What I really should be saying about this, just to tick off fellow Craver Mike Yamamoto, is that I wish this underwater restaurant were off the coast of Antarctica, so that I could go and see some penguins swim by. Alas, I don't know how well that could be accommodated with all the, you know, heating that'd have to be installed. But I digress. The Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa has recently opened the Ithaa Undersea restaurant, which is indeed underwater. A blogger at Table of Malcontents seemed rather disgusted at the prospect of dining in an establishment … Read more
--YOUTUBERY: Welcome to the YouTube Nation
--JUICY GOSSIP: Microsoft bribing bloggers with laptops (Slashdot)**
--GAMING: Newsmaker: Drawing on the Wii, reality TV (CNET News.com)
--WEB 2.0: Web 2.0 bubble talk hits mainstream media (HipMojo)
--GAMING: Roomba, meet the Wii remote (CNET News.com)
--GAMING: Fox Sports to launch full game downloads (PaidContent)
**Actually, according to CrunchGear, Microsoft wants them back. Oops.
If you think you need one of Novomax's "Bluetooth Soundstations," you're spending far too much time on the phone while behind the wheel. According to the product description on its Web site, the car kit "displays caller ID, battery status, phone book downloading, etc." (We can only speculate what the "etc." stands for. Doing laundry?)
It's frightening that some people would find the need to have all this information constantly within their line of sight while they're supposed to have their eyes on the road. And as if that's … Read more
Thin isn't all it's cracked up to be, despite what Kirstie Alley might say, especially when it comes to phones. Nevertheless, Samsung claims to have come up with the slimmest slider phone of its kind, the "Ultra Edition SGH-Z720," which measures a wispy 0.54 inches thick and weighs just 2.8 ounces.
The phone's design is still wide enough to include a 2.1-inch screen, a 3-megapixel auto-focus camera and a second camera for video telephony, according to Fareastgizmos. Notable software features include preinstalled Google mobile search and Gmail, as well as support for … Read more
Solar power may be making great strides in mainstream usage, but energy efficiency doesn't necessarily translate to fiscal conservation. The "Ultimate Outdoor Webcam" by DigitalXtractions, for example, runs on the sun's rays but costs $450 plus another $150 or $250 for a solar panel, according to The Raw Feed. But here's the kicker: Not only do you have to pay those exorbitant prices up front, but you also must shell out $60 a year for a "data subscription" that includes Web hosting. We think we'll keep a USB port open for the &… Read more
Crave has been rather proud of being the only gadget blog on the planet that hasn't posted an item on the "i-Dog" or its offshoots. But out of respect for esteemed colleague Caroline McCarthy and her obsession with arctic waterfowl (however unhealthy that may be), we herewith make an exception.
Hasbro's "i-Cy" penguin, according to Chip Chick, not only waddles and flaps its wings to the beat of your music but also "communicates his moods to you through movement, musical riffs and blinking light patterns." It sounds as if Disco Duck may … Read more
When you finally become a celebrity (unless you already are one), this pen will mean you'll never have an excuse not to give out your autograph. Worse, you'll never have an excuse not to write a check when your career goes south.
That's because this writing instrument doesn't need ink to work--that's right, Skippy. Instead, it has a metal-alloy tip that can write on most types of paper and will never smudge or be erased, according to Spluch. That could come in especially handy when your bar napkins get wet.
The winner is: Volkswagen's GTI. Automobile magazine may be published in Michigan, but it picked the VW GTI as its Automobile of the Year for 2007. Here's what our CNET car tech editors thought about the 2006 GTI.
Automobile's site won't have this information until January 7, but it released the winner's name on CNBC TV today. Its pick for best design? 2007 Aston Martin V8 Vantage. Our editors got inside a V8 Vantage at the Los Angeles Auto Show, as you can see on this video. We'll be looking over the GTI, Vantage … Read more
As the inevitable New Year's resolutions are almost upon us, exercise equipment makers are coming out in full force. But if there's a common thread among them--despite dubious claims of effectiveness--it's their penchant for odd designs.
The latest evidence of this trend is the "My5 Power Plate." (Is it just us, or does a weight-loss machine that includes the word "plate" in its name seem ill-advised?) But it's not just the look of this thing that bothers us; it's how it supposedly works. So far as we can tell, the basic … Read more
We've been begging for someone to come up with a wireless home entertainment system for some time, and we're amazed to report that our wishes may actually be fulfilled in our lifetime (maybe). Recently we heard of wireless speakers from Avega and ZON Audio, and now Tech Shout says Neosonik plans to launch what it claims will be "the world's very first fully digital wireless home theater system" next month.
The company makes some pretty bold claims, so we'll be anxious to see if the reality lives up to the hype. Neosonik says signals … Read more