Hmm. Is there something wrong with this picture? Is this really where the foremost music and media extravaganza takes place? Yes, this was the view I was treated to as I cabbed away from the airport in Austin, and as the meter ticked up in a never-ending fashion, I thought surely I had made some grave error and booked a hotel 50 miles away from downtown instead of five. But no, the compact city of Austin rises rather like an oasis in the middle of flat and relatively empty Texan plains. I am a mere five miles away, and yet … Read more
The radio revolution we've been harping about has officially gone global.
The "DRM Radio" from Scottish electronics maker Morphy Richards supports the new Digital Radio Mondiale standard (a different kind of DRM, not digital rights management). That, according to Electronista, means that "short-, middle-, and long-wave radio transmissions from around the world are translated into digital broadcasts, producing FM-quality audio streams regardless of where the listener happens to be."
If you can't find anything worth listening to on those frequencies, you can always use it to get local broadcasts in digital and analog form. … Read more
Each week, Crave tracks the most popular ringtones.
You may not know who Afroman is, but you're sure to remember his only hit song "Because I Got High." The song, released back in the summer of 2000, is actually a cautionary tale about how marijuana can ruin someone's life. For some reason, I doubt the song cracked Billboard's top-five ringtone chart because of its antidrug message.
In an effort to address your asymmetrical puffy pocket syndrome, Creative has slimmed down its popular, yet inordinately thick, 60GB Zen Vision W and Zen Vision M players to match the thickness of their skinnier 30GB players. Presumably this is a result of slimmer hard drive technology, although the specific hard drive used is unknown. Other newsworthy specs on the player seem unchanged at first glance. Screen size, battery life, storage capacity, and operating system features are all untouched, but the thickness of the Zen Vision W drops from 26.4mm to 22mm and the Zen Vision M shrinks from … Read more
If Samsung knows anything, it's marketing. It's a key reason that the South Korean company has gone from being known as a lower-end electronics brand to an international powerhouse in what seems like just a few years. The latest evidence: Beyonce.
GeekSugar, our favorite techno-celeb watcher, reports that the mega-star has been spotted filming her first commercial in downtown Manhattan under a new deal to represent Samsung Electronics. Perhaps this latest career move was influenced by the marketing genius of Jay-Z, who reportedly has made many more millions from his clothing lines and other businesses than he did … Read more
We're not quite sure why anyone would want something so cumbersome (and vulnerable to theft) as a CD system for a scooter. But we're not sure why anyone would want to risk their lives on a scooter in Tokyo traffic either. Nevertheless, Clarion has provided just such a product for the Japanese market to be mounted on the handlebar, which Akihabara News calls a "Drip-Proof" CD player--presumably meaning waterproof (we hope).
Needless to say, we're fairly sick of all the alarm clocks that continue to flood the market, regardless of how sycophantic they may be. So we thought that we'd perhaps feel differently about a clock that lets us compose our own music to awaken us. We were wrong.
Hammacher Schlemmer's "Desktop Music Composer" has seven plastic modules of varying colors and shapes that provide sounds of different instruments depending where they're placed--up to 1,159 variations, to be exact. But as Ubergizmo says, "It will probably take a lifetime to find a tune … Read more
When pro-audio manufacturer Korg announced that they'd be making a palm-sized, battery-powered version of their long-beloved Kaoss Pad effects processor the first thing I thought of was using it as a portable iPod effects box or just having one permanently integrated into my home stereo system.
The Kaoss Pad has been a mainstay of DJs and electronic musicians for years. It's a touch pad that lets you use your fingers to apply sound effects to an incoming audio signal. If the idea of mutilating your music collection with pitch-shifting and dub delay effects sounds like a fun way … Read more
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