Home Briefs: Creative Labs, Vodafone

Home Briefs: Creative Labs, Vodafone

Creative Labs goes USB 2.0

Creative Labs has added USB 2.0 connectivity to its MuVo line of MP3 players, and claims the new TX player is 40 times faster at uploading songs than with USB 1.1. With playback time of up to 15 hours, the TX has 256MB of USB Flash memory which will hold up to eight hours of songs in WMA 64Kbps format. It supports both MP3 and WMA music file formats. Small enough to clip onto a key chain, the cableless TX plugs straight into the PCs USB port. It has a scroll controller and a blue, backlit LCD. The TX will ship to Australia in late April or early May, with an RRP of $399. Also available is the MuVo TX 128MB at an RRP of $299.

Vodafone megapixel camera phone

Vodafone claims it is offering Australia’s first mobile phone with a one megapixel digital camera, the Sharp GX30. The company said the phone, which will be exclusive to its live! mobile service, offered three times the normal resolution for camera phones on the Australian market. With an RRP of $899, the clam shell, quad-band (GSM) phone features Bluetooth support, MP3 player, video message functionality and a colour screen. Along with picture messaging the GX30’s high res photo capability is supported with an 8 MB GX30 memory stick, which can plug into a laptop or PC for downloading and printing. The GX30 can take stills in five different sizes — from 858 x 1144 pixels down to 120 x 160 pixels. Capable of rapid shooting mode, it has a 7x digital zoom for the smallest picture size. It also has a photo editing program.

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