I'll be the first to admit that I have, on various occasions, called chocolates passé. But what do I know? Besides, I love chocolate. (Indeed, I'm pretty keen on anything edible.) However, I'm not a mommy--and we all know how I feel about iPods--so I doubt I'll be a recipient of BestBuy's special Apple iPod Nano and Chocolate Gift Set. Regardless of my parental status or personal player preferences, I still think this is a cute gift. After all, it combines two of my favorite things: music and food. If your mom shares … Read more
Think of Intematix as a paint store for the energy market.
The company has come up with a way to quickly devise formulas for phosphors for light emitting diodes. Phosphors are essentially a coating for LED lights: put the right kind of phosphor over a blue LED and you get white light. The LED can then be put into a bulb or a lamp to light a room.
The problem is that blue LEDs, which get produced in massive numbers at chip factories, aren't uniform, according to Dave Epstein, a partner at Crosslink Capital and an investor in Intematix. … Read more
And then there were four: quadruplet Sony HD camcorders, that is. When they ship on June 27, the $1,200 Memory Stick Duo-based Handycam HDR-CX7 and $1,400 hard-disk-based HDR-SR7 will join the tape-based HDR-HC7 and DVD-based HDR-UX7 to provide consumers with an almost bewildering array of HD options.
They differ primarily by storage media. All use the same 1/2.9-inch, 3.2-megapixel ClearVid CMOS sensor, recording video at 2.3-megapixel (HD) or 1.7-megapixel (SD) resolution before downsampling and encoding to 1080i HD (1,920x540) or SD (720x480), respectively. They also shoot photos at native 2.3-megapixel (16:… Read more
Nike seems to have joined GM on the Transformers bandwagon.
Manolo's Shoe Blog--yes, we even read shoe blogs here at Crave--noticed these Transformers that convert from a sneaker into a toy robot. The fake sneakers, which come as the characters Convoy or Megatron, are half-size replicas of actual Nike sneakers and even come in a shoebox. (Have fun explaining these to airport security.)
The sneakers, available this May for about $30 from Takara Tomy, are no doubt part of the marketing blitz for the July 4 release of the new Transformers action movie. A Japanese ad for Nike … Read more
Everyone needs a waterproof TV, of course, but not everyone has a swimming pool to make it truly useful. That's why Envirovision has made an LCD for commoners like us, whose aquatic viewing habits are confined to the bath. But to add a bit of luxury to this household staple, it's now offering a 19-inch version as well.
Like earlier versions, the "Freeview Waterproof Bathroom Television" can be installed practially anywhere that plumbing allows, including the shower. Even more versatile are its waterproof speakers, which are either built into the set or available separately to be … Read more
There are so many reasons to love George Foreman. The monumental title fight against Joe Frazier in 1973, the insane comeback that lasted into his '40s, and the fact that he's named all five of his sons George. But the thing we appreciate most? He loves to eat. And he's made beaucoup bucks doing it.
It's been reported that more George Foreman Grills have been sold than any other household appliance ever--more than 55 million, to be inexact. Never content to rest on his considerable laurels, however, Foreman is updating the "Lean Mean Fat-Reducing Grilling Machine&… Read more
One minute you're reviewing a shiny new silver MP3 player. The next, you're staring at the thing in a bright red version. At least this was the case with LG, since it's skinning its lovely new FM37 player in the same colors as Volkswagen skins its new line of Beetles. That's right: a bright red, a sickly yellow and a "shadow" blue. There's VW branding on the face of the player, and a "New Beetle" car logo on the back.
We can already hear the revving of engines and sense the tension as crazy drivers from across the world arrive in London to race some of the fastest, most souped-up automobiles Crave's shielded little eyes have ever seen. Heaven help us--the 2007 Gumball 3000 Rally kicks off this weekend.
To mark the testosterone-drenched occasion, we're giving away two fancy HTC PDAs, complete with sat-nav--the very same ones used by the Gumballers themselves.
Today, Verizon Wireless and Research In Motion officially announced the BlackBerry 8830 World Edition, a dualmode CDMA/GSM smart phone designed for those who frequently travel overseas for business or pleasure. Like the Samsung SCH-i730, the 8830 comes with a SIM card and automatically switches between CDMA and GSM networks to offer seamless international roaming. This allows you to get voice coverage in 157 countries (22 of those on CDMA) and e-mail coverage in 62 countries. The device is also EV-DO-capable, so you'll be able to enjoy faster data transfer speeds.
Aside from the dualmode functionality, the 8830 … Read more
General Motors and MapQuest have teamed up on a new service enabling drivers of GM's OnStar-enabled cars to use the Web to select and store destinations for their turn-by-turn guidance when out on the road. The new service, called OnStar Web Destination Entry, will allow drivers to find up to five destinations on MapQuest's Web site, then send them to the OnStar system directly from their computers.
The theory goes that these destinations can then be accessed while out on the road by connecting to the OnStar service center and selecting a stored destination via OnStar's automated … Read more