Archive for July, 2006

Artec T14A USB TV Tuner: For HDTV on the Go

Artec T14A USB TV Tuner: For HDTV on the Go

If you love your HDTV, but hate not having the ability to utilize it everytime your on the go (or simply on your laptop), then Artec's T14A USB TV Tuner might be just what you need. While it requires you to have a normal analog TV Tuner card already installed, this little device llows you to pull HDTV streams right over the air and retails for $89 at the lowest, which is still one helluva lot cheaper than buying an HDTV, an HDTV-ready set top box, and any of the hundred accessories or addons that you may or may not decide to need.

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DS Opera Browser Demoed

DS Opera Browser Demoed

Just in case you've had the urge to do some web browsing on your Nintendo DS/DS Lite's tiny, tiny screens, then you might be in luck (at least, if you have access to Japan). Dubbed the Nintendo DS Browser (how original), the browser will come on a DS or DS Lite memory expansion cartridge (which fits into Slot 2, the GBA port) and makes full use of the DS's touch screen, as you can see in the above video.

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Samsung Unveils Digital Camera with Helmet Attachment

Samsung Unveils Digital Camera with Helmet Attachment

Samsung, known for their wide variety of extremely cool (and sometimes downright weird) gadgetry, has unveiled their latest sports camcorder, complete with a wireless helmet camera. While it only has a rage of 15 feet or so, you'll still need to keep the camera handy at all times in order to utilize the nifty helmet attachment; what you won't need to do is worry about getting tangled in the helmet cam's wires.

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Dell Joins the Flaming Notebook Discussion

Dell Joins the Flaming Notebook Discussion

Is it that big of a deal that one out of countless Dell laptops in existence catch on fire?  The obvious answer is yes.  It’s been the topic of discussion through out the blogosphere, since the initial report back on June 22.  It’s official; Dell has joined in on the discussion a week ago.  They believe it’s the fault of the lithium ion battery cell.  It takes two to tango, and a battery alone doesn’t catch on fire without the help of the laptop that it’s attached to.  And by the way, we care to be reminded that there are billions of lithium ion batteries used in electronic products – what we do care about is not being torched by a flaming laptop.

Thanks Jason!

14% of DS Lites Broken?

14% of DS Lites Broken?

In what is surely more news that Nintendo really doesn't want to hear, Kotaku has done an unofficial poll in which they found that 14% of the participants had DS Lites with cracked hinges. The hinge issue, which we reported on Tuesday, occurs when the screen places enough pressure on the left hinge so that it cracks, starting as a hairline separation and gradually enlarging as time goes on. Nintendo has reportedly started offering fixes, but rather than recalling affected DS Lites, Nintendo is charging $50 a shot to fix this issue. With such a large percentage of units showing a problem, it's possible that Nintendo will eventually wake up to the fact that there are issues in the DS Lite's production, and offer a fix for free. Until that day, just hope that your unit doesn't show this problem. Or keep the Super Glue handy.

[via Kotaku]

Samsung Begins Mass-Production of 8GB NAND Memory

Samsung Begins Mass-Production of 8GB NAND Memory

If current NAND Flash Memory sizes simply aren't big enough for you, then you're in luck. Samsung has announced that it has begun mass-production on 60nm NAND Flash memory chips, meaning that it won't be long before we start seeing these high-capacity memory in cell phones, portable media devices, and and 2G iPod nanos. According to Samsung, 8GB is now possibly by basically taking two 4GB NAND packages and putting them on top of each other.

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AT&T Launches Homezone Box

AT&T Launches Homezone Box

While we sit and twiddle our thumbs waiting for AT&T to get their U-Verse IPTV service offered worldwide, the company has partnered with Dish Network to release a networkable DVR/home media center in order to tide us over. Dubbed the Homezone, the new set top box features Dish Network connectivity (duh), Internet scheduling capabilities that allow you to schedule shows online rather than from the box itself, and downloadable movies via Movielink for $4.99 a pop. Anyone in San Antonio or Ohio can rent one now for $10/month, but without anything that truly stands out as a must-have feature, would you really want one?

[via Zatz Not Funny...]

Sony BWU-100A Blu-ray Burner to Ship in August

Sony BWU-100A Blu-ray Burner to Ship in August

Well it's nice to see the force behind Blu-ray finally putting out a Blu-ray drive. Sony has announced that its BWU-100A Blu-ray Burner will begin shipping next month. The drive will cost you $750 USD, which is the lowest price we've seen on a Blu-ray drive yet, and will be able to burn both 25GB and 50GB BD-R/RE discs at 2x, meaning it'll take around 30 minutes to burn a 25GB disc and 60 to burn a 50GB disc. Sony claims that their drive will also be able to burn most DVD±R/RW formats as well as CD-R/RW.

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Sony Takes Wraps Off Computerless DVD Recorder

Sony Takes Wraps Off Computerless DVD Recorder

For those of us still without a computer with a DVD burner, or those of us who just want to plug in our camcorder and record DVDs directly, Sony has the answer for you. Say hello to the VRD-MC3 and the VDR-VC30, two new DVDirect recorders from Sony which allow computer-less syncing with hard drive-based Sony Handycams. Both units boast an impressive array of features, including a wide array of supported disc and memory card formats.

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Panasonic’s 103-inch Viera Gets Hefty Price Tag

Panasonic’s 103-inch Viera Gets Hefty Price Tag

Panasonic's HUGE 103-inch plasma TV, which we covered last week, finally has a price tag, though any comments we've jokingly made about second mortgages/selling spare body parts to afford these sets may actually be true for this baby. The TH-103PZ600 will be out this September for the hefty sum of 6,000,000 yen. For those of you playing the home game, that translates to over $51,000 USD; people with that kind of extra coin lying around might be better off spending it as a down payment on a small country or a Lear Jet.

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