Want a tablet now without the expensive price tag? Pandigital is offering a refurbished Multimedia Tablet with a 7" TFT LCD and a resolution of 600 x 800 pixels. It holds 1 GB memory that can be expanded to 32 GB, runs Android and WiFi and has a built-in rechargeable battery. Connectors include a regular and mini-USB port, headphone jack and mini-headphone jack. An AC adapter and access to Barnes & Noble comes with the package.
Sling's Mobile app is already available for Android and now those who have Honeycomb will soon be able to take advantage as well. At a price of $29.99, the app is compatible with the Slingbox PRO-HD and SOLO. The application will work with those who have already gotten it for their Android smartphones and tablet owners should see some excellent video quality. Click the link to sign up to be notified when it becomes available.
Style-iT is an electronic stylus that can be used on a touchscreen and clipped to your pocket protector when not in use. A built-in ballpoint pen is included to make it handier and the omni-directional soft tips makes it good for both right and left handed users. Brackerton is offering the device in black, white, blue, green, orange or pink.
Let your loved ones be remembered online with two new sites. At I-Tomb, you can create a "virtual cemetery" with images, videos, music, text and documents that memorialize a loved one's life. I-Memorial is for the living that want to let their relatives know how they would like to be remembered as well as what to do upon their demise. We are not sure whether we applaud the sites (run by the same company) for letting folks reminisce or plan ahead, or we find it a bit odd that there can be a place to glorify those who never made it to Wikipedia.
It's no secret that Blockbuster is probably giddy with delight now that Netflix has enraged so many former customers. They are offering runaway subscribers a 30 day free trial with both movies by mail and unlimited in-store exchanges. Included in the deal is their game service, pre-release videos and Blu-ray titles. We expect them to announce a total VOD service for those who do not have On Demand devices. The move could perhaps save the beleaguered company from oblivion if they amass more fans.
Love your Kinect but find being confined to a small room or apartment makes it tougher to play? Nyko has developed a clip-on for the Kinect that reduces the length up to 40%. The Zoom works with one or two players without modification or additional installation needed.
Belkin has released the ScreenCast AV 4 Switch that can send HDMI signals wirelessly from up to four components or home theater to a display or HDTV. With a 100 ft. range, even through walls or in cabinets, you can still get full-HD 1080p resolution, 3D video, and up to 5.1 channels of surround sound. It comes with a remote for simplified usage and will be available next month for $249.99.
We previously told you about Western Digital's My Book Live that delivers storage at 100 Mbps, 3 times the speed of USB 2.0. Included is an integrated DLNA compatible media server for streaming video, audio or images to game consoles, Blu-ray players and other devices. Even better, after retooling, the new WD 2go app allow mobile access to files without a monthly fee. A Pro version for $2.99 lets you save locally and share nicely with others.
Netflix's rate hike has cost them about a million subscribers. Considering the fact that they still have about 14 million DVD only and 22 million streaming customers, perhaps they are moving towards the latter to concentrate on. With online streaming perhaps due to become the sole source of content, you can finally turn your outdated TV into a mini-coffee table.
Note: Told ya so. In a letter to its customers, CEO Reed Hastings apologized not for raising the rates but for not explaining that he is separating both services, changing the name of the mail service to Qwikster.
Gone are the days of our humongous Pioneer music systems as evidenced by this iPod dock that comes tabletop-sized. The X-SMC3-S Music Tap has WiFi access to online stations like Pandora and IHeart Radio via AirPlay. iPhones, iPod touches, iPads and Macs can take advantage of the system as can PCs that run iTunes.
Now that 3D continues to catch on for LG enthusiasts, the company has released clip-ons that are available for the masses for very little coinage.
AG-F220s provide the usual effects and add a bonus UV protection. Compatible with 2011 LG LW5600, LW5700 and LW6500 Cinema 3D TVs, they come with pouch and cleaner and cost less than $20.00.
Best Buy seems to be feeling the pinch in sales and will be concentration its efforts by improving its Marketplace. They have added several third party sellers to join them such as Buy.com, resulting in an "increased assortment of products, brands and price points."
You can bet that you will see a change as the holidays approach this year as they have promised about a third more products online.
