Archive for July, 2011

Sony gets official with new Walkman wireless audio players

Sony gets official with new Walkman wireless audio players

Yesterday a single press photo of a new Sony Walkman MP3 player leaked. Today Sony has gone official with the leaked A860 from yesterday and a bunch more new digital audio players. The first player, which was the one in the leaked photo yesterday, is the NWZ-A600 coming in 8GB to 64GB capacities. It has a 2.8-inch display and will play common music formats. It also supports MPEG4, AVC, and WMV9 formats for video. The battery is good for 23 hours of audio or five hours of video.

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Garmin completes purchase of Navigon

Garmin completes purchase of Navigon

Back in June, we caught wind that Garmin was looking to gobble up Navigon. Navigon is a company that is big in Europe and will also help Garmin make inroads into the OEM navigation space for vehicles. Navigon is also known for its navigation apps for the iPhone and Android smartphone as well. The particulars of the deal are still unknown.

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Amazon tablet suppliers leak as E Ink flexes FFS display investment

Amazon tablet suppliers leak as E Ink flexes FFS display investment

The pieces of Amazon's Android tablet puzzle continue to coalesce, with the retailer's lengthy parts supplier lists leaking ahead of what's expected to be a commercial launch of two slates later in Q3 2011. As well as NVIDIA's processors, the slates will reportedly use CPT touch sensors, after existing Amazon supplier E Ink - which provides the epaper panels for the Kindle - helped get the display manufacturer's foot in the door.

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Bracketron offers new Dual USB charger for iPad and more

Bracketron offers new Dual USB charger for iPad and more

I have been going places with my kids in the car on several occasions and not been able to plug my iPad in to charge. None of the USB chargers I have will support the iPad and its thirst for 2.1A when charging. That means the iPad goes dead and no video on the go or games means that the kids get restless fast. Bracketron has a new dual USB charger that will keep two of your gadgets charging at the same time on the go.

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Super Ball Escape HD is free for iPad this week

Super Ball Escape HD is free for iPad this week

If you have an iPad and like video games on the device Super Ball Escape HD may be a title you want to check out. Playlithium is the company behind the game and it claims that the app has been downloaded over 500,000 times so far. The game is normally a few bucks to download. This week only you can grab the game at no cost on iTunes.

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Vodafone 555 Blue takes Facebook mobile (with some cut corners)

Vodafone 555 Blue takes Facebook mobile (with some cut corners)

Vodafone has outed its new "Facebook phone", the Vodafone 555 Blue, a QWERTY featurephone that promises to be a low-cost way to access the popular social network while on the move. A QWERTY candybar, the 555 Blue has a 2.4-inch non-touch display and a dedicated Facebook button that can be preset to either sharing photos, links or something else. Best of all is the price, which Vodafone says should be under €100 (£88/$145) on a prepaid tariff.

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Speaky Bluetooth car kit has motion detection and looks cute too

Speaky Bluetooth car kit has motion detection and looks cute too

The design of most of the hands free kits for cars is very similar. They all tend to hang from the visor so you can cruise around and talk on the phone without having to take your hands off the wheel. We have talked a lot about Bluetrek around here in the past. The last new item for the company we covered was the cool and small Carbon headset with the carbon fiber boom. Bluetrek has now unveiled the Speaky hands free kit for your car.

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chicBuds unveils new zebra chicboom keychain speaker

chicBuds unveils new zebra chicboom keychain speaker

When I am looking for accessories or hardware, I want something that looks cool, but if a product works better or sounds better, I will go with something that might not look as cool over the pretty product that doesn't work as well. My wife on the other hand always leans towards the pretty stuff no matter how well it works. chicBuds has a line of gear aimed at women that promises both looks and performance.

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Sony launches new S-Frame digital photo frame models

Sony launches new S-Frame digital photo frame models

Sony has added to its lineup of S-Frame series digital photo frames today with three new models launching. The new models include the DPF-HD1000, DPF-HD800, and DPF-C700. The high-end of the new models is the HD1000 and HD800 models. Both of those frames can playback HD videos filmed at 50p and cab also show MPEG4, MPEG1, and Motion JPEG videos shot with digital cameras. They have an integrated speaker for audio playback and they can play audio files as well.

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