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You can’t buy me love, but you can buy the Beatles on iTunes

It slipped out a bit early, but the Beatles complete back catalog is available through iTunes. The individual albums clock in at $12.99 (with the Past Masters and the White, Red and Blue albums are $19.99) while a boxset of the Beatles' entire work is available for $149. Individual tracks are $1.29 each. The boxset includes all 13 of the band's studio albums, Past Masters and an iTunes LP with mini-documentaries, photos, notes and more. The mini-documentaries were initially featured with last year's CD boxset and are also included on the individual albums. The band's mono collection does not appear to be available at this time. The iTunes page has a number of features, including ads, a highlight reel and the first-ever Beatles' concert on U.S. soil in 1964.

Apple updated the iTunes Store's front page to officially announce the release shortly before 10 a.m. ET.

This is the culmination of a long and sometimes bitter battle that has its roots in a 1978 lawsuit between Apple Corps and Apple Computer. After winning a lawsuit against Apple Corps in 2006, Apple began actively courting the surviving band members and their heirs. It was a long and winding road indeed as the Beatles spent the interim releasing both the remastered albums and Rock Band: The Beatles. As the years slipped by and iTunes continued to dominate the music industry, it became more of a "when" and not an "if" the Beatles were going to be on iTunes. Paul McCartney even starred in an iPod ad in 2007. The group's solo efforts have been available for a few years as well.

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The Beatles Now on iTunes

Apple Corps, EMI, and Apple today announced that the Beatles, the most influential and beloved rock band in history, is now available for the first time on the iTunes Store. Starting today, the group’s 13 legendary remastered studio albums are available for purchase and download on iTunes worldwide, either as albums or as individual songs. Said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, “We love the Beatles and are honored and thrilled to welcome them to iTunes.” He added, “we are now realizing a dream we’ve had since we launched iTunes ten years ago.”

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New MacBook Airs Will Not Disappoint

Popular Science reviews both the 11- and 13-inch MacBook Air models, noting that “after using one of the new MacBook Airs for an extended period of time, you go back to your old laptop. And it feels like it has suddenly contracted elephantiasis.” Reviewer John Mahoney also mentions that the MacBook Air handles most everyday tasks with “effortless speed,” and says that it’s “the perfect size.” Of the 13-inch model, Reviewer Mike Haney writes that “once you use it — on your lap, in your bag — it just feels like the way a computer should be.”

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LG “Star” Tegra 2 Android phone leaks: 8MP, 1080p & HDMI

Initially we were more excited about LG’s promise of Tegra 2 based Android tablets, but having seen leaked details of a new LG Tegra 2 Optimus smartphone, we’re starting to reconsider. Engadget‘s tipster slipped them some shots of the new superphone, complete with an 8-megapixel camera, HDMI output and 1080p Full HD support.

According to the tipster, LG is internally referring to this particular handset as the LG Star, though it’s unlikely to be the final name by which the device launches. On the front is a second camera, for video calls, and then there’s a microSD card slot, microUSB port and a 1,500 mAh battery.

Interestingly, LG are said to have left the Android build “nearly” stock, though the exact tweaks are unclear at this stage. It’s also unknown as to which version of Android will be loaded; we’re keeping our fingers crossed for 2.3 Gingerbread.


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BlackBerry PlayBook vs iPad in head-to-head browser test [Video]

With the BlackBerry PlayBook not expected in stores until sometime in early 2011, you can imagine our ears will prick up when RIM offers a head-to-head comparison between their 7-inch slate and Apple’s iPad. This particular video – which you can see after the cut – focuses on web abilities, more specifically browser speed, Adobe Flash support and HTML5 performance.

Video demo after the cut

Now, obviously this is RIM’s demo, but on the face of it the PlayBook is doing a far slicker job when it comes to rendering webpages. It also seems capable of decent Flash playback, which some slates struggle with and, it has to be said, has been a contentious addition to certain tablets.

Performance goes a long way to making up for any usability loss in going from a 10-inch to a 7-inch display, and we imagine the experience will only get better as RIM polish the PlayBook’s firmware closer to launch. Still, we’ll save final judgement until we can grab one ourselves.


