Nostalgia addicts will be thrilled with MadCatz's new retro-minded controller. The MadCatz Arcade GameStick for the Xbox, Xbox 360, and PC is an arcade controller with large Atari-styled joystick and a small spinner stick. The large stick can be used like a traditional arcade joystick for controlling games like Street Fighter and Frogger, while the spinner stick can be used just like the old arcade spinners for games like Tempest. The Mad Catz Arcade GameStick ships in December with a suggested retail price of $50. The joystick comes with three Xbox Live Arcade games: Konami's classic games Frogger … Read more
iPhone rumors in the states are hardly new--commonplace, to be exact--but this one's at least slightly different because it's coming from overseas.
A Chinese newspaper is reporting that Apple has awarded a contract to build the elusive iPhone to Hon Hai, a contract manufacturer based in Taiwan.
The Commercial Times says Apple has ordered 12 million iPhones from Hon Hai, also known as Foxconn, with an eye on a first-half 2007 unveiling. It was hard to find a direct link to the Commercial Times story, but outfits like Bloomberg and Forbes picked up the story, as did a … Read more
If there's a sudden surge in the number of iPods seen in ATM lines, this may explain it.
A criminal gang in the U.K. was able to steal confidential banking data by bugging ATMs with an MP3 player, The Times of London reported in its online edition Thursday. The gang reportedly targeted freestanding cash dispensers and would tap the phone line between the ATM and a wall socket by placing a two-way adaptor on it and connecting an MP3 player.
The digital music device would record the data traffic, which sounds like the noise a traditional computer modem … Read more
MSN Direct and Melitta released a whole-bean coffeemaker that displays the weather in real time Thursday. It is also an FM receiver that links to the MSN Direct data service.
The Melitta Smart Mill & Brew Coffee Maker with MSN Direct Region-Specific Weather displays the temperature, chance of rain, time of sunrise and sunset, and the daily forecast. Gadget freaks and caffeine addicts alike can buy the coffeemaker on Amazon.com and in Sharper Image stores for about $200.
We don't get it: Do people's hands really get that cold on the keyboard? In the last few days alone, a plethora of hand-warming products have appeared on various blogs, including one here on Crave that would be the envy of everyone at the soup kitchen.
Prolific gadget maker Brando (gotta love the name) is addressing the demand by building a heater right into one of its peripherals. Fareastgizmos says the temperature of this "USB warmer optical mouse" can be raised by 45 degrees. At $22, it probably doesn't have a temperature gauge, but it … Read more
Are the gods smiling upon New York City's gamers today? Sure, it's a little windy, but last night's rainy mist is a distant memory and the thermometers are hitting the 70-degree Fahrenheit mark. The hordes of eager fans who've lined up for a chance at obtaining the PlayStation 3 console at midnight on opening day couldn't really have asked for a nicer November morning.
Enough already with the combo clock-weather stations. They've become as commonplace as the $6.99 digital alarm clocks behind the counter at Walgreens, next to the batteries and razor blades.
This uber-clock, by contrast, gives you the stuff you really want to know when you wake up: stock news, traffic bulletins, the Monday Night Football score and the latest on Britney's divorce and sex tape scandal. And you can set your MP3 tunes or Internet radio for the alarm. As its name implies, the award-winning "WidgetStation" displays your custom widget feeds on one of its two … Read more
The 2007 Nissan Altima takes a step toward live traffic data for the masses as the least expensive car to offer XM NavTraffic from the factory. It's the first Nissan to offer NavTraffic though its cousin, the 2007 Infiniti G35, offers the system as well.
NavTraffic gathers traffic data from a hodgepodge of sources that vary by metro area, and the information is then beamed via XM satellite down to your car for display on its navigation screen. The quality of the info varies by market.
It's not free: First, you need to option your Altima with GPS … Read more
Abt Electronics won't be playing the PlayStation 3 inventory game when the new console launches. They'll be ignoring it.
Abt is a huge retailer in the Chicago area and is "very disappointed" by the scrawny allocations of PS3's Sony is offering retailers, according to an interview in TWICE magazine. Instead, Abt presold it's allocation back in July and will treat this weekend like any other, without a single mention of the PS3 in its advertising and promotions.
Sony is releasing 400,000 PS3's to the U.S. at launch. Even if they were … Read more
We never quite understood the need for roll-up keyboards, especially those constructed to withstand post-apocalyptic conditions. For the most part, they just seemed more trouble than they were worth.
But there's something about this fabric keyboard from Just Mobile RoKy that struck us as different. It was this photo on Mobility Site that sold us: The keyboard's Bluetooth connection and accompanying universal stand for a smart phone or PDA make a lot of sense. Plus, the simple carrying case affixed to the end presumably would help keep the thing from unfurling in your pocket and onto the floor. … Read more