I have to admit, Engadget's comment on the 34x zoom JVC GR-D750 camcorder is the best thing about it: "For moms and creepy men." With a 1,496mm-equivalent maximum zoom lens, you have to wonder where the specsmanship will end. I mean, to take a close-up shot of the moon, you really need only an 800mm lens. And image-stabilization technologies in consumer camcorders can usually handle up to only about 20x zoom, so clearly you'd need a tripod to get decent video. So we're talking about a camcorder optimized for shooting from a fixed position … Read more
This week, MTV quietly launched a new feature within Urge, dubbed My Auto-Mix. I had a chance to sit down with MTV reps last week to preview the tool, and I was pretty impressed with what I saw. Yesterday, I finally had a chance to start playing with My Auto-Mix, and now I'm hooked. This handy music discovery tool provides you with custom playlists based on several factors that you can adjust. My personal favorite is the Mood Selector, which can be seen in the screenshot below. The experience is entirely visual, with different emoticons representing all 179 moods … Read more
The "Heated Shiatsu MassageBed" from Relax The Back isn't just one of those vibrating quarter-operated motel beds, as its $1,995 price tag indicates. Not only does it have all the features of a fully loaded massage chair, but it also has 14 rollers made of jade. That's right, as in the jewelry.
"Since jade is … Read more
Do you remember the old-fashioned college days when a friend would call you by cell phone to let you know when "he" turned up at the library? Or maybe you figured out someone's class schedule, so you could just happen to be walking by when "she" got out. Technology, once again, is changing the game.
The Senseable City Lab at MIT released a free desktop application on Wednesday with real-time mapping and instant-messaging features. iFind, as it's called, works by detecting which Wi-Fi access point a person is near. Because MIT has over 2,… Read more
As far as we're concerned, the new year can't come too quickly. Not only does it mean some time off, but it also puts us closer to Macworld, where hopefully all the iPhone speculation will be put to rest. After months of gossip and a gallery of iPhone "photos" ranging from the silly to the just plain ugly, we're getting the tiniest bit sick of it all. Unfortunately, the Steve Jobs love-fest is at the same time as CES, but if we see something substantial next month, we'll be ecstatic. Of course there's … Read more
We dredged the series of tubes for you: here's today's roundup of link love.
--APPLE: Microsoft takes a swipe at Apple's "I'm a Mac" ads (Engadget)
--GAMING: Major League Gaming gets $25 million funding (PaidContent)
--MEDIA: Amanda Congdon's webcasts are real, and they're spectacular (Gawker)
--DIGITAL HOME: Intel's Viiv low on holiday shopping lists (CNET News.com)**
--APPLE: Defend your MacBook with iSight (CrunchGear)
--NEWS: Boston transit system bans M-rated game ads (Joystiq)
** Krazit, thanks for clarifying the pronunciation of "Viiv." This whole time I'd been thinking it … Read more
Just minutes after having noted that laptops face relative neglect when it comes to protective products, we got notice of yet another an iPod safety accessory--thereby proving our point once again. But to show we're not bitter, we're passing along DLO's "Action Jacket" for the Shuffle, a strap-on case for Shufflers on the go.
Ultra-mobile podsters will probably also appreciate the "Power Bug" announced at the same time, a "compact, fold-away" charger that plugs into the wall. It should be noted that DLO isn't just any iPod accessory bandwagon-jumper: Months … Read more
JVC, purveyor of LCoS-based rear-projection HDTVs such as the well-performing HD-56FN97, today announced a pair of superslim models designed to "easily fit on most stands and furniture designed for flat-panel TVs" according to the press release. The 58-inch HD-58S998 (January, $3,300 selling price) and the 65-inch HD-65S998 (March, $4,200) occupy a mere 10.7 inches and 11.6 inches of depth respectively. The company is marketing a stand (pictured, right) and a wall-mount bracket that allows these TVs to hang over the fireplace, plasma-style.
Given the fact that a comparably sized plasma, such as Panasonic's … Read more
Awhile back we posted an item on a product that could have been the offspring of an iPod-Chocolate union, from a company that produces neither. But LG apparently had such romantic leanings already, for it has given birth to the lovingly named "UP3Flat," a screen-less Chocolate MP3 player that appears aimed at the iPod Shuffle market.
Our cousins at Crave UK describe it this way: "It's about the same size as a lighter and sports a sumptupuous 'piano-black' finish. Its silver volume buttons take the place of the red touch-sensitive navigation buttons on the Chocolate phone.&… Read more
You've been playing with your video glasses and have finished boring your friends with a lame impersonation of Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge, so it's finally time to use them for their intended purpose. And let's say you're in the mood for a DVD you picked up at the last Star Trek convention. The last thing you want to do is lug around a huge player with your new headgear; that would instantly negate whatever coolness you've managed to achieve despite the "Spock Lives" T-shirt.