Olympus shipped its first interchangeable-lens dSLR, the pro-level E-1, in the fall of 2003. Four years is a long time to wait for a new model, especially given the rapid pace of technological change in the dSLR category and a cast of photographic characters hungry for the latest and greatest to help boost their earnings potential. Consumers buying their first (and perhaps even second) dSLRs will follow where great technology leads, but pros must commit to a camera system that includes lenses and flashes. Once they've moved on, it takes more than just a snappy shutter and flashy LCD … Read more
YouTube isn't all amateur teen videos, robot demos and cringe-worthy clips of beauty-pageant contestants.
The video site is also filling up with homemade clips from proud parents. The baby geniuses are sweeping YouTube.
Take this video of Lilly, who's just under 2 years old and can name more locations on the world map than most U.S. citizens. Her parents said they posted the clip in response to the 2007 Miss Teen USA contestant who botched world geography and the English language in less than a minute. More parents followed by showing off their kids' skills. And here'… Read more
NEW YORK--You've got to hand it to RealNetworks' Rhapsody. The subscription music service is pulling out all the stops to increase its market share--partnering with TiVo, entering a lofty deal with MTV Networks--and even if it hasn't been able to dent Apple's iTunes, Rhapsody hasn't been making itself look stupid in the process.
In fact, if the company's "Rhapsody Rocks NYC" concert here Monday night was any indicator, music aficionados are taking the company seriously.
Hordes of musicians, industry insiders, and audiophiles are in the process of descending upon New York for this year's CMJ Music Marathon, the annual five-day event held by music publishing company College Music Journal. The 2007 edition, which starts on Tuesday, features over 1,000 bands and artists--mostly independent, but with a few popular names like Spoon, Coheed & Cambria, and '90s veterans the Meat Puppets--at several dozen venues around the city.
There are also a seemingly endless number of panels to attend, from "Pocket Jockin': Mobile Music and the Future of Distribution" to "Booze, Boobs … Read more
SAN JOSE, Calif.--Can a legacy company known for polished storytelling stay relevant to a generation of kids growing used to telling their own stories?
That's the tough question for Paul Yanover, executive vice president and managing director of Disney Online, which runs Disney.com and the newly acquired virtual world Club Penguin. Yanover spoke here Wednesday at the Virtual Worlds conference and admitted that growing Disney's Internet properties is a work in progress. After all, one of the world's most popular brands for children ended up buying newcomer virtual world Club Penguin for $350 million this … Read more
SAN JOSE, Calif.--Venture capitalists have sweetened on 3D playgrounds for kids online since Disney bought the virtual world Club Penguin for $350 million earlier this year.
Just ask Jim Bower, CEO of Numedeon, which runs an 8-year-old virtual world for the 8-to-14-year-old set called Whyville.net. Here at the Virtual World conference, Bower, who's also a professor of computational neuroscience at Caltech, said his life has changed a bit since that acquisition.
"We certainly get a lot of calls from VCs now," Bower said, adding that he has turned down at least one buyout offer from … Read more
I love my Archos Gmini 220. It doesn't play movies, make phone calls, or take snapshots, but it provides me 20GB of digital music and files that I can take anywhere and transfer to any computer. It also only cost me $150 two years ago and is still going strong (with the help of one critical rubber band). It's also very solid as a lo-fi recording device for live shows.
While I don't need a portable music player that massages my back or sorts my laundry, I do need one that can shuffle my tracks randomly. Unfortunately, … Read more
High schools not only house next year's basketball legend, but also the future gadget mastermind.
Take, for example, the robotic coconut-tree climber, Web 2.0 pancake maker and human-powered irrigation pump entered in this year's Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams Program, a 5-year-old initiative to grant money to high school inventors. This year, Lemelson-MIT awarded grants of up to $10,000 to 16 high school teams from around the country.
In honor of the prolific inventor Jerome Lemelson, the program is designed to encourage creativity among high-schoolers and encourage studies in math and science. To win the grant money, teams must … Read more
Less than a month after publicly calling executives at his music label unprintable names, rocker Trent Reznor has signaled that his days of working for a record company are over.
The only official member of the band Nine Inch Nails, Reznor announced Monday that the group is now "free of any recording contract with any label." Representatives from Reznor's music label, Universal Music Group, were unavailable for comment.
Reznor provided few details in a note on the band's Web site about how the group plans to proceed, but his announcement raised hopes among fans that he … Read more
Even on a run-of-the-mill day, a debate over the perceived rights and wrongs surrounding digital file swapping gets readers worked up. And I mean really worked up.
But ever since the Recording Industry Association of America prevailed late Thursday in its copyright lawsuit against a 30-year-old single mom with a couple of kids, all hell has broken loose.
I'll leave it to you to debate the relative merits of the case, but there's no denying that the recording industry sometimes can be its own worst enemy. It's almost as if the industry's hired guns were on … Read more