Internet provider halts plan to track, sell users’ surfing data http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/06/24/AR2008062401033.html… Read more
There's no way we'd bait the International Olympic Committee like that, knowing how notoriously aggressive they are about controlling their content. They hardly want anyone to see it. That's why all the digital content is Vista only this year. Rimshot! In other news of the day, Nokia bought Symbian, leading analysts to predict everything from global market takeover to complete and utter destruction.Listen now: Download today's podcast EPISODE 752
Nokia buys Symbian, turns software over to Symbian Foundation http://www.engadget.com/2008/06/24/nokia-buys-symbian/ http://news.cnet.com/Symbians-new-role-in-mobile-apps-drama/2009-1039_3-6242423.html http://mashable.com/2008/06/24/nokia-acquires-symbian/… Read more
Remember the Logitech iPod AudioStation? First it was $50 (after rebate), then $29.99 (after rebate). Now you can scoop one up for a measly $19.99 (after...you know). Shipping will run you around $14, which seems steep given the price of the hardware itself, but your out-the-door total is still pretty low.
The AudioStation (originally $150) is an iPod speaker dock paired with an AM/FM tuner. It includes a wireless remote, an audio input jack (for connecting non-iPod players), and composite and S-Video outputs (for watching iPod videos on a TV). It charges your iPod, of course, … Read more
Details of AOL's streaming radio application for the Apple iPhone 3G have surfaced after it was revealed that the application won an Apple design award for "Best Entertainment Application" at this year's WWDC. The free application will be available for the iPhone 3G next month, allowing users to stream 200 AOL online radio stations and 150 terrestrial radio stations over both Wi-Fi and 3G cellular connections.
While news of streaming radio capabilities coming to the iPhone is certainly exciting, personally, the thought of listening to terrestrial and AOL online stations doesn't exactly get my blood … Read more
EMI Group is the latest major music label to reach a settlement with XM Satellite Radio over the Pioneer Inno device, the companies announced Tuesday.
EMI, one of several music labels that filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against XM in May 2006, is withdrawing from the complaint. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
The initial lawsuit stems from XM's Pioneer Inno, which has the capability to record and store music delivered over satellite radio. EMI, along with other major music labels, had contended that the device could violate their copyrights.
With the settlement, EMI is joining Universal Music … Read more
The wildfire popularity of the iPod has given rise to many accessory businesses and other cottage industries, many of which are explicitly marketed for Apple's media player even when they'll work with others. Which, by the way, is exactly what makes this next item so distinctive: Not only is it aimed at a non-iPod product, but it's made specifically for the lowly Zune.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin said Thursday he expects the agency to make a decision soon about the Sirius Satellite Radio merger with rival XM Satellite Radio.
Martin said during an interview on CNBC's Squawk on the Street Thursday that he expected the commission to "do something soon." But he defended the long review process by saying that the deal was "extraordinary" and raised difficult issues. Specifically, he said the FCC already had a rule in place that prohibited the merger of the two satellite radio companies.
Originally, the agency barred satellite radio companies … Read more
Sometimes we wonder if product developers at Hong Kong-based Brando have a quota to fill on new releases. What else could possibly explain the thinking behind such creations as aromatherapy speakers, mouse label makers, and an MP3 stylus?
That's the only reason we can come up with, anyway, for its latest offering--a Bluetooth headset with a built-in FM radio, as seen on Coolest-Gadgets. Given all the choices there are on the market for wireless headsets, we seriously doubt that an integrated radio is going to tip the scales in favor of this one, especially for $53. At that price, … Read more
One of the best places to play practical jokes is the pool. And here's a perfect way to make your friends jump out of their skin while trying to enjoy a peaceful snooze in the sun.
Just when they're dozing off, float the submersible "RadioRaft" right next to them and blast 400 watts of sound from its five speakers--then sit back and enjoy. They'll forgive you after seeing the beer you have chilling in one of its six stainless steel cupholders, which sit adjacent to the waterproof storage compartment designed to hold an MP3 player.… Read more