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Grace Digital Audio Allegro WiFi radio streamer packs Pandora support

Grace Digital Audio Allegro WiFi radio streamer packs Pandora support

With WiFi digital media streamers getting cheaper and cheaper, if you want to charge a premium price then your device needs to offer something out of the ordinary.  Grace Digital Audio reckons their Allegro portable WiFi radio/streamer ticks that box by virtue of its sound quality; the Allegro packs a Class D 8 watt digital amplifier, outputting via a single speaker, and can be run off of mains, regular or rechargeable batteries.

As well as over 17,000 radio stations, 20,000 plus on-demand programs and over 35,000 podcasts, the Allegro can access Pandora for streaming audio.  Connectivity includes WiFi b/g/n, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a stereo speaker jack, and you can control Pandora's thumbs up/thumbs down rating system directly from the mediaplayer itself.  The company also offers a free iPhone remote control app.

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DIY WiFi radio based on OpenWRT

DIY WiFi radio based on OpenWRT

WiFi radios have fallen to a price point where you have to be pretty DIY-obsessed to bother making your own rather than picking one up off-the-shelf, so we're all the more impressed by Gary Dion's effort.  Starting from an ASUS WL-520GU wireless router, he threw in a USB audio adapter and a VFD display together with a custom enclosure to match the rest of his A/V setup.

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LOOQS MeFrame WiFi photo frame packs Internet Radio, more

LOOQS MeFrame WiFi photo frame packs Internet Radio, more

While the LOOQS MeeFrame looks, at first glance, like just another digital photo frame - albeit one that sensibly includes WiFI b/g - what makes it moderately interesting is how it fits into the rest of LOOQS' ecosystem.  The company's line-up includes a media storage device - the MeeBox NAS - and a version that integrates a wireless access point - the MeeBox Router - each of which can stream content to the touchscreen MeeFrame; alternatively it can show content from LOOQS' online MeeChannel portal.

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Qisda touchscreen router with YouTube & radio crosses FCC

Qisda touchscreen router with YouTube & radio crosses FCC

Bless the FCC for giving us sneak previews of upcoming devices; today's unusual product is why we love it so.  Apparently the work of Qisda, this multimedia router has an egg-like casing and a small color touchscreen, along with stereo speakers - in a sort of Sony Rolly arrangement, though with less dancing - and WiFi 802.11n.  Around the back you only get one 10/100 ethernet port alongside the WAN connection, but there's a USB port that lets you plug in a 3G modem and get online via a cellular network instead.

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Livio unveils NPR Radio for internet radio fans

Livio unveils NPR Radio for internet radio fans

Internet radio is a popular way for many people to listen to the music they like. Internet radio stations are particularly welcome if you live in an area like me where your preferred music genre is not offered. Livio has announced a new internet radio called the NPR Radio. As the name suggests the device offers easy access to NPR content.

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chumby one coming November: cheaper, more serious

chumby one coming November: cheaper, more serious

The original chumby - a hacky sack with a WiFi-enabled touchscreen widget engine stuffed inside - perhaps confused more people than it converted, but the company isn't giving up.  Details on the chumby one have emerged, keeping the 3-inch 320 x 240 display but boosting the processor to a 454MHz chip and packing all that into a hard-shelled plastic casing.  There's also a built-in FM radio along with stereo speakers.

chumby's widget catalog now amounts to over 1,500 apps, including social networking integration, news and weather apps, Pandora and other streaming radio receivers and more.

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