August 7, 2009

Freakin' Friday! Apple AirPort Express

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Mac users who want send their media to other rooms or the Internet can do it quite easily with the wireless AirPort Express and for less than $100.00. Send movies, photos music and other files with the Base Station that features 802.11n technology and is compatible with most Macs and some newer PCs. At a size of only 3 x 1.1 x 3.7", the Express has encryption technology as well as a built-in firewall for protection.

Via Apple

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August 5, 2009

Vizio To Release Streaming HDTVs

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Vizio will soon be producing HDTVs this September that will stream Netflix, Showtime, Yahoo widgets and other Internet content. The XVT series has a basic 32-inch model at a price starting at $749.00. Options such as LED backlighting and 240Hz can be added for those with higher budgets. The top of the line will have the options and 5 HDMI ports at a price of $2,199.00. We will see if this line can make them more competitive with others in the HDTV world.

Via PR Newswire

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August 4, 2009

Photo Otayori Automatic Updating Digital Frame

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Are you one of those that gripes that you never get enough pictures from loved ones? NTT DoCoMo has launched the Photo Otayori (correspondence) Service that will help keep you up to date. The Denki electronic picture frame automatically displays images sent by PC or mobile source in a slideshow and is compatible with other phone companies and computers. The 8" frame can include text messages and has both calendar and clock. Auto sensors detect room light and turn off the frame when dark. Keeping up with the family will set you back ¥19,800 (~$209.00) with a monthly fee starting at ¥210 (~$2.10.)

Via C Scout

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August 1, 2009

Hands On Review: MG-M²TV

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MediaGate was kind enough to send us their latest gadget, the M2TV, aka the MG-M²TV. The next generation of the MG-800HD can receive images, video and audio via an external hard drive, video card or USB source and playback in the highest quality HDTV display or home theater with almost any A/V file supported. I hooked it up and found it to be easy to connect, mostly simple to work and fun to play with.

On my USB flash memory drive I had downloaded some images from artist Mike Wrathell, a video from Robot Snob and some music from Jamendo (thanks to amelie's tune "Do it Over") so that I could run the full gamut.

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Connection is super simple and you are given HDMI and RCA cords so it's not necessary to buy anything further. Even the remote battery is included. The M2TV is very small and sleek and will fit in the smallest of areas.

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I always figure if you need extensive usage of the guide that comes with something, it's much too complicated. Thankfully, this is not the case here. After connection, the M2TV loads up very quickly. The main menu gives you a choice between movies, music, photo, settings and file copy.

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Selecting movies shows what's in there and can be run in preview or full screen. Both video and sound were extremely impressive. The remote includes the ability to play in slo-mo, zoom, repeat, ff/rew, instant replay and more. Subtitles can be added in several languages.

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When viewing images, you can select one at a time or build a slideshow with a timing of 2 seconds to 2 minutes, music background and transition effects in the Setup portion. Another fun trick is the ability to turn your images 360º and you can adjust the contrast, brightness, aspect ratio, etc. When playing music, you again can adjust by remote as you do with video.

The M2TV also allows for updating. Visit the site to download the latest version.

Summation

If you are the type that makes slideshows or likes to watch downloaded content without using up your hard drive, this is the device for you. We have reviewed electronic gadgets that need extra parts, will not compensate if you do not have HD or have other issues, but frankly about the only aspects we didn't like were very small lettering and the noise it made. We know, picky picky, but here's hoping the next model, which may feature WiFi, is quieter and doesn't need a magnifying glass to read the photo details.

(Thanks, Tony)

Via MediaGate

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July 29, 2009

Toshiba Digital Frames With Uploading

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Toshiba has designed a series of WiFi digital frames that may be one giant leap for networkers. Of course it will display your personal photos and videos, but add to that a FrameChannel account and you can upload images, videos and music from over 1,000 channels that include Flickr, Facebook, weather, traffic reports, stock quotes and sports scores. Choose between a black (DMF82XKU) or white (DMF82XWU) model with an 8" frame for $179.99 with an acrylic front finish and a black 10" digiframe (DMF102XKU) at a price of $229.99 this August.

Via I4U

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July 22, 2009

Verizon FiOS Launches App Store

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Following the pattern of other companies, Verizon FiOS has launched a Widget Bazaar app store and Internet Video on TV. Users will be eventually able to connect to Twitter, ESPN, Facebook, Veoh, blip.tv, and Dailymotion. Home Media DVR customers will be able to stream personal videos from their PCs. FLV, WMV, MPEG-1, AVI, MPG, PM4/M4V, 3GP/3G2 files will be compatible with the service. Verizon also plans future free and for-pay apps in the future.

Via Verizon Tools and Apps

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July 17, 2009

Freakin' Friday! MediaGate M²TV

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Turn your TV into a mini-home theater with the MediaGate M²TV. Plug and play any hard drive, SD/SDHC/MMC digital memory card/stick or other USB device in its USB port. You get full HD 1080p playback and navigation of video, audio and/or photos. With RealVideo 10RMVB support, the portable device is portable and flexible. Need more space? Add more USB drives. We will be taking a closer look at the M²TV soon, so stay tuned (pun intended.)

Thanks, Tony

Via MediaGate

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July 15, 2009

Sony DVDirect More Compact, Less Expensive

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Sony's next gen DVD recorder can transfer standard and HD home videos and digital photos without a computer. The DVDirect VRD-MC6 has a 2.7" color LCD screen for preview of up to 6 images or one video and is about 60% smaller than its predecessor. Connect to a Sony hard drive, memory stick or Handycam recorder by USB and play back on Blu-ray players and PC drives, as well as PS3s via Digital Video (i.LINK(R)/FireWire(R)/IEEE-1394.) The recorder can hold up to 6 hours of SD video, 95 minutes of AVCHD video or up to 2,000 digital pictures. Choose between 4 preset menus, add music from your MP3 files and automatic DVD chaptering and you have yourself quite a show. Look for a $229.00 price when it debuts this September.

Via PR Newswire

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July 7, 2009

Boxee Windows Version Available, Adds MLB and More

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Boxee has added some new features. One of them is the streaming MLB.TV Premium that includes live and on-demand games, with the ability to pause and rewind. Users can now stream music and create photo slideshows from Tumblr and CurrentTV is available now for news and entertainment. Check their blog for other improvements But perhaps the best news is that
their Windows version is now available in public beta, so if you have wanted to try it out, now is the time.

Via Boxee

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July 2, 2009

Mvix to Release Ultio Media Player

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Mvix is about to release their latest media player. The Ultio MX-800 is hard disk based and will reproduce up to 1080p video. Pre-equipped with a network port, it features a samba server and UPnP implementation. View movies or photos or listen to music as it supports most HD codecs including AVC-HD and FLAC. Stream content with integration with services like PlayOn or Tversity for such sites as Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, CNN and ESPN. It also has 2 USB 2.0 slaves for extending storage, adding media cards or USB drives. Look for the Ultio sometime this week with a decent price of $169.00.

(Thanks, A. Jay)

Via Mvix

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