Archive for Aug 26, 2010

Sony and LG finger Hillcrest Labs for motion control remotes

Sony and LG finger Hillcrest Labs for motion control remotes

Hillcrest Labs has unveiled that LG is using the patented Freespace in-air pointing and motion control technology for its 3D Ready internet connected HDTV sets. The sets are already shipping on the Korean market and will be offered all around the world eventually. The new license agreement will see future versions of the TVs get a remote control that works sort of like a mouse without needing a desk or surface to put it on.

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Panasonic and CBS Sports team up for 3D US Open broadcast

Panasonic and CBS Sports team up for 3D US Open broadcast

If you have been waiting for a really compelling reason to get yourself a 3D TV this may be it. CBS and Panasonic are teaming up for the first ever 3D broadcast of the US Open tennis tournament. Sure tennis is pretty boring to watch for most of us, but the game really isn’t the compelling reason for lots of us. Two words here guys - Maria Sharpova in 3D. Technically four words there, but you get the idea.

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Orange France planning sub-€250 Android iPad rival for holiday release

Orange France planning sub-€250 Android iPad rival for holiday release

Orange France are apparently planning to launch a self-branded iPad rival, as part of a three-pronged tablet attack in time for the holiday shopping season.  According to Les Echos, France Telecom are preparing an Android based 3G slate with a €250 ($318) unsubsidized price, which could drop to under €100 ($127) with a data plan commitment.  Orange are also supposedly looking to a brand-name rival to the iPad, though the identity of the tablet is unknown.

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Microsoft unveils new Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000 Studio Series

Microsoft unveils new Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000 Studio Series

I often wonder how Microsoft and Logitech come up with the names of their new products. Take the new Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000, the name is long and don't really roll off the tongue well. I always think that new Microsoft product names are best sung to the tune of Mystery Science Theater 3000, which will now be stuck in my head all day. See what I mean, Wireless Mobile Mouse Four Thouousuuuund. Through in some snarky comments and you have a late night TV show.

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PlayStation controller buttons explained (by the man who designed them)

PlayStation controller buttons explained (by the man who designed them)

The origins of the PlayStation controller's triangle, circle, square and cross buttons can't exactly be described as a mystery on a par with the disappearance of the Mayans, but we've always been pretty curious about where the four symbols came from.  Now we know, thanks to a Famitsu magazine interview with Teiyu Goto, the man responsible for the external design of PlayStation consoles, their peripherals and accessories, for the last 17 years.  In among detailing the distinctive dual-grip design, Goto says the four symbols were actually an attempt to keep things straightforward while rivals were using letters.

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BRABUS iBusiness gives Apple makeover to Mercedes S600

BRABUS iBusiness gives Apple makeover to Mercedes S600

Someone at BRABUS has obviously been spending a whole lot of time at the Apple store, as the German Mercedes tuners' new iBusiness package for the S600 is chock-full of the Cupertino company's kit.  As the name suggests, the BRABUS upgrade turns the S600 into a mobile office: while the chauffeur concentrates on the autobahn, the rear-seat passengers get two iPads, an iPod touch, three displays - including a 15.2-inch flip-down LCD - and a Mac mini to entertain them.

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Nokia C7-00 gets pre-announce preview: “more balanced” than N8

Nokia C7-00 gets pre-announce preview: “more balanced” than N8

It seems even the threat of legal action can't keep Mobile-review's Eldar Murtazin from spilling the beans on unannounced Nokia handsets, with the latest on his test bench to be the upcoming Nokia C7-00.  Spotted in the wild back in early June, the Symbian^3 handset has a 3.5-inch AMOLED 640 x 360 display and, Murtazin reckons, is basically the N8 with a mere 8-megapixel camera and no HDMI output.

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LCD Androids best AMOLED in browser battery testing

LCD Androids best AMOLED in browser battery testing

AMOLED was billed as the double-punch to traditional LCD panels on smartphones: better image quality and lower power consumption, adding up to a handset that lasted longer and was nicer to use.  According to Laptop's testing, however, the reality isn't quite so clear cut.  They put eight Android smartphones - including the DROID X, Epic 4G and EVO 4G - through their paces running a custom battery testing app, and found that Motorola's LCD panels actually came to the top of the pile.

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Canon EOS 60D debuts: 18MP, Full HD video & in-camera RAW editing

Canon EOS 60D debuts: 18MP, Full HD video & in-camera RAW editing

Canon has outed its latest DSLR, the EOS 60D, an 18-megapixel camera with Full HD video recording, a twisting & rotating 3-inch display, and a DIGIC 4 processor for in-camera RAW image editing.  For the first time on an EOS model, users of the 60D will be able to tweak Picture Style, White Balance (WB), Color Space, High-ISO Noise Reduction, Peripheral Illumination Correction, linear distortion correction and chromatic aberration correction from the camera itself, rather than waiting until they have access to a computer.

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Sony BRAVIA KDL 60NX810, 55NX810 & 46NX810 LED LCD 3D HDTVs Announced

Sony BRAVIA KDL 60NX810, 55NX810 & 46NX810 LED LCD 3D HDTVs Announced

Sony loves to bundle their announcements. No problems here, especially when they all fall in the same line of HDTVs, featuring that 3D technology you either love or hate. This time around its 3 brand new BRAVIA sets, all of which are littered with features, but also come packing that price tag we all love or hate. Jump in after the break to take in the feature set, and start saving your pennies for what could very well be your next splurge purchase.

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