The web model of free content supported by advertising is now well known and accepted. Yet, some old style corporations, especially in the newspaper industry, would still like to translate their subscriber based services online. That's the case of News Corp., the media giant behind some of UK's biggest newspapers, the Times and the Sunday Times. Recently, they switched from the traditional online model, to moving the entire sites behind paywalls.
There's been a lot of speculation as to how this model would do. The analyst expectations were low, since there's countless free online sites offering the same news reports, so people who don't want to pay could get most of that same content elsewhere. Still, proponents pointed to the commentaries, editorials and other unique content as a way to entice subscribers. Rumors ran wild while this experiment went on.
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Jobo has introduced its new line of NANO high-end digital frames. The 7 Series Basic, Pro and Media versions are each less than a cm thick, come with remote and have a 7-inch high res TFT color LCD display. The Pro and Media frames have touch-activated buttons on the bottom front that disappear when not in use. The Media frame shows digital photo slide shows, plays music as well as video with audio and music. Contact Jobo for price and availability.
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This 2GB USB Memory Stick is cleverly disguised as a mini-cell phone. Keep all your documents, music, photos and other media safe on the 2.0/1.1 USB storage unit that is compatible with Windows 2000/XP/Vista. At a size of 60 x 24 x 10 mm and a weight of a mere 80g, the plug and play stick needs no driver and the package includes a metal gift box at a price of $9.99.
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After reading this list that Technorati made, it is understandable that many paper based news sources are going under. The Technorati Attention Index measures media and mainstream sites with the highest links to blogs in the past 30 days. Not surprisingly, YouTube tops it. We show you the top 10 list and if you would like to see all 50, hit the link.
2. New York Times
3. BBC News
7. Washington Post
8. Yahoo! News
10. Los Angeles Times
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In addition to the Korean company iStation’s T3 Pmp, they have now unveiled their D3, a media e-dictionary. In addition to the handy word tool, the D3 has a 3.5-inch screen (480x320,) DMB and FM tuners, a microphone and a choice of 8, 16 and 32GB capacities. It will handle MP3, WMA, AC3, OGG, WAV, MSADPCM, FLAC, APE, MPEG1/2/4, DivX, Xvid, WMV7/8/9 , SMI, JPEG, BMP, PNG, RAW, SWF, ZIP, ALZ and CXD files. So far there is no price or date of availability.
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Those who are coordinated enough to manage a trackball will appreciate the Kensington SlimBlade. Navigation mode controls scrolling and cursor, while media mode controls volume, play/pause, forward/back, stop and track selection. Finally, view mode pans and zooms in and out and a heads-up display lets you know which mode you are currently using. The trackball is both Mac and PC compatible, connects by USB 2.0 and you can pre-order now for $129.99.
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ClarionMiND’s mobile Internet navigation device is now available for purchase. With it you get GPS, can play movie and music files, and surf to watch YouTube videos or play online games. With a 4.8-inch WVGA (800 x 480 pixels) touchscreen display, it comes with preloaded North American maps and Google Maps points of interest. The fun device features a Linux Kernel 22.214.171.124 operating system with Intel Atom processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB SSD flash memory and a built-in Firefox-based web browser. Choose from red, black or white and get yours for a hefty $649.00.
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LG has finally come around to providing a smartphone for the U.S. market. The AT&T Insite has 3G speed, GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth 2.0, Windows Media Mobile Player 10 and a full color 3-inch LCD display that auto-rotates. Add to that streaming radio capability, Mobile Microsoft Office editing, Video ShareSM and both a QWERTY keyboard and 20-key version. With a price of $499.99, knock it down with a 2 year contract, a mail in rebate and the Insite is yours for $199.99.
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Drobo has been out for quite some time and serves the purpose of a “set-it-and-forget-it” backup solution. Drobo has added a few apps that bring a nice “value-add” to their storage capability. Data Robotics has released 19 applications for Drobo, and they seem to be highlighting three of those specifically due to their value to the average consumer. First, there’s the DroboApps Admin Utility, which allows you to manage your DroboApps via a web interface. The second is Yoics, which gives you remote access to your Drobo and DroboShare from a web browser or mobile device like the iPhone. Lastly, they are highlighting the Firefly iTunes Media Server that allows you to store all of your music, TV, and video content on the Drobo, and then serve that content to iTunes devices or computers around your home.
If you don’t yet have a storage solution and need a very reliable backup which also serves your media, then you should check out Drobo. They range in price from $349 to $1049 and offer USB 2.0 and Firewire depending on the model you choose. In order to take advantage of the apps, you’ll also need the DroboShare NAS module, which will run you $199, on top of the cost of the Drobo itself.
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ASUS’s new offering for home entertainment is the Mini PC Nova Lite PX24. The supposedly world’s smallest mini-PC has a built-in independent graphics card, hi-fi speakers with Dolby digital Life/DTS Connect, and is energy efficient. At a size of 242 x 184 x 51mm and a weight of 1.5kg, it supports HD1080i/1080p and is packed with Windows Vista Home Premium as well as Intel CPU. For more fun, utilize its Media Center for photographs, video, and broadcasting music. Contact ASUS for pricing.
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