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Astell & Kern, iRiver launch $1,300 AK120 portable audio player

05/09, 7:40pm

Pair of DAC, hand-crafted leather case perks of boutique audio player

At the High End 2013 conference in Munich, Germany. electronic gadget company iRiver announced the launch of the second model from the Astell & Kern line of Mastering Quality Sound (MQS) portable players, the AK120. Astell & Kern was first launched in 2012 as the high-end brand of iRiver with the first MQS portable player. The AK120 was developed for professional users and audiophiles who demand the very best sound available.

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iRiver kicks out B100 MP3 player with odd 3:2 display

03/30, 6:10pm

iRiver B100 keeps company in media player field

iRiver ended a quiet period on truly new MP3 players Friday with the B100. The MP3 player is unique in having a 3:2 aspect ratio on its 3.1-inch, 320x480 display. The approach gives more space for descriptions and other text without confining itself to a narrower format.

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iRiver planning on releasing Vanilla phone, tablet

07/14, 1:35pm

Leaked images show iRiver smartphone, tablet

Images of two upcoming first-for-the-company products from Korea's iRiver have shown up on Korean website Cetizen. The images reveal an Android smartphone, the I-L1 or the Vanilla, as well as a new Android tablet, the ILT-MX100 or simply the iRiver TAB. Early specs of the devices are leaked, with the phone sporting a 3.5-inch touchscreen with an 800x480 resolution and either a 600MHz or 800MHz CPU.

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iRiver Story HD hits US July 17 with Google eBooks

07/11, 9:25am

iRiver Story HD first e-reader with Google eBooks

iRiver made a big splash in the US on Monday with word of not just its first major e-reader for the US but a first for the industry. The Story HD is the first dedicated e-reader to support Google eBooks and can buy or otherwise grab books over Wi-Fi. Google's platform gives it an edge as any company can integrate it without needing an official app, possibly preventing lock-in with a particular device.

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iRiver quietly slips out upsized P8 media player

07/04, 5:50pm

iRiver P8 launches first in Russia

After a long absence from the category, iRiver has come back to the large media player field with the arrival of the P8 in Russia. The five-inch player focuses on video first and can play HD video, either at 800x480 on its own screen or at native resolution through HDMI out. iRiver has freshened up its interface with a Mac OS X-like interface that has both a "dock" of common tasks as well as widgets for top-level access to media controls, photos, and other parts of the interface.

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iRiver's MX100-based Android tablet possibly seen in China

06/29, 5:45pm

iRiver mum on details, pricing, and availability

iRiver, known for its portable multimedia players and e-book readers, has been rumored to be working on a tablet, which may now be confirmed with recent sightings of a physical device. Netbooknews reports that the company's MX100 tablet was seen at an iRiver event in China last week. The device appears to have a seven inch display form factor.

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iRiver officially reveals U100 media player

01/14, 6:30pm

iRiver U100 revealed, will get up to 16GB

iRiver has outed its next generation portable media player due for Korea this year, though not on its global website yet. The U100 will sport a 3.1-inch, 320x480 touchscreen and as much as 16GB of built-in memory in the higher-end models. It will also come in 4GB and 8GB sizes.

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iRiver shows highest-resolution 6-inch eBook reader at CES

01/06, 4:35pm

Story HD first product of LG/iRiver collaboration

The first product of the partnership between iRiver and LG Display has been announced at CES. At 768x1024, the display of the Story HD eBook is said to be an ebook reader with the highest resolution 6-inch display. . The Story HD also gets Freescale's i.MX508 processor with integrated Wi-Fi. The device sports the Easy Wi-Fi Network feature that will automatically access any open or subscribed Wi-Fi hotspots without having to log in.

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iRiver slips touchscreen Story e-reader

08/03, 5:25pm

iRiver to release touchscreen Story e-reader

An image and some specs of the upcoming iRiver Story Touch Edition have been revealed on a Chinese forum board dedicated to the devices, iRiverFans. The 6-inch device gets the expected e-paper touchscreen with a six-inch, 600x800 display. It has just 2GB of internal memory, but it adds an SDHC memory card slot will allow for up to 32GB more.

