HDS-300R drive. InPhase says that the drives should expand to capacities of 1.6TB by 2010. Sounds fancy right? Well you should carefully… Read More

  • Jobs Challenges DRM, Gets Help From Monster Cable. No, Really

    A few days ago we brought you word about an essay Apple’s Steve Jobs wrote, calling for an end to the DRMing of music, a practice his company has been forced to participate in by the music industry. Mr. Jobs wants to put an end to copy protection of music files, to create greater interoperability between computers, music stores, and portable devices. In the aftermath of the essay, which… Read More

  • USB ChapStick

    Some crazy kid over at MAKE recently crafted this little mutant flash drive. It required some grinding and filing and sanding, but in the end, he was able to fit the guts of a 2GB flash drive into the ChapStick tube (I presume the balm was removed). The LED even shines through the base. In situations like these, we often ask, “Why?” I believe this time the answer is, “Because… Read More

  • Mini Motorby Billboard Displays Your Name

    Whether you like Mini Coopers or not, you gotta give some credit to Mini for coming up with an idea like this. Certain tolls in cities where RFID passes are used (EZPass in NJ/NY) have an electronic billboard with a talking Mini Cooper who’ll spit out your name when you drive through. It works by grabbing your name off of the RFID information passed along when you pay the toll. Right now… Read More

  • Cell Phones – Smart Switching Phones

    This week’s issued cell phone patents reveal a bit more on smart switching between mobile phones and networks. NEC received an issued patent on a WiFi and cellular phone that uses proximity to determine which network to use while Sprint received a patent on typing with a special code + phone number that identifies which system you want to use. Finally, Cingular got a patent on a means… Read More

  • T-Mobile Gears Up For Nokia 5300 XpressMusic

    T-Mobile has started preregistration for those wanting to get their hands on a Nokia XpressMusic 5300. To register, just visit the T-Mo registration page for the 5300 and sign up. The 5300 comes with some great features like dedicated music buttons, a fun slider design, microSD, and more. You’ll be able to actually buy one come February 28th for $99 or more depending on your contract… Read More

  • Sharp Puts Blu-Ray Over The Top

    We don’t enjoy saying we told you so, but Sharp has taken the liberty of doing it for us with the launch of the BD-HP1 Blu-Ray recorder. The new kid on the block plays nice with all your AQUOS goods via Fami-link. The BD-HP1 allows for seamless HD recording from your AQUOS digital tuner through i.Link which kicks much ass. The BD-HP1 will playback single/dual layer Blu-Ray, DVD… Read More

  • Lightcast: Because Paul Van Dyk And Three Hits Of X Aren't Enough

    Only those into partying hard should pay attention here, but stick around for the bad jokes. Lightcast is basically a house for 33 multicolored LEDs which will project onto your ceiling to – wait for it – the beat of your music! You can hook up your iPod, DAP, Discman, or whatever makes a noise and has a 3.5mm jack. It also includes interchangeable mirrors and reflectors for… Read More

  • A CrunchGear Valentine's Day: What To Get Your Lady

    I know that Valentine’s Day is a big pain in the ass and that getting a gift for your lady is the most boring waste of time ever. This year though, get her something the both of you can enjoy as a dorky couple. I guarantee you will find something to get her out of these next five items or I’ll call you cheap and berate you about it. Now, onto the goods! Read More

  • Find Yourself with TeleNav Update

    We’re entering day three of our Find Yourself with TeleNav contest. There have been some great entries so far, and I know there are a bunch more out there, so keep them coming. To enter, send an email to contest at crunchgear dot com explaining your best stories of directional retardation (use the subject: “getting lost”). The contest run from today until Friday at noon ET. Read More

  • Hummer Launching Mobile Brand

    Nothing gets more American than driving a Hummer with some McDonalds in your lap and some Steve Miller Band on the stereo. And since we Americans love our cellphones, it makes total sense that Hummer is starting a mobile brand with Modelabs Group. The two companies are partnering to design, produce, and market a line of mobile phones and accessories, as well as “on-device”… Read More

  • VoIP On The Rise: 100 WiFi Phones Certified

    Seems that VoIP is gaining more and more popularity as every new month approaches. The WiFi Alliance has certified 82-dual mode and 10-WiFi-only handsets that are ideal for VoIP use. The group checks phones for interoperability and performance, as well as interference, to make sure they’re up to standards. The Alliance is now out to promote WMM (Wireless Multimedia) and extending… Read More

  • NPR Says Wii Is Bad For Children

    NPR hates you and it hates the Wii you bought for your kid. Kelly McBride, a parent, went on the air the other day to attack other parents for buying their kids Nintendo Wiis. McBride says that although the Wii gets your kid off the couch and his arms moving around, it gives a child “a false sense of what it’s like to compete in the world.” Ouch! Could she say anything worse? Read More

  • Do You Have A Quiet Drive Xbox 360?

    Blake recently informed you about the new quieter DVD drives coming to Xbox 360s and the boys at Xbox-Scene tell us what drives we have in our obnoxiously loud consoles. In case you missed it, all Xbox 360s manufactured after November of 2006 are equipped with drives from BenQ-LiteON-Phillips. Be sure you didn’t get screwed if you recently purchased a 360. Xbox-Scene Read More

  • Barablu: Free VoIP on WiFi Phones

    Today is the day of weird little companies, apparently. Barablu is a downloadable desktop and mobile product that allows you to send and receive VoIP calls, chat, and create conferences of up to 49 people. It’s available for Pocket PC and a number of smartphones and works in concert with a desktop application that basically does the same thing. It’s different than Skype in that… Read More

  • Nokia Video Center Hands On

    So this is what YouTube on a Nokia looks like. It’s more of a video RSS feed, but it’s still pretty cool. There are only Reuters and YouTube up there right now, it seems, but it allows you to add channels and browse video thumbnails. Coolness. Read More

  • Motorola Ming Hands On

    Here’s a quick look at the Moto Ming. It’s not very exciting, just a tiny little Linux phone, but it’s got an odd UI and looks nothing like anything else at their booth. Read More

  • CryptoGraf: SMS in Secret

    CryptoGraf is a tiny company that is basically selling RSA/ARS encrypting SMS software. You can try a free trial at and it works with Symbian Series 60 phones but it doesn’t work with any of Nokia’s N-Series phones. Why am I telling you this? Well, maybe you have to send secrets to your mom or something. The website is gimp-tastic but it looks like a useful… Read More

  • Meizu M8 Enters The Witness Protection Program

    I realize that we’re all sick of ‘iPhone clones’ and I swear this is the last I’ll post until launch. To be perfectly honest, this is the ONLY iPhone clone in the works. The LG Prada and Samsung F700 are NOT iPhone clones. I may have said they were before, but clones they are not. The Meizu M8 is now the miniOne and is set to launch Q4. The previously leaked pics… Read More