iTunes 9 was announced today at this year's annual music event from Apple. Named the "It's Only Rock and Roll event," Apple didn't disappoint with the return of Steve Jobs, upgraded (and cheaper) iPod Nanos and Shuffles, and plenty of new iPhone app demonstrations from third-party developers. As many predicted, iTunes 9 (Mac or Windows) was also on the agenda and it received a number of cool new feature enhancements to make navigation and syncing to your devices easier. iTunes 9 is available today, but has not yet been added to Apple's software update … Read more
Replacing the Opus as the flagship model, the Muse offers a slightly bigger screen (3-inch vs. the 2.8-inch on the Opus). File support has gotten a boost with the inclusion of BMP, GIF, PNG, Ogg Vorbis, APE, Real Video, and Real Audio formats. Unlike the Opus, the Muse is bundled with a pair of in-ear headphones that offer active noise cancelling.
Physically, the Muse is slightly smaller than … Read more
Brutal Legend is the latest from legendary game designer Tim Schafer, who is responsible for such classics as Grim Fandango and Psychonauts. His latest adventure, undoubtedly the most mainstream yet, stars Jack Black as the voice of Eddie Riggs, a roadie for a metal band who finds himself transported to demonic, metal-infused world.
We got a chance to sit down with the near-final build of Brutal Legend in New York. Here's how the game is shaping up:
Jeff: Brutal Legend is a metal fan's absolute fantasy come true. The game is overflowing with references and jokes about the genre and is sure to lure in gamers on charm alone. Beneath the metal spikes and skulls lies a hack and slash action/adventure game, but it seems that the overall production value, soundtrack, and presentation might be the winners here.… Read more
Due to technical difficulties, this week's show is shorter than usual. We still try to pack in the delicious, creamy, goodness though.
First up, Dong is in New York this week, so we get to hear all about his adventures befriending random strangers, how bullets holes in your car are now a trend, and his thoughts on ghost riding.
In technology, it's about how much Netbooks suck, multitasking, and how the GPS apps Dong's reviewing for the iPhone are plentiful and kind of crappy.
Finally, Dong quickly answers a dual-band router and streaming question, before we're … Read more
If you're a fan of devices that play media from USB drives, such as the WD TV, you'll probably find the newest toy from Netgear interesting.
The company announced Tuesday the newest Internet-connected set-top box in its Digital Entertainer product family, the Digital Entertainer Live (model EVA2000). The device is similar to the WD TV as it also has two USB ports and supports playback of a long list of digital media files, including DivX and Matroska MKV, a popular compressed format for high-definition movies.
The EVA2000 incorporates an Ethernet port that gives it access to Internet-based media … Read more
Every year we go to the IFA tech trade show in Berlin, and every year we see bigger demonstrations of corporate wealth and visitor stupidity. We thought we'd share some of the more interesting sights from this year's visit, concluding with a photo of one Crave writer eating an enormous sausage. Be prepared: it was twice the size of his head.
(Source: Crave UK)
Alison Rosen is back on the program today, and no, she's not really shrinking. That said, she is mystified by Craigslist missed connections, so we debate about what sort of scenario would lend itself to the use of the site's bizarre feature.
Next stop, Cougarville--better known as San Fransisco--where we investigate a disturbing new expo: The National Single Cougars Convention. Should cougars be given their own convention or should they be hunted in public, the natural way?
Finally, it seems we're just never going to get rid of Autotune. Especially now that the new T-Pain Autotune iPhone app makes robot voice manipulation so easy--as if it wasn't to begin with.
We've got all this and more on today's 404. Enjoy the weekend! (No show on Monday).Subscribe in iTunes audio | Suscribe to iTunes (video) | Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video… Read more
After months of anticipation, singing robot T-Pain has finally unleashed his secret weapon: an I Am T-Pain, and it might be the end of music as we know it.application that gives users the power to make their tone deaf voice sound...just as crappy. But digitized! The application is called
Even though T-Pain isn't the first artist to use the Auto-Tuner, this is the easiest and cheapest way to obtain the popular vocoder software that disguises and corrects improper pitch by distorting the human voice.
The $2.99 app is a portable version of the tool that includes an instrumental collection of T-Pain's greatest hits in addition to a "Freestyle" mode to cover your own songs. You can also record yourself singing and easily upload the tracks to various social networks.
I installed the app on my today's episode of The 404 Podcast. Check it out and let me know if I have a future in the recording industry.and it works pretty well, but instead of "Buy you a Drank (Shawty Snappin')" I went for Cher's timeless hit "I Believe" on
As we expected, the Harmony 700 retains most of the great features found in the One and 900 like a rechargeable battery, color screen (though smaller), and software-based setup for use with a PC or Mac.
Judging on looks alone, the 700 seems to be cut from the same cloth as the One and 900 but lacks a certain glossy finish found on the other two remotes. Also, the buttons seem a bit smaller as there's more space in between them.
The Harmony 700 is set to go on sale this month for $150. While we can't give our final take until we properly review the remote, it seems the extra cash you'd spend to upgrade to the Harmony One would be worth it--especially since the One can be found online for $180. Of course if it's RF you're looking for, the 900 is the way to go.
Full product shot after the jump:… Read more