From CNet News' Gadget Blog: "Thinking about podcasting
but are nervous about investing in thousands of dollars of
Johnson, a 30 year veteran of commercial, public and Internet
broadcasting and international media projects has come up with his
all-in-one box dubbed the WorldVibrations
Radio Station & Podcaster -- also known as the WVRS-P...
"The box includes all the hardware and software that
a person would need to start up an Internet-based
radio station as well as an automated podcast studio,
including streaming media encoding and production tools in a studio-quiet
server box. Co-designed by
chipset manufacturer Via Technologies, the WVRS produces and uploads
podcast MP3 files and XML files with podcasts embedded.
"The Web site says, 'the device is simple to operate,
making it easy... to schedule and broadcast... a professional 24
hour a day music or information radio station
while producing on-demand podcasts.'
"Johnson's box does come with a couple of disclaimers.
One is a reminder that you need to own
or have licensed rights to your music or programming.
The other is that you need to have access
to a streaming server."
Read this entire CNet account online here.
From FMQB: "XM
Satellite Radio has unveiled two new products. The first
is the RoadyXT radio made by
is the smallest, thinnest satellite radio
ever. It measures 3.7 inches wide by 2.2 inches high.
The company has also unveiled the new Xpress
radio, a new XM plug-and-play receiver from Audiovox...
"In addition to displaying the channel name, artist
and song title on each XM channel, the RoadyXT has a customizable
sports ticker that displays the latest scores and schedules for
professional and college sports.
It also has a customizable stock ticker and the popular TuneSelect
feature, which alerts the listener when favorite songs and artists
are played on any XM channel... Meanwhile, Audiovox's Xpress...
allows the user to search XM's 150-plus channels with just one knob...
It too has the sports and stock ticker, and the TuneSelect feature."
Read FMQB's account online here.
From O'Reilly Wireless DevCenter.com: "A full featured
PDA can serve as a laptop substitute for those times you don't want,
or are not allowed, to have your regular computer with you. I bought
LifeDrive for this very reason...
"I can tell you right now that I think its 4GB
hard drive, WiFi and Bluetooth networking, robust battery, and USB
2.0 connectivity are strong points for this device.
"The built-in WiFi is quite good. I have easily connected
to 802.11 networks at home, my studio, the O'Reilly campus, Starbucks,
and friends' homes. Because the LifeDrive has a good battery, I'm
not hesitant to activate WiFi whenever I might want it. And that
includes listening to Internet radio...
listen through the LifeDrive's built-in speaker, headphones,
or external speakers plugged into the headphone jack. If you upgrade
to the Deluxe version of PocketTunes,
which I did for $25 (LifeDrive users get a $10 discount off the
regular $35 price), you can also get Internet
radio stations via the LifeDrive's buit-in WiFi. I really
like this feature...
"The beauty of Internet radio is that is doesn't
require any disk space, and the listening
options are bountiful. Right now I'm listening to a classic
rock station on Live365.
The audio is excellent. I never have any drop outs. And even using
the non-subscriber version, there are fewer commercials than I'd
have to endure on regular radio... plus I always have the option
to subscribe and eliminate them all together."
Read this entire blog entry online here.