World Cup live on your mobile
Plus drop dead gorgeous DAB radios and kids' MP3 players
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World Cup live on your mobile
If this had been a week later, we'd have been thinking April Fools, but according to Mobile Marketing mobile technology company Rok Entertainment is to launch a set-top box in time for the World Cup, that will beam the games, or anything else you can watch at home for that matter, to your mobile. The box, codenamed BLCX, attaches to your TV and uses your broadband internet connection - what do you mean you don't have one? - to beam the signal on to your phone. According to ROK, the service will work "on the majority of new smartphones". The box will go on sale at the beginning of June for around £250, or you¹ll be able to rent on for around £12 a month. There is still no news on whether Sony will launch its Location Free TV system that pulls off the same trick only this time streaming the footage to laptops and PSPs. There have even been the odd whisper that Sony Ericsson would offer its own take on Location Free TV too.
Priciest DAB radio ever?
Dualit is one of those aspirational brands that even I can get all excited about. I never thought I'd live to see the day when I actively fantasised over owning something that's desiged to brown bread, but those Dualit toasters are just too damned purty. They're expensive, mind. And this Dualit DAB Kitchen Radio is no different. The hefty chrome kitchen radio comes with a rechargeable battery, as well as a kitchen timer for cookery type ventures and a snooze button should you decide to stick it by your bed instead of in your kitchen. It's available for £200, which makes it on the pricey side, but I've had a go with one and it's really rather lovely. John Lewis will be doing the honours in May.
MP3 for kids
When I was a kid, an Action Man and Subbuteo kept me busy, with music courtesy of a small radio. But it's no longer the 70s and kids want toys and gadgets as cutting edge as their older brothers and sisters. I don't think the Maxfield MAX-JOY MP3 player is that, but it does the job and has a few parent-friendly features too. Looking more Fisher-Price than Apple, the MAX-JOY is a 256MB player, which can be expanded to 2GB via SD/MMC card expansion. It features an extra-luminous two-colour OLED display and a variety of functions younger kids will probably ignore - an integrated microphone for voice recording, six equaliser stages and support of Windows DRM, so it's capable of playing music fron restricted download sites. Parents should be pleased with an audio output restriction to a maximum of 60DB to protect ear-drums, tough external headphones that come with a 15-year guarantee and a dirt, water and impact resistant outer casing. Battery life is 19 hours from one AAA battery. You can pick it up now for around £48.