The increasingly popular Roku line of streaming media players will be getting an upgrade in the next few weeks. After automatically downloading a software patch, Roku players will be equipped with access to several new providers of internet video, photo sharing, and social networking.
It’s increasingly rare these days to find someone with a dedicated setup just for audio. Home theater setups for movie watching are more and more common, but listening to music gets relegated to the iPod and a cheap pair of in-ear headphones. According to a study conducted by Futuresource Consulting – a firm specializing in the consumer electronics market – the saving grace of home audio may be internet radio.
On June 29th the HD Radio Alliance began its latest campaign to increase consumer awareness about the benefits of HD radio. Their focus is on higher sound quality, the ability to tune in to a wider range of local stations, and the expected release of the first portable HD radio players in the end of Q3.
The next generation of Zune, Microsoft’s portable music player, will feature a touch screen, HD radio, web browser and HD video capabilities. The device will be called Zune HD and will offer the same Wi-Fi download capabilities that the Zune currently offers. It will be available this fall.
The X-Series Walkman from Sony is a video MP3 player that uses the latest in OLED technology. The Walkman features a 3-inch OLED screen with 180-degree viewing angle, a built-in digital noise cancelling technology that works with small microphones in the speakers to adjust based on ambient sounds, and mutliple connectivity options.