Well, the music offerings at South by Southwest are heating up, and we'll keep you posted on the good ones. I mentioned BurnLounge in a Hoooka, which is a start-up that lets you sell music through a MySpace widget. BurnLounge, which has been around for a while longer, has a similar model: create your own music store, choose the music in it (WMA format), add your own reviews and recommendations, and (optimally) profit. But until this point, it had been just that--standalone personalized music stores, lacking additional functionality that most people think of when they think of new Web … Read more
Ah, the digital age. It's brought us so much, and without it, I'd be jobless. So for obvious reasons, I'm very appreciative of the existence of digital music. One of its perhaps lesser-known benefits is that with it, any Tom, Dick, or Harry with a sense of rhythm can be a musician. And that's not a bad thing, although certain traditional musicians may beg to differ. Personally, I think anything that adds variety to the creative landscape is positive, although there are certainly exceptions (William Hung? Seriously?) Anyway, if tinkering with audio and making your own … Read more
What do you get when you take the ex-CEOs of Musicmatch, Rio, and iRiver America and lock them in a room with a stack of data about the digital-music landscape? How about a revolutionary new music service and a portable device to go along with it?
Enter Slacker, a company chock full of digital music experts (mostly transplants from Musicmatch and Rio), and its two babies: Slacker.com (an online music service) and the Slacker portable device. That's quite a few Slackers, and it's also the point. As it turns out, about 70 percent of music enthusiasts don't want to spend hours creating the perfect playlists, which means most of you are slackers just like me. (Ha!) To break it down even further, 51 percent of MP3 player users update their content only once a month or less, and 46 percent don't update more often because they don't have time. Several services have aimed to address this issue, such as MTV Urge with its Auto-Mix feature and Rhapsody with Channels. … Read more
After weeks of rumors of a new Samsung phone for Verizon Wireless, the Samsung SCH-U540 is now officially on deck. According to Verizon's Testman Web site, long a reliable source of what's coming soon for the carrier, the SCH-U540 should land in stores very soon. The design is far from exciting--basically your dull silver flip phone--but the inside promises more offerings than we thought originally. Its features should include a 1.3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, a speakerphone, a microSD card slot, EV-DO support, V Cast and V Cast Music compatibility, voice commands, and support for Verizon's VZ Navigator … Read more
We don't normally delve into the seedy world of PC-cooling hardware, but when CoolIT's Geoff Lyon came in to talk with us last week about his company's new Eliminator CPU Cooler, we thought it was worth a mention. If you've ever tried to liquid-cool your PC, you'll know setup can be a hassle. We've tried it. Not fun.
Enter the Eliminator. A self-contained liquid-cooling system that fits entirely inside most large PC cases, the Eliminator and its bigger brother, the Freezone (for hotter running quad-core chips) let you get rid of that noisy CPU … Read more
This 'Twirl-a-Squirrel' markets itself as a way to keep pesky rodents off your bird feeder. But honestly, it's really just a playset for making funny YouTube videos. I can imagine the squirrels got a little bit ticked off, though. Seriously, why is it bad to have these little guys around? Don't you think they're kind of cute?
Besides, the Twirl-a-Squirrel video is nowhere near as funny as the one about the squirrel who ate fermented pumpkins and got hammered.
I have some friends who like to make fun of me because I totally dig Dance Dance Revolution. Okay, I have a lot of friends who make fun of me for it. But considering I have never played World of Warcraft, I don't know any kind of programming languages, and I have never seen an episode of Star Trek, I need to have some other way to express my inner geek. Hence, DDR. Which is why I was totally pumped to read on Gizmodo that somebody has put up an extensive tutorial for how to make your own DDR deck, … Read more
Say what you will about PS3 sales, but it seems clear that the game console is having an impact on the next-gen DVD war. This week the Blu-ray version of Casino Royale broke into the Amazon top 10 for DVD sales and four other Blu-ray titles sit in the top 100. On the other hand, the top title on HD DVD, Happy Feet, is currently ranked at No. 117.
So, you may have heard the mysterious tale already: a massive iPhone advertisement was plastered on one side of the 24-hour Apple Store on 5th Avenue in midtown Manhattan, only to disappear less than a day later. (I went around noon today to check. It is, indeed, gone.) Makes us wonder...why? Is there foul play afoot? Is something rotten in the core of Apple? Hmm...
Here are Cravers' preferred explanations for this mysterious occurrence.It looked too much like a Mooninite. Apple pulled it down early because they didn't want the negative press that would inevitably stem from … Read more
Sure, so your car can communicate with your iPod, your cell phone, your USB thumbdrive, even your hand-held engine-monitoring device. But where to put all these gadgets to prevent them from flying around the cabin as you attack corners or launch forward from the stop lights?
Fortunately, French automaker Renault has come up with a solution in the form of the Grass Mat in-car gadget holder. Unveiled at this week's Geneva auto show, the Grass Mat is essentially a Koosh-ified dashboard that can hold all of those in-car gadgets while still leaving them accessible. It will also give front … Read more