I was convinced my love for Star Wars was over years ago but a chance encounter with a table full of Trilogy themed cases for the iPhone and iPod touch made me think twice at CES 2009.
They'll be out in all good iPhone accessory shops...
I always get slightly confused by the way Sony doesn't group its gadgets by what they are, just by broad product ranges. As a result, there are cameras and phones with the Cyber-shot badge, and MP3 players and mobiles with the Walkman badge. From the product name alone, it's often impossible to tell what the device is.
Well, to clear up the confusion, both the products here are phones. The first is an 'affordable' 3.2 megapixel cameraphone, called the C510. Although there's a comparative lack of megapixels on the sensor compared to other cameraphones, it's got plenty of features to make up for it.
This beauty is the new Sony WALKMAN X range - featuring a 3" OLED touch screen to make videos look marginally better than they have ever looked before. Although they won't look very good when you've had your fingers all over the screen for six months.
The X1050 and X1060 both feature digital noise cancelling technology, FM tuners, the 3" 432x240 screen and come with 16 or 32GB of storage space. Here's a big photo of it, as it's rather pretty. That's not my music. That's someone else's music.
The WALKMAN X is even packed with a wi-fi chip and custom BBC iPlayer tool...
Samsung has launched something much less expensive at CES 2009 than everything of theirs mentioned so far. This is their take on the iPod touch known as the P3. See, it's like mp3 but without the m. Clever, huh? No, not really.
The P3 is 0.39" thick...
Sony could be about to unveil a wearable Walkman - the W-Series, where presumably "W" stands for "wearable" -- in a very compact and attractive design.
Sony Insider claims some real-world pictures of the device. The two earphones are magnetic and attach themselves to the player forming a distinctive heart shape when not in use...
I've always scoffed a little at docks and generally anything that cradles your precious PMP but after a few annoying, arm aching hours of clutching my iRiver Spinn on the trip across the Pond, I was rather pleased to see Susi leap at the Sharper Image's device at CES Unveiled complete with motorised rotator. You'll see what I mean...
If you're a Zune 30 owner - okay, chances are you're not, but it's interesting anyway - then you might have noticed that your Zune took a day's holiday on 31st December. Microsoft has now issued an official response to the problem.
Turns out that the people who thought it might be something to do with the leap year were correct. The internal clock driver couldn't work out the fact that there were 366 days in this year. The solution? Wait. Come midnight, US west coast time, all the Zune 30s started working perfectly again.
I can confirm that mine's certainly back to normal. If you're still having trouble, then try letting the device run out its battery, then charging it again and turning it on. It should then be fine. If not, drop us a line in the comments below.
30gb zune issues - official update (via comments on our original post)
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This morning, I woke up and turned on my beloved Zune MP3 player. It got to the end of the loading bar, then just stopped. After the regular "hold back and up to reset" trick didn't work, I did what any self-respecting citizen of the modern age would do, and turned to Google. Turns out there's a lot of people with the same problem.
Acrosstheinternet, there's a variety of threads on forums complaining that Zunes have frozen in exactly the same place, at exactly midnight PST. Given that we're so close to the New Year, it's likely to be a bug in the code, but I'm sure it won't stop thousands of Mac fanboys across the land cooking up conspiracy theories along the lines of "Microsoft never expected to last this long in the market".
More info, and a fix, as we get it.
Zune is frozen (via Google)
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Apple's 12 Days of Christmas campaign is eating away at 2008's profitability figures by giving away one free iTunes download a day between December 26 and January 6th.
The songs and TV shows, some of which may be by people you've even heard of and are interested in, will pop up on the site each day, along with some interesting facts about the material in question, which may come in handy if you're planning on attending a Christmas pub quiz.
You don't get a choice. Today's is 'Video EP' by Jason Mraz.
The idea is no doubt meant to promote edgy new artists you otherwise wouldn't bother listening to on the radio for free...