September 30, 2009

SE SensMe Auto-On Earphones

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What if your headphones knew when to turn on? Surprise. Sony Ericsson uses SensMe technology so that their earbuds begin to play music when you place them in your ear. Of course they will also work with phone calls, so when you take them out, the call or tune is ended. Reading up on the site explains the phenom named Fast Port that allows the MH907s to be activated by body contact. Gimmicky? You betcha, but kewl nonetheless.

Via Sony Ericsson

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September 22, 2009

FCC Calls For Internet Neutrality

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FCC chairman Julius Genachowski wants free and equal web traffic. He would like to prohibit discrimination against any Internet access provider so that firms that can pay will not have a priority over those who do not. We expect this will be a long drawn out fight (you know who you are,) so hang on for a bumpy ride. At least he has the blessing of the Pres., who appointed him in the first place. Read the entire speech he gave at Brookings Institute in Washington on the FCC's new Open Internet beta site.

Via Open Internet

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September 7, 2009

GE Brings Good Things to Patients

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GE is working on a Wireless Patient Monitoring System that gets information from sensors to nurses stations or other locations. Working with the FCC, they are developing a vendor-neutral frequency band for communication. The BSNs collect information such as temperature, blood pressure, blood glucose and electrocardiogram readings in real time. This will certainly be a fine alternative to all the wires and finger connections now used in hospitals.

Via Businesswire

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August 28, 2009

Sales of Plasma Screens Increase

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According to researchers Quixel Research, plasma HDTV sales rose 31% in units and 35% dollarwise during Q1 this year, while flat panels fell 7% over the same period. Here's the entire listing of Q1 and 2 with Vizio in the lead.

Rank Brand 1Q 2Q

1 Vizio 21.4% 21.7%
2 Samsung 17.8% 21.3%
3 Sony 14.8% 11.9%
4 Toshiba 8.0% 8.3%
5 LG 8.9% 7.9%
6 Panasonic 3.7% 6.0%
7 Sharp 8.6% 5.3%
Others 16.8% 17.6%

Via Quixel Research

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August 25, 2009

Sony + Best Buy = Altus Line

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Sony and Best Buy have joined forces in a new Altus product line. Included will be a Blu-ray Home Theater System with wireless surround speakers. It also houses an iPod cradle, can connect with other PMPs and will carry a price starting at $799.00. Other products include wireless PC audio systems, iPod docking systems and a plug and play speaker system. You can pre-order now or find them soon at Best Buy, Sony Style stores and other retailers.

Via Sony Style

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August 19, 2009

Gogo To Be Offered on US Airways

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Aircell's Gogo in-flight Internet connectivity is already available to Virgin America and American Airlines. Now they have added US Airways and will be set to go early next year. Passengers can surf, IM, check email and access VPN networks for a charge of $5.95 - $12.95, depending on the flight length and type of device. The service is set for domestic A321 flights and will expand with time. Look for a WiFi icon when you book your flight.

Via Aircell Gogo

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August 13, 2009

Amazon VOD Available for Panasonic Viera Products

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Panasonic is outing Amazon VOD for its 2009 Viera Cast Blu-ray Players, about 3 months later than expected. Available for the full line, it offers more than 45,000 titles, 1,000 HD selections and instant playback. There is also access to YouTube, news and weather feeds. Other online sites and playback is also possible via PC or other compatible device. The download is free via software update after you register your player. The service was previously released in April for those who have Viera CAST-enabled Plasma HDTVs.

Via Panasonic

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August 7, 2009

Upload Photos to Facebook Via DSi

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Nintendo has announced that DSi owners can now use either of the two cameras to upload photos to Facebook directly. The process applies to photos that were previously adjusted with the built-in interactive lens and have been stored in the Camera album. Check into your system's update to receive the free download.

Via Nintendo

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August 3, 2009

Olive Opus No. 4 - Sweet Music

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Olive's new Opus No. 4 produces high quality sound and can hold as much as 2TB of tunes, or about 6,000 CDs. Hook it up to your music system without use of a PC and playback via its intuitive color-coded touchscreen. Other features include simple digitizing through its DAC, preset and added Internet radio stations and genre specific details. Playback to up to 10 rooms in your home with an added Melody Hi-Fi Multi-Room Player. The Opus No. 4 will be available this month in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB models for $1,499.00, $1,599.00 and $1,799.00 respectively.

Via PR Web

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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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