Apple has been granted a patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office for a pair of portable media viewing goggles. The patent says they "may resemble ski or motorcycle goggles." The device would likely allow for a 3D viewing experience reminiscent of that found in the Oculus Rift VR headset.
The iPod, and generally most MP3 players, has revolutionized to some extent the way we enjoy and consume music, but has also somewhat lowered the taste for high-quality audio, a problem that musician Neil Young is seeking to solve with his new Pono portable music player and online store. And, if his optimism gets translated to reality, we might be seeing the products really soon.
Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Bros. studios along with storage device makers SanDisk and Western Digital have teamed up to announce a new "Project Phenix" (intentionally mispelled) initiative that's aimed at making high-definition digital movie content available across multiple devices. The new digital rights management (DRM) standard is the brainchild of the Secure Content Storage Association (SCSA) and is being developed to be compatible with UltraViolet so that users can download movie content from the cloud as well as transfer it via compliant storage devices to be played on approved TVs, tablets or other media players.
Hello gang, and welcome to this week's edition of the Week in Review. Tons of stuff happened last week, the iPad, and the new iPhone OS were some of the top news items for the week. Analysts claimed that 74% of iPad buyers were Mac owners and 66% had iPhones. I am not surprised by that at all.
Streaming music service Spotify have submitted a mobile version of their desktop internal radio software to Apple's App Store, which - if approved - would allow users to stream their choice of individual tracks, albums and playlists to their iPhone and iPod touch handsets.
While pricing for the app is likely to be free, it's been suggested in the past that users would be required to sign up for Spotify's premium service. While the company offers an ad-supported free desktop version, interspersing tracks with occasional adverts, the premium £9.99 per month ($16) package removes the adverts and increases audio quality.
Updated: Spotify have confirmed that it will be only accessible to Premium subscribers; check out their demo video after the cut
All the way back in September 2008 Motorola demonstrated their MCU3E, an awesome little wireless media transcoder device. At the time they had no plans for production; now, though, the gadget is back with a new casing, a new name - the Motorola Media Mover - and what seems to be a definite launch plan.
Samsung have quietly unveiled their latest PMP, the Samsung YP-Q2, a minor evolution on the company's existing digital media players. Outfitted with 8GB or 16GB of storage, the YP-Q2 has a 2.4-inch QVGA display, promises 50hrs audio playback, and is controlled by touch-sensitive illuminated buttons.
The design of this Portable Digital Media Center may not be retro, but it's interpretation of "portable" certainly is, taking us back to the days where a 14-inch CRT TV was considered highly luggable. In this case, Chinavision offer an 8-inch swiveling LCD display, DVD and CD player, FM radio and even retro NES gaming.
Full specifications of Sony's OLED-display NWZ-X1000-series Walkmans have emerged, courtesy of the Hong Kong SonyStyle store. The listing confirms the 3-inch WQVGA 432 x 240 OLED display together with the supported file types and maximum resolutions of the media the Walkman will play.
Video capable iPods have made portable media all the more accessible. Attempt to watch anything more than a short clip on one, though, and you'll be wishing for glasses or, preferably, a larger screen. That's where the iLuv i1155 Portable Multimedia Player comes in, offering not only a big display for iPod video playback but a DVD for all the legacy discs that copyright laws won't let you rip. It even manages to look attractive; is the experience as good as the promise, though?