How times have changed. At the height of the dot-com boom, one of the early symbols of egregious excess was Herman Miller's "Aeron" uber-chair, which often sold for more than $1,000 apiece. Although it still sells those chairs--which apparently haven't come down in price--the specialty furniture maker is now touting a very different kind of product that's far less visible. In fact, its effects are completely invisible.
update Microsoft is again inviting people to join video-sharing site Soapbox, following the site's two-month hiatus.
On Friday, Soapbox re-emerged with software tools designed to thwart copyright violations. A note posted on Soapbox's blog said the systems, created by digital fingerprinting company Audible Magic, offer "proactive filtering" of videos uploaded to the site.
"Audible Magic bases their filtering on the video's audio track and their database is being updated constantly," Soapbox said in its blog.
Though laptop users have long been able to buy privacy filters for their computer screens, cell phone owners haven't always had the same luxury. So if you're a passionate texter worried about protecting your precious messages from prying eyes, there are now cell phone privacy filters just for you. Available in a single 3.14 by 2.36 inch sheet, the privacy filter should fit almost any cell phone on the market (you'll just have to trim it to fit your particular model). Though we agree it's an interesting idea, we also see it as just … Read more
I suppose it's unofficially Modernist Monday here at Crave. Yes, I know that's not quite as thrilling as Party Friday, but you have to admit it's still kind of cool to learn about household items that resemble abstract art. With the surrealist power strip earlier this morning and now this wacky air filter, you certainly could say that we're on a bizarre-appliance kick.
I am not looking forward to the day that my son goes online, because then I'll have to have The Talk with him. About safe surfing. Sites he can and cannot view. Or I'll have to somehow rig the family computer or our home network's router so he can't view the sites I don't want him to. More likely, I'll do both.
There are products that can help: Filtering systems (like Naomi) that work on PCs, and services that work with popular routers, which attempt to block your computers from viewing entire classes of … Read more
There are some household gizmos that I thought would never get "sexy." Air purifiers, for example. I thought they were doomed to look like a cross between air conditioners and old-school computer towers for the rest of history. But Blueair's Airpod, as featured on Eclectic Detective, has proven me wrong. The Airpod looks like a cross between a wrapped gift box and a high-end audio speaker (though its design, as well as its name, is clearly inspired by the iPod), and comes in four pretty patterns to match your impeccably designed living space. They retail for around $… Read more