Onkyo, an old stalwart in the home theater and audio equipment business, has just announced a rather attractive audio-video mini system and stereo mini system the company says are both ideal for the office, bedroom, dorm room, or wherever else space is at a premium.
First up is the Onkyo CS-V645 DVD/CD Mini System, which comes ready to dish out audio and video from DVDs, CDs, your iPod, and via USB. It supports MP3, WMA, JPEG, and DivX file formats, and upscales video to 1080p. The CS-V645 will be available in early December for $400.
Onkyo also introduced its CS-445 CD Mini System with support for CDs, CD-R, CD-RW, MP3, and WMA files. This one also comes with a top-mounted iPod dock and shares the same 40W stereo amplifier as the CS-V465. Look for this one to ship early this month.
Even if you don’t shop at Costco, chances are if you live anywhere in North America you’ve at least made eye contact with one of their monolithic warehouses that line the sides of almost every major highway. Costco’s footprint makes them the third largest retailer in the United States, but even with all that negotiating power it appears as though they may be considering the atomic option to get back at Apple for refusing to let them carry the iPad.
According to anonymous sources quoted by iLounge, the company has intentionally pulled all iPod hardware from its Costco.com website, and will slowly deplete its retail stock before dropping the lineup altogether. This might sound like a fairly harsh recourse, but it likely has more to do with the fact that rival outlets including Target, Wal-Mart, and even Sam Club will all carry the device going into the holiday season.
If this story is indeed true it will be interesting to see if Costco has the power to bully Steve Jobs into submission. I imagine we have quite a few readers out there that would love to see him eat a piece of their Kirkland branded humble pie.
With the drives being DLNA certified, streaming content to DLNA compatible devices like the Xbox 360 and PS3 is a cakewalk. The same applies to iOS devices, thanks to a couple of free iOS apps the company launched recently. Available now in capacities ranging from 1TB to 8TB, and prices ranging from $189.99 to $1039.99, the drives are covered under a limited one-year warranty.
Panasonic on Monday announced its MW-20 digital frame, but unlike most other photo frames, this one pulls double-duty as a stereo system with full support for your iPod and iPhone devices. It will even charge them while they're plugged in.
"The Panasonic MW-20 has a stylish and slim design that will complement any home decor and given its versatility to display photos, videos, play music and even charge an iPhone – we think this will be a welcomed addition this holiday season," said David Fisher, Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. "Beyond its design and versatility, the MW-20 is also a powerful gadget – with exceptional sound quality to listen to music and a large nine-inch screen to view digital photos and videos."
Equipped with a high-res adjustable 9-inch screen, the MW-20 works in both portrait and landscape mode and can be hung on the wall. It comes with 2GB of built-in memory, plus an SD memory card slot.
Look for the MW-20 to ship in late November for $250.
Sure, the new iPod Nano has a smaller screen with multi-touch support and a higher pixel density than previous versions, but unlike the 5th gen version it's replacing, the latest Nano doesn't have a built-in camera or recorder. For $35, you can put these features to use by making a headcam to record your outrageous stunts.
All you have to do is plug your old iPod Nano into Rampant's View case and you've got a helmet camera ready to be strapped to your head. For mission critical applications, you can do a lot better, but given the price, we're at least intrigued with what Rampant is offering.
Check out a couple of sample videos of the Rampant View in action here and here.
Okay, come on. You knew this was going to happen. No sooner did Apple announce a new version of the iPod Nano that looks vaguely like a watch, than users started thinking about using it as a watch. Now a company called iLovehandles has released a product to fill the need. Behold the "Rock Band". While we may question the utility of the product, you can't argue with the genius of that name. Although, the Harmonix people might have a problem with it.
For a mere $19.99, you can get a watch band that has the appropriately sized divot for the Nano to fit snugly into. The iPod is obviously sold separately. The PMP has a clip on the back, and can be set to display a clock each time it is woken up. It looks a little big for a watch, but honestly, we expect to see people actually doing this. Are you cool with this, or is it just another sign that people have too much time on their hands?
Apple announced on late Friday that it’s Ping Social networking service has hit 1 million users since its launch 48 hours ago. Few doubted that the service would be an instant hit since, like Google Buzz, it was shoehorned into existing products that we are forced to use everyday.
According to Apple “One-third of the people who have downloaded iTunes 10 have joined Ping,“ said Eddy Cue, vice president of Internet Services. “As many more people download iTunes 10 in the coming weeks, we expect the Ping community to continue growing.“
It will be interesting to see if Ping catches on in any meaningful way, but it has a number of interesting limitations to overcome. Anyone who tried out the service since launch will know that unless you’re a Lady Gaga or Yo-Yo Ma fan most of your favorite artists have yet to establish a profile. This is likely because of the veil of secrecy maintained around all Apple products, but they would have been far better off risking an information leak than unveiling a service that many will try once, get frustrated with and never return to.
We are also left scratching our heads as to why we need to use iTunes to check our feed, haven’t these guys heard of a web browser? Time will tell if they can iron out the kinks, but can we at least agree iTunes did not need any more features?
Apple's PR department has had to work overtime lately, first to provide damage control for the iPhone 4 debacle, and now to distance itself from a former manager who has just been indicted by a federal grand jury for a number of alleged illegal behavior.
Specifically, Paul Shin Devine of Sunnyvale, California, was arrested and charged with fraud, money laundering, and taking kickbacks, according to a report in The New York Times.
"Apple is committed to the highest ethical standards in the way we do business," a company spokesman said in a statement (try not to chuckle). "We have zero tolerance for dishonest behavior inside or outside the company."
Authorities have accused Devine of pocketing more than $1 million in exchange for giving confidential information to Apple suppliers, who then used the intel to negotiate fat contracts with Apple.
Engineers designing earbuds face a choice these days: Should they build earbuds that support a variety of devices and perform a host of functions, or should they focus exclusively on digital media players and audio quality? The engineers who designed Razer’s Moray Plus Mobile Gaming Communicator decided to go for the gusto—and they almost made it.
The Morays can do a lot more than pump the latest Eels album down your ear canals. They come with an iPhone-compatible, in-line, omni-directional microphone; adapters for Sony’s PSP 2000/3000 and Nintendo’s DS/DS Lite handheld gaming systems; and a split stub cable you can plug into your PC’s headphone and mic jacks. Razer also thows in a padded carrying case that you’ll actually want to hang onto: It zips shut, includes mesh pockets for each accessory, and doesn’t look like your sister’s jewelry bag.