March 27, 2009

Orange Releases Liveradio for UK

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If you live in the UK, Switzerland, France or Spain, Orange has some good news. The France-based Liveradio will give you access to more than 5,000 Internet stations and over 11,000 news, sports, music, and comedy podcasts. You can personalize your content, mark your favorites and hook the device up via Ethernet or WiFi. An additional plus is the ability to play music stored in your PC and access to audio books. Liveradio is available for €99 while charges depend on your subscription. You can also download it on your iPhone.


Via Web Wire

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March 11, 2009

Sony's (New and Old) Surround Bar Systems

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Sony has unveiled their new Surround Bar System. The HT-CT500 has 400W power, 3 HDMI ports, a Walkman interface, FM tuner, Dolby Digital and DTS support. The 50mm deep component can be mounted or placed on a stand. Expect the system to come out in June in Japan for ¥60,000 (~$620.00.) If you cannot wait and are seeking something similar, Sony also has a HT-CT100 Sound Bar with Sub-Woofer for less than half that price.

Via I4U

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March 10, 2009

Alaska and Southwest Airlines Test WiFi

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Alaska Airlines has joined the ranks of American, Delta and Air Canada to offer its customers Satellite technology from Row 44. The Inflight WiFi can be used with a laptop, smartphone, PMP or any other wireless device to browse and gain access to corporate networks via VPN. The service is beginning in one flight that runs between Seattle and San Jose on their Boeing 700/737 planes and if successful, will be available on other flights. The company has said that it will allow consumers to determine what is a fair price after the trial period, but knowing how airlines are now charging for meals and other extras, don't be surprised at the results.

Trying to keep up, Southwest Airlines has also announced it is beta testing a service on three of their planes. After the trial, expect to pay about $10.00 per day.

Via Alaska World

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March 9, 2009

Sonos System Wins iF Gold

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Sonos has just been awarded an iF (Internal Forum Design) Gold Award 2009 in Germany. There were only 50 companies that received the award, so it is no wonder that they are so excited. Other products that won included Royal Philips' Sound Bar Home cinema system, the
Macbook Air
and the Sony Cybershot DSC-T77. A full list of winners can be found on the link. Our congrats to Sonos.

(Thanks, Thomas)

Via iF (translated)

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March 5, 2009

HDMI Digital Viewer Displays Media on Your HDTV

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Make everyone suffer through the equivalent of home movies with the Hi-Den Vision HDMI 1080p Digital Photo Viewer. The HD-0301 lets you show off photos, video clips and MP3 music files on your HDTV. The device supports most flash memory cards with its CompactFlash Type I/II slots. Use the front USB port for larger files on a portable hard drive. There is also an extra connector for another HDMI gadget, such as your DVR. The view comes with a $59.99 price.

Via Hi-Den Vision

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March 4, 2009

Yamaha AV HD Amplifier Works With Multi-Remotes

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Yamaha Japan's latest AX-V465 5.1ch AV Amplifier supports both 1080p HD input and output. Control from your Panasonic, Toshiba, Hitachi, Sharp, Mitsubishi, or Sony remote with its HDMI Link. Look for it to come out in March with a price of ¥50000 (~$512.00.)

Via Akihabara News

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March 3, 2009

CasaTools Multi-Room Music Server

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CasaTools has unveiled their XL Music Servers that can receive up to 9 music sources by touchscreen, depending on the model. Pre-loaded with their CasaTunes software, the device has a 250GB hard drive that can hold over 1,600 albums or 20,000 songs. Additional music can be added via CDs, iPod, or Internet downloads. Add to that external streaming from AM/FM, satellite and SHOUTcast. Their XLi has four internal music sources and can be used in up to 6 rooms. The XLe comes with 5 sources and can control up to 12 rooms. Add 4 external boxes and you have 48 rooms of tunes. The XL Server can also be controlled from your computer and will be available sometime this quarter at a price starting at $1,499.99.

Via CasaTools

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February 26, 2009

Kenwood DTS Surround Sensation

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It even looks rather Bose-y. Kenwood is developing a CD system they refer to as a DTS Surround Sensation. According to the translated press release, the system is compatible with digital audio players, PC and even telephones with 3D sound. Perhaps more details will appear following its debut at the A&V Festa 2009 in Japan this week.

Via Kenwood (translated)

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URC PSX-2 Does More Than Your iPod Can

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The Universal Remote Control's PSX-2 is more than your average dock. It has hundreds of IR codes that not only cover every one on your iPod or PMP, but has some that aren't, such as alpha searches and EQ command settings. Connect to a TV and get metadata like cover art, songs, album and artist. Shortcut keys have access to genres, playlists, music videos and podcasts and there are 12 different shuffle options. An HD video output means you can hook it up to your HDTV and it can sync with your computer on a home network. URC also has an optional wireless keypad and touchscreen that can be used en lieu of a television making your house even more connected. The PSX-2 will debut with a $399.00 price, high for a normal dock, but not so bad for a super-system.

Via Ubergizmo

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February 25, 2009

Sentry Combines Old and New Tech

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Sentry's SoundBox
combines retro with modern technology. The wood cabinet houses and AM/FM radio, digital alarm clock, backlit display and a handy pop-up cradle input for your iPod or MP3 player. There is also a calendar with date and day. The SoundBox comes with a recently reduced price of $35.99.

Via Sentry Soundbox


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