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HP reduces shipping materials by 97%, ships laptop in its bag

Posted in HP by Conner Flynn on September 4th, 2008

HP reduces shipping materials by 97%, ships laptop in its own bagIt seems like common sense right? Package gadgets in a way that protects them, yet minimizes shipping materials. Not only is it good for the environment, it will save your company a whole lot of dough. How many times have you opened a box full of Styrofoam and other unnecessary packing materials, only to throw most of it away? Apparently it took awhile for HP to figure this out, but they are feeling much better now.

They are selling the new Pavilion dv692 laptop in its own recycled material laptop bag. Other then that, the only packing material in the bag with the laptop are some air bubbles. They ditched the extra cardboard and styrofoam, reducing the packing materials by a stunning 97%. It’s being sold at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club, but I think we’d all like to see this become a larger trend. Hopefully other companies are paying attention. It’s simple, economical and beyond time. I recently bought an Acer Aspire 6920 and at the time I was happy to find that the box was not nearly as full of garbage as I feared it would be. This is a brilliant move.

Sony announces two new home theater projectors

Posted in Sony by Shane McGlaun on September 4th, 2008

Sony VPL-HW10 ProjectorIf I had the space in my house, I would definitely prefer to have a projector set up rather than a normal HDTV. With a projector, you can get a giant size HD image that you can’t get with a LCD or plasma TV, short of spending $100k.

Sony has introduced a pair of new home theater projectors at CEDIA in Denver. One of the projectors is high-end and intended for custom installations. The custom install projector is called the VPL-VW70. It has a 60,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and 800 ANSI lumens of brightness. It can also use an optional Anamorphic lens to provide large screen sizes with an aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The VW70 will retail for $8,000.

New Polk Audio speakers look like garden accessories

Posted in Speakers by Nino Marchetti on August 27th, 2008

Polk Atrium

You want outdoors audio to compliment your peaceful garden but you don’t want something pumping out sound which looks like your dad’s subwoofer. Polk Audio thinks it has an answer to your prayers with its new Atrium outdoor speaker system, consisting of the Atrium Sat 30 satellite speaker and Atrium Sub 10 subwoofer, priced at around $180 and $330, respectively.

The Atrium Sat 30, according to Polk, looks like an outdoor light fixture in shape and style. It can be mounted in a variety of spaces, looking like it was made to fit into your garden. The Sat 10 subwoofer, meanwhile, resembles something like that of a plant stand or pedestal table. Both reportedly “are constructed from sealed, weatherproof designs,” meaning you should be able to enjoy them even in the pouring rain.


Canon announces 2 new Selphy printers

Posted in Printers by Conner Flynn on August 26th, 2008

Canon announces 2 new Selphy printersCanon has two new Selphy compact photo printers, the Selphy ES3 and Selphy ES30. Both are nice and portable. The ES3 will come with 1GB of internal memory, a 3.5″ LCD display for navigation and preview and a 15-in-1 memory card reader.

The Selphy ES30 will feature a 3″ LCD display and a 15-in-1 memory card reader. Both include three all-new image effects (Modern Bright, Pinhole Camera and Nostalgic), reduced footprints and a fixed carry handle for easier portability. The handle gives it a bit of a child’s toy look, but what are you gonna do? The Selphy ES3 and Selphy ES30 will cost you $199.99 and $149.99 respectively. They have new photo printing options as well, like new Gold and Silver Easy Photo Packs.

Wiimote Controller Pocket is the most useless Wii accessory ever

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on August 26th, 2008

Wiimote Controller Pocket is the most useless Wii accessory everThe Wiimote Controller Pocket is probably the lamest excuse for a Wii accessory we’ve ever seen. This amazing device amounts to little more then a dressed up tissue box that says Wii on it. It’s available in 3 colors and of course the idea is that it can hold your Wiimote and nunchuk. And in it’s off hours, it doubles as a pen holder. At least the product description makes no bones about the fact that it’s lame:

“Anyone can fashion a similar pouch from an empty tissue box, a wonton soup container, a paper bag, or the cardboard box that your GA-KO Alarm Clock arrived in. Sure it won’t look as nice as Hori’s rendition but the functionality is the same and the cardboard box is free.”

Lexar announces new 16GB JumpDrive Secure II Plus

Posted in Lexar by Shane McGlaun on August 25th, 2008

Lexar JumpDrive Secure II PlusLike all other forms of storage for computers and other digital devices, flash drives are always growing in capacity. As files get larger and more people are carrying video and images with them on flash drives, manufacturers are enlarging the capacity of flash drives.

Last week Lexar announced a 16GB version of its FireFly flash drive. Today, Lexar announced a new 16GB JumpDrive Secure II Plus flash drive that doubles the capacity previously available. The drive features an external display to show how much storage is left on the drive at a glance.

Razer announces Megalodon 7.1 surround sound headphones

Posted in Razer by Shane McGlaun on August 20th, 2008

Razer Megalodon 7.1 HeadphonesThe PC gamer needs to have a good set of headphones with a mic. Many gamers prefer headphones to external speaker systems, because they feel like they can hear more of the game sounds with headphones. Razer has a set of headphones on the market called the Barracuda that work very well. Today, Razer announced two new sets of gaming headphones that use its new Maelstrom Audio Engine.

Razer says that its Maelstrom engine can process positional audio 800% faster than comparable virtual surround systems. The Razer Megalodon headphones feature 7.1 surround sound and will retail for $149.99. The headphones have a frequency response of 20 to 20,000 Hz and 40 ohms impedance. The headphones also feature a mic for in game chat and will be available in Q4 2008.


