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No Tuxedo Required

Posted in Home Theater,Plasma,Samsung,Television by Chetz on February 28th, 2007

Samsung plasma televisions named after Cannes film festivalSamsung brings some of the glitz and glitter of the Cannes Film Festival to your home with three newly announced plasma screen televisions named after the prestigious French movie party.

The company says that its new PDP image quality delivers brighter screens, richer colors and clearer images using new technological features incorporated into the Cannes line. For example, the Ultra DayLight component delivers a contrast ratio of 1000:1 in brightly lit rooms and 15000:1 in dimmed environments. The reproduction of natural colors is improved with Natural True Color Technology which processes reds, blues and greens with faster 18 bit speed processing. Finally, the Real Motion Studio technology sharpens the image on-screen, making letters and hard outlines less blurry.

That sounds all well and good but the bottom line is how much will it cost? Samsung is going to launch three sizes …

Seven New Sonys

Posted in Home Theater,Sony by Chetz on February 28th, 2007

Sony Electronics released new stereo systems to retail in MarchSony Electronics has plans to release seven new home theater systems to retail starting in March, with three of them specifically tailored to complement its Bravia line of TVs.

The DAV-HDX500 ($500), DAV-HDX267W ($300), DAV-HDX265 ($300) BRAVIA models combine a DVD player/changer with HDMI output with 720p/1080i video upscaling, a Digital Media Port that allows WiFi and Bluetooth devices connectivity to the system, and Bravia Theater Sync, making it easier for each component to talk to each other over HDMI. Sony is also installing Digital Cinema Auto Calibration (DCAC) in each unit, allowing you to balance your multi-channel surround sound setup with the use of an included microphone.

If you have a Bravia TV already and want your system to compliment its style, your best bet is probably the HDX500 which matches the look and height of …

Sony says PS3 shortage to end soon

Posted in News,PS3,Sony by Darrin Olson on February 28th, 2007

Sony says PS3 shortage should be resolved by MayAccording to a report from Reuters, Sony is planning to ship 2 million PlayStation 3 game consoles to the US by the end of March with hopes of resolving the shortage issues by May of this year.

Despite rumors of PS3′s sitting idle on store shelves, a Sony executive cited that some areas of the country still had no consoles on their shelves months after the initial release. “It’s a testament to the fact that we’ve been able to manufacture and ship units on a greater pace than any previous console,” said Jack Tretton, chief executive of Sony Computer Entertainment America in the report.

This statement seems contradictory to a recent study showing that the PS3 console was bringing up the rear in sales recently in the new generation of game consoles, falling behind Sony’s own PS2.

“Our goal is to …

Sony doubles dictation storage in new voice recorders

Posted in Digital Audio,Sony,Voice Recorders by Reuben Drake on February 28th, 2007

Sony Voice Recorders with double the memoryIt’s always been hard to remember the small details wherever we may be. While some prefer to write it down, Sony has recently released a new line of digital voice recorders allowing you to store all the juicy details whatever the situation.

Totaling 6 models, each offers special features for a specific purposes as well as being ‘perfect’ for taking dictation. These special features include: capturing high-quality sound, creating MP3 files, and converting voice to text. Naturally all models will allow recording and playing records back without having to connect to a PC.

All 6 models come with 5 different modes. This includes Stereo High Quality (STHQ), Stereo (ST), Stereo LP (STLP), Standard Play (SP) and Long Play (LP). Each mode can be suited for your purpose. The nifty thing is that recording stops during those silent pauses, and automatically reactivates …

Wolverine Data Releases 160GB Wolverine ESP

Posted in Digital Audio,Digital Video,Media Players by Darrin Olson on February 28th, 2007

Wolverine Data releases a new 160GB media player called Wolverine ESPWolverine data has released a new media player to their ESP line with a whopping 160GB capacity. You can do the math on this one, but at a quick glance we’re talking tens of thousands of MP3 files or hundreds of hours of video all on the portable device.

The Wolverine ESP can download FM radio, TV programs, and DVDs and play them back on a television, computer and of course right on the media player itself through the 3.6″ LCD. Files from memory cards can also easily be transferred into the device through a built-in 7 in 1 card reader.