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iRiver Story reader adds Wi-Fi

07/08, 10:25am

iRiver adds Wi-Fi connection to Story e-reader

iRiver's Story e-book reader has received an upgrade in the form of a Wi-Fi connection. Now known as the EB03, all specs are others unchanged, including the 6-inch display with a 600x800 resolution and 16 grey levels. In the UK, however, readers can now purchase e-books from WH Smith's online bookstore.

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LG Display and iRiver collaborate on e-book readers

06/14, 5:45pm

LG Display, iRiver build e-book readers

LG Display and iRiver have entered into a $5 million partnership that will see the former provide e-paper panels for products designed and built by iRiver. LG Display will provide a majority 51 percent of the financing. The joint venture is named L&I Electronic Technology.

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iRiver, LG team on music phone

05/26, 1:35pm

iRiver and LG create music phone

Cellphone maker LG and MP3 player maker iRiver have collaborated on a new music phone, the LG-LB4400. It sports an AMOLED 2.8-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 240x480 and also gets a 3-megapixel camera along with a DMB TV tuner. iRiver's influence comes through the interface, which takes on

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iRiver outfits e-dictionary with Wi-Fi, 720p video playback

03/05, 6:25pm

Device merges e-dictionary with MID functionality

iRiver has announced a new e-dictionary, the D1000, which integrates features found in many MIDs or media players. Aside from the dictionary functionality, the device offers Wi-Fi connectivity, web browsing, and 720p video playback. Supported files include documents, pictures and audio, along with video formats such as MKV and T-DMB.

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iRiver Smart HD packs high-res MKV

01/18, 8:55am

Smart HD player is HD rip-friendly

iRiver on Monday touted an advantage in touchscreen media players with the Smart HD. It becomes one of the few players to support not just HD video resolutions but the MKV (Matroska) container as well. Adding the format gives it support for subtitles and other extras common to "unofficial" copies of movies.

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iRiver to ship Story e-reader to US in January

01/09, 2:10am

iRiver Story e-reader in US soon, Wi-Fi model due

iRiver took advantage of CES to reveal that its Story e-reader will come to the US market later on in January. At the same time, the company said it plans on bringing a Wi-Fi enabled model to the US in the spring as well. What other, if any, added features compared to the standard reader the device will have remains unknown.

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Full specifications of iRiver N20 revealed

10/09, 1:45pm

iRiver outs specs of upcoming N20 media player

Information on the iRiver N20 portable media player has been scarce until now, as the company has released nearly all details for the device. First teased this summer, the N20 is unique in using a four-line, 128x56-pixel grayscale passive matrix OLED (PMOLED) display for track info rather than an LCD. It's further now known to be available in either 2GB or 4GB capacities and will play back MP3, WMA, APE, FLAC, OGG, and WAV files.

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iRiver prices Story e-book reader, begins taking pre-orders

09/23, 11:05pm

Korean device takes similar form to Amazon Kindle

iRiver has set a local price for its e-book reader, the Story, which is now available to pre-order for Korean buyers. The device carries a price of 358,000 KRW (~290 USD) directly from the company. The package includes a 2GB SD card, folding case, and two free book downloads.

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iRiver enters e-book readers with Story

09/01, 1:45pm

iRiver Story E Book Reader

iRiver dipped into dedicated e-book readers for the first time today with word of its own device. The Story shares its aesthetics with the Amazon Kindle and has a 6-inch display with a QWERTY keyboard underneath for searches and other tasks; the system is extra-thin and has a 3.5mm headphone jack for listening to audio. A comic book-specific reader is a new addition optimized for the graphics-heavy format.

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iRiver E200 media player official

08/06, 3:45pm

iRiver E200 now official

After a long delay, the sequel to the E100 portable media player has finally been made official. As previously rumored, the E200 now sports a metal body rather than a plastic one, with a slightly curved body at the rear for a more comfortable fit in a user's hand. The 2.8-inch LED display has a 320x240 resolution and will be available in 4GB, 8GB and 16GB capacities, with all also adding a microSD memory card slot.

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iRiver intros A100 Bluetooth headset

06/19, 11:15am

iRiver intros BT headset

South Korea-based iRiver has broken from tradition by announcing the upcoming release of its first Bluetooth headset, the A100. iRiver is known for making portable multimedia players to date, such as the SPINN and, more recently, the GPS-enabled NV Classic. Little is known about the device, though its specs are not ground-breaking.

