March 11, 2009

Zillion TV - DVD Quality Viewing

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Mitch Berman watched a demonstration of Internet-based TV on demand with a PC as the set-top box. About a year later, Zillion TV was born. He says that it brings DVD quality programming to your TV. Berman is hoping that he can nab users of cable and satellite by offering films and TV on demand. Customers get a thin box that connects to DSL or cable modem services and remote for free, then they can buy a program, rent it for a set time period or watch free with commercials.

Via Zillion TV

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March 6, 2009

Freakin' Friday! Prestige Drive Works With Pace Boxes

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Iomega has announced that their
Prestige Desktop External Hard Drive
, previously used for storage for eSATA-enabled DVRs, is now compatible with Pace set-top boxes. That means an expanded capacity for up to 300 hours of standard def TV or 60 hours of HD. The drive can even enable boxes to function as a DVR without an internal hard drive. Get in touch with Iomega for more information.

Via Iomega Prestige External Hard Drive

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March 5, 2009

HDMI Digital Viewer Displays Media on Your HDTV

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Make everyone suffer through the equivalent of home movies with the Hi-Den Vision HDMI 1080p Digital Photo Viewer. The HD-0301 lets you show off photos, video clips and MP3 music files on your HDTV. The device supports most flash memory cards with its CompactFlash Type I/II slots. Use the front USB port for larger files on a portable hard drive. There is also an extra connector for another HDMI gadget, such as your DVR. The view comes with a $59.99 price.

Via Hi-Den Vision

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March 4, 2009

Yamaha AV HD Amplifier Works With Multi-Remotes

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Yamaha Japan's latest AX-V465 5.1ch AV Amplifier supports both 1080p HD input and output. Control from your Panasonic, Toshiba, Hitachi, Sharp, Mitsubishi, or Sony remote with its HDMI Link. Look for it to come out in March with a price of ¥50000 (~$512.00.)

Via Akihabara News

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February 23, 2009

Why We Hate Digital TV

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This is not exactly true. We love the way HD looks and cleans up the worst of pictures. What we hate is the changeover from analog to digital. That's not exactly true either. What we hate is that our TV that is in our office is connected to a converter and rabbit ears and when the wind blows the wrong way, we get mush. It takes a couple of seconds to switch channels, the sound sucks without stereo and we see ghosts. But when it the sun is out and the wind dies down, we love HD. And we love that some of our local channels have extras that show movies and classic TV shows 24/7. How about you guys? Have you made the switch yet? Are you having problems or is everything peachy keen?

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February 18, 2009

ServiceLive - You Choose the Price

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Sears has opened a ServiceLive beta site. The coolest thing about it is that you choose the price you are willing to pay to the provider and only need to cough up the funding when the job is completed. This doesn't just apply to the usual appliances. It includes wireless networking, PC repairs, home theater installation and audio and TV repair. Sears claims that all of the providers undergo criminal, civil and vehicle background checks. And if you are handy at any of the above, you can join ServiceLive by putting your profile on their site with no obligation to accept gigs you don't want. You only need to pay them a 10% finders fee if you accept.

Via Service Live

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January 31, 2009

Super Bowl XLIII Advertising in 3D

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If you haven't yet, run, don't walk to your nearest grocery store, Target, K-mart or Dollar General and get your 3D glasses so that you can watch the crossover commercials that will be going on tomorrow during Super Bowl XLIII. One comes from Dreamworks' new "Monsters vs. Aliens" which will be out March 27 and the other is from Pepsi's SoBe Lifewater. Then, you can watch "Chuck" in 3D Monday night. You might get so excited you will rush right out and order Captain EO and "Jaws:3D." Better hurry. Only 125 million pairs are available.

P.S. Stay tuned. Next week, we are going to interview Todd Juenger, an exec from TiVo who will let us know all the winning and losing spots.

Via I4U News

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January 30, 2009

Freakin' Friday! - eneloop Batteries

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Almost every gadget we have runs on batteries. It's really frustrating when you are in the middle of an interview and your recorder goes dead or you are at a concert and are cut off in mid-song. About a year ago we purchased some Sanyo eneloops, one of the greatest inventions in history. (We are not all that fond of sliced bread.) Not only do they come pre-charged, they hold their charge even when not in use.

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During that year, we have recharged twice, and only because we figured they had to be running down. We also received, via rebate, free C and D adapters, for those times when you need that flashlight. If you are looking for batteries won't destroy the environment, can be recharged up to 1,000 times without affecting memory and can withstand extreme temperatures, eneloops are like a gift from God Sanyo for less than $20.00.

Via eneloop Batteries

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January 24, 2009

Who Needs 5 Remotes When One For Less Than $20 Will Do?

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We just got AT&T's cable system with its interesting and almost too confusing remote. Add to that our TV, VCR and DVD player, and that makes for 4, count 'em 4, remotes. Come digital crossover time, that makes 5. With universal ones so inexpensive these days, we decided to do some shopping. Our results were overwhelming.

The One For All URC 4110 4-Device Remote has oversized keys, menu, mute and channel keys, a built-in sleep timer, 30 min. memory back-up and a price of only $11.87 $9.91. (Prices went down since our posting.)

Philips also has one with big buttons. Their
PM3S Universal Remote
takes up to 3 devices at a price of $8.99 $8.47 with battery saver, sleep timer and code search set-up.

Have a home theater system? Sony's
RM-VL600 Remote
can handle up to 8 devices, has a learning function for programming from other remotes and a price of $19.99 $22.94 (This one went up.)

Finally, we found the RCA 3-Device Universal Remote for only $2.87 $2.85! It features channel recall, button selected station recall, and code library with code saver function if your batteries fail.

We are gathering our other remotes for drawer storage as we speak.

Via Remote Controls

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January 22, 2009

Manhattan Touchpad Lets You Work the Room

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This one is for those who give business presentations but just can't seem to sit still. The Manhattan Pocket Wireless Touchpad with presenter, media and mouse buttons allows you to control your PC from any point in the room. The mini-touchpad runs on a 2.4 GHz Bluetooth connection, has built-in media control and a laser pointer. The battery is good for about 4 hours of usage and is rechargeable by USB or a PCMCIA slot. Compatible with both Windows and Mac, the touchpad is available for $59.95.

Via ThinkGeek

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