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World’s 1st Self-Playing Digital Audiobook

Jul 01, 2005 | Category: News

WorldPlayaway, the world’s 1st digital audiobook bundled with a player. Simply purchase off the shelf and listen on the go, no external player needed.

No more downloading, CDs or cassettes. Weighing only 6 ounces of droppable plastic, this digital audiobook is packed with many features:

  • Volume control
  • Speed of narration
  • Bookmarks
  • Skip back/forward
  • Rewind/fast-forward
  • Small display

Whether you are a business traveler on a cross-country flight or a passenger in a ride across town, Playaway is the only way to enjoy books on the go. Designed in conjunction with IDEO, one of the industry’s leading product innovation and design firms, Playaway goes straight from the shelves to your ears with the best-selling content from leading publishers and authors.

Jogging, biking, lying by the pool, gardening or commuting to work — any time is the right time for Playaway. We live in a world that is always on the go, but with Playaway, you can enjoy a good book no matter where you are or no matter what you are doing.

“People are ready for a product that finally makes portable digital content available in a simple and immediately usable format that fits into their life,” said Christopher Celeste, one of Findaway’s founding partners. “Everyone will enjoy the fact that they can get first-run books with first- rate digital audio without having to download it or buy a separate digital device.”

Playaway gives listeners the option of placing digital bookmarks and controlling the speed of a narrator’s voice, all while easily moving both forward and back through their audio selection. The player is packaged with earbuds, a lanyard and a AAA battery to allow consumers to listen as soon as they are ready, no more waiting on a download or for your PC to sync with your PDA. Because of its size, half the size of a deck of cards, Playaway is convenient for people of all walks of life.

“Working with Findaway, we set out to create something that is portable, affordable and easy to use,” said Mike Nuttall, an IDEO founder. “Because Playaway is so technologically simple, anyone will be able to enjoy it and adapt it to their listening needs and desires.”

However, when you want to bring along several audiobooks, it may seem troublesome to carry 4 such players instead of a more portable mp3 player. If only Playaway allows the users to transfer the songs to other digital devices via USB.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T7 Review - CNET Reviews

Jul 01, 2005 | Category: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T7

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T7Thinner and lighter than any other camera in Sony’s T series, the 5.1-megapixel Cyber Shot DSC-T7 will appeal largely to the fashion-conscious snapshot photographer. Beyond its ultraslim design, other strong points include a large LCD, speedy performance, and easy operation. Unfortunately, its image quality doesn’t match the T7’s more attractive attributes.

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Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 Review - PC Magazine

Jul 01, 2005 | Category: Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20

Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20Looking like a futuristic spaceship from Buck Rogers, the Konica Minolta DiMage Z20 is a bit over the top in terms of design (though enthusiasts looking for a flashy camera might see this as a plus). Shoot with the camera for a while, and you’ll notice that it’s quite enjoyable to hold, especially since it’s not all that heavy. But this comfortable shape and slick design don’t make up for the camera’s drawbacks in picture quality.

The nonprotruding lens achieves an 8X optical zoom. The 6- to 48-mm zoom—the equivalent of a 36- to 290-mm zoom at 35 mm—has an aperture range of f/3.2 to f/3.4. We were disappointed that there was no image stabilization, which is useful for avoiding blurry shots in low light at telephoto range. We would also have liked to see a larger LCD: 1.5 inches in today’s market seems quite small. The Z20 does feature an electronic viewfinder, which can be used instead of the LCD. The camera’s manual controls are accessible through the menus, rather than by dedicated buttons and knobs, and include the ability to change ISO settings, set a fill flash instead of the auto flash, and set EV compensation.

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Canon EOS-20D Review - Megapixel

Jul 01, 2005 | Category: Canon EOS-20D

Canon EOS-20DMore compact that the EOS 10D it replaced, the EOS 20D is also lighter. The body is built around a solid stainless steel chassis, covered in a magnesium alloy, and finished in a textured, flat black.

The EOS 20D’s 2-stage shutter button is positioned at the end of a depression shaped for the index finger at the top front of the grip, only one of a number of buttons on the top right side of the camera.

Directly behind the shutter release is the Main Dial, which is used mostly to select shooting-related settings including aperture and shutter speed when the camera is set to one of the advanced modes.

Nearby, to the right in the image shown here, is the lamp used for Red-eye Reduction and the Self-timer.

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Sony Cyber-shot S60 / S80 Review - Steve’s Digicams

Jul 01, 2005 | Category: Sony Cyber-shot S60 / S80

Sony Cyber-shot S60 / S80Sony’s new Stamina series of Cyber-shot digital cameras set a new standard for speed, battery life and picture quality in compact cameras. The DSC-S60 is an easy-to-use, four-megapixel camera that’s packed with features like Sony’s Real Imaging Processor™ circuitry for better battery efficiency, more responsiveness and high quality movie taking. The Carl Zeiss 3X optical zoom lens complements the high resolution imager for great picture clarity, while 32 MB of internal memory and a Memory Stick media slot provide plenty of storage capacity.

The 2.0″ color LCD Monitor makes framing shots and reviewing pictures easy. So that pictures are captured in-focus with the proper lighting and exposure, the S60 has a smart auto-focusing and exposure system; meaning that even if the subject is off-center and in a difficult lighting situation, the camera can automatically make the necessary adjustments. The S60 lets you take approximately 110 shots while using two “AA” type batteries and around 550 shots while using a NIMH rechargeable battery.

Easy shooting with fully Automatic, Program AE and 7 Scene Modes, parameters can be matched to the shooting conditions. Choose from one of the following: Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Soft Snap, Landscape, Beach, Snow, and Candle. Or choose Manual mode when you really want to get creative. Burst mode lets you capture up to 4 shots at full 4MP resolution at 0.7frames/sec. Perfect for high speed subjects or fast moving action such as sports or small children. And MPEG Movie VX Mode with audio captures VGA (640 x 480) high frame rate (up to 30 frames per second) audio/video clips with length limited only by the capacity of the media.

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