The open assault on cables and wires was on particular display at CES. Apparently, wires clutter your life and cause you misery, or some vendors would have you think. Whether it's faster and faster Wi-Fi from Intel, streaming video from Slingbox, in-home HD distribution, Bluetooth home theater audio from Samsung at different parts of the radio spectrum, the trend is moving away from physical media and physical connections.That said, I wondered how a leading wire cable company, Monster, would make themselves relevant in this anticable movement. Apart from having a sold-out Mary J. Blige concert, Monster has made … Read more
If you're going to spend a ton of money, we always say, you might as well have something to show for it. And that's exactly what this speaker system provides, which is a tall order given that it costs $380,700.
We've actually seen larger and more expensive audio systems (try $1 million), but they often end up resembling something like sound walls more than anything else. The "Sph?ron Excalibur" from Germany's Acapella, however, truly looks the part: It's like a cross between an old-fashioned gramophone and Audrey, the gigantic man-eating plant … Read more
The camera attaches to its "patented viscoelastic polymer base," according to 7Gadgets, which in turn will affix to a "tree, pole, fence, rock, wall--almost anything." Somehow, we can't see trusting this to hold a $25,000 Hasselblad, but that's just us. On the other hand, it's probably safer than asking a stranger to take your picture in some parts … Read more
I'd been intrigued by Delicious Library software ever since I saw the program featured on David Pogue's video blog. This Macintosh cataloging program allows you to create a virtual library of all your books, movies, music and video games. Then you can browse or search your collection, and keep track of books you lend to others. Best of all, you have all your books visually represented together in one place, regardless of where they are physically located.
This was the breakthrough for me. As a writer, I have over 1000 books on shelves all over the house. Along with the advantages of working at home comes the clutter of the office, ported into my own dining room. With Delicious Library, I could box up books I don't need very often and put them out of sight, but not out of mind.
The genius of Delicious Library is that you can quickly, automatically catalog entries for your media by scanning the bar code on each project. Delicious Library connects to Amazon.com to import each item's information and cover art.
Delicious Library worked really well with the optional Flic Wireless Laser Barcode Scanner--which is a necessity for creating a large library--but although this was a virtual project, I still had to deal with the question of how to organize, lug, and store over a thousand books. More on the reality of the project after the jump.… Read more
There's a new social network for gamers called GamerLibrary. The site takes the Delicious Library and Shelfari angle by letting users compile, and show off, their gaming collections, while at the same time adding a request feature to let members trade and borrow games among themselves. The idea is that you'll be able to join with your small collection of games and get others to loan you theirs, assuming they see something they like in your library. Together you build up a larger pool of shared games that can be borrowed or bought on the side.
Of course … Read more
Patrick Manzo, Monster Worldwide's vice president of compliance and fraud prevention, today said going forward, the company is notifying all users in its active job-seeker database that their information may be compromised.
This announcement comes one day after Monster's CEO Sal Iannuzzi admitted the theft of contact information for job seekers in Monster's database may have been much greater than the 1.3 million individuals reported earlier this month.
Monster said it learned of the proverbial break-in when it was notified by security vendor Symantec. And Monster said it wanted to launch its own investigation to verify … Read more
Malicious attackers beware, a Monster may be coming after you.
After a malicious attackers pilfered job candidate information from its job seeker database, Monster located the attacker's rogue server and pulled the plug, the company announced Wednesday. But fallout from that episode remains.
The hooligans, who loaded a Trojan horse called Infostealer.Monstres on the company's resume database, got access to job candidates' names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses.
They weaseled their way in by gaining access to a legitimate log-in credential reserved for employers, via a computer that had been infected with the malicious software.
Now, … Read more
Happy Friday, yet again.
Nary a day goes by when I don't think about eating my computer, or at least biting it out of frustration. I hope I'm not alone.
This week's audio/video weekend starter is straight from the brains of Jim Henson and Frank Oz. Enjoy watching the Cookie Monster's green brother do what we all want to do from time to time: eat the hell out of a computer.
Monster Cable today announced a new upgrade program intended to guarantee forward-compatibility for the company's high-end HDMI cables. Beginning in mid-September, Monster's Home Theater Ultra 1000, M Series M1000HD and 1000HD cable lines will be emblazoned with the new "Cable for Life" logo. Monster is pledging to replace said cables, free of charge, when and if future products eventually appear that make use of higher bandwidth HDMI connections. For instance, current 1080p video streams max out at 8-bit color and 60Hz frame rate, which require about 4.46 gigabits per second of data bandwidth, but Monster is anticipating 12-bit, 120Hz 1080p video streams a few years down the road, which will require more than three times the throughput capacity. So the HDMI output on a 120Hz-capable Blu-ray player that hits the market in, say, 2010 may exceed the current bandwidth capacity of existing cables--and if you've got one of Monster's "lifers," you can swap up to a new one at that time. (Note that the "Cable for Life" guarantee is separate from the lifetime warranty found on many Monster Cables.)
To be sure, the Cables for Life guarantee sounds great--but is it worth it? … Read more
Add one more item to the list of upscale iPod accessories. The Monster Wireless Audio Bridge for iPod effectively turns the Apple music player into a remote control, using a small snap-on dongle to wirelessly transmit the audio stream from the player to the base station, which in turn attaches to your home stereo. The base station boasts a modernist Bang & Olufsen-style design, and Monster pledges that the proprietary 2.4GHz wireless system works at ranges up to 30 feet. If the Wireless Audio Bridge concept sounds familiar, it's because it's very similar to Belkin's TuneStage products, … Read more