Garmin Intros 520HCx and 530HCx GPS Communicators

Garmin Intros 520HCx and 530HCx GPS Communicators

Garmin just revved up its Rhino series of GPS-equipped two-way radios, today introducing the 520HCx and the 530HCx (pictured here) that bring a couple of new features to their already formidable feature set. The most welcome update is a faster processor that speeds up their map drawing and route calculations….

‘Laser’ Clock is Misnamed, Lame

‘Laser’ Clock is Misnamed, Lame

Here’s an LED-lit keychain device that lets you project an image of the time of day. Curiously named a Laser Clock, there aren’t really any lasers involved, according to a nice guy we talked to at the product’s distributor, Dynamism. In fact, there’s no laser inside this little device at…

Zenum Smartphone Slated to Debut This Month

Zenum Smartphone Slated to Debut This Month

The sexy Zenum Opus smartphone has been making its way around the Interwebs for quite some time, and today it’s finally getting a release date. According to the gang at Unwired (who checked in with Zenum), the smartphone will be out later this month. It’ll come with a 2-megapixel camera,…

Folding Tunes: Origami as Musical Instrument

Folding Tunes: Origami as Musical Instrument

Here’s some of the real origami, and it has nothing to do with ultramobile PCs, either. This resourceful student at NYU shows us her origami musical instrument for her graduation project for the interactive telecommunications program’s Spring Show 2007. Using origami folding to trigger musical samples of human voices, the…

Defamer grabs a comp: HipTop3 giveaway

Defamer grabs a comp: HipTop3 giveaway

OK, so we’ve mentioned a few times comps are on the way, but we haven’t quite finalised any just yet… yet… Well our sexy, scandalous, sister site, Defamer, has gone and trumped us with a comp — and they’re giving away a mobile every text monkey would love. If you…

Dealzmodo AU: MyNetFone gets your VoIP on

Dealzmodo AU: MyNetFone gets your VoIP on

Why not hook Mum up with some cheap VoIP for Mother’s Day? MyNetFone ran a deal at CeBIT, but now feel compelled to share it with everyone starting midnight tonight and ending midnight Sunday. A triple threat of offers await! 1: the MNFSPA2100 adapter, for up to two phones /…

Rumour: Nokia N81 and N82 Get Specs, Launch Dates

Rumour: Nokia N81 and N82 Get Specs, Launch Dates

Symbian Guru has the lead on previously unheard of Nokia phones, the N81 and N82, which are both supposedly launch during Q4 2007, and have some pretty fantastic specs. First, the sliding N81 will have 8GB of flash memory, N-Gage gaming, a 2-megapixel camera, quad-band EDGE and HSDPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth…

Contrast Ratio Shoot-Out (Everyone Loses)

Contrast Ratio Shoot-Out (Everyone Loses)

Pioneer lined up its newest plasma display next to top-of-line TVs from Panasonic, Samsung, Sony and Sharp today. An interesting experiment, for sure. And it got everyone in the room talking about the same thing: contrast ratios. You can see why just by looking at the image above, which shows…

Unique BBQ Grills for the Average Joe

Unique BBQ Grills for the Average Joe

You may think you are a badass for being a self-proclaimed “griller,” but once you round up the troops for a true summer party, the truth will be unveiled that your so-called “grilling” is done on a $50 Wal-Mart jobber of a grill. Any respect you previously thought you had…

Glowing USB Animals Light Up Desks, Hearts

Glowing USB Animals Light Up Desks, Hearts

As if you didn’t have enough USB ports taken already by real devices, these glowing USB animals will usurp one more precious slot. And for what? Glowing at night and making you feel warm and fuzzy? Well, okay, we suppose that’s worth it. There are various different animals, ranging from…

iRiver Clix Docking, Speaker Cradle

iRiver Clix Docking, Speaker Cradle

Well, I’ll bite my tongue and stand corrected. I’ve been playing with the Clix for a couple weeks now and one of my main complaints is the lack of accessories, like this cradle, because of the Clix’s odd form factor. I guess I was wrong again, because here is an…

Cheat Sheet: New BlackBerry Product Line

Cheat Sheet: New BlackBerry Product Line

With the speed new gadgets come out, their clever names like RTU-4789r and the ever-dwindling time we have to keep up, we can all use a refresher course once in a while. So today we’re giving you a cheat sheet for the updated BlackBerry line. Once upon a time, you…

Gallery: The Helio Ocean’s Hardware Design Secrets

Gallery: The Helio Ocean’s Hardware Design Secrets

Along with the external hardware you’ll see in the shots below, the Helio’s triple decker mechanism has a special triangle shaped spring that operates both the keypad and QWERTY. So interesting that MIT’s Tech Review put the phone on its May/June cover, along with a well-written and romantic feature, Soul…

Woz Talks iPhone, Sets Our Hearts Aflutter

Woz Talks iPhone, Sets Our Hearts Aflutter

This morning I was fortunate enough to have a chance to sit down with Steve Wozniak, otherwise known as Woz, king of the geeks. The co-founder of Apple and the father of the personal computer is like Santa with a tech fetish, an incredibly nice guy with lots to say…

Tips for Defeating Shutter Lag

Tips for Defeating Shutter Lag

Looking for a speedy camera that can keep up with your fast-paced shots. The folks at the New York Times have some tips for snagging a camera with little shutter lag. Shutter lag is basically the amount of time it takes your camera to snap a photo. As the NYT…

iSave Water Counter for your Green Conscience

iSave Water Counter for your Green Conscience

The iSave is a rather simple gadget that has just clinched the runner-up prize in Metropolis Magazine’s 2007 Next Generation Awards. Attach it to either your sink or a showerhead and it will show you just how much water you are using for your morning’s ablutions/scrubbing last night’s taco melt…

3’s X-Series gives birth to new handsets

3’s X-Series gives birth to new handsets

The least tempting thing about 3’s X-Series so far has been the handset range: for such an inspiring network concept, the handsets were what I like to call Minogues… as in Danni. Nice enough, but there are others you’d rather spend your time with. But NOW! Things are looking a…

PC World Editor Harry McCracken Returns, Victorious

PC World Editor Harry McCracken Returns, Victorious

In an interesting reversal, departed PC World Editor Harry McCracken has returned to the magazine as “vice-president, editor in chief”. What’s even more surprising is that CEO Colin Crawford has been dropped from the CEO position and is taking up the executive vice president, online position. He’s even given the…

Toughen Up Your Mac Mini With VictorSystems

Toughen Up Your Mac Mini With VictorSystems

There are some great Mac Mini setups out there, but none of them would hold up to military conditions. Enter VictorSystems. They took your typical pint-sized Mac and covered it in aluminum armor, wrought plates and finned heat sinks. Now the Mini is combat ready. But what good is a…

Peter Moore Talks Xbox 360 Folding

Peter Moore Talks Xbox 360 Folding

Okay, he didn’t specifically talk about the same Folding that the PS3 does, but a similar research application. Moore told Mike Antonucci of The Mercury News: Then if we truly believe that we can in some way marshal the resources of a much larger installed base of Xbox 360 owners,…