Apple used its Let’s Rock event today to update its touch-based media
player. The new iPod touch comes with a more rounded stainless steel
design that resembles the appearance of the iPhone 3G, side volume
controls and a built-in speaker. It also comes pre-loaded with a new
software package that adds Apple’s new Genius music recommendation
option and out-of-the-box support for Nike+ sports gear.
Sony's got itself a new α (alpha) DSLR today which the company says is its first full-frame model. It is called the DSLR-A900 and the body alone will cost you around $3000 with related accessories. It will hit store shelves in November.
Apple unveiled its fourth-generation iPod nano as well as a new 120 GB
iPod Classic at its “Let’s Rock” event today. The 160 GB iPod is gone.
Microsoft unveiled its new Zune media players just hours before the
Apple’s annual iPod event. The refreshed media player family offers
more storage capacity and the updated software adds new interesting
options, some of them unique to the Zune. Microsoft hopes these
benefits might convince iPod users to switch, while serving as a
reminder to others that Zune is still in the game.
Mitsubishi’s LaserVue LCD, according to the company the world’s first
laser-powered TV, will be on store shelves at the end of this month and
will sell in its 65” version for pretty much what the company promised
– the price of an average 65” LCD TV. It is not cheap, but it may one
of most technologically advanced televisions on the market many
enthusiasts can afford.
Apple may not be the only one dominating tech headlines tomorrow.
Apparently, Microsoft is set to refresh its Zune family tomorrow as
well and may use the media frenzy to piggy back on Apple. The company
is expected to also apply a "redesign-storage upgrade-new colors-price
cut" formula for this new product generation. However, behind that
shiny new surface Microsoft is said to be offering upgraded Zune
software and an updated Zune Marketplace service that may include
exclusive interactive video programming, wireless access to the online
store, games, and other content.
Movea, a company known for motion-sensing technology in products such
as its M2000 Travel Air-Mouse, took the wraps today off its new
Gyration Air Music Remote which combines "a universal remote control
with the functions of a PC mouse." This motion-sensing remote can be
yours to twirl around in the air for around $180 standalone, or $230 if
you want a wireless keyboard tossed in.
Normally we'd ignore something like this but it feels too strange to
pass up on a brief mention of. Tom Cruise, that Scientology loving
actor who, despite some weirdness, is still a pretty major Hollywood
presence, has announced his official Web site is going iPhone friendly.
Real Networks is back with a new application that can easily save
and play DVDs from your hard drive. The Real DVD app will also
organize saved DVDs into a nice library and you can even apply parental
controls to your saved movies. Initially an XP and Vista version will
be released and a Mac version is currently in development.
Get ready to finally chuck all those newspapers and
books that you’ve been carrying because Plastic Logic has introduced a
full-page sized ebook reader that doesn’t suck. The touch screen
reader has an 8.5-inch by 11-inch display and uses flexible (as opposed
to rigid glass) plastic. Unlike other electronic ink devices (cough
Kindle cough), this reader has enough screen real estate for a pop-up
You know something is up when Apple’s PR team urges journalists to
attend tomorrow's iPod event, pitching it as the "big deal." If we
believe the blogosphere, then there aren’t many surprises left. We are
expecting more storage space for iPods and price cuts. There will be
the obligatory redesigns for the Nano and the Touch and perhaps a
couple new features for some models. iTunes 8 will debut with a layout,
grid view and a music recommendation engine and the iPhone/iPod touch
2.1 firmware also slated for release. So much for the boring
announcements. Of course we hope there will be more – especially the
rumored all-you-can-eat music subscription service for iTunes, which
should be much more exciting that new shapes a colors for music and
LG has announced a new Blu-ray player that can stream Netflix
videos. The BD300 will be available this fall for $400 and will have
the standard Blu-ray features like 1080p resolution and five channel
uncompressed audio playback. The player also has a USB port that plays
music, pictures and videos from common handheld devices. Standard
definition DVDs can also be played and the BD300 will upsample the
video to 1080p resolutions. But perhaps the most interesting feature
is the Netflix streaming, but sadly the video and audio quality will be
The CEDIA show in Denver Colorado has become a pre-CES
show of sorts with many home electronics companies showing off their
latest gadgets. So far attendees have been wowed by a 400-disc Blu-ray
changer from Sony and a JVC 4K projector that pumps out 3500 lumens
worth of video. As usual, no prices were announced, but for these
things if you have to ask, then you probably can’t afford it.
Toshiba today announced its fall lineup of LCD TVs at the CEDIA
tradeshow. Especially interesting are the Regza RV535 and XV545 series,
both of which come standard with a “near HD” upscaling technology
announced earlier this year for standard video signals.
Following a previously announced price cut for the Xbox 360 in Japan,
Microsoft today said that it will reduce the price of the console for
U.S. customers as well. For the very first time, you will be able to
buy an Xbox 360 for less money than a Nintendo Wii and for half the
price of a PS3.
A Samsung representative has made a bold
prediction that Blu-ray only has five years left. I’m sure that comes
as a shock to most of you since the format only recently won its battle
against HD-DVD and is now locked in another format battle against DVD.
In an interview with Pocket-lint, Andy Griffiths, Samsung UK Director
of consumer electronics, said, “I think it [Blu-ray] has 5 years left,
I certainly wouldn’t give it 10.”