As an update to an earlier Crave posting courtesy of our sister site Crave UK, I wanted to be sure to mention that the Zen Stone will be available in the U.S. as well. In fact, the player--with its extremely competitive $39.99 price tag--is on sale through Creative's Web site right now, with a visit to the shopping cart confirming that it is "In Stock (Available for Shipment)." Only the black is available at this very moment, though, so you'll have to wait about a week or so if you want one of the … Read more
In breaking news, Creative has announced a teeny tiny little screenless MP3 player that looks rather similar to the iPod Shuffle, only slightly larger and considerably glossier. Called the Zen Stone, this 1GB flash player sports a 10-hour battery life, a 0.0mm (0-inch) non-existent screen, support for WMA- and MP3-format music and it comes in six colors.
These specs may not sound immediately stimulating, but wait--this little chap is going to go on sale for 27.99 pounds (about $56). Now that, ladies and gentlemen, is a price not even the homeless would balk at--it's half the cost … Read more
Does anyone really need an indoor waterfall with a built-in plasma screen? Of course not--which is precisely why we crave one so much. Think about it: It would be the perfect foil to the rants from our hemp-wearing anti-technology friends from Berkeley, catering to their meditative zen needs while we watch the game on mute.
But we'd need to find a way to hook it up first. The waterfall plasma screen from Astute Advances doesn't include a TV tuner, instead intended to be connected to a DVD player or other video source for instructional messages, lobby information, advertising … Read more
Microsoft announced Deepfish , a new mobile browsing technology from itslabs group. Deepfish is a small, downloadable application for Windows Smartphone users. The app presents Web content the same way you'd see it on your computer's Web browser. If you've seen the mobile version of Apple's Safari on the upcoming iPhone, then you have an idea of how Deepfish works.
Deepfish is designed like an array of photo thumbnails. To zoom into a section you want to see in more detail, you just select it with a "magnify box" controlled by your phone's directional pad or pointer. If you want to zoom back out, the original version of the page will still be loaded in your phone's memory cache--which should save a considerable amount of time (and data usage).
In our brief hands-on with it today, we noticed a few quirks.… Read more
Seattle-based ZenZui has licensed a "zoomable user interface" aimed at creating prime real estate on the phone that can help connect road warriors with the information they're seeking.
In this approach, Web content is broken into tiles. At a distance, users just see the logos of the sites they are interested in. As they zoom in, they can get more detailed information, until finally they are viewing information from a single source. Because the phone already knows which tiles a user is interested in, the information can be downloaded and cached on the device, helping eliminate some … Read more
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
Weren't we just talking about companies overdoing the whole Valentine pitch thing? Creative Technology is the latest to aim Cupid's arrow with a "special Valentine's Day edition" of its Zen Neeon 2 player. Available only in Japan (thankfully), it comes in your choice of six designs that can be engraved with your personal love notes, according to Newlaunches. At least an MP3 player is something your significant other might actually want, as opposed to a flash drive or an alarm clock.