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iRiver outs portable media player with GPS

06/09, 4:15pm

iRiver intros NV Classic

Korea's iRiver has recently announced the upcoming release of its NV Classic portable media player, which has a built-in DMB digital TV tuner and doubles as a GPS navigation device. A 7-inch, 800x480 resolution touchscreen and a custom Magazine interface serve as its near-exclusive controls. There is no internal memory, as iRiver instead ships the NV Classic with two SDHC memory cards. A blank 4GB card will hold multimedia files, with the device supporting MP3, WAV, OGG and WMA audio files, MPEG1-4, WMV9 and XviD videos and JPEG and BMP images. A second SDHC card contains mapping information for the navigation functionality.

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iRiver teases P35 player for US

05/27, 10:00am

iRiver dates P35 in the US

iRiver has recently put up a teaser ad on its US website with specs and an approximate release date for its P35 portable audio player, which was first shown to the US audience at CES. The ad reveals nothing but an approximate release date, but is known to be available in three versions in Korea. The basic version acts as a touchscreen digital multimedia player, the Wi-Fi version adds portable and wireless Internet connection, while a DMB tuner-equipped version will let users watch digital TV. This last version is not expected to make its way to the US given the absence of DMB networks.

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iRiver, Speedo team on underwater MP3 player

04/14, 3:55pm

Speedo MP3 player

Portable digital audio player and other personal electronics maker iRiver has teamed up with Speedo to create an underwater digital audio player, the LZR Racer Aquabeat. The same device is available in Japan, albeit with 2GB of internal memory versus the North American version's 1GB. Either device is IPX5/IPX7 certified, allowing it to operate safely while submerged in up to 10 feet of water. There is no display, only basic controls that include play/pause, volume, and track skipping.

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iRiver outs Dicple D31 personal media player

03/13, 5:20pm

iRiver outs Dicple D31 PMP

Korea's iRiver has launched its latest portable media player, the D31. Part of its Dicple Series, the device sports a 4.3-inch LCD touchscreen with 480x272 resolution and is available in two models. The first has a DMB tuner for picking up digital video signals along with 4GB of built-in memory, while an Edu version trades the tuner for another 4GB of memory, for a total of 8GB. A microSD memory card slot lets user expand storage, while a USB 2.0 connection lets them sync it with their home PCs.

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iRiver debuts new PMPs, Wave-Home Wi-Fi console

01/09, 8:20pm

iRiver CES introductions

iRiver at CES unveiled its latest multimedia devices including the Wave-Home multimedia device and several portable media players. The Wave-Home interface is displayed on a 7-inch touchscreen that resembles a digital photo frame, but the device also integrates a phone and webcam. A wireless handset fits into the back of the housing for calls made while moving around, or the webcam can be used for video conferencing. Games, weather, news, radio and other widgets are supported.

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iRiver set to release metal-bodied E50 music player

12/10, 4:50pm

iRiver to release E50 PMP

Portable electronics maker iRiver is set to release a new digital multimedia player, to be called the E50. With very similar if not identical features and file support to the company's E100 player, the main difference between the two seems to be the E50's sturdier brushed aluminum body. The E50 will be available in 2GB, 4GB or 8GB capacities and features a 1.8-inch, 262K color screen with a 176x220 resolution.

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iRiver intros CaroNavi portable navigation system

12/08, 4:20pm

iRiver intros CaroNavi GPS

iRiver announced on Friday it has begun taking pre-orders for its new CaroNavi in-car navigation system. The Navigator has a 3.5-inch LCD touchscreen that sports 320x240 resolution. It has a built-in 2GB of flash memory that stores MAPLUS software from Edia and an SD card slot for expansion, allowing users to watch WMV videos or listen to MP3, WMA and OGG files. The CaroNavi can also be used as a navigator for motorcycles and in a pedestrian mode, though how exactly hasn't been specified.

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Two upcoming iRiver portable audio players revealed

12/08, 1:45pm

iRiver players revealed

iRiver, maker of the SPINN digital audio player with a 3.2-inch OLED screen, will be launching two entry-level players, according to a weekend report. The simpler and smaller of the new players, the T5, is a strictly audio-only player with a simple display that supports MP3, WMA and OGG formats and has a USB port for charging the device and loading tracks. It should be available in black or white and 2GB or 4GB capacities, while its battery life is rated at 13 hours.

