It is over a decade since I dumped my Sony Walkman mini-disc player in favour of one of the first portable digital music, or MP3, players – a device called the Rio PMP300 manufactured by Diamond Multimedia.
It had a small LCD screen and a circular pad with control buttons, and could store 12 tracks on its 32MB of internal memory. One AA battery provided power for eight hours or more.
Devices such as the Rio paved the way for a slew of innovative portable digital music and multimedia players, including Apples iPod, launched in October 2001, and a huge accompanying ecosystem of add-ons, ranging from cases and chargers to docking stations and speaker systems. Read more
Personal View: Max Levchin
As the world awaits the impending Apple tablet, gadget enthusiasts are wondering what exactly it will be used for. Is it a gaming device? An e-reader? A video player? We’ve asked some people in the tech world what they would want from an Apple tablet, and the answers might surprise you.
“I have a very serious and legitimate attachment to yellow pads. I probably use 100 a year. I’m an obsessive user and buyer. That’s the competition to me. I’ve played with every tablet out there in the last ten years, and none of them come close to a yellow pad. Read more
As financial forecasts go, it wasn’t delivered with the sort of ringing conviction you might like.
But today, for the first time, Google’s CEO disclosed that he was expecting YouTube to make it into the black some time in 2010.
If he’s right, it will be a significant turning point, and bring vindication for one of the most controversial internet acquisitions ever mounted.
It came in a brief conversation I had with Eric Schmidt after the analyst call to discuss Google’s latest earnings. Read more