Today's DAP headlines:
The new iAudio U3 from Cowon replaces the U2 (duh!). What improvements does it offer? Well, for starters it has a color screen that supports JPG, PNG, BMP & TXT files. Iaudio also jumps on the recent bandwagon of video enabled (Xvid Mpeg4 with 160x128 @ 15 fps) with small screens (1.2"). The GUI's skin colors are also interchangeable. Far more interesting is that the U3 supports FLAC (Level 0,1 & 2)! Audio geeks rechoice! By our count, Cowon is the first to offer a flash player with Flac. All of these features come in a neat little 31.5 X 72.0 X 18.0 mm package that weighs 32.5 grams.
We spotted) Sigmatek's PMP-300 at IFA last month, but we didn't really know too much about it. What we learned today is that the PMP-300 has a 3.5-inch TFT LCD, 20gb hard drive, built-in speaker, MPEG-1/2/4 video playback, MP3 & WMA audio playback, CF card slot, USB Host, JPEG picture viewing, and TV output through S-Video. Battery life is one of the most important points of any PMP and the PMP-300 delivers 4.5 hours. Nothing terrific, but not too bad...Whats that you say, it sounds great and all but haven't I seen that before? Well, sort of. Everything about it screams iAudio A2 except for the controls design.
This news item is here for all those women with breast implants out there. Love your implants but just wish they could do more? Never fear, BT Laboratories is here! They want to build in a mp3 player right into the
implants). Apparently, to do it, they will use "flexible plastic
electronics would sit inside the breast. A signal would be relayed to
headphones, while the device would be controlled by Bluetooth using a panel on the wrist"...Who says boobs and mp3 players don't go together!
Since the new iPod yet again does not come with a built-in FM tuner, users will have to buy an accessory to listen to their FM stations. Belkin updates their FM tuner attachment with the "TuneFM". Key features include a numeric LED display, channel up/down (1/01MHz intervals), programmable memory slots, and rear hold switch.
Well, that's it for today.