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Creative's ZEN line-up of products has just been refreshed with a couple new media players dubbed the ZEN X-Fi Syle and ZEN Style portable.
Both units are good for music and video playback on the go with capacities ranging from 8GB to 32GB.
The ZEN X-Fi Style uses a 2.4-inch sized LCD with a resolution of 320x240. As well as giving audio and video playback functions, it has an FM radio feature, built-in speakers, USB connectivity, video output and battery life of up to 25 hours audio / 5 hours video playback. As the name denotes, it also sports Creative's X-Fi technology for improved audio quality. Dimensions of the unit are 83.6 x 48.7 x 11.7 mm with a weight of just 56 grams.
Shifting focus to the ZEN Style Portable series; the ZEN Style 100 and ZEN Style 300 can be purchased in capacities of 4, 8 and 16GB and features a 1.8-inch TFT displaying a resolution of 128x160. These units measure 79.5 x 40 x 13.6 mm and includes such features as an alarm clock, calendar, voice recorder and has a battery life of up to 32 hrs (audio). The difference between the ZEN Style 100 and 300 is that the 300 includes an FM radio feature and built-in speaker.
The fully decked out ZEN X-Fi Style can be purchased from 79.99 to 179.99, depending on what capacity you want, whilst the smaller Style 100 and Style 300 players range from 39.99 / 79.99 and 49.99 / 89.99 respectively.
So we brought you some information from the Apple event through the wonderfull power of the Live blog.
We told you that Apple is trying to put Multitasking into the iPhone/iPod Touch and also into the iPad. All of this is more than likely in response to Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 and the Palm Pre's WebOS.
What we did not know until recently was what it would look like in play and how it would work. As the real thing will not be out until this summer (think June) we have to rely on videos like the one we found over at Gizmodo.
So take a look and you tell us if this is real multitasking, or if it is simply backgournder finally implemented into the OS
The iPod line of MP3 players has dominated the market since they debuted years ago. However, the iPod has not been without its problems.
The original iPod nano line was plagued with scratch issues that raised the ire of many owners. Many reviewers also has a big problem with the scratching of the player.
The wide spread issue eventually lead to a class action suit against Apple. Five years after those first iPod nano units were revealed, Apple has started sending out the checks to those who were part of the suit. The checks are for $37.50, so don't get too excited.
Apple's iPhone 0.4 announcement event has just concluded a bunch of new features were announced such as multitasking, folders, iBooks, GameKit, iAd and improved mail support.
Towards the end of the event, Jobs announced that OS 4.0 will be released to developers today and to consumers sometime in summer. The sad news is that not all features of OS 4.0 will be supported by the iPhone 3G or iPod touch second generation.
One of the features that won't make it to the iPhone 3G is multi-tasking support and that is a great disappointed, especially from someone who has made the move to the 3GS and intended on waiting for the iPhone 4G (or HD). Jobs said that the hardware is too old and multi-tasking is just out of the question.
Suffice to say and presumably multi-tasking will not be an option at all on the original iPhone. Is this a reason for consumers to upgrade to the 3GS now or wait for the next generation iPhone later on this year? Decisions, decisions!
Below we are live blogging the Apple iPhone OS 4.0 event. It is due to begin very soon at 1pm US EST and 10am US PST. Stay tuned - updates on the way!
Thanks a bunch to gdgt for the images!
Remember to hit F5 for updates!
11:07 US PST: Q&A time now, so that will conclude our live blogging coverage. We hope you enjoyed it!
11:06 US PST: OS 4.0 for iPad sometime in Fall.
11:05 US PST: Damn! OS 4.0 to support iPhone 3G and iPod touch second generation, but not everything will work that we saw today such as multi-tasking. Steve says the hardware just cannot support it.
11:03 US PST: "Let's review: multitasking, folders, iBooks, GameKit, iAd... these are just some of the over 100 user features, and over 1500 new developer API's in iPhone OS 4.0." There was also mail, too.
10:59 US PST: To re-cap, developers will get a preview build of OS 4.0 today and consumers can get hold of it sometime in summer.
10:58 US PST: Mini game within an ad - highly interactive, probably will have some success.
10:56 US PST: Again Apple is making a jab at Flash, saying it is all powered by HTML5!
10:55 US PST: They are not pulling the ads out of the apps, they are adding interactivity to the ads (video etc) in the apps. Apple sells and hosts the ads and they keep 40% of the revenue and 60% go to the devs. The new API is built into the iPhone OS - looks like the ads at the bottom of MSN messenger and Skype.
