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The new iPod touch lineup is the same as it ever was - on the outside anyway

Apple kept the announcements coming at its Rock and Roll event with an updated iPod touch lineup. The entry-level 8GB touch has received a price drop, while the previous 16GB and 32GB models have been replaced with 32GB and 64GB versions that are selling for the same prices as their predecessors. The two larger capacity models have also received a bump in performance that Apple says will be up to 50 percent faster than the previous touch and support for OpenGL ES 2.0, which suggests the new models are sporting the same CPU as the iPhone 3GS.  Read More

The ipod nano's new video camera

Apple added a number of updates to various iPod models at its Rock and Roll event. The iPod that sported the most obvious changes was undoubtedly the nano, which now includes a built-in video camera, a much anticipated FM radio, and built-in pedometer. The new 5G nano also features a slightly (0.2-inches) larger 2.2-inch display, and built-in microphone and speaker, which means watching those newly recorded videos need not be a solitary affair.  Read More

The Olympus LS-11 portable audio recorder

IFA brought us the Olympus LS-10 last year, so it’s only fitting that IFA 2009 saw Olympus touting the imminent arrival of the LS-11, a feature-packed audio recorder that fits in the palm of a hand and boasts sampling rates of up to 24-bit/96kHz with PCM recording. It also gives users a choice of three file formats – WMA, MP3, and WAV – and even allows sound files to be edited in the device.  Read More

The Aiptek PenCam Trio HD color range

Looks like Aiptek is trying to put an entire movie production and screening system in people’s pockets. Complementing its new range of pocket-sized pico projectors at IFA 2009 was the PenCam Trio HD, an ultra-slim camera that boasts 1280 x 720p HD video resolution, 5MP still image resolution, and a dictaphone function for recording audio.  Read More

The TomTom GO 950 LIVE features an improved UI and live data feeds for the road.

TomTom recently unveiled its latest GO 950 LIVE navigation device as part of the new GO x50 LIVE series, which offers a highly improved user interface and an expanded services offering, along with detailed and constantly updated data feeds.  Read More

Sony’s MHS-PM1 is portable, powerful and stylish

Those who subscribe to the theory that we’re part of the ‘YouTube generation’ will be more than aware of how important it is for budding directors/rubber-neckers to have a video camera on them at all times, and if your mobile phone isn’t up to the task there are a range of portable offerings available that are designed for just such a purpose. Perhaps the most famous of these is Pure Digital’s Flip, which got rave reviews on release and is many a teenager’s tool of choice when it comes to capturing those unforgettable moments. Now it has a serious rival from Sony.  Read More

The Innergie mCube90 with detachable adapter for in the car or in the air 
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For those on the go, a reliable source of power for various pieces of technology is a must. Innergie has released what is claimed to be the world’s smallest universal charger, the mCube90, featuring a tiny detachable adapter for use in the car or in the air.  Read More

The Pico Projector T30 can project images and video from your iPhone or iPod without the n...

Aiptek International has been busy adding to its already impressive V10 mini projector with three new models, the T20, T30 and the PocketCinema D10. What we liked most about the Pico Projector T30 when we witnessed a demo of the new device at IFA in Germany was the ease in which you can extract those great images and video from your iPod, iPhone – no apps, no drivers - with a special cable. Just find a blank wall and gather your friends around. And the PocketCinema T30 instantly connects to any device like a camcorder or media player with a 3-in-1 AV output.  Read More

i-Station’s slimline T4 PMP offers 1080p playback via an HDMI1.2 port

Despite some impressive entries from companies like Archos, Cowon and most recently Viewsonic we’re still looking for what is arguably the Portable Media Player to end all PMPs – an iPod for the widescreen video market, if you will. While waiting for Apple to get its act together with its own tablet-style device our heads were turned at this year’s IFA by i-Station’s latest effort in this market, the T4 HD.  Read More

Altec Lansing's Orbit USB ultra-portable speaker

Laptop speakers generally aren’t the most impressive sound reproduction devices going around so travelers either have to put up with poor sound quality, rely on a set of headphones, or pack a set of (often not so) portable speakers. Altec Lansing appears to have overcome this annoyance by unveiling its Orbit USB ultra portable speaker at IFA 2009 this week.  Read More

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