Last week, Apple announced the impending arrival of iPhone 3.0 software, an update to the iPhone OS to be released this summer (along with, probably, a third-generation iPhone).
So what's exciting about the 3.0 OS? Believe it or not, one of the most talked-about features added is the ability to cut/copy/paste - functions that were noticeably absent from the iPhone but available on competitor products like the Blackberry.
But beyond cut/copy/paste, OS 3.0 also offers a search function, expanded MMS abilities, peer-to-peer Bluetooth between iPhones and nearby iPod Touches, and what could be really significant for many people: hardware APIs that might let people use an iPhone to check blood glucose or blood pressure levels, for example, and transmit the info to a parent or doctor.
Also, some guy supposedly figured out how to get his iPhone 3.0 to tether to his laptop, providing an Internet connection, but he promptly forgot how. Oops. Stay tuned - I'm sure it won't be long til someone else figures it out.
Given the myriad options available for digital photo display/storage, I wonder why anyone would want to use a device such as the Digital Photo Album only to show off their digital photos. And little else.
The Digital Photo Album single-mindedly performs just one function – that of being a portable digital album. It has a 7-inch screen and can be directly connected (via USB) to a digital camera, USB drive, external hard drive, or any other USB device to transfer photos to its 4GB internal memory. There is also an option to directly insert and read SD cards, and the internal memory of the album itself is expandable up to 20GB. The device runs on a rechargeable battery that gives 3 hours of continuous playback.
Sadly, there is no option for displaying videos, and neither is there any web connectivity. Which is why it happens to be the “Digital Photo Album” and is not to be confused with its smarter cousin – the “Digital Photo Frame.” Definitely only for the un-geeky among us who also happen to possess around $260 to squander.
Via Chip Chick.
We've written before about Slotmusic, the new-ish music format which stores an album on an SD card. We've also written about dedicated music players for these albums (although a BlackBerry or computer could also be used, as far as we know - no-one we know seems that excited by this slightly stale technology).
Well, Sandisk's new SlotRadio player, which was first announced at CES, will be on sale soon. This second gen player allows users to play pre-loaded 'Billboard hits' cards which store over 1,000 songs each. It'll be available from the SanDisk website on March 31st for $99 (which includes a card o' music). If this was 1999, I'd be desperate for one of these. But... it's 2009, so it will be interesting to see how well this does.
No wonder Peeks are on offer right now: it looks like a newer, faster model of the push email gizmo is set to launch soon. Called the Peek Pronto, rumor has it that it will be sleeker and better than version 1.
So I guess it's time to decide whether you want the newest model... or the cheapest.
Via Boing Boing Gadgets.
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They say that Apple will start selling a no-contract iPhone on Thursday (March 26). Of course there's a tradeoff for that lack of commitment - a pretty big tradeoff. $599 (for 8GB) or $699 (for 16GB).
Sigh. Here's Engadget's take on this event. And here's Geek.com's puzzlement over what AT&T is up to here. The confusion stems from the fact that you must already be an AT&T customer to get this deal.
Apple may have released a new Shuffle that's even slimmer and lighter than previous models but Coby has released a similarly slinky MP3 player at a price point that can't be beaten.
While the new Shuffle is the first player to 'talk' to its owner, telling you which songs are on the player (I know a few people with visual impairment who are hoping this functionality extends to other Apple products), Coby's new player, the MP565, is similarly slimline but costs just $19 for 1GB including a screen and also has a Shuffle-style clip:
If you're looking for something cheap and cheerful and not tied to a propriety music format, you truly are spoilt for choice.
My entertainment needs on my iPhone depend on the environment I'm in and the amount of time I have to sit around. If I have twenty minutes, I'll read my Kindle app to pick up where I left off reading a book on my Kindle reader, but if I just have a few minutes while waiting for the doctor or in line at the movie theatre, I usually don't have the attention span to really read anything that requires focus.
The New Yorker cartoon app is perfect for those snippets of time. Each cartoon lasts just a few seconds, and you shake for new pages of options. I'd probably take this out to entertain my friends' children during dinners out (though I'm sure this would be frowned upon by parents given the dark humor subject matter of some of the cartoons).
Is it possible to look geeky-cool even while you're just spring-cleaning your gizmos? Apparently you can, with this nifty little device called the Procare Mobile Touch Screen Cleaning Kit.
The Procare kit is essentially a cool device that cleans your touchscreens, and is pretty similar in functionality to an instant shoe cleaner. All you have to do is pop off the cap and run the exposed spongy end over your iPhone, smartphone, PSP, or any device with a touchscreen. The spongy tip uses cleaning fluid from an internal refillable reservoir and not only removes all the gunky residue on your gizmo screen but also coats it with an anti-static, anti-bacterial finish in the bargain. Plus there is an included micro-fibre carry pouch, an integrated stylus, and even a pin to extract those hard-to-remove iPhone SIM cards.
Available from Firebox for around $11. Mighty useful thingy to have around.
Via Random Good Stuff.
Well, if you can put iPod speakers on a toilet, then why not on a tabletop gas grill? This Gastar miGrill tabletop gas grill has built-in iPod speakers and delivers 8,500 BTUs of grilling power and 160 square inches of cooking surface for $129.
Via Kitchen Contraptions.