It's taken a while, but the Pandora open-source handheld has finally been given the production green-light. After many months of prototypes and design tinkering, according to the project forum the team have given the go-ahead to their Chinese production partners to begin the initial run.
Vudu (of Vudu Box fame) introduced Vudu Apps today, a platform delivering hundreds of internet applications and services to HDTVs by Mitsubishi, Sanyo, Sharp, and Toshiba. Toshiba will also integrate Vudu Apps in to their line of internet-capable Blu-Ray players.
Streaming music provider Pandora have set their sights on in-car use, according to the company's chief technology officer, Tom Conrad. Speaking at the SF Music Tech Summit, Conrad revealed that around half of Pandora's current users are believed to be using DIY ways to play their music while in the car; with that in mind, the company is working with car manufacturers, including Ford, to develop hands-free controls that would work either via a wired or wireless link.
Android users in Europe are still reeling from the launch of Spotify on the platform, but now there's a musical sop for their US cousins. Pandora have released their eponymous personalized radio station application for the Google open-source platform, supporting the creation of custom playlists, rating of individual tracks and streaming over cellular or WiFi connections.
Meanwhile Android owners on both sides of the pond have a new native Facebook app to play with, offering access to comments, statuses, news and wall posts. While not yet being given the Facebook "official" stamp of approval, word is that the developer is in the Facebook employer network, so this looks to be as official as things get for the moment.
Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America has announced today that they've begun to ship their VUDU Integrated, 1080p Flat Panel LCD TVs today, all of which incorporate their Diamond models of Unisen Immersive Sound. These TVs will provide the ability for the customer to seamlessly deliver high definition (HD) movies and television shows to their sets on demand, whenever they want.
We've seen it run Quake at 60fps, now it's time for the latest shots of the open-source Pandora handheld gaming console. Bearing the mark of the latest design refresh, only now in-the-plastic, the console is certainly looking more professional, and that will only increase once they reach the large-scale production line rather than these one-offs.
In case you've not been keeping track of our sister site My Pre - and shame on you if that's the case - you may have missed Palm's latest official Pre demo video. After the first video's run-through of the basic Pre calendar, email, internet and messaging functionality, this new piece - called "This Weekend" - showcases some of the freshly-announced apps: Fandango and Pandora.
It's been a while since we saw the first video demo of a completed pre-production Pandora open-source gaming handheld, and now a Stormtrooper-white version is here to show off its 60fps Quake skills. You're still not looking at finalized hardware, but all the buttons, D-pads, LEDs and keys are doing what they should.
More online Vudu service is available to its subscribers today. The Pandora Internet radio service extends company’s Rich Internet Application (RIA) platform web-based video streaming to offer online music for its on-demand box.
The Pandora open-source gaming project have released new renders showing their updated casing designs, including a different keyboard - with non-final fonts, thankfully - and some tweaked key locations. Perhaps more excitingly, a member of the software team has got the OS working with a 3G USB modem, meaning the Pandora can be taken outside of WiFi range but still get online.