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  • Opinion: Science diction

    Don’t you just love the way science fiction has foretold our future? Mind you, I’m still waiting for my personal hovercar to fly me to the office each morning, and a robot Jeeves to take care of washing up and repartee

  • Opinion: Five years of iPod

    Since its first release five years ago on October 23, 2001, the iPod has become one of the most recognizable products in the world. It has transformed Apple’s business and its public image, and is probably responsible for a “halo effect” that has improved the Mac’s image and fortunes as well. Whether you’re a rabid iPod lover or someone who just doesn’t see why the iPod’s such a big deal, it’s hard to dispute the gigantic impact the iPod has had on our technological world.

  • Opinion: Apple's iPod Turns 10

    Apple's iPod, which transformed the way music is sold and distributed and revolutionized the consumer electronics industry, turned 10 on Sunday.

  • Opinion: How to Sync Your Android Phone or Tablet with iTunes

    It's not uncommon to have iOS and Android users living under the same roof. Indeed, perhaps you've been an iPod owner for many users, but recently decided to pick up an Android-powered smartphone or tablet. Now the question becomes, how do you sync your iTunes music and playlists with your Android device?

  • Opinion: Microsoft Ressurects Zune -- Again

    Microsoft can't make up its mind on whether Zune hardware is dead or alive -- or at least that's the way it looks after a series of conflicting messages over the last couple days.

  • Opinion: Apple's iPhone Event: 5 Things to Watch For

    Apple's iPhone event on Tuesday is about more than just new hardware. The company is at a crossroads, with Steve Jobs out as CEO and with big changes coming to iOS via iCloud. Apple watchers will want to pay close attention, because whatever happens on Tuesday will have greater implications beyond the iPhone 5.

  • Opinion: The iPod Classic is Headed to the Tech Dustbin

    Ten years ago in October, Apple announced a game-changing device: the $400 5GB iPod Classic. This Tuesday the iPod Classic (now $250 with 160GB storage), with its signature click wheel design and massive storage capacity, is rumored to play its last digital tune. All signs point to Apple discontinuing iPod Classic as it focuses on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

  • Opinion: RIP iPod? Not So Fast

    As the iPod’s 10-year anniversary looms next month, some are preparing to say goodbye to the popular media player credited for boosting Apple’s fortunes over the past decade. But don’t shed a tear for the iPod. Even though the line has not received any groundbreaking updates lately, the iPod lives on in Apple’s touchscreen devices.

  • Opinion: Fanny Wang Headsets Big Hits with NFL Big Hitters

    If the steady line of autograph-hungry Fanny Wang headset fans at a Manhattan electronics store was any indication, these new bass-boosting over-the-ear headsets may give Monster Cable's DJ-friendly Beats by Dr. Dre headset a run for its money. At least that's what Fanny Wang CEO Tim Hickman hopes.

  • Opinion: A Look at Pandora's New Web Interface

    The web interface for the Pandora's music service got a fresh new look Wednesday after years of the same Flash-based application. "New Pandora" uses an HTML5 design that was first unveiled in July and is faster, a little more visually appealing, and integrates some new features.

  • Opinion: New 'Freemium' Cloud Music Service Works on All Devices

    A new music service that allows members to store their music in the cloud and play it anywhere on any device was launched today by a company called TriPlay.

  • Opinion: iWallet Transforms Old iPod Into Geeky Money Holder

    Say hello to the iWallet! Now wait--this isn't a blog post about Apple's entry into mobile payment systems; instead it's something a little more homemade. Instructables user David Moss (AKA ElementSpirits) took his old busted iPod and transformed it into a usable wallet--complete with a peek-through window where the LCD screen once was.

  • Opinion: How to Get Free Music From the iTunes Music Store

    I get it: You want some free tunes, but you don't want to be sued by the RIAA or by copyright trolls. Fair enough. Unfortunately, totally free music is rare these days--er, totally free and legal music, that is. But you can find some free music, and you can grab it straight from the music player you're probably already using: iTunes.

  • Opinion: The point of iTunes' Skip feature

    Reader Kirk Aplin is mildly confounded by an iTunes feature he's recently discovered. He writes:

  • Opinion: The best gadgets of summer 2011

    Summer isn't always the best time to report on new tech: with many people either holidaying or having already bought their holiday gear, summer launches can often be overlooked. Not so some of the products that were unveiled or first went onsale this July. Here's our round-up of the best gadgets of the month.

  • Opinion: The web ties that bind

    We’re moving inexorably towards an ever-more web-centric way of working and accessing entertainment, but in return we’re giving up more and more of ourselves. It’s free to join, but you may never fully escape Google’s web.

  • Opinion: Music matters

    In recent reviews round-ups, we’ve put the spotlight on the visual experience of PCs and peripherals, from monitors and projectors to 3D TVs and laptops. Here, the focus moves to sound.

  • Opinion: Self-Inflating Earbuds Could Save Ears--and Tunes

    We've all been on a train listening to our tunes, then as the rail car starts banking on a turn, the wheels start screeching, and our first instinct is to turn up the volume. We think that more sound-isolation--in the form of in-ear headphones--will help, but as Stephen Ambrose tells it, we actually want balloon-like earphones that disperse the vibrations that normally bounce around inside of our heads.

  • Opinion: All that you see, all that you hear...

    Sound and vision permeate consumer electronics. And computers, too – from the day that the graphical user interface arrived, and a workstation's built-in speakers went beyond the sporadic 'blip'.

  • Opinion: iPod at 8: The device that changed everything

    Amid all the hubbub last week surrounding Windows 7, you may have missed another tech milestone: the iPod turned eight last Friday. Eight? Hasn't it been with us forever?



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