Yang Ying digital camera balances light & dark side

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on August 19th, 2008

Yang Ying digital camera balances light & dark sideThere really isn’t a lot of info about this camera, but obviously it stands out from the pack by offering to balance the light against the dark side of the force in one handy camera. It will likely get you in your zen place as you do the whole tourist thing. One half houses the lens and LCD screen, the other apparently holds the flash memory and a USB port.

You see? Life’s delicate balance in a camera. The trigger is in front so it would be like using an older camera. We’d love to see this concept become reality, but we’re not sure the world is ready for such perfect harmony. It would surely heal and bring us together, much like the black and white cookie.

Panasonic announces 1080p plasma TVs that may last longer than you

Posted in Panasonic by Shane McGlaun on August 15th, 2008

Panasonic 1080p Plasma TVNot too long ago my dad had his old TV go out after a lightning strike, so he asked me to head to the local Best Buy with him to get a new TV. I realized two things straight away. First, the vast majority of employees at Best Buy are morons. Then I realized most Best Buy TV salesman use the lower lifespan of plasma TVs compared LCD TVs to talk shoppers out of going plasma. Personally, I prefer plasma to LCD because you usually get more contrast and a brighter picture.

Panasonic has announced new plasma TVs in its VIERA 1080p line that will make the lifespan argument against plasma TVs a moot point. Panasonic says its new 1080p plasma HDTVs are rated to last for up to 100,000 viewing hours before they dim to half brightness.

SRS introduces Photogram technology for MySpace and Facebook

Posted in MySpace by Shane McGlaun on August 14th, 2008

SRS PhotogramTo the most popular social networking platforms online right now are Facebook and MySpace. A large number of applications are available to allow users of these websites to add more functionality to their personal pages already. Another new widget has been announced today, this time from SRS Labs.

The new SRS Labs widget is called Photogram. It allows users to add sound effects to photos posted online. SRS Labs says the sound effects are easy to create and utilize its familiar SRS audio processing technology.

Kingston announces massive 32 GB SDHC Elite Pro Memory Card

Posted in Storage by Shane McGlaun on August 13th, 2008

Kingston 32GB SDHC CardThe storage capacity of SDHC cards is growing greater all the time. I can remember only a few short years ago a 2 GB SDHC card was huge. Today that amount of storage will hold but a few full resolution photos from my DSLR camera. Things are even worse if you try to record HD video from my camcorder that uses SDHC storage.

Kingston announced the perfect SDHC storage card today for users of HD camcorders that record to SDHC cards. The new SDHC Elite Pro card from Kingston has 32 GB of storage. Kingston says 32 GB is enough storage for 6000 full 10-megapixel resolution digital images or over eight hours of full HD video recorded at 6 Mbps.


H20 Audio debuts waterproof armbands for portable devices

Posted in Accessories by Nino Marchetti on August 11th, 2008

H20 Audio Amphibx

H20 Audio, designers of things which  make your portable audio devices waterproof, is out with a new waterproof armband which supports a variety of devices. It is called the H20 Audio Amphibx and prices are set around $70 for a medium armband and $80 for a large one.

The H20 Audio Amphibx offers up a latch style locking closure which the company says provides a 100 percent watertight seal up to 12 feet underwater. This is paired with a touchscreen-friendly window which allows for operation even underwater.

Hitachi announces DX-BD10HA Blu-ray camcorder

Posted in Camcorders by Conner Flynn on August 11th, 2008

Hitachi announces DX-BD10HA Blu-ray camcorder
Hitachi’s annouced it’s tri-format Blu-ray camcorder, the DZ-BD10HA, along with a list-price. It uses a 7-megapixel CMOS sensor that’s capable of both full 1920 x 1080 High Definition images and video. It can record directly onto either 8cm Blu-ray discs, the 30GB hard-drive, or onto an SDHC memory card.

One nice feature is that footage on the hard-drive or SDHC card can be re-dubbed to the Blu-ray drive without having to hook up to a computer, if you want to split, splice, delete, merge, and transition etc. It will also convert footage into standard definition and burn to a DVD if that’s what you want. There’s a lot to like here. Including the price which is a surprisingly reasonable $999. It will be available in September 2008.

New APC UPS devices offer energy efficiency technology

Posted in UPS by Nino Marchetti on August 9th, 2008


APC recently unveiled some new uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) units which it says are more energy efficient. These models are part of the APC Back-UPS ES line up and range from around $45 to $100.

APC said the APC Back-UPS ES line uses charging technology “which allows the product’s master outlet to sense when the computer has either been turned off or has gone into sleep mode, so it can shut off power to unused peripherals plugged into the controlled outlets.” The APC Back-UPS ES 450, 550 and 650 models feature eight surge protected outlets, with four of the outlets also providing battery backup. The APC Back-UPS ES 750 offers ten surge protected outlets, with five of the outlets also providing battery backup. There is also a 350 model that features six surge protected outlets.

Epson announces expensive photo viewers: The P-6000 & P-7000

Posted in Epson by Conner Flynn on August 5th, 2008

Epson announces expensive photo viewers: The P-6000 & P-7000
Epson just announced two LCD photo viewers. The P-6000 and P-7000. They look pretty decent with 80GB and 160GB respectively, with RAW support, a 35% faster image download speed, 640×480 resolution, and 94% reproduction of the Adobe RB color range.

The price is where they lose you, at $599 and $799. I’m not sure who they are targeting with these other then professional photographers and the like who need to peruse massive amounts of images. Seems pretty expensive for the rest of us ordinary folk.

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