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Chumbophone mixes chumby with Steampunk styling

Chumbophone mixes chumby with Steampunk styling

Since you can now pick up a set of chumby guts without bothering with the standard casing, the real fun for the platform is in fashioning a unique housing for the internet-connected widget display.  That can be as basic as the cardboard box the components come with, or you can go the route of one particular Etsy seller and put together a somewhat Steampunk-esque retro enclosure.

Called the Chumbophone, as far as we can tell the various brass horns, controls and other appendages are all decorative rather than functional.  The only real controls are the power button, the front panel key and the chumby's 3.5-inch 320 x 240 touchscreen, which is still enough to browse various web widgets, control music - either streaming or local - and do everything else that makes chumby so appealing.

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Cygnett iPod touch G3 and nano G5 cases listed early

Cygnett iPod touch G3 and nano G5 cases listed early

It's always those darned case manufacturers giving things away.  Latest to scoop Apple to their own announcement is Cygnett, who have thrown up product pages for both iPod touch G3 and iPod nano G5 models; the same models we're expecting Apple to unveil later today.  The iPod touch G3 case has a cut-out for the rumored camera, while the iPod nano G5 images show a much-elongated display.

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Next-gen iPod touch and nano features confirmed by multiple cases

Next-gen iPod touch and nano features confirmed by multiple cases

Further evidence of the upcoming iPod touch and iPod nano camera refresh is spilling uncontrollably out of China, with multiple different cases being hawked with the new PMPs dimensions and capabilities.  Cult of Mac have been collating the various silicon and hard-plastic cases and sleeves, each of which show a centrally-positioned camera for the iPod touch 3G and a lower left-hand camera for the iPod nano 5G.

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Apple “massive” iPod camera order tipped; new 5G nano case emerges

Apple “massive” iPod camera order tipped; new 5G nano case emerges

Apple have reportedly ordered a "massive number" of camera modules, similar to those found in the iPhone, which will likely find their way into the iPod touch and nano.  According to TechCrunch's sources in Asia, the size of the order - each camera costs roughly $10 - suggests that not only will the iPod touch get photography abilities (as suggested by the iPod touch 3G case on Friday) but that in fact every model bar the iPod shuffle will include one.

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