10:52 US PST: Steve is talking about adding emotion to the ads on the iPhone.
10:51 US PST: Ah, I see now... Steve is trying to take Google's spot as a mobile ad company. They are going to push peoples ads to mobile devices and claim 1 billion impressions per day - that's a lot.
10:50 US PST: Steve is rambling about search on a mobile device. Not sure where he is going with this.
10:50 US PST: Oh great, we get mobile ads now...
10:49 US PST: Apple has now ripped off Xbox Live, PSN and Steam. You have matchmaking, steam achievements and I am sure other things like in game ads.
10:48 US PST: Apple is opening up something called gaming, they are claiming they are larger than both the Sony PSP and the nintendo DS as a dedicated gaming platform. Wow - there is going to be a social gaming network, they are using matchmaking just like Xbox Live!
10:47 US PST: Wireless App distribution looks noce, you can control the apps your business users have on their iPhones. And SSL VPN is now going to be supported, that is pretty cool.
10:45 US PST: Now we see if they can catch up to Blackberry and WinMo for enterprise users. Apple is claiming better e-mail encryption, I am not sure about that. Apple is allowing data inside an app to be encrypted as well. I hope they do not leave the encryption key unsecured in the OS like it is now.
10:44 US PST: Winnie-the-Pooh is the free book, just like on the iPad. W00t... errr?!
10:43 US PST: iBooks is coming to the iPhone, no suprise there, it is another method of selling content to iPhone users.
10:42 US PST: You can also launch an app from inside mail by clicking on an attachment. This is something that we have wanted.
10:42 US PST: They are also adding a "fast inbox switching" feature. Mail will now let you organize by thread, just like Outlook 2010 has.
10:40 US PST: Mail is being updated... Apple is using a unified inbox. You can now have more than one Exchange account. Again, something that you have had with a jailbroken phone for a while.
10:39 US PST: They are allowing you to change the background wallpaper and lock screen just like the iPad.
10:37 US PST: Apple is allowing you to drag and drop apps on top if each other to crate folders. This is something that I could do on my old PPC-6700 years ago. 10:39 US PST:
10:37 US PST: Apple is now adding folders, something that anyone with a jailbroken phone has had for years.
10:36 US PST: Apple is using a "state" aware system to allow apps to be quickly switched back and forth.
10:34 US PST: Apple is bragging about Push notifications, it took them forever to get them, but now that they have them - they are annoying people the world over.
10:33 US PST: You can enable or disable location services per application. You also get a notification if something has asked about your location within 24 hours.
10:32 US PST: You can also use location aware apps like facebook, my space, flickr etc - nice if this is running a little icon pops up on the status bar.
10:31 US PST: Background location is another one they are pushing, this will let Apps like Tom Tom and Nvaigon run in the background while you are in another app. So, you can be on the web and still get told when to turn.
10:28 US PST: We are seeing a demonstration of how Skype works in the background. Nothing on how to actually quit an app that is running in the background though...!
10:27 US PST: Even with the phone locked, you can still recieve Skype calls. Not a bad little feature at all there!
10:26 US PST: Now we are seeing Skype up on the screen there is a VoIP implementation, too.
10:25 US PST: Pandora is claiming they add 30k new users per day on the iPhone. I am not sure I would brag about how easy it was to make Pandora background aware. It makes me think this could have been done a long time ago.
10:22 US PST: Pandora no longer stops when you change to another app, you can keep listening to the music.
10:22 US PST: Ah, they are distilling the Apps down to a few core services, that way if they all use the same ones they do not have to launch one for each app but use the same services dynamically.
10:21 US PST: Scott Forstall is coming up to the stage to explain the implementation of Apple's multi-tasking.
10:20 US PST: Steve is moving back and forth between open aps quickly and simply. This does look more like quick app swtiching and not multi-tasking, though!
10:18 US PST: Steve is showing the standard style of working right now... Looks like all you have to do is double click the home button to see what is running and easily open them, still no windowed mode though.
10:17 US PST: They say they have a new UI just for multi-tasking.
10:17 US PST: Hey, look at that Apple is finally allowing Multi-tasking! Apple is claiming they are going to be the best at multi-tasking, I wonder how Plam will feel about that claim?
10:16 US PST: Looks like they are releasing a Beta SDK. As of today the new OS will have over 1500 APIs, there is in app SMS, over a thousand Math-related APIs for the acclerometer. Apple is claiming a 5x digital zoom, you finally get the ability to create playlists on the iPhone and bluetooth keyboard support.
