Part lamp, part iPod dock, this Philips Wake-Up Light should get you out of bed. It gradually wakes you up using light and increasing music volume, for a more pleasant experience (getting out of bed is never pleasant, for us anyway). It also works in reverse too, slowly reducing light and decreasing your iPods volume until you’re pleasantly counting sheep.
Belkin’s got a load of new cases to go with the just-launched iPhone 3G S – and they look a bit crazy. What do you think?
We love Songbird, the free open-source media player. But thanks to a bug within its iPod support add-on, it’s been running around your music library, burning files at random. One user over at Wired.com lost 60GB of music, while another had 70GB wiped without warning. Songbird has long been a great option for those tired of Windows Media Player, and unwilling to stick Apple’s proprietary iTunes software on their computer. This bug will certainly have iPod users abandoning the program, and such poor publicity is sure to hurt the program in the future. If you’re a Songbird user, get your music library backed up now.
UPDATE: It’s all fixed. Head over here to find an updated add-on.
The noted German industrial designer Dieter Rams once said, ‘Weniger, aber besser’ which roughly translates to ‘less, but better’ (our German is a bit rusty). He took this design ethos with him to Braun, crafting beautifully simple coffee makers, calculators, radios and hi-fi. The Audio 1 Kompaktanlage, a radio designed by him in 1962, has had the pleasure of a modern overhaul.The radio scales have been replaced by two TFT screens, the FM antennae has been ousted for a Wi-fi ready one, while the casing has been given an aluminium and steel finish. This is 1960s minamalism at its best. Not impressed? It’s thought that Rams’s designs influenced Jonathan Ive of Apple notoriety, who went on to create the iMac, iPod and iPhone. See, history can be fun.
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While we were sleeping Apple popped out a new 2GB Shuffle. Are we excited? Put it this way, we would rather have seen a 64GB SSD hit the Touch, or even a 32GB disk in an iPhone, but the new Shuffle – as well as being amusingly loseable small – rectifies one of the big problems of the old model. Previously, when a random track blared out mid-jog and you wanted to know what it was, you were out of luck. This one will speak the name of the tune and artist, plus it can verbally let you know the status of its 10-hour battery. We sense, however, that the Shuffle’s Arabic support will be somewhat lacking. Available in black or silver any time now for US$80.
UPDATE: 4GB is what we meant. The new Shuffle is 4GB. Note to selves – drink coffee before early morning posting. Sorry.