The Military's New Mega Spy-Blimp Struggling to Find Enough Helium

Yes, the world's helium supply is slowly running out, and as sad as it will be to see thousands of tear-stained cheeks of balloonless birthday boys and girls, the military is already feeling the sting. » 9/22/11 10:00am 9/22/11 10:00am

Earthquake Aftermath May Cause iPad 2 Supply Issues

The folks at iSuppli are saying that the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake could cause delays as Apple tries to meet demand for the iPad 2—they've identified no less than five components of Apple's new tablet that are sourced in Japan, including DRAM, an electronic compass, touchscreen overlay glass, and the system… » 3/17/11 5:28pm 3/17/11 5:28pm

A Brief 0.07-Second Power Outage at a Factory Can Cause a 20% Drop In…

A very, very brief power outage at a Toshiba factory forced the company to completely halt operations at the critical plant. This could mean as much as a 20% drop in chip shipments which could lead to product shortages everywhere. » 12/09/10 3:53pm 12/09/10 3:53pm

New U.S. Law Requires Gadget Manufacturers Label Parts From Congo

Foxconn is often held up as the poster child for tainted gadgets, but there's far worse in war-torn Congo, from whence many of the minerals that ultimately make up the innards of our smartphones come. » 7/25/10 12:00pm 7/25/10 12:00pm

Desktop PC Sales Decline For the First Time Since 2001

The last decline in PC shipments was a 5.1 decrease back in 2001 due to the crazy dot com bubble, so it's not like PC sales decline regularly. That makes this 4% drop quite unusual. » 7/14/09 6:00pm 7/14/09 6:00pm

Gamestop Says Wii Supply Is Finally Meeting Demand

It took about three years, but Gamestop's Senior Vice President of Merchandising Bob McKenzie has declared their Wii stock adequate to meet consumer demand: » 3/19/09 1:40pm 3/19/09 1:40pm

Nintendo Says Wii Still in Short Supply This Christmas, We Call Them Out

If you read what Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata said about Wii shortages this holiday season and didn't get angry, well, you're not paying enough attention. Forbes paraphrases him as saying "demand for the device in the U.S. is unusually high in contrast to either Europe or Asia," which is why you might not be able to get… » 7/24/08 12:00pm 7/24/08 12:00pm

Foot Warmers Are Only a Power Source Away

Holy crap! We've just solved one of life's great mysteries, and wanted to let you in on it. Keeping your feet warm when you cannot be bothered/are too much of a cheapskate to invest in a gadget based solution has always been a problem, but we've sussed it. Here's how: get your feet up close and personal to your PSUs.… » 12/22/07 11:10pm 12/22/07 11:10pm

Japanese Wii Supply Normalizing - US Soon Too?

Akiba blog is reporting that the Nintendo Wii is showing up in Japanese retailers in "semi-normal" numbers, meaning that the incredible demand may have finally faded enough to match the supply. If this holds true for the US, people may be able to get Wiis without stomping and punching each other in the face in stores.… » 7/31/07 3:00pm 7/31/07 3:00pm

Xbox 360 Thief Calls Tech Support, Gets Caught

What's the first thing you would do if you stole an Xbox 360 but forgot to grab the power supply? If you answered "call Microsoft tech support and give them my full contact information", you're probably in a jail in Wellington, New Zealand right now. » 2/08/07 6:50pm 2/08/07 6:50pm

CES 2007: 2000W ATX Power Supply From Ultra Products

If you feel the need to have a nuclear reactor in your gaming case, the 2000W ATX Power Supply from Ultra Products should be enough for you. Being unveiled at CES, the 2000W PS is modular, and feeds up to 1800W on the 12V connection alone. » 1/03/07 6:10pm 1/03/07 6:10pm