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Seagate FreeAgent Go HDD gets Paramount movie pre-load

Seagate FreeAgent Go HDD gets Paramount movie pre-load

We can't say we've ever felt the pressing need to save time and download energy by buying our external storage and digital movies at the same time, but Seagate's latest FreeAgent Go offers just that simplicity.  The 500GB USB 2.0 portable hard-drive comes preloaded with twenty different feature-films, although you don't actually get them included in the purchase price; instead, Seagate - and Paramount Pictures, who they've partnered with for this - allow you to pick which titles to unlock, charging you between $9.99 and $14.99 for each one.

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The Daily Slash: April 1st 2010

The Daily Slash: April 1st 2010

It's the first of the month, and here we are, at the end of the day, bringing you another Daily Slash. Tonight's pretty big, but we'll make sure that you don't miss a thing. First, we've got a helmet that just might save your life. Near the middle of our late night story, we've got two tales from the automobile industry: one hits a milestone, and another offers up a pretty nice gift package. Finally, two iPad stories that will make you look twice at the tablet from Apple.

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ASUS EeeMedia EM0501 HD-capable media center outed

ASUS EeeMedia EM0501 HD-capable media center outed

The O!Play HD2 isn't the only media-centric device that ASUS have quietly snuck into their CeBIT 2010 line-up; there's another, somewhat more interesting set-top box on show too.  The ASUS EeeMedia EM0501 is supposedly a "High Definition Media Center", based around an 800MHz Samsung S5PV210 ARM chipset with 512MB of RAM and a 2.5-inch HDD bay.  It can hook up to your network for streaming content, and output 1080p Full HD.

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Wired Magazine: iPad edition [Video]

Wired Magazine: iPad edition [Video]

Wired has definitely been busy working on something top-secret for the last several months, and now we’ve discovered that they’ve still been working on the same-old magazine, with one tiny exception: it’s for the iPad.  The new digital product, the Wired Reader, has been recreated for a touchscreen tablet experience.  Here’s the demo of the Wired experience, the iPad way, after the break.

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Light Touch projection technology turns any flat surface into a touchscreen [Video]

Light Touch projection technology turns any flat surface into a touchscreen [Video]

We've seen virtual keyboards before, but the technology has never quite taken off.   But this is quite exceptional.  UK-based Light Blue Optics (LBO) has unveiled a revolutionary compact projector that lets users interact with images projected onto a flat surface, essentially turning it into a touch screen.  Remarkably, it has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, which allows users to access and connect with internet-based applications and engage in social networking and multimedia sharing via the projector itself, which runs Adobe Flash Lite 3.1.

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Sling Receiver 300 and Slingbox 700U add placeshifting to EchoStar and DISH Network

Sling Receiver 300 and Slingbox 700U add placeshifting to EchoStar and DISH Network

Slightly less eye-catching than a touchscreen remote and a portable HDTV with integrated WiFi, Sling Media's two remaining products could be no less useful if your cable or satellite provider does the decent thing and decides to offer them.  The Sling Receiver 300 is a slip of a box designed to hook up wirelessly to EchoStar's SlingLoaded 922 HD DVR and funnel 1080i content to a distant HDTV, similar in principle to the Sling Monitor 150 only without the integrated display.  Meanwhile the Slingbox 700U hopes to add place-shifting functionality to existing internet-connected DVRs.

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