Ex-Engadget editor Ryan Block put it best when he said that Palm’s much anticipated CES announcement “will either mark the beginning of the company’s second coming — or the beginning of the end.” Thankfully, for those like me who were rooting for Palm, it looks very much like the former.
See also: Video: Palm Pre and webOS in action
It seems that 08 is the year of the Netbook (see my top ten Digital Lifestyle products of 08). What’s less clear, however, is how Netbooks are actually being used. Or more specifically, what role they play in a user’s digital life.
While I’ve been largely off the grid during the holiday period, I did spend part of New Year’s day tinkering with my beloved Netbook. The mission was to rid the device of Windows XP and install a hacked version of Mac OSX and, as you can see from the image above, it was a success!
Steve Litchfield’s The Phones Show (previously “The Smartphones Show”) is a must-see video podcast for anybody interested in the rapidly evolving mobile phone space. And so it’s with great honor that my two recent video demos of T-Mobile’s Android-powered G1 have made it into shows 71 and 72.
I’m getting a case of deja vu. Apparently, 2009 will be the year that Internet ‘widgets’ come to the TV. At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to be held in Las Vegas next month, Samsung, Toshiba and other manufacturers will unveil new televisions that bring Internet content into the living room.
No more hesitation, I’m getting a SlingBox. That’s New Year’s resolution number one, especially now that we know that support for Sling Media’s ‘place shifting’ device will be coming to Apple’s iPhone and iPod touch within the next three months.
Although the expo floor of the Consumer Electronics Show doesn’t open until tomorrow, there’s already been a flurry of press conferences and sneak previews fueling the tech press and blogosphere. Here are a few products that have caught my eye.
Major record labels to Apple: You can ditch DRM completely in return for higher prices. That’s right, the major labels have finally got their way as, come this April, Apple’s iTunes will introduce “variable pricing”, with tracks costing either 69 cents, 99 cents or $1.29, depending on how popular they are likely to be.
That’s a wrap! Thanks for reading.