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Apple announces new iPod lineup.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs just announced a refreshed line of iPods at today’s media event in San Francisco, CA.

Jobs introduced the new iPod shuffle, nano, and touch models to the media in San Francisco and viewers around the world as the company provided a live broadcast for the first time to test its new $1 billion facility in North Carolina.

The new, thinner iPod touch includes a front facing camera for FaceTime, HD video recording, and retina display. The new model will be priced as follows:
8GB $229, 32GB $299, 64GB $399.

The new nano now boasts a small multi-touch screen and includes Nike+ and a pedometer.

The new shuffle will sell for only $49.

The new iPod family is available for pre-order today and will start shipping next week.

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Increased adolescent deafness linked to iPod.

imageResearchers at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital analyzed data from National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys of 12 to 19-year-olds and found that one in five had evidence of hearing loss and 5 percent had some hearing loss.

Using data from 1988, researchers found a 30 percent increase in any degree of hearing loss and a 70 percent increase in mild to severe hearing loss in the past 15 years.

“Some risk factors, such as loud sound exposure from listening to music, may be of particular importance to adolescents,” say researchers.

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Apple to replace overheating Japanese Nanos.

imageApple says it will replace whole iPod nanos that are overheating in Japan due to faulty batteries and not just the battery itself.

“The company this month responded to requests by Japan’s Consumer Affairs Agency and the country’s trade ministry to explain additional safety measures,” reports Bloomberg.

“Six incidents involving the 2005 model Nano catching fire while being charged have been reported to the government since 2008, trade ministry spokesman Hiroshi Miyashita said last month.”

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iPod touch with retina display and two cameras?

imageAs arn from MacRumors writes, “Most observers have assumed that the next-generation iPod touch will gain the same high-resolution Retina display found in the iPhone 4, but its camera features have been the subject of some debate.”

John Gruber from Daring Fireball reports, “if you wait a few weeks to buy the Touch, you’ll get one with a Retina Display and dual cameras.”

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Sprint to offer WiFi hotspot iPod touch case?

imageAn FCC filing brought to light Wednesday reveals a device Sprint hopes will penetrate some of the Apple iPod touch market.

The Peel, a ZTE-made 3G-to-WiFi hotspot device that functions as an iPod touch case, would give the iPod and adjacent machines a constant 3G connection without the need for MiFi.

The Peel has a separate battery and would likely be charged with a mini-USB port, according to MacNN.

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