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The Daily Slash: June 18th 2010

The Daily Slash: June 18th 2010

Well, here we are. At the end of the week, looking ahead to the weekend. Two days of good, old-fashioned relaxation. Unless you have to work. Then, well, ignore all of that. Either way though, welcome to tonight's edition of The Daily Slash. While we're not going to officially give it a nickname, but you could call tonight's Slash the Robot Night. In the Best of R3 Media, we've got an eReader app launching on Android, some miserable numbers for the Kin, and some good news for Motorola (maybe). And then, in the Dredge 'Net, we've got the Hyperion 4-legged robot, a super-device, and mini dancing robots.

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iRiver offers T8 MP3 player looking like old iPod shuffle

iRiver offers T8 MP3 player looking like old iPod shuffle

If you have been using an iPod for a while you probably recall that old shuffle from Apple that was white and had the USB plug hidden by a removable cap that always seemed to get lost. Apple moved away from that style for the shuffle long ago.

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iRiver S100 Brings Sleek Good Looks to Entry Level PMPs [Video]

iRiver S100 Brings Sleek Good Looks to Entry Level PMPs [Video]

iRiver has been in the MP3 and PMP industry for a long time, and some of their most recent devices have been remarkably well manufactured. Especially in the shiny aesthetics department. And in today's market, that's almost half the battle. No one wants an ugly gadget to show off to their friends, after all. And there's definitely no worry about anyone being unimpressed with the shiny good looks of the new S100. It's a simple design, no doubt about that, but that's not a bad thing at all.

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Grace Digital Audio unveils Eco Extreme All-Terrain MP3 Speaker

Grace Digital Audio unveils Eco Extreme All-Terrain MP3 Speaker

Grace Digital Audio makes all sorts of audio goodies, such as devices like the Solo WiFi Radio Tuner that I talked about earlier this month. The company has now unveiled another new product that is perfect for the outdoors type looking to listen to music from an MP3 player without headphones.

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Audiophile-friendly Nationite S:Flo2 gets reviewed

Audiophile-friendly Nationite S:Flo2 gets reviewed

Audiophile-PMPs are a pretty rare breed, especially if you don't want to empty your entire bank account to acquire one, and so the Nationite S:Flo2 has plenty riding on it.  Priced from $119.50 (albeit only netting you a mere 2GB of storage), the S:Flo2's selling point isn't its touchscreen, video capabilities or games, but its excellent audio quality.  Joker of the MP4Nation forums has reviewed the S:Flo2, and it turns out you really don't need to spend crazy money to get crazy-good sound.

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Zo Personal subwoofer promises 12-inch sub performance in an iPod nano-size package

Zo Personal subwoofer promises 12-inch sub performance in an iPod nano-size package

I think that most people who listen to music on their iPod, notebook, or netbook will agree that most devices lack seriously in the bass department. Notebooks and netbooks are often worse than the iPod and other MP3 players.

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Cowon D3 PMP tipped to run Android

Cowon D3 PMP tipped to run Android

Cowon's niche has generally been PMPs that offer significantly higher audio quality than rivals, but according to the latest rumors they could be throwing in some fashionable Android action with their next model.  Journal Du Geek reckons that the Cowon D3 - the replacement to the venerable D2 - will eschew the company's proprietary OS and replace it with Google's open-source Android platform.

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Sony B150 Series & W250 Series Walkman MP3 players launch

Sony B150 Series & W250 Series Walkman MP3 players launch

Sony has announced two new ranges of MP3 players, targeted at the budget market.  The Sony B150 Series Walkman has the familiar memory-stick form-factor, with a 3-line LCD display and basic controls, while the Sony W250 Series Walkman squeezes everything into a set of earphones.  2GB and 4GB versions will be available of each, though only MP3 and WMA (non-DRM) files types are supported on the B150; the W250 can also play AAC and Linear PCM files.

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Creative ZEN X-Fi Style, ZEN Style 100 & 300 PMPs launch

Creative ZEN X-Fi Style, ZEN Style 100 & 300 PMPs launch

Creative have announced their latest range of PMPs, the ZEN X-Fi Style and ZEN Style, kicking off a new "Pure Audio" campaign in which the company look to be pushing their sound quality in an attempt to stave off the iPod.  The ZEN X-Fi Style packs a 2.4-inch TFT LCD display, TV-output and X-Fi DSP, while the smaller ZEN Style gets a 1.8-inch TFT LCD, longer battery life (up to 32hrs audio) and smaller capacities.

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Archos 1 Vision PMP reviewed: cheap but definitely not cheerful

Archos 1 Vision PMP reviewed: cheap but definitely not cheerful

While fanboi debates rage just as strongly as they ever did, in general gadgets across the board are better designed, better constructed and better performing than we could've hoped for five or so years ago.  That's why it's so nice to find a real humdinger of a review for Archos' 1 Vision PMP, an MP3 player that anythingbutipod describe as having "bad build quality, awkward design, peculiar button placements, an undeniably unnecessary power switch, somewhat peculiar menus and an extra features set that might as well not have been there."

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Premium HiSoundAudio Studio PMP found using disguised cheap chip

Premium HiSoundAudio Studio PMP found using disguised cheap chip

Nothing puts the quality cat among the audiophile pigeons like products billed as offering "premium" sound being found to use mainstream components.  Latest to potentially fall foul is HiSoundAudio's Studio PMP, on sale for a whopping $345, but which - after MP4 Nation opened it up - was found to be using a Sigmatel 3770 chip as its main processor and DAC, something more commonly found in mid-range MP3 players.

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Apple hits 10 billion downloads with iTunes, still going strong

Apple hits 10 billion downloads with iTunes, still going strong

Despite recent pricing controversies, the iTunes Store has already hit the 10 billion song download mark, making Steve Jobs look even better despite the iPad fiasco, as well as broadcasting the potential of digital distribution.

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