The ESP supports MP3, WMA, OGG, WAV, AAC (MP4-audio), CDA, MPEG-1, MPEG-4, WMV9 and Xvid as well as viewing JPEG, Bitmap, TIFF and RAW image files. Actual dimensions of the portable player are 5.3″x2.8″x0.9″ in. (W x …

AMD Announces Chipset with ATI Graphics

Posted in AMD,News,Processors by Darrin Olson on February 28th, 2007

AMD releases chipset combined with the power of ATI graphicsAMD announced Wednesday the first chipset from the company that combines AMD’s technology with ATI’s in the ATI Radeon X1250 GPU.

By combining the Radeon graphics processing with AMD’s 690 chipset they eliminate the need for a separate graphics card. “With its leading image quality and 3D graphics capabilities, the AMD 690 series chipset is a proven performer, easily handling the demanding workloads of today’s PC users,” said Phil Eisler, corporate vice president and general manager, AMD Chipset Division in a press release Wednesday. “This is just the first in a line of innovative, high- performance AMD chipsets that we’ll introduce to address every sector of the market.”

The new integrated 690 chipset is said to provide an excellent viewing experience with operating systems such as the new Windows Vista making Windows Flip and Windows Flip 3D an common part …

iRiver U20 Clix 2

Posted in Digital Audio,Digital Video,iRiver by Darrin Olson on February 27th, 2007

iRiver Clix2 U20iRiver has a new version of the Clix player available in Korea which will be also coming to the US in the coming months.

The new iRiver U20, which looks like it will end up as the ‘clix2′ similarly to how the iRiver U10 became the ‘clix’ in the US, is slightly faster with more frames per second and is slightly thinner by about a 10th of an inch. The new media player appears very similar to the original version, although it has a much needed increase in capacity. The flash based player has increased its storage to a 4GB and 8GB version coming to the US in March and April, respectively, which is a nice increase from the former 2GB maximum.

The clix2 has the same 2.2″ viewing screen and about the same overall dimensions, sporting the D-Click interface and supporting Macromedia Flash …

Gloved Gaming

Posted in Apparel,Games,News by Chetz on February 27th, 2007

Wireless Bluetooth gaming control gloveImagine being able to play Donkey Konga without the need for the bongos, or play virtual tag online without the need for a keyboard, joystick or Wii nunchuk. The technonauts at Engineered Fibre Structures at the University of Manchester have come up with what could be the next big step in gaming: an electronic glove with a Bluetooth wireless connection that lets the wearer control and talk to the gizmos around them.

The patented device is made from soft nylon or acrylic material and stretches over your hand just like any other glove. Underneath the fabric are conductive pathways that are connected to sensors located in the fingertips of the glove, so when you make a connection (like say putting your index and middle fingers together in a line), a command is registered. Remember Tom Cruise shuffling pages and files around in …

Wireless V Cast Mobile TV Announcement Set for Thursday?

Posted in Mobile Phones,Services,Verizon by Chetz on February 27th, 2007

Verizon to launch V Cast Mobile TVIt looks like Verizon is getting ready to launch its Wireless V Cast Mobile TV service later this week. According to a hidden away sign-up sheet located on the Verizon website, the service is scheduled to kick off on March 1.

When queried as to the information Verizon neither confirmed or denied that 3/1 is V-Day for the company, nor does the website list exactly where the service will be provided or how much it will cost. At least Verizon hasn’t removed the option from its sales website which is a good sign that something is indeed coming shortly.

V Cast Mobile TV was announced last month at the Consumer Electronics Show and will give consumers the opportunity to receive live television broadcasts to their mobile phones. Qualcomm is building the network that Verizon subscribers will use, beaming its signal through channel …

Askville is Amazon Answer Service

Posted in Amazon,Websites by Paul Patterson on February 27th, 2007

Askville is Amazon Answer ServiceAskville is a question and answer website from Amazon that uses a system of Experience Points, Levels, and Quest coins to reward contributors. Askville is similar to Yahoo! Answers or the now defunct Google Answers in that you ask questions of a community of experts.

Questions submitted to the Askville community are open for 7 days. Depending on the interest your question drums up and/or the difficulty of the question you will get up to 5 answers back from the Askville community during those 7 days.

You can monitor new questions and view featured questions and most active discussions. At the time I looked at the site the top featured question was “Why do people drink alcohol for the taste?” Good question, I wasn’t aware that they did drink it for the taste.

