Archive for Jan 25, 2010

Oppo announces affordable solution for HD playback, BDP-80 Blu-ray Player

Oppo announces affordable solution for HD playback, BDP-80 Blu-ray Player

Oppo makes some high-quality disc players, but often buyers must stuff also swallow the hefty prices that accompany its products.  However, the company has announced the arrival of the BDP-80 Blu-ray player, a much more affordable companion to its highly-reviewed BDP-83 (which has been recently involved and reported here in a Lexicon design scandal).

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Wii Classic Controller Pro hits US from April 2010

Wii Classic Controller Pro hits US from April 2010

Ah, Nintendo Wii Classic Controller Pro, has it really been almost a year since you first arrived in Japan?  Nintendo have announced that, as of April 2010, US gamers will be able to sate their traditional controller urges for $19.99.

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Pentax Optio I-10, H90 and E90 digicams leak

Pentax Optio I-10, H90 and E90 digicams leak

Thinking of treating yourself to a new digital camera?  Pentax aren't really ready to show you there latest models, but a premature leak has outed the Optio I-10, H90 and E90 digicams.  Most interesting is the Optio I-10, a 12.1-megapixel retro shooter with a 5x wide-angle optical zoom.

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Pictionaire multitouch table blends physical objects with digital work [Video]

Pictionaire multitouch table blends physical objects with digital work [Video]

Apple's iPad table may be getting all the attention, but how about a far bigger touchscreen?  We've seen multitouch tables - like Microsoft's Surface - before, that are capable of responding to items placed onto the tabletop, but a collaborative project called Pictionaire by Microsoft Research and University of California, Berkeley promises to even better combine the physical and virtual worlds.

Video demo after the cut

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Samsung NC10 second PCI-e slot hack

Samsung NC10 second PCI-e slot hack

The difference between brave and foolhardy is how successful you end up, and by that measure Samsung NC10 owner Graeme is pretty darn brave.  Wanting to add a Broadcom HD decoder card - for buttery smooth 1080p HD playback - to his netbook, but not willing to abandon the wireless card occupying its sole PCI-e slot, Graeme took a soldering iron to the NC10 and added a second slot.

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Wireless PS3 Portable mod [Video]

Wireless PS3 Portable mod [Video]

Even in its most recent Slim incarnation, the PS3 doesn't exactly lend itself to portable use.  Rather than attempt to squeeze the whole console into a handheld form-factor, modder BronckartN took a more roundabout approach: his Wireless PS3 Portable is actually a display-equipped remote controller, meaning the console itself can stay put while you play it elsewhere.

Video demo after the cut

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Sony Japan reveal “PS3 Compatible” HDD labelling scheme

Sony Japan reveal “PS3 Compatible” HDD labelling scheme

Sony Japan have announced their intention to start a "PS3 Compatible" labelling scheme, which would indicate which third-party external hard drives were compatible with the PlayStation 3 console.  The news was revealed at a press demonstration of the company's Torne digital TV tuner peripheral in Japan recently; the tuner can record footage directly to the PS3's internal HDD, or to any of four simultaneously attached external drives.

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Planex MZK-WDPR Rugby router/touchscreen media player

Planex MZK-WDPR Rugby router/touchscreen media player

Remember the unusually rugby-ball shaped Qisda router that was spotted leaping through the FCC back in early December?  The touchscreen media-player-cum-router has now been spotted - on sale - in Japan, as the Planex MZK-WDPR "Rugby" wireless network router.  As the Qisda manual suggested, the wireless networking device supports WiFi b/g/n, has a 3.5-inch color touchscreen and can play YouTube videos, locally stored media and internet radio stations.

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AMD Phenom II and Athlon II ranges get budget-concious newcomers

AMD Phenom II and Athlon II ranges get budget-concious newcomers

AMD have outed several new Phenom II and Athlon II processors, intended to sate the mainstream market.  The five new CPUs kick off from the AMD Athlon II X2 255, which runs at 3.1GHz with a 65W TDP, and climbs all the way to the AMD Phenom II X4 910e, a quadcore chip running at 2.6GHz with the same TDP.

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iriver Smart HD K1 PMP gets video demo

iriver Smart HD K1 PMP gets video demo

You know what's the one thing pretty much guaranteed to take the lust-worthy edge off a new PMP?  Spotting the Windows CE homescreen lurking on it, that's what.  iriver's slender Smart HD K1 turned a few heads when it officially launched earlier this month, but as this video preview shows a CE desktop is only a few taps away.

Video demo after the cut

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NVIDIA Tegra 2 tablets and “other” devices headed to MWC 2010

There was no shortage of NVIDIA Tegra 2 tablets at CES 2010 earlier this month, but the latest rumors suggest that the company will be bringing along even more hitherto-unseen hardware to Mobile World Congress 2010 next month to show just how special the 1080p-capable chipset is.  Fudzilla's sources have tipped not only a couple of new tablets but "other" devices, and their presumption is that these might include smartphones.

Acer ebook reader, Chrome OS netbooks, App Store and tablet in works for 2010

Acer ebook reader, Chrome OS netbooks, App Store and tablet in works for 2010

Acer's plans for 2010 include ebook readers, Google Chrome OS netbooks, an app store and - potentially - a tablet running either a Microsoft or a Google platform, according to Jim Wong, the company's president of IT Products.  The executive has revealed that by the end of June, Acer will have announced its first 6-inch E Ink based ereader, around the same time that the company expects to launch an app store with titles for Android, Windows and Windows Mobile; Chrome OS support will follow on later.

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