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Beatles hit iTunes as Apple announce gets early reveal

It’s not quite 10am Eastern, as Apple promised, but it looks like the company’s big iTunes announcement has already come through. iTunes is now offering several Beatles albums, compilations and singles for download, with the UK iTunes store listing tracks at £0.99 each.

As well as individual tracks, there are various Beatles albums on offer, including classics like Help, Let It Be and Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band. On the UK iTunes store they’re priced at £10.99/$12.99 in the US store each, or roughly what you’d pay for a CD in a physical store.

There’s also a Beatles Box Set, for a whopping £125/$149, and which comes with various iTunes LP features including mini-documentary features on each studio album, photos, notes, and a video of the first US Beatles concert from 1964.


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B&N NOOK Color on sale now; new firmware for original NOOK next week

Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Color has begun shipping, earlier than expected, meaning pre-order customers will be getting a premature treat as a 7-inch color touchscreen ereader drops on their doorstep. The Android-based slate will also start showing up in Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, Walmart and Books-A-Million stores this week; if you order online today, you can apparently expect your NOOK Color sometime in the week of November 26.

Your $249 gets you WiFi for wireless ebook downloads and web browsing, though don’t expect the full Android experience. That won’t arrive until hackers get their hands on the NOOK Color; after all, a well-made Android slate with a decent sticker price is hard to argue with, and we’re guessing getting this rooted is top of many peoples’ agendas.

Meanwhile B&N has promised an update to the e-paper based NOOK (both the 3G and WiFi-only versions) which will arrive next week.

Press Release:

Customers Begin To Touch the Future of Reading™ As Barnes & Noble Starts to Ship NOOKcolor™, The Ultimate Reading Experience

Initial Devices Shipped and Arriving to Pre-Order Customers
Ahead of Schedule

Experience NOOKcolor with Demo Units in Most Barnes & Noble Stores
Beginning Today

NOOKsmart, Book Ready Program In-Stores Offers Free Customized NOOKcolor Set-Up Service

New York, New York – November 16, 2010 – Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest bookseller, began shipping its highly anticipated NOOKcolor by Barnes & Noble ahead of schedule to customers who pre-ordered devices. The first full-color touch Reader’s Tablet will begin arriving today and through the week to customers who pre-ordered the device online and reserved units in Barnes & Noble stores. Live demonstration units that will allow customers the opportunity to touch the future of reading, along with very limited quantities of devices available for purchase, will start arriving in Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, Walmart and Books-A-Million stores beginning this week.

NOOKcolor features a stunning 7-inch VividView™ Color Touchscreen and delivers digital books, magazines, newspapers and children’s books in rich, gorgeous color – all in one beautiful, thin and highly portable device. Following the product’s announcement on October 26, Barnes & Noble began taking NOOKcolor pre-orders for the $249 device at www.NOOKcolor.com and reserving units in its Barnes & Noble stores. The product has quickly become the bestselling product at Barnes & Noble with pre-order volume significantly beyond that of the company’s aggressive expectations for the breakthrough new device.

“NOOKcolor is the device for people who love to read everything: books, newspapers, magazines, children’s books and more. Beyond being the most full featured reading product on the market, it also offers the versatility of a tablet, enabling wireless web browsing and streaming music. At $249, it represents tremendous value. We’re encouraged by the consumer response thus far, and the organization is committed to doing everything we can to meet demand,” said William Lynch, CEO of Barnes & Noble.

As Barnes & Noble continues to fill pre-orders and in-store reservations for devices, there will initially be a limited inventory of NOOKcolor in Barnes & Noble and partner stores. Those ordering NOOKcolor online this week can expect their device to ship on or around November 26, a date that the company will continue to adjust as it manages supply with high consumer demand.
Given the strong demand for the new product, Barnes & Noble recommends that consumers who want to ensure receipt of their devices in advance of the holidays pre-order in Barnes & Noble stores or online at www.NOOKcolor.com shortly.

NOOK 3G and Wi-Fi Firmware Update Next Week
For book lovers who crave a paper-like reading experience, NOOK continues to be the most full-featured dedicated E-Ink® device on the market at a great value, starting at $149. Barnes & Noble continues to enhance the overall reading experience and performance of its award-winning, best-selling NOOK 3G and NOOK Wi-Fi devices and will offer a major update to customers next week. More information will be available at www.NOOK.com/support.