To reward contributors, Askville …

Sony Cyber-shot Cameras Aimed at Partiers

Posted in Digital Cameras,Sony by Darrin Olson on February 27th, 2007

Sony uveils new Cybershot T-series camera lineSony has unveiled a new T-series line of Cybershot cameras that are targeted to the tech-conscious who want quality functionality in a camera that’s also small enough to fit easily in a pocket or purse.

The DSC-T100 and DSC-T20 digital cameras are both 8 megapixel shooters in a thin, less than a half inch profile frame, featuring a Carl Zeiss optical zoom lens. The main differences between the two cameras are the zoom ability and the size of the LCD screen. The DSC-T100 has a big 3 inch LCD and 5x optical zoom, while the DSC-T20 has a slightly smaller but noticeable 2.5 inch LCD and only 3x optical zoom.

“There’s a generation of style-conscious, tech-savvy people who want the brands and products in their lives to reflect who they are,” said Phil Lubell, director of marketing for digital cameras at Sony Electronics …

THQ to bring Conan for Xbox 360 and PS3

Posted in Games,RPG by Reuben Drake on February 27th, 2007

THQ bringing Conan game for the Xbox 360 and PS3THQ has confirmed that there is a Conan game in the works. This game will be released for both the 360 and the PS3 and is being developed by the same guys who brought Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects to the PS2 – Nihilistic Software.

Playing as Conan himself, this game will be of similar format to the popular God of War. As described by THQ, “Conan is an action adventure video game featuring a story of epic brutality, sheer evil and visceral combat”. Along with this, a deep and gratifying combat system (naturally with deadly weapons included), varied fighting styles, interactive environments, and, of course, more enemies than you can wrap your head around are all promised. Harnessing the power of the next-gen consoles Conan is sure to include its batch of special and lighting effects, …

Thinner Than a Supermodel

Posted in LCD,News,Samsung by Chetz on February 26th, 2007

Samsung creates worlds thinnest LCD at .74 mm thickTechnology continues to become more miniaturized day-by-day, with thinner, sleeker gadgets constantly rolling out from the design headquarters of the world’s electronics and computer manufacturers, but it’s dog-gone rare when a company beats its own record and renders its latest merchandise obsolete before it goes on sale.

The suits at Samsung SDI are currently gloating over their compatriots over at Samsung Electronics for coming up with a thinner LCD, creating a display that’s only 0.74 millimeters thick. That’s .08 mm thinner than the 0.82 mm units the Electronics boys announced just three short months ago. Is it too late to take back their Christmas bonuses?

While the new 0.74 mm LCD is a prototype, SDI is set to roll out a practically supersized 1.9 mm wide LCD in Q2 of 2007 as part of the company’s Ultra Edition II series …

Dell Customers Want Linux and Open Office

Posted in Dell,Linux,PCs by Paul Patterson on February 26th, 2007

Dell Customers Want Linux and Open OfficeA Dell PC loaded with the Linux operating system may be a viable option in the near future, according to a statement posted Friday on the company’s Web site.

Dell’s decision to go with a Linux option is undoubtedly due to the overwhelming popularity of a suggestion on Dell’s new IdeaStorm website. Ideastorm is a community website where Dell customers can submit feedback and offer suggestions on how to improve the overall Dell experience including products, services, and operations.

The popular suggestion was to “Offer the 3 top free Linux versions for free pre-installation on all Dell PCs.” As of Monday the suggestion had over 75,000 “promotions” which are marks of approval from visitors to the IdeaStorm web site.

Dell’s response on the matter sums it up succinctly, “We are listening, and as a result, we are working with …

Flybook VM Laptop

Posted in Notebooks by Chetz on February 26th, 2007

Flybook VM LaptopIf you’re in the market for a laptop that offers more flexibility for your viewing pleasure, or just want to turn some heads, meet the Flybook VM from Dynamism.

The 1280 x 768, 12.1-inch screen can adjust to any horizontal angle, making it perfect for easy viewing on those long air flights. A telescoping arm can also rise up to 2.3-inches above your keyboard giving added height for your presentations or you could as easily rest it on the lip of the keyboard portion to create a triangular display. Inside the 3.6 pound unit is an Intel Core Duo 1.66 GHz chip, a dual-layer DVD burner, 1 gig of RAM (expandable to 2 GB) and a 30 GB HDD (which can be expanded to 80 GB.) The machine is also Bluetooth 2.0 enabled, has integrated speakers, microphone, camera, a fingerprint reader and two USB …