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Wiretape Makes Cables Worthy Again

Wiretape Makes Cables Worthy Again

We're pretty vocal about our distaste for the traditional wire. After all, they're only slightly flexible, and some of them are down-right bulky. Plus, they get tangled, like they have a mind of their own. So, if we have to go with wires, we're happy to use Wiretape, which was just unveiled at this year's E3. It didn't get top-billing like Microsoft's couple announcements, but maybe it should have. After all, this is pretty cool.

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HDMI v1.4a official with standard 3D formats & specs

HDMI v1.4a official with standard 3D formats & specs

Hot on the heels of spotting at least a few HDMI v1.4 compatible devices from Onkyo, HDMI Licensing - the group responsible for the A/V connectivity standard - have officially announced HDMI Specification Version 1.4a.  Most notably, the new standard adds in extra support for 3D content, including a number of mandatory formats that devices must support for video and gaming, together with the new inclusion of the Top-and-Bottom 3D format.

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Redpark serial cable for iPhone/iPod touch/iPad outed

Redpark serial cable for iPhone/iPod touch/iPad outed

Back when Apple made the iPhone OS more flexible with how it works with third party accessories, it brought various gaming, PND and even medical companies on stage with it to show off their wares.  Now things look to be getting a bit more serious; peripheral connector firm Redpark have announced their DB9 and RJ11 serial cable reference designs, both approved by Apple, and which will work with not only the iPhone and iPod touch but - Redpark reckons - the iPad too.

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Microsoft yank Xbox 360 Elite bundled HD cables

Microsoft yank Xbox 360 Elite bundled HD cables

Someone needs to take Microsoft aside and tell them that sometimes the obvious penny savings still aren't the ones to make.  According to several GameStop employees, Microsoft have not only changed the packaging of the Xbox 360 Elite, but yanked the HDMI cables out of there too.  In fact, they've made changes to the included accessories that - out of the box at least - limit new users to SD resolution graphics.

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