Microsoft tried to topple Apple's iPod empire with its Zune player and was unsuccessful in doing so. Now Samsung will take a crack at it with the company's new Galaxy Player devices built around Google's Android platform. Samsung will ship two Galaxy Player models next month, including the 4-inch Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5-inch Galaxy Player 5.0.
If you own an iPod touch, you might want to wait a bit before updating to iOS 4.3. Some users who applied the update are reporting graphical glitches, such as artifacts on the lock screen, as well as unlocking taking a bit longer to work. The quirky behavior seems to be mostly affecting owners of fourth generation iPod touch models.
According to some leaked screens sent to BGR, the ZTE Peel will be available for a mere $79.99 on November 14, with a month-to-month $30 data plan. This isn't just another smartphone. No, the Peel is a device that will snap around the 2nd and 3rd generation iPod Touch providing it with a 3G internet connection on Sprint's network. That $30 monthly fee only gets you 1GB of bandwidth, though.
When you get down to it, this is basically a MiFi that you can connect to two devices, and the unit is attached to one of them. It won't magically grant the iPod the phone features of the iPhone, but with an external mic, you can use various VoIP solutions to fake it. Interestingly, the ZTE Peel does not support the new 4th generation iPod Touch. It was probably designed long before Apple unveiled the device, so it's not that surprising.
Any iPod Touch owners out there looking to pick one up? The lack of a contract makes this a more viable product in our book.
When it comes to Apple PC’s most Maximum PC readers will likely take a pass, but when it comes to portable music players, we are willing to bet more than a few of our readers are rocking out to iPods. The fact that vast majority of iPod users use Windows must secretly burn away at Steve Jobs, but a quick balance check on his bank account probably helps keep his blood pressure in check.
The new iPods are smaller, have better battery life, and are downright impressive. Want to see them torn down to PCB’s in the name of science? So do we! Check out the links below or after the jump for the full iFixit teardown off all three new models.
Apple's new iPod touch isn't capable of making phone calls, though if you hit up the "More Features" section of the device's product page, you might be led to believe otherwise. Why? Because Apple sucks at Photoshop.
That seems to be the most reasonable explanation as to why promotional images of the fourth-gen iPod touch show a phone function in the lower left corner, just like the iPhone. Furthermore, Apple replaced the iPod icon with a Music icon in the new iPod touch, though the promo shots show otherwise.
What most likely happened is someone at Apple got lazy and Photochopped a pic of an iPhone screen onto an iPod touch body, thus qualifying Apple for another ticket on the Fail Boat, right behind Microsoft's Photoshop team.
Well that was fast. A refresh of the product page shows someone at Apple knows how to wield a Photoshop brush, after all.
Popular VoIP provider Vonage this week introduced the Vonage Mobile application for Facebook, a free service that allows Facebook friends to make mobile calls to each other for free.
"The Vonage Mobile app for Facebook is a tangible example of our commitment to deliver extraordinary value and a better communications experience for individuals and their social networks, across broadband-enabled devices, around the world," said Marc Lefar, Chief Executive Office of Vonage Holdings Corp. "This is just the start. In the future we will expand on this service to include a wide range of integrated voice and messaging services that change the way people communicate."
The downloadable app is completely free and is available for iPhone, iPod touch, and Android devices, and coming soon for the iPad. According to Vonage, it works over Wi-Fi and 3G/4G networks in most countries, and only requires logging into the service one time. After that, Facebook contacts are automatically loaded and grouped by friends who can be called for free and those who can only instant message.
Now that the initial frenzy over Apple's iPhone 4 has started to subside, tech chatter has turned to the next-gen iPod Touch. As the rumor goes, the updated iPod will come with a front-facing 5MP camera that's able to shoot HD video at 720p. But is the rumor accurate?
"John Lewis has just spilled the new specs at its Xmas in July event in central London," writes Electricpig.co.uk. "This is all speculation but John Lewis is one of Britain's biggest retailers so its sources are likely to be pretty savvy."
If they're as savvy as all the ones who predicted LeBron James would go to Miami last night, then you can take the retailer's predictions to the bank. In addition to an HD camera, John Lewis says the upcoming iPod will come with YouTube uploading, an accelerometer and gyroscope, and FaceTime with calls over Wi-Fi, which suggests a front-facing camera too.
Amazon's Kindle reader apps for Apple's iOS devices – the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch – now support books with audio/video elements. The ability to play embedded video/audio, however, does not extend to its flagship eReader. There are currently 13 e-books that leverage this new feature, including five travel guides, a cookbook promising “heavenly cakes”, and a knitting guide for beginners.
"In the new Kindle Edition with audio/video of 'Rick Steves' London,' the embedded walking tours allow customers to listen to Rick as they explore the sites of London," said Bill Newlin, publisher of Avalon Travel. "Rick's narration adds depth to the reader's experience, while listeners can follow the routes more easily with the text."
Apple is trying to present the iPad as an alternative to dedicated eReaders like Amazon's Kindle. Factor in the growing number of mobile devices capable of doubling up as eReaders and dedicated eReaders begin to appear vulnerable.
But Amazon harbors no intentions of going down with the ship it commands, if it does drown. The company is hedging its bet by porting the Kindle experience to disparate consumer devices. It currently provides free reading apps for the PC, Mac, iOS devices and Blackberry, and plans to support Android soon. Its software presence across a wide range of devices is like an insurance policy against the threat these very devices pose to its eReader.
Try playing hide-and-seek against Netflix and you'll lose every time. There's just no hiding from Netflix and its streaming service, which is available on all three major game consoles, television sets, standalone players, Blu-ray players, and just about everywhere else.
Netflix's aggressive streaming strategy paid off big for early adopters of Apple's iPad bemoaning the lack the Flash support. Available on the same day the iPad launched, the free app gives Netflix subscribers access to the streaming service's online catalog of movies and TV shows, while also giving iPhone and iPod owners a touch of envy, though not for long.
"Terrific response to our news today about Netflix on the iPad," Steve Swasey, VP of Corporate Communications, wrote in a blog post. "For those of you asking whether Netflix will be on the iPhone and iPod touch: We wouldn't invite you to dinner without planning to serve dessert. In other words, we're working on it so stay tuned."'