Archive for Dec 27, 2012

Sonos PLAYBAR hits FCC

Sonos PLAYBAR hits FCC

A new Sonos music component, the Sonos PLAYBAR, has cropped up in FCC testing, suggesting the streaming company is readying a push into TV audio. The PLAYBAR, spotted in an FCC filing, is believed to be Sonos' first proper home theater device, likely including support for both streaming music in the same way as the current PLAY:3 and PLAY:5, and the soundtrack from your TV.

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Toshiba reveals Lytro-style refocus camera module for 2013

Toshiba reveals Lytro-style refocus camera module for 2013

Toshiba is readying a Lytro-style camera that could allow photos taken on smartphones and tablets to be refocused after they're captured, with a complex lens assembly creating data-dense adjustable images. The camera, which is expected to be commercialized in late 2013, grabs 500,000 pictures in one take, The Asahi Shimbum reports, thanks to an identical number of lenses in front of the sensor, each taking a shot with slightly different focus settings.

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Amendment to Netflix bill requiring a warrant to monitor e-mail is cut at the last minute

Amendment to Netflix bill requiring a warrant to monitor e-mail is cut at the last minute

We talked about Netflix and the company's efforts to allow users to share the movies they are watching with friends on social networks such as Facebook. The reason Netflix can't allow users to automatically share what they're watching with Facebook friends now has to do with a law that's been on the books in the United States for years concerning privacy. That act is called the Video Privacy Protection Act.

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Mac Mini production reportedly headed to the US

Mac Mini production reportedly headed to the US

Many Americans are very big on buying products made in America. That can be difficult when it comes to technology products because so many notebooks, smartphones, and other devices are made in other countries, particularly in China. Rumors have been swirling that Apple and Foxconn have been looking to bring more production to the US.

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Gracenote ad replacement system will personalize TV commercials

Gracenote ad replacement system will personalize TV commercials

One of the reason TV commercials are so bothersome to most people is because the vast majority are for products we simply have no interest in. Commercials could be more bearable if they were targeted the things that we liked or at least had a passing affinity for. Gracenote has a new ad replacement system able to personalize TV commercials set to begin trials in 2013. The system will show different people different commercials during the same timeframe.

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Federal regulators want black boxes in cars made after September 2014

Federal regulators want black boxes in cars made after September 2014

We mentioned earlier this month that rumors were circulating that the federal government would move to place event data recorders inside new vehicles. Federal regulators are now proposing that all new automobiles sold in the US after September of 2014 will be required to be equipped with these event data recorders. The recorders are somewhat like the black boxes that are found inside aircraft.

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Nextdoor is Facebook for your neighborhood

Nextdoor is Facebook for your neighborhood

I'd wager most of you are on Facebook and I'd also bet that you have more than a few of your neighbors who live in your neighborhood has friends on Facebook. You may have never heard of a social network called Nextdoor. This is a network that focuses on the entire country or world; rather Nextdoor focuses on your neighborhood.

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Versi Stand for iPad mini launches

Versi Stand for iPad mini launches

A company called Cool Invent has announced the latest version of an iPad and iPhone stand it offers called the Versi Stand. The new version of the stand is designed with the new Apple Lightning connector integrated allowing it to charge the iPhone 5 or iPad mini. The stand is also compatible with other Apple devices that use the standard 30-pin connector.

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