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iPod Shuffle: The buttons are back [video]

Apple CEO Steve Jobs shows off the latest redesign of the company's smallest iPod line at its September 2010 music event Wednesday in San Francisco. Finger controls are back by popular demand to go along with voice over and playlist features.

September 1, 2010 by

Buttons are back on new iPod Shuffle

Apple CEO Steve Jobs shows off the latest redesign of the company's smallest iPod line at its September 2010 music event Wednesday in San Francisco. Finger controls are back by popular demand to go along with voice over and playlist features.

September 1, 2010 by

Apple vs Nokia round 3: Apple asks US government to ban Nokia phones

It seems that Nokia kicked over the hornet's nest back in October when they sued Apple for infringing on patents that they claim others have been legitimately paying for while Apple has been refusing to pay for. Not surprisingly, Apple then sued Nokia for infringing on their patents. We then recently saw a rather stupid request from Nokia to have Apple iPhone, iPod, and Mac computers banned from being imported. Of course, the latest filing from Apple asking the US government to ban Nokia phone imports is the expected retaliation we have come to expect from these two.

January 17, 2010 by

fring brings video call viewing to iPhone and two-way video to Nokia

I've been using fring on my Nokia devices for years and just last week they announced two-way video calling for select Symbian devices. They are now following up this week with the announcement for the iPhone that gives iPhone and iPod touch owners the ability to VIEW video calls from callers over Skype or fring. With your WiFi-connected iPhone or iPod touch you can interact via voice to the person shown on your display, but you cannot make video calls from your iPhone or iPod touch. If Apple includes a front facing camera on the iPhone in the future then you will be able to make video calls as well.

November 30, 2009 by

Navigon's MobileNavigator brings offline voice guided navigation to the iPhone

The first voice guided navigation GPS system in North America for the iPhone was AT&T Navigator (see my review) that was launched back in June. I was very impressed with the software and service and used it quite a bit last weekend on an out of town trip where I brought no physical maps along. There are pros and cons to a connected, subscription-based solution and the major complaint is that a data connection is required for navigation. I just read a press release over on Gear Diary where Navigon announced the first navigation solution for the iPhone and iPod touch in North America (Navigon previously launched in Europe) where the maps live on the device so no active data connection is needed.

July 22, 2009 by

Klipsch unveils S4i, in-ear headphones alternative for iPhone, iPod shuffle

Klipsch on Tuesday unveiled its Image S4i, an in-ear headset that includes an in-line microphone and remote, positioning the pair as an alternative to Apple's in-ear headphones for the iPhone and iPod touch, nano, classic and shuffle.The headset features Apple's advanced three-button microphone and remote system that easily handles the voice and/or music control of the iPhone 3GS, 3G iPod shuffle, 2G iPod touch, 4G iPod nano and the iPod classic 120GB.

July 21, 2009 by

Inventor sues Google, Verizon, others on voicemail

Inventor Judah Klausner filed a voice mail patent lawsuit on Tuesday against Google, Verizon Communications, and others. Verizon has already sued Klausner over the validity of his patents.

August 26, 2008

Singapore innovating in assistive technology

On the surface it's an iPod knock-off, with an FM radio and talking clock. But it also has a scanner and digital recorder. All the buttons are voice-activated, telling you what they do when you press them. It comes with 20 RFID labels which you can program (and re-program) to describe, say, the medicine bottle in a cabinet.

August 16, 2007 by

iPhone-like iPod: Evidence mounts

A new release of Apple patent filings dealing with Wi-Fi, wide-screen displays and touchscreen controls indicates new features in the next generation iPod could look similar to the iPhone.This week, several new patents filed by Apple were released on the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Web site.

July 12, 2007 by

Asterisk open source company "not worried" about Microsoft patent heat

Ever since the "patent infringement" hissing and dissing match between Microsoft and the open source community flared up earlier this week, I've been wondering how Asterisk open source solution providers are looking at this issue.True, none of the 236 open source patents Microsoft is claiming infringement upon directly relate to voice.

May 17, 2007 by

The big iTunes/Zune cellphone integration challenge no one is talking about

Lots of folks appear to have talked themselves into thinking it is at least somewhat likely that Microsoft's new Zune music player will offer calling capability. And, I admit, I've sent some of the same signals about what appear to be - as you see there on the right of my latest P'shopped canvass- reference designs for a voice-enabled iPod.

August 1, 2006 by

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