AT&T to start selling BlackBerry Passport, Classic from February 20
BlackBerry fans in the United States will soon be able to pick up the manufacturer's latest devices on AT&T. The BlackBerry Classic and the BlackBerry Passport, redesigned specifically for the carrier, will be going on sale from February 20. The Passport, complete with rounded edges, will cost $650 off-contract, $200 with a two-year agreement, or for between $21.67 and $32.50 under AT&T Next. The Classic will cost $50 on a two-year contract, $420 off-contract, or under AT&T Next's various plans, between $14 and $21 per month.
Reduced prices on refurbished iPods
Apple's online store today has a wide range of iPod models available in refurbished condition like the 2nd gen. 16GB iPod touch, which is now $199 after a $50 price cut. The first-gen. 16GB Touch carries an even lower price tag of $189, a 30% drop from the original price of $279. A 2nd gen. 32GB Touch is also on the list, now $249.
Song Summoner for iPod
Square Enix on Monday turned its game focus to the iPod, unveiling Song Summoner: The Unsung Heroes, a new RPG for the iPod nano with video, Classic, and 5G iPod with video. Song Summoner allows players to battle through several tactical maps with a collection of Tune Troopers – summoned soldiers that draw combat statistics from songs resident on the iPod. Song Summoner is available through the iTunes store for $5.
Mophie Ratchet for iPods
iPod accessory manufacturer Mophie today unveiled the Ratchet 360° Belt Clip Swivel case for the iPhone, iPod touch, 3G Nano and Classic. The case includes a Base Case silicone sleeve, which the Ratchet then tightly grips from the sides, and pivots to store the device at any angle. Mophie offers the Ratchet 360° in two color combinations: pink/black, and grey/black, with a clear Base Case. It is currently selling for $20 for the iPod nano and Classic, while the iPhone and Touch model sell for $30.
Five classics on iTunes
Apple today unveiled five classic television series on the iTunes store: 21 Jump Street, Hunter, The Greatest American Hero, Wiseguy, and Silk Stalkings. The release comes as Stephen J. Cannell Productions teams up with New Video to offer the content on iTunes, with The Commish and Renegade to show up in the following months. The classic series' are offered with the option of buying a Season Pass at a discount.
iPod icon trademark apps
The European Trademark Office recently published 55 newly registered iPod icons, and were originally filed with Munich office of Bardehle, Pagenbert, Dost, Altenburg, and Geissler. The icons more or less cover the gamut of those offered by the iPod, relating to videos, podcasts, notes, iPod radio, games, voice memos, and the Nike+ sport system. The icons appear on current generation iPod nanos and Classics, as users navigate menus to examine their libraries, among other things.
Memorex has begun shipping a new clock radio for various iPod models, includin the iPod Touch, Classic, nano and mini. The device, dubbed iWake, features a digital AM/FM radio, dual alarm function and a gradual volume increase for the alarm. There's also a clock backup capability that is invoked in the case of a power failure -- that function requires 2 "AAA" batteries (which aren't included). Other standard features include a snooze function. The iWake powers and charges any iPod with dock connector. The iWake clock radio is priced at $80.
Tuneshell for new iPods
Tunewear today announced the availability of the Tuneshell clear case for the entire current iPod lineup. The Tuneshell is constructed from clear polycarbonate plastics, and offers complete screen protection, while leaving ports and controls open for use. Three case styles are available for the iPod nano 3G, which include Tuneshell Mirror, and Tuneshell BlackBack. Mirror features a mirrored front that allows the screen to shine through, while the Blackback has a clear front and back rear. Both models include a belt clip, while the standard Tuneshell comes with a lanyard. Prices for the Tuneshell line of cases range from $20 to $30.
JAVOedge, iSkin iPod cases
JAVOedge recently unveiled some new leather cases for the iPod nano 3G, Touch and Classic [80GB|160GB], while iSkin released a new incarnation of its eVo3 lineup for the iPod classic. The JAVOedge cases are made from hand-stitched, designer-grade leather that provides a soft, but durable case for the iPod. The cases feature a color-coordinated pull-out loop made from soft fabric, with a matching lanyard. Ports and most controls are accessible even when the player sits in the case, while other controls can be used by pulling slightly on the loop to sortie the iPod from its protected state. The cases are available directly from JAVOedge, with prices ranging from $25 to $30, and come in black, red and pink.
iPod replaced with book
A little girl in Maryland this Christmas opened a box that was supposed to contain an iPod classic, only to discover a book and a strange note in place of the portable player she thought she had received, according to myfoxdc. The box, which her father purchased at a local Wal-Mart store, contained "Awakening Loving-Kindness" by Pema Chodron accompanied by a strange letter, which reads: "Reclaim your mind from the media's shackles. Read a book and resurrect yourself. To claim your capitalistic garbage go to your nearest Apple Store."
DLO Flipp for iPods
PDO today announced the availability of its Flipp leather case for the iPod classic and Touch. The Flipp for the Classic features black leather, and is rigidly constructed, offering full protection, even to the edges and bottom. Cutouts allow quick access to the wheel and dock connector, while the screen is protected by built-in clear plastic. A sturdy metal belt-clip is securely fastened to each model, and the front flap is held shut by magnets. Users can purchase the Flipp for either 80GB or 160GB models, and both are selling for $30.