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Panasonic adds a trio of Blu-ray Players, one with VHS desk

Panasonic adds a trio of Blu-ray Players, one with VHS desk

Seems like just months ago we reported about the pre-ordering for Panasonic’s DMP-BD35 and DMP-BD55 Blu-ray players. They are back in fast lane to unveil a new lineup, a trio of Blu-ray players – DMP-BD60, DMP-BD70V and DMP-BD80 – with schedule to deliver next month.

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Nintendo preps movies for Wii, coming this year?

Nintendo preps movies for Wii, coming this year?

I don’t particularly despise Wii gaming console. Deep down, the new Nintendo is probably the most innovative and family-friendly entertainment on-the-budget’s package ever built. There’s no hulking graphic, “official support” of a legacy DVD playback or even output video beyond 480P, and hence the low price. In a nutshell, this fun little gaming console is not built to accommodate HD content. But with the success of Microsoft New Xbox Experience and PS3’s cornering the online video content, the leader in gaming console market could branch out to include movie streaming this year.

Samsung Blu-ray player BD-P 3600 show up in store

Samsung Blu-ray player BD-P 3600 show up in store

Back in CES 2009, Samsung threw a mix of wall-mountable 1.5-inch thin and a low-profile tabletop Blu-ray desks with more substances than the unique design. In additional to the BD-Live, Dobly TrueHD, DTS-HD MA internal recorder; it also comes equipped with WIFI dongle, and is networked to feature Netflix and Pandora streaming services. Price and availability were scant at that time. Today, one of them, the P3600 is showing up at Best-buy B&M store according to comment left from an allegedly Best-buy employee at Engadget.

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Another postpone on Sigma’s 18-250mm F3.5-F6.3 DC OS HSM

Another postpone on Sigma’s 18-250mm F3.5-F6.3 DC OS HSM

Sigma is having hard time to deliver the new 18-250mm F3.5-F6.3 DC OS HSM zoom lens. The EF mount was previously scheduled to hit the street of Akihabara in the mid February, but later pushed to March 15th and now we are looking at another month of postponement.

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Onkyo intros TX-SR607, world’s first AV Receiver with Dobly ProLogic IIz

Onkyo intros TX-SR607, world’s first AV Receiver with Dobly ProLogic IIz

Many moons ago, I have this thought of digital surround sound processing will get discrete vertical sound field over your head, from a pair of ceiling speakers, to create a much realistic Home-Theater experience in your living room. Dolby’s Lab has done it, but with a set of speakers above the front channels. A much logical solution without having to install speakers on your roof. The Dolby Pro Logic IIz now features up to 9.1 channels playback system that enhances the spaciousness of music, movies, and video games, and Onkyo is the first manufacturer to provide the new dimension sound effect with the introduction of TX-SR607 AV receiver.

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Nikkie reports Panasonic DMC-GH1’s AF difficulty

Nikkie reports Panasonic DMC-GH1’s AF difficulty

Future owners of the GH1 may find this report from Nikkie useful. Prototype shown at PMA permits quick Auto-focusing methods to record videos while zooming. There are two ways of doing this, one of them is by triggering the AF button to gain focus after zooming in AFS mode (Auto-Focus single). The second way is by using continuously mode (AFC) which functions like a camcorder. The latter though proven useful but having difficulty in acquitting subjects. We happened to have both video clips to illustrate their finding.

First iRiver Wave Home reached KT Telecom subscriber in Korea

First iRiver Wave Home reached KT Telecom subscriber in Korea

Last month words got out iRiver is shipping its multi-talent Wave Home multimedia communication hub in Korea, today, we learned the first unit has reached KT Telecom subscriber; one lucky Korean has already posted an unboxing ceremony and a preliminary review of the new iRiver on his blog.

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Apricorn Aegis Mini packs 1.8-inch 240GB in pocket-size enclosure

Apricorn Aegis Mini packs 1.8-inch 240GB in pocket-size enclosure

Frequent travelers seek out the smallest form factor external storage with extra speed and space may find this Apricorn Aegis Mini irresistible. Claiming industry’s largest capacity 1.8-inch platform external drive, the Aegis Mini packs a 240GB Toshiba hard drive, small enough to slip in your shirt pocket, and is equipped with firewire socket for better transfer speed.

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Meike’s 1.4x teleconverter spotted at PMA 2009, hands-on

Meike’s 1.4x teleconverter spotted at PMA 2009, hands-on

Having owned four 1.4x teleconverters for my birding outfit, I was excited to see a new candidate at PMA 2009. From previous report, we spotted a 3rd party battery grip for 5D Mark II at Meike booth, as well as a new a 1.4x TC available for both Nikon and Canon mounts. The design is closely resembling the Tamron SP or the kenko standard 1.4x TC; it doesn’t has a front element that’s sticking out from the mounting flange nor o-rings for weather seal, but definitely has slight edges in built quality.

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Olympus Evolt E-620 DSLR postponed in Japan

Olympus Evolt E-620 DSLR postponed in Japan

Previously announced and is scheduled to set free this weekend in Japan, Olympus has today postponed the only DSLR announced in 2009 so far – Evolt E-620 – to March 20, details of the holdback were not disclosed.

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Sanwa’s dual-interface 34/54 ExpressCard enables UDMA Mode 6

Sanwa’s dual-interface 34/54 ExpressCard enables UDMA Mode 6

Sanwa Supply, a Japanese computer supply company, not to be confused with the infamous arcades’ parts supplier, Sanwa Denshi, has outed a dual-interface Express card 34/54 compact card adapter which supports ultra fast UDMA Mode 6 interface for both Windows and Mac users.

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Olympus outs firmware for Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6

Olympus outs firmware for Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6

Olympus has today announced a firmware update for its Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6, the Four Thirds System standard wide-angle zoom lens, to further improve ”IMAGER AF operation under certain conditions“.

To load the firmware, both camera and lens are required; for Olympus, update can be applied via the camera supplied software, while Panasonic user can obtain a firmware updater via Olympus website here.

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