Apple Reinvents iPod nano With Multi-Touch Interface

Apple unveiled a completely redesigned iPod nano featuring Apple’s Multi-Touch interface that lets users navigate their music collection by simply tapping or swiping a finger on the display. Nearly half the size and weight of the previous generation, the new iPod nano features a polished aluminum and glass enclosure with a built-in clip, making it instantly wearable.

The new iPod nano features Genius Mixes, the ability to create and edit playlists, a built-in FM radio with live pause and up to 24 hours of music playback on a single battery charge.

“This is the biggest reinvention of the iPod nano since its debut in 2005, and we think users are going to love it,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Replacing the click wheel with our Multi-Touch interface has enabled us to shrink the iPod nano into an amazingly small design that is instantly wearable with its built-in clip.”

The new iPod nano with Apple’s Multi-Touch interface allows users to access their songs, artists, albums and playlists with a tap or swipe of their finger on the display. Holding down a finger returns the user to the Home screen, and users can easily use two fingers to rotate the screen if it is clipped onto their clothing upside down. Users can also customize their Home screen by simply dragging icons from other screens onto the Home screen.

iPod nano also features Shake to Shuffle, giving music lovers the ability to shake their iPod nano to shuffle to a new song in their music library. With its built-in FM radio, iPod nano lets you listen to your favorite radio stations, and live pause lets you pause and resume playing your favorite FM radio shows without missing a beat. Read the rest of this entry »


New Model Lets Consumers Access Live Mobile Television on a Portable DVD Player

Audiovox and FLO TV introduced the new Audiovox 7″ Portable DVD Player with FLO TV(TM), offering television, sports and movie enthusiasts another way to access live mobile television. The Audiovox Portable DVD Player with FLO TV allows consumers to watch epic moments on live and time-shifted TV shows or relax with their favorite DVDs while on the go.

The player delivers high-quality picture and audio features, a built-in rechargeable battery, stereo speakers and a 7-inch diagonal 16 x 9 wide screen. With the FLO TV service, viewers can select from children’s programming (Disney Channel, Nickelodeon); live sports; breaking news (CNN Mobile, FOX News Channel) and hit shows to complement their DVD collection. Because the FLO TV service is delivered over America’s largest dedicated mobile TV network, there are no buffering or bandwidth issues for a hassle-free viewing experience.

“Audiovox has been successfully delivering the award-winning installed automotive FLO TV solution to retailers and car dealers since the beginning of this year,” said Tom Malone, president of Audiovox Electronics Corporation. “This new system expands our product offerings to the portable DVD market where we expect the addition of FLO TV will drive us to the leadership position there as well — showing consumers not only how to watch but, with the addition of FLO TV, expanding their options for what to watch as well. FLO TV’s breadth of TV content and Audiovox’s commitment to quality manufacturing makes a wonderful pairing for people who can’t miss a moment of their favorite shows.”

“This product represents the latest step in our ongoing efforts to bring live mobile TV to every small screen,” said Bill Stone, president of FLO TV. “With Audiovox’s Portable DVD Player with FLO TV, consumers who enjoy taking their media with them get the unique dual capability of playing DVDs and watching live television on the same device.” Read the rest of this entry »


Garmin, Mio and Navigon ship Portable Navigation Devices based on Siano’s state-of-the-art, multi-standard MDTV receiver chip technology

Leading mobile TV chip maker, Siano Mobile Silicon, announced that the world’s largest Personal Navigation Device (PND) makers, Garmin, Mio, Navigon and others – have integrated its leading MDTV receiver chips into their latest consumer GPS products. The design wins represent a major penetration of the consumer GPS market for Siano, further enhancing its position as a one-stop shop for MDTV chip solutions in emerging mobile TV markets.

Based on Siano’s family of high-performing receiver chips, the PND devices will offer a superior mobile digital TV (MDTV) viewing experience – enabling reception in the most extreme conditions to meet the high demands of PND users, such as crystal clear reception in tough urban canyons, and when traveling at high speeds. Siano enables all vendors with ‘free-to-the-user’ mobile TV viewing, transmitting television programmes from major terrestrial television channels. Representative of Siano’s global market reach, the navigation plus TV devices with Siano inside are available in Korea, Europe, China, and Brazil, supporting the different mobile TV technologies of these regions.

“Personal Navigation is a perfect fit for mobile TV roll-out.” said Alon Ironi, CEO of Siano. “Characterized by large screens, powerful graphics/video performance and mobility – digital television on-the-go is the ultimate complementary feature for navigation devices. We are excited to be working with the top global PND brands – and look forward to accelerating the adoption of mobile TV into GPS consumer markets worldwide.”

Michelle Abraham, Principal Analyst covering mobile TV at research firm In-Stat, added: “Mobile TV opens up audiences and markets for PND vendors. Given the consumers’ desire to access multimedia content on the go, combining GPS with additional entertainment services such as mobile TV is a must have criterion for PND players to maintain their competitive edge in the market.”

Siano will be demonstrating the latest in MDTV innovations at the upcoming CES exhibition in Las Vegas, 7-10 January, at the Hilton Central Tower.

Source: Siano Mobile Silicon


SuperPen Graphics Tablet

For aspiring graphic artists everywhere
Tablets are great for doing graphics work, or simply for use as an alternate input device. Use the pressure-sensitive wireless pen for drawing and editing images, or for performing typical mouse functions. You’ll also enjoy the handy pre-programmed shortcuts that are great for day-to-day functions such as cut-n-paste, web browsing (scrolling, forward, back, etc) or even opening documents and folders. The package also includes a cordless mini-mouse allowing you to switch between them at any time!.

SuperPen Graphics Tablet

True Touch SuperPen

  • Easily Paint, Draw, Sketch, Sign, Markup documents
  • Send Handwritten email
  • Combines Keyboard, Mouse and Pen Functions into one integrated device
  • All mouse functions in a pointing device
  • Stylus pen with 512 levels of pressure
  • Support for Microsoft Handwriting Recognition
  • Hot Cells for launching applications and PenCommander functions
  • Pen Scrolling for easy browsing of documents and pictures
  • Remote, shared electronic whiteboard using Microsoft NetMeeting
  • UC-Logic Pen Tools, including PenSioner, Annotate for Word, Annotate All, PenCommander, and PenMail
  • Requires Win 98/2000/Me/XP, USB port
  • Dimensions: 6″ x 4″ (work surface), 9″ x 9″ (overall)
  • Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year

Price: $49.99 Where to buy: ThinkGeek.com


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