Archive for April, 2009

Panasonic’s in-dash Blu-ray players

Posted in Panasonic by Conner Flynn on April 22nd, 2009

Panasonic's in-dash Blu-ray playerPanasonic has a pair of dash-mountable devices that will finally let you toss aside those old school DVDs. The first is the CN-HX3000D Windows-powered device, sporting a 7-inch, 1280 x 720 display and also offering GPS, Bluetooth, a 40GB hard drive, and iPod/iPhone compatibility.

The second device is the CY-BB1000D in-car Blu-ray player (Not BD-Live compatible). Both are set to arrive this fall for an unknown price. Whatever it is, you’ll gladly pay it, just to keep the little ones happy and sedated.

HP offers Pavilion dv3t at $799

Posted in HP by Conner Flynn on April 22nd, 2009

HP offers Pavilion dv3t at $799Just in time to compete with Dell’s Studio 15, HP is offering the Pavilion dv3t. It’s a 16:9 widescreen 13.3-inch, with a Core 2 Duo T6400, a Blu-ray option and a optional 9-cell battery that will give you up to 7 hours of battery life.

Some other features are a webcam, up to 500GB of hard drive space, and it comes in two flavors: Espresso black and Moonlight white. Prices start at $799.

EA bringing Dante’s Inferno game to PSP, Xbox, and PS3

Posted in Games by Shane McGlaun on April 22nd, 2009

dantesinferno-sbDante’s inferno was one of the books I had to read in literature class back in the day. I can’t say it was one of my favorite books and I wished it were a movie instead so I didn’t actually have to read it. Students today can crib for the quiz with a new video game from EA based on the book.

The game is based on part one of the Dante Alighieri classic, “The Divine Comedy.” The game will put players on a mission to move through the nine circles of hell including high school, college … I mean limbo, lust, gluttony, greed, anger, heresy, violence, fraud and treachery.

Mophie announces availability of the Juice Pack Air on Apple.com

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on April 22nd, 2009

mophiejuicepackair-sbOne of the worst things about my original iPhone is that the battery just doesn’t last long. If I play games for more than half an hour half the battery life is gone and surfing the net on the device does the same thing. I purchased a Mophie Juice Pack for my original iPhone to solve this problem.

Mophie announced a new product for the iPhone 3G back in February called the Juice Pack Air. The device is billed as the world’s thinnest external battery/protective case available for the iPhone 3G.

Netgear MoCA Coax-Ethernet adapters hit market

Posted in Netgear by Shane McGlaun on April 22nd, 2009

netgearmocacoax-sbI would really like to connect all of my home theater components to my wireless network, but most of the gear I have can’t connect wirelessly. My router is in a different room and running wire through my walls is much more than I am willing to do. Netgear has launched a new Coax-Ethernet adapter kit that might be just what I need though.

The kit is called the MCAB1001 Netgear MoCA Coax-Ethernet Adapter Kit and is designed to offer the bandwidth needed to distribute HD video and multimedia content to your Blu-ray player, TV, and cable box.

Bluetooth SIG officially adopts Bluetooth 3.0

Posted in Bluetooth by Shane McGlaun on April 22nd, 2009

bluetooth30-sb1Bluetooth has become one of the most important wireless specifications on the market. We find Bluetooth in all sorts of devices today from printers and cell phones to computer mice and more. The Bluetooth SIG has been working for a long time on the newest Bluetooth specification known as Bluetooth 3.0.

This week the Bluetooth SIG officially adapted the Bluetooth 3.0 specification officially called Bluetooth Core Specification Version 3.0 + High Speed. The new specification boosts speeds by linking traditional Bluetooth with an 802.11 radio allowing for up to 24Mbps of data transmission.

Hualu UCG501 Mobile Internet Device

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on April 21st, 2009

Hualu UCG501 Mobile Internet DeviceHualu has been showing off its latest Mobile Internet Device known as the UCG501 at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair. This new MID features a 5-inch touchscreen display with 800 x 480 resolution, a high-performance integrated graphics card and Windows OS.

It also features a built in mini-optical mouse, Bluetooth 2.0, CDMA communication, GPS system, web TV, web radio and a 4700mAh Polymer lithium-ion battery. Nothing on pricing and availability yet, but we are asking ourselves why would someone buy this over an iPhone?

Electronic Braille reader for the web

Posted in Internet Appliances by Conner Flynn on April 21st, 2009

Electronic Braille reader for the webWe all take our sight for granted and tend to forget how fortunate we are that we can experience an entire visual existence that those with no sight will never know. For the blind, content on the web is like a giant gaping void that they have no way of navigating. Monitors are useless for conveying info to the blind. They basically live in a different world just parallel to our own. One that we will never know.

