Portable Media

Apple granted patent for portable 3D media goggles

Apple granted patent for portable 3D media goggles

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.

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Neil Young Pono music ecosystem coming our way soon

Neil Young Pono music ecosystem coming our way soon

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.

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Fox, Warner, SanDisk, and Western Digital announce new ‘Project Phenix’ DRM

Fox, Warner, SanDisk, and Western Digital announce new ‘Project Phenix’ DRM

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.

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 15 2010

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 15 2010

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.

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Spotify Mobile App for iPhone submitted for Apple approval [Updated]

Spotify Mobile App for iPhone submitted for Apple approval [Updated]

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

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Motorola Media Mover will reach production

Motorola Media Mover will reach production

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.

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Samsung YP-Q2 8GB & 16GB PMPs unveiled

Samsung YP-Q2 8GB & 16GB PMPs unveiled

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.

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Chinavision Portable Digital Media Center

Chinavision Portable Digital Media Center

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.

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Sony NWZ-X1000-series OLED Walkman specs released

Sony NWZ-X1000-series OLED Walkman specs released

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.

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iLuv i1155 8.4 Inch Portable Multimedia Player for your iPod and DVDs Review

iLuv i1155 8.4 Inch Portable Multimedia Player for your iPod and DVDs Review

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?

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Rhapsody Ibiza MP3 players coming from Haier America

Rhapsody Ibiza MP3 players coming from Haier America

It looks as though two new Rhapsody-powered MP3 players are getting ready to rumble, and they won't be satisfied until they win the world title for "most uncreative model names".  Haier America has announced the Ibiza Mini and the Ibiza Touch.  Mini and Touch - now why do those sound familiar?

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Samsung’s P3 ready to battle the iPod Touch

Samsung’s P3 ready to battle the iPod Touch

Samsung is showing off its new touchscreen media player, the P3.  From the looks of it, the P3 seems to be positioning itself as a challenger to the iPod Touch.  Of course, offering the same features won't be enough to knock Apple down from the top - they need something unique, and they just might have it.  We'll have more for you after the jump.

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