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Pogo brings TiVO-style recording to radio

Plus: HP desktops target gamers

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Fed up of missing The Archers omnibus edition? Well, maybe not, but whatever floats your boat on the airwaves, Pogo Products' Radio Your Way portable AM/FM device could be for you.

Not only is it a radio with ten station pre-sets, it's got a built-in recording facility backed by enough RAM (32MB) to store four hours' worth of programming. An SD/MMC card slot provides scope to increase the recording time. Line-in ports and a built-in microphone allow you to record from other sources.

It's also an MP3 player, so you can copy over songs from your PC via a USB connection. It plays WMA files too.

The device doesn't just grab what's currently being broadcast, but it can be set to record programmes at a specific time, TiVO-fashion. There's a built-in speaker, or you can listen using the bundled earbuds.

The Radio Your Way measures 5.5 x 9.8 x 1.8 cm (2.2 x 3.9 x 0.7in). It costs $149.99 direct from Pogo, which ships to the US and around the world.

Desktops

HP has introduced a family of Compaq PCs aimed at US gamers. The S4000NX line will feature a range of CPUs, all from Intel, some of which include quad-pumped 800MHz frontside bus models.

The S43000NX, for example, is based on a 2.4GHz P4 operating on a 200MHz FSB quad-pumped to an effective 800MHz, 512MB of DDR SDRAM, 120GB hard drive, and a combo DVD/CD-RW optical drive.

The machine ships with Intel's Extreme 2 graphics integrated on the motherboard, but hard core gamers will undoubtedly want to add in better graphics via the 8x AGP slot. The lack of a top-end card has, however, helped HP get the box's price down to $800.

More S4000NX-series machines will be rolled out during this and next month, HP said, offering a range of CPUs from a 2.4GHz Celeron up. All the PCs in the family are only available through retail channels. ®

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