Wednesday, January 04, 2006

The V.O.T.M. is Al B. Sure!'s "Off On Your Own (Girl)"

The Video Of The Month is "Al B. Sure!'s" - "Off On Your Own (Girl)" from his first album In Effect Mode in 1988.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Sony's Memory Stick Pro Duo Making 8GB in 2006

"No real surprise, but it looks like Sony will be releasing their 4 and 8GB Memory Stick PRO Duo cards in 2006. So you'd better start saving up now if you really want to make your new Sony Ericsson W810i into a $1500 8GB MP3 playin' musicphone.'

T.T.N:Toshiba make a 0.85-inch 4GB in 2007!!!!

"Remember those Guinness Book of World Record setting 0.85-inch drives from Toshiba? You know, the ones that were hitting at the end of 2004 only to be delayed for mass production until the summer of 2005? Well, that very same 4GB 3600RPM spinner is now shipping. However, Tosh concedes that consumer electronics companies looking to actually mass produce product with the drives will have to wait until 2007 to take delivery. Jeepers. So what does Toshiba do after such a boondoggle? Easy, pledge to bump capacities to 10GBs using perpendicular recording techniques. Oh Toshiba, your insolent belief in the boundless possibilities of (your own) progress would make Bertrand Russell proud."

Monday, January 02, 2006

Hands-on with the iSee 360i

So last night at ShowStoppers (which is probably the weakest of the evening press events that flock around CES) we got to play with the iSee 360i, a new gadget we'd originally feared would turn out to be mere vaporware. In case you missed the announcement the other day, this thing is a dock for the iPod nano, iPod mini, and 4G and 5G iPods that lets you watch video on a 3.6-inch, 320 x 240 LCD screen (by using your iPod as USB mass storage drive to stash video and music and photos). We figured they'd find themselves on the receiving end of a cease & desist from Apple -- or at least the receiving end of some nastly glares from Stevie J. during Macworld next week -- but apparently the company is made up of ex-Apple people who have managed to secure both Jobs' blessing and a license for their dock adapter.

We only spent a few minutes playing with the iSee, but its QVGA screen was bright and clear -- we only wish they'd gone for a widescreen display -- and rather than try and reproduce the iPod's interface, they've decided to go with an icon-based UI that gives you the option of navigating your video and music collection by cover art.
The iSee obviously adds enough to your iPod to make it comparable in size and weight to an Archos AV500, but there's something undeniably clever about a device that lets you add some extra functionality to a gadget you already own. All they've got to do is bring the price down, $249 seems just a little too steep, doesn't it? Either way, their rep, Melanie Vuynovich (who was also our hand model for the shoot) told us that the iSee 360i will ship this quarter, we'll keep an eye out for the launch. Click on for more pics.