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Marantz BD8002 Blu-ray player

Posted in Blu-ray by Conner Flynn on January 30th, 2009

Marantz BD8002 Blu-ray playerMarantz unveiled it’s flagship Blu-ray player known as the BD8002, which they describe as “an ultimate-quality, reference standard High Definition source component”. That’s probably why it will cost you at least £1,799 to bring home.

The BD8002 features full HD resolution at 1080p, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding, DVD upscaling, HDMI 1.3a, 12-bit/297MHz video chipset, 10-bit Silicon Optix Realta processor, and SD memory card slot. It only supports Profile 1.1.

GigaPan Epic imager released

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on January 30th, 2009

GigaPan Epic imager releasedBy now you’ve seen the giant 1,474 megapixel photo that was taken of the Inauguration using a Canon G10 and a GigaPan Imager. If you liked what you saw, and who didn’t, there’s good news. The company has launched the GigaPan Epic for commercial sale.

It works with most point-and-shoot cameras on the market, and creates a single photograph from many individual photos. For example, that inaugural photo was composed of 220 shots. The robotic mount attached to the camera makes the whole process automatic. The GigaPan Epic will cost you $379, while a GigaPan Epic 100 for larger point-and-shoot cameras is coming “soon.”

Apple plans premium game section of App Store

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on January 30th, 2009

Apple plans premium game section of App StoreLooks like Apple has plans to make even more money from games by introducing premium games in the App Store. The titles will retail for around $19.99 if they meet a new set of quality requirements. It will be interesting to see what kinds of titles will be released.

Certain genres will work better than others on the iPhone/iPod touch’s interface. Apparently the initiative will be open only to a restricted number of commercial game publishers, shutting out smaller developers that have helped the App Store grow from the beginning.

Rare Space Invaders watch from Japan

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on January 30th, 2009

Rare Space Invaders watch from JapanLook what our friend Technabob found. Limited Edition Space Invaders LED watches that came out a few years back in Japan. Until now, you couldn’t find them from here. Look at that watch face, full of retro awesomeness. The watch will cost you $207, but any true geek is already getting their credit card ready.

The watch features a red dot-matrix display showing you the current time. Press the button and the “Space Invaders” scroll across the display, then a giant animated invader dances across. Then “Game Over”. You can’t actually play the game, but it’s still, an awesome watch.

Ecobee Smart Thermostat now available

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on January 30th, 2009

Ecobee Smart Thermostat now availableWe first told you about Ecobee’s Smart Thermostat last October. The device claims that it will pay for it’s $385 price tag within the first 12 to 18 months of use. Now’s your chance to find out if that claim is true.

The WiFi-enabled smart thermostat, complete with ZigBee expansion slots, is now available to order from the company’s website. The cost includes the $35 access fee for first year of use. If it lives up to it’s claims, this should be a real money saver. It helps you get to know your energy usage patterns and make the necessary adjustments.

Garmin FR Fitness Watch Tracks Your Workout

Posted in Garmin by Shane McGlaun on January 30th, 2009

Garmin FR Watch
Watches today do more than watches could do in the past. I have seen watches that have cell phones built-in and watches that connect to the Internet. Garmin is a brand closely associated with GPS devices, but the company has a wider range of products and has introduced a new watch.

It would be easy to assume that the new watch offers GPS capability, but it doesn’t. The watch monitors data from your workouts and saves it for wireless transmission to your computer for analysis. The watch is compatible with any ANT+ fitness device like heart rate monitors, foot pods, or home and gym equipment.

Popular Super Bowl Commercials on GridCast TV

Posted in Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on January 30th, 2009

Victoria’s Secret CommercialI spend most of my year avoiding commercials to the extent that I don’t even know what movies are at the theater frequently. I can thank my DVR for the lack of product advertisement bliss I enjoy during a normal night of TV watching.

The one time a year that I actually like to watch commercials is during the Super Bowl. That seems more than a little odd to me, but still I watch them and often rewind them thanks to my trusty DVR. If you are a big fan of Super Bowl commercials, superbowl-ads.com has the spots going back to 1998 available for you to watch.

Smartphones Help Mobile Gaming Grow

Posted in Games by Shane McGlaun on January 30th, 2009

Apple iPhone 3GBefore I purchased my iPhone, I thought gaming on a mobile phone was dumb. Prior to the iPhone, I used a Motorola Razr and the graphics and control system were so bad, you can’t really consider the handset to be a mobile gaming device.

After getting my iPhone, I think about mobile gaming much differently. According to a recent report from comScore, the rapid growth of the smartphone market is giving the mobile gaming market a significant push.

