Oh, Rumor Mill. We've been burned by you before, and yet we always fly back, like moths to a flame. The spark this time: James Kendrick at gadget blog jkOnTheRun posted details of a possible Dell tablet PC to be released this fall. The source? A reader who claims to have talked to Dell reps at two different events. According to this reader, the tablet will be based on the existing Latitude D420 laptop and will not include a touch screen (you'll have to use a stylus, not your finger, to navigate menus). As Kendrick points out, a … Read more
The Nokia N95 is a convergence fanboy's dream--there's a built-in sat-nav, a 5-megapixel camera, a media player, a PDA and of course, a mobile phone. But is it better than the standalone competition or is it a jack of all trades and master of none?
We've pitted the N95's component parts against five standalone devices to see if you're better off taping together all your favorite gadgets or going down the shops and picking up Nokia's flagship handset.
For better or worse, most consumer electronics companies don't announce products with Apple-like fanfare. There's no gilded invite, no glitzy PR event at the Moscone Center, no 90-minute Steve Jobs presentation. For most companies, it's a booth at CES in January, and a press release. Three to eight months later, the product pops up at Amazon, Best Buy, or J&R, often with more of a whimper than a bang.
Take the new AV receivers from Yamaha and Onkyo. Keen eyes at AVS Forum and other enthusiast sites began noticing that new entry- and midlevel receivers … Read more
The vast choice of mobile phone accessories gives Crave a pounding headache. We rarely find something genuinely worth spending our hard-earned cash on. "Yet again, mobile phone companies are trying to sell us stuff we don't need," we think to our amalgamated Borg-self. But Sony Ericsson's MBR-100 might just change our mind(s).
This little electro-lozenge enables you to wirelessly blast tunes stored on your mobile phone through your hi-fi system or PC. A refreshing change from music screeching out of annoyingly crap 0.01W mobile phone loudspeakers, perhaps?
The MBR-100 is simple to connect. After … Read more
Gone are the days of the old-fashioned lock-and-key diary. Kids should have some privacy rights too, especially where nosy siblings are concerned. So even though this item isn't brand-new, Crave felt that it was timely to cite it in today's era of pervasive household surveillance.
The "Keep Safe Diary" (ages 8 and up) requires a "musical pass code" to open and includes a secret compartment opposite the notepad. It's telling that this item, in addition to the usual retail outlets, is also listed at the Museum Spy Store. Can a biometric version be … Read more
OK, this isn't a new product, but we were so impressed with it at a trade show we felt the need to get one in anyway. Pure Digital's Legato II is a digital diamond of a mini-system, with built-in DAB radio, an SD card slot and a USB port for MP3 playback, a CD player of course, three auxiliary inputs for iPod connections and the like, and technology that allows you to pause and rewind live digital radio. It's also absolutely beautiful.
Here at Crave we get to see so many elegant devices and products, but only … Read more
Competition is hotting up in the digital photo frame market and, as a result, we're seeing larger frames with more features at not-so-scary prices. The latest through Crave's revolving door is Mustek's most recent offering, the 8-inch PF-D800.
This frame packs plenty of features, which in theory puts it at an advantage over many of its competitors. Not only does it show images, in portrait or landscape mode with the usual options of slideshows, rotation and zoom settings, but it also plays MP3s, shows video and has a TV-out port--not a bad little set for its 140-pound … Read more
I want to come clean about something. Not many people know this about me. It recently came out at work, and it's caused no end of grief from my co-workers. Still, I refuse to be ashamed of it anymore, so here it goes.
I like Pokemon. And I'm not the only one.
Before you judge me too harshly, I want to clarify this: I like the Pokemon games. That's it. I don't watch the anime or collect the toys or anything obsessive like that. I just really enjoy the game itself. I've been playing Pokemon Diamond … Read more
Some would say that everyone needs a little karaoke in their lives, even in the shower. And if you're really serious about it, you might even want to record your performances on your way to American Idol.
And GPX wants to help you avoid the fate of Sanjaya Malakar with its "CD+G Karaoke System." In addition to its 5.5-inch LCD, dual speakers and "professional" microphone, the machine has a built-in digital video camera so you can record yourself belting out "Stairway to Heaven" for later viewing. (Warning: Results may vary after … Read more
There have been more than a few boats running on solar power that have made headlines, but we shouldn't forget that some plain-old electric vessels are plying the waters as well. And one in particular bears a name that's legendary in the world of private transportation, albeit not aquatic.
The "Lear 204" is the product of a partnership between boat builder Terry Baylor and his wife, Shanda Lear, whose father happens to be the founder of Learjet. Their 20.4-foot vessel, which runs on an electric motor, can do about 6 miles per hour and last … Read more