Doom on Your iPod Nano

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Date: Thursday, November 10th, 2005, 10:42
Category: iPod

Programmers Benjamin Eriksson and Mattias Pierre have announced that iDoom now runs on an iPod nano and features configurable controls. The game is a port of the classic first-person shooter to the iPod, which was first covered by The iPod Observer in August.The game requires iPodLinux and works on all first- through fourth-generation iPods, as well as the iPod photo, the pre-video color models, both versions of the iPod mini and the iPod nano.

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iDoom comes with what is probably my favorite disclaimer of all time: “Your iPod might be the first iPod to be bricked by this application.”

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Review: Simpl A1 Amps up Your iPod

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Date: Wednesday, November 9th, 2005, 00:30
Category: iPod

simpl-a1.jpgSimpl Acoustics has put out one of the best headphone amps for the iPod. Audiophiles demanding more power out of your iPod: this is the one. What makes it even better is that the Simpl A1 was just reduced from US$149 to US$99.
Placing my headphones into the A1′s jack for the first time resulted in a pleasant increase in volume

Clad Your iPod nano in Style

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Date: Tuesday, November 8th, 2005, 19:01
Category: iPod

speck-nano-cases.jpgIf you own an iPod nano it’s a pretty good idea to keep it in a case. Unless, of course, you want it to look like you took a piece of steel wool to the display. For the first month or so after it was announced nano cases were impossible to find, but now there’s a veritable plethora of nano cases coming to market.
Speck Products makes a bunch of cool cases for the iPod nano that are worthy of your hard-earned bucks. My current favorites are the ToughSkin, Cloud ToughSkin and the Grass FunSkin (US$35 each).
The ToughSkin is a ruggedized case that can survive high impact, the Cloud is a white fluffy case that looks like the Michelin Man and the Grass is like wrapping your nano in a miniature putting green. Each comes with a removable belt clip, which I remove because it’s redundant and a crystal-clear screen cover that is essential.
Like any good case Speck’s skins leave enough open space for the docking cable, headphone jack and hold switch. One minor nit I have with the ToughSkin is that the dock connector opening is not quite big enough to accommodate the PocketDock Combo from SendStation

Trifle Speakers for the iPod Shuffle

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Date: Monday, November 7th, 2005, 01:17
Category: iPod

trifle.jpgTrifle is a cool little sound system that works with the iPod shuffle and nano. It sits on a tabletop and delivers “music sans ear buds.” It is powered by an AAA battery and has an ON/OFF switch to conserve battery when you’re not using it. The sound quality is reported to be good although it is not recommended for noisy environments. Trifle is available for US$30 from Madsonline.

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Eminem iPod Commercial a Lugs Ripoff? (Updated)

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Date: Monday, November 7th, 2005, 01:23
Category: iPod

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It seems the new iPod TV commercial featuring Eminem is “very heavily inspired” by an old Lugz commercial (from 2002) that psyop did a few years back.
UPDATE: According to AppleInsider “Lugz footwear has sent a cease-and-desist letter to both Apple Computer and its ad agency, TBWA/Chiat/Day, over similarities between a commercial “Arrow,” which Lugz aired in 2002, and a spot with Eminem that launched earlier this month for Apple’s iPod and iTunes, AdWeek is reporting.”
Think Legal!

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TechRestore Launches New Overnight iPod Battery Upgrade Service

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Date: Sunday, November 6th, 2005, 23:42
Category: iPod

techrestore_ipod_battery.jpegTechRestore, Inc. (a sponsor of this site) has begun offering a new overnight iPod battery upgrade service for all full sized iPod models. The service includes the replacement of the standard iPod battery with a TechRestore high capacity battery with up to 20-hours of playback time. The TechRestore Overnight iPod Battery Upgrade is available for US$49 (in the continental United States.) The service includes overnight pickup of the users iPod at their location, installation of a replacement high capacity iPod battery and return overnight shipping to the users location. The users old iPod battery is then recycled in conjunction with the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation.
To schedule battery upgrade service, visit http://ipodrestore.com or call 1-877-For-iPod.

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Lesson: If you Steal an iPod, Don't try to Ransom it

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Date: Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005, 23:46
Category: iPod

Two 16-year-old Philadelphia boys were arrested in an undercover sting operation yesterday after holding a female college student’s iPod for ransom since this past weekend. The iPod was recovered unharmed.

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Rip Records Straight to Your iPod

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Date: Friday, October 28th, 2005, 10:44
Category: iPod

h201005record_170artb.jpgHow 2.0: This retro radio cabinet automatically loads the iPod with tracks taken from classic vinyl.

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iPod Video Unboxing

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Date: Friday, October 21st, 2005, 00:48
Category: iPod

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Cdiclerico has posted a gallery of images of his iPod video unboxing:

My 60GB iPod (video) arrived this morning. I am probably one of the first people to get it since they shipped yesterday. The packaging is disappointing, but the iPod is incredible.

In addition to unbundling the FireWire cable, dock and power adapter, the new iPod packaging is getting some criticism too. If that wasn’t bad enough, the included case is a joke. From a caption:

The included “case” is the shitty white sleeve on the upper-right. All other accessories are in a shitty envelope. iPod, of course, is beautiful.

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Sony PSP and Apple iPod Video Compared

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Date: Wednesday, October 19th, 2005, 01:50
Category: iPod

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First, let me explain how I use my PSP. I don’t play games on my PSP or any of my gadgets for that matter. (No offense to the gamers out there.) When I commute, I listen to music. When I travel, I watch movies. And when I hang out in a coffee shop I surf the web (when I don’t feel like busting out my PowerBook). Having the ability to show images is fun, too, but I typically just use the picture functionality to view maps or show off some of my photography.
To summarize my user habits, I use my portable device to listen, watch and surf. The new iPod falls short in one category and unfortunately, it’s a big one for me; surfing the web. Maybe this isn’t a big deal for others, but I’m trying to cover all aspects of these two devices.
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