Archive for the ‘Video’ Category

Google’s New Chromecast Brings Online Video and Entertainment to Your TV

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Google unveiled a new hardware device, called Chromecast, which attaches to your TV allowing you easily enjoy online entertainment on your TV. The best part is that it only costs $35! It is built on Chrome technology, running a simplified version of Chrome OS. All you do is plugin the dongle to your TV, setup the WiFi and your done.

Chromecast works with Youtube, Netflix, Google Music, Pandora and More…

Read more about Chromecast here.

Archos Announces New Android Powered Internet Tablet

Having been only two weeks since we posted the best alternatives to the iPod, Archos, one of the frontrunners, had to go and release their new Archos 5 Internet Tablet. It is a pretty amazing device that promises incredible possibilities.

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So what makes this new device so special? Several reasons, but the first standout is Android. (more…)

Steve Jobs Reveals Apple’s New Releases and Updates

Steve Jobs, looking very thin, received a standing ovation before leading the keynote at Apples latest event, while releasing iTunes 9 and iPhone OS 3.1. Apple also announced that they’re updating the iPod Classic, Touch, and Shuffle. The iPod Nano received the biggest update, which now features a 640 x 480 video camera. With the Apple event just finished. So, how correct were we?

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Although they want you to think the new LP features are amazing, for young folