May 31, 2011

Smart TV Hits 5 Millionth Download

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Samsung has announced that over 5 million globally have downloaded their Smart TV app platform. Considering the fact that it only launched in Feb. 2010, that is pretty impressive. They attribute their success to their variety of videos, games, sports and other media that can be found in over 120 countries, including 3D capability. Programming is country-specific, making all those naysayers who didn't believe in the concept sit up and take notice.

You can get up to speed by joining the Samsung revolution with your own Smart TV or purchasing the LG ST600 Smart TV Upgrader.

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May 30, 2011

Ford Adds Heartbeat Monitoring Seat

What seems like a usable concept may in fact have the opposite effect. In a partnering of Ford European Research and RWTH Aachen University in Germany, engineers developed a car seat that monitors the driver's heartbeat. The S-Max seat contains 6 embedded electrode sensors that can detect irregular activity. Let's look at this for a second. Driver has heart condition, gets caught up in traffic and develops road rage. Which is worse, the road rage or some alert letting him/her know you are about to have a heart attack?

Via Ford

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May 27, 2011

Freakin' Friday! Plants vs. Zombies Android

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Plants vs. Zombies fans who don't have an iPhone can rejoice as it is coming out for Android by the end of the month. The PopCap game comes with a price of $2.99, but head for Amazon's AppStore on May 31 and you can get it for free!

Via Amazon Appstore

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May 26, 2011

Netflix to Offer Miramax Titles

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Netflix has nabbed an agreement with Miramax to stream hundreds of their movies in an attempt by the film studio to keep it afloat. Filmyard Holdings now holds the company that is hoping that the move will encourage other online companies, like Google, Apple and Facebook to offer such titles as
"Pulp Fiction"
and
"Shakespeare in Love"
. This seems to be another step forward into the concept that eventually we will all live online.

Via Bloomberg

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May 25, 2011

Areaware iPhone Alarm Dock

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Turn your iPhone into an instant alarm clock. The wooden Alarm Dock is simple to the max with a pull through for its power cord. At a size of 6.75 x 3.5 x 2.5", it comes with a flip clock app and can recharge your phone while you sleep. The device fits iPhone 3G, 3GS and 4, has a price of $39.50 and can be pre-ordered for an August delivery.

Via Areaware

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May 24, 2011

PhotoDNA Seeks Child Porn

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Microsoft has acquired PhotoDNA, a technology that can identify child pornographic images even if they have been altered. The company donated its usage to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in 2009 and Facebook will be first in using it to identify and remove thousands of registered illegal images.

There are estimates that at least 50,000 child porn photos are transmitted online every day and this could be one more step to find the ones who are doing it as well as protect the victims.

Via NYT

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May 23, 2011

Play On! Xperia Arrives

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The first certified PlayStation phone is out for those who cannot wait to take their games with them and play them on tiny 4" screens with slide-out gaming controls. Verizon will be offering the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play that runs Android and comes loaded with six games. Other titles will be available to download and multi-player participation is possible. The phone also comes with two cameras so that you can discuss your recent wins with those that lost.

Via Xperia Play

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May 20, 2011

Freakin' Friday! My Favorite Remote

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URC has released a new and improved inexpensive remote for those who tire of using/losing multiple controls. My Favorite Remote has a bright display, has easy setup (no PC) and can learn from other remotes. Choose up to 18 components with single button macros and 48 preset channels. The R40 remote comes with four AA batteries with a life of 18 hours and warns you if power is low and, should you accidentally have it on too long, has Sofa Mode to shut it down. The only thing missing here seems to be a lost "clap-on" alert.

Via URC

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May 19, 2011

Bar Karma Involves Users

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Sims creator Will Wright, perhaps tiring of all-virtual interaction, came up with an Internet series that gets its ideas from its fans. Bar Karma was dreamed up about four months ago and concerns a bar somewhere between parallel timelines. The 30 minute episodes on Current TV contain scenes formed from viewers ideas that the production staff turns into reality, sort of. Take a peek at the series and let your creativity get engaged. Who knows, your input may become part of the show.

Via Bar Karma

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May 18, 2011

EBS to Establish Localized Alerts

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Listening to my local updated emergency alert testing, not only was I treated to a high pitched wail that seemed designed for dog ears, there was a hideous voice attached that let me know, "This is a test, this is only a test." Now the government may soon be able to send you emergency alerts on your cellie. Part of the EBS, the Personal Localized Alerting Network uses a chip to let you know when something is going on in your area.

While PLAN may be a plus for knowing when to get out of town, it also may be a violation of privacy because the system relies on carriers data of user location. The program is to begin later this year in New York and Washington D.C. and go national by 2012.

Via PLAN

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May 17, 2011

YouTube Adds Films to Playlist

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YouTube continues to add movies to its service from Sony Pictures, NBC Universal and Warner Brothers. There are about 3,000 new releases now with prices at $3.99 for recent films and $2.99 for those that are older. There is also a smattering of titles for free and all can be viewed on PC or Google TV. Since the service is still relatively new, there may not be full HD on some of the selections.

Via YouTube Movies

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May 16, 2011

Google Expands With Android@Home

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Google takes another step towards Interweb domination by introducing Android@Home aka Project Tungsten. Developers can use open source libraries to make home automation apps for Android so that you can turn off those forgotten appliances with your smartphone. Or perhaps you will be able to use it for remote media streaming or powering up your homemade robot. Google is hoping that the end result will not only synchronize your home but save you both energy and money.

