French media player specialist Archos is the latest to offer a modern take on the bedside radio alarm clock. Rather than wake you with a simulated sunrise
or other mood lighting, the Arnova's alarm can be set to your favorite internet radio station or web TV channel. Users can load audio, photo or video files directly to the device's internal memory or via SD cards, wirelessly stream content from a computer via uPnP, and feed in tunes from an external MP3 player.
When Archos released its 7-inch Archos 70 internet tablet
last month it sported a fairly paltry 8GB of flash storage and ran Android 2.2. Since then the device has received a firmware update that brought improved performance, better battery life estimation and support for external GPS adapters thanks to Android 2.21. Now the company has announced a hefty boost in storage space with a 250GB HDD version of the device.
Apple has pretty much defined what many of us now consider to be a tablet computer. When the term is used, we automatically think of a 9.56 x 7.47-inch (242.8 x 189.7mm) iPad. Now, French consumer electronics company Archos is about to have us question that perception with the announcement of five new internet tablets with screen sizes ranging from 2.8-inches (71mm) diagonally across to 10.1-inches (257mm). The new devices will all run on Android 2.2 (Froyo) with support for Adobe's Flash 10.1 player, be powered by either 800MHz or 1GHz processors and sport built-in 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi.
133pc is currently listed as "coming soon" on all of the company's online stores, except one. The first bite at the cherry is being offered to the home crowd, with the Atom-powered, high definition portable computer now available at the French store.
French consumer electronics company Archos has revealed two new additions to its web-enabled multimedia range which are aimed for use in the home. The Archos 7 and the Archos 8 Home Tablets both run on Android and are powered by ARM 9 processors. The former is designed to be of use when a phone's screen is too small but a laptop just too cumbersome and the latter, having a thick bezel surround, is geared towards those who want more from their digital photo frames.
Despite some impressive entries from companies like Archos
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.
When it comes to ultra-compact portable music players, for many the choice
"du jour" has been the ubiquitous iPod Shuffle. Apple’s minute MP3 players have consistently offered an attractive price point and ever diminishing size
with each generation of Shuffle, which has allowed the pocket player to claim the lion’s share of the market. Here to give them a run for their money is the Archos 2 portable music player, which packs a punch with size, specs and price.