Hey, those are Mio's words, not mine. I'm not really sure what makes its new Mio DigiWalker C220 "spunky," but I know that it's pretty darn affordable for an in-car GPS device. Priced at a budget-friendly $250, the C220 is an entry-level system that's aimed at everyone from the college student to the retiree and comes with maps of the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii) preloaded on an SD card. There are no frills here, just the basics--text- and voice-guided turn-by-turn directions; a 3.5 million points-of-interest database; a 3.5-inch, 65,000-color … Read more
Sales of plasma TVs are humming along, but declining prices led to the category's first-ever year-over-year revenue decline. While that's not such good news for manufacturers and retailers, it's fantastic for consumers.
Unit sales of plasmas brought in $181 million to retailers in February 2007, a 16 percent drop from the $216 million in sales the same month last year, according to data collected by The NPD Group.
Although the number of plasma sets sold was up 30 percent over the same period, the average selling price was $1,688, representing a 35 percent decrease.
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At Palm's analyst and investor conference in New York Tuesday, CEO Ed Colligan announced the company is investing in a new Linux-based platform for its line of Treo smart phones.
Colligan said the Linux platform "will build a new foundation for Palm" and give the company, users and developers more flexibility.
The platform has been in development for "a number of years," he said, but emphasized repeatedly that Palm is still committed to the Palm OS and will continue to ship products based on that platform.
Those were the only details provided.
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The release of Apple TV a few weeks ago has opened up an intriguing new possibility: streaming music from iTunes on your home computer to your cell phone.
No, Apple TV does not stream over the Internet or across a cellular phone network, but the SlingBox does. And Sling Media, the makers of the SlingBox, confirmed to CNET News.com on Monday that the company is working on making the Slingbox compatible with Apple TV. The most likely--and compelling--scenario would be to allow the streaming of Apple TV content (which is synched with a PC) to a mobile device.
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We first got a glimpse of Cowon's super-portable media player, the Cowon Q5, back at CES 2007, but details were pretty foggy on specs, pricing, and availability. However, things are clearing up as the company has announced final pricing and specs for the United States, and the forecast for this PMP looks quite rosy.
First, the Q5 will come in two models: a 40GB version for $499.99 and a 60GB version at $549.99. Both devices are expected to ship by the end of Q2 (sorry, Cowon didn't get any more specific than that), and they … Read more
At long last, the wait is finally over! Today, Nokia officially announced the U.S. availability of the much-coveted Nokia N95. You can get your hands on this hot little Symbian smart phone now, through Nokia's flagship stores, select wireless retailers, and online Nokia shops, all for a measly $750 for an unlocked version. *Gulp.* Some of the highlights of this all-in-one wonderphone include integrated GPS with navigation software, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a 5-megapixel camera, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and an innovative two-way slider design. The downside? No support for U.S. 3G networks. Ahh, man. So is it … Read more
Over the weekend, GameSpot reported that a couple of important new updates were on their way for the Xbox 360. First, Microsoft announced that a system update would be available starting the week of May 7; the spring update includes revisions to the Xbox 360 Dashboard and Xbox Live Marketplace.
"The biggest change in the cards. . .is the addition of Windows Live Messenger functionality," the GameSpot story says. "In addition to letting Messenger users on the PC chat with their 360-having friends, the update will also let Xbox 360 owners see if any of their Messenger contacts … Read more
Fabrik announced today a new family of sleek desktop hard drives that incorporates 2GB of free online storage through the company's MyFabrik Web service: SimpleDrive. The new drives (designed by Pininfarina, longtime designer of the Ferrari) come in several capacities, which are color-coded: 160GB (red); 250GB (white); 320GB (blue); 500GB (black); 750GB (charcoal); and 1TB (charcoal). All feature a single, 3.5-inch hard drive from Hitachi, including the 1TB version. This is the first single-disk, 1TB external hard drive on the market.
Initially, all versions will ship with USB 2.0 interfaces, but in May, Fabrik plans to ship … Read more
Do you drive a lot? Thinking of buying an in-car GPS device? Or do you just love tech and have always dreamed of being a part of the product testing process? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you might be interested in a new program that Dash Navigation announced today. The company is recruiting 2,000 drivers to road test its innovative portable navigation system, the Dash Express, before the product is officially launched later in the fall. Just as a quick refresher, the Dash Express is the first Internet-connected car GPS system and offers Yahoo … Read more
It was President Herbert Hoover who campaigned on the promise of prosperity under his administration when he vowed "a chicken in every pot, a car in every garage."
Michigan state Democrats want to do him one better: an iPod for every child. An unsigned editorial in The Detroit News is, to put it mildly, not a fan. "An iPod for every kid? Are they !#$!ing idiots?" the headline screams.
The state is apparently facing a budget crisis--to the tune of $1 billion. On Thursday, House Democrats delivered a spending bill that includes the idea of putting $… Read more