The iHome iP99BR claims itself to be the first iPhone clock radio that will also dock, charge, and play tunes. The device is also compatible with iPods and features a buzzer alarm, AM/FM presets, snooze, and 3D stereo sound with Reson8 speakers. It also has a customizable playlist ability, a DST switch, an LCD display with dimmer, and comes with a remote. iHome says that it has been designed to shield TDMA noise which makes it even more desirable. Expect the iP99 to make its June 1 debut with an MSRP of $149.99.
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Homeloo has a slew of Lego-esque products. Their Homade MP3 Player has a rechargeable Li-ion battery and supports a 2GB microSD card. It features raised buttons for control and file managing. You can connect it to your USB port with the included cable. At a size of 24 x 3cm and a weight of about 400g, the player also comes with headphone and strap for $46.00. Homade also offers a Mini-iStereo Dock Speaker for $16.99 and an iStereo Speaker for $39.99.
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The iPod dock of the week is made by SoundMaster. The Projecting Alarm Clock conveniently charges your music machine while it is playing or while you sleep. It is compatible with those models that have a dock connection such as the mini, photo, nano, and video and has its own subwoofer and two tweeters. The device also has an easy-to-read, projecting, blue LCD display and comes with 7 adapters, an audio input cable, and an AC adapter. The clock can be yours for $99.95.
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Making its grand debut at the CES is the Vestalife USB Ladybug. The universal dock is compatible with any dockable iPod with its array of connectors, has a digital amp, a built-in subwoofer, and auto-shutoff. It also has an auxiliary in-jack for non-docking iPods, CD players, and other MP3 players. The cutesy gadget needs 4 AA batteries (not included) or hook it up to its power cord and let the PMP recharge begin. Count on a $110.00 price tag for either the red or silver model.
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Being that I am an ADC member, I was able to enjoy the original dock functionality during the beta period of Leopard. No idea what we mean by that? Well basically, in the beta versions of Leopard, you were able to create Stacks that could be placed on the left side of the Dock, alongside the application icons. These would be Stacks of applications, that made things a lot more tidy in the Dock. An example would be putting Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Entourage into a Stack that you would name Microsoft Office. Then you have one icon representing all of those apps which would fan out for you to choose an app to launch. You set up a few of these app stacks, and you end up with a more organized Dock. This functionality has since disappeared from Leopard. Take a look at the Read More URL down at the end of this post to see a video of all this in action. Here’s hoping apple brings back the feature. It did rock. If you agree, let Apple know!
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Beginning November 13, Zune users will be prompted for a one-click update of its software. It will include new features such as Wireless Sync and new styles for its Marketplace and Social page for music, photos and video sharing. They also have a new crop of accessories, such as a car pack, gear bag, premium earphones, and a Home A/V Pack. With a $99.99 price tag, it includes a dock and wireless remote, so that you can integrate it with your home entertainment or stereo system.
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While the Palm Foleo died on the vine, the concept may live on. I-Mate, makers of many fine Windows Mobile based smart phones is rumored to be working on a “shell” to go with their new Ultimate line. While the new shell would not contain any processor or memory of it’s own, it would feature a 1024x768 screen and a full sized keyboard to act as a dock for the smart phone. It is still unknown if the shell would feature batteries to increase runtime, but if it does that could be a killer feature for todays power-hungry HSDPA chipsets.
This seems like it would be a better approach than the Foleo. It would be cheaper, provide similar functionality, and allow a user to select which form factor they want (laptop vs. cellphone) at any given time as simply as clicking the phone into the larger frame. If this comes to market in a timely manner and offers a good user experience it could signal a new style of cellphone based computing—and a step into the “world of tomorrow”.
We’ve seen all kinds of alarm clocks, FM radios, lamps, iPod docks, and jukeboxes in our comings and goings. But have you ever seen anything that combines all of these into one? Well now you have, courtesy of Brookstone. This 1950s-motif-ed contraption even lights up when turned on, instantly making it the
centerpiece of whatever room it’s in. Perfect for the person who really has everything. Available for $99 USD.
Scandyna’s Micropod SE Speakers sit on what are are described by the Danish company itself as “Sputnik Spikes.” Each of them contains a Kevlar woofer and soft-dome tweeter. An iPod dock has a built-in 2 x 15 W RMS Class T amplifier, and a wireless IR remote and cables come with the package. Scandyna says that they will work with all iPods with included insert adapters. The speakers are each 7.7-inches high and the system plugs into any standard outlet with included adapter. The entire package is available for $299.95.
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