About NOOK™ from Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble’s NOOK brand of eReading products makes it easy to read what you love, anywhere you like™ with a fun, easy-to-use and immersive digital reading experience. With NOOK, customers gain access to Barnes & Noble’s expansive NOOKbook™ Store of more than two million digital titles, and the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices. NOOK products are the most full-featured, dedicated eReading devices on the market. NOOKcolor ($249), the first full-color touch Reader’s Tablet, provides the ultimate reading experience with a stunning 7-inch VividView™ Color Touchscreen to read all of the content you love. For book lovers, NOOK 3G ($199) and NOOK Wi-Fi® ($149) offer a paper-like reading experience with a color touch screen for navigation. In Barnes & Noble stores, NOOK owners can access free Wi-Fi connectivity, enjoy the Read In Store™ feature to read NOOKbooks for free, and the More In Store™ program, which offers free, exclusive content and special promotions. Barnes & Noble was the first company to offer digital lending for a wide selection of books through its LendMe™ technology, available through NOOK eReading products. Find NOOK devices in Barnes & Noble stores and online at www.NOOK.com, as well as at Best Buy, Walmart and Books-A-Million.

In addition to NOOK devices, Barnes & Noble makes it easy for customers to enjoy any book, anytime, anywhere with its free line of NOOK software, available at www.bn.com/NOOKapps. Customers can use Barnes & Noble’s free eReading software to access and read books from their personal Barnes & Noble digital library on devices including iPad™, iPhone®, iPod touch®, Android™, BlackBerry® and other smartphones, PC, and Mac®. Lifetime Library™ helps ensure that Barnes & Noble customers will always be able to access their digital libraries on NOOK products and software-enabled devices and BN.com. Barnes & Noble also offers NOOKstudy™ (www.NOOKstudy.com), an innovative study platform and software solution for higher education and NOOK kids™ (www.NOOKkids.com), a collection of digital picture and chapter books for children.

For more information on NOOK devices and eReading software, updates, new NOOKbook releases, Free Friday™ NOOKbooks and more, follow us on www.twitter.com/eBooksBN and www.facebook.com/NOOKBN.


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Hammacher Schlemmer outs cool sled that needs no snow

Here in Texas we rarely get snow. That means we don’t get to have snowball fights or go sledding. If you live in an area where snow is rare Hammacher Schlemmer has a new sled that will work in any environment. The sled is called the Year Round Sled and sells for $89.95.

The thing needs no snow because it has special trays that you freeze in the freezer that make blocks of ice that you fix to the bottom of the sled. Those blocks of ice let the thing scoot down grass hills. Short grass apparently works best with the thing.

If you happen to get some snow, you can also remove those ice molds for some real sledding fun. The sled measures 38″ L x 20.5″ W x 6″ H and weighs 10.5 pounds. This would make for some nice winter fun as long as your ice holds out.


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Drobo S v.2 adds USB 3.0 support; DroboPro FS gets offsite Drobo Sync

Data Robotics has updated its Drobo S backup system, with Drobo S v.2 adding USB 3.0 support for high-speed external drives. As we reviewed back in April, the Drobo S has two FireWire ports and an eSATA connection, along with five 3.5-inch SATA I/II drive bays and the company’s BeyondRAID data protection system; the second-gen version keeps all that, but throws in USB 3.0.

Meanwhile there’s also Drobo Sync, included free with the DroboPro FS (i.e. the networked version of the DroboPro), which supports simple off-site backup. It’s worth remembering, though, that it seems to require another DroboPro FS at the other site, which could end up expensive.

The new Drobo S v.2 will go on sale today, priced at $799 for the base unit (with no drives); alternatively it will be available with 5TB, 7.5TB or 10TB of storage pre-loaded, for $1,299, $1,549 or $1,799 respectively. It will also be available through HP from November 18.

Press Release:

Drobo Continues to Fuel Exceptional Growth with Advanced New Products and Channel Expansion to Include HP Small Business Direct

Drobo Introduces Most Expandable USB 3.0 System and World’s Easiest-to-Use Remote Backup

SANTA CLARA, CA – November 16, 2010 – Data Robotics, Inc. (“Drobo”), the company that delivers the best storage experience ever, today announced a major new product, breakthrough data protection capabilities and channel expansion to include HP® Small Business Direct, HP’s online store focused on small businesses. These announcements come on the heels of record sales of the Drobo product family to small and medium-sized organizations worldwide.

