• Zii Plaszma: A case study in WTF

    Creative makes MP3 players. They do a good job. I like Creative. Good people over there. A good company. But I got this email today describing Creative’s plans with the new Zii handheld and I was immediately struck by a question: What the hell is this Plaszma Zii StemCell garbage? Read More

  • Creative's 'Zii' project runs Android, looks like an iPod touch

    Ah, there we go — a little more info about Creative’s mysterious “Zii” project. It now appears to be an iPod touch-like device, called the Zii EGG, running Android. Interesting… I’m listening. Read More

  • Creative bringing out Zii player with HD camera

    Some FCC documents have been filed by Creative which clearly outline (so to speak) a media player with a nice, big touch screen and an “HD” camera, which bespeaks 720p or better. The “Egg” version apparently is for developers, although I’d like to have “developer edition on mine anyway. Beyond that everything is pretty much speculation, so we’ll just… Read More

  • ZEN MX: Japan gets a new and expensive Creative media player

    Creative Japan today announced the ZEN MX [JP], a portable media player that will be available in Nippon starting at the beginning of next month. The company plans to offer an 8GB (ZN-ZMX8G-BK) and 16GB (ZN-ZMX16G-BK) model, both featuring a 2.5-inch LCD screen with 320×240 resolution. Read More

  • Creative X-Fi appearing in car audio

    It’s about time; we’ve had Creative sound cards in our PCs for decades. It was only natural they should move to cars. JC Hyun Systems has developed the RUNZ CI-700, the first automobile infotainment system to use Creative’s X-Fi technology. The RUNZ CI-7100 features a MMSP2 MPEG video hardware engine, SiRF III GPS chipset, and Creative’s X-Fi audio processor, all which… Read More

  • Mysterious screenshots of a Zii device interface

    “Fire the Zii device!”
    “But my lord! We still have men on the ground!”
    “Silence, fool! Move the X-Fi gunships out of the area and prepare the Audigy for a ground assault. And fire the thing.”
    “We don’t even know what its effect is, my lord!”
    “Lieutenant, everything you know is about to change.” Read More

  • Creative launches mysterious ‘Zii Stemcell Computing’ initiative

    I’m not sure what to make of this, but if you go to – say, looking for an MP3 player – you’ll find a teaser link to that says “Everything you know is about to change…” Read More

  • Creative's Vado HD Pocket Cam now available

    Creative introduced today the Vado HD, the successor to the Vado released back in May. It captures video in 720p and is the only pocket video cam to feature HDMI connectivity and an included HDMI cable that provides 1080i output to an HDTV. It also comes with 8GB of built-in memory that can hold up to two hours of HD video. The Vado HD also features a 2-inch LCD screen and a built-in USB… Read More

  • September 17: A big day for Creative, we think

    Fans of Creative should get themselves ready for an exciting September 17. Why’s that? Well, that picture certainly alludes to something. Creative has been sending out special media invites for an event on September 17. The above picture clearly features an X-Fi logo. Whether that means Creative will unveil a new line of PMPs, or, who knows, an iPod dock (oh God, not another one!)… Read More

  • Back to School: MP3 players

    Students! You’re going to be spending a lot of time, on and off the quad, listening to music. I made it through college with an MP3-CD player, but that doesn’t mean you have to. Click through for our list of best MP3 players for a college student. Read More

  • New colors for Creative’s speakers and headphones

    Fans of Dell’s new Studio notebooks and desktops that offer crazy colors may find it difficult to find sound accessories that match. Creative must also be a fan since they are releasing speakers and headphones that match the color choices. As of Monday, T10 speakers and EP610 headphones now come in Jet Black, Plum Purple, Tangerine Orange, Flamingo Pink, Midnight Blue, Ruby Red and… Read More

  • Creative ZEN Krystal features built-in pedometer

    It appears that Creative has released a new MP3 player in the ZEN Krystal. Unfortunately, it seems that it’s only available in Hong Kong at the moment but perhaps it’ll eventually make its way stateside. The Krystal runs for about $90 and features 4GB of storage, OLED display, simple drag and drop file management (no drivers required), FM radio, voice recorder, three games, and… Read More

  • Creative Zen X-Fi has built-in Wi-Fi for streaming media (and instant messaging!)

    We eagerly await to hear what “perfection” sounds like. That is to say, we eagerly await to try out the Creative Zen X-Fi, a series of portable media players with built-in Wi-Fi. Aside from the usual set of features from every PMP ever, the Wi-Fi is used to instant message your dumb friends, presumably about what music you’re listening to or what video you’re watching… Read More

  • Creative goes official with Flip clone, Vado

    Here’s the Vado from Creative. It’s basically a clone of the Flip but it looks less chintzy. Creative even goes as far as saying that the Vado is “dramatically thinner and lighter than competing video cameras.” I actually wouldn’t mind trying one of these. It records up to two hours of video and has 2GB of built-in memory. It’s only $99 so I wouldn’t… Read More

  • Creative clones the Flip?

    Gadget Lab seems to think so based on the product page of the Vado listed on The specs and description do reveal striking similarities to the popular Flip. A 2-inch screen is an improvement over the Flip’s 1.5-inch screen, but VGA quality, one-touch recording and up to 2-hours of recording per charge are carbon copies of what the Flip can do. Is there really a need for two… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: $80 off Creative Aurvana headphones

    With so many headphone choices out there, I generally look for ones that have been deeply discounted from a starting price of over $100. It’s a crude method, I know, but the time I save headphone shopping can be spent doing things I enjoy more, like not running and not volunteering. If you’re looking for a pair of deeply discounted over-the-ear headphones that appear to be… Read More

  • Creative backs down on threats to driver writer

    The Register is reporting that Creative has reinstated programmer Daniel_K’s Creative Vista driver on the official Creative sight and that, well, actually I’m not sure what they’re saying here: We have read the strong feedback about Creative’s forum post regarding driver development by daniel_k and other outside parties.
    Creative’s message tried to address our… Read More

  • Creative bans driver modder for improving its products for it

    [photopress:card.jpg,full,center] We’re going to try to think like Creative here. Let’s say we, as Creative, insist that our drivers for our multimedia cards were Vista-ready. Let’s say they really weren’t, they were buggy drivers with missing features. Let’s say we had no real plans to fix this. We’re a large corporation with better things to do. So… Read More

  • Ear to the Floor: Hot CES Audio Gear

    Ahh, CES. Where the weak are killed and eaten. And where zillions of companies decide to debut products that should’ve been smothered at birth. But a few things actually managed to impress me so far as I stumble through CES and its constellation of surrounding events. So here they are, a handful of goodies I saw and heard that make my ears glad to be attached to my head. At least… Read More

  • Creative's InPerson leaked through FCC

    Hmmm… a wee video phone by Creative? Found on the FCC website? With RCA out and a little webcam? A way to just drop a little device on a table and talk to momma a thousand miles away? Looks that way. Expect to see this little gem at CES but you can see it now on the FCC website. Creative resurrects video phone with InPerson [Electronista] Read More