There's no denying it. Hoooka has a killer name. Its motto ("Take a hit, pass it on") is pretty good too. But this new side project of the Indie 911 social network, which launched in beta earlier this week, isn't particularly momentous. The central concept behind Hoooka, according to the company, is enabling "both artists and fans to play, share, promote and sell their favorite digital media."
Break out those leisure suits--this sound system may be new, but it looks right out of 1974.
The "Gene Sound TAS-100" ("Gene Sound"?) combines digital and analog music in a system that can play and record old LPs and CDs as well as MP3 files, according to Newlaunches. The all-in-one system, made by Seagrand Japan, goes for an affordable $170.
There are a lot of systems that convert old and new recording media, but few have the distinctively retro look of this one, at least from this particular era. Regardless of how it sounds, you'… Read more
Mickey Mouse isn't just for kids, as any trip to eBay will show. (We once sold an old Mickey shirt to Buffalo Exchange for $50, only to see it on display for $125 a day later.)
That "Disneyana" obsession would explain the design of the newly released "MixStick" Mickey MP3 player, which looks distinctly more adult than previous Disney music devices made by Japan's Run-At. Akihabara News says it does come in three other colors, but the silver version pictured here could easily pass for a grown-up player, with or without the ears.
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Last week, Bose indicated that it was revisiting the "stability issue" of its recently released in-ear headphones. At a media event today at its New York City Columbus Circle store, the company filled in the blanks on the somewhat vague invitation it issued last week--and the result is good news for any existing or prospective owner of the headphones.
Bose will be releasing an updated version of the in-ear headphones starting next week (March 15). Physically, the "new" headphones are identical to the existing models, except for the addition of a zebra-like black-and-white color scheme on … Read more
MONTEREY, Calif.--Attendees here at TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design confab) were abuzz Thursday morning about many things: a moving speech on carbon reduction from tech venture capitalist John Doerr; a conspiracy theory about "four in the morning" in art from poet Rives, and even a silly sing-song from humorist Julia Sweeney and singer .
But one high point for the artists and designers at TED was a talk from Lawrence Lessig, Stanford University law professor and chair of the Creative Commons project. He argued that the advent of user-generated content on sites like YouTube and MySpace is a … Read more
The whole idea of turning a tabletop into a speaker has always sounded weird to us, but apparently there's a market for it.
A few months back we saw the "Nimzy Vibro Max" (sounds like an adult toy from Jabberwocky), and now we get word of the "I-mu Magic Audio Frequency Singer." Both claim to play music or other sounds through any hard surface.
It takes a certain kind of person to pay $115 for the pleasure of soldering together your own flash-based MP3 player. Still, Make magazine's open source MP3 player kit Daisy has been taunting me for a while now and I think I'm finally up for the challenge. I've had more than my fair share of misspent weekends behind a soldering iron, getting woozy from fumes and cursing myself when projects fall to pieces. Why invite another weekend project disappointment? Well, maybe you're just the kind of crafty nerd who can't resist the idea of making … Read more
This is how I know I've gone off the deep end. It's not enough that my apartment is cluttered with all kinds of knob-covered music devices. Now I'm actually considering buying little miniature versions to populate my cubicle at work. What is broken in my brain that makes me want to drop $20 on a small paper version of a vintage Arp 2600 modular synthesizer? And that's the budget version! Those of you for whom money is no object can commission Dan McPharlin to create your own Lilliputian fantasy recording studio. Now I just need to … Read more
It looks as though Archos might be taking a break from their big, beautiful and expensive digital video players to drop us a new MP3 player. No word on the Archos Web site yet, but a press release from Spain shows a 20GB Archos 204 digital audio player with a color screen and a solid-looking enclosure. The design copies the company's GMINI XS 200 effort from 2005, only this time there's support for displaying color JPEG photos. Noticeably missing are video, radio, Wi-Fi, and presumably a recording function. Still, if Archos can keep this player under the $200 … Read more
Crave generally tries to resist as-yet unreleased products from companies that like to tease but don't always deliver, like Switzerland's Zenum. But we're only human: The design of its "Organum" MP3 player is so sleek and clean that we had to give in.
It supposedly has a 1.8-inch screen and can hold 2GB of songs, as well as display photos. Somewhat resembling LG's Chocolate with its familiar glossy black finish, the player is slated to hit the market by year's end. As Engadget notes, however, Zenum is already months late with its … Read more