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iRiver Aquabeat – underwater MP3 Player

iRiver Aquabeat – underwater MP3 Player

In Partnership with Speedo, iRiver created the LZR Racer Aquabeat – an MP3 player that operates underwater for up to 3-meter deep.

The player comes with 2GB of internal storage and supports MP3 and WMA file formats. Just like the shuffle, it does not feature any display; only basic controls such as play, stop, volume controls, and track controls. Battery life is said to last up to 9 hours. It is available in Japan for 12,800 yen (roughly $150).

iRiver P35 GUI video demo

iRiver P35 GUI video demo

iRiver's P35 PMP could possibly be the company's most MID-like device to date, with a 4.3-inch WQVGA touchscreen good not only for audio and video playback but, in the model with WiFi b/g, a full internet browser.  We're still waiting to hear the final judgment on the P35 from a full review, but until then this video demo of the PMP's GUI and functionality will tide us over.

Video demo after the cut

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iRiver P35 and P7 touchscreen PMPs released

iRiver P35 and P7 touchscreen PMPs released

iRiver have officially released the P35 PMP, complete with a 4.3-inch WQVGA display, optional integrated WiFi b/g, 16hrs audio playback and 8hrs video playback.  Three versions will be on offer, ranging from the Basic (with no DMB or WiFi, and 8GB of storage) through the DMB (which lacks WiFi but has DMB and 16GB) and finally the WiFi (which has wireless and DMB together with 16GB).  iRiver have also also officially released the P7 PMP, which we caught up with at CES 2009.

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iRiver P7 PMP gets unboxed

iRiver P7 PMP gets unboxed

iRiver's P7 PMP has been spotted in the wild, complete with retail packaging.  The 4.3-inch touchscreen P7 comes with either 4GB, 8GB or 16GB of internal storage (plus a microSD card slot to add to that), and according to iRiver has a "magazine style" GUI with various panes of image, audio, video and radio information.

Hands-on video demo of the iRiver P7 after the cut

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iRiver P20 AMOLED PMP gets price and release date in Japan

iRiver P20 AMOLED PMP gets price and release date in Japan

iRiver Japan has today let loose of its P20 Portable Multimedia Player that was first introduced back in IFA 2008. The Japanese release will see to a 80GB storage version with the features that were previously covered : 4.1-inch AMOLED screen with 480x272 pixel display with ability to provide 12-hours of audio, 9-hours of video, or 8-hours of DMB contents from a host of multimedia formats to FM radio, voice recording, gaming and viewing office documents.

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SlashGear Week in Review: Week 2 2009

SlashGear Week in Review: Week 2 2009

We kicked off the week with our yearly visit to Macworld, finding a slightly subdued show floor but plenty of excitement about Apple's final keynote address at the conference.  Anticipation was high, with several new products expected to launch; instead, however, the only hardware news was a 17-inch unibody MacBook Pro.  No Mac mini update, no iPhone nano, no new iMac, and certainly no new iTouch tablet.  Phil Schiller attempted to channel some Jobsian enthusiasm over iLife '09 and iWork '09, which are certainly adept pieces of software, and the price changes for iTunes could shake up the download world a little, but it wasn't the "going out with a bang" for Macworld that many expected.

After that, it was CES 2009, and the SlashGear team decamped to Las Vegas to cover the best-known consumer electronics show on the calendar.  The impact of the recession has certainly made its mark on CES, with what looked to be a lower attendee turnout and several booth cancellations.  Headline gadgets were also fewer and further between, though there were still a few notable announcements.

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