Avoid Getting Screwed by Post-Holiday Clearance Deals

About.com has a good feature about what to look for when determining if those after-Xmas deals are worth buying. Overstock clearance deals and soon-to-be clearance price slashing are considered the best and safest for consumers because the product is expected to work properly. Open box deals and display products… » 12/23/07 7:00pm 12/23/07 7:00pm

8GB Nokia N95 Coming to North America?

The Nokia Guide recently found on Nokia's online Nseries US Portal, an inadvertent mention of a 8GB N95 NAM (North American Model). Also listed was an 8GB N82, but it was subsequently taken off the list, while this new N95 mention was left on. Could we be seeing a refresh to the Nokia line sometime soon? » 12/22/07 4:45pm 12/22/07 4:45pm

Nissan GT-R Detects When Car is on a Race Track, Disables Speed Limiter…

It's no secret Giz loves the GT-R. We consider it the unofficial car of Gizmodo, actually. So imagine our collective giddiness when we heard that the Japanese model has a feature that uses GPS to detect when it's on a race track, prompting the Engine Control Unit to disable the speed limiter (which holds the engine at… » 12/22/07 3:15pm 12/22/07 3:15pm

Xbox 360 PC Case Mod Puts Your RRoD'd Console to Good Use

Why ship your RRoD Xbox to Microsoft for free repair, when you can sink more money into it and use it as PC case? But all joking aside, Tech E Blog has a nice feature on this casemod, which features a 3.0 GHz intel processor, 60 GB HDD, 8 USB ports and a red fan of awesome (RFoA?) wrapped up into a nice console… » 12/22/07 1:45pm 12/22/07 1:45pm

Apple Hiring a Whole Team of Multi-touch Engineers, Not Just One

After Apple posted a job listing for a Reliability Engineer who would work in multi-touch development, blogs have been speculating left and right about Apple's plans. We went over to Apple's jobs page and found they're not just hiring a single reliability engineer, but a whole team of engineers specifically for… » 12/19/07 8:24pm 12/19/07 8:24pm

Dell 30-inch UltraSharp LCD with DisplayPort Surfaces Online

Dell's New Zealand site has posted a 30-inch UltraSharp LCD that includes DisplayPort support along with the other usual suspects as far as inputs go. The 1600p behemoth is selling on the site for $2699 NZD ($2048 USD). No U.S. release info has been announced. (UPDATE: Also on the U.S. site for $2034. Thanks, DShankar » 12/19/07 12:17am 12/19/07 12:17am

iPond Combines Portable Speaker With a Fish Tank, Enrages Animal Rights…

Pet stores in Australia have been selling a portable speaker with a built-in fish tank, designed to hook up to portable audio devices like the iPod. (The cleverly named iPond, which is currently drawing fire from animal rights groups for not providing adequate space for a fish to live.) » 12/15/07 7:31pm 12/15/07 7:31pm

Man Lives in Giant Snowglobe for 78.5 Hours, Sets World Record

Snowglobe Boy, aka 24-year-old Ben Eckerson, has spent over 3 days living in a giant snowglobe as an advertising stunt for the advertising firm he works for. And though I can't imagine he had much competition, Eckerson also managed to set a world record for most time spent in a giant snowglobe. » 12/15/07 4:15pm 12/15/07 4:15pm

PS3 DivX Update Coming 'Very Soon'

Click to viewWe met with DivX earlier today to discuss their upcoming plans, and one of the topics that came up was support for the PS3 console. According to the company, they expect the previously announced firmware update to hit the PS3 soon, which will enable full DivX support for the console. Though no specific… » 12/13/07 4:37pm 12/13/07 4:37pm

Playing With Pleo the Pet Camarasaurus (Verdict: Neat but Pricey)

Ugobe's Pleo is the latest "electronic pet" to hit the consumer market, and as such, has received plenty of attention from media and consumers. At $350, Pleo is more expensive than a Furby but cheaper than an AIBO. After spending the last few days toying around with Pleo, as well watching it interact with real … » 12/13/07 1:00pm 12/13/07 1:00pm

Chocolate Bar USB Drive Concept Does Not Melt In Your Mouth or Your Hand

This USB Drive concept is pretty neat because of its modularity combined with a touchscreen in the middle used to organize files. The idea here is that files could be organized however you see fit into each "chunk" and taken elsewhere in your pocket for use on another computer. While this can be done to a lesser… » 12/12/07 9:30pm 12/12/07 9:30pm

Pleo Meets Dogs, Dogs Don't Like Pleo, Pleo Gets Mad

Pleo the robot dinosaur showed up on my doorstep Friday afternoon, and I figured it would be nice to take it in and introduce it to my dogs. Unfortunately, the dogs gave Pleo the cold shoulder, and that really pissed Pleo off, sending it into an anger-filled rampage against one of the dogs. Let's just say Pleo claimed… » 12/10/07 12:00pm 12/10/07 12:00pm

Fark Attempts to Trademark NSFW, Gizmodo is Like 'WTF? TFSU!'

Drew Curtis and his company Fark, in their quest to rulzor teh internetz, filed an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office to lay claim to the acronym NSFW. Seeing as we like to use the acronym to prevent employed and/or righteous gadget freaks from becoming enraged, we take an interest in the… » 12/09/07 10:58pm 12/09/07 10:58pm

Thanko USB Santa Boots Warm the Feet, Endow Gift Giving Ability

Did I also mention these USB powered, foot warming Santa Boots provide a portal into the mind of Santa Claus for 15 minutes, after which youre spit out behind a Toys-R-Us? Ok, fine, that's a lie. But with cold weather setting in, and Christmas season in full swing, this may be the most relevant USB product Thanko has… » 12/09/07 8:36pm 12/09/07 8:36pm

Oblong Gear Clock Anything But Conventional

Now that timekeepers can be found on everything from computers to cellphones to dog collars (well, maybe not that), the wall clock lacks function, not to mention it's boring looking. This Oblong Gear Clock, however, eschews the round/proportionally square look for a tall, rectangular look thats jam-packed full of… » 12/08/07 3:20pm 12/08/07 3:20pm