Thanks to this Electronic Braille Reader that converts web content to Braille, the blind can finally get a taste of what we have been experiencing on the web. Check out a video below.

WoW Pod is your new World-of-Warcraft home

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on April 21st, 2009

WoW Pod is your new World-of-Warcraft homeDo you love World of Warcraft? Do you love it so much that you basically never leave the computer and have a functioning toilet built into your computer chair. Is your desk and keyboard stained orange from living off of cheesy puffs? Here’s your new home. Er, hut.

The WoW Pod is exactly what you need. It has food paks, a cook pot, stove and a throne with built-in toilet. There’s also surround sound. It’s made to look like an Orc’s hut. Sadly they would have to build this hut around your sorry butt, as you won’t be moving away from the computer anytime soon.

$99 Blu-ray players hitting this year

Posted in Blu-ray by Conner Flynn on April 21st, 2009

Samsung thinks Blu-Ray will be dead in 5 yearsYou folks who have been putting off the purchase of a new Blu-ray player can finally lay down your money and get a great deal if you hold off just a little while longer. Say, around Christmas. That’s when the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) will make the technology and licensing available to manufacturers in China, which means the usual. Cheap products. Hopefully you pick one that is quality as well as cheap.

Around that time you should see affordable $99 Blu-ray players hitting the market. What’s the poor PS3 gonna do when it isn’t the cheapest Blu-ray player anymore? Shake a tin cup at you as you enter Gamestop? This also means that prices for Blu-ray discs should lower some.

Cube H100HD PMP with 1080i video Out

Posted in Portable Meda Players by Conner Flynn on April 21st, 2009

Cube H100HD PMP with 1080i video OutOh boy, another portable media player from the land of China. But this one is a tad different. It’s the Cube H100HD, not to be confused with the cube B52HD. The “HD” isn’t a total scam since it does support High Definition output, but not surprisingly it can’t handle full HD.

The Cube H100HD sports a 5″ WVGA display, support for all the popular audio and video formats and 720p and 1080i video via the out port. They threw in an e-book reader just in case you are mildly literate too. Oh and an integrated FM radio.

Sony Ericsson CS8 passes FCC

Posted in Sony Ericsson by Conner Flynn on April 21st, 2009

Sony Ericsson CS8 passes FCCSony Ericsson’s latest cell phone headed to the US is the CS8. Congratulations are in order as it’s just gotten FCC approval. Sony Ericsson bigwigs are passing around the cigars and letting the booze flow. What a moment. Someone is surely photocopying their butt in celebration.

The 8.1 megapixel slider comes with myFaves support along with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity and GPS navigation. We don’t know when the Cyber-shot line handset will be available, but it should be soon. They grow up so fast and set out on their own.

PSP Firmware Update 5.50

Posted in PSP by Conner Flynn on April 21st, 2009

PSP Firmware Update 5.50With every release of new PSP firmware, Sony’s handheld gets closer to the PS3 as far as features. Firmware update 5.50 will installed the “Information Board” to the XMB, letting PSP users get the latest news from Sony whenever new additions are available.

Some other super-amazing updates include creating and accessing sub-directories on the Memory Stick, on the browser side there’s a trial of Trend Micro’s “Kid’s Safety” service and Internet search games.

Tweet at work with SpreadTweet

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on April 21st, 2009

Tweet at work with SpreadTweetYou want to get on twitter and pass the time away while at work, but as usual, “the man” has a problem with that. Here’s how you stick it to “the man”. SpreadTweet is a twitter client that looks like a spreadsheet to casual passers-by.

If you look closer, you will find the usual Twitter stuff, but your boss won’t know anything is up, unless they read the ‘Brick. Just type your reply in the top text editbox to tweet back. Don’t let something like work stop you from tweeting.

[NYT]

Amazon HD Video On Demand on Roku

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on April 21st, 2009

Amazon HD Video On Demand on RokuLooks like TiVo isn’t the only box offering HD content from Amazon VOD. Now Roku has also announced HD Amazon downloads, available today. The Amazon Video On Demand service came to Roku about a month ago and they seem to be keeping up with updates and supporting HD downloads, which is nice.

We don’t have any details on resolution but pricing should be the same as any other Amazon HD outlet like TiVo where HD TV shows are $3 and HD movies are $4-$5. I don’t think the resolution will disappoint. It seems like a good time to get a Roku box. With Netflix and Amazon support, that $99 purchase is looking pretty good.