June 30, 2010

Nook and Kindle Lower Prices

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Last week, B&N reduced the price of the nook to $149.99 and made it WiFi enabled. The 3G model was reduced to $199.99. Surprise, surprise. Amazon dropped the price on its Kindle from $259.00 to $189.99.

Via Barnes & Noble

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June 30, 2010

Sherwood Blu-ray Player

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On a budget? Sherwood's Blu-ray 2.0 Disc Player can be yours for less than $150.00. At a size of 2.2 x 6.9 x 10.2", the BDP-5004 can upscale standard DVDs to 720p, 1080i, 1080p via HDMI and has HDMI 1.3, component and composite outputs as well as BD-Live access. It also features decoding for TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio and support for Deep Color and XV.

Via Sherwood's Blu-ray 2.0 Disc Player

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June 29, 2010

FlingPC - Wiimote for Computers

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Think of the FlingPC as a Wii for your computer. Compatible with a Windows based system, it has a gyro sensor, trigger button, nunchuck analog control stick and vibration feedback. The Bluetooth enabled remote is available for $109.00.

Via brando

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June 29, 2010

Logic3 TimeCube for iPhone and touch

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Logic3 has released the i-Station TimeCube for iPhone and iPod touch. The speaker system doubles as a portable radio/alarm clock and of course recharges when your device is docked. It also has snooze and sleep functions, an LED clock with dimmer levels and three different alarm functions, buzzer, FM or wake to tunes.

Via Logic 3

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June 28, 2010

Sling Media Releases Android Mobile App

Sling player owners can now access them by Android device with a Mobile App. The application works via 3G or WiFi and, in addition to streaming video, provides full control with channel navigation, VOD content and pay-per-view. SlingPlayer Mobile is available for $30.00.

Via Sling Media

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Marantz's Latest CD Player and Integrated Amp

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Marantz has unveiled their latest CD Player and Integrated Amplifier. The CD 5004 has a range of 100dB, a frequency Response of 2Hz - 20000Hz and RCA, digital and coaxial outputs.

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The PM5004 has a 40 W output per channel, a frequency response of 10Hz - 50kHz, a S/N ratio of 103dB and two speaker outputs. Look for them to debut in July.

Via Marantz (translated)

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June 25, 2010

Freakin' Friday! LG 3D Blu-ray Player

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LG knows that you are craving an HDMI 1.4 compatible Blu-ray player for very little funding. The $299.86 price of the BX580 is modest enough that you can get ready for the slew of 3D movies to come. It has integrated WiFi and NetCast Entertainment access.

Via LG Blu-ray Player

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Dell Inspiron R Series Has Optional HDTV Wireless Display

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Dell's latest series is making its debut this month. The Inspiron Rs come in 14, 15 and 16" display options with 8GB DDR3 SDRAM, up to 640GB SATA HDD and built-in WiFi and webcam. Optional is Intel's Wireless Display that allows cable-free connection to HDTVs when an adapter is used. Prices start at $499.00.

Via Inspiron R series

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June 24, 2010

Viewsonic HD Media Player

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Viewsonic, the company that usually concentrates on LCD screens, has come up with its own HD media player.
NexTV
displays videos, music and photos from storage devices. It can also stream Netflix and access content from YouTube, Flickr, ShoutCast and other online sites. With support of Dolby and DTS, you can connect the media player to your A/V system.

Via Viewsonic

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Belkin Conserve Valet is Eco-Friendly

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Not only can Belkin's Conserve Valet charge almost all of your mobile electronics, it will automatically shut off when its job is done. Up to 4 devices can be charged simultaneously and the package includes a USB to mini-USB and USB to micro-USB cords.

Via Belkin Chargers



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June 23, 2010

Quisple Desktop Media Player

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Register on their site and Quisple will provide you with a free, handy desktop media player that will stream from the Interweb. You simply enter an artist name and track, and your wish is automatically granted. The site also encourages playlist sharing and social networking.

Via Quispie

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Kinect and Move Available for Pre-Order

Jimmy Fallon fans already know that this is video game week on his show and Monday night Kudo Tsunoda demonstrated the Kinect, due out Nov. 4. You can pre-order one and note that it works with every Xbox 360 but there is a limit of one per household and customer. After watching the demo, we so want one!

move.jpgSony's Move, the motion controller for the PS3 that came out at the E3, is also available for pre-order. It will be available in September, just in time for that holiday rush.

