The future hath arrived. Tech enthusiasts have long theorized that video players in the form of glasses were imminent, and it was only a year ago that some of the first models started to hit the market. Now, the category is in full swing, with plenty of versions of the device made specifically for the video iPod. One of them is the MyVu Personal Media Viewer (PMV), a rather ridiculous-looking $299 accessory. Naturally, due to these glasses' ability to make the wearer look uncannily like Geordi La Forge, I had to get them and put them on for all to … Read more
While the new Tivoli Wi-Fi radio streams Real Audio Internet radio via Ethernet or Wi-Fi and can even stream songs from a PC network, that doesn't help when it comes to your iPod.
The TuneStik for $60 from Digital Lifestyle Outfitters combines an FM transmitter and radio frequency remote control. It lets you wirelessly play and control your iPod through any radio within 40 feet.
For when you are not by your Tivoli and need to use the car, the TuneStik has a clip-on cradle to hold the remote to your steering wheel.
I still don't see them anywhere I travel, but Microsoft says that it is still on track to sell 1 million of its Zune portable music players by June. That's this month, so I wonder just how many of the devices are leaving Microsoft now and headed to retail stores.
I have noticed Zune pricing start to fluctuate further from the $249 suggested mark. For example, Circuit City has the Zune on its Web site for $199.
The software maker noted on Thursday that it is still garnering roughly 10 percent of the U.S. retail market for … Read more
There's now a fairly decent selection of iPod-friendly apparel, but most of it falls under the category of including shirts, jackets and suits--in other words, men's clothing. It was refreshing, therefore, to see some MP3-enabled garments that are decidedly un-male, on the order of mini-skirts, capris and bootleg pants.
In fact, being of the bearded gender ourselves, we're not even sure what bootleg pants are. Chip Chick does, however, and it's found an entire line of colorful "iPod/MP3 apparel" designed specifically for women by Colorado-based clothier Vickerey at a fairly reasonable price … Read more
Before you trash that busted gadget, ask yourself this: How would it look strapped to my waist? Don't laugh--it could be the next fashion trend.
Little did we know that a broken Mac mouse was only the beginning when a graphic artist turned it into a belt buckle. Now, the concept has progressed to a working iPod Nano in the form of the "Tunebuckle," a clear case that can be worn without compromising access to the device's controls, Shiny Shiny says. Once again, our distinct lack of fashion sense has been proven beyond doubt. (Twice in … Read more
Archos announced its 2007 lineup of media player/recorders today at press events in both Europe and New York, introducing four new portable models as well as the company's first set-top DVR.
The big news--as reported earlier--is that the new Wi-Fi-enabled portables include direct access to an online "Content Portal" and offer a Flash-supported Web browser option. The portal offers pay-per-download CinemaNow movies--just use the touchscreen to pick the movie you want to buy and download it to the internal hard drive, no PC required. The Opera browser--a $30 option on Wi-Fi models--includes a Flash plug-in. … Read more
The conventional wisdom: Microsoft's effort to compete against the iPod juggernaut has failed. Early reviews of the Zune were scathing. Sales have been slow, coming in at less than 10% of hard-drive-based players, and less than 3% of the overall portable music player market. The executive who oversaw the launch of the product has left the company. What's to argue about?
The conventional wisdom is wrong.
To understand why, look at the Xbox business. From any normal company's perspective, the Xbox has been a resounding failure, costing Microsoft somewhere in the neighborhood of $5 billion.
But consider … Read more
It's easy to hook up your iPod to any home audio system, but finding a good remote solution--one that doesn't require you to scurry from the sofa to the stereo every time you want to change a song--is a bit more of a challenge. Personally, I'm only interested in those that let me completely browse the iPod's music collection: the DLO HomeDock Music Remote, Belkin TuneSage 2, and Keyspan TuneView come to mind.
But why clutter the coffee table with yet another remote? That's where the Philips SJM3151 comes in. The remote does double duty … Read more
For years we'd been hearing that suits were on their way back to the office, but we'd begun to suspect that it was just the work of some industrious (and increasingly nervous) marketing execs at Brooks Brothers and other purveyors of traditional attire. Yet pinstripes may see a revival of sorts thanks to consumer technology, where fashion follows function, at least where clothing is concerned.
The "Re-Nano Factron" case by Kiwami Studio is made of the ultra-hardened substance, the type that's been used to protect everything from battlefield spy bots to keyboards and USB drives that can survive being run over by a car in the snow. Engadget says it's available in Japan for around $818--or about five times more than the Nano itself. Now that's what we call commitment.