I'm a big fan of Creative MP3 players--no surprise there. The Zen line offers cute and colorful designs, customizable user interfaces that are also a snap to navigate, and--my no. 1 requirement--stellar audio quality. For all of these reasons, I have chosen to use Creative's devices for my personal listening the majority of the time. As such, I've spent a lot of hours listening to music on a variety of Zens and there is one thing that remains pretty constant: the shuffle feature on these players sucks (for lack of a better word). And this … Read more
Call me crazy...but I hate public restrooms. To be precise, drying my hands in public restrooms. Most of them I come across these days have ditched the paper towels in favor of those air dryers. Problem is, they don't do much drying at all. That leaves me to just skip 'em and just wipe my hands on my pants (hint--use the lower part near your ankles).
I've heard about the Dyson Airblade for a while now and was wondering when it would make its debut in the United States. Well, it's here, and I got to … Read more
Nintendo fanboys are now officially in love with Nicole Kidman. Starting last night, she began appearing in TV ads for the sequel to Nintendo's incredibly popular DS game, Brain Age.
Kidman on the Brain Age series:"I love the concept that Nintendo is reaching out to new audiences with its self-improvement products like Brain Training. Most importantly, I've quickly found that training my brain is a great way to keep my mind feeling young."
Interestingly enough, this campaign is being launched only in Europe with no announced plans to bring it across the pond. One would … Read more
Today Sony announced Backstage, an in-store support service for its VAIO PCs that includes product consultations, tutorials, and buying advice. Sounds like marketing-speak for "sales" to us, but apparently Backstage staffers can also help troubleshoot hardware and repair or replace components. Additional services, such as data migration, performance enhancements, and memory upgrades, are available for a fee.
The service has already rolled out in San Diego, Scottsdale, and Atlanta, and it will appear in four stores in New York and New Jersey this week. Sony expects to bring the Backstage service to 15 of its Sony Style retail … Read more
Apple's retail stores will be open until midnight on Friday to accommodate iPhone customers.
Apple is promoting the "iPhone World Premiere" from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday night outside its retail stores around the country. The company announced earlier today that Apple stores would be closed from 2 to 6 p.m. on Friday to get ready for the iPhone launch. An Apple representative wouldn't comment directly on whether Apple was planning any type of special event at the San Francisco store, but with all the fans, media, and gawkers expected on hand, that probably … Read more
Something tells me it's all happening at the zoo, but not the one Simon and Garfunkel sang about.
The Robotarium X, an art installation made by Leonel Moura, opened on Tuesday at the Jardim Central in Alverca, Portugal.
The artist, who has been working with autonomous robots since 2003, has constructed "the first zoo for artificial life" filled with 45 different robots in corrals and a cages.
Most of the simple robots run off of solar power with some from electrical outlets in the floor of their cages.
The hairy black Araneax is a robot modeled after … Read more
We're up to six people in line, folks. Unfortunately, only two of them were present when I stopped by iPhone Central (also known as the 5th Avenue Apple Store) around 4:00 PM EDT. One of them was Greg Packer, the proverbial "first guy in line." The other was Jessica Rodriguez, who showed up at about 10:00 AM and is hoping to score an iPhone for her sister's birthday--and one for herself if she can nab two.
What was the weather like today? "Hot," they both said. The best item to bring along … Read more
What costs $375,000, draws points and stares wherever it goes, and has carpet made of 100 percent pure panda*? It's the 2007 Rolls-Royce Phantom, and it's our ride for this week's Crave!
Thanks to Wayne Cunningham again for being our chauffeur for the afternoon! I knew that parallel park-off champion title would be good for something!*Not actually panda at all, but it sure felt … Read more
Panasonic plans to announce new digital cameras and high-definition video cameras at a July 17 event in New York, according to an invitation.
The company didn't share further details. But perhaps we'll see more about the new lower-end Panasonic digital SLR geared toward consumers.
Panasonic's current DMC-L1 is a midrange SLR (single-lens reflex) model with a midrange price, but the company could use something to go up against the models from Olympus, Canon, Pentax and Nikon that cost hundreds of dollars less.
I've been threatening to make my own MP3 player for a few months now, but after meeting with a group called Teuthis at this year's Maker Faire, I finally caved in and bought the Daisy DIY MP3 player kit. I mean, how am I supposed to objectively rate MP3 players for CNET if I haven't made one myself?
So here's a 16-slide photo gallery of the whole construction--starting with the bare board and ending with the final product. There's also a little time-lapse video footage of the construction in this week's Crave vodcast.
The … Read more