Via Kinect

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June 22, 2010

CYCLOPS Universal Remote

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The CYCLOPS was originally conceived as a keyboard for the Genos TV Cable box, but has morphed into an ergonomically correct universal remote. It can connect via Bluetooth to most cell phones, turning it into a modem. Another version is being designed as a video game controller. Genos' founder Rob Shambro first designed it out of Play Dough, proving that great minds need little in the way of tools to be creative.

Via Genos

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Axion Handheld TV

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The Axion Handheld TV can be used both indoors and out when you get seats at a game in the upper tier. Charge it fully and it will play for about 100 minutes. It has a 7" LCD, a NTSC/ATSC tuner for both analog and digital channels, an A/V input and built-in antenna. The TV comes with remote, car and AC adapter, and A/V cables.

Via Axion Handheld TV

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June 21, 2010

Watch Alice Free with Amazon VOD Signup

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Roku owners can watch Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland for free if they sign up for Amazon VOD. Already have the service? Then you can rent it for $3.99 in SD or $4.99 in HD or buy it outright.

Via Hacking Netflix

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ASRock Core Covers All Media

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The ASRock Core 100HT conveniently doubles as an HTPC. Based on Intel's Calpella platform, it features an integrated IR, Blu-ray drive and HDMI audio pass-through. With USB 3.0 connectivity, it delivers a 5GB/s transfer rate, about 10 times faster than USB 2.0. Add to that AIWI software for gaming and an installable App Charger driver for your iPhone and you never have to leave your sofa again.

Via ASRock

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June 18, 2010

Freakin' Friday! Panasonic Audio System for HD 3D

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Panasonic has recently released a wireless home theater audio system designed for HD 3D. The virtual 7.1-channel SCZT2 Speaker System includes two ultra-slim poles speakers with a 1" tweeter and 5" woofer. The system is compatible with their DMP-BDT350 Blu-ray 3D player and ARC, which allows it to receive TV audio signals via HDMI.

Via Panasonic

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Redbox to Offer Blu-ray, Test Sell-Through

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If you have forgone your local video stores in favor of Netflix or occasionally venture out into the real world and rent $1.00 DVDs from Redbox, you will be happy to know that they are doing quite well, thank you very much, and will soon be offering Blu-ray titles for $1.50. Redbox already covers about 23% of the rental market and claims that 16.9% of their users already own Blu-ray players. The company will also be testing sell-through at prices around $ 5 - 9.00 and has signed a deal with Universal and Fox to rent new releases 28 days after they come out.

Via Home Media Magazine

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June 17, 2010

Time-Warp Technology Takes a Jump to the Left

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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has decided that TiVo does not own the patent on time-warp DVR technology. This not great news for the company that received $200 million from EchoStar's Dish Networks last year. While EchoStar is obviously pleased by the news, TiVo says it will continue to harass work with the PTO "to explain the validity of the claims." The battle rages on to the federal appeals court for a rehearing.

Via cnet

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Pro Gear - Inexpensive HD Camcorder

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It's nice to see more affordable camcorders hit the market. Such is the case of the Pro Gear. With 1080p HD video capture, the DXG-A85V includes a 10mp still camera, a 3" LCD touch screen display and a 12X optical zoom. A unique dual capture mode allows you to record video and shoot photos simultaneously. The Pro Gear cam supports an Eye-Fi Wireless SD card and is a budget-friendly $271 with free shipping.

Via DXG

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June 16, 2010

Stream iPhone Video with Reflex

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Stream movies from your iPhone to your TV with Konnet's Reflex Dock Pro. Set your smartphone (3G or 4) in the cradle and connect with AV cable, and watch anything previously downloaded. The Reflex can also sync and recharge your iPhone via USB to save on your battery. Get yours for $49.99.

Via Konnet

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My Book Studio Drives Are Mac Friendly

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Western Digital has released some new external drives for Apple fans. The The My Book Studio LX drives feature FireWire 800 and USB 2.0, and are Mac compatible. The drive is available in 1TB , 1.5TB and 2TB sizes.

