Archive for Sep 29, 2008

Apple TV, not MacBook, behind latest rumor hype?

Apple TV, not MacBook, behind latest rumor hype?

Could the new MacBook rumor, that everyone has been getting so worked up over, actually be about a completely different device?  That's one theory: that Apple are preparing to make yet another assault on the living room in the shape of a new Apple TV.  According to GigaOM, a new - probably PVR-equipped and media streaming - Apple TV would enable the company to push back against TiVo and Slingbox while further taking advantage of their iTunes distribution partnerships with major networks.

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Three Pioneer Blu-Ray Players stamped Divx Certified

Three Pioneer Blu-Ray Players stamped Divx Certified

Divx is positioned to become a standard feature on Blu-ray devices. The company and Pioneer have collaborated to enable DivX video support on three Pioneer Blu-Ray players, namely the BDP-LX71, BDP-LX08 and BDP-51FD. Joining PS3 and twenty others Divx approved Blu-ray players already in the markets, the trio of Hi-Def players allow consumers to playback DivX video burned on CDs or DVDs.

Netgear WiFi-N Routers announced: WRN2000 & DGN2000

Netgear WiFi-N Routers announced: WRN2000 & DGN2000

Netgear has pushed out a heap of new 802.11n networking devices today, including routers, modem routers and USB adapters.  The WNR2000 and DGN2000 routers are both backward-compatible with WiFi b/g, have four ethernet ports and differ only in that the DGN2000 has a built-in ADSL2+ modem.  Each has Netgear's Push 'N' Connect setup system, which allows you to add new wireless devices to the network with a button press rather than remembering a password.

 

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Samsung Pixon 8MP touchscreen camera-phone announced

Samsung Pixon 8MP touchscreen camera-phone announced

Samsung have announced their latest touchscreen 3G cellphone, the Pixon, complete with a 3.2-inch 240 x 400 WQVGA touchscreen, 7.2Mbps HSDPA (2100MHz) and an 8-megapixel camera with autofocus.  Measuring 13.8mm thick, Samsung have proclaimed the Pixon to be "the world's slimmest full-touch 8-megapixel camera phone", which unless I'm mistaken is a pretty sparsely populated niche to begin with.

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d3o is future protective fabric

d3o is future protective fabric

There's nothing like future technologies and Richard Palmer's d3olab has come up with a fabric-like substance that can seriously stand up to an impact. In fact, the rubber pads harden instantaneously from a gel to a shield when struck.
 

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Apple iTunes will be accessible for visually-impaired

Apple iTunes will be accessible for visually-impaired

Apple recently made an agreement with the attorney general's office in Massachusetts and the National Federation for the Blind to make their iTunes Store more accessible to those who are visually impaired.

By December 31, 2008, iTunes U, the part of the store for educational content will be available for the blind. Then, by June 30, 2009, the rest of iTunes and the iTunes Store will be blind-accessible, too.

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SpaceX Falcon 1 reaches orbit

SpaceX Falcon 1 reaches orbit

After many blunders, the SpaceX Falcon 1 has reached orbit successfully. The privately-funded rocket program, backed by Elon Musk, has finally been realized after three attempts that failed, resulting in the scattering of "Scotty," actor James Montgomery Doohan from Star Trek fame's ashes over the Pacific Ocean and a few explosions.
 

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TIVO new User Interface in testing, features Picture in Guide at last!

TIVO new User Interface in testing, features Picture in Guide at last!

If I were to list one basic feature I’ve always wanted for my TIVO is an integrate User Interface with Picture in Guide (PIG). Little has changed with its interface over the years, picture is obstructed by grid-style onscreen guide while navigating though user menu to retrieve list of recording show or change settings. Competitors such as DirectTV, Dish Network and Cable service carriers have long offering DVR with PIG. That soon to change; Tivo is cooking up a user interface with a complete new look- Featuring PIG with ability to display picture while peruse user guide.

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