Samsung has been pretty consistent with putting out quality MP3 players, but its two newest devices--the YP-K5 and the YP-T9--really take the cake in my book. They're super sleek, packed with features, and sound fantastic. That's why both players top my holiday wish and gift lists this year. And it looks like I just got lucky: Samsung recently dropped the MSRP of both players. The YP-K5 has gone from $260 to $229 for the 4GB version and from $210 to $179 for the 2GB. The YP-T9 has dropped from $199 to $179 4GB and from $149 to $… Read more
When I was growing up, my friends and I didn't use headphones to listen to music at home. No, we preferred to blast out our parents with songs laced with teenage angst. Headphones were relegated to Walkmans. If I had chosen to give my parents a little sanity though, I would've wanted these Panasonic RP-HTX7 retro-style headphones. The style is the perfect blend of old and new, with a perforated leather headband, painted earcups (in a choice of five colors), and brushed metal furnishings. The 'phones come with a suitably long cable (1.7 meters plus a 2-foot … Read more
iPhone rumors in the states are hardly new--commonplace, to be exact--but this one's at least slightly different because it's coming from overseas.
A Chinese newspaper is reporting that Apple has awarded a contract to build the elusive iPhone to Hon Hai, a contract manufacturer based in Taiwan.
The Commercial Times says Apple has ordered 12 million iPhones from Hon Hai, also known as Foxconn, with an eye on a first-half 2007 unveiling. It was hard to find a direct link to the Commercial Times story, but outfits like Bloomberg and Forbes picked up the story, as did a … Read more
If there's a sudden surge in the number of iPods seen in ATM lines, this may explain it.
A criminal gang in the U.K. was able to steal confidential banking data by bugging ATMs with an MP3 player, The Times of London reported in its online edition Thursday. The gang reportedly targeted freestanding cash dispensers and would tap the phone line between the ATM and a wall socket by placing a two-way adaptor on it and connecting an MP3 player.
The digital music device would record the data traffic, which sounds like the noise a traditional computer modem … Read more
Enough already with the combo clock-weather stations. They've become as commonplace as the $6.99 digital alarm clocks behind the counter at Walgreens, next to the batteries and razor blades.
This uber-clock, by contrast, gives you the stuff you really want to know when you wake up: stock news, traffic bulletins, the Monday Night Football score and the latest on Britney's divorce and sex tape scandal. And you can set your MP3 tunes or Internet radio for the alarm. As its name implies, the award-winning "WidgetStation" displays your custom widget feeds on one of its two … Read more
This item could be accused of having dubious practicality, but at least it makes more sense than the recently posted shower cam. The fogless mirror from Discovery can pick up tunes from your MP3 device through an FM transmitter and play them on its waterproof speakers. It has a range of 100 feet, so your iPod can stay safe and dry in the next room.
If there's one thing we've learned here at Crave, it's that there's an infinite number of ways for middle-aged men to embarrass themselves. Yesterday, for example, we learned of a way to make air guitar come to life (shudder).
But if you want a more conventional way to make a fool of yourself, this USB electric guitar from ThinkGeek might be more appropriate. The iAXE is a full-sized instrument that plugs into your computer and comes with software that simulates effect pedals and amps.
Mercifully, the $100 guitar is also designed to work with headphones--thereby limiting … Read more
When we hear "Maxell," we think of cassette tapes, Kool & the Gang and Camaro Z28s. (Did we say that out loud?) So given that depressing baggage, we were particularly impressed to see this totally tubular iPod dock and speakers on Newlaunches. Its lightweight cylindrical design is just the opposite of the ginormous boomboxes that played "Boogie Fever" on the Maxell tapes of yore. In fact, you can even mount them on the wall or above the door, like the pair of longhorns you know you always wanted.
Engadget is reporting that pink and orange Zunes were handed out to some of the folks who helped out with the (tepid) launch. But the tech blog is speculating that these may see wider release in the not-so-distant future.
I'm not going to write anymore on this subject, except to say that I think Mike Yamamoto wants one to go with his pink Razr (there you go, Mike, for making fun of my appreciation of penguins this morning). "Pink Zune" jokes kind of write themselves.
Writing about gadgets around the holidays can get pretty hectic--hello, PlayStation3!--but there are some pretty cool perks. Take Tuesday night, for example, when the DigitalLife folks (the ones who organized the big tech trade show last month) invited a host of NYC-area reporters to Manhattan's fashionable Nikki Midtown bar and lounge for a packed evening of consumer tech. The agenda included a press conference from TiVo featuring CEO Tom Rogers, as well as a showcase of some products that people may or may not be craving this holiday season. Oh, yeah, there was free food, too.
The general … Read more