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Charlotte Motor Speedway to get world’s largest HD video wall

Posted in Panasonic by Shane McGlaun on September 24th, 2010

The stadium here in Texas where the Dallas Cowboys play football has a massive video wall hanging from the ceiling of the stadium. The idea is to let everyone be able to see what is going on the field even if they have bad seats. NASCA fans that watch at Charlotte Motor Speedway next year will be able to see the world’s largest video wall.

The new wall will be used to show race coverage, leader boards, and other interactive entertainment at the track. The massive screen will be placed between turns two and three on the track. The video wall will be 200-feet wide, 80-feet tall, and will weigh 165,000 pounds.

Netflix and NBC ink new streaming deal

Posted in Netflix by Shane McGlaun on September 24th, 2010

I was on Netflix years ago and cancelled my subscription because I never got the new films I really wanted to see. With the company beefing up its streaming, service so much I am about ready to join up again. The company has just announced a new streaming agreement is in place with NBC.

The agreement will see some of the most popular NBC Universal shows come to the streaming service. Notable additions will include old episodes of “Saturday Night Live” and day after streaming of new episodes of the show as well. All episodes from past seasons of the shows “30 Rock,” “The Office” and “Law & Order: SVU,” are being added.

Getac updates B300 rugged notebook with new screens and faster CPU

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on September 23rd, 2010

Rugged notebooks come in different levels of rugged. There are some that are only a bit more rugged than your average notebook and then there are some that are able to withstand the harshest of conditions and survive drops, water, and dust. The Getac B300 is one of the most rugged machines you will find.

Getac has announced that it has updated the B300 with some new specifications and features. The machine now gets a faster Intel Core i7 CPU running at 2GHz that can be boosted to 2.8GHz with Intel Turbo Boost tech. The machine also gets a standard 700-nit brightness LCD and has an optional 1400-nit rated screen.

Runco outs crazy expensive projectors costing more than some homes

Posted in Home Theater,Projectors by Shane McGlaun on September 23rd, 2010

When it comes to home theaters you can have the average mans set up with a nice big screen TV and surround sound. Then you can have the high-end rich home theater gurus set up with sound like the theater and a projector that can blind astronauts on the ISS as it passes over your house.

Runco has unveiled a couple new projectors that are aimed squarely at the rich people wanting the best and having the loot to pay for it. The two new projectors are the Runco SC-50d and the SC-60d. They are the top of the line from Runco and are custom built. The projectors have dual lamps and support 3D content with active or passive systems.

Joby Gorillapod Video Holds your small cameras/camcorders

Posted in Camcorders,Cameras by Shane McGlaun on September 23rd, 2010

Joby has had its line of articulating gadgets on the market for a long time now. These tripods have flexible legs that you can bend to hold onto things like bicycle bars and strollers. The head of the Gorillapods support various devices with versions for smartphones, big cameras, and even flashlights.

Joby has unveiled its latest Gorillapod called the Gorillapod Video. The Video is designed to hold light cameras and camcorders like the Flip HD. The Gorillapod Video has a metal arm on the back for panning and has 360-degree pan and 135-degree tilt. The aluminum head is omnidirectional and the legs have magnetic feet.

Quirky shows off cool Trek Support battery charging backpack

Posted in Accessories,Baggage,Batteries by Shane McGlaun on September 23rd, 2010

Quirky has some cool products that we have talked about before. One of my favorites was the Switch knife that surfaced a while back. The latest offering from Quirky is the Trek Support backpack. The thing is designed to hold your gadgets and notebook and can help keep them charged up too.

The backpack has a removable battery inside that promises 7 hours of power depending on what you hook to it. The battery pack has four pockets and has enough outlets to charge three of those USB gadgets at the same time.

Vizio VMB070 7-inch Portable TV Lands in Stores

Posted in Television by Shane McGlaun on September 22nd, 2010

Vizio has been the most popular brand of HDTVs in the US for the last few quarters thanks to the low price and decent performance the sets offer. Vizio has announced that the portable TV that it showed off back in January is now available directly from it and at Walmart.

The TV is called the VMB070 and has a 7-inch screen with a resolution of 800 x 480. The screen supports 720p resolution and has a dynamic contrast ratio of 500:1. The screen is rated for 250nits brightness and has a 25ms response time. The internal tuner is a NTSC/ATSC/QAM unit.

Sony Optiarc unveils slim external Blu-ray drive

Posted in Sony by Shane McGlaun on September 22nd, 2010

If that Buffalo external Blu-ray drive that I mentioned a while ago was too large for your tastes, the new Sony Optiarc slim Blu-ray drive might be perfect for your needs. The new optical drive is very thin and can write to BDR media at 6x.

