RealAudio and ultimately Real Video was the original, old school audio and video compression used on the Internet during the early Web 1.0 days. No doubt that Web 2.0’s rise in popularity was caused in part by YouTube and the ability for its users to easily send video up to a server and have it transcoded and streamed on the fly - without the need for expensive programs like the RealMedia server set.
YouTube leveraged the Adobe Flash technology, which in its infancy, would show only cartoon like video, then incorporated codec, or software decoding support for television like motion video. This has been the standard for video distribution on the Internet, but requires support for software, and only lately has incorporated decoding within hardware. Notably the iPad and iPhone are two such media devices that do not have flash media decoding support due to a long feud between Apple CEO Steve Jobs and Adobe. Jobs calls flash a CPU hog, and a claims it would cut battery life on his devices from 10’s of hours to just an hour if it was supported. Instead, he and many others hope to see HTML5 take a rise to prominence.
In this SXSW 2010 session, Christopher Blizzard, director of developer relations with Mozilla, and Michael Dale, lead developer of the MetaVid project and WikiMedia foundation, go in depth on what HTML5 has to offer as it pertains to video on the web.
Donya has cleverly created an MP3 player inside a wooden acorn. It runs on batteries and is a size of only 35mm high with a small lanyard. With a 1GB memory capacity, it will play MP3, WMA, and OGG files. Play time is about 3 hours and it takes approximately 4 for a recharge. Volume and selection are on the top, while an earphone jack is on the bottom of the player, which automatically turns it on when you plug in and off when you unplug. Attached to your USB port, it will download and recharge. The Acorn Player is available for 6,999 Yen (~$65.00.)
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We figured it was about time that the elite Bang & Olufsen would enter the MP3 player market. Their 4GB BeoSound 6 is covered with black polished stainless steel with a soft lacquered surface and scratch resistant glass. Its 1.8-inch TFT LCD is 128 x 160 pixels, and the company claims it will store up to 100 MP3, WMA and OGG tunes. The battery should last about 40 hours. The BS6 comes with ultra-light headphones and a premium leather case, of course. The elite PMP is available for the extravagant price of $600.00.
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Trekstor has announced its new Vibez MP3 player, which will be out this November. The Vibez supports MP3, WMA, WAV, OGG and FLAC files, as well as WMA DRM (Digital Rights Management) 9 and 10 formats. It is available with 8-15 GB storage (that’s 300 CD’s or 4200 songs) and can also be upgraded by the use of an optional FM tuner card.
At a size of 105x50x18 mm, Vibez carries an MSRP of EUR 199 (~$254) for 8 GB or EUR 229.00 (~$293) for 15 GB and utilizes a Lithium ion rechargeable battery for up to 20 hours of non-stop Bjork.
Read More | Trekstor Press Release
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