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REVIEW: iSkin DuoBand for iPod nano

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Date: Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006, 11:41
Category: iPod

iskin-duoband-nano.jpgThe DuoBand is an iPod nano armband from iSkin. The DuoBand is different than other nano armbands (like the XtremeMac SportWrap I reviewed in May) because it is comprised of a thin silicone iPod skin that snaps into a hard polycarbonate frame.
Armband are a nice complement to the diminutive size of the iPod nano and are practically a requirement for the gym. The DuoBand keeps sweat away from the nano’s click wheel by completely covering it with the silicone sleeve. The wheel is still accessible through a hole polycarbonate in the frame when being worn.
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The Next iPod shuffle?

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Date: Monday, August 21st, 2006, 15:00
Category: iPod

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‘ve not seen one in ‘the flesh’, but the first images of the miniscule (think ‘iPod shuffle-size’) music player look very nice indeed. In particular, the OLED LCD display (similar to that used by the latest Sony music players) manages to be both attractive and clear.
Reviews have been mixed so far, software is PC-only, it won’t play AAC files, and the software and documentation appear to be flaky. But if Apple added this display techology to the iPod Shuffle…
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(Contributed by: Brett Jordan)

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The Apple Core: Why I don’t want a wireless iPod

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Date: Friday, August 18th, 2006, 08:39
Category: iPod

DigiTimes on Wednesday reported that a new iPod “may have wireless capabilities.” But then at the end of the same article they contradict themselves by noting that Apple Taiwan has denied it. While Wi-Fi might be cool, I sure don’t want Bluetooth wireless headphones…
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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iCarta – Let the Toilet Humor Commence

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Date: Monday, August 14th, 2006, 09:00
Category: iPod

AtechFlash market a range of flash memory-related prodcuts. What inspired them to add this to their range is a mystery, but it did make me smile, in an incredulous ‘what the?’ kind of way.
iCarta (a ‘Stereo Dock for iPodĀ® with Bath Tissue Holder’) will ‘Enhance your Experience in any room with your favorite music from your iPod.’ For those of you who are thinking ‘I can only think of one room in my house where I want a ‘Bath Tissue Holder’, think again… the ‘Integrated icarta-255.jpgBath tissue holder that can be easily folded as a stereo dock’… clever!
Features also include: ’4 Integrated high performance moisture-free speakers’, presumably ‘moisturised’ speakers will be made available as an optional extra in the future.
Oh, and before you reach for your credit card, the iCarta ‘Requires AC Power (AC Adapter included)’. So, if your WC is lacking in a mains socket, you’re out of luck!
Contributed by: Brett Jordan.

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Analyst: New iPod Video Delayed to First Half 2007

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Date: Wednesday, July 26th, 2006, 10:14
Category: iPod

Shaw Wu of American Technology Research revealed a number of features in Apple’s upcoming iPod-nano and video iPods, but feels technical hurdles could set back their releases.

“We previously believed that new nanos and the widescreen video iPod could ship in Q3 and Q4, respectively,” he tells clients in a research note, “however, we now believe that both could be delayed by a quarter or two.

“The video iPod, Wu believes, will be moved to the first half of 2007 as it faces problems around its battery and screen combination.

“Apple is aiming to increase both the screen size and improve the battery life – two conflicting attributes that are difficult to improve simultaneously and require significant engineering,” he writes.

It may be worth the wait, however. The new video-iPod will feature a host of new features and advancements over its predecessor, including an advanced graphics processor supplied by Nvidia adding “3D graphics functionality”, and possibly wireless capabilities.

International Business Times – New Apple iPod Details Surface

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Speck Products MobileTune

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Date: Wednesday, July 19th, 2006, 10:24
Category: iPod

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Being somewhat of an audiophile (read: snob) I’m not a big fan of FM transmitters for iPods. The sound quality is sub-par and you end up having to hunt for open stations far more often than is safe while driving at 60 MPH.
That said, it’s not always possible to have a direct iPod connection to your car’s stereo system. Heck, even auxiliary inputs are still somewhat rare on most head units. And if you have the factory radio that comes in most cars, you’re pretty much out of luck.
Enter the FM transmitter – the only economical solution for using an iPod in most cars. FM trannies come in every shape and size but the new MobileTune from Speck Products takes the cake in terms of design:

Soft leather, chrome details and a glowing, blue dial indicator give a distinctive look while the transmitter offers seamless iPod integration through your car stereo for the ultimate in-car experience.

At US$59.95 Speck’s MobileTune may strike you as a bit spendy, but you have to pay a little more if you want better materials. And hey, it’s better than another piece of black plastic in your car.

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Nike + iPod Sensor Internal Photos

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Date: Monday, July 17th, 2006, 08:00
Category: iPod


We just had a review
of the Nike + iPod system. Now we’ve managed to crack open the sensor
to get an idea of how it works. These are our current photos; we’ll
update this as we completely dissect the unit. After we’re done we’ll
try to put it back together and see if the iPod will recognize it.

Nike + iPod sensor internal photos

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Generation 6 iPods

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Date: Monday, July 17th, 2006, 08:00
Category: iPod


The iPod turns five years old this fall, and is due for its annual revamping. Apple keeps a tight lid on future plans, but here’s a look at three designs for Generation 6 iPods, along with three software features I’d like to see Apple deliver.
Apple has done a pretty good job in balancing the iPod’s features and simple usability. In some cases, they’ve withheld features that would unnecessarily complicate the device. Beyond the obvious demands for things like longer battery life and larger displays, there are a few nagging issues that I’d like to see addressed in the iPod software. Read more…
Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RoughlyDrafted

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iPod nano: Full Metal Jacket

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Date: Tuesday, July 11th, 2006, 09:52
Category: iPod

This reminds me of the metal iPod shuffle case (US$25) from Speck Products.

In an effort to reduce the player’s susceptibility to scratches, Apple has been experimenting with aluminum anodized enclosures similar to those used in the company’s iPod mini digital music players, sources familiar with the company’s music plans have said.In what Apple chief executive Steve Jobs called a major gamble, the company last September did away with its aluminum enclosed iPod mini, replacing the player with the ulta-thin polycarbonate-coated iPod nano.

AppleInsider | Apple’s new iPod nano may sport metal jacket

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Survey: Win an iPod nano

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Date: Wednesday, July 5th, 2006, 08:00
Category: iPod

ipod-nano-150.jpgEnter to win a FREE iPod nano by taking The PowerPage’s demographic survey.

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