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Sony BRAVIA Theater BDV-IT1000: Blu-ray & DVD upscaling in a box

Sony BRAVIA Theater BDV-IT1000: Blu-ray & DVD upscaling in a box

Sony has given the indecisive and easily confused a straightforward way to upgrade to Blu-ray, surround sound and network media, with the announcement of the BRAVIA Theater BDV-IT1000 home cinema system.  Built around a main unit with Blu-ray, DVD upscaling, 1080/24p picture resolution, Deep Color and x.v.Colour, and packing 700W of amplification, the BDV-IT1000 setup introduces Sony's latest super-slim speakers with finger-sized full-range drive units.

JVC NX-BD3 is all-in-one Blu-ray system

JVC NX-BD3 is all-in-one Blu-ray system

The Blu-ray format is struggling a bit to catch on in the mainstream and it will continue to do so until prices drop considerably. However, the emergence of several home-theatre-in-a-box systems as of late shows promise for things to come. And the JVC NX-BD3 is one such system that might help pull more consumers into the Blu-ray fray. 

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Groqit scans barcodes, keeps your purchases in your pocket

Groqit scans barcodes, keeps your purchases in your pocket

Sometimes it's hard to remember if you have already purchased a product or not, especially when you're out window shopping or if you have an extensive DVD library. However, now you can keep track of all of your purchases, whether it be DVDs, books, CDs or what have you. Groqit makes keeping track of your product purchases a snap.

Groqit works by scanning and reading the barcodes on your purchases and storing them in the device's 128MB storage. You can also create categories within the device to better manage your purchases. And don't worry about running out of room. This pen-shaped device can store more than a million barcodes.

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Next-Gen Gaming Consoles the Home Entertainment Gateway

Next-Gen Gaming Consoles the Home Entertainment Gateway

People interested in technology and home entertainment like to get their hands on the latest, greatest products. Before, it was all about having the top of the line DVD player, receiver and speaker system. And though those things still hold serious importance, there’s one product type that seems destined to swoop in on the home entertainment market. I’m talking about next-gen gaming consoles, the XBox 360 and PS3, in particular.

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Maxx Digital DVD player mimics the PSP

Maxx Digital DVD player mimics the PSP

I like many others love my PSP and it turns out that Maxx Digital has a similar fondness for the portable gaming device. Actually, they would just like to borrow a few of the design qualities.

iLuv i1255 iPod & DVD budget 5.1 home entertainment system

iLuv i1255 iPod & DVD budget 5.1 home entertainment system

Rocking the budget-Bose look, iLuv's latest surround sound home theatre setup, the i1255, gives you the choice between DVD and iPod audio and video playback.  Your $149.99 obviously doesn't get you a high-def powerhouse - outputs, for instance, are S-Video or standard AV - but there's flexibility a-plenty if you're not bothered with the 1080p revolution. 

MacBook Air USB SuperDrive hacked for any computer

MacBook Air USB SuperDrive hacked for any computer

Apple's MacBook Air is undoubtedly a thing of beauty, and its slender little companion DVD burner is not far behind.  Unfortunately, until now only Air owners could enjoy it; despite the best efforts of many, only when plugged into the skinny Apple notebook would the SuperDrive play ball.  Initial suspicions were that the Air's solitary USB port was supercharged power-wise; turns out, it's actually down to some custom firmware in the IDE to USB bridge.  tnkgrl set out testing the drive and finally hacking it with a replacement bridge; she now has a slick external burner that will work with any computer.

Video demonstrating the hacked SuperDrive after the cut

Ahtec Tiny TN120 budget Tablet PC on sale in Europe

Ahtec Tiny TN120 budget Tablet PC on sale in Europe

Ahtec have begun selling their Tiny TN120 Tablet PC in Europe, a 12.1-inch convertible powered by a 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T8100 processor.  ToDo UMPC have been giving the notebook a good going-over, and put together a video demo which you can see after the cut.  As tested, the TN120 had 2GB of DDR2 667MHz RAM, a 160GB 5,400rpm hard-drive and onboard DVD-RW drive.

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