April 29, 2011
Time was when a home theater seemed only for the Steven Spielbergs of the world, but prices are dropping, allowing almost anyone to get a decent one for less than $500.00. Case in point, Panasonic's SC-BTT370. The home entertainment system has 5.1 Channel audio, 3D and Blu-ray video. Other features include 2-way tabletop speakers, VIERA Cast for Netflix and Skype, built-in Wifi and a 3D effects controller that lets you adjust the depth.
Via Panasonic Home Theaters
April 28, 2011
How do you follow up a new resurgence of a brand? In Chrysler's case, after you get Eminem on your side to spread the word, you join with Dr. Dre and his Beats. Not only will he be appearing in commercials beginning in May, his phone technology will be implemented in a 10-speaker system in the 300 Sedan, due out this fall. The company reported that the Em's Superbowl commercials increased sales by 191%, proving that music really does run the Motor City.
April 27, 2011
Amazon plans to open its own service later this year that can access over 11,000 US libraries. The Kindle Library Lending works on all generations and apps and once you check out a book, it will save all your annotations and bookmarks. Whispersync allows highlighting and margin notes that will show up only for you should you reborrow or purchase.
April 26, 2011
The new McTiVia streams content to your TV from your computer. The wireless device is compatible with both Windows PCs and Macs, and can double as a router. It connects via HDTV and HDMI sockets and up to 8 computers can hook up to the device.
April 25, 2011
HBO subscribers can look forward to an app for their portable devices as well as their PCs. HBO Go will soon stream the channel's movies and TV episodes to iPad/iPhones/Android smartphones and is unlimited and instant, with plenty of HD content. Reportedly any season is available for free, as well as bonus features and extras, giving us another excuse to never leave the house for entertainment. Look for the portable service to come out early next month.
Via HBO Go
April 22, 2011
We have shown you plenty of digital frames, but the portable NIX Hu-Motion Digital Picture Frame is clearly different. The 8" frame turns on/off automatically when anyone (or anything) triggers it. The device features a high res 800 x 600 SVGA LED backlit screen with 4:3 ratio and has a 1GB memory that will store up to 8000 photos. Other cool features include touch control, 2 x 1.5W Speakers, and an auto rotate sensor. It is compatible with .jpeg photos, MP4 video, MP3 music and many other sources, and a remote is included in the deal.
April 21, 2011
Toshiba has a pair of pocket Camileo camcorders coming out this summer. The B10 has a front-facing lens, shoots HD video and 16 mp stills, 16X zoom and takes SDXC cards. The P100 has the same features with a full 8X optical zoom. Both capture MP4 and JPG files and have Mini-HDMI/Mini-USB 2.0 ports.
April 20, 2011
If you love your Kindle (or thinking about taking the Amazon plunge,) keep it protected with M-Edge's ultra-slim, lightweight Cover that, using a photo sublimation process, looks like fabric on the front and has a micofiber interior. The front is Bob Knox's 'Sunday in the Central Park' New Yorker cover (which spawned an entire Broadway musical (but that's another story.) M-Edge has other famous art covers for this generation's Kiindle and an e-Luminator book light is available as well and sold separately.
April 19, 2011
Motorola's NYXboard dual-sided remote, originally intended for a set top box, will be sold as a Pulse-Eight XBMC compatible device. It was originally unveiled about 7 months ago then seemed to disappear. But now the IR and RF QWERTY remote, compatible with Mac, Windows and Linux, can be preordered now for $59.99 with delivery expected around June 27.
April 18, 2011
It's kind of the end of an era as Cisco has decided to cease production of
Flip Video. Originally acquired in March 2009 for $590 million, it was such a unique and wondrous cam that not only did I run out and buy one (and I never run out and buy anything) it's tough to reconcile the fact that they are just shutting it down.
Customers will still receive support, but the company plans to concentrate on Refocus, their home networking business, Business TelePresence products and Eos media solution.
Note: It seems that NY Times reporter David Pogue had mentioned that a new feature called FlipLive would have provided live broadcasting to Twitter, Facebook or email link if you are in a WiFi hotspot. Let's all take up a collection and purchase the rights to the original USB cam that I still use nearly daily.
