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Xiaomi strip it down with $7.50 ‘In-Ear Headphones Basic’

September 15, 2014 by Tom in PMP with No Comments.

The Xiaomi 'In-Ear Headphones Basic' RM 25 will launch in Malaysia on 16th September. These earbuds are a stripped-down version of the Xiaomi Pistons IEMs and are said to be close on quality. While the Pistons sport gold plating, these are bog-standard earphones but at a nice price that makes them worth checking out, at least to have around the house as spares. Via gizchina

ByePod! Apple has killed the iPod Classic

September 10, 2014 by Tom in Apple, Audio, MP3, PMP with No Comments.

The iPod Classic MP3 player is no more. Following Apple's iPhone 6 and iWatch announcements, one of its most successful products has been quietly removed from the store: the click-wheel controlled iPod Classic. Launched in 2001, the iPod has had 13 years good service and became the generic term for MP3 players among the general public and media. 13 years on, the iPod is now officially just a thing of memories and second-hand stores. Things sure moved on with it over the years: the first iPod cost $399 and came with 5GB storage. The most recent model, launched five years ago in 2009, had 160GB of storage. Share your tributes, memories or good riddance messages on the mp4nation forum  

Sony Walkman NWZ-A17 due in November

September 4, 2014 by Tom in Audio, MP3, MP4, PMP, Sony with No Comments.

The Sony Walkman lives on, and its latest incarnation will be the WiFi Walkman NWZ-A17, coming in November. The forthcoming music player will have 64GB storage and microSD expansion up to 128GB. Supported audio formats include FLAC, WAV, ALAC, AIFF, MP3, AAC and MWA. The 2.24-inch, 320 x 240 display isn't touchscreen so selections are made with the wheel beneath the screen. If low-res playback floats your boat, it also supports MP4, WMV9 and AVCHD video support. The new Walkman will be released at $299. [gallery link="file"] Via liliputing

Hitachi MXSP-BTS150 rugged wireless speaker is waterproof, dustproof and smashproof

August 29, 2014 by Tom in PMP with No Comments.

Do what you want to this solid block of sound - it'll bounce back and laugh in your face. Probably. The Hitachi MXSP-BTS150 is a waterproof, dust-proof and impact-proof portable NFC Bluetooth speaker that is IPX5 certified. The body is encased in rubber to let it shrug off drops from 1.2m and it works in temperatures from 0-50 degrees. It'll decode A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP.Codec SBC and comes in two colours - grey and white. It has two 35mm stereo speakers with a maximum output of 2.5W x 2ch. The lithium battery gives six hours of playback and it is available in Japan for 7,800 yen (US $75). Via fareastgizmos

Cambridge Audio announces three new Bluetooth speakers

August 21, 2014 by Tom in PMP with No Comments.

Sound stalwarts Cambridge Audio will release three new Bluetooth speakers into the wild this autumn. The new batch features two portable speakers and one designated for shelf use. The first of the portables is the Go, which updates the Minx Go with NFC to allow one-touch pairing and aptX Bluetooth. It offers an impressive 18 hours playback and also doubles as a charger. The Go will be out in September and will cost £120. The Go Radio portable wireless speaker follows suit with the Go but adds an LED display for FM and digital radio. This is £20 more at £140. For the home, the 100-watt Bluetone 100 (pictured), which has a Bluetooth range of 10 metres and will cost £200. Via techradar

Need to charge everything? Buffalo has you covered

August 1, 2014 by Tom in PMP with No Comments.

Mid-August will see the release of the Buffalo BSMPBAC06 wall socket that features two USB sockets and two power sockets, letting users charge laptops, phones and tablets all in one place and on the move. The USB ports are optimised - one for Android products and one for Apple - so swift device-specific charging is on the cards. It weighs 126g, comes in black or white and will cost 3,500 yen in Japan (US$34). Via akihabaranews

Budget Pipo T5 walks the line between phone and tablet

June 7, 2014 by Tom in PMP with No Comments.

The budget Pipo T5 is a budget smartphone spills over into "phablet" territory due to its size and specs. Just a smidge smaller than a Nexus 7, the T5 runs on a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MTK8382 processor and has a 1280 x 600 6.95-inch display. It comes with 1GB of RAM, 16GB storage and has two cameras (5MP rear, 2MP front). Ticking the phone boxes is the WCDMA and GSM network connectivity, as well as 3G, GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth. It's gunning for style too, with a faux leather top and tailer for the back. Best of all, it's priced around US$80. Via gizchina

Xiaomi MiPad photos and promo video

May 19, 2014 by Tom in PMP with No Comments.

The excellent-sounding Xiaomi MiPad has been detailed here in full, specs-wise. Now a new bunch of photos have arrived, along with a minute-long intro video, so we can all get to know it a little better. The colourful clip takes its cues from Apple's ads, which can be taken as either a homage, a rip-off or a "we're coming for you" statement. See below for the full pics and clip. Here's the colourful video clip Via tablet-news

Sharp Aquos PAD SH-06G tablet offers splash-proof 4G LTE

May 16, 2014 by Tom in PMP with No Comments.

  Sharp's latest tablet is the AQUOS PAD SH-06F - an IPX5-7 water resistant certified 10.1-inch Android tablet that offers 4G LTE connectivity. The display is a 10.1 inch IGZO TFT at 1920 x 1200 pixels and there's a built-in TV tuner. It runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8974AB quad-core processor clocked at 2.3GHz and has 2GB of RAM, 32GB storage and microSD expansion up to 128GB. For the size of the tablet, the back camera's a respectable 8.1MP, while the front cam is 2.1MP. Via tablet-news

The buzz: Sanwa Supply Bluetooth neckband / earphone combo

May 10, 2014 by Tom in PMP with No Comments.

You're running late, about to leave home and can't find your headphones. We've all been there and we always stay in looking for them for as long as it takes. Say goodbye to all that with the Japanese Sanwa Supply Bluetooth neckband and earphones set, which you can activate to vibrate when it goes missing. The neckband connects to smartphones and can be used as the handy finder but also vibrates to notify of incoming calls. It's a Bluetooth 4.0 device and the earphones are attached to the neckband for ease of use. The whole thing weighs 26g and battery life is 6.5 hours. Via akihabaranews

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