Archive for September, 2006

The all-new iPod nano with a new aluminum body, an incredible 24 hours of battery life and more than twice the music capacity for the same price as the previous generation. The new iPod nano features Apple’s innovative Click Wheel and an even smaller, thinner and lighter design available in silver, pink, green, blue and black.

With a stunning aluminum enclosure available in five brilliant colors, there’s an iPod nano to match everyone’s individual style. The second generation iPod nano is even more compact than the original and has a brighter, more vibrant display perfect for viewing album art and up to 25,000 photos. Intuitive new features such as Search and Quick Scroll make it even easier for music fans to find exactly what they are looking for and enjoy their music on the go, and with seamless integration with iTunes 7 and the iTunes Store, the new iPod nano lets customers choose from over three million songs from the world’s most popular digital music store.

The new iPod nano supports gapless playback for enjoying albums the way they were intended. iPod nano also includes Apple’s patent pending Auto-Sync technology that automatically downloads a user’s digital music collection, photos or podcasts onto iPod nano and keeps it up-to-date whenever iPod nano is plugged into a Mac or Windows computer using USB 2.0. The second generation iPod nano features up to 24 hours of battery life and completely skip-free playback.

Apple is also unveiling new accessories designed for the second generation iPod nano, including lanyard headphones, an armband, a dock, and a new incredibly compact USB power adapter which at almost half the size of the previous USB power adapter is perfect for charging your iPod while traveling. The new iPod nano features the 30-pin iPod dock connector allowing it to work effortlessly with an incredible range of third-party products, from home stereo speakers to cars featuring iPod integration. There are now more than 3,000 accessories available for the iPod. The second generation iPod nano also works seamlessly with the Nike + iPod Sport Kit, and provides support for voice recording accessories.

The new 2GB iPod nano model in silver is available for $149, the new 4GB models in silver, pink, green and blue are available for $199, and the new 8GB model in black is available for $249.

For more about the all new iPod nano players…


Replace all of your standard alkaline disposable batteries with the new Hybrio by Ultralast. The Hybrio lasts up to four times longer than standard alkaline batteries on each charge and can be recharged up to 500 times, meaning you can be using your battery-powered devices instead of buying batteries. And the Hybrio backs it up with a three-year battery life guarantee. Try getting that from your regular battery.

The Hybrio features a three-year battery life limited warranty. It will last for three-plus years when recharged regularly as directed. The Hybrio comes charged and ready to use off-the-shelf, and can last up to four times longer on each charge than standard disposable batteries when used in high-drain devices like digital cameras, which means far fewer battery changes. One Hybrio rechargeable is equivalent to up to 500 standard disposable batteries. The payback period on purchasing a charger and batteries occurs after using them just twice … and the savings continue year after year.

Billions of ordinary batteries are thrown away every year, many of which end up in landfills and contribute to the pollution of our lakes and streams, and introduce harmful contaminants into the environment. Because up to 500 fewer disposable batteries go to landfills for every Hybrio rechargeable battery used, you can feel good about choosing to “power responsibly” with the Hybrio battery.

Hybrio will be available starting in late October with a price of less than $30 for a charger and batteries.

For more information about the Hybrio batteries…


Intensity is an ultra low cost HDMI capture playback card. For the first time, low cost consumer cameras with HDMI video connections can move beyond the quality limits of HDV compressed video to a new world of uncompressed editing and design.

Intensity is an incredibly small HDMI capture and playback card that instantly switches between 1080HD, 720HD, NTSC and PAL video standards. Once Intensity is plugged into compatible PCI Express Windows or Mac OS X computers, users get the amazing quality of uncompressed video via HDMI from cameras, decks and set top boxes, enabling them to playback to any HDMI big screen television or video projector for video editing, in SD or HD, and with real time effects.

Using the same Blackmagic Design technology as used in the latest Hollywood feature films, Intensity is designed to allow people with consumer level cameras to benefit from uncompressed video quality, allowing direct-from-CCD recording for the highest uncompressed quality. Users can capture to disk arrays for high speed uncompressed video, or when disk speed and space is tight, choose from a range of professional compressed codecs that go well beyond HDV for quality.

Intensity is fully compatible with Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop and any DirectShow or QuickTime based software application. Intensity works with almost any video software.

Product Features
– HDMI in for capture from HDMI video cameras and HDMI HDV decks.
– Uncompressed video capture and playback
– Edit with Apple Final Cut Pro on Mac OS X or Adobe Premiere Pro on Windows
– Professional Compression codecs
– True 64 bit 1 lane PCIe support.
– Instantly switches between HDTV 1080i/59.94, 1080i/50, 720p/59.94, 720p/60, 720p/50, NTSC and PAL video standards.

Intensity has a recommended retail price of only US$249 and will be available beginning October 15th.

For more information about Blackmagic Design’s Intensity…