Archive for Jul 20, 2006

AT&T Launches Homezone Box

While we sit and twiddle our thumbs waiting for AT&T to get their U-Verse IPTV service offered worldwide, the company has partnered with Dish Network to release a networkable DVR/home media center in order to tide us over. Dubbed the Homezone, the new set top box features Dish Network connectivity (duh), Internet scheduling capabilities that allow you to schedule shows online rather than from the box itself, and downloadable movies via Movielink for $4.99 a pop. Anyone in San Antonio or Ohio can rent one now for $10/month, but without anything that truly stands out as a must-have feature, would you really want one?

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Sony BWU-100A Blu-ray Burner to Ship in August

Well it’s nice to see the force behind Blu-ray finally putting out a Blu-ray drive. Sony has announced that its BWU-100A Blu-ray Burner will begin shipping next month. The drive will cost you $750 USD, which is the lowest price we’ve seen on a Blu-ray drive yet, and will be able to burn both 25GB and 50GB BD-R/RE discs at 2x, meaning it’ll take around 30 minutes to burn a 25GB disc and 60 to burn a 50GB disc. Sony claims that their drive will also be able to burn most DVD±R/RW formats as well as CD-R/RW.


Sony Takes Wraps Off Computerless DVD Recorder

For those of us still without a computer with a DVD burner, or those of us who just want to plug in our camcorder and record DVDs directly, Sony has the answer for you. Say hello to the VRD-MC3 and the VDR-VC30, two new DVDirect recorders from Sony which allow computer-less syncing with hard drive-based Sony Handycams. Both units boast an impressive array of features, including a wide array of supported disc and memory card formats.


Panasonic’s 103-inch Viera Gets Hefty Price Tag

Panasonic’s HUGE 103-inch plasma TV, which we covered last week, finally has a price tag, though any comments we’ve jokingly made about second mortgages/selling spare body parts to afford these sets may actually be true for this baby. The TH-103PZ600 will be out this September for the hefty sum of 6,000,000 yen. For those of you playing the home game, that translates to over $51,000 USD; people with that kind of extra coin lying around might be better off spending it as a down payment on a small country or a Lear Jet.


DS Lite Screen Passes Impromptu Stress Test

Just in case you’re concerned about your Nintendo DS Lite’s screen being on the fragile side (especially after today’s story about the hinges on the new handhelds breaking), these guys have decided to show you just how durable these little gaming devices are. Taking the liberty of using a store’s display unit (they didn’t specify which store, probably to save their asses from getting sued), the stress testers proceeded to press on the screen with both thumbs, trying to see how far the device would go before snapping.


Wii’s Wireless Capabilities Unveiled


Macbook vs. Dell Latitude: Which is hotter?

We’ve seen how the Macbook’s excessive heat can be used to cook your breakfast (which isn’t a good sign as far as computers go). But is Apple’s little gem alone with this heat issue, or are other Core Duo-based notebooks running just as hot as Apple’s well-publicized stove computer. Brian Krische wanted to know, so he put a Macbook and a Dell Laititude D620 to the test to see which laptop will scold your lap faster.


Core 2 Duo Benchmarks and AMD Price Cut

Intel has had the NDA restriction for Core 2 Duo lifted for a while now, and benchmarks for the new chips have started popping up on the Internet. Most of the benchmarks suggest that Intel is taking back the CPU king crown, beating the AMD64 chips mightily. Core 2 Duo CPUs are priced very well and competitivly. Kyle from hardOCP posted a couple benchmarks in what I think is the most comprehensive benchmarking session so far. Kyle split them up into couple of sections: the gaming performance, music/images/movie performance, and power consumption. SharkyExtreme also posted Core 2 Extreme X6800 & Core 2 Duo E6700 Review and of course, let’s not forget Anand’s reviews.


DS Lites Can’t Handle the Pressure?

Well, with all the good press that Nintendo and the DS Lite have enjoyed thus far, some bad news was going to arrive eventually. Reports are coming in from all over the Internet that the new handhelds have some difficulty withstanding the pressures of opening and closing; specifically, a small crack appears on the left-hand side of the hinge, starting off as a small crack and gradually getting larger as the device is used more.


Samsung Ships the HL-S5679W LED DLP

If you’ve been waiting with bated breath for Samsung’s 56-inch, LED-based DLP HDTV, you need to wait no longer. Samsung has begun to ship this $4,200 set to eager customers all over the world. Being LED-based, the set has a lifespan of 20,000 hours, meaning that the set is only good for 2.28 years of non-stop television. If this doesn’t bother you (and unless you leave your TV on nonstop, the lifespan should be a lot longer than 2 years), the HL-S5679W also features 1080p resolution, a 4000:1 contrast ratio, analog and digital tunes, HDMI ports, and energy-saving features. So if you don’t mind the limit lifespan, go grab one of these new sets and make your HDTV experience a worthwhile one.

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Mobile Compia PDA for Day Traders

Day traders don’t get your hopes up just yet because the MC-700 is probably not going to be available state side. This PDA is designed and built for folks with the need to stay on top of stock tickers. The 3.5-inch touch screen LCD is optimized for displaying stock market information. It’s likely made for the Korean market running on their CDMA network. Other features include 64MB SDRAM, 128MB FlashROM and a miniSD slot for memory expansion. The MC-700 sports a 312 MHz Xscale PXA270 chip set running on Windows CE 5.0 (yuck!).


Daewoo Lucoms UMPC – The Solo M1

Well if you can’t or unwilling to manufacture your own UMPC, the other solution is to clone someone else’s and slap your name on it.  That’s exactly what Daewoo Lucoms has done.  Their very own (wink wink) UMPC is called the Solo M1.  The heart and soul of the Solo M1 is the Founder UMPC.  The Solo M1 features a Celeron 900, 7” touch-screen, MS Tablet PC operating system, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 1.3 mega-pixel video camera, DMB TV tuner and a S-Video out.  And it does come with a cradle.  I’d have to say that the Solo M1’s list of specs does seem more attractive than the Samsung Q1.


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