The drive also plays Blu-ray films and can write to DVD and CD media as well. The drive can record a 25GB Blu-ray disc in about 25 minutes. It also supports the playback of 3D Blu-ray films. The external optical drive may be perfect for notebook or netbook users without an optical drive or for machines that don’t have Blu-ray.

Novatel launches smallest dual carrier HSPA+ USB device on the market

Posted in Modems by Shane McGlaun on September 22nd, 2010

Novatel is the maker of some of the most common USB modems and other devices that you will find at many carriers around the country. The latest offering from Novatel is being called the smallest dual carrier HSPA+ USB modem on the market. The small device supports two carrier networks and was unveiled this week in Spain.

The modem is called the Ovation MC545 and showed an OTA download speed of 40.5Mbps in demonstrations in Spain. The device is based on 3GPP Release 8 Standards and has a peak max download speed of 42Mbps and upload speed of 5.7Mbps.

Buffalo debuts new USB 3.0 Blu-ray drive

Posted in Blu-ray,Buffalo by Shane McGlaun on September 22nd, 2010

You can count on most notebooks and computers not having a Blu-ray drive today, though the Blu-ray drive is getting to be more common. With USB 3.0 ports now showing up on more computers we are seeing more gadgets specifically for these ports surface as well. Buffalo has announced a new USB 3.0 Blu-ray drive that can write media and play it.

The drive is called the USB 3.0 Blu-ray drive, it can burn BDR discs at up to 12 x speed, and it is capable of writing to CDs and DVDs as well. The drive connects to the USB 3.0 port for best performance, but it is also capable of working with the USB 2.0 port as well.

Headcase unveils awesome Etch A Sketch iPad Case

Posted in Accessories,Apple by Shane McGlaun on September 21st, 2010

I would bet I owned a dozed Etch A Sketches of varying sizes during my youth. My kids have several of them and still play with them each time we check out at the store since they tend to have little versions near the register. I remember the challenge just to make stairs using the white knobs when I was a kid.

Headcase has announced a very cool new case for the iPad that is called the Etch A Sketch iPad case. The case looks exactly like the Etch A Sketch that we are all used to. The thing has a couple white knobs printed on the corners of the case for looks. Those knobs are only images, not the real deal.

Leica whips out V-Lux 2 superzoom camera

Posted in Cameras by Shane McGlaun on September 21st, 2010

I just mentioned a new digital camera that Leica has unveiled that had the style common of Leica offerings. Leica also has a new superzoom camera that it is debuting today called the V-Lux 2 that has a design more like a traditional digital camera more than the retro looks of most Leica offerings.

The new camera has a massive zoom range of 24x covering the 35mm focal range of 25 to 600mm. the camera has a 14.1MP sensor for high resolution and can record HD video in AVCHD format. The rear LCD of the camera is 3-inches and it has a resolution of 460k pixels. The camera can also shoot bursts at high speeds with 11 frames per second at full resolution.

Leica D-Lux 5 digital camera launches

Posted in Cameras by Shane McGlaun on September 21st, 2010

When it comes to digital cameras there are tons of them on the market to choose from. Several cameras may look the same and offer similar specifications, but even with specs that are close, they are often not in the same class quality wise. One of the highest quality cameras on the market today comes from Lecia and the company has unveiled the new D-Lux 5 digital camera.

The camera has a resolution of 10.1MP and uses a Leica 5.1-19.2mm F/2-3.3 lens. The lens has a focal range equivalent to 24-90mm in 35mm format. The optical zoom is 3.8 times and the digital zoom is 4 times. The camera has a bunch of automatic and manual modes and can be used for macro photography.

Blue unveils Mikey for Flip microphone

Posted in Accessories,Camcorders by Shane McGlaun on September 21st, 2010

Today the best selling camcorders on the market aren’t the fancy high-end models costing tons of money, but the easy to use and low price models like the line from Flip. Flip’s line of Mino and other camcorders are among the most popular you will find and make it easy for people to record video and upload them to sites like YouTube and others.

The catch is that while the Flip camcorders can record HD quality video, the devices have sound that isn’t as good as their video quality. The fix for the sound quality is here from Blue Microphones. Blue makes mics for all manner of uses from the PC to professional musicians to use in recording studios and live events. The latest new offering for the company is the Mikey for Flip microphone.

BMW shows off factory iPad docks for rear seats in Paris

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on September 20th, 2010

When it comes to rear seat entertainment there are a lot of vehicles on the road that have TVs and movie players for kids and adults to watch on longer trips. Watching DVDs can be a bit boring after a while though and in most cars, you are out of luck.

BMW has unveiled at the Paris Motor Show new factory iPad docks for the rear seat passengers. The dock is very nice looking and integrated well into the design of the car. Some aftermarket docks just don’t look good.