When Jasmine and I evaluate MP3 players for CNET reviews, we always try to spend a few sentences describing any noticeable audio performance characteristics we detect during our subjective testing. We'll play around with all of the gadget's different EQ and sound enhancement options, listen back on our reference headphones, and run through a playlist of familiar music. We're only human, however, and hearing loss, ear wax, head congestion, and hangovers can skew our perceptions of audio quality from day to day. Thankfully, we have Eric Franklin.… Read more
Memory card maker SanDisk is launching what it claims is the industry's first premium mobile phone storage cards at the CommunicAsia trade show. Labeled under the company's Mobile Ultra lineup, the new memory cards will offer improved transfer speeds when used in compatible devices. According to a representative at the SanDisk booth, the Mobile Ultra media transfers data at up to 20Mbps, more than four times the 5Mbps attainable with the current SanDisk Mobile flash cards.
The new Mobile Ultra memory cards will be available for the microSD/SDHC and Memory Stick Micro (M2) formats at 2GB, 4GB, … Read more
Some Apple devotees wouldn't dream of questioning the Steve Jobs-sanctioned threeway between their Mac, iTunes, and their iPod. But the truth is that there are other fish in the sea when it comes to finding a Mac-friendly MP3 player (in fact, there are some great iTunes alternatives for Mac, too).
Maybe you're shopping for a player with an FM radio, a larger screen, better sound quality, or maybe you're just short on cash. Whatever your motivations, here's a roundup of our favorite non-iPod MP3 players for the Mac.
iPhone music stuff: http://crave.cnet.com/8301-1_105-9963889-1.htmlBest non-iPod MP3 players for Mac: http://reviews.cnet.com/4321-6490_7-6545983.html?tag=feat.2iMainGo 2: http://reviews.cnet.com/portable-speakers/imaingo-2-silver/4505-11313_7-33060592.html?tag=links;reviewRadius TruTune: http://reviews.cnet.com/mp3-players/sony-rolly-2gb-white/4505-6490_7-33059749.html?tag=prod.txt.2Sony Rolly: http://reviews.cnet.com/mp3-players/sony-rolly-2gb-white/4505-6490_7-33059749.html?tag=prod.txt.2… Read more
In the great cycle of technology, today is the day-after-Jobs-keynote when we are bummed about the morsels that were dished out the day before. Witness: iPhone activation, lockdown, and data plan woes. Also, ISPs take one big step down the slippery slope, the SUV takes a nosedive, and Stewart and Colbert hit Hulu. Rejoice!Listen now: Download today's podcast EPISODE 742
Apple may soon be free from AT&T http://news.cnet.com/8301-13506_3-9964695-17.html
iPhone 3G: AT&T memo to retail managers shows iPhone 3G policy http://gizmodo.com/5014909/att-memo-to-retail-managers-shows-iphone-3g-policy http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/08/06/09/3g_iphone_to_be_in_store_activated_free_upgrade_for_recent_buyers.html … Read more
Today, SanDisk announced the acquisition of MusicGremlin. As one of the pioneers of Wi-Fi-enabled MP3 players, MusicGremlin's expertise may help SanDisk resurrect its Sansa Connect MP3 player model, which was partially obsoleted by the demise of Yahoo's subscription music service earlier this year.
SanDisk's MP3 players are second only to Apple's iPod in terms of sales, and are characterized by their low price and wide file format compatibility. The addition of a Wi-Fi-capable portable music player to SanDisk's current product line would help the company stay competitive against new offerings from Haier, Slacker, and Microsoft. … Read more
Live blog: Steve Jobs at WWDC 2008 http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-9960064-37.html
What’s good for … Read more
SanDisk has killed off the Fanfare video download service and its companion hardware, the TakeTV. A terse note on the Fanfare Web site indicates that the "Fanfare beta has come to a conclusion, and the Fanfare application will be disabled as of 5/15/08." As for the TakeTV hardware, a representative for SanDisk has confirmed to CNET that the TakeTV is no longer being sold. However, she went on to point out that existing users still will be able to use the product's drag-and-drop feature for watching a variety of (non-Fanfare) digital videos on their TV. In other words, unlike those stuck with oversized paperweights when the Akimbo and MovieBeam services shut down, the TakeTV, at least, is still a usable product. … Read more
If there was any doubt about the state of solid-state drives, Computex seems to be putting it to rest.
SanDisk, TDK, and Intel, among others, are announcing new solid-state drives while Asus is launching the Eee PC 1000 with a larger-capacity drive.
Solid-state drives (SSDs) are used increasingly instead of hard disk drives in small computers like the Asus Eee PC and devices like the Apple iPhone because SSDs use less power and are generally more rugged--due to the fact that they have no moving parts.
It's fashionable to dismiss trade shows as so 1998, but there's usually always something that makes it worthwhile if you look hard enough. So it was, the coolest thing I saw at the RSA 2008 conference this week was a prototype portable virtualization technology that SanDisk will begin selling in the second half of the year.
The product, developed in conjunction with Check Point, lets you copy a protected version of your apps and then plug into any client machine. When you're done, the "virtualized" version of your desktop disappears after logging out.
My hunch … Read more