Archive for Jan 28, 2010

Rumor claims Nintendo turned down Project Natal tech

Rumor claims Nintendo turned down Project Natal tech

The Nintendo Wii certainly changed the perceptions of a game console for many people. The Wii focused more on the controls and game play than on fancy graphics and found great success. The motion controls of the Wii also sent Microsoft and Sony looking for similar tech.

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Fujifilm whips out FinePix S2500HD digi cam with 18x optical zoom

Fujifilm whips out FinePix S2500HD digi cam with 18x optical zoom

One of the things that is better about some point and shoot cameras than many DSLR cameras is that the cheaper point and shoot cams often have longer zoom ranges than the DSLR. That is without having to spend lots of cash on a telephoto lens for the DSLR anyway. Many of the new point and shoots put huge zoom levels in the smaller point-and-shoot package.

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Sky to broadcast first 3D soccer game in UK this weekend

Sky to broadcast first 3D soccer game in UK this weekend

We all got excited at CES this year with the gobs of 3D TVs that were unveiled and all the announcements of 3D programming coming to America. Those of you over in the UK may have felt a bit left out. Sky has announced something you will be excited about.

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InvenSense MPU-3000 is world’s first motion processing unit for smartphones

InvenSense MPU-3000 is world’s first motion processing unit for smartphones

Some of the coolest gadgets and smartphones on the market today take advantage of motion sensing and touch control. The iPhone is partly responsible for bringing motion sensing to the masses with the accelerometer built in to rotate the screen automatically. The iPad unveiled yesterday has the same tech built-in.

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Panamorph FVX200J lens removes black bars from JVC projector flicks

Panamorph FVX200J lens removes black bars from JVC projector flicks

One of the things I don’t like when I watch movies on my HDTV is that they have the black bars at the top and bottom. Sure, the wide aspect ratio and black bars are better than full screen versions, but I would really like to get widescreen without the black bars. A company called Panamorph has unveiled a custom lens just for JVC projectors that eliminates those annoying bars from your movies.

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Kingston debuts ultra-secure DataTraveler 5000 flash drive

Kingston debuts ultra-secure DataTraveler 5000 flash drive

Not too long ago Kingston had to recall some of its secure flash drives because a flaw was found in the encryption used that allowed the security protocols to be bypassed. Kingston wasn't the only flash drive maker that had to recall secure drives because of the flaw. Today Kingston has unveiled a new flash drive that uses hardware approved by the DoD for the transportation of classified documents.

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projectiondesign FR12 RLS distances bulb for cool, quiet running

projectiondesign FR12 RLS distances bulb for cool, quiet running

Sometimes a clever idea comes along and you kick yourself for not thinking of it first. One of the biggest issues with projectors - and one of the key problems for them in domestic environments - is the noise from fans required to cool the lamp. Now, projectiondesign have split up the lamp from the projector assembly altogether: their FR12 Remote Light Source (RLS) projector hides the lamp in a rack-mounted enclosure, with a 30m Liquid Light Guide (LLG) lead connecting the two.

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ZAGGsparq mobile battery charges any USB device

ZAGGsparq mobile battery charges any USB device

ZAGG has been around for a while and the company made its name selling super-tough and invisible film protective layers for all sorts of electronic devices from smartphones to notebooks. The company has branched out into home media players and audio gear as well. ZAGG has unveiled its latest product called the ZAGGsparq.

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Apple iPad official accessories priced

While we spent twenty minutes grabbing hands-on video with the Apple iPad yesterday, something we didn't get to play with were the official iPad accessories.  Over at iLounge they've had better luck, giving some first impressions and pricing details for the Apple iPad Keyboard Dock, Apple iPad Case, Apple iPad Dock Connector to VGA Adapter and Apple iPad Camera Connector Kit.

Brother SV-70: another pricey ereader for Japan

Brother SV-70: another pricey ereader for Japan

Brother's hefty SV-100B "Document Reader" didn't make it over to the US or Europe, despite its Japanese launch early last year, but the company already have a second model to show.  The Brother SV-70 has the same 9.7-inch 1,200 x 825 display as the SV-100B, and in fact the same dimensions (including a decent 15.5mm thickness).

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Adobe talk iPad Flash alternatives

Adobe talk iPad Flash alternatives

Running as it does the iPhone OS, the iPad joins the list of Apple devices that won't play Flash content.  While they're not ready to announce Flash for the platform, Adobe have confirmed that their upcoming Packager for iPhone - which will be part of Flash Pro CS5 - will indeed support the iPad along with the iPhone and iPod touch.

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BlackBerry Magnum touchscreen/QWERTY prototype gets video demo

BlackBerry Magnum touchscreen/QWERTY prototype gets video demo

Having been caught in the wild earlier this month, the BlackBerry Magnum has shown up again for a quick video play.  Pairing a QWERTY keyboard and a touchscreen display - long considered the Holy Grail by some RIM-lovers - this particular prototype lacks anything so helpful as an OS, but will still power on.

Video demo after the cut

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