Archive for July, 2006

An iPod That Talks?

An iPod That Talks?

In keeping with our ever-expanding coverage on the future of Apple's little music player, speculation has arisen (in the form of yet-another patent filing) that the next-generation Apple music machines will speak to you, announcing the song's title and artist in a variety of celebrity voices. While it's sort of creepy to consider having your iPod talk to you (is it really so difficult to just look at the song title, people?), this might be a great step forward in allowing iPods to be used by vision-impaired customers who can't read the text on the iPod's admittedly tiny screen.

Gold and Diamond Gameboy

Gold and Diamond Gameboy

Obviously you would have heard of the Red and Blue version of Pokemon, then the later Gold and Silver version of Pokemon. Right now theres already a 18K GOld and Diamond covered Original Game boy. Costs $25,000 if you are the true fans of a small LCD screen and definately something you are not gonna bring out of the display cabinet, this is what you need.

[via SwissSupply]

HDMI to come with Xbox 360, maybe?

HDMI to come with Xbox 360, maybe?

There's a recent rumor about the new Xbox 360 to include the HDMI function. So if the 360 were to actually have a HD DVD drive, then the internal HDMI port would most likely serve its purpose. It's projected that HD DVD hardware prices to fall over the years, so it is possible to have two drives to be shipped in one box. Nothing is sure for now until a couple of years.

[via Kotaku]

Averatec AV7170 moving towards dual core

Averatec AV7170 moving towards dual core

Averatec is finally jumping in the dual core mobile computing bandwagon, with their new AV170-EC1. The specs for this laptop are the usual AMD Turion 64 X2, with 100GB 7200 RPM drive, 2GB of RAM and a substandard WXGA+ (1440x900) 17 inch display, 5-in-1 card reader, ExpressCard. Gigabit Ethernet, and a 1-inch thick 7.2 pound shell. THe price is pretty good, at $1150, it should fit most budgets and its pretty value for money, even though it isn't the best offer in the market.

[Via Laptoping]

Sony UX180P

Sony UX180P

Sony would be releasing a possible UMPC-killer, the Sony UX180P. It sports a more powerful processor, higher-res screen, integrated keyboard and EDGE. However at a price of close to $1800, it is too much for the normal consumer. Considering the UX180P to be double the price of most UMPC, would the UX serve its function? The answer is not available for now and we would be able to see the outcome of the Sony UX180P in the future.

[via Engadget]

Low cost Linux portable digital audio workstation by Trinity

Low cost Linux portable digital audio workstation by Trinity

Trinity Audio Group is attracting budget conscience music producers and podcasters around the world. It is based on the Compulab's CM-X270L, the Trinity, along with a variety of open source audio applications, such as on Linux, inclusive of Audacity and Escasound, helps them in developing their own graphical frron-end.  The specs seems to be usual, that includes a 6.5 inch TFT running at 640x480, 128MB RAM, 20GB hard drive, built-in WiFi, two Neutrik combo jacks, and a purported four hours of battery life. It will be ready to be shipped in October for $1000.

[Via Linux Devices]

Apple Logo Appears on PS3 Site

Apple Logo Appears on PS3 Site

In an instance that's sure to startle the hell out of any geek who sees it, the Apple logo has mysteriously appeared on the US Playstation 3 site. While Sony has made comments in the past that their new console "could" run OS X, many are taking this little Easter Egg as a sign that such capabilities might still be possible. A more likely explanation is Sony using Apple software to create the new PS3 page, and the software tagging the animation upon publishing. Still, the appearence of the Apple logo is surely going to attract a good bit of attention; let's see what Sony has to say about this, shall we?

[via Kotaku]

ABC Wants Automatic PVR Commercial Skips to End

ABC Wants Automatic PVR Commercial Skips to End

Yeah, THIS should go over real well. Like a lead balloon. ABC is apparently trying to convince personal video recorder makers to start leaving out the automatic commericial skipping features that helped make the devices to popular. ABC President of Advertising Sales Mike Shaw apparently feels that the demand for this feature isn't too great, which not only proves that he not knows what he's talking about, but raises some serious questions about how one so stupid could become the head of advertising at a major studio network. Don't expect TiVo or any of the other guys to actually comply with this request, as it would kill the sales of their main cash machines. And ABC, you might want to rethink who's running your advertising division.

[via Gizmodo]

Wii Price and Launch Date: Coming This September

Wii Price and Launch Date: Coming This September

Yesterday, we reported that Nintendo's upcoming Wii console could very well launch ahead of schedule - like, September-ish. Nintendo has responded to all these rumors by announcing that the concrete launch date, as well as the console's final price, will be announced in September, but that the console probably won't launch that soon. An October launch is beginning to look more likely, because unless the announcement comes on the day the consoles become available to the masses (which would probably send gamers into a frenzy), a September launch would make for a very tight schedule. We'll just have to wait and see, won't wii?

[via GoNintendo.com]

Lexar recalls 66,000 defective JumpDrives

Lexar recalls 66,000 defective JumpDrives

Defects are common in most products, but dangers from a thumbdrive, thats really new. Lexar is recalling all 66,000 of its defective thumb drive due to the risk of causing burns to consumers and property damage. Lexar, in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is recalling a total of five different models, the 256MB, 512MB, 1GB and 2GB JumpDrive FireFly and the 1GB JumpDrive Secure II. According to the CPSC, 66,000 of the faulty units were sold between April and May of this year. although so far no injuries have been reported, consumers are advised to stop using affected models immediately.

[via The Inquirer]

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