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iRiver Wave phone launches ahead of schedule

12/01, 12:25pm

iRiver Wave launches early

Korea's ReignCom, which makes iRiver-branded personal media players, has released its first cellphone in its home market ahead of the promised March 2009 launch. The iRiver Wave handset sports a 3-inch, 480x272 touchscreen that is capable of recognizing handwriting and will connect to the Internet via its built-in Wi-Fi connection or over wireless data networks, provided by exclusive carrier KT. The handset will also support VoIP calling to reduce airtime costs. Initially, the Wave will be offered in just ten iRiver stores in Korea.

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iRiver launches E100 Season 2 players

11/27, 10:50am

iRiver E100 Season 2

iRiver on Thursday introduced a low-key update to its basic media player lineup through the E100 Season 2. The new players are primarily a visual change and switch from the monotone colors of the original to orange-on-silver, silver-on-orange and white-and-orange color schemes. The Korea-made player is otherwise similar but shares the same uncommon features, including a rear set of stereo speakers and a microSD card slot for loading up extra music beyond the internal flash.

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iRiver to release cellphone early in 2009

11/10, 5:15pm

iRiver handset coming 2009

The President of ReignCom, the company behind the iRiver brand known for personal media players, has recently announced that iRiver will bring its first handset to market by March of 2009. Due to be carried by Korean wireless provider KTF, the handset will include a large touchscreen display capable of recognizing handwriting, a Wi-Fi module for wireless network access and access to Bugs Music Service. As is typical of Korean handsets, a few dictionaries are also included in the handset.

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ReignCom unveils iriver NV mini with GPS

10/29, 1:00am

iriver NV mini GPS device

Korean company ReignCom has unveiled the iriver NV mini, a personal media player with integrated GPS functionality. The device offers a 3.5 inch 320 by 240 pixel screen for viewing maps or video content. The internal memory offers 4GB, with optional expansion to 8GB. The system runs on Windows CE 5.0, with GPS software provided by Korea-based software company Gini. The battery life of 2.5 hours falls below what would be expected from a navigation aide that is designed more for the pocket than a vehicle dashboard.

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iRiver announces pricing, launch date for SPINN

09/29, 4:10pm

iRiver set to ship SPINN

The wait for the iRiver SPINN personal audio player unveiled this summer is nearly over, as the Korean company announced the touchscreen device will start shipping to US customers from October 3 onward. The personal audio players are currently available for pre-order. The 4GB SPINN is priced at nearly $250, and the 8GB version at $290. In other markets, such as Korea, the player can also be had in a 16GB capacity, but all share a 3.2-inch, 480x372 active matrix OLED (AMOLED) touchscreen.

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iRiver set to unveil multi-featured P20, M3 PMPs

08/25, 5:05pm

iRiver to show new PMPs

In addition to the Spinn recently unveiled by iRiver, the company is also getting ready to show off new devices at the upcoming IFA 2008 exhibition in Berlin, introducing the P20 and M3 in the process. The Korean consumer electronics maker's P20 packs a 16 million color 4.1-inch AMOLED touch-screen display and 80GB or optional 120GB capacity drive.

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iRiver tries touchscreen players with SPINN

07/29, 7:55am

iRiver SPINN Official

iRiver today officially unveiled its turn at a touchscreen device with the Korean appearance of the SPINN. The machined aluminum player earns its name through a dial that allows quick scrolling through a radio-like interface, tuning built-in FM radio or DMB mobile TV, and scrubbing through video. However, it also hands over control in many areas to a more advanced, 3.3-inch active matrix OLED (or AMOLED) touchscreen that produces more colors and better blacks than an LCD.

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iRiver gives Lplayer US launch

07/16, 11:25am

iRiver Lplayer in US

iRiver this morning made official its US release of the Lplayer. The portable media device is one of the company's smallest and manages to fit a two-inch LCD by using the same D-click control system as the Clix, which uses taps on the edges to navigate menus. It also promises broader format support than most players with FLAC and OGG audio as well as XviD video joining more typical MP3, WAV, WMA, MPG, and WMV support.

