Portable Media

AppleTV gets new role as in-car entertainment

AppleTV gets new role as in-car entertainment

"Here in my car" Gary Numan crooned, "I feel safest of all - I can lock all my doors, it's the only way to live... in cars."  Wise words from the 80s wastrel, and I'm sure he'd approve even more of the jalopy lifestyle if his ride had a built in AppleTV.  The handiwork of mod-maestro Brandon Holland, it's a custom mounting of the hard-drive-blessed media device together with a 7-inch flip-out LCD, all squashed inside his 1990 Eagle Talon.

 

Zune 2 Photo Leaks – Just When You Thought It Couldn’t Get Any Worse

Zune 2 Photo Leaks – Just When You Thought It Couldn’t Get Any Worse

Apparently it can, and Microsoft knows just how. There appears to be 3 new models, the two smaller ones are the 4 and 8 Gigabyte sizes and the full sized one is, as best I can read the out of focus print, carrying an 80GB hard drive.

Just up front, I want to state that SlashGear has no deal with Microsoft to keep the embargo of these photos, and they weren’t sent directly to us, they are from Zune-Online.com, but the embargo was until midnight of the 3rd, or tonight for those of you who stay up late. Now on to business, its nice to see that MS is finally giving the 2nd gen Nano a run for its money, too bad they are a full generation too late. Also, the 80GB Zune, once again, a day late and a dollar short, Apple now has 160GB iPod classics.

Newtrend Electronics Produces Nameless PMP With DVB-T

Newtrend Electronics Produces Nameless PMP With DVB-T

First off, I want to state that I am perturbed by the fact that we still don’t have this wireless TV technology over here, sure the fact that the number of people per square mile in most oriental countries is considerably higher, allowing for a larger customer base for short range wireless devices, but still. Anyways, they have been blessed with another portable TV equipped with DVB-T and a 7” screen.

The DVB-T even supports the EPG programming guide and teletext. There is also a lengthy list of codecs supported, starting with WAV, AAC, MP3, WMA, M-JPEG, MPEG1,2,4 , JPEG, and DivX.

Secret-agent earphones are tougher than the Feds

Secret-agent earphones are tougher than the Feds

These might look like what the fashion-conscious FBI agent is wearing in their ear this season but in fact they're just a set of normal in-ear headphones, albeit coming in unusual colours.  The brand name is pretty odd too - AiAiAi - but the specs hopefully speak for themselves: 20 to 20,000Hz frequency range and super-tough break resistant cabling.

 

Cowon L2 – GPS, DMP, and PMP Combo

Cowon L2 – GPS, DMP, and PMP Combo

All-in-one gadget is coming like a big storm. Cowon is part of that storm with its L2. The Cowon L2 is a combo of GPS, DMP, and PMP. Sleek design and portability makes this a dream multimedia gadget. Weighting only 512grams and 191x120x26mm dimension, the L2 features 7-inches WGVGA display and 2GB built-in storage.

Brica ViewArt 1000 – MP3 Player, WebCam, DVR, oh should I go on?

Brica ViewArt 1000 – MP3 Player, WebCam, DVR, oh should I go on?

Never have I seen any gadgets that have more functions than Brica ViewArt 1000. It works as a video camera, digital camera, webcam for PC, FM tuner, e-book reader, MP3 player, audio recorder, video player (built-in TV output), and digital video recorder (with its TV input).

The recorded video will be saved as ASF file with 320x240 resolution. As for playback, the Brica ViewArt 1000 supports AVI, Quicktime, MPG, WMV, and Realmedia video files. The MP3 player supports MP3, unprotected WMA and WAV audio files.

Sony Walkman B100 – Bye Bye ATRAC

Sony Walkman B100 – Bye Bye ATRAC

Sony is learning the media player industry, slowly. There is rumor that Sony is going to start making media player that allow user to transfer music files without Sony’s SonicStage that convert music files to ATRAC format. The B100 will be the first Sony’s Walkman that allows direct transfers with drag-n-drop.

Unboxing the HTC Advantage

Unboxing the HTC Advantage

I’m still on the fence with the HTC Advantage (formerly known as the Athena and briefly, the Ameo), mainly because I’ve asked myself why would I need such a device that acts like my smartphone except much larger? I’ve heard HTC’s justification but don’t quit buy it, yet. Possibly a hands on when it finally arrives stateside this summer, may make me think differently.

The HTC Advantage sports a built-in GPS powered by TomTom software for the European market while it’s still unknown for the US market. Other HTC given features include quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE plus HSDPA/UMTS (850/1900/2100). I remember seeing the Advantage all over the T-Mobile booth at CeBIT – so it’s likely T-Mobile USA will launch the device here.

Ministry of Sound tries again with PMP

Ministry of Sound tries again with PMP

I've been scathing about Ministry of Sound DAPs in the past - and rightly so, they've churned out crap - but with the advent of their latest audio and video player I might have to change my tune.  The MOSMP100X10 (yes, that's a good name, well done guys) is pretty much a 3.5-inch QVGA screen with a moderate amount of casing around it and a SD slot, capable of playing mp3, mp4, WMA and WMV files.

At just 0.6-inches thick it's portable, but the slender depth is mainly because it doesn't fit a hard-drive inside like so many competing products do.  A 1GB SD card is supplied, which is pretty poor, although they're claiming it'll hold six hour of audio or four of video.  Line-in ports for audio and video round out the package.

At £150 ($292), am I going to recommend it?  No.

Ministry of Sound joins media player fray[Electronista]

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