April 15, 2011
Haven't been able to Kinect? Amazon is offering such a deal! Order an Xbox 360 4GB Console with WiFi and they will give you $50 credit towards other items to get you started. The promotion credits your account within 2 days of shipping and there is a one per family limit.
Via Xbox 360
April 14, 2011
D-Link has a new small surveillance cam that can be used in your home or office. The DCS-930L practically works right out of the box. Connect the cables, plug in and you're done. Log into mydlink.com and start watching without the need of a router. Included with the D-ViewCam is software that features recording to your PC, trigger motion detection and support for up to 32 cameras.
April 13, 2011
We introed you to Cisco's E4200 in January but if that is beyond your budget, they have an entire line of routers that have dispensed with ugly and replaced with sleek. The basic wireless E1200 connects at speeds of up to 300 Mbps. Other features include WPA/WPA2 encryption, SPI firewall, MIMO antenna technology and Connect software that is simple to set up. There is a 20% off deal for now, so get yours asap.
Via Cisco Routers
April 12, 2011
Netflix continues its online domination by capturing Don Draper and the rest of the Mad Men gang as they have made a deal with Lions Gate. The first four seasons will be posted to Watch Instantly July 27 and cost about $1 million per episode to procure.
Via Mad Men
April 11, 2011
For those who are tired of trying to make all their Apple devices mesh with Windows Media Center, Simple.tv is the answer. The download converts DVR-MS and .WTV to H.264, AC-3 audio to AAC, MPEG and supplies .mp4s. When you download a new video, it automatically converts to H.264 and turns it into a pod cast to iTunes. The video can then be streamed to an iPod or browser. The service is still in beta so hit the link if you would like a trial run.
April 8, 2011
Amidst the hoopla surrounding the release of the 3DS, many critics are quick to shut it down on its usability or difficulty to play, but Jimmy Fallon was filled with glee when he got the opportunity to play with it last week. (But come to think of it, he is always gleeful.)
In its second week out, the portable game system sold 50,710 units, breaking the record of the PSP as the fastest selling. No doubt many of those were from people that can't resist shooting the faces of their closest buds.
April 7, 2011
Another faction is making it possible to make mobile payments. The WSJ reports that Google, Citigroup and MasterCard have teamed with NFC to create the function on Android smartphones. The service is Google ad and discount supported and the other two companies make their bucks from retailer credit fees. Look for the service sometime this year.
Via Wall Street Journal
April 6, 2011
Samsung has introduced a 4G Hotspot for Verizon that has LTE/CDMA dual-mode. You can hook up to five devices via WiFi. At a weight of only 2.7 oz., it is super easy to take along on business trips or vacations. Verizon is offering it at a price of $269.99 with contract.
April 5, 2011
American Express has set up a payment system similar to PayPal. 'Serve' users create an account and can send or receive payments. Access includes the company's iOS, the Interweb, Facebook and Android apps. The bad news is that there is a $2.00 ATM fee and a 2.9% and $0.03 per deposit discount for cash, debit and ACH. The good news is that if you get it now, the first six months are free and your first withdrawal for the month is free.
Via AMEX Serve
April 4, 2011
Google is bestowing its goodness and high speed broadband service to Kansas City, Kansas. Google Fiber is said to be 100 times faster than any broadband connection now available and 2000 times faster than dial-up. The 1 GB service will be given to about 500,000 users.
Google's magnanimous offer is hyped to the max with terms like 'need for speed' tossed into its announcement and the connection should take place sometime next year. About 1,100 cities competed for the honor of being first, but frankly, we wish they had found a remote area still listening to that awful noise of dial-up.
via Google Blog
April 1, 2011
Where is spring? Winter has been forever it seems, and while were are whining and waiting for the cheese to go with it, take another peek at March's posts. Much thanks to our new Twitter readers, RALK Online Enterprise, Leslie Brown, The Geek Directory, Latitia D. Lee, QVIVO, New Marketing 123, handy-lottery and Anne Marie Wilson.
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Clever Marmitek has come up with the Connect420, a device that can connect to and switch between 5 HD and 3D sources to your TV. Hook up to a game console, Blu-ray player, satellite receiver or other electronics. The switch has a built-in repeater and equalizer to correct signal loss and carries a MSRP of £90 (~$143.00.)