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Apple unveil new iPod line-up – new Touch, Classic and Nano

Just as we expected, Apple have unveiled their new iPod series. The new iPod Classic, Nano and Touch all feature the rumoured wide-screen display and iPhone like interface, as well as improved battery life. The Classic will boast 80GB/160GB of storage, while the Nano will feature 4GB/8GB.




525,000 iPhones sold in three days

Followed by a whirling pile of dust, Apple's iPhone has gone off with a bang after reportedly 525,000 units have been sold in the first three days of sale.




Cheaper iPhone in the works?

Word on the street is that Apple has begun designing some cheaper variants of their upcoming iPhone.




iPhone: 19 million people want in

A recent survey has revealed that 9 percent of surveyed cell phone users can't turn back an iPhone.




Final Fantasy XII Potion launched

You may have heard of Square Enix?s new soft drink elegantly named ?Final Fantasy XII Potion? which was announced 3 month ago. Well today was launch day! The world (well, Japan) has been graced with two versions for you to waist your money on – Final Fantasy XII Potion and Final Fantasy XII Premium Box, The latter is a special three million limited edition box set which includes a 100ml bottle and one of 27 different collectable Final Fantasy XII cards and costs 600 yen (?2.90). The standard Final Fantasy XII Potion is a 120ml bottle for 191 yen (90p). The potion was unveiled to the public late in February at a limited event where Suntory, the beverage company behind the product, sought a ready-made audience of FF fans to test the soft drink out on. The drinks have caused enough fuss in Japan for it to be declared in the national press that the drink ?tasted like a nutritional supplement drink with a fresh aftertaste?. If you ask me this has got to be one of the most bizarre, but at the same time genius marketing campaigns for a game yet. It will be interesting to see if the drink ends up making more money than the game?



Instant Message for mobiles…coming soon

The mobile industry is expecting to bring instant messaging to cell phones later this year. Fifteen of the world’s top mobile operators, including Vodafone, Orange, T-Mobile, Telefonica and China Mobile announced on Monday plans to make instant messaging services available, initially targeting some 700 million mobile users. The service will not be free. Mobile operators plan to charge clients using the familiar "calling party pays principle", under which users pay for sending messages but not for receiving them. They have not mentioned what the charges would be. Although SMS is still a hit, the companies are expecting the Instant Message to bring a plus to the phones and to their budgets. "IM is more chatty. SMS (text messaging) is fire and forget … Messaging will trigger more messaging," said T-Mobile Chief Executive Rene Obermann.



Motorola and Microsoft join forces in a new mobile phone

Motorola has signed a deal to use Windows Media technology from Microsoft in a new range of music phones. The company should launch up to three Window Media phones in the second half of 2006. The company intents to keep Windows Media phones as separate products from the first iTune phones that were launched last year.



iTunes at Uni

Apple has created the iTunes U, which offers free audio and video files related to American universities, like lectures and interviews. So far Apple has associated with six American institutions, to be able to offer the new content. It’s down to the universities to decide whether the files can be accessed by anyone or only by people related to the institution



i-Pod controlling jeans to be launched this year

Levi Strauss has designed a pair of jeans able to control an Apple iPod music player. The RedWire DLX Jeans will have an iPod remote control and docking station fitted in its pockets, and comes complete with attached headphones. To be launched in August, the jeans will cost approximately $200 (?114). Levi Strauss is not the first to produce iPod-compatible clothing, but it is believed to be the first to do so for trousers or jeans. No pictures have yet been revealed of the RedWire DLX, or details of how exactly the owner will be able to wash them.






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