JVC has jumped head first into the “low storage space MP3 ‘phones” arena. The XA-A50 headphones provide a whopping 128 MB of storage, supporting both the MP3 and DRM-protected WMA formats. At least it’s power conscious, providing 20 hours of play time via one AAA battery. Looks like this thing will cost about $150 USD - or you can just take that and buy an iPod shuffle which holds ten-times the content.
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So Jake from 8bitJoystick has decided to join us here at Gear Live and PlayFeed, and we are very happy to have him. You can look forward to his weekly column, set to publish this week. For now, take a look at a sample of his work.
Yesterday I decided that it was not worth the wait and money to get a 1-Gig MemoryStick Duo card for my PSP and I picked up a much more reasonable 256 Meg MemoryStick Duo made by SanDisk. They have a new line of cards that are all bright colors that is deliberately trying to go after the PSP gamer market. I am glad that there is some competition for manufacturing MemorySticks for the PSP. I do remember when there was a drought of PS2 Memory Cards and it did suck ever so hard.
CFO Peter Oppenheimer has told Merrill Lynch analyst Steven Milunovich that the iPod shuffle market has increased 43% since February dominating 58% of the market.
Mr. Oppenheimer reportedly said Apple was “supply-constrained in March and will be interested to see the April (sales) data.” Mr. Milunovich said he was told by the exec that “Apple isn’t feeling competitive heat yet” in the digital media device market from the likes of Creative, Sony, iRiver and others.
It was also said that Apple may try to advertise more on television. Surely their competitors need to do more of that too.
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This tip gets emailed to me every then and again, so heck, why not throw it up? Can’t say this isn’t interesting. Courtesy of the University of Washington CS department, check out this a clip of The Matrix rendered in ASCII. No word yet on if the MPAA plans on suing.
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With all the rumors about next-gen consoles we went searching for some games that are set to be released for them. We’re still searching, but we came across one game which looks pretty neat, called Possession. Now, zombies are very popular whether they are in games or movies, but this game has a twist. No more saving yourself and others from the dreaded zombies of “City X” because in Possession you are the enslaver and your goal is to start a zombie apocalypse. The main character was once human, but through the game’s story you start to see why he’s after everyone. Right now the plan for this game is to be released on the Xbox 360, PS3, and eventually PC.
Read More | Get Possessed
Boy, was your mama wrong about video games not getting you anywhere in life. RYL: Path of the Emperor will debut on June 21st, but you can pre-order the MMORPG ($49.99) at EB starting today. If you do pre-order, you will automatically qualify to enter the July 1st tournament worth $1,000,000 if you win. What’s more, the finals will be held at E3 2006, so the victor can gloat on the grandest video game stage of them all.
Sony’s new internal DVD burner, the DRU-800A, is now available at a price of about $130. This one incorporates both the -R and +R versions of the double layer/dual layer format, writing double layer media at 4x speeds. An external version, the DRU-800UL, will be available in may for about $210.
Sony DRU-800A write:
- 16x DVD-R and DVD+R
- 4x DVD-R DL and DVD+R DL
- 8x DVD+RW
- 6x DVD-RW
- 48x CD-R
- 24x CD-RW
Sony DRU-800A read:
- 16x DVD-ROM
- 8x DVD-ROM DL
- 48x CD-ROM
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The TiVo Desktop software has been upgraded, and version 2.1 is now available for download. The biggest change, aside from the visual aspect, is that TiVo Desktop 2.1 includes support for playing TiVoToGo shows on Microsoft Portable Media Center units. The update is available for the Windows XP and 2000 operating systems. On the flip side, if you are on a Mac, it looks like TiVo Desktop 1.9.1 is broken in Tiger. Personally, I am still waiting for them to release TiVoToGo for DVD players with integrated TiVo software. What gives?
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Man, I wish they had these when I was a kid. The Cup-A-Cake was designed to hold a frosted cupcake in place by firmly gripping it at the base. It encases the cupcake, and the internal grip keeps it from moving. This way your frosting artwork skills don’t get ruined, even if the container is bounced around in your gadget bag. As the mothers of the world would say, no muss, no fuss!
One thing I love about Seattle is that it seems that it is at the technology forefront of the USA, at least as far as Internet geekery goes.case in point: Utilizing the Space Needle as it’s delivery method, Speakeasy has launch a Pre-WiMax service in the Emerald City. While it will run you $800 per month for a subscription, you will get 3.0 megabits up and down (or 6.0 megabits total). Or you could drop the price down by $300 by opting for a 3.0 megabits total connection. The hardware is supplied by Alvarion, and the signal covers a radius of 5 square miles in any direction. Full press release after the jump.