Via Android

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May 13, 2011

Freakin' Friday! Store 'n' Go Portable Hard Drive

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Verbatim has released its Store 'n Go "SuperSpeed." The small, lightweight device attaches via USB 3.0 and is available in 500GB, 750GB and 1TB models. The company promises a speed of 10x faster for backup and transfer with 3.0 but that remains to be seen.

Via Verbatim

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May 12, 2011

Creative Bluetooth DX Speakers

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Creative has a new line of Bluetooth wireless modular speakers they have labeled the ZiiSound Dx series. Available are the D5x wireless one-piece speaker, D3x wireless one-piece speaker and DSx wireless subwoofer. The company also has released new lines of Bluetooth headphones and One-piece speakers for options in wireless usability.

Via Creative

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May 11, 2011

Apache Helicopter Communicates by Muzzle Flash

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Now that the world is abuzz with Blackhawk helicopter news, there seems to be another new one that the Army is working on to help fight the bad guys. This Apache model has an infrared camera that can detect ground fire by muzzle flashes. That information will also be available to ground forces, operation centers and other aircraft. Look for the new and improved Apache with Ground Fire Acquisition System (GFAS) in a war hopefully not near you within a year.

Via Army

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May 10, 2011

Buffalo Portable DVD Burner

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Buffalo's latest compact 8x DVD Burner lets you watch videos and even burn discs. It is nicely powered via an integrated USB cable and the company promises simple set up (including an LED to let you know that it is functioning and/or low on power.) The sleek design doesn't hurt nor does its pre-loaded CyberLink PowerDVD 9 media suite. The drive is compatible with Windows Vista/XP/7, and Mac OS X.

Via Buffalo

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May 9, 2011

Fujitsu Lifebooks - Pico Projector Optional

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Fujitsu has two B2B notebooks coming out with an embedded pico projector. The Lifebook S761/C has a 13.3" screen and the P711/C has a 12.1" display. Both have an SVGA 800x600 video projector option but it seems to us that any time you add an extra something to an existing electronic (i.e. a disc player to a TV,) you get one more thing that will be difficult to fix should it break. However, it might be interesting to see if this trends. Prices start at $2,690 when the pair becomes available next month in Japan.

Via Fujitsu

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May 6, 2011

Freakin' Friday! Motorola Bluetooth Headset

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Motorola has recently reduced the price on one of its Bluetooth stereo headsets by more than 50%. The S305 is compatible with iPod/iPhones and other phones and music players, and can work for up to 6.5 hours before needing a charge. With an operating range of up to 33 ft., it has an on ear control for volume/play and can toggle between tracks or accept incoming calls.

Via Motorola Headsets

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May 5, 2011

Nike+ SportWatch Eggs You On

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Nike continues to believe that we can all get fit again if we just believe it (and invest in one or two of their products.) The latest way to do this is with their Nike+ SportWatch. Included is GPS by TomTom, a sensor to track speed, distance, pace, heart rate and calories burn. USB contacts are built into the strap for uploading data and battery recharging.

User-friendly, the WM0069-077 has an auto-run reminder when you have slacked off for 5 days, keeps track of personal bests with 'attaboys' and can connect you with training programs on Nikeplus.com. The SportWatch can run your physical fitness life for $199.99.

Via Nike Store

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May 4, 2011

DJ on Spreaker

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The recent startup Spreaker can make any ordinary Joe/Jane into a burgeoning DJ. There is a user-friendly console for recording your voice, uploading your tunes and adding special effects. Choose between pre-recording and live broadcasts without the fear of the FCC. Your buds can follow your show and you can actually broadcast it on Facebook. There are no restrictions on the type of show you produce as we found talk, poetry, music, news, religious and comedy channels.

(Thanks, Anna)

Via Spreaker

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May 3, 2011

Competition in eBook Market

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Still haven't joined the e-Book craze or are looking for a gift for mom? The Nook Color is now allowing authors to sign their books with a stylus. While we don't think the ability will add to its value all that much, you can now get apps, games, socialize and run video in color.

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On the other hand, if you are on team
Kindle
, you can get an ad-supported model for $25.00 less that the least expensive model. (Amazon calls it "Special Offers & Sponsored Screensavers.)

Via Kindle Store

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May 2, 2011

Panasonic Vieras Run Via Apps

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Some of Panasonic's Viera TVs are now compatible with a WiFi app for your iPhone/iPad. When in use, a keyboard interface appears for direct typing and gesture control is enabled. Shake your device and a power-off button appears so that you can turn off your HDTV remotely. (The kids will love that one.) The app is free, is compatible with the Plasma VT30 Series, GT30 Series, ST30 Series LCD, DT30 Series and D30 Series HDTVs and can be found on the iTunes Store.

Via Name Your Link

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May 1, 2011

Monthly Round Up - April 2011

May is here already, even though we still have tons of April showers. Catch up with our Monthly Roundup if you missed us!

3D

Android

Application

Digital Frame

Freakin' Friday

Game Console Streaming

Game Consoles

HDTV

Home Networking

Home Theater

Image Streaming

Netflix Streaming

News

PC to TV A/V Streaming

Portable Media

Press Release

Remote Control

Routers

Speaker Systems

Steals and Deals

Video Devices

Video Streaming

Wireless Network

e-Readers

iPad

iPhone Streaming

iPod Streaming

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