Microsoft really has its work cut out for them trying to get their Zune to rival the popularity of the iPod Touch and iPhone! I was interested in the new Zune HD but since it has no camera and limited apps, I opted to shell out top dollar for the new iPhone which I love. It'll be some time before Microsoft has enough apps to woo people accustomed to the great iPhone apps but they're offering a lot of money for app developers to program for the Zune. Good luck Microsoft, you've got quite a challenge ahead!
I heard there was an 4-track recorder iPhone app but I assumed that it was simple and crappy but it turns out that it was good enough for The 88 to record a song on. This video shows them in the recording process. The App is called Four Track by Sonoma WireWorks. Click on the iTunes link below to read more.
Apple just released a new iPod Shuffle that adds a feature no other iPod today has, the new shuffle will actually use a voice to tell you what song is playing. This will come in handy since the Shuffle is too small for a readable display. Other changes are that you now control it from the headphones. The only downside is that this means you can't just use any pair of headphones, you need the Apple brand headphones. The only two noticeable upgrades are the ability to use multiple playlists (you can use the VoiceOver feature to select your playlists) and the bump to 4GB of capacity. The price stays at only $79.
A lot of people found that their Zune was frozen this morning and panicked. I'm sure those (like me) who have an iPod were gloating but for those who have a frozen Zune, don't worry, it's not a big deal. Here's the fix from the official Zune website:
- Disconnect your Zune from USB and AC power sources.
- Because the player is frozen, its battery will drain—this is good. Wait until the battery is empty and the screen goes black. If the battery was fully charged, this might take a couple of hours.
- Wait until after noon GMT on January 1, 2009 (that's 7 a.m. Eastern or 4 a.m. Pacific time).
- Connect your Zune to either a USB port on the back or your computer or to AC power using the Zune AC Adapter and let it charge.
Apple just released a new iPod Nano and while it isn't exactly a huge remake it does have some sweet new features like a new slim design, accelerometer that senses how you're holding the iPod so the display will change from portrait to landscape and the new Genius feature to find more music that's similar to your favorites. Click on the Apple store link below for more info on the new iPod.
The new Archos 5 & 7 are pretty sweet-looking devices. They do everything that the older Archos machines did with some new features like web browsing, a touch screen and a beautiful new screen that makes my old Archos 420 look like junk (but I still love it and use it every day!). This seems like a shot at the valuable iPod Touch market but it doesn't make me not want to buy an iPod Touch it makes me want both!
While the Archos doesn't have the ease of use, iTunes or the huge fanbase of the iPod, it boasts one great advantage, the choice between a 60GB, 120GB or 250GB hard drive.Click here to check out the new Archos 5 at Amazon
Only a few people purchased the "I Am Rich" app for their iPhone before Apple yanked it from their online store. See what the fuss was about in this video. (source - Gizmodo)
I was pretty excited to hear that Apple would finally let developers make software for their popular iPhone but I was skeptical about the amount of control they wanted with the ir iTunes distribution model. Their claim is that they'll only approve quality programs that won't compromise the phone's security. Now with a generous 70/30 profit split (developers keep 70% of the profits) Sega has already sold over 300,000 units of their Monkey Ball game! Maybe someday I'll get an iPhone, more likely an iPod Touch but until then I'll be monitoring progress with the new apps. (source - WSJ)
In this day and age of electronics, rechargeable batteries are a necessity. I know that I have at least 20 rechargeable AA and AAA batteries lying around and I use a cheap charger when needed. When I found the La Crosse BC-900, I knew it was a must have for getting the most life out of my batteries.
Most chargers do a dumb charge and top off your current batteries but the BC-900 can give you stats for each battery so you can tell if one goes bad or isn't charging well. Not only that but it can discharge and recharge your batteries in order to give them the longest life possible.
- Works with all NiCd and NiMH “AA” and “AAA” Rechargeable Batteries
- LCD shows capacity for each battery when charging is complete
- Charges AA & AAA rechargeable batteries simultaneously
- Will not charge defective batteries
- Select different charging current for each channel
- Automatically switches to trickle charge when charging is complete to ensure maximum battery capacity
- Automatically defaults to 200mA charge (the optimal setting for prolonging battery life)
- Overheat detection to protect over-charging
- 7 Easy to Use Function Keys
- Charge Mode (charging current)
- Discharge Mode (discharging current)
- Refresh Mode (time elapsed)
- Test Mode (accumulated capacity)
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