Samsung YP-P2 gets a firmware update

1. Touch Games
– Three fun games (PowWow, Bubble Smile, and Jigsaw Puzzle) are provided.
2. FM Radio recording support
– FM broadcast can be recorded as MP3.
3. Repeat A-B
– Select a section of music and play it repeatedly.
4. Play Speed Control
– Control the music play speed.
5. File Deletion support
– Delete files on your P2 without having to connect to a PC.
6. EmoTure 1.5
– EmoTure is further improved with features like horizontal viewing of text.

Those are the features that the P2 Firmware (V3.15) will bring. Go ahead download it now.

Games for Zune!

  • For starters, first-gen Zunes don’t appear to be ruled out by any means, but it’s going to be dependent on the game controls. Zauri, the sample space shooter game demoed today, uses the Zunepad, thus wouldn’t work (as well) on a Zune 30. Nothing has been decided as to whether games will universally require 2nd-gen Zunes, though.
  • Use of the Zunepad in Zauri was as a trackpad and omnidirectional — it wasn’t just up / down / left / right, as in the menus.
  • Right now the system partitions a mere 16MB for storing games, although this might change.
  • Right now there isn’t a professional-grade SDK to announce; all titles should initially be done up in XNA Studio.
  • Means of distribution (i.e. games loaded through an installer, through the Zune desktop app, or through Zune Marketplace?) has not yet been decided.
  • The first beta development tools will be out this Spring.
  • There are no plans for Zune game sharing (yet), so to play with a friend wirelessly you both must have the game on your Zune.

Those were a few details from Engadget.

A good addition to the Zune.

Warning! Challenger Approaching!

Linky Winky

A new Teclast player has been announced, the Teclast T50. The T50 has an attractive design, WGVA widescreen display, similar to iPhone capacitive touch-screen, multi-point touch, RMVB / RM / FLV / AVI video support, and audio independent dual-core processors.

More details as they come…

Here’s an explaination of the capacitive touch-screen and multi-point touch.

Capacitive touch screen: capacitive touch screen is the main structure on the screen in the glass coating of a transparent thin film layer, then add a conductor layer of protection glass, double-glass design can completely protect the conductor layer and sensors. Multi-point touch: a traditional touch screen can only judge a touch, if at the same time with more than two points are touched, will not be able to make the right reaction, or reaction confusion. Touch the multiple tasks can be divided into two aspects of the work, first at the same time collecting more signal, the signal on every road the meaning of judgement, the so-called gesture recognition.

A good challenger to the iPod Touch I must say.

Zune coming to Canada…(with a little less)

A Microsoft Press release has shed some details on the Spring 2008 Canadian Launch.  Filled with non-American spellings of words like “color” and “favorite,” the article spells out the good and (yes) the not-so-good of what’s to be expected.  Here’s a hint:  America’s northern Neighbor will have to wait for something else!

BUT!

The Zune Market Place will be arriving later than  the Zune(not at initial launch).

Hmmmm…. guess you will have to wait some more!

Press release 

CES 2008 | Slacker | Slacker Portable

Jan 31st on the Market.

CES 2008 | Jook | Social Networking iPod!

Now, we don’t have a whole bunch of info on Jook right now, and sure, the press photos claim that “actual products may differ from pictures,” and yeah, the patents are pending. Still, it seems like the dock connector-attached unit will be bringing some Zune-style social networking features to your lonely, non-WiFi iPod. Of course, we all know how successful The Social has been in Microsoft’s court — but with the massive proliferation of iPods on the street, this might gain a little more ground. We do worry about the use of the term “music standard,” the apparently-necessary headphones, and the fact that the company doesn’t appear to have a website, but hey — you never know.

Via Engadget 

CES 2008 | Sony | SE W760

Sit back and enjoy the ride, 3G fans, as Sony Ericsson has a new cell phone for you. The company’s W760, which it announced today at CES, is one of the first handsets to support wireless broadband networks around the globe. It offers support for three UMTS/HSDPA networks (850/900/2100), and as a quad-band world phone (GSM 850/900/1800/1900), it will make calls in most countries. The tri-band 3G support is especially welcome in the United States and Canada; the W760 is only Sony Ericsson’s second 3G handset specifically for North America after the Sony Ericsson Z750.

Other features include a Walkman music player with the shake control from the W580, stereo Bluetooth, e-mail and messaging, a speakerphone, USB mass storage, a Memory Stick Micro slot, personal organizer applications, and a 3.2-megapixel camera. The slider handset is available in three colors: rocky silver, fiery red, and intense black.

Via CNET