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.
You might recall that the Toshiba Satellite E205 was unveiled at CES this month as a Best Buy exclusive machine and we talked about it a bit at the time. When we first heard about the notebook, it was pegged at a price of $999. The coolest feature of the notebook was certainly the wireless display tech that it includes for streaming video to your TV without needing wires.
In comparison to their huge 2010 LCD range, LG's new plasma HDTVs are conspicuous by their scarcity: the company have announced a mere eight new sets at CES 2010. Among those six, however, are some impressive sounding beasts and some mighty fine design. LG's TruSlim Frame models, for instance, the PK550 and PJ350, have bezels just 0.9-inches wide; all of the 2010 sets are around two-inches deep, too, and LG have shaved off considerable weight as well.
LG's CES 2010 LCD HDTV line-up may not be quite as technologically impressive as Toshiba's CELL-packing ZX900, but it certainly dwarfs it in terms of sheer number of models. The company have announced a full 39 different HDTVs, ranging from the entry-level LD350 which kicks off at a modest 19-inches, through to the Infinia LE9500 flagship with up to 55-inch panels, skinny 8.5mm bezels, Full HD 1080p, Skype videocalls (assuming you plug in a webcam), 3D-ready support and streaming media from Netflix, VUDU, YouTube, Napster and Yahoo! Widgets.
Thanks to previews on the company's own site, the launch of the new Olympus PEN E-P2 Micro Four Thirds camera comes as little surprise. Still, we've been waiting to see exactly what tweaks and changes - beyond an optional electronic viewfinder - the company has made, and while we'll save our final judgement until the reviews come in, right now it's looking like a reasonable upgrade. The PEN E-P2 adds a continuous autofocus tracking system which can be used in both still and video modes, and adds that all-important accessory connector port for various add-ons to the hot-shoe.
Sky UK have announced that they will be launching a Sky 3D channel in 2010, bringing three-dimensional live broadcasts to subscribers with the company's Sky+HD DVR box. The system will, however, require a special "3D Ready" TV, expected to go on sale in the UK during 2010.
Silicon Mountain have taken the sizable wraps off of the Allio HDTV, which not only boasts a full 1080p High-Definition panel but an integrated home theater PC and Blu-ray player. Available in two sizes, 32 inches and 42-inches, six models are on offer: the top-spec Allio ATVI-3G4542 has an Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 CPU with 4GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive and Windows Vista Home Premium.
The guys who shake the communication world and created Skype is unveiling their new project called Joost, an internet based TV service. Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, who cashed in around $2.6 billion in 2005 from selling Skype to Ebay is taking advantage of P2P technology to empower Joost and its video distribution technology.
By downloading Joost browser, users will be able to select clips and channels. They are planning to partner up with TV and film producers in order to bring in more videos content, however that is one challenge Joost might hit a hurdle. Joost will be supported by Ads and it is now available on Beta.
Netflix regularly purges content from its library and replaces it with new content -- this is generally a bittersweet moment, in that there's a good chance something you enjoyed will disappear, but that something you'd like to watch will be incoming. It is that time again, with May 1 marking the start of more content being added, as well as the start of a bunch of content being removed. Amongst those that are outbound is Skyfall and RoboCop, and inbound are a load of new things including Zombeavers.
Samsung's latest curved monitors want to take your display to the next level. These could be a great boon for gamers out there. The curved screen creates an immersive display to really "get in the game." PC gaming is having a moment, as "let's play" and Twitch TV are making it easier for everyone to share gaming experiences. Samsung's new line of curved monitors join the SE790C which it unveil at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. By adding 4 new curved monitors to its line up, Samsung is giving customers more computing (and PC gaming!) options.