June 26, 2009

Blu-ray Managed Copy to Become Mandatory in 2010


Managed Copy, the ability to make a single copy of a Blu-ray disc to BDs, DVDs, PMPs, or other electronics has to this point been optional. But as of next year, the AACS LA, the agency that is in charge of Blu-ray digital rights, is making it mandatory, meaning that any downloader will be able to save at least one copy. A couple of notes here. While it is mandatory in software, you will have to look for it when purchasing hardware. And don't forget that the download may not be a freebie, depending on the studio issuing it.

Via Video Business

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June 19, 2009

Samsung MP3 Player Reads, Plays Games


The latest PMP from Samsung does more than play music. The YP-R1CB 8GB MP3 Player features a 2.7" WQVGA (400×240) touchscreen and is compatible with video RMVB, MPEG-4, WMV, H.264, Divx, Xvid and audio MP3, WMA, Ogg, FLAC and AAC files. When you tire of the A/V usage, the Bluetooth device has an FM tuner, an E-book reader and can play games. Look for a price around $180.00.

Via DAP Review

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June 10, 2009

Eviant Portable T7 TV Travels


Remember when portable TVs were almost cute? Unless you have one with Hello Kitty smeared all over it, they are pretty dull these days, although Eviant's 7"
T7 widescreen
fits the category. With a 16:9 aspect ratio and 480x234 resolution, the TV is mini HDTV is good for traveling being ATSC/NTSC compatible. The 7.3 x 1.1 x 5.7" T7 only weighs 1.39 lbs., has built-in tuner and speakers, and comes with rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery, remote, and its own carrying case. Available in several colors, pre-order one now for a June 15 release.

Via Eviant Portable HDTV

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June 2, 2009

AMEX Venice V-38HD Media Player


AMEX Digital will soon be releasing the Venice V-38HD. The media player has a Sigma Designs SMP8635/4 chipset, 2TB SATA hard drive, HDMI connectivity, NAS support and DVD backup and playback for digital audio and video. The Venice comes with handy remote but there is no pricing or date of availability as yet.


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May 29, 2009

Napster Lowers Basic Subscription Plan


Napster has lowered its least expensive music plan from $12.95 to $5.00 monthly. The subscription has unrestricted streaming from their catalog of over 7 million tunes and 5 DRM-free MP3 downloads a month. The $14.95 premium plan for portable devices is still available for those not owning iPods.


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May 14, 2009

Kindle Mispronounces President's Name


It seems that the Kindle 2 has a long way to go with its text-to-speech function. It mispronounces "Barack" as rhyming with "black" while "Obama" sounds like "Alabama." Nuance Communications, the company responsible for the dictionary, claims that they have worked out the bugs and will update the Kindle. As our new president is going to be around for awhile, we hope that Amazon can work on the problem before the new DX makes its debut. In the meantime, diehard Boston fans may find fault that the device pronounces the word "Celtic" with a hard C.

Via NY Times

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April 15, 2009

Amazon Shopping App for Black Berry Available


Amazon has launched a Shopping App for BlackBerry. The free download will work for those who have a track ball and consists of a simplified way to search and buy from Amazon and their affiliates. No doubt the recent popularity of the app for iPhone spurred on the idea. Available on the application is Amazon Remembers to help keep track of items that matches photos of user products to those that are the same or similar. Check with the site for more features.

Via Amazon App for BlackBerry

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April 14, 2009

The Traveling Logitec Pocket Router


The Japanese company Logitec, (not to be confused with Logitech,) has a pocket sized router that weighs about 55 grams and is perfect for traveling. The Pocket Router has many of the same features as larger models, as well as offering MAC address filtering and standard DMZ gaming capability. For security, there is WPA2 (AES), WPA (TKIP), and WEP128/64. The device is available for ¥7200 (~$72.00.)

Via Logitec (translated)

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April 8, 2009

Black & Decker Multi-Purpose Power Station


Make your tunes portable with Black & Decker's
PSS100B Power Station
Power Supply/Digital AM/FM Radio. Its built-in rechargeable battery offers up to 12 hours of play and the two 120V AC outlets let you plug in your laptop or any other small electronic device. The player has an audio input, USB port for charging and a built-in LED for nights or emergencies.

Via Black & Decker

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February 24, 2009

Kindle 2 Now Available


Kindle 2
has arrived. You can still receive books, newspapers, magazines and blogs wirelessly, usually in less than a minute. The new e-book has a better display, longer battery life, faster page turns, and a new Read to Me feature for traveling or lazy readers. The Kindle Store already has more than 240,000 books and their plan is to have every book in every language that was ever written. That's quite a lofty goal but an obvious omen of technology to come.

So why do we mention this now? Aside from being a very kewl product, you can get NAV's Blog for only $1.99 a month. Such a deal! You not only get a 14 day free trial, you receive automatic posting and updating so you won't miss out on the latest and greatest A/V news and gadgets.

Via Networking Audio Video Blog

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