Apple has confirmed that Nike+iPod integration, featured in the new second-generation iPod touch, will not be coming to prior iPod touch, iPhone, or iPhone 3G models. The restriction stems from the technology required to connect the touch 2G to the receiver without using the standard dongle, which is absent in prior devices. Furthermore, the dongle will not work with the devices listed above.
Sony has announced the ICF-CD3iP, a third-generation iPod/iPhone clock radio dock with a modern new look. The front has a circular housing that features a clock, AM/FM radio and a CD player. An attached base on the side holds the Apple device itself.
Music can be played using any of the sources and includes MP3 CDs and CD-R/RW audio discs. The iPhone or iPod are integrated with the alarm clock to wake up the owner and can be controlled using the included remote control. The ICF-CD3iP will be available in October with a price estimated at $100.
The new commercial for the 4th generation iPod Nano is out which also means the next big indie band is about to go mainstream. The song playing over all those pretty colors is “Bruises” by a group called Chairlift. By being featured in the commercial, they’ve received the Apple touch which grants one lucky, obscure band instant stardom. At this point, Apple has proven that every time an ipod is created, an indie band gets their wings.
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Research in Motion Ltd., the maker of BlackBerry phones, revealed today a phone that folds in half, a departure from the slab-like design that has defined its products.
The long-rumored phone will be called the BlackBerry Pearl Flip, and will be available from T-Mobile USA and with overseas carriers later this year, at an undisclosed price.
The “flip” or “clamshell” design, where the display and keyboard are separated by a hinge, is a popular one for conventional cell phones, particularly in the U.S. Jim Balsillie, co-chief executive of RIM, said 70 percent of handsets in the country have this shape.
“Bringing this form factor to the smart phone category is, we think, very special,” Balsillie said.
“Smart” phones expand the features of a regular phone with applications like Web browsing and e-mail access, which is RIM’s forte.
The Flip is the successor to the BlackBerry Pearl, which launched two years ago. It has a standard “candybar” shape. Both models have 20 keys and double up some letters on each key, in contrast to the wider, more professionally oriented BlackBerries that have more keys, and assign only one letter to each key.
RIM has done very well with the Pearl, which was its first entry into the consumer smart phone market. It turned the BlackBerry from an accessory for corporate e-mail slaves into a hot item for consumers who wanted a bit more from their phones.
Figures from research firm IDC showed that RIM nabbed 53.6 percent of the U.S. market for smart phones in the second quarter, though that figure was likely inflated because buyers looking at getting an iPhone from Apple Inc. were holding off in the quarter, waiting for a new model to arrive.
The Flip will complement T-Mobile USA’s relatively slow data network with Wi-Fi capability, and will even be able to place calls over Wi-Fi, which can alleviate problems with poor network coverage in homes and offices.
Balsillie said T-Mobile USA will be the exclusive carrier for the phone in the U.S. at least through the end of the year. Usually, BlackBerry’s phones start on one carrier and are later picked up by the other national carriers.
On November 25th 2008, Criterion will finally be releasing a Director-Approved Double-Disc Special Edition DVD of Wes Anderson’s first feature film Bottle Rocket. The official plot synopsis follows:
“Wes Anderson first illustrated his lovingly detailed, slightly surreal cinematic vision in this witty and warm portrait of three young middle-class misfits. Fresh out of a mental hospital, gentle Anthony (Luke Wilson) finds himself once again embroiled in the machinations of his best friend, elaborate schemer Dignan (Owen Wilson). With the aid of getaway driver Bob (Robert Musgrave), they develop a needlessly complex, mildly successful plan to rob a small bookstore—then go “on the lam.” Also featuring Lumi Cavazos as Inez, the South American housekeeper Anthony falls in love with, and James Caan as local thief extraordinaire Mr. Henry, Bottle Rocket is a charming, hilarious, affectionate look at the folly of dreamers. Shot against radiant southwestern backdrops, it’s the film that put Anderson and the Wilson brothers on the map.” The DVD retails for $39.95 and can be preordered HERE.