Breville Launch Toaster With Built In Digital Radio

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Breville is set to launch a Radio Toaster in Australia, that combines two key devices in a kitchen, a radio and a toaster. The device is already on sale in the UK.

The eccentric kitchen gadget is designed for those that are short of space but love a slice of toast. The radio is DAB and wireless enabled so that users can access Internet Radio stations.

As well as DAB it has an auxiliary input so consumers can connect an iPod or tablet containing music content.

The made in China gadget is expected to be a hit in Australia and will retail for around $79.

"We expect the Breville Radio Toaster to be very popular with our customers" says Ben Fowler, head of product development at a major UK retailer. "It's a quirky, unique kitchen product that'll make a great gift for house proud home owners and couples."

Two years ago, appliance maker DeLonghi included an FM radio in a toaster. That failed to take off.

Also two years ago, Tefal launched the Toast n Egg, which was a toaster with an attached egg poacher, while Electrolux has made a Scan Toaster, a computer printer/heater that allowed you to print a customised pattern on your toast.


Want to Offer Subscriptions for Your Shows? Sure, Why Not!

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Apple has launched a subscription service in the App Store for magazines, newspapers, videos, and music. If you want to start offering subscription services for your talk shows or segments, be ready to share revenue with Apple.
Apple said yesterday that publishers will be allowed to set the price and length of subscription terms and that the payments will be Apple’s job, handled within the App Store.

Our philosophy is simple," Steve Jobs wrote in a statement. "When Apple brings a new subscriber to the app, Apple earns a 30 percent share. When the publisher brings an existing or new subscriber to the app, the publisher keeps 100 percent and Apple earns nothing."

"All we require," Jobs continued, "is that if a publisher is making a subscription offer outside of the app, the same (or better) offer be made inside the app, so that customers can easily subscribe with one-click right in the app."

Subscriptions can be weekly, monthly, bimonthly, quarterly, biannual, or annual.

Publishers must provide their own authentication process within the app for subscribers who have signed up for service outside the App Store, according to Apple.

Teleca Announces Development of Platform for SiriusXM Radio

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Teleca, which supplies integrated software solutions for consumer electronics, as well as the automotive and mobile industries, has announced it is developing an embedded solution to use Android in future SiriusXM satellite radio devices. The solution will include all vehicle, portable and home products.

“SiriusXM continues to develop innovative products that allow our subscribers to experience the best audio entertainment available,” said Sean Gibbons, vice president of product marketing for SiriusXM’s aftermarket division. “We were impressed with Teleca’s experience with the Android Operating System and strong background in radio interface integration. Teleca is working with us to develop a complete platform strategy for delivering our unique and compelling programming to consumers.”

“The platform we have developed for SiriusXM is an excellent example of Teleca’s ability to seamlessly integrate a customer’s IP into a dynamic Android Operating System,” said John Trobough, president, Teleca USA. “Most importantly, the reference application allows SiriusXM and third-party developers to quickly build out new products and thereby retain their competitive edge.”

There's a new dog in town, and he's big!

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There is a new dog in town, and he’s big! The proliferation of radio streaming has certainly added to the overwhelming global demand for IP numbers. That and the huge growth of mobile streaming apps, ad delivery networks, hosting platforms and social media sites and blogs, have helped to use up all the IPv4 numbers at a far greater speed planned for initially.

In 2010, Securenet acquired large blocks of IP numbers on the new Internet IP Numbering System, which is called Internet Protocol version 6, or IPv6 and uses a combination of alpha-numerics. The top-level authority that governs IP addresses will distribute the last batches of IP version 4 (IPv4) numbers this week.

The new IP numbers will allow the internet to continue to expand and grow, with the newest version IPv6 taking us far beyond the limits of the old system, giving us 2128 (3.4×1038) global IP addresses. Yeah, that’s right, 340 trillion, 282 billion, 366 million, 920 thousand, 938 - followed by 24 zeroes to be exact! When the internet was started, it was thought that the current IPv4 with 4,294,967,296 addresses would suffice . . . wow, were they wrong!