MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--The Web has come a long way. The aesthetic of a site can oftentimes determine whether or not a wary user will dig deeper and explore your site. The four companies below offer some of the most beautiful products shown off Tuesday at the Under the Radar social media and entertainment conference, but are they really useful? For the most part, yes. Read more about them below.
A TV phone that Spongebob would appreciate http://crave.cnet.com/8301-1_105-9954140-1.html
Take to the seas, it’s barbecue time! http://crave.cnet.com/8301-1_105-9954596-1.html
Always be ready for battle with a squirt-gun coffee table http://dvice.com/archives/2008/05/always_be_ready.php
Dutch claim world’s first solar speedboat http://crave.cnet.com/8301-1_105-9951260-1.html
The Dough-nu-matic: Homer Simpson … Read more
Talk about a solution in search of a problem. NTT DoCoMo is debuting a new line of mobile handsets that let you watch TV on them under water. We're not kidding.
The 3G phones, one of which is pictured here submerged in water, will get Japan's 1Seg digital television reception and play it on their LCDs. Other functions include GPS, credit-card technology, and voice translation in Japanese, Chinese, and English, according to I4U News. And if you're not into the life aquatic, there's always a "Wellness" phone to monitor your daily diet and habits … Read more
Combo TVs with built-in DVD or VCR players have always gotten little respect, found on the far reaches of shelf space at retail stores next to the HDMI cables or whatever else is in the next aisle. Given this lowly station, they've usually been allowed only the smaller screen sizes appropriate for such places as the kitchen or small family room--and rarely, if ever, bearing the latest technologies.
That's what makes Westinghouse's latest model interesting. The VK-40F580D integrates a DVD player with a 40-inch display, according to GizmoWatch, much larger than the 26-inch cap seen in practically … Read more
CARLSBAD, Calif.--A steady stream of folks rushed the stage Wednesday after Howard Stringer's speech, but they weren't looking to corner the Sony CEO. Rather, they wanted to see his superthin television.
Sony already has an 11-inch OLED model that sells for $2,500, but Stringer showed an even thinner model due out within the next 12 months. It's thinner than a credit card, just 0.3mm thick.
Among those who went onstage to see it was decor guru Martha Stewart, who gave it the all-important thumbs up. "I like it," Stewart told me, adding … Read more
A recent article from Reuters reports that Apple may be changing its tune and could start offering a variable pricing option on iTunes.
After HBO formed a deal with the company that saw The Sopranos go for $2.99 instead of the $1.99 fee being charged for other shows, Apple has gone back to the table with other companies in an attempt to start a variable pricing scheme that could see shows being priced anywhere from 33 cents on up.
Of course, the very fact that Apple wants to institute variable pricing doesn't mean that it will happen. "When you get into that conversation, it's a slippery slope," one studio executive said. "Because we'll differ with them on what content is worth what."
And therein lies the rub. Should The Sopranos really be worth more than Lost? Should a show like Dexter go for something cheaper because it has less viewers than network shows? Sadly, there's truly no answer to the question of how much each show is worth.
And it's for that reason that I support the somewhat controversial, dynamic pricing model.… Read more
Web TV network Revision3 had a temporary outage on Tuesday, the company said.
The news was originally reported on Twitter by none other than Gen X Web 2.0 personality and former CNET producer Veronica Belmont, who was recently hired to work on Revision3's Tekzilla program. "Holy DDOS attacks, Batman! Rev3 is under fire!" she wrote.
All I could get out of a Revision3 representative was this statement: "The Revision3 Web site experienced a disruption in service earlier today, but it has been addressed."
On Tuesday, the Franchise and Concession Review Committee (FCRC) of New York voted unanimously to approve Verizon's proposal to provide Fios TV service in all five boroughs. The vote moves the service closer to becoming an option for customers in New York to choose over cable or satellite TV.
"If we are successful in the last steps of the approval process, we will deliver on our promise to begin offering Fios TV in parts of each of the five boroughs later this year," Monica Azare, Verizon senior vice president for New York and Connecticut, said in a press release.… Read more
Frog Design Digital Escape, the virtual reality mask with smells http://dvice.com/archives/2008/05/frog_design_dre.php
Fake TV: the continuing appearance of useless products http://www.core77.com/blog/object_culture/ fake_tv_the_continuing_appearance_of_useless_products_9892.asp
Laptop backpacks for motherly computer owners http://crave.cnet.com/8301-1_105-9941374-1.html
Dynamizer humanoid robot mows your lawn, does your bidding http://dvice.com/archives/2008/05/dynamizer_human.php… Read more