10:14 US PST: The preview is only a Dev Preview. It is not the full thing we are seeing here, the lauch is going to be this summer as per their usual.
10:13 US PST: Apple is bragging about their JD Power award for customer satifaction. Mobile Safari has a 64% share, I wonder if that would hold up if they allowed a competing browser on the iPhone.
10:11 US PST: The ABC app has not landscape mode, it is something of a dissapointment to be honest. Showing off Netflix, that is a great app, we have been playing around with it and think it is possibly one of the best ones to date!
10:10 US PST: Steve is talking about iPad specific apps, some of these are very nice, others are a little cheesey - just like the iPhone. Isn't this an OS 4.0 event? Come on!
10:08 US PST: Steve says that 600,000 iBooks have been bought as of today. I wonder how many Kindle Books have been bought for the iPad? Seems like the opening is a big "pat oursleves on the back" push for Apple.
10:06 US PST: Steve is bragging about the number of units sold, of course that number includes all the ones they sold to Best Buy.
10:05 US PST: Looks like they are bragging about the iPad during this press event. Not a big surprise, that they would brag about this.
10:02 US PST: Every one is filling up the theater, looking at it I see a lot of netbooks and notebook, not that many iPads... In fact I see no iPads.
10:01 US PST: Looks like things will be kicking off in a few minutes!
We are sure that it comes as no surprise that we are beginning to see a ton of crazy uses for the iPad. I have seen everything from a Bluetooth game of scrabble to a digital photo frame (the most expensive one I have ever seen) but this one takes the cake.
Someone took the time and effort to turn their iPad into a MIDI controller for Ableton. I am not sure why you would pay $500+ just to use an iPad for this when you can do it much easier with other Apps and also with the controls on the Mac itself. Still some people just need to be different. Check out the video which shows the tools used and how well they work.
Despite being told that Flash is all that is missing from the iPad we have stumbled upon and even larger issue. It all happened the other day when we were reading some news about the iPad and how a lack of Flash did not hurt it.
We looked at the sites in question and realized that there are additional problems with sites like, YouTube, Flickr, Photo Bucket, etc. The problem is that unless you use e App designed for it you cannot use the site like you really want to because you have no access to the file system. You cannot open the Flickr web page and upload images, you cannot up load a YouTube video straight from the web either. It is this simple and glaring issue that will prevent the iPad from beating out even the lowest priced net book.
Even getting this news post up from the iPad required me to switch to a PC to complete. We can only hope that for those of us that do want to use the iPad as a mobile computing device the jailbreak for it comes soon and also offers better access to the file system.
Back in the early days of handheld cell phones in the late 80's my dad had one of those giant beige brick phones. The best thing about that phone is that the thing is now obsolete.
A company called Stuart Hughes is betting that rich geeks will have a retro hankering for the giant phones of yore made more so by coating the thing in 22ct gold and 76 flawless diamonds amounting to 23ct. The Prive is ugly as those phones from the 80's, only shinier.
The handset sports a color LCD, text SMs capability, and WAP capability. The thing has a price tag of £139,995.00 and will be limited to ten units made. If they sell one, I will be surprised.
We already know Apple will be busy this Thursday holding a special event that will give a sneak peek on its next-gen iPhone OS 4 software. But this won't be the only thing that will take place.
Sources close to Apple are hinting that the company plans to unveil something else very big and future changing in relation to mobile advertising. If this is true it would without doubt bring a smile to Google's face, which might seem a little odd at first given Google is a direct competitor; but, as touched on here :-
We won't delve into the whole reason why Google would be excited about Apple getting into the mobile ad line of work, but we will say that it has a lot do with the Mountain View company's current situation with the Federal Trade Commission. They're trying to shake up the trees, and prove to the FTC that they have some mobile ad rivals, because they want to go ahead and purchase AdMob. Right now, that's in limbo, but the moment Apple enters into the game, Google's got no more worries.
This is all hearsay right now, but having purchased Quattro Wireless for well over a quarter of a million in January of this year, it's indicative of a step forward in a bigger venture Apple have had planned for a while now.
As we head towards the day when you will have real freedom over your iPad we are getting more and more glimpse of what that day will be like. We have seen shots from Geohot, Comex, and even Musclenerd from the Devteam. All of these show how a new 'untethered' jailbreak for the iPad may soon see the light of day.
One of the latest videos has popped up on Gizmodo and shows ZodTTD using one of his SuperNES emulators on an iPad. Once we start seeing things like this then we all know the jailbreaks are soon to follow. An hey, who knows, maybe this will lead to multitasking, windowed apps and much more this time.