Dell has outed its latest multimedia laptops, in the shape of the newly refreshed Dell XPS range. Available in 14-, 15.6- and 17-inch sizes, the new XPS notebooks pack a choice of Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors and Optimus-compatible NVIDIA GeForce 400M GPUs. Interestingly, they'll also be the first notebooks to ship with HD webcams that are Skype-certified.
My first instinct was to declare that Apple would never make a full-fledged television set. It would be a huge flop. I would personally never buy one, and neither would anyone I know. If Apple made a television, it would be a huge overreach for the company. Most of all, I have an instinctual belief that Steve Jobs hates television, and that he wants the throng of Apple buyers to be up and moving around, not placid on the couch.
Panasonic has updated its VIERA Full HD 3D plasma displays, and there are some smaller sets in the line-up if your room (or budget) isn't as big as your ambitions. The new Panasonic GT25 Series kicks off from 42-inches, with a 50-inch model also better suited to smaller rooms filled with people who still want 3D images.
We all know that while 3D is making a major push for our living rooms, it's still not as inexpensive as many would like. In fact, in most cases, 3D is basically expensive. In the case of Samsung's brand new 65-inch 3D LED HDTV, there's no doubt that the price tag will match the features. So if you're not into the whole "portable" thing, and you'd much rather be firmly planted on your couch watching a TV that's way too big for your living room, here's one fantastic option.
If you're a fan of 3D, and you find yourself living somewhere where you can get your hands on some Sky 3D goodness (which doesn't launch until October 1st, for the record), then hopefully you don't suffer from arachnophobia. Sky believes that with their 3D technology, which is apparently realistic enough to handle something like this, they can cure people of their fear of spiders. That's right -- by having digital spiders crawl out of your TV, they hope to make folks enjoy the little creepy-crawlers a little bit more.
It used to be straightforward: satellite TV, like that from Sky, comes via a satellite dish, and cable comes via cable. Now, according to some leaked documents from Sky UK, it seems things might not be quite so clean-cut anymore. TrustedReviews have heard that Sky UK are ramping up to offer their Sky+ service "through a new set top box supplied by Sky connected to your Freeview aerial and broadband connection", that would use IPTV distribution rather than the traditional dish.
Panasonic's Skype camera for the company's VIERA HDTVs has crossed over from Japan and arrived in the US. Activated today on select VIERA CAST enabled Panasonic 2010 HDTVs, the Skype functionality allows for voice and video calls to be made direct from the TV itself, including SkypeOut and SkypeIn support and voicemail.
If you have been waiting for a moderately priced 3D TV with a decent screen size to start shipping from a known maker of TVs, there is some good news today. Samsung is now shipping one of its new 46-inch 3D TVs.
We're not getting away from the 3D revolution any time soon. In fact, it's looking more and more like everyone is ready to just accept the technology into their living rooms. And when that starts happening, it's all down hill from there. Then again, if it starts becoming wildly popular, maybe we won't have to pay ridiculous prices at the theaters anymore. We can dream, right? Thanks to Walmart, we are going to see a huge incline in the desire to own a 3D TV. Mostly because it will be affordable.