Gear 4's video buddy

New from Gear4 is the

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‘VideoBuddy’, a clever dongle for watching videos filmed on the new iPod nano on the big screen. Simply connect the dongle to your iPod nano dock and then link it up to the TV with the included RCA/phono cable for instant results.

Incorporating a new authentication chip from Apple that allows video (both recorded and downloaded), photos and movies to be played directly from the more recent iPod models. Older video connectivity solutions are not compatible with the newer iPod models for this reason.

GEAR4 announces range of cases for new nano

Ipod accessories company GEAR4 certainly doesn’t mess around. Just hours after Steve Jobs’ announcement of a new iPod nano, it’s unveiled a new iPod nano case range

The new GEAR4 range for the updated iPod nano includes silicon skins, hard plastic shells, leather cases and a sports armband, all accommodating the new larger screen and including a hole for the all-important new video camera feature. One of the highlights of the 2009 range is the JumpSuit Pro, a tough, shock resistant rubber case.

Radiopaq Sound Jacket to dress up your old MP3s


The “MP3s are a bit rubbish” spiel is almost getting as tired as the “megapixels do not a camera make” lecture but all the same it’s nice to see a gadget that’s doing its best to iron out the kinks in your crushed up music tracks. That’s the job of the Radiopaq Sound Jacket which is a rather swish, brushed metal looking add-on for the 4th gen iPod Nano.

It works as a dynamic graphics equalizer, reacting automatically to the music played from the mini-pod in order to bolster and enrich the sound in all the right places and with any luck should make them sound good. A lot of players – like the Philips GoGears – have these kind of features built-in, so you’d hope Radiopaq has got something really special going on here or I’m likely to pan the hell out of when I get to try one out for review.

There’s all sorts of graphs explaining how you get more frequencies through it and that it improves the quality of sound by 60% but it rather smells like nonsense to me. Not saying it doesn’t work, just that quantifying an audio sensory experience by numbers is utter tosh.

The jacket powers off the pod which is both good and bad. No annoying batteries or charge time but your Nano is going to go flat quicker; 12 hours listening time is what they say.

It’s yours for £69.99 as soon as they get it on the Amazon shelves and, with any luck, it’ll actually be worth it.


Apple announces new iPod family: thinner, more storage, more colours, more "funner"

Steve Jobs has just announced an overhaul of the iPod range, with new iPod nanos, iPod classics, and iPod touches.

Here’s a quick overview of the new designs.

iPod nano


Available in nine colours (including a (PRODUCT) RED charity version), and either 8GB or 16GB storage capacity, the new design features curved aluminium and glass, and a built in accelerometer which allows you to flip viewing orientation, and even shake the device to shuffle music tracks.

It measures 3.6 x 1.5 x 0.24 inches, has a two-inch diagonal colour LCD with LED backlight (320 x 240 resolution), and offers up to 24 hours of music playback or four hours of video playback on a single charge.

8GB £109 16GB £149…