If you happen to be wandering around Manhattan with some extra beer between June 9 and June 17, you might want to swing by one of Crumpler's two stores to exchange it for a bag. The high-end bag maker is running its second annual Beer for Bags campaign in which customers can bring in beer to barter for one of the company's messenger, laptop, or photo bags. Crumpler has been running the same kind of sale in its home base of Australia for five years now, and last year's introductory New York sale saw over 1,000 … Read more
Last week we discovered a Japanese cell phone dangle that resembled a golden turd. Today, thanks to Gizmodo, we found something even better. This drunken salaryman dangle comes in a few delicious versions. Our favorite has to be the one with the man bowing to the "porcelain god." But other options, such as the guy passed out with his bottle or the dude dancing with his shirt off, aren't bad either. And for more aggressive after-work party types, there's a rather stern fellow who looks like he's got a shiner on his head. The Web … Read more
It's about as exciting as its pink cousin, but the Zune will reportedly be coming out in a red version on June 10. (It's also about as timely, coming some seven months after the red iPod made its debut.)
There's no indication of any Bono connection to Microsoft's latest limited edition, and Engadget says its shade appears to be more of a duller watermelon than the iPod's fire-engine hue. Some might find some appropriate symbolism here--but not us, of course.
Either way, we're going way out on a limb and predicting that it'll … Read more
Each week, Crave tracks the most popular ringtones.
For all we know, the top five ringtones may be cemented in place for all of eternity. The same 10 ringtones make up the top 10 this week, except a few have switched places.
Unk's "2 Step" holds on to the top spot and will presumably do so until everyone in America has downloaded it. Then, we'll all be confused whenever a phone rings, because everyone will have the same ringtone.
At D5, I sat next to Barry Sonnenfeld during the George Lucas session. You may know Sonnenfeld as the director of Men in Black and Get Shorty, but he's also a gadget fiend, and writes a tech column for Esquire magazine. It was cool to sit next to a famous Hollywood guy and talk about Thinkpads.
I couldn't help noticing the man was wearing two watches. He explained why. He's a watch nut, he said, and on his left wrist, he wears his watch of the moment. At D5 he was sporting a gigantic Swiss windup (sorry, … Read more
I love the name of the show I do for CNET TV since there are so many plays on words you can do with it. My favorite is "Are you in the Queue?" Now, there's a shirt that can share my excitement.
A company called Reactee lets you create custom-designed shirts with a slogan and keyword. When someone sees your shirt, they can send a text to 41411 to get more information, or sign up for instant alerts. People can also buy your shirt for $20 bucks to share the love. Pretty neat, huh?
I can definitely … Read more
Following Facebook's launch of its application platform last week, we decided it was high time to explore the delicate balance that exists between it and social-networking juggernaut MySpace. And what better way to compare and contrast than a Get a Mac parody video? Sure, at this point it's about as passe as those Mastercard commercials, but somehow seeing our own Tim Moynihan dressed up like he got in fisticuffs with a lost-and-found bin makes it all worthwhile.
For more background on the things mentioned in this video read these stories:
Facebook opens up: The Feed's the thing … Read more
Leave it to the Japanese to make the world's most bizarre cell phone dangle. On Strapya-world.com, a Japanese Web site bursting at the seams with ridiculous cell phone accessories, the number three best-selling cell phone dangle at the moment resembles a tiny, golden version of something found you'd find in your toilet (yes, you heard me correctly). Please use the above link carefully as it contains some language that wouldn't go over well with your kindergarten teacher.
Though the Web site proudly proclaims that "unko" (as the Japanese call it) also means "a … Read more
If you really love Tetris, you're bound to have a lot of books about Tetris. You've also probably got a DVD archive of your greatest Tetris performances. It just goes with the territory.
Odds are, if you've got that many books and DVDs about Tetris, you might as well go all-out and display them on a Tetris-themed bookshelf/DVD organizer.
This isn't some half-hearted production, either. All five of the … Read more
Lately, it seems that more tech products are getting into leather (or some synthetic version thereof), even if they're not even available yet. The most recent example is the Audio Pro Porto seen on Chip Chick.
There are countless iPod docks and speakers on the market, of course, but this one tries to distinguish itself with a vertical design and casing that allows it to be more portable than other home systems. The leather (or leather-looking) exterior has a nicely stiched handle on top so you can make it into upright boombox as long as your triceps don't … Read more