Nintendo wants the Wii to appeal to elderly people, mothers and young girls. Nintendo wants to expand the market for the Nintendo Wii in new underdeveloped segments. They think with the low price and the intuitive game play to attract non-gamers as ...
Talk about a truly versatile in-dash DVD player from JVC - the new KD-AVX2 comes with a built-in 3.5" widescreen display that is guaranteed to keep you and your passengers entertained with crystal clear images throughout the long drive. Not only does it play DVDs and CDs, the KD-AVX2 also comes with an integrated AM/FM tuner, supports WMA and MP3 file formats, is Satellite radio ready, and built-in 5.1 surround sound technology. You can also pick up the KS-PD100 iPod adaptor and use it to control your very own iPod. The KD-AVX2 is extremely well designed and ought to appeal to anyone looking for a full-featured in-dash DVD player. Pick one up for $549 today - make sure you keep it in the Autosafe whenever you leave your car.
Forking out some heavy dough on a personal home theater is one thing, but furnishing it with a diamond-studded seat is a totally different ball game. Check out the seat on the left which comes with a real diamond plate. There are also headlights located on both ends of the armrests to provide better visibility for your personal butler when he goes forward to change the DVD during one of your Lord of the Rings trilogy marathon sessions. A pretty tiny TV screen is attached to the handle, although we haven't figured out what it is used for. Probably to show how much money you have left in your bank account, which probably registers as too much if you can afford such a bling seat.
Music sharing pioneer Napster is looking for a new owner. In investor tongue this sounds like: "Napster (Nasdaq: NAPS) announced today that in response to recent third party interest in establishing strategic partnerships or potentially acquiri...
LG did not forget the visually handicapped by unveiling a new cellphone which comes with a built-in e-book reader. This e-book reader cellphone is capable of reading from a text e-book or an audio e-book which is stored on a microSD memory card. The new cellphone comes in a slider form factor and is equipped with Bluetooth connectivity, enabling it to function as a walkie-talkie over a distance of 100m. There is no word on pricing and availability at the moment. Hopefully, the introduction of this handset will spur more visually impaired people to take up the cellphone as an everyday communications device.
Samsung's K5 MP3 player was the star attraction at their stand at IFA this month, as it sat their looking all pretty before wowing us with it's slide out speaker. It also features an FM radio and touch sensitive buttons. It's available as a 1GB, 2GB or 4GB model.
Samsung are selling the K5 based on the strength of the design, as well as the fact that it's got integrated speakers. And I'll admit, people do like the design - the touch sensitive keypad is lit with blue buttons (very Samsung), which is echoed on the screen with blue and green graphics, very much like the skins on Windows Media Player.
The speaker is hid underneath the screen, and flicks out with a satisfying clunk. Once it's displayed the player automatically switches to playing through the speakers. It also switches the display to horizontal so that you can lean it on a desk or where ever you happen to be.
Because of the speaker, you can set the player to act as an alarm, allowing you to either wake to one of several preset tunes, or to a song selected from your library. Like many mobile phone alarms, you can set it to come on on specific day. You also can't wake to the FM radio, since the headphones act as a antenna.
When I first whipped this out in front of someone, the first question they asked was 'why the speakers'. To which I answered, without really thinking, that it was so you could listen without headphones. And then they asked again - why? And they're right. The speakers are tinny, and although go quite loud, tend to be full of distortion at it's highest volume point. There are actually no circumstances where you'd choose the speaker over headphones, as far as I can see. They also double the width of the player, which seems to go against what every other manufacturer is striving for at the moment. And it's not that I begrudge not following the pack. It's just that if you do, I think you have to prove that you did it well.
The keypad is touch sensitive, which makes for a lovely design. Unfortunately, I suffer from lazy fingers, which means although I mean to hit only one button, I often stray over and pause the tracks accidentally. For a while, this lead me to conclude that it had an awful interface, until I realised it was the fault of my lazy fingers. Damn them. And of course with a touch sensitive keypad comes grubby finger marks. No matter how clean you think you are, this player wants to prove otherwise.
I've never come across Samsung earplugs like these before, and they're really difficult to describe, hence the picture to the left. The bulk of them sit outside the ear, and it is a bulk, making them feel like they're going to drop out at any moment. There's probably some designer whose ears they fit perfectly, sitting somewhere at Samsung's head office, but it's not mine. However, having said that, the sound through the headphones is very good.
Compatible formats for the K5 are MP3, WMA and Jpegs. However, with a screen size of 1.7" you won't be able to see a whole lot of your pictures, and some of the detail is inevitably lost.
There's no getting around it - you're paying a premium for the speaker in the K5. A 1GB model costs £120 whilst you'll pay up to £180 for the 4GB version. That's £50 more than the recently released iPod Nano, which, lets face it, is likely to be the leader in this market of attractive medium sized memory MP3 players. I just don't think I'd be happy to pay the extra for speakers I don't think I'd use, at the cost of not just a serious chunk of cash, but also the line of my jeans when I stick it in my pocket.
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