Tech news from the web:

Barnes & Noble is to introduce the Nook Tablet, a lighter, faster, 7-inch color touchscreen e-reader, Engadget reports. The Nook Tablet is set to be released on November 16th for $249.

According to a study by Ernst & Young LLP, US venture capital investment in clean technology rose 73 percent from last year in the third quarter, Bloomberg reports. Read more

ipod family BIZ LIFE

Ten years after Apple launched the iPod, the company’s latest edition of the MP3 player has been synced with better software and prices. Meanwhile, two start-ups populated by Apple alumni are trying to bring a touch of their alma mater’s stylish approach to the humble thermostat and the art of time keeping. As well as reviewing the newest Nano after the jump, we have assessed the state of the MP3 category and taken an interactive shuffle down the iPod’s memory lane.

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Tech news from around the web:

Google is preparing a launch in the next two weeks of a music-download store that would work closely with its Google+ social network, according to The Wall Street Journal. The music service would recommend songs in an online library to Google+ contacts, who in turn would be allowed to listen to those songs once for free, two people close to the service told the WSJ. Read more

Tim Bradshaw

Spotify has just launched a new download service and integration with non-touchscreen iPods, capabilities that have been more than a year in the making.

But Spotify is insisting this lengthy timescale is not another symptom of its tensions with record labels – rather it shows just how difficult it is to create a rival to iTunes for managing music on the go. Read more

Tech news from around the web:

  • US broker Jefferies & Co says it believes Apple is about to launch a new video-focused cloud-based service, International Business Times reports. The broker adds that this fresh assault on the living room could mean the launch of a new Apple device.

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Joseph Menn

Apple is making a more serious bid for the set top box market with 99 cent TV and $4.99 new movie rentals that are streamed through a smaller version of AppleTV.

Chief executive Steve Jobs introduced the new device at an event in San Francisco. It will cost $99, down from $229, and is available for pre-order today, arriving in about a month.

The new AppleTV will offer rentals exclusively, no purchases. This will eliminate storage issues. First-run HD movies will rent for $4.99 on the day of the DVD release. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Just ahead of Apple’s expected announcement of an autumn refresh of its iPod lineup today, SanDisk has unveiled an update to a rival portable media player in the sub-$100 category.

SanDisk claims parity in market share with Apple where the iPod shuffle plays and says its Sansa Fuze+ has far more features. Read more

Paul Taylor

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

Chris Nuttall

Some analysts are getting a little weary of Amazon’s continual tease on Kindle sales figures.

The internet retailer’s shares rose on Monday, based on its press release that the eReader had become the most popular gift in its history.

But Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts complained in a note that they continued to be frustrated with the limited data from Amazon, which has never released any dollar or unit numbers on Kindle sales. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Sony lost the portable media player battle to Apple and the iPod some time ago, but its latest Walkman, launched in the US on Wednesday, does suggest the Japanese company can still occupy a significant niche.

The X-Series Walkman does not try to match the App-tastic iPhone and iPod touch, apart from one significant US-only application, but instead attacks the audio and video Achilles’ heel of those devices.

(This review was originally published on May 14 2009) Read more