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iRiver's miniscule U10 PVR and multimedia player
July 8, 2005 Iriver has shown its latest range of flash-memory based audio and multimedia players in Korea and one of the more interesting amongst the expected bunch of smaller, larger capacity devices was the U10, a tiny flash-memory based multimedia player which appears to be all screen when it’s not in its TV connectivity cradle. Now it may be all screen, but there’s still not much to the device – the 2.2-inch QVGA landscape screen is only 320 x 240 pixels, so you’ll still need a vivid imagination even if you have recorded your favourite TV show.
The U10 plays MP3, Windows Media Audio, ASF and Ogg Vorbis format audio files and MPEG4 video files and also features an FM radio, voice recording, and photo album functionality. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the U10 apart from the size is the interface, which is entirely operated via a pressure-sensitive screen. Expected to be available at the end of Q3 in other markets, the U10 will be available in a 512MB version at US$295 and a 1GB version will cost US$350.
Read the press release here (in Japanese).
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Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.
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