For our last Crave of 2011, Bonnie and Donald revisit the '80s with a retro Walkman case, bad Apple fashions, and a look at Crave photo submissions that have been Instagrammed into blurry, oversaturated works of art.
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Sony's Walkman is alive and well in digital form, but the iconic tape player version is still the image that comes to mind when you think about Walkmans.
If the Audman Kickstarter project gets off the ground, you'll be able to take your iPhone or iPod Touch back to the go-go days of the '80s with a Walkman-style costume.
Besides making your iPhone much less attractive to thieves, the Audman also packs a surprising amount of bonus material.… Read more
Walkman owners now have the ability to transfer any song from Sony's 10 million-track Music Unlimited library to their device with no restrictions, as often as possible.
The only caveat is one must be a premium member (free 30-day trial) of the service, which normally costs $9.99 a month.
Sony has unveiled the official details of the first touch-screen Android Walkman, with a Japanese release date of December 10 in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities.
The Walkman Z series comes with a 1GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 512MB of RAM, and Android 2.3, all displayed through an enormous 4.3-inch LCD screen (480x800), according to a Sony Japan Web site (Google Translate.) Black, red, and a special Sony Store limited violet edition will float around various territories.
CNET's Stephen Shankland already provided much of this information during an exclusive reveal of the Android Walkman last month at IFA 2011.
Sony has certainly come a long way from the cassette Walkman of yesteryear.
Hardware features are impressive for a nonphone (such as mini-HDMI, DLNA, WM-Port/Mini-USB), but it is important to note the device only has Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 wireless capabilities. GPS and a gyroscope is also built-in to make the device relevant with the wide variety of games and location-aware Android apps out there. The Z series can access the full Android market. Continuous battery life is average at 20 hours for music playback and 5 hours video.
As for sound enhancements (and reasons for actually buying this over an iPod), digital noise canceling and a built-in S-Master MX digital amplifier are included. Music codec support is vast, including MP3, WMA, ATRAC, ATRAC Advanced Lossless, Linear PCM, AAC, and HE-AAC. We assume ATRAC compatibility will not happen outside of Japan, as it has been for several years now. FM radio is on board for those commercial filled broadcasts that we can't seem to live without. … Read more
Too busy to keep up with the tech news? Here are some of the more interesting stories from CNET News for Wednesday, August 31.
Exclusive: Another unreleased iPhone disappeared. CNET visited Cava22, the San Francisco bar where the iPhone went missing. "Apple electronically traced the phone to a two-floor, single-family home in San Francisco's Bernal Heights neighborhood, according to the source," according to the CNET story. Read the full scoop here.
BERLIN--Sony unified its online services for music, video, and games under a new banner called the Sony Entertainment Network, unveiled today.
"We're leveraging the biggest asset, the Sony brand, to establish comprehensive, global platorm called Sony Enterntainment Network," said Kazuo Hirai, president of Sony's consumer products and services group, at a news conference at the IFA trade show here.
Christopher MacManus broke the news of the new Sony network on CNET last week. And as he suspected, the Qriocity brand name has vanished from the music and video services, which now are called simply Video Unlimited and Music Unlimited.
Additional Sony news from IFA: Sony debuts Android-based Walkman prototype Sony bets on quality with S and P Android tablets Sony Reader Wi-Fi puts Kindle in its sights Hands-on with Sony's new Vaio SE 15-inch laptop
BERLIN--Sony Electronics, trying to advance its music players into the modern age of digital devices, showed a prototype today of a new Walkman based on Google's Android operating system--and CNET got the first public look.
The Walkman prototype is designed "for music lovers by music lovers," said engineer Shinichiro Torii in an interview here at the IFA electronics show. But unlike the company's other Walkman products, it can go well beyond that by running the thousands of Android applications available today, making it a better match for Apple's iPod Touch as well as many competitors' smartphones. … Read more
Sony officially launched three new portable media players today: the NWZ-A860, NWZ-S760BT, and NWZ-E460 series.
The Walkman made for audiophiles features a 2.8-inch LCD touch screen (not OLED as previously reported). As we said before, A series will have Bluetooth to stream audio to other devices. Sony's press release confirmed the mysterious file transfer capability--now officially known as "Photo Transfer"-- allowing users to share photos via Bluetooth between compatible devices.
Battery life is said to clock in at 25 hours for music, and 5 hours for video playback.
FM radio and built-in voice recording in the A series are a nice touch. Sony also included an S-Master MX digital amplifier, promising to "reduce noise level and distortion." Two capacities will be available in the U.S.: an 8GB model for $179 and a 16GB version for $219. Sadly, we're not seeing any mentions of the 32GB or 64GB versions, which are most likely destined for other regions. … Read more
A major U.K. retailer has exposed pictures and previously unannounced details of Sony's next-generation Walkman.
Play.com set up a placeholder for the upcoming NWZ-A860 series, revealing a device that appears to differ greatly in design than its predecessors. This Walkman looks wider and curvier, and the circular button arrangement of yesteryear is replaced by a single half-moon-shaped Home button.Related link Sony prepping for Walkman refresh
A large bezel surrounds the 3.4-inch OLED touch screen, as confirmed by a CNET source familiar with the device who asked not to be named. … Read more