Angry Bird fanatics can add another new toy to prove their loyalty. Gear4 will soon be releasing both stand alone speakers and iPod/iPad/iPhone docks at prices of $79.99 and $99.99 respectively. The Red Bird Plug-and-Play speaker has volume and bass controls with a .5mm jack, while the docks include a handy remote. Gear4 was smart enough to get on board the AB licensing train early and offers cases for Apple devices.
There are plenty of wireless earphones out there, but Sennheiser has managed to come up with some headphones that should do the same in a larger way. The RSS 220 uses what the company calls Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS) technique that transmit data simultaneously on different frequencies to make sure that one is uninterrupted. There is no optimal signal volume so audio stays true to its level.
The transmitter works with an uncompressed 2.4 GHz signal that reaches up to 328 ft. in the same room or 98 ft. between walls. Look for the phones to hit the streets later this month.
What happens when obsession goes terribly wrong? Just ask George Lucas who never seems to get past 1977's Star Wars. His latest project, the upcoming Blu-ray release, will apparently have such improvements changes as a CGI Yoda, light saber effect adjustment and other audio and video tweaks. The new edition is available for pre-order for a September 16 release and although some of these "improvements" are rumors at this point, they seem to come from several sources and April 1 has already passed. So we just say "Stay the same you should, Yoda."
By the way, if you are a budding filmmaker, script writer or critic, you can participate in Amazon Studios, where you can screen test future films and vote on them. We are speaking some serious prize money for the winners of cash awards.
9/11 is one of those events that you remember where you were and was somehow altered by the catastrophe. We suggest you not spend the day watching the boob tube and reliving the evil of it via the courtesy of the networks. Instead, plant a tree or hang with friends and/or family. Take the time to personally remember and be glad that we are Americans and better than the petty bickering that has consumed our lives of late.
iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad owners can now receive music from Bowers and Wilkins Zeppelin Air. With it, you can download and share tunes wirelessly on any iOS device. Then stream those tunes from any compatible device to an AirPlay compatible speaker. Best of all, the application is free and that means thousands of singles and play lists to choose from without the ads.
Want music without the complicated wiring? MusicLites is a cooperative effort from Artison and Sylvania that consists of a standard socket 10W LED light. Inside is Hi-Fi loudspeaker that wirelessly works via transmitter connected to a receiver, PC, smartphone or digital audio player. On top of the tunes, you get a 65W bulb to boot. Contact the company to find price and availability in your area.
Talk O'Clock is more than your basic speaking alarm app. The unique free call service is in the beta stage right now and allows anyone with a Facebook account to call anyone else to wake her/him up. You enter your phone number, select the gender of the caller and time you wish to waken and you are all set to be roused by a stranger. If no one is available, a CallO'Bot handles the chore.
Of course, the reverse is also possible and you can be the one who audibly nudges the sleeper. Available for PCs, the company is working on Android and iOS devices. So we are thinking that this would be nice if someone could get their mom onboard, but a complete stranger has definite overtones of creepy.
Docks are pretty handy to have around the house and now there is one to use when on the move. Once installed, the Oxygen Audio O Car can be rotated and/or tilted in any direction. With support for the iPhone 3G, 3GS and 4, it features a pre-amp, 4 x 55W output and AM/FM presets. Just think, with access to an iTunes library, Sirius/XM, Google maps and GPS navigation, you can have one more reason to not pay attention while driving.
It seems that Netflix and Starz have come to a parting of the ways after the video provider wouldn't go along with the media company's demand. Apparently the millions were not enough for Starz as they wanted an additional fee tacked on for screenings. CEO Reed Hastings is keeping positive about the end of the negotiations and will invest in other companies. So those of you who stream those chick flicks and Disney films better get them in before the end of the February 28 contract expiration.
Attach Bicom's playGo to your PC or Mac USB port and you can play any music wirelessly. It automatically installs and supports up to 24-bit/96kHz. With both digital and analog output, the kit comes with transmitter and receiver to attach to your stereo and is super simple to use with a range of up to 75 feet.
Startup EnergyHub seems to be making quite an impact on home energy buffs with their shiny and sleek Home Base with a 4.3" LCD color capacitive touchscreen. The interface uses ZigBee for home management and WiFi for net connection with a cloud service. A communicating meter reads the energy usage while the wireless thermostat manages heat and cooling systems. Once the basics are set up, the system is self-regulating. Contact the company if you are ready to upgrade your home network.