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Crave Ep. 152: App lets you make music with a full symphony

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How fast can you solve a Rubik's cube? Probably not as fast as the CubeStormer 3 Lego robot, which just set a new world record. We jam with Cadenza, an app out of Harvard that lets you play along with a full orchestra, and we get Superman's POV using a drone, a green screen, and some really creative video. All that and more on this week's Crave show. Read more

Craving junk food or a smoke? Try Tetris instead

Looking for an excuse to play more Tetris? Good news: Engaging in just a few minutes of highly visual activities like the game appears to reduce the strength, frequency, and vividness of cravings for things like food and drugs.

Reporting in the journal Appetite, researchers at Plymouth University in the UK said that because imagery is so closely tied to cravings, they wanted to test whether highly visual activities -- in this case Tetris -- might decrease craving imagery and ultimately the cravings themselves.

Co-author Jackie Andrade said her team recruited 119 volunteers who, unlike in previous studies, were not … Read more

Crave Ep. 151: Neil Young's Pono dreams soon to come true

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Neil Young's PonoMusic service blew past its Kickstarter fundraising goal in one day. Are FLAC files the next wave in music? We also hear some jams from a cyborg drummer on Earth, and wake up to the sweet smells and sounds of the Bacon Alarm. Read more

Crave giveaway: $500 shopping spree from Rakuten.com Shopping

Congratulations to Christopher N. of Castle Rock, Colo., for winning a Philips Fidelio SoundRing wireless speaker in last week's giveaway. Readers have loved past shopping sprees at Rakuten.com Shopping, so we're back with another one, and it's big-ticket.

This week's winner gets a $500 gift certificate from the massive online retailer, which sells everything from consumer electronics to furniture, clothes, shoes, jewelry, toys, sports gear, and well, more stuff upon stuff. Yep, $500. And next week marks a great time to go all consumer-crazy up on Rakuten.com Shopping, since it will hold a big sale, with goods up to 70 percent off sitewide. … Read more

Crave Giveaway of the Week: Official rules

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Crave giveaway: Philips Fidelio SoundRing wireless speaker

Editor's note: Since CNET comments were disabled for several days due to site maintenance, we have extended the deadline for this giveaway to 12 p.m. ET on Friday, March 14, 2014.

Congratulations to Kenneth T. of Coldwater, Mich., for winning an amplified HDTV antenna from Winegard in last week's giveaway. This week's prize will have you going 'round in circles -- in a good way.

We're offering up a Philips Fidelio SoundRing DS3881W portable wireless AirPlay speaker, which, as the name suggests, features a circular design. And a striking one at that.

AirPlay, in case you need a refresher, is a wireless-streaming feature found on the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or any Mac or Windows PC running iTunes. The SoundRing offers what Philips calls a "360-degree surround-sound effect," and in his CNET review, David Carnoy reports that it exudes "superior sound." … Read more

Crave giveaway: FlatWave amplified HDTV antenna from Winegard

Congrats to Nancy H. of San Diego for winning a Kisai Rorschach wristwatch from Tokyoflash in last week's giveaway. Watch over-the-air HDTV? Then tune in. This week's prize is for you.

We've got a FlatWave Amped indoor amplified HDTV antenna from Winegard. The antenna has an embedded ultra-low-noise preamplifier that amplifies 100 percent of the signal up to 50 miles. It's dual-band, meaning you don't miss out on channels that other compact ultra-high-frequency-only antennas do.

The antenna's ultrathin design makes it much less intrusive than a traditional antenna, and at 13x12 inches and less than a pound, it can be more easily placed in unconventional areas to maximize TV reception. Yeah, we've come a long way since rabbit ears. … Read more

Crave giveaway: Kisai Rorschach wristwatch from Tokyoflash

Congrats to Kelly W. of Twentynine Palms, Calif., for winning four waterproof iDevice cases from LifeProof and and Incipio in last week's giveaway. What do you see when you look at this week's prize? Think carefully; your answer might say a lot about you. We're giving away a Kisai Rorschach wristwatch from Tokyoflash.

Like other watches from the purveyor of wacky timepieces, this one takes a circuitous route to telling you it's 5 o'clock. It uses an e-paper display from E Ink to create inkblots in increasing levels of difficulty. … Read more

Crave giveaway: Waterproof iDevice cases from LifeProof, Incipio

Congrats to Mark N. of Kingston, N.Y., for winning a laptop bag from Graceship in last week's giveaway. This week's prize ought to appeal to readers who've spent the last few days digging out of snowdrifts -- readers with iDevices, at least.

We've got a bundle of cases that aren't at all put off by rain or snow. From LifeProof, we have three waterproof, snow-proof, dirt-proof, and shock-proof cases: a nüüd for the iPad mini and a frÄ“ for the iPhone 5C, both of which are fully submersible to 6.6. feet and promise to survive drops from up to 4 feet; and a LifeJacket for the iPhone 5/5S/5C, which buoys your phone when you drop it in a giant rain puddle. … Read more

Crave giveaway: London 'laptop purse' from Graceship

Congrats to Dan R. of Denville, N.J., for winning a Power Practical Power Pot V thermoelectric generator in last week's giveaway. Sick of boring black laptop bags? This week, we've got a bag with panache.

It's the London bag from Graceship, a maker of laptop bags for women started by a broadcast journalist turned entrepreneur. The camel-colored faux-leather tote has a cushioned compartment with a magnetic snap closure that protects laptops or tablets up to 15.6 inches, but it looks more like a stylish, refined purse than a computer bag. The company, in fact, calls it a "laptop purse."

"London is the perfect computer tote for a duchess with a diverse sense of style," Graceship says. Or a Crave reader, of course. … Read more