I know, I know. We are all getting sick of this "the real video iPod is coming" rumor. To reiterate, this much-rumored iPod is supposed to be a touch-screen model with a design-dominating wide screen much better suited to the videos now sold on iTunes. But I find myself compelled to pass on that TrustedReviews is reporting that a "well-informed exec" has the inside scoop on the 6G iPod. The source purportedly works for a third-party vendor that makes products with the "Made for iPod" logo, and he claims to have access to this … Read more
Beware: Your new iPod may have shipped carrying the RavMonE virus.
Apple has released info on its Web site that describes the discovery of a Windows-based virus, traced back to its contract manufacturer. Fewer than 1 percent of iPods with video (5.5G) sold after the September 12 launch could be carrying the worm, which can affect only Windows machines. Neither the new iPod Nano nor the iPod Shuffle (not yet released) are affected.
In addition to an apology, Apple has posted a tutorial on how to get rid of the virus. The statement adds: "Because this Windows virus … Read more
Meet the Lightcast, the LED projector that hooks up to your iPod (or other digital audio player) and projects a light show to the beat of the music.
Now, there are some obvious uses for this gadget: saving on the cost of a DJ for parties, or adding a visual element to that "mood music" for impressing your latest romantic interest. But here at Crave we like to be creative. So here are, in my educated opinion, five more reasons why you'll totally want a Lightcast in your life.
Can you think of any additions to the … Read more
Form follows function in fashion, too, not just architecture. Or, more likely in this case, form follows the money that a function like this will rake in.
Designer extraordinaire Ermenegildo Zegna has announced the Zegna iJacket as part of its Spring 2007 ZegnaSport line. (The collection is not yet on the Zegna Web site.) The lightweight windbreaker, which will come in bomber or three-quarter length, has an inside breast pocket, connection for an iPod, and buttons on the left sleeve to let you control it without having to unzip the jacket.
The sleeve buttons feature play/pause, volume, off/on … Read more
Along with the red iPod Nano announced yesterday, Motorola has jumped on the AIDS charity bandwagon with the luscious red Razr, available from Sprint. As with the red iPod, this is part of Bono and Bobby Shriver's recent Red initiative to help combat HIV and AIDS in Africa. This new red Razr will be available in November from Sprint, and you can get it for $304.99 retail or $64.99 with a two-year service agreement.
If you're more of a Slvr fan, however, you might have to move to the U.K. to get the red version … Read more
Oh yeah, and do good, too. Today, Apple sneaked onto its store a special edition fire-engine red nano branded with the PRODUCT(RED) logo on the back. Apple donates $10 from each sale to the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa as part of the (RED) campaign, which Bono and friends created "to engage the private sector in the fight against AIDS in Africa."
The red nano looks to be no different from its 4GB pals (in pink, blue, green, and silver) and costs the same. And, dare I say, it looks a lot hotter than the … Read more
Early this morning, Sony announced its latest digital audio player, the NW-S700, and dubbed it the best-sounding Walkman yet. This is apparently thanks to the device's built-in noise-canceling technology. Noise-canceling headphones are nothing new, but a noise-canceling MP3 player is not something I've had the chance to meet...and I thought I might not still: most reports cite only the Japanese release of the NW-S700. However, the press release I received clearly lists U.S. pricing ($169 for the 1GB version, $199 for 2GB) and availability (November).
Stop the presses: a red iPod? World diplomat and U2 frontman Bono will introduce the new crimson model during tomorrow's Oprah show to benefit the singer's Product Red program, according to AppleInsider.com.
The new iPod will reportedly be a red version of the latest 4GB iPod Nanos introduced in September. The Chicago Tribune reported that Winfrey bought 10 of the red iPod Nanos during a promotional appearance at Apple's Chicago retail store. (To which we respond: Only 10?)
iPod accessories magnate DLO has just premiered its Care Kit for iPod, a "three-step scratch and cleaning solution" for the world's most popular player. Packaged like a product you'd find in Sephora, the $30 Care Kit includes a daily cleaner, a fine scratch remover, and a heavy scratch remover. Additionally, you get a few cleaning cloths, including one with microfibers). The kit claims to get most scratches out of worn and torn iPods (but not their metallic backside) and preserve the pure complexions of new iPods--after all, these are chemicals we're talking about here.
This … Read more
It's kind of pathetic, when you think about it. Here's the Sony Walkman, once the king of all portable music players, now left scrambling for crumbs left in the iPod's wake.
The latest innovation is a line of new miniature Walkman players that come with noise-canceling technology embedded in both the music player itself and its headphones. It's not that this is a bad idea; it's just not exactly the kind of killer product that can get Sony back in the game.
The NW-S705F, a 2GB version that stores about 1,350 songs, comes in … Read more