Gadget godfather Walt Mossberg is first out of the gate with a review of the Apple TV, and he likes what he sees. It seems that Apple's first A/V product designed for the living room worked exactly as advertised. Over 10 days of testing, Mossberg (and colleague Katie Boehret) was able to stream the iTunes-based music, video, and photos from six computers--three Windows PCs and three Macs--without a hitch. Even more impressive was the fact that the video streaming was stutter-free, even though he was testing with an older 802.11g wireless router rather than the state-of-the-art 802.… Read more
With so many iPod accessories geared toward fitness activities, we appreciate that someone is catering to our lifestyle as well--in the kitchen. The DCD 778 "Docking Entertainment System" from Philips is a compact multimedia system designed to mount under a cabinet alongside the microwave and other appliances.
Kitchen systems are nothing new, but this one packs in a lot more than the usual combo. iLounge says this all-in-one package has a TV with an 8.5-inch wide LCD and can play DVDs, CDs and AM/FM radio and, of course, iPod tunes with two 2-inch speakers. And even … Read more
There are dozen of companies, cars, boats, gadgets and science projects that now use iPods as data acquisitions systems in place of bulky laptops when all that's needed is basically to write info to a hard drive.
Here's a more interesting one, noticed by Luxist.
The LoPresti Fury is known for a design that combines an old military plane silhouette with a modern sleekness. It is the last plane that renowned aviator and engineer Roy LoPresti designed himself. (He worked on the NASA Lunar Module, among other things.)
Now the Fury will be the first production aircraft, according … Read more
You can't walk two steps around here without tripping over some company's latest Apple iPod-docking mini stereo. The majority of these gadgets are just landfill fodder, but the new Altec Lansing InMotion iM600 looks like it might stand out from the herd. First, it folds flat--down to 1.7 inches. With a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery rated at 7 hours, that flatness might come in handy if you want to take it on a romantic iPod picnic or even to a room in your house with an inconveniently located outlet. There's a built-in FM tuner with … Read more
If we were running Japan's Run-At, we'd be cranking out Disney-branded products everyday--not to compete on the current market, but to be sold as collectibles later on. It's well known, of course, that fanatics will shell out big bucks for all things Mickey, so why not cater to that set?
The new limited-edition "Mickey Mouse iPod Nano," for example, would probably be a good investment if you didn't actually use the thing but squirreled it away in its special leather case and original packaging. (Can't you just see yourself on PBS' Antiques Roadshow … Read more
As this item comes from our cousins across the pond, we're tempted to make a snide remark about prim-and-proper Brits--but then they'd retaliate, and we'd lose. So we'll just note blandly that Crave UK has found an privacy screen (pronounced with a short "i") from iStyles for the iPod, which shields the display against prying eyes while riding the tube or in other congested venues.
As noted in this space the other day, pink gadgetry is still very much in, to the dismay of some detractors (perhaps even among fellow Cravers). But in case any doubting Thomases remain, we point to the ultimate example: the iPod.
Proving its staying power, the pink iPod is in its fifth generation, according to Gizmodiva, the latest line being a "Romance Pink" limited edition from Colorware featuring a choice of four accents: rose, hearts, cherries and butterfly. Aside from these somewhat cheesy designs (can you say Hallmark?) the rest of the player is the same, with 30GB … Read more
Could a teenage girl undo what Microsoft hoped would be the Zune's iPod-killing feature?
Microsoft has long hoped that its MP3 player's wireless music-sharing abilities would help it gain precious ground on Apple's market leader, though that notion has hardly yielded any magic bullets. And now Kristyn Heath, a 16-year-old from the San Francisco Bay Area, has reportedly come up with the concept behind a device called "SnoopTunes" that lets iPods beam their music as well.
Moreover, unlike the Zune, "this one doesn't limit you to three days or three plays," according … Read more
This is one piece of sound equipment that will make a huge statement without ever being turned on.
The "iTower Omega" iPod system stands nearly 4 feet tall, housing four stereo speakers in its black vertical case. The monolithic design dwarfs the iPod itself, which sits atop in its dock like a bird perched on the tip of a giant redwood.
The height is practical for another reason. As Gadget Review points out, the system lacks a remote--so the iPod will be relatively close to eye level when you need to walk over and fiddle with the … Read more
Mickey Mouse isn't just for kids, as any trip to eBay will show. (We once sold an old Mickey shirt to Buffalo Exchange for $50, only to see it on display for $125 a day later.)
That "Disneyana" obsession would explain the design of the newly released "MixStick" Mickey MP3 player, which looks distinctly more adult than previous Disney music devices made by Japan's Run-At. Akihabara News says it does come in three other colors, but the silver version pictured here could easily pass for a grown-up player, with or without the ears.
Although … Read more