We all rent movies instead of buying them. Sure, sometimes we just love a movie so much that we buy it. For the most part though, you just rent movies since you know you will only watch it a couple of times and that’s it. The same thing can be said for music. You buy songs or download them if they are free, listen to them a few times and never listen to them again. So why don’t we just rent music instead of buying the tracks? Napster answers the call. Napster is currently beta testing a music rental service where a user may subscribe for $15 a month and have access to unlimited downloads. The tracks a user downloads can be used on players that support Microsoft Windows Digital Rights Management technology, Janus. Sorry iPod users, for now the service only supports players made by Samsung, Rio and Creative. The Napster service also requires the user to update their license on a monthly basis. If the user does not have a valid subscription anymore, the song cannot be played. This is a nice concept, however if the iPod does not get an update to support this technology, this service will not get the full amount of users that it’s capable of reaching. After all, who wants to pay 99 cents a song when they can get unlimited songs a month for only $15? Of course if you go the free route, you will always be looking out for the R.I.A.A.
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There’s a new pill out, and this one is guaranteed to give you a temperature. No, it wont make you sick - but it will tell you what your body temperature is. The little pill, called VitalSense, has a wireless transmitter to send your accurate body temperature to its receiver. There are several things that the company hopes to build upon with this device, such as a more accurate heart rate monitor.
The ultra-smooth Mac mini doesn’t look so smooth after it’s been gutted, does it? However, I can still appreciate the underlying infrastructure. I mean, look at how nicely compacted everything is. It’s just a greatly designed product all around. I still prefer a regular CD tray over the kind on the mini. More images at MacNews.de.
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You are a hip, young, internet user. This means you like free music, no matter how you get it. If you are a new iPod user, you have been treated to a free album download on iTunes when you first synched your iPod to your PC, titled “Universal Motown New Music Sampler”. While it isn’t a compilation of huge hits, it’s still nice to get 13 tracks of music for free. But what about those of us that have had iPods for a while, or just use iTunes but don’t want Apple’s MP3 player? You too can download the Motown New Music Sampler free of charge. How so? Simple be sure you have iTunes installed on your PC, and click this link.
Nokia has announced that the Nokia 7710 widescreen multimedia smartphone with pen input is now officially available in the US. The 7710 has a widscreen display of 640 x 320 pixels. The phone has 128 MB internal memory (80-90 MB available to the user) and 128 MB external memory on the included multimedia card (MMC). The N7710 includes an Internet browser, integrated MP3 music player with stereo audio, a set of video features, 1 megapixel camera with 2x digital zoom, presentation viewers, word processor and sheet converters, FM radio and a touch screen. Also, keeping up with the times, there is integrated Bluetooth as well.
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If listening to people talk on their cell phones in public hasn’t driven you over the brink just yet, Samsung brings you something that just might finish the job. Today they announced the SCH-S310 phone. Now, Samsung announces new phones all the time - so what’s the big deal here? These are the first phones ever made that will recognize human actions. So check it out - your train is running late and you need to get in contact with the boss. Instead of pressing “3” to use the auto dial feature, instead you wave the phone in the air drawing an invisible number 3. The SCH-S310 then dials the number programmed into the third auto dial slot. Great, now everyone will be doing cell phone Tai Chi - but that’s not all! You will also be able to use the phone for karaoke, because when you shake the phone really fast, it will make tamborine noises. This just might be the first time that I want to see a cell phone not make it to the States.
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So the Mac mini was announced earlier today at MacWorld, and you are totally into it. Well, Gear Live has your hookup. We have started a site which will give them away, along with the iPod shuffle and other things. Check out the site at Free @ Gear Live. Check it out, and score yourself some new gear.
Yes, you did read the title correctly. GTA on the PSP. Now there’s yet another reason to add to the top reasons to get a PSP. According to BBC News, this announcement came right after “the UK games industry posted record sales figures.” According to these figures, GTA: San Andreas sold more than 1 million copies in the first day that it was on sale. My guess is that this game will be one of the most highly anticipated games for the PSP. What better than to inflict some havoc on some poor defenseless city on your way to work on the subway or while waiting patiently at the doctor’s office.
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Another development to come out of the CES this year is the new Creative Zen Micro wireless headphones. Using magnetic induction technology, the wireless headphones are able to produce stereo sound unlike previous RF and Bluetooth headphones, such as the ones used in cell phones. For a hefty tag of $149, you better have a real need for these, but the style points and cool factor are definitely there.
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There have been a lot of rumors lately about the Xbox 2. Earlier this month we published a story about some possible information about the Xbox 2. As some of you may know, Team Xbox found a patent about the design of the Xbox 2. Team Xbox has found yet another patent for the Xbox 2. In this patent, Microsoft plans to incorporate data sharing between games. What this means is that game franchises will be able to share data between games. For example, say you are playing game X then get bored of it so you stop playing it. Then X 2 comes out and you play it. Well, X and X 2 then share information with each other that is used between both games. If you want to unlock some feature in X 2, then a certain mission needs to be completed in X. Also, while playing X you might even get hints for X 2. Now all of this is speculation of what Microsoft wants to do, but many questions remain. Will this put an end to boring or unfinished games? Does this mean that the Xbox 2 will have removable storage?
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