Still looking for that perfect iPhone dock? Struggling to convince ma and pa that ditching the landline really is the best thing to do? Freeland Studios is up for helping with both quandaries, as the handmade iRetrofone Base provides both a perfect resting place for your iPhone (or any phone, really) and a pinch of vintage to boot. Cast from resin with the utmost care, this here adornment can be ordered in both black and clear, though you’ll have to wait around a fortnight for one of the $195 devices to actually ship. Up next? A resin-based bag phone holster for those who constantly lose their smartphone between the seat and center console. Thanks for repeating yourself, history.
Need a new digital media player? Can’t say that you have any particular need for network connectivity? We’re guessing you’re in the minority, but hey, that’s what Avermedia‘s here for. The company has just introduced its newest media playing STB, the AVerLife Cinema. The relatively simplistic box supports a variety of multimedia files, and it plays back content on USB 2.0 drives or memory cards at up to 720p over HDMI; it should be noted that component and composite outputs are also included for those operating with a set from yesteryear. The dearth of an Ethernet port or WiFi module is a downer for sure, but the comparatively low $69.99 price point just about makes up for it. It should be available starting today for those interested.
And just like that, it’s official. We heard back at CTIA that Nokia’s N8 would see an official reveal during April, and just a few short days after surfacing in Russia, that very smartphone has indeed been announced over in Espoo. There’s not much here we didn’t know about — it’ll be rocking a 12 megapixel camera (with Carl Zeiss optics and a Xenon flash), 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen, HDMI output, 16GB of internal storage, a microSD expansion slot, HD video recording, access to Ovi Store apps, free Ovi Maps walk and drive navigation, and of course, the company’s new Symbian^3 operating system. The N8 touts multiple, personalizable homescreens “which can be loaded with apps and widgets,” native multitasking, support for multitouch gestures and integration with the Qt software development environment. It’ll also ship in a variety of lovely hues (read: five), with availability pegged for “select markets” in Q3 for €370 ($494) without any subsidies involved. Not like it’ll have any other competition up in its grille by that point or anything…
TomTom has just outed its new flagship PND, the Go Live 1000, and wouldn’t you know it, it’s the first of the company’s stable to offer a capacitive touchscreen. This comes mere days after Garmin updated its lineup with capacitive options. The 1000 is a little slimmer than its predecessors, but its major feature is “instant” route planning and re-planning once it has a satellite lock — the industry’s fastest. Achieved using a custom-built Broadcom GPS module, that capability is backed up by a 500MHz ARM11 CPU (yawn), 4GB of storage, 128MB of RAM, a new WebKit-based UI, and 12 months of free TomTom Live services. Beginning in June, this suite of services will be rolled out to 33 countries across Europe, featuring local information about petrol prices, services and weather, while its headline HD Traffic — which tracks congestion on secondary roads as well as motorways — and safety camera alert features will come to only 16 nations. It’s a decent year-long freebie to have and TomTom promises it’ll cost less than €50 ($67) per annum thereafter. That’s more reasonable than the previous $9.95 monthly cost, but still not price-competitive with Google and Nokia’s offerings. There’s also a SIM card slot, but don’t expect to be developing new modes of sidetalking, it’s most likely there purely to facilitate all those data transactions. Check out the new UI in the gallery below and expect the TomTom Go 1000 Live to show up in Europe some time this summer.
“Eye of Dragon” must be Chinese for “better kit lens, fancier neck strap, a branded photo album, and a leather case.” Because that’s the totality of substantive changes you’ll be getting if you opt for the upgraded Jackie Chan variety of Canon’s Rebel T2i. Of course, there’s also the knowledge that you’ll be one of only 2,010 owners of this exclusive kit, which will set buyers back an unenviable 10,000 Yuan ($1,467). If you ask us, we’d rather just buy the body and add on the EF-S 18-135mm lens ourselves, but then we were always more partial to Bruce Lee anyway.