Now that you know about the new Zune and are thinking about grabbing one, here’s another reason. Microsoft and Wayport, the network provider of McDonald’s, have made a deal to give Zune owners free WiFi over the next three years. You may not be able to check your email, but you can order tunes to go with your fries. This works on pre-existing Zunes as well. Sony’s Mylo COM-2 and Zipit Wireless Messenger Z2 can also receive the WiFi.
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IFR (a company created by Spain’s motorsport engineer Ignacio Fernández Rodriquez) has designed the Unidrive. The gadget features a touchscreen to monitor and alter power output, ABS, brake balance, traction, and more. The units for driver and co-driver also have GPS, GPRS/GSM, accelerometers, and WiFi and Ethernet capability. In order to display the technology to the fullest extent, he and his team are installing them in Aspids (Spanish for asp.) Obviously the company is going after high end customers as each Aspid is built to suit the driver and will cost about £75,000 ($148,000.)
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Dell has a new mini-desktop they call the Studio Hybrid. At a size of 72 x 211 x 197mm and a weight of 1.8kg, it can stand vertically or horizontally. The PC features an Intel Pentium Dual Core T2390 processor, Windows Vista Home Basic/Premium, 4GB RAM and 320GB HDD. The eco-friendly Studio has five USB and HDMI/DVI ports and can handle WiFi. Available in 7 colors, look for a $499.00 price.
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It looks like AE isn’t the only company to jump on the Internet radio bandwagon. The Phoenix WiFi Radio scans automatically for access and you choose the one you want. Then you add in the time zone, and the gadget is set up to receive over 10,000 Podemus radio stations and 5,000 podcasts. It also features an alarm with snooze and sleep, 2 2W stereo speakers, a USB port for your MP3 player, and comes with 4 rechargeable batteries and AC adapter. Compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux, contact the company for price and availability.
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It won’t be long before you can get WiFi in your car or truck. The “uconnect” system will be available in most 2009 Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep automobiles. The wireless technology is a dealer-installed extra and operates over cell phone lines. Users will be able to utilize laptops, cell phones, and MP3 players with an onboard control, even when moving. It also features GPS, a 30GB hard drive, and an option for satellite TV and radio. While there is a monthly fee involved, there is not yet a specific amount announced.
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Due to be released this summer is the Blackberry Bold. The smartphone features a 624MHz Intel PXA270 processor, a fully redesigned QWERTY keyboard, 3G HSDPA connectivity, and a HVGA 480 x 320 pixels TFT LCD with 65,000 colors. As with previous Blackberrys, the Bold has cam and video recording, social networking, GPS with maps and turn-by-turn directions, Wifi and Bluetooth capability, IM, e-mail, and BlackBerry Media Sync to transfer desktop iTunes music files.
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Roberts has come up with the nifty Stream 202 radio that plays DAB, FM, and WiFi if you have a broadband connection with wireless router or Ethernet. Stream your computer’s stored tunes, listen to stations all over the planet, and save your faves with 15 presets. The Stream also features an intuitive menu, 2 alarm timers, an aux. input for MP3 player, and a socket for headphones. At a size of 300 x 174 x 115mm and a weight of 1.47kg, the radio comes with an AC adaptor or can run on 6 D batteries (not included.) It carries a price of £149.99 (~$292.00.)
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We have seen lots of clothing for catching WiFi signals, so it is no surprise that Nike Dunks have the same built-in. Named “A Step in the Right Direction,” the sneakers were designed by MSTRPLN and Ubiq. There are 3 LEDs on the flap enclosure that will go solid when it registers a signal up to 50 meters. These are not the kind of shoes to wear on a rainy day, we suspect. Contact Nike for price and availability.
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HTC’s Touch Diamond is the latest smartphone to join the pack. It features a 2.8-inch touch screen, TouchFLO 3D for images, a 3.2 megapixel auto-focus cam for stills and video, HSDPA connectivity, 4 GB memory, 256MB ROM, and 192 MB DDR SDRAM. There is GPS, HTC Weather reporting, and it has both Wifi and Bluetooth capability. At a size of 102 X 51 X 11.5mm and a weight of 110g, look for the Touch Diamond to come out for play in June.
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Acoustic Energy is working on what they say will be the planet’s first WiFi Internet Radio. It will be able to reach about 99% of radio stations online through broadband connection anywhere in your house. AE claims there will be no pops, crackles or signal coverage problems. Expected out in November, there will be no subscription fee involved with the radio. Look for a MSRP of ~£199 (~$394.00.) At that price, we think we will stick to radio ramblings via our computer.