Today, Apple released an update to it’s popular media management application, iTunes and added it’s much anticipated DRM-free music service to the mix. Apple is calling it iTunes Plus, where you can now buy DRM-free, higher quality music for $1.29 per song. Of course, the price has gone up, but the quality is substantially better and it’s DRM-free; you better believe it’s worth the extra 30 cents. Along with iTunes 7.2 and iTunes Plus, Apple also added iTunes U to the iTunes Store, allowing users to download free podcasts and lectures from participating Colleges and Universities. iTunes U has been around for some time, but this is the first it has been utilized as an option in the iTunes Store.
With the recent popularity in smartphones, Palm today launched a new product, Foleo. Foleo will be a mobile companion for your smartphone, even if you do not own a Palm Treo. It’s laptop-like design allows consumers to connect to their smartphons and surf the web, email and even view Word Documents and Powerpoint presentations. Palm sees this as a springboard to use your smartphone more efficiently and on a larger screen while on the go. The website doesn’t give any specs for the weight but I have to say, it looks very sleek. It looks just like a very small and sleek laptop, but it drives all the information and processing from your smartphone using Bluetooth. What’s even better, since it is not a full computer, you don’t even have to boot the unit. Palm touts a ‘Instant On’ button and it is to do just that; press the button, you’re ready to go, press it again, you’re done. Furthermore, there is an auto-sync button that allows you to instantly sync your mail from your phone. The unit will also feature a full keyboard and a 10 inch screen. Sounds pretty cool, I would love to get my hands on one when it comes out … I guess that means I would need to get a smartphone first!
Palm announced that Foleo will be released in mid-summer and will sell for $499.
Sorry, I know it’s been a while but I stumbled apon this thanks to digg and just had to share it. I promise I will have a real post up soon!
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