chumby has announced preorders for its latest desktop widget display, the chumby8, which as the name suggests is fronted by an 8-inch touchscreen display. The 800 x 600 panel can show various internet-connected widgets from chumby's 1,500-strong catalog, including streaming media, photos, RSS, weather and content subscriptions.
Developers may be giddy over Mac OS X Lion's more advanced features - which pull in multitouch and full-screen app behaviors from iOS onto the desktop platform - but it's AirDrop that is likely to make the biggest impact on everyday users. Apple's new wireless file transfer system, AirDrop is all about making impromptu shares with the users around you, and doing it in an incredible straightforward way.
Microsoft is planning a conference at the upcoming Game Developers Conference (GDC) this week in San Francisco. Not many details on what the conference will be about specifically, but it is rumored to be Kinect focused.
Sonos has announced its latest controller app, this time headed to Android smartphones. The Sonos Controller for Android will hit the Market in late March and, like the company's existing iOS apps, be a free download. New on the Android version, however, is music voice search, which will allow users to search for tracks, artists and albums using spoken requests.
Voice control also works for searching for new streaming radio stations, and the Android app has the same multi-room volume and track control as its predecessors. It requires a device running Android 2.1 or later, with a screen size of HVGA 320 x 480, WVGA 480 x 800 or WVGA 480 x 854; that basically means most recent phones.
Bookshelf music systems have fallen from favor somewhat, with iPod docks taking over, but Grace Digital reckons there's still a place for compact HiFis. The Wi-Fi Bookshelf Music System does exactly what it says on the tin: stream over 17,000 radio stations, 20,000 plus on-demand programs, and over 35,000 podcasts over a WiFi b/g/n connection to a compact audio system with separate speakers.
If you're on a Windows-based computer, and you happen to download Apple's iTunes software, then you know that the company inherently suggests that you should download their Safari Web browser, too. Just to compliment you're already on-going download. Whether or not you do, that's your decision. But, many PC owners shy away from Apple's Web browser of design. If a new rumor is to be believed, then it looks like Apple has found a way around this, and may be combining iTunes and Safari into one application.
Having one car speakerphone isn't enough for BlueAnt. No, they've got to have options. That's where the S4 "true handsfree" voice controlled car speakerphone comes in. Shown off at the company's booth on the showroom floor at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the S4 is a bit more of a streamlined device.
BlueAnt also shown off the T1 Rugged Bluetooth Headset with with wind armour technology. Offering up clear audio in wind speeds of up to 22mph, the device features the revolutionary technology for audio that we have yet to see in a bluetooth headset of its price-range.
CES is just about wrapping up and we stopped by the BlueAnt booth to see what they have planned for 2011. BlueAnt always impresses, and it looks like their 2011 lineup will be no different bringing many new Bluetooth products to market. The first set we got to test was the Q2 Platinum which is the new finish for the Q2.
Samson makes some nice microphones for computer users that are aimed at all sorts of needs. The mics allow a user to record their own music at home or make podcasts and video with better sound. The latest product from Samson has been unveiled at it s a very shiny and cool new USB studio microphone called the Meteor Mic.