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Skyhook tracking merges real GPS, Wi-Fi

06/30, 4:40pm

Skyhook XPS 2 Tracking

Skyhook Wireless on Monday launched a new map positioning system that will potentially solve many of the problems associated with GPS navigation today. While the company has already designed a system that can alternate between real GPS and rough triangulation using cellular towers and Wi-Fi, a new method nicknamed XPS 2.0 can combine multiple services at once to find a position even in poor conditions.

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iRiver launches Volcano T7 MP3 player

06/10, 4:15pm

iRiver' T7 MP3 player

iRiver today announced the launch of its newest portable digital audio player, the Volcano T7. Available in either 2GB or 4GB versions, the compact T7 features an OLED display to showcase data information. Supported audio formats include MP3, WMA, ASF and OGG, which can be uploaded to the USB key-style player simply by plugging it into a computer's USB 2.0 port.

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More information gleaned on iRiver Spinn

05/30, 4:50pm

iRiver Spinn player info

iRiver's Spinn media player -- first seen at the 2008 CES show in January -- has finally received some more detailed release information, according to a UK source. The Spinn features a 3.2-inch AMOLED display with a 480x272 resolution, and plays MPEG-4 or Flash videos. Where the initial version shown at CES included DMB TV functionality for iRiver's Korean home market, a UK version appears to replace that with DAB digital radio.

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iRiver debuts touch-driven P10 player

05/20, 9:25am

iRiver P.ple P10

iRiver today expanded its media player lineup and launched the P.ple P10. The device is one of iRiver's rare touchscreen devices and uses its 4.3-inch, 800x480 display as both a home for photo and video playback as well as for editing. For entertainment, owners can watch Flash, MPEG 1/2/4, WMV, and XviD videos stored on the 33GB of free hard drive space as well as watch live digital TV broadcasts in Korea through an optional version with a DMB tuner. Workers can use a stylus to edit and navigate both Excel and Word files as well as PDFs and common e-books.

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iRiver E100 sequel to go aluminum, toss speakers

04/24, 2:35pm

iRiver E200 Leak

iRiver's first update to the E100 jukebox will also be a major refresh of the design itself, if a leak from Crave proves accurate. The update is likely to be named the E150 or E200 and will scrap the metal-look plastic for real aluminum, similar to the iPod nano's front face or the Zune's back. iRiver will also address criticisms of the LCD by replacing it with a much brighter screen. However, the new body will also drop the speakers that define the player today.

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iRiver brings Disney-themed Mplayer to US

04/22, 2:00pm

iRiver Mplayer Season 1

iRiver today brought one of its more unusual iPod shuffle rivals to the US. Already available in Japan and Korea, the Mplayer Season 1 goes screenless but uses its resemblance to Mickey Mouse to its advantage for control: listeners skip tracks and adjust volume by twisting the Mplayer's ears. The small and light design also lets iRiver use lanyard headphones that spare the need for clips.

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iRiver makes E100's US launch official

04/15, 11:25am

iRiver E100 Official in US

iRiver has lived up to its word today by launching the US edition of the E100, its new mid-range player that sits between the basic T60 and the more video-focused Clix Gen 2. The device ships with a relatively large 2.4-inch screen but moves the company's D-Click controls from the edges of the LCD to a pad at the bottom; the effect suits the E100 more to the vertical hold preferred for music but still presents a similar near-seamless look. This newest model adds a microSD slot to expand free space by as much as another 2GB, and boasts its own stereo speakers for listening without headphones.

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iRiver prepping iPhone clone for end 2008

01/09, 3:20pm

iRiver iPhone Clone

iRiver will enter the cellphone market with a device that bears an uncanny resemblance to the iPhone, say reports from the Consumer Electronics Show floor by PCMag. The Korean company, which normally makes portable media players, is exhibiting a prototype at the Las Vegas event known only as the "iRiver GSM phone" but which clearly takes cues from the Apple device. Its interface is almost entirely driven by an icon-based touchscreen layout with direct resemblances to the iPhone's front menu. Unlocking the device requires a near-identical sliding motion while other swiping motions help control scrolling and other navigation. Linux will underpin the OS.

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