HP Mini 1000 under $250 at Staples

Posted in HP by Shane McGlaun on January 30th, 2009

HP Mini 1000Netbooks are one of the hottest items in the computer market right now. According to a recent report from Pricegrabber.com one in ten Internet users owns a netbook. Many users have found that a netbook provides the performance they need for normal computing tasks and is cheaper than many normal notebooks.

HP has one of the popular netbooks on the market called the HP Mini 1000. If you are in the market for a HP netbook, this may be the time to buy. The HP Mini 1000 model 1010NR is available at Staples with a coupon for $75 off.

Samsung rolls with compact all-in-one printer

Posted in Printers by Nino Marchetti on January 30th, 2009

Samsung SCX-4826FN

Samsung introduced today for those in small and home offices a new mono-laser multi-functional printer. It is called the SCX-4826FN and it prices around $430.

The Samsung SCX-4826FN is a four-in-one product which offers print, copy, scan and fax features in a compact footprint. It is designed with a LED display that offers quick access to a variety of functions. Samsung says it is available now.

Bang & Olufsen rolls out BeoSound 5

Posted in Media Streamers by Nino Marchetti on January 29th, 2009

Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 5

Bang & Olufsen introduced today in North American its premium BeoSound 5 digital audio system. This little number, when available in February, will run you around $5,900 for the base unit, plus various other costs for accessories.

The BeoSound 5, said its maker, combines physical elements (such as an aluminum wheel and tactile buttons) with virtual ones (a laser pointer and a specially-developed graphical user interface) on a 10.4″ LCD display. It offers up a unique intelligent playlist technology scans one’s music library and finds similar tracks based on parameters such as sound, dynamics and rhythmic aspects.

Fracture iPhone app relieves stress by breaking your iPhone screen

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on January 29th, 2009

We’ve all been there. Sometimes you get so frustrated and mad that you want to break something. Anything. I’m sure some of you have even smashed your iPhone, which you must have instantly regretted.

Well, here’s an app that will help you relieve some stress by simulating the smashing of your beloved iPhone screen with the sound of shattered glass as your icons explode. It will be available soon in the app store. This way you can blow off some steam and still have a nice pristine iPhone in your hand.

Sharp SH001 8 megapixel camera phone with gossip feature

Posted in Sharp by Conner Flynn on January 29th, 2009

Sharp SH001 8 megapixel camera phone with gossip featureHere’s another Japan only phone. The Sharp SH001 from KDDi telecom. The clamshell sports an 8 Megapixel camera and has most of the functions you would expect from an entry level digital camera. It features Sharp’s ‘ProPix’, a proprietary picture conversion engine, auto focus and face recognition.

The phone comes with 740 MB of internal memory which you can expand on with a 2GB Micro SD card. This one is targeted at 20 to 30 year old females. If Sharp doesn’t have their attention with the other specs, the gossip feature surely should win them over. The Gossip feature activates noise canceling so you can be heard even when speaking slowly in crowded and noisy areas.

Japanese face slimmer will have people running in fear

Posted in Apparel by Conner Flynn on January 29th, 2009

Japanese face slimmerHey Chipmunk cheeks. Ya, you with the fat face. You’ve tried everything, yet you can’t seem to get your face to shed those pounds huh? Diets don’t work, so it’s time for the Japanese Face Slimmer. It’s basically a mask you wear that hugs your face and they claim it will change your face size somehow.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that this is a bunch of BS. The only thing it will accomplish is to send your friends and loved one running for the hills, wondering where you are hiding the machete. Still, if you really really want to try it, go for it. Just don’t go wearing it while walking around a summer camp. It will only start a new urban myth, where the killer wears a face slimmer mask.

Sony Ericsson CyberShot S001 8.1MP camera phone

Posted in Sony Ericsson by Conner Flynn on January 29th, 2009

Sony Ericsson CyberShot S001 8.1MP camera phoneIt’s a real shame that those outside of Japan won’t be able to lay their hands the Sony Ericsson CyberShot S001 at retail stores. It’s a real beauty of a camera phone. The Sony Ericsson CyberShot S001 features an 8.1 megapixel autofocus EXMOR CMOS sensor with LED flash, Smile Shutter and Face Recognition technology, Image Stabilization and auto exposure/white balance alongside sensitivity of up to ISO 1600.

Some other features of the CDMA/GSM slider handset include a 3.3″ OLED display with 854 x 480 resolution, Bluetooth connectivity, Integrated GPS, and 1Seg TV tuner. You can get it from KDDI in Japan in our choice of black, gold, green and pink this March.