If you picked up a first generation iPod Nano back before it went mainstream, it’s time to turn your drawers upside down and find yourself a shipping box before it explodes. Almost 6 years after it was introduced, Apple is finally expanding its battery recall program beyond Korea, and is offering everyone a free trade up to the new design. Why wait so long you ask? According to an Apple spokesperson, the likelihood of a problem increases as the battery ages.
When the Zune HD launched everyone was bothered by the lack of apps. It seemed like the perfect platform for it. Microsoft did eventually grace us with a few games and miscellaneous goodies. But as we all know, you can’t have an application platform without at least one Twitter client. Well, today the Zune HD got just that, a Twitter app.
The app can be found on the Marketplace right this second. It is first and foremost, a very attractive Twitter client. As it turns out, it’s also inexplicably laggy. The Zune HD packs the impressive Nvidia Tegra chip, but this app somehow obfuscates the power of the hardware. Just scrolling through and refreshing tweets seems to cause random crashes. Many are finding that touches aren’t being correctly interpreted either.
The truly confusing thing here is that the app actually censors tweets. As one astute reader tipped Engadget, any profanity is automatically replaced with asterisks. This is a move right out of Apple's App Store playbook, but worse because it is doing live censoring of content. Yes, the app is free, but keep in mind this device has a web browser capable of displaying all manner of online obscenity. Hopefully a software update will fix these problems. Hit the comments with any thoughts you have on this.
Without any fanfare, Korean company Lisse has updated is MyRacer line of portable media players (PMPs) with a more conventional looking unit, the MyRacer H10.
The latest model comes equipped with a 1280 x 720 LCD display, giving users the same 720p playback as some 13-inch notebooks provide. It also features an HDMI-out port, FM radio, voice recording capabilities, and speakers.
As for compatibility, the MyRacer H10 comes capable of playing back a wide variety of file formats, including RM, RMVB, AVI (Xvid, DivX), WMV, ASF, DAT, MPG, MP4, VOP, SMI, MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, OGG, FLAC, and APE. It also supports JPEG, BMP, GIF, and TXT file formats.
Thanks to Toshiba, geeks will soon have reason to try and get on Santa's 'Good' list this holiday shopping season. The company's Storage Device Division (SDD) today announced what it claims is the world's first dual-platter 240GB 1.8-inch hard drive for use in portable media players, camcorders, and other gadgets. Toshiba also introduced a single-platter 120GB model.
The two new PATA hard drives take areal density up to an impressive 344 gigabits-per-square-inch. Toshiba said the feat was made possible using its fourth-generation perpendicular magnetic recording technology, which bodes well for future devices utilizing the 1.8-inch form factor.
In addition to offering a higher capacity, Toshiba said its 240GB drive comes optimized for power performance and offers a 33 percent overall improvement in energy consumption efficiency when compared to the company's previous generation two-platter 160GB drive.
No word yet on pricing or specific availability, though Toshiba did say its "new 1.8-inch HDDs will be incorporated into CE and mobile PC products shipping this holiday season."
Just when we’d concluded that there was nothing new under the sun when it comes to digital music players, along comes the Slacker Portable Radio to smash all our preconceived notions. This $200 device takes the music-discovery innovations pioneered by Pandora and Last.fm and puts them in the palm of our hand.