When bar codes became commonplace, we thought it would only be a matter of time before we'd all be using them to organize everything. That day may finally be near, only 30 years later.
The Flic Scanner Media Organizer builds personal media libraries by scanning and cataloging music, movies and books. Microvision, which manufactures the technology, makes it sound almost too easy to be true: "Scan your items, return to your computer, plug in the scanner and watch the Collectorz.com software work for you." You can retrieve such information as cover art and track information, which … Read more
If this trend continues, handlebar stereos could become the next must-have accoutrement for bikers. Just the other day, we wrote of a frame-mounted MP3 player that's designed to withstand the elements. Then we saw a Ministry of Tech item about some handlebar-fastened portable speakers from Jisan Hitech. (One reader suggested that open-air music is preferable to headphones for reasons of safety and etiquette.)
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Almost anyone who's tried to use the "shuffle" functionality to create automatic playlists can attest that randomizing song lists or libraries is no easy task. I always seem to get one or two songs that appear far too often and some artists who never show up at all.
Enter The Filter (download it at CNET Download.com), a Windows plug-in for iTunes backed by musician Peter Gabriel. The Filter uses artificial intelligence and the All Music Guide database to manufacture custom iTunes playlists based on a variety of user inputs, such as a few songs of your … Read more
Did you cry during "March of the Penguins?" (I heard a rumor that fellow Crave expert Mike Yamamoto did.)
Are you into the idea of cute light-up electronic animals, but are kind of creeped out by the "smart" Nabaztag bunny?
Do you think the Nabaztag bunny would've been a little cooler if it were, say, a penguin?
Sadly, there isn't a "smart penguin&… Read more
Auto-roaming around the globe may finally be getting closer.
ZDNet Korea, one of our sister sites, says a new phone released by Samsung on the SK Telecom network can handle CDMA, European GSM and Japan's JCDMA standards. That means the SCH-V920 pretty much works in Asia, Australia, North America and South America. You'd be out of luck in Gabon, but for most business trips or vacations you wouldn't have to worry about renting a phone at the airport.
The $500 phone also comes with an MP3 player, a 1.3-megapixel camera and an electronic translator that can … Read more
We've always had a secret desire to be a concert pianist, but there was just one problem: We never learned how to play the piano. The reason, of course, was that it's just too difficult to turn the sheet music and play at the same time.
If only one of these hands-free page-turners from Hammacher Schlemmer was available when we were kids. Not only does it solve the multi-tasking conundrum, but this digital tablet also doubles as a library that can store thousands of scores and display them on its 12-inch backlit LCD. It even has an MP3 … Read more
My mother would hate the way I just shove the tangle of wires behind my TV. It's the analog equivalent of sweeping dust under the rug.
The people at Tzero Technologies haven't met my mom (so far as I know), but they apparently understand her concerns. So they just moved a step closer to making good on their promise of wireless high-definition home entertainment.
The ultra wideband (UWB) chipset maker announced today that Siemens will be the first to incorporate Tzero's chips in its Ultra Wideband Multimedia Home Router. Tzero says the router, which will distribute Ethernet … Read more
Now that PSPs have discovered their inner diva, the multi-hued swans need to start accessorizing. So Sony wasted no time in commissioning a matching case/purse from designer Samantha Thavasa, whose handbags are second only to Louis Vuitton in many Japanese circles. (Dangling charms are sold separately, according to Techie Diva.) And what a surprise--one of the first colors is pink.
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Enough already with all these designer refrigerators in those frou-frou colors. They may look nice and all, but sometimes we need an appliance that just gets the job done. And nothing can do that better than a fridge with a built-in bar, as seen on Pocket-lint. This is particularly handy for those occasions when every second counts, including the precious time wasted opening and closing the refrigerator door. You'll never miss another Superbowl commercial again--especially if you get one of these to go with it.