“Today’s announcements will serve to further accelerate what our customers and partners fondly call the ‘Drobo Invasion,’” said Tom Buiocchi, chief executive officer, Drobo. “Our quest to provide the best storage experience for small and medium-sized businesses just progressed significantly with today’s new product advancements and our growing partnerships in the industry.”

Drobo has unveiled its new Drobo S system to provide a number of industry firsts and breakthroughs by leveraging USB 3.0 technology. The company is also announcing the immediate availability of Drobo Sync, the world’s easiest-to-use remote backup for small and medium-sized businesses, which is available with the company’s new DroboPro FS system. All Drobo systems feature patented BeyondRAID ™ technology which enables greater ease-of-use, data safety, affordability, and expandability for organizations who rely on digital storage but who do not have deep storage expertise.

Breakthrough Features and Benefits Delivered by New Drobo S
The Drobo S is currently the most expandable USB 3.0 product in the market, with “industry first” support for multiple storage volumes and capacity of up to 32TB and beyond
The accelerated performance of the Drobo S is up to 10X faster than existing USB 2.0 solutions
The new Drobo S also features enhanced backwards compatibility with USB 2.0 systems (laptops, PCs and servers) to provide further investment protection and “future-proofing”

“When USB 3.0 was released, many storage vendors simply added a basic connector to their systems, but that precluded small and medium-sized businesses from taking full advantage of its promise,” said Mark Peters, senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. “In contrast, by specifically engineering the Drobo S to incorporate USB 3.0, Drobo has been able to optimize performance and ease-of-use, both of which being characteristics that such businesses will appreciate.”

Simple but Powerful Remote Backup
Drobo also announced the immediate availability of Drobo Sync, the easiest to use remote backup software, for its new DroboPro FS product family. Drobo Sync can be configured in just minutes with a few mouse clicks, and is included free of charge with all new DroboPro FS models to provide small businesses, resellers, and service providers with a cost-effective alternative to cloud-based solutions for backing up terabytes of data.

Pricing and Availability
The new Drobo S is available at a starting price of $799 MSRP with multiple configurations up to $1,799 MSRP for a 10TB bundle. Drobo Sync is included for free with the purchase of any new DroboPro FS and is available as a free software upgrade to existing DroboPro FS customers. The DroboPro FS is available at a starting price of $1,999 MSRP with multiple configurations up to $3,299 MSRP for a 16TB bundle.

Both products are immediately available from select partners worldwide and will be available from HP Small Business Direct online store (www.shopping.hp.com/deals/drobo) starting November 18. For a complete list of partners, please visit www.drobo.com/where_to_buy.

Additional Resources
• Review the specifics on the new Drobo S and learn more at http://www.drobo.com/products/drobo-s.php
• Review the specifics of DroboPro FS with Drobo Sync capabilities and learn more at
http://www.drobo.com/products/drobopro-fs.php
• Follow Drobo on Twitter http://twitter.com/drobo
• Follow Drobo on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Drobo/54443011765

About Data Robotics
Data Robotics, Inc., the company that delivers the best storage experience ever, develops the award-winning Drobo family of automated storage products that are designed to ensure data is always protected, accessible and simple to manage. Based on the patented and proven BeyondRAID technology, Drobo provides an unprecedented combination of advanced data protection features and ease-of-use. For more information, visit Data Robotics at www.drobo.com.


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Cobra iRadar gets Android support in January

There are tons of GPS devices on the market and some of the expensive ones have GPS inside that allows them to tell how fast the vehicle is going and provide warnings for speed cameras and driving hazards like speed traps. Cobra unveiled a cheap radar detector system for the iPhone not long ago called iRadar.

Cobra has announced that it will be bringing iRadar to Android devices at CES in January. The iRadar system is a Bluetooth enabled multi-band radar detector that used that Bluetooth connectivity to interface with an app on the Android device. The GPS capability of the smartphone allows the detector to warn about speed cameras and speed traps.

The app also allows the user to change the settings of the detector and view alerts on the smartphone screen. The best part is that the iRadar system is cheaper than many of the stand-alone radar detectors with GPS at $169.95. Cobra will ship iRadar for Android in Q1 2011.

Via Android Community


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