Archive for Dec 30, 2008

HDI Dune BD Prime: media streamer & Blu-ray deck in one

HDI Dune BD Prime: media streamer & Blu-ray deck in one

If you're looking for a dual multimedia player and Blu-ray deck, your options are pretty limited; however HDI will happily sell you their Dune BD Prime.  Available in four variations, each with different connectivity, the HDI Dune BD Prime has HDMI 1.3, optical and coaxial digital and 7.1 analogue audio outputs together with composite, component and S-Video video outputs; it also has three USB 2.0 ports to connect external hard-drives containing video and audio files.

 

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Alesis MasterControl audio interface & control surface launches

Alesis MasterControl audio interface & control surface launches

Audio-specialists Alesis have released their latest combination audio interface and control surface, ideal for musicians looking to incorporate real-life instruments with computer-based synths and mixing software.  The MasterControl connects via FireWire and offers 44.1 to 192kHz recording via multiple inputs, as well as dozens of assignable controls including nine 100mm motorized faders, a jog-wheel, and eight 360-degree pots.

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MSI U115 Hybrid dual SSD & HDD netbook official

MSI U115 Hybrid dual SSD & HDD netbook official

MSI have officially announced the U115 Hybrid netbook, which they're calling the world's first with "hybrid storage".  While the MSI U115 Hybrid might be powered by the usual Intel Atom 1.6GHz processor, where it differs from the mainstream is in its duo of storage: both a standard hard-drive (either 120GB or 160GB) and a solid-state drive (either 8GB or 16GB).  The benefit, according to MSI, is battery life and speed.

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Sony VAIO Netbook keyboard photos emerge

Sony VAIO Netbook keyboard photos emerge

Sony Japan's 'VAIO New Mobile' teaser campaign - otherwise known as "this is the netbook we're announcing at CES 2009" - has added two new images for us to obsess over.  Both detail the upcoming netbook's keyboard, which appears to bear a strong resemblance to that on the VAIO TT/TZ only with the addition of a trackpoint control stub.

Second picture after the cut

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Tokyoflash Giveaway: And the winners are…

Tokyoflash Giveaway: And the winners are…

SlashGear's Tokyoflash Radio Active Giveaway ended yesterday, and we now know the three winners.  Taking away first prize - a limited-availability Radio Active Active Reactor watch, no longer officially on sale - is Kathy Schreiber; our two runners-up got to pick a timepiece from the current Tokyoflash catalog.  M.J. Coward, our first runner-up, selected the Pimp Star Performer IP Black, while our second, Andrea Woodworth, chose the Nekura Progression.

Congratulations to all three winners, and thanks again to Tokyoflash for sponsoring this giveaway!

Hualu, Panasonic-made Blu-ray Players launched to counter CBHD in China

Hualu, Panasonic-made Blu-ray Players launched to counter CBHD in China

The Format War might have ended many moon’s ago, but Blu-ray never took control of the world’s largest market, and in fact, China has its own HD format (China Blue High-Definition) to counter foreign license fees from BDA. Darn CBHD is much more resilient than HD-DVD despite having zero studio endorsements. Nevertheless, recent setback; the Taiwanese pullout, and now the China made Blu-ray for Chinese market could finally put this issue to rest, or could it?

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