Via Western Digital

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June 15, 2010

Bel Canto Improved Stereo Amps

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Bel Canto has outted new stereo amplifiers. Both claim to reduce sensitivity, lower noise and deliver better sound. The compact S125 features a 117dB dynamic range to 4 ohm speakers. The REF150 amp also has the same range with 75 watts into 8 ohms and 150 watts into 4 ohms. Both are now available for purchase.

Via Bel Canto

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PadLock Embarrasses iPad Thieves

We like nothing better than freeware here at NAV and think that the Padlock deserves a NAVi award. When your iPad, iPhone or iPod becomes unattached from your Mac (whether on purpose or by some nasty thief,) a loud noise disturbs you and everyone else around you at that WiFi café. To disable, simply plug your device back in or turn off internally. You can download PadLock at Kitchen Budapest.

Via Kitchen Budapest

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June 14, 2010

Toshiba Dynabook Plays 3D Movies/Games

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This looks to be the first notebook that can play Blu-ray 3D movies and games. Toshiba's Dynabook has a 15.6" LCD display with LED backlighting, a 120Hz scan rate, WinDVD BD and NVIDIA 3D Vision software. Active shutter glasses and remote are included in the $2,750 price. Japan will get first dibs at this one when it is released in July.

Via Toshiba (translated)

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Nintendo Midnight Blue DSi XL

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If you have been meaning to join the Nintendo DSi XL revolution but don't lean towards bronze or burgundy, as of July 11, the portable game system will become available in a manly midnight blue. The DSi comes loaded with Photo Clock, Flipnote Studio and a couple of Brain Age Express apps to keep your mental state intact.

Via Nintendo DSi XL

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June 11, 2010

AT&T U-verse Customers, Put on Your 3D Glasses

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If you have AT&T U-verse, a 3D TV and love soccer, this is your lucky Freakin' day. They have added ESPN and the 2010 FIFA World Cup to their lineup. The twenty five matches will be shown and, throughout the year, you can don your glasses for 100 more events during the year including X Games 16, Winter X Games 15 and some college football and basketball games. The 3D technology package is available for a $10.00 a month beginning today.

Via AT&T

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Apacer AL670 Media Player

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Taiwan's Apacer has released a new HD media player with 2 USB ports for connecting to an external hard drive. The AL670 supports most file formats, plays back at 1080p HD and connects via HDMI, Component Video, or AV cable. But the best part is the description on the company's website. You can't go wrong with "joyful sharing" with included slideshow and sound effect capabilities.

Via Apacer

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June 10, 2010

T12 Soundbar Features Spatial Stereo

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English musician Ted Fletcher helped develop Orbitsound's T12 soundbar with its spatial stereo technology. In plain English, that means surround sound from anywhere in the room. The device can attach to iPods, iPods, and has a 3.5mm jack and RCA port for your other musical gadgets. The T12 will be available this month for £300 (~$440.)

Via Orbitsound

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iPhone 4 to Stream Netflix

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While the big news at the WWDC 2010 was the announcement of the iPhone 4, another welcome one was that a Netflix app will become available this summer. With 3G support, the application will be free for downloading.

Via ZD net

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June 9, 2010

V-MODA Deluxe Crossfade LP Headphones

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V-MODA has been working on their Crossfade LP Headphones for the past four years. We are talking state of the art here as it offers patented 50mm dual-diaphragm high-definition drivers and is made of lightweight metal with memory foam ear cushions. A detachable cable features a 3-button remote and microphone and the 69" cable with ¼" adapter means that almost any audiophile can use them. Available in White Pearl, Phantom Chrome or Gunmetal Black, the Crossfade retails for $249.99.

Via V-MODA

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Plextor Bundle Provides Portable Blu-ray

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Plextor combines style with functionality with their combination PlexMedia Player and USB powered Blu-ray Drive. The PX-MMC-BMW1 player lets you watch hi-def Blu-ray while the PX-B120U makes it possible to carry your videos when you travel with its portability. The pair made their debut at the recent Computex 2010 in Taipei.

Via CDR Labs

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June 8, 2010

iPhone 4 Comes Out to Play

As per usual, you couldn't escape the hoopla surrounding Steve Jobs at yesterday's WWDC as he announced the wonders of the iPhone 4. With video calling, retina display, the ability to multi-task and HD video recording, the redesigned smartphone is certainly a thing to behold, but you gotta chuckle that the festivities manages to bring out the cult of Apple as you hear the crowd reaction to everything the J-man says.

Via Apple

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Nokia Bike Kit Recharges on the Go

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Nokia is doing its bit to help the planet and those who have limited access to electricity with its Bicycle Kit. It attaches to the handlebars and recharges when the wheels turn. It is compatible with almost any Nokia phone with a 2mm pin-jack.

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The company has also released a C series of handsets that are inexpensive enough to let almost anyone afford one. Some even have batteries that last up to 6 weeks. Prices start at $35.00.

Via Nokia

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June 7, 2010

Hitachi Adds SSD to Blu-ray Player

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Hitachi's new Blu-ray player has included an integrated 32GB solid state drive. Dubbed Hy Drive, the plan seems to be that it will house the operating system and software, thereby saving space on your PC and allowing it to run better. The company plans on production in August so you may find one in that new laptop you plan to pick up this fall.

Via PC World

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Sonos S5 Available in Black

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Sonos has announced that their S5 Music System is now available in black. The wireless home music system streams iTunes content from your iPhone or iPod touch in any room. Five integrated speakers and 5 dedicated digital amplifiers stream from SIRIUS, Internet Radio, Pandora and other online stations.

(Thanks, Jill)

Via Sonos

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June 4, 2010

Freakin' Friday! Myine Internet Radio Adapter

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Myine Electronics' Internet Radio Adapter can be hooked up to your home stereo or boom box in less that 3 minutes to connect to over 11,000 stations. The IRA delivers NPR, local channels and on-demand podcasts. The radio can store up to 40 stations and filters by location or genre.

Via Myine Electronics


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SP Armor USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive

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Silicon Power has a new portable hard drive with a USB 3.0 interface that is also USB 2.0 backwards compatible. The Armor 80 HDD is rugged in terms of drop survivability and is water resistant. The 139 x 96 x 18mm drive's interface has a a 5 Gbps/sec bandwidth which is 10x the bandwidth of a USB 2.0 interface. Look for it in 640GB, 500GB, or 320GB models.

Via Silicon Power

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June 3, 2010

IOGear Wireless HD Kit

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Look what IOGear just released. This wireless HD Kit can connect DVD/Blu-ray/VHS players, Home Theater Pcs, media servers and set-top boxes to your HDTV or projector. The device doesn't need a router and can stream full HD 1080p 60Hz video and audio from up to 100 ft. away.The GWAV8141K is available for $899.95.

Via IOGear

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Sony OLED Panel to Last a Decade

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Sony has developed an 11.7" OLED panel utilizing oxide semiconductor TFTs as driver elements. They claim that the technology will give it a life of 10+ years. The panel features a 960x540p resolution, a peak brightness of 600cd/m2 or more and a contrast ratio of 1,000,000: 1 or more.

Via TechOn

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June 2, 2010

SIRIUS XM Available on Android Phones

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Android users can now get SIRIUS XM with a new app. They have even offered a 7 day free trial so that you can test it before buying. Already available for iPhone and BlackBerry, the service gives subscribers access to over 120 channels. The application is free for those who are currently Premium Online subscribers.

Via SIRIUS XM

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Samsung Blu-ray Home Theater Up-converts

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Samsung's Blu-ray Home Theater System also up-converts regular DVDs. In addition, the HT-BD1250 plays music via iPod dock and streams Netflix and Pandora. WiFi ready, you can view pictures or listen to tunes from any connected PC.

Via Samsung Home Theaters

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June 1, 2010

Sony Nextep Computer 2020?

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This is Hiromi Kiriki's idea of a future generation of a Sony computer. Meant to be worn on the wrist, the Nextep unfolds out and features a slide-out keyboard separated in the middle, a flexible OLED touchscreen. and a kewl holographic projector. The company just might give it a go by 2020.

Via Yanko

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SYNC Adds TDI Services

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Those who covet their automobile SYNC systems will be pleased to know that the service has one-upped itself by offering more services from the TDI (Traffic, Directions & Information) sector. They include getting stock market quotes, specific movie show times, travel inquiries and the one thing we cannot live without, a daily horoscope. The updates should take place immediately so run, do not walk, to see if you will be having a good day.

Via Market Watch

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