"Loaded: Easy as riding a bike"
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Loaded: Easy as riding a bike
>> MySpace finally gets around to launching its music store. Schwinn lets us ride its new electronic bike, and Sony Ericsson has a cool new Bluetooth watch and I want one.
It's Thursday, September 25, I'm Natali Del Conte and it's time to get Loaded.
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>> If you're planning on buying the T-Mobile G1 Android phone, you won't have to worry about a bandwidth cap. Originally, T-Mobile had said that G1 users would have a 1-gigabyte limit on their data plan. Well, obviously, people didn't like that, so T-Mobile changed its mind. According to the New York Times the company has removed the 1-gig soft limit from the phone's policy statement, so that you can enjoy the phone in its full 3G glory. IF you live in one of the cities that has 3G from T-Mobile that is. MySpace Music is set to launch today. We reported that this would happen last week, but there were delays, apparently related to EMI Records. The British label has finally signed on to distribute its music through the stores, so now all of the four major labels are onboard. MySpace Music is supposed to be one of the most complete music services around. It isn't just streaming or just a music store. It's both. Plus it's supposed to have music catalogs, concert tickets, merchandise, and more. The one thing it does not have is the device attached to it like the iPod. That may or may not be a drawback for some users who like the easy marriage between iTunes and iPod. But then again, it may not be everyone likes to be free to choose. The Playlist feature also sounds cool, you can drag, songs into a player and listen to them in the order you want without paying for them. You can't keep them of course without paying for them. Look for all this and more from MySpace sometime today. There are about 6 million ways to follow the election online, but Google has just given us one more. In Quote is a project out of Google Labs and it gives users a way to compare quotes from the candidates on various issues. For instance if you wanna know how they feel about the environment you can compare sound bites between the two. If you click spin it will give you more and more examples. It also gives you "In context", so if McCain said one thing you can see exactly how Obama responded. This is interesting today, but will be even more interesting tomorrow if and when the two candidates face-off in their first round of debates. In other Google News, the company wants to pick your brain. Luckily, they're willing to pay you for that privilege. Google launched Project 10 to the 100th this week in honor of its 10th birthday. The company is soliciting ideas of any and all variety. They don't even have to be tech related. Of coarse Google hopes that they receive ideas to make the world a better place rather than ideas that will just make you rich, but even better if your ideas accomplishes both things. The brilliant people with the top five ideas will share a $10 million price to fund sent ideas. If you wanna participate, go to project10tothe100.com. So put on your thinking caps and try to change the world. Schwinn launched a new electronic bike on Wednesday. The Loaded crew headed to an event here in New York City to check it out. It's really cool-looking. See for yourself.
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>> The Schwinn ebike had the Tailwind, we just unveiled today, it uses the new Toshiba Technology battery, the SCiB.
>> So it's a battery-powered bike where you're gonna get on and sail like you just got sucked in a hurricane or is it just like a nice easy push as you ride along.
>> It's a very nice easy push. There's three settings, a low, a medium and a high. And you have to keep paddling for it to engage.
>> So you can't just sit in your butt like a lazy person, you have to actually engage in pedals and you still will get exercise then.
>> Exactly. And also it has a built-in 8-speed gear shifters, so you can choose your proper gear and then partner it with the low, medium or high setting with the battery power. Europe is kind of leading the way with the ebike technology. There's countries in Europe that have more ebikes than actually people. We see this segment of the market growing drastically. It's the fastest segment in bicycles.
>> How do you charge it?
>> It's very easy. With our battery, you can actually remove the battery from the rear rack and you plug it in to your home outlet. And what is special about this battery is that you can have a full charge in 30 minutes. And that is compared to the industry standard of 4 hours. The distance you can go is anywhere between 25 and about 30 miles per charge depending on the topography, rider weight, temperature.
>> Does it come with training mills?
>>We can probably arrange something.
>> Schwinn was kind enough to let us keep this bike through the weekend. Weather permitting, we're gonna test it out in Central Park. We'll show you how it rides next week, so stay tuned for that. A new Prada phone will be coming out before the end of the year. LG announced that the first generation of the Prada phone was so successful that they're gonna release another one. The original Prada phone was released in March of 2007 and has sold over a million units worldwide. I really like the look of the Prada phone, but it's light on features for its price point. There'd been rumors that the newer version will have a full keyboard, Wi-Fi and a 5-megapixel camera. I hope that's true because otherwise I just cannot condone spending over $800 on a phone just for the stylish box. Ladies, this one is for you. Sony Ericsson announced a new line of Bluetooth watches for women. The pictures you're seeing now are of the men's line, the MBW-100, but the new line the MBW-200 is more feminine. These watches vibrate when you're phone is ringing because how many times are you walking down the street and you realized too late that you're getting a call. Then you try to frantically dig in your bag to find it and the call goes to voicemail. It happens to me all the time. The new Sony watch will prevent that from happening because the watch will display caller ID and let you reject or mute a call without ever digging into your handbag. These watches will become available by the end of the year, hopefully in time for Christmas because I want one. Those are all your headlines for today, but before I go I wanted to send a few birthday shoutouts, happy sweet sixteenth birthday to Edward and a happy birthday to John whose birthday was actually on Saturday, but as always I'm behind in my e-mails. Keep writing me though, firstname.lastname@example.org. That wraps up your week of getting loaded, but if you've missed any episodes this week, make sure you catch up, loaded.cnettv.com. Thank you for watching. I'm Natali Del Conte with CNT TV and you've just been Loaded.
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