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Customize the Hardware on This Android Phone

A new phone slated to ship early next year will allow users to specify the hardware configuration they want on their device.

Due in February from German Synapse-Phone, the Synapse One will run2.2, or Froyo. It will come standard with a 10.16cm, 4-inch SuperAMOLED multitouch-sensitive screen with 480x800 WVGA resolution. Featuring a 1GHz processor, the device will also sport two built-in microphones along with a compass, accelerometer, and sensors for ambient light and proximity.

AGPS and an SD 2.0-compatible microSD memory card will also be standard parts of the handset, with support for up to 32GB. The phone reportedly will also beby default with an unlocked bootloader, giving users administrative access and the ability to change the phone's software in ways that traditionally wouldn't be allowed, according to ,

Pricing on the device begins at 299 euros including shipping, but the cost for any one user will depend on the other hardware components he or she requests.

Preorders are being accepted now--and the phone would likely work in the United States--according to Droid Gamers--though Synapse-Phone'sis currently down due to high traffic volumes. Google's , however, still provides a snapshot of what's available. (I've contacted Synapse-Phones to confirm that the phone will be available for U.S. users, and will update this story when I hear back.)

LED or Xenon Flash

Specifically, buyers of the Synapse One can choose anything from 3G - GSM Quadband and HSDPA with 7.2Mbs down, for example--which comes free--up to 4G - GSM Quadband and WiMAX, which is 30 euros extra. Bluetooth 2.1 comes at no charge, but users can request Bluetooth 3.0 for 15 euros extra. Then there's WLAN, which is priced at 20 euros for WLAN b/g or 35 euros for WLAN b/g/n.

A 5 megapixel camera with no flash comes at no extra cost, but users can order 8 megapixel for 20 euros or 12 megapixel versions for 35 euros; LED and Xenon flash are priced at a further 10 or 20 euros.

A 2 megapixel front camera is available as an option for 15 euros, while multimedia options include 3.5mm Audio-Out and FM Radio, each for 5 euros, as well as Mini-HDMI Out for 15 euros. Mobile television options cost 15 euros extra, and there are further possibilities for built-in and working memory, as well as up to 32GB microSD-Card capacity, the type of front buttons used, body color and more.

The phone's quad-band radio will work on U.S. GSM carriers including T-Mobile and AT&T, Android Guys reports.

No ^aEUR~Fragmentation' Problem Here

In a world where computer customization is standard through the likes of Dell--as, indeed, is customization in myriad other aspects of life--it's exciting to see a vendor bring such capabilities to the world of smartphones, giving both business and individual users a way to get whatever best fits their needs.

This won't be anything you'll see from Apple, you can be sure. What was that you said aboutbeing a problem, Mr. Jobs?

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David Gilden Releases Reissue of Successful New Age Album Ancestral Voices, Available September 28, 2010 through Kora Productions

World Music artist David Gilden has announced the release of Ancestral Voices, a reissue of the timeless 1990 original recording that will now be available for the first time in digital stores. BFM Digital, a leading digital music aggregator and distributor of independent music, is distributing the album.

Los Angeles, CA (Vocus) September 28, 2010 -- World Music artist David Gilden has announced the release of Ancestral Voices, a reissue of the timeless 1990 original recording that will now be available for the first time in digital stores. , a leading digital music aggregator and distributor of independent music, is distributing the album.

A presence in the world of New Age and Yoga music for over twenty years, Gilden has released several recordings that have been featured on NPR and college radio stations throughout North America.His music can be heard on one of the most popular contemporary music programs on public radio, Hearts of Space with host Stephen Hill.Gilden has been featured on WNYC’s critically acclaimed music program “New Sounds” as well as in host John Schaefer’s book New Sounds: A Listener’s Guide to New Music.He has also been interviewed for Voice of America’s longest running program, Music Time in Africa that was created by veteran broadcaster Leo Sarkisian and is heard around the world in countries such as Poland, India, Japan and Australia.

Ancestral Voices artfully blends World Music traditions with the ‘organic’ use of electronic elements.Gilden’s ambient World Electronica style is richly layered, utilizing an arsenal of keyboards and incorporating World instruments into a lush musical tapestry resulting in a harmonic blend of traditional and contemporary.Folk instruments of countries around the world from Africa to India lend their voices to create music perfect for yoga practice, meditative retreat or a spa visit.

While most tracks of Ancestral Voices feature Gilden’s exceptional mastery of the kora, a West African harp-lute, the title track also showcases the Mbira, a thumb-piano used in Zimbabwean trance music. The album also includes acclaimed musicians such as Jimmy Earl, bass player for Cleto and the Cletones, house band for Jimmy Kimmel Live and Internationally renowned bansuri bamboo flutist Steve Gorn, who contributes a dreamy Indian flavor to three tracks on this beautifully re-mastered album.

David Gilden has been performing music on the twenty-one-string kora with his world music group Cora Connection since the early 90s.After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 1980, Gilden embarked on his kora studies becoming the first American student of Gambian griots Dembo Konte and Malamini Jobarteh.To date, he has traveled to the region a total of nine times, interacting with local musicians and studying with kora virtuosos to perfect his skills.He now performs as a solo artist primarily in the Dallas/ Ft. Worth area at festivals, museums and special events.

Ancestral Voices is available everywhere on September 28th, 2010. To preview the album, please follow this link:

Tracks:1. Island Journey (4:32)2. Bantang Ba Kouyate (7:20)3. Dragonfly Dream (4:13)4. Harmonic Vista (6:31)5. Yarabi (4:19)6. Crossing the Astral Bridge (2:00)7. Island Solo (3:57)8. Rights of Man (2:15)9. Ancestral Voices Part I (5:34)10. Ancestral Voices Part II (2:55)11. Pilgrimage to Soma (6:12)12. Kora Duet (2:25)13. Temporal Tonic (5:55)14. Serengeti Sundance (9:05)

For a review copy of the CD, please contact Heather Noonan at BFM Digital: pr(at)bfmdigital(dot)com or 818-761-0191

To view a short video on Gilden’s background and music career, please visit:

For more information, please visit: About BFM Digital, Inc. BFM Digital is a global digital music company committed to serving the independent music community and delivering quality music, spoken word and video content to leading online retailers worlide. Representing a diverse catalog of indie labels, artists and publishers, BFM distributes to all of the major music services including iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, eMusic, Napster, Walmart, Nokia and many more. With an unparalleled commitment to personalized service, BFM works closely with their content providers from around the world to ensure maximum exposure of their catalog by customizing marketing efforts and building strong relationships with BFM's digital store partners.


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The Utah Honda Dealers Association Announces Honda CR-Z Stealing the Spotlight

The Utah Honda Dealers Association announces the recently released Honda CR-Z is stealing the spotlight from Times Square, New York to Austin, Texas.

Mesa, AZ (Vocus) October 5, 2010

announces the recently releasedis stealing the spotlight from New York City to Austin, Texas. The American launch celebrated with a take-over of Times Square using 3-D technology, Honda attracted over 250,000 people to the event including their target demographic of young males. The launch made headlines, but this is just a first for the CR-Z cross-country debut.

October 8-10 the CR-Z will make a second appearance at the Austin City Limits Music Festival. Honda is an Eco-partner with the festival and will sponsor one of the main stages. As well, their full line of hybrid cars will be on display.

January 1st, Honda will be the Presenting Sponsor of the Tournament of Roses in Pasadena, CA. With millions of viewers tuned in on July 1st, the Honda float to launch the parade. Honda has had a fifty-year relationship with the Tournament of Roses. This year, Honda will help the Tournament of Roses focus on reducing their carbon footprint.