Into signing up for its music service again, that is. Because--of course--any attempts to lure me into ratcheting up the eMusic review score would be systematically rejected--not that the service needs much help in that regard anyway. However, I did receive an offer today (actually, at 4:10 a.m. Saturday morning...gotta love e-mail bots) for 50 free music downloads--and all I need to do is "rejoin eMusic NOW!" Well, I do love free music, so perhaps I'll take them up on that. If you got a similar offer, will you? Leave me a comment … Read more
This just in from CNET News.com's intrepid Second Life correspondent Daniel Terdiman: Village repeatedly destroyed by tidal wave! Actually, it's the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s virtual demonstration of global weather phenomena. You can watch a village get devastated by a tsunami, fly into the eye of a hurricane and get submerged by a melting glacier--all without getting your shoes wet.
For more images from NOAA's instructive tour of natural disasters, click on the image at left.
Each week, we track the most popular ringtones.
Beyonce's "Irreplaceable" leaped from number 21 last week to the second spot on Billboard's ringtone chart. This is the largest single-week jump since I began following these charts. I know Beyonce did a remix of "Irreplaceable" with Ghostface Killah--maybe that's boosting the ringtone's popularity.
Attendees of this past weekend's Coachella music festival in Southern California spotted a robot named Hotshot who apparently roamed the fairgrounds making colorful robotic commentary. Falling somewhere between Short Circuit and Triumph the insult-comic dog, Hotshot seems to be a remote-controlled bot with a head-mounted camera and an off-site operator who provides the robot with its witty banter.
Hotshot begs an interesting and possibly terrifying question. Is it possible to engineer a robot that has a better chance of getting lucky than you do? Not some kind of super-realistic sexbot like Cherry 2000, but a Johnny 5-style robot … Read more
If anything can be said of the people at SMS Technology, it's that they don't waste any time. Only two months after the appearance of their "world's smallest phone"--a Dick Tracy-style watch communicator--the Australian company has already filed for a next-generation version that some say looks like an iPhone for the wrist.
Gadgetell reports that plans for the "M500," as it's called, have been filed with the FCC and that it includes "all your basic phone functions plus SMS texting, audio, video and Bluetooth." It also alsos feature a … Read more
It's not that I don't understand the concept of a mini Bathtub Racer, I just don't see the point of it if you're clothed and/or not sitting in water. Without those elements, it might as well be anything! Where's the sense of adventure? Anyhow, here are the links for this episode:RSS feeds via Morse code An antispying diary for kids Your daily dose of obnoxiousness: Mini Cooper limo with whirlpool
Harman Kardon is just about to unleash the successor to its Drive + Play iPod interface, and we got a sneak preview of the new system this week. Imaginatively called the Drive + Play 2, the stylish device offers tons more features than its predecessor did, including the ability to show album art, an alphabetic search function, and a unique means of refining playlists on the move. The DP2 will be hitting shelves next week with a price tag of around $400. Check out our Crave slide show for all the info as well as some beauty shots.
As Lenovo can attest, it's tough to keep a secret in the Internet age. Today Sony joined the club of PC makers with leaked product plans, as forum posters at NotebookReview uncovered details of new Vaio laptops buried deep on Sony's European site.
The new models, reportedly due in July, will include the 11.1-inch ultraportable TZ11 (a follow-up to the existing TX series), the 13.3-inch SZ5, and two new models in the 15.4-inch FZ series. In addition to refreshing the systems with Intel's new Santa Rosa chipset and X3100 graphics, Sony will also be … Read more
The convergence of plant and machine is upon us. The "EnergyTree" is an experimental contraption that links a computer's power levels to the health of a living thing.
It was the brainchild of U.K. product designer Ben Arent, who created the concept for Microsoft's "StartSomething" PC design competition this year. The goal, according to Yanko Design, is fairly simple: "If the user is extremely efficient with their energy use the EnergyTree will give the tree the nutrients and water it needs to survive and flourish. If the user is inefficient with their … Read more
If this keeps up, we might accidentally shuffle a mouse with the cards at the next poker game.
KJ Global is the latest company to manufacture the desktop staple in anorexic form, with a model that's only 5 millimeters thick to fit into a PC card slot. The "Slim G4" isn't the only mouse that can do that--another one even doubles as a remote and laser pointer--but it does have some other interesting characteristics, such as a flat "touch wheel" for scrolling.
The mouse also has an amazingly compact way to store the … Read more