Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Leopard Coming Sooner Than Expected?

    . Jesse is an analyst for Prudential and something of a Mac fanboy, or so it seems, as he’s always upgraded Apple’s valuation and is contact with many nebulous “inside sources” that even we corrupt bloggers can’t get our vodka-scented hands onto. So it comes as no surprise that he’s a source of many of the fun Apple rumors we find and relay, deliberately or not. Read More

  • Lensbabies 3G Medium Format

    Not a hugely exciting bit of news, but Lensbabies just launched a medium format version of their Lensbaby 3G product. The new model is for Mamiya 645 and Pentax 67 cameras and costs $390. For those not in the know, Lensbabies are odd, selective focus lenses that bring one point on a picture into focus and leave the rest blurry. The effect is similar to that the Miniature Model Effect but it… Read More

  • A CrunchGear Investigation: The Trouble With Tasers – What The Manufacturer Doesn't Want You To Know


    To the more than 10,000 law enforcement agencies who use them, Taser-style stun guns probably seem like a godsend — a quick jolt of electricity and even the brawniest and most berserk criminal can be brought to the ground. No guns, no deaths and no permanent damage. Or so Taser International, the weapon’s manufacturer, would have you believe. However, a CrunchGear investigation… Read More

  • Let Out The Voices In Your Head With Scramby

    could more accurately represent your on-screen persona? Well with just $17.90, Scramby can make that wish come true. (I know, pretty cheap for wish fulfillment like this, right?) Scramby is a Vocoder add-on for VoIP (Voice-over-IP) services like Skype, Yahoo! Messenger and Google Talk, but works with MMOG or MMORPG games as well, letting you distort your voice with a variety of effects. Want… Read More

  • Nokia Phone Updater Released: Bring on the Bricks!

    Nokia’s been working on a program for about a year that lets consumers update their own cellphones without having to visit the local authorized Nokia store. It’s now finally ready to download. The Windows-based program (beat it, Mac users) works only on certain Nokia cellphones, but if yours is on the list, the process seems to be painless. Just plug a USB cable into the phone and… Read More

  • Amazon Unbox Now Live on TiVo

    Amazon’s Unbox downloadable video service now works on TiVo. The video library leaves a lot to be desired right now. (The Illusionist and Prison Break? Yeah, no thanks.) You’ll get no deal on the prices, either: $9.99 to buy a movie and $1.99 per one-month rental, though you should expect to pay more for “hits.” For example, that feel-good dark comedy Little Miss… Read More

  • Seven Ways To Fight Back at Cingular

    The Consumerist, that 21st century version of The Jungle, has come up with seven ways to stick it to Cingular. Many of them are benign (“make the brick and mortar store compete against the Web site in order to get a better deal”), but one tip looks to be fairly pretty substantial: buying a $20 mediaMAX data plan will get you unlimited Internet access, regardless of what type of… Read More

  • Reebok: Voltron Edition

    I initially thought these were Reebok’s answer to the Nike Tranformers, but sadly I was mistaken. I thought it inappropriate to post these since they have nothing to do with technology or gadgetry, but I know our readers remember and love Voltron. Regardless, just take a moment and imagine what it would be like to have these fly kicks come together and form Voltron Force?! The five… Read More

  • Vulcan FlipStart In The Wild

    James Kendrick from jkOnTheRun gives a thorough review of the soon to be launched FlipStart. The unit James had was equipped with a Pentium M 1.1 GHz processor with 512 MB of RAM, a 30 GB hard drive, Windows XP SP2, integrated EV-DO, and a web cam. The FlipStart, for those not in the know, is essentially a mini PC that costs $2,000 and will be launched next month. The FlipStart is definitely not… Read More

  • Blackberry Daytona Caught On Tape

    I present to you dear readers, the Blackberry Daytona, live and in your face! Watch closely because it says “8800 Series” and previous reports slated it as an 8300. Daytona [via New Launches] Read More

  • Verizon And Sprint: Making Our Lives Better Part Deux

    In a less than surprising move, Verizon and Sprint are following AT&T’s lead and announced plans to allow customers to control their DVRs via mobile phone. Launching next week, Verizon customers will be able to program their TiVo sets for a monthly charge of $1.99 a month, which will work on more than a dozen models. Keep in mind TiVo customers can already program shows they want… Read More

  • Hang Timer Times Your Hang Time, Playa

    There was a kid in my high school who thought he was good at basketball. He was not. What he was good at was making the “Jordan Face” when he’d go for a lay-up, tongue out and everything. But no matter how much we told him that he sucked, he was convinced he was just like Mike. We didn’t have the Hang Timer in 1991, instead, sadly, we had Hammer Time. But if we had… Read More

  • Sprint EX720: My New BFF


    My intention was to review the Sprint EX720 EV-DO Rev A ExpressCard as a comparison with the Merlin XU870 HSDPA ExpressCard. Both cards are manufactured by Novatel, so the playing field is leveled. Couple that with the fact that I’m traveling all over the States for the next several weeks, and I think we’ll have the purest comparison possible. I still intend to do that, but… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Rampage Edition

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  • Treo 680: Now Featuring More Boring

    or Motorola, we also get news that the popular Treo 680 is now available sans camera. Why would anybody want a Treo without a camera? Because it’s safer in some corporate environments, that’s why. In many corporate settings, like, say, the RIAA, the ability to surreptitiously snap and send photos is a nightmare that keeps security-minded types up at night. But with the modern… Read More

  • GDC 2007 Day 2: Planted in the Press Room


    The second day of GDC is underway and there are panels galore. None of which are particularly relevant to the CG shtick. I’ve planted myself in the press room and am attempting to update the site as the server smokes and flames and sputters toward oblivion after getting two front page diggs. My highlights yesterday were small, but interesting. There is little in the way of gadget… Read More

  • iSoundSpa iPod Dock: Wake Up to Sounds of the Ocean

    iSoundSpa represents the next evolution of iPod docks, that is, the unholy combination of an iPod dock and an alarm clock. Yes, it will charge your iPod while it’s plugged in. Yes, it has a built-in radio. No, it won’t dismantle the Taliban. It does, however, have six “soothing” nature songs that you can wake yourself up to, including “ocean” and… Read More

  • Anti-Terrorism Weapon Doesn't Kill, Makes You Puke

    Who cares about CeBit, GDC, PMA and CTIA when this year’s Navy Opportunity Forum for small businesses has weapons that shoot invisible wall-penetrating beams that make people dizzy and puke? My flight and hotel reservations are booked! Read More

  • South Park’s Good Times in HD


    While I’m never going to complain about South Park, the animated series does seem to be an odd choice for an HD download on the Xbox Live service. While typically hilarious, it isn’t exactly like the show is known for the most stunning graphics, but today fans will get to download a true classic of an episode, and possibly one of the best looking ones too. The fun-packed… Read More

  • Wii Want Our Wii


    Wii Line Circa Summer 2006. Now it’s worse. Love it or hate it, the Wii is the most popular console out right now and Nintendo has some ‘splaining to do. The Wii launched last year yet people still have to line up outside Best Buy for hours and sell their kidneys to get this bundle of fun. Kotaku threatens violence while Nintendo America’s Reggie Fils-Aime says: We work with… Read More