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Archos PMP firmware update: Flash support, WebTV & radio

Archos PMP firmware update: Flash support, WebTV & radio

Archos have released new firmware for their 605 (both HDD and Flash versions), 705, 405 2Go and 405 30 Go PMPs, as well as the Archos TV+ set-top box.  Version 2.0.10 supports Flash 9 video, WMV9 (possibly including DRM-encrypted web streams), WebTV and radio (with an optional plugin), GPS (with the recently-announced navigation accessory) and an alarm clock. 

Videos of the new firmware functionality after the cut

Archos 605 PMP gets GPS add-on with traffic alerts

Archos 605 PMP gets GPS add-on with traffic alerts

Further blurring the line between their high-end PMP range and a PDA, Archos have announced a GPS add-on for the 605 WiFi media player. Consisting of a windscreen-mount cradle and separate SiRF III GPS puck, the accessory will add not only turn-by-turn navigation but traffic warnings and an accident notification service. Meanwhile, since the 605 is also a capable music player, users can set audio running and the GPS system will interrupt with direction instructions.

CES 2008: Archos TV+ WiFi DVR

CES 2008: Archos TV+ WiFi DVR

I know I’ve already covered this product, but I have new news, first of all I have more pics, and I have a better idea of how big it is. Most importantly, they had the interface in demo mode, so I have a video of that so you can get an idea of what it looks like in action.

Archos TV+ is everything the Apple TV should have been

Archos TV+ is everything the Apple TV should have been

I hate comparing one product to another, but the Archos set top box DVR is everything the Apple TV should have been and even has an equally slick appearance. Alright, lets start with the fact that it comes in your choice of 80 or 250 gigabyte capacities, and, since its made by Archos, I wouldn’t be surprised if some enterprising modders found a way to increase that.

COWON Q5 coming to US

COWON Q5 coming to US

The COWON Q5 is finally arriving stateside and has been priced. Its even being called the Super PMP.

You get your choice of 40 or 60 gigabyte capacities both with a 5-inch WVGA screen, 64MB of flash memory, 128MB of DDR2 SDRAM, 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, and Windows CE 5.0. There is also a voice recorder, photo/text viewer, and support for a ton of different audio, video, and picture formats.

Special Edition Charlie Chaplin Archos 605

Special Edition Charlie Chaplin Archos 605

It comes pre-loaded with 10 films, surprisingly none of them featuring Charlie Chaplin. Go figure. No, not really, they are all films of Charlie, but you probably already guessed that.

You can still get it in 20, 30, 80, or 120 gigabyte versions and aside from the 10 Chaplin films you can load it up with MPEG-4, WMV, MP3, WMA, WAV, JPEG, BMP, and PNG media files. You can also surf the net via the integrated wifi connection.

Archos 705 on pre-order

Archos 705 on pre-order

So if you are one of the many who have been talking crap about the iPod Touch or iPhone, and have been salivating over the Archos 705, now is your chance to get in on the pre-order. Amazon is the lucky site that has the precious device on pre-order, with a posted release date of 11/27/07.

There are two versions, the 80GB and the 160GB, that’s an amazing amount of storage, but with all this pretty little device can do I am sure you’ll find a use for it. So you’ve got 21 days to wait if you order today.

IFA 2007 – Archos launch TV+ PVR and media streamer, announce prices

IFA 2007 – Archos launch TV+ PVR and media streamer, announce prices

Here's something I really can't wait to get my hands on: Archos' TV+ PVR/media streamer/web surfer, which the company were flaunting at IFA 2007.  An instant competitor to the AppleTV - and, so my gut feeling says, with the potential to blow it out of the water - the compact box has a choice of 80GB or 250GB hard-drives and a plethora of connectivity including HDMI (outputting 720p Hi-Def), WiFi, USB 2.0 and ethernet.

 

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