Why It's Safer Than Ever To Buy First-Generation Hardware

Used to be, diving into a whole new product line was something only for the crazy ones, those who live dangerously, the mavericks » 10/30/08 2:00pm 10/30/08 2:00pm. "Wise men wait to buy" was the refrain that rang through the web, with fear of hardware defects and half-baked features tempering the go! go! buy! buy! fever of a new product…

Apple's 'Brick' is a Revolutionary Aluminum Manufacturing Process?

9to5 Mac has gone on record as saying that the rumored Apple Brick isn't a product, but a manufacturing process that can make high quality aluminum shells. The "brick" part comes in because the supposed technique carves these MacBook casings with lasers and high pressure water jets out of bricks of aluminum, making… » 10/04/08 7:12pm 10/04/08 7:12pm

CIA-Style Hide and Seek: Exploding Notebooks, Suicide Needles, Rectal…

The freakiest thing about reading CIA gadget lore is that it's all real. The nerds working for the agency's Office of Technical Services were always devising and building gadgets to get people out of—or into—difficult situations. Here's a rundown of crazy stuff from the Spytech book, not necessarily stuff you'd carry… » 5/23/08 7:30pm 5/23/08 7:30pm

Apple Says Unlocked iPhones Will Brick After Software Update - What…

Not only are certain Apple stores voiding the warranty on hacked and unlocked iPhones, Apple's just released a statement saying the unlock process coupled with a future iPhone update may make your phones a useless brick. Apple "strongly discourages users from installing unauthorized unlocking programs," because the… » 9/24/07 6:53pm 9/24/07 6:53pm

Pandora's Battery Unbricks and Downgrades All PSPs

Those of you who have managed to brick or accidentally upgrade your PSP have been looking for this Pandora's Battery software even if you didn't realize it. The app lets you turn any battery into an official Sony Jigkick battery, which is what their repair staff uses to unbrick (and also downgrade) your PSP. Best of… » 8/23/07 2:15pm 8/23/07 2:15pm

Solid Alliance's Mr. Tengu Does Pretty Much Nothing

Following up on our theme of Japanese gadgets that do pretty much nothing, we've got Solid Alliance's Mr. Tengu. It's a small brick with a face that plugs into your USB port and reacts to sounds and music around "him." Different sounds make him make different "facial expressions," and when he's tired he'll actually… » 8/02/07 3:10pm 8/02/07 3:10pm

Dealzmodo: LaCie Brick 300GB External Hard Drive, $110

There isn't anything cooler than Legos, am I right? We've known about LaCie's Brick Hard Drives Enclosures for quite some time now. Buy.com has a 300GB LaCie Brick external hard drive for $120 after $40 of instant savings. Use Google Checkout to pay to receive an addition $10 off. Shipping is free. You'll be the envy… » 10/27/06 12:31pm 10/27/06 12:31pm