Apple announced a new line of iPods this morning: the iPod Color. The new generation of the iPods replaces the iPod Photo and brings a color screen to the black U2 edition of the iPod. The new iPods are available in 20GB and 60GB models and feature the same 15 hours of battery life that the old iPod Photos featured. Apple also dropped the price of their 1GB iPod Shuffle to $129, and dropped the new iTunes (4.9) for OS X on the masses. We are very interested in the podcasting capabilities of the new version of iTunes and will be checking it out shortly. Hopefully Apple will have pulled off the right blend of usability and customization to meet our demanding podcast needs. One thing I am not feeling is you can’t just add any podcast you would like to subscribe to - it has to be one Apple has in their catalog. Lame.
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Blake Krikorian, CEO of Sling Media, has announced that the Slingbox Personal Broadcaster will be available at from at least two national retailers come June 30th. CompUSA and another unannounced name have already agreed to carry Slingbox for around $250. The official announcement from Sling Media will be made on June 30th as well. Just in case its function slips your mind, or your unfamiliar with the product, the Slingbox will allow you to stream TV content from your satellite, cable, or DVR to a computer with a high-speed Internet connection.
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I am now back from Gnomedex, ready to rock and roll as always. I know a bunch of you missed me, but how about dropping me some email next time letting me know how the lack of my presence affects your
life? Nonetheless, one tidbit that I brought back with me is that iTunes 4.9 is likely going to launch tomorrow, June 28. I heard this talking to Adam Curry, and Dave Winer also mentioned it on Scripting News making mention of its support of RSS enclosures. What does this mean? Well, aside from being able to have a major one-stop podcasting client, it also means that whateven Apple has going on July 7 has nothing to do with the iTunes 4.9 launch. You may now proceed to scratch your chin.
I swore I saw this last week in my neighborhood but i couldn’t believe it. On his belt, some teenager had this LED badge mounted. Unfortunately I drove by so quickly I didn’t get a chance to read it (or believe it). I turned to my wife and asked, “Was that I think it was?” She said, “Yep, it said ‘Tiny’ - not a good thing to have on you belt.” Words of wisdom, y’all.
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Nicholas Negroponte, Chairman and co-founder of the MIT Media Lab announced to the World Economic Forum the most recent plans of the lab: a research initiative to develop a $100 laptop computer, with a 12” one megapixel screen, 1GB hard drive, and 500Mhz processor. Other features include some sort of innovative power (possibly wind-up), a plethora of USB ports, and a ruggedized exterior to stand up to the elements in harsher climates. The machines will be WiFi enabled, and have GSM cell phone connectivity as well.
So the Motorola “RAZRberry” rumors have turned out to be true. Details have come forth of Motorola’s Magneto powered smart-phone with a QWERTY keyboard and 1.3 MP camera. The device is codenamed ‘Franklin’. The phone will feature an EDGE connection (what, no UMTS?!) and 128 MB of ram for all your data intensive needs.
Microsoft announced Friday that its next version of the Windows operating platform would include built-in support for Internet data feeds. Even though RSS isn’t currently in widespread use, Microsoft believes that in the future this increasingly popular way to get news will become a mainstay. Of course, we reported our take on this a few minutes after the Gnomedex announcement.
In the long-delayed Windows upgrade, code-named Longhorn and expected to be released late next year, an RSS icon will appear in the Internet Explorer Web browser to make it easy for people to find, much like Apple Computer Inc. has done with its Safari browser. Longhorn will store all data downloaded to a computer via RSS in a single place. It will maintain a central list of all of a computer user’s RSS subscriptions, from Web log entries to photos pulled from an online family picture gallery.
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It seems as if Apple has something new in store, seeing as how they’re handing out invites to a special media event on July 7th. They have not disclosed what the event will be about, or even the location of the event, but some are speculating that it maybe be the release of iTunes 4.9 with podcasting support, while others think it might be new iPods - 2nd generation shuffles, 5th generation standards, or any combination of the above. A French newspaper even suggests that it may be to announce the new iTunes phone from Motorola. Anyone’s guess is good right now since Apple is keeping a tight lid on the details, so we’ll just have to wait until the 7th to see what the big deal is.
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Actiontec was kind enough to send Gear Live one of their new 54mbps wireless game adapters for review.The wireless game adapter functions as an Ethernet to 802.11g bridge enabling you to get your game system (PS2 or Xbox) or other Ethernet enabled device online wirelessly. It’s a very cool concept, but unfortunately the Actiontec has a few minor implementation issues. Check out the full review after the jump.
If you think your cell phone’s version of Tetris is tiring you out, ID software has recruited Bare Naked productions to release their famous FPS Quake on the “next gen” mobile phone. Using new 3D technology, these phones will continue to impress us and impede everything we should be doing.
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