Archive for Jun 30, 2010

Onkyo TX-NR5008 and NR3008 flagship streaming receivers outed

Onkyo TX-NR5008 and NR3008 flagship streaming receivers outed

Onkyo's latest pair of network-enabled A/V receivers have been outed, the TX-NR5008 and TX-NR3008, complete with eight HDMI 1.4a inputs, THX Ultra2 Plus certification, network audio streaming, multi-room and 3D support, and 1080p HD upscaling.  As well as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio support, the 9.2-channel Onkyo pair also work with Audyssey DSX or Dolby Pro Logic IIz, for boosted height or width channels.  Meanwhile there's Pandora, Rhapsody, Napster, Slacker and other streaming radio, via the ethernet port, together with DLNA 1.5 for funnelling content within the home.

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Magellan rugged ToughCase for iPhone boosts GPS & battery

Magellan rugged ToughCase for iPhone boosts GPS & battery

GPS specialists Magellan have launched a new combination ruggedized battery case and signal-enhancing GPS cradle for the iPhone and iPod touch, promising increased accuracy as well as the freedom to take your Apple device out into the rougher elements.  The Magellan ToughCase is waterproof to up to a meter for 30 minutes, together with being resistant to dust, rain, mud, water and snow.

There's also a 1,840mAh battery in there too, which Magellan reckon is sufficient to double your iPhone's runtimes, while the SiRFstar III GPS chipset is accurate down to three meters.  It's not just usable with the company's own RoadMate software, either; just about any GPS app in the App Store should get the positioning boost.

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The Daily Slash: June 29th 2010

The Daily Slash: June 29th 2010

Welcome to tonight's edition of The Daily Slash. By now, you've probably finished your dinner, and you're sitting back to get a recap of some of the other stories that have made the rounds over the Interwebs. Well, that's exactly why we're here. So, sit back and enjoy. To start us off, we have the Best of R3 Media. We've got the first images of the Samsung Fascinate, along with Hulu Plus getting announced, and to wrap it up we've got some more Verizon iPhone rumors for you. And then in the Dredge 'Net, it looks like Google's back in China, and there's a real flying car.

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Open University Reaches Epic Milestone of 20 Million Downloads on iTunes U

Open University Reaches Epic Milestone of 20 Million Downloads on iTunes U

If you're a fan of iTunes, and you're a student of some major university out there, then you might have skimmed through iTunes U, or iTunes University. It's designed to help students continue their learning with extra materials, visual elements, and other assorted materials based on a particular university. And, within that store, you could find The Open University, and they've just reached a pretty big milestone for the company.

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Microsoft Surface Goes Touchless Thanks to Cameras and Transparent OLED

Microsoft Surface Goes Touchless Thanks to Cameras and Transparent OLED

There has to be something said about the progression of technology. When Surface from Microsoft was first unveiled, we were all expecting Minority Report to be the next thing to happen. But, Surface still isn't everywhere, and now we're just looking for the next-best-thing. We may have it, and sure enough, Microsoft's Surface has something to do with it. Thanks to Microsoft's Applied Science Group, utilizing cameras and transparent OLED, we've now got something we want even more.

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David Reeves, Former Sony Europe Boss, Says New Sony & Microsoft Consoles Coming 2012-2013

David Reeves, Former Sony Europe Boss, Says New Sony & Microsoft Consoles Coming 2012-2013

We know that Sony's gung-ho about 3D, and Microsoft's obviously knee-deep in the motion-controller market now, but according to the former Boss of Sony Europe, David Reeves (who now works at Capcom), all of those new things are just stopgaps to what's actually coming. Speaking with GameIndustry.biz, Reeves suggests that both Sony and Microsoft are already looking at the future of their next console, even as they both prepare to launch the next big thing in the coming months.

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Optimus Popularis Images Make an Appearance Online

Optimus Popularis Images Make an Appearance Online

We've been covering the Optimus Popularis for what seems like forever, but there's a good reason for that. Even before it got delayed, and ultimately changed, it was a great keyboard. And now that it has been altered, slimmed down, and the keys made to work a bit more adeptly with a user's hands, we can safely say that it's going to be a great keyboard. And now that we get to see the first images of the keyboard, and not in a drawn-up fashion, we're even more excited.

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Quirky Pivot Power Makes Power Strips Look Strangely Good [Video]

Quirky Pivot Power Makes Power Strips Look Strangely Good [Video]

Power strips are good things. They can be downright lifesavers if you've only got two wall outlets, and you need to plug in your 10 gadgets. But, sometimes they can be just too bulky, and if you've got a cramped space, they don't do much for your space requirements. Well, there's always imaginative people out there, and thanks to a company called Quirky, we get to see the Pivot Power in action.

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Hulu Plus Officially Announced

Hulu Plus Officially Announced

Rumor after rumor, all of which were pointed at a paid version of one of the Internet's favorite media-streaming sites. And today marks the day you can put a big red 'X' on your calendar, because Hulu Plus is finally official. There's plenty of details to be had at the moment, and yet they're all dangerously scarce at the same time. Some of the rumors have turned out to be true, while still others are surprises.

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Cisco Cius Tablet Announced, Runs Android on 7-Inch Display

Cisco Cius Tablet Announced, Runs Android on 7-Inch Display

This wouldn't be the first tablet device to be announced that wasn't meant for the mass market. The Cius tablet is specifically manufactured for the business market, even if it has features that plenty of "non-business" oriented customers would love to get their hands on. Basically, the Cius looks like it's an HD tablet with video conferencing at the forefront of its feature set.

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Stamp.y Digital Camera Lets You Stamp Your Pictures Into the World

Stamp.y Digital Camera Lets You Stamp Your Pictures Into the World

In today's world, images are usually stored on some digital format or another. Just the way things have changed over time. It's definitely not a bad thing, but it does make us wish we could sit around with the family and go through some old-school photobooks. While the Stamp.y won't help you do that, at least not in the sense we mean, we do have to give the designer credit for doing something remarkably original.

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iPhone 4 Review

iPhone 4 Review

Block-circling queues, midnight campers and stores with all the stock wrung out of them: it can only be a new iPhone. Apple's iPhone 4 has landed and it's taking no prisoners. Packing the freshly-released iOS4 with a slimmed-down, powered-up hardware, as ever the promise is not so much ticks on the spec sheet but a superlative user experience. Is the iPhone 4 another home run, or - in a market of rivals it helped motivate - has Apple lost its edge? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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