Another European design to swoon over. We like the look of this Portuguese-made music system so much that we'd be tempted to get it for the design alone. The "Audio Torch" (great name) is a wireless system with a built-in CD player and speakers that's designed to fit snugly in any corner, which makes great for space-challenged dwellings. Even more interesting, it projects a menu on the wall in colors that can be changed with its remote--which, in its silver disc form, is something of an objet d'art in and of itself. And the torch … Read more
A bunch of the blogs (Gizmodo, BornRich) have been featuring the Aussie audio company VAF's latest endeavor, which looks like a piece of wall decor out of a Design Within Reach catalog but is actually a very impressive set of speakers. Each side is about two feet long, and they protrude barely five inches from the wall. When they're released in March, they will apparently come in a variety of colors. Neat, huh?
But I've got a bone to pick with VAF's presentation of their cool new product. I mean, come on. We're sharp-eyed here … Read more
The social-networking/music-recommendation site Mog.com offers a Friendster-like network for connecting "Moggers," an old-school collective blogging system that puts every contributing member in the spotlight, albeit briefly, and a downloadable component that automatically updates your Mog page with your current tunes. The fun and easy method of sharing musical favorites and recommending new gems has already developed a well-informed and well-behaved user base that even includes a few indie superstars.
Anything with a name like "Screamer" deserves some attention. And that's easy to provide when a product looks good and actually seems to make sense from a practical standpoint--an unfortunately rare concurrence these days.
Siren's Screamer is a wireless audio streaming system that can transmit music from a PC to your speakers. The only computer attachment needed is a small USB dongle that can work up to 150 feet away from the base, according to Krunker.com. Making the listener even more mobile are a wireless remote and a matching set of wireless headphones sold separately.… Read more
To be honest, I'm surprised the good folks at Broadclip haven't already landed in some sort of big-media hot water for their MediaCatcher product. MediaCatcher works like a TiVo for portable devices--you install the software, and it uses your computer's TV tuner card to find and record shows, and then automatically formats those shows for your portable device. Plus, it sends the shows to iTunes or Windows Media Player for easy auto-syncing. Cool, right? No more $1.99 shows! But now, Broadclip is apparently just taunting the dragon: the music industry.
According to a press release I … Read more
It takes some doing to create a significant buzz among jaded bloggers, but BMW has managed to do just that (and just as it had planned, we assume). The minicontroversy centers on a special Flash page that teases what looks to be some kind of uberdevice that "touts the ability to play MP3s, DVDs and CDs, has USB and Bluetooth connectivity options, can recognize voice commands, and has a 65,000-color LCD to boot," according to Engadget.
The question, of course, is universal: What is it? And BMW has done little to answer it, naturally, thereby heightening the … Read more
By this time next week, Steve Jobs' Macworld Expo keynote address will be history. While guesses about what will be announced run the gamut from the mundane (OS X upgrades) to the lustful (iPod phone and/or wide-screen video iPod), it's a near certainty that we'll get more details on Apple's so-called iTV product. The iTV--its final name is still pending--is Apple's take on the digital media receiver. It's a small box designed to stream your computer-based iTunes media (movies, TV shows, music, podcasts) to your big-screen TV and home theater system--basically, a networked &… Read more
Musicovery is a new Internet radio browser service that combines streaming music with some really neat visual navigation for discovering new (to you) music.
Musicovery is controlled with a sidebar and a song list that's strung together by genre in small clusters. Each color represents a different genre, and you can dig even deeper by selecting your mood. The playback controls are shown on each individual song, along with the title and the artist.
What's even cooler is that similar songs can get linked together by choosing the mood and tempo, so if I pick out that I'… Read more
This is a travesty. A total travesty. Gearlog has tracked down a good-looking, well-priced ($19.99) device that lets you listen to your iPod in the shower, but it's missing something. Sure, it'll keep your iPod nice and dry, and it even comes with a clock and a radio, but there's no microphone. All issues of personal hygiene aside, the only real purpose of a shower is to provide a singing venue in which tone-deafness can be slightly tempered by running water. I mean, duh, everybody knows that. And if you're enough of a music addict … Read more
Now that Nintendo's coveted Wii is equipped with an Opera browser, the gaming console is now capable of all kinds of Web-based fun! One of the cool gimmicks that I'm pretty pumped about is the fact that you can now control iTunes with your Wii remote. It's possible thanks to the Dot.Tunes application, which can stream music from your iTunes library to any number of devices: other computers, Web-enabled cell phones, and PSPs. On the Wii, you can use the Opera browser to access Dot.Tunes, which has a Flash interface that you can navigate with … Read more