Apple has announced its 2011 line of updated iPods, including updated versions of the iPod Touch and iPod Nano. The updated iPod Nano goes on sale today; the new iPod Touch goes on sale October 12. The iPod Classic and iPod Shuffle will remain unchanged.
The 2011 iPod Touch design is seemingly unchanged from last year, but will now be available in white in addition to black. Pricing for the base model has dropped from $229 to $199 (8GB), but higher capacity models are still priced at $299 (32GB), and $399 (64GB).
Update (11/07/11): You can find a comparison between the Amazon Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble's Nook Tablet on CNET's Android Atlas. The following piece compares the Kindle Fire to Barnes & Noble's older touch screen reader, the Nook Color.
In the aftermath of Amazon's Kindle Fire announcement, the world of budget-priced Android e-reader tablets just got a whole lot more interesting. If you're curious to see how the Kindle Fire stacks up against its closest competitor (the Barnes & Noble Nook Color), here's a handy spec-by-spec breakdown.
Japan is killing it this week with a working demo of touchable 3D, subway rail lightsabers, and a pregnancy simulation vest that's a little too realistic. Plus, a $900 robot that will shame you into weight loss, and Eric's take on the upcoming Star Wars game The Old Republic.
Toshiba is tossing a new 7-inch Honeycomb tablet into the fray this December, hot on the heels of the 10-inch tablet it launched in July. Pricing is yet to be determined, but with the original Thrive floating out there at around $400, let's hope this little guy comes in under that.
The Thrive 7 looks and performs just as if you'd blasted the 10-inch Thrive with a shrink ray. It's uses the same 1GHz, dual-core Nvidia processor, the same 1GB of RAM, same front and rear cameras, and most surprisingly--the same screen resolution.
I'm a little worried for the iPod. The poor guy has been out of the limelight for years now, desperately vying for attention against the iPhone and iPad. The iPod Shuffle had an identity crisis and lost its button (it's back now, don't worry). The iPod Nano had a case of touch-screen envy. And the Classic, well, just stayed the same.
Now, press invites for Apple's October 4 event have gone out, and there's no mention whatsoever of the iPod.
Historically, Apple's product announcements are like clockwork. There's a new iPad in April, a new iPhone in June, and a new crop of iPods in September. This year, though, Apple threw a wrench in the works. Summer came and went without a new iPhone, and here we are at the end of September without a single new iPod--not even a rumor of one.
But if you can put sentimentality aside, it's really not a bad time for Apple to stick a fork in the iPod.
For starters, this year (October 24) marks the 10-year anniversary of the iPod. That's quite an achievement, but it's also a nice place to bookend things. I can imagine Apple saying, "It had a great run, now go buy an iPhone."
Also, the iPod just isn't the moneymaker it once was for Apple. In the fourth quarter of 2010, iPod sales made up just 8 percent of Apple's total revenue, and they have been in a steady decline ever since the iPhone's introduction.
A big part of Apple's success is because of its focus on making just a handful of great products and curating an experience around them in its famously minimal retail stores. If today's iPod is just taking up space without paying the rent, maybe it's time to go. … Read more
Samsung's answer to the iPod Touch (or perhaps the Dell Streak) may finally be hitting U.S. shores. In fact, Samsung has two of these nontablet, nonphones lined up to go on sale in the U.S. starting October 16.
Named after their respective screen sizes, the Galaxy Player 4.0 and Galaxy Player 5.0 deliver the Android smartphone experience, minus calling, texting, and a cellular data connection. These guys are just for fun, and are priced accordingly. The Galaxy Player 4.0 starts at $229 (8GB), and the Galaxy Player 5.0 goes for $269 (8GB).
This week, Donald and Eric discuss two street-legal TRON-inspired lightcycles at opposite ends of the price spectrum. Plus, we creep out on a way to perform real-time video face substitution, and the implications it will have on the future of video chat and our children. In geek news, Eric nominates an actor for Zombie of the Year and sounds off on Gears of War 3.
As of today, Sony's Android 3.2 Tablet S is shipping across North America. The target audience: Apple-averse tablet fans with $500 to $600 to spend on a tablet newcomer (minus the 500,000 or so potential customers that bought discontinued HP TouchPads). OK, honestly, I have no idea who these people are. If they're the same people (not) buying RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook, Sony might be in trouble.
Ever the optimist, I really want to believe there's a market for premium-quality Android tablets out there. If so, Sony is poised to capitalize on it with the … Read more
It was only a matter of time before the Crave podcast was invaded by robots. Fortunately, this week's robot overlord is the insanely adorable, soon-to-be-available My Keepon robot by BeatBots. The pint-sized dance bot is joined by its co-creator Marek Michalowski, who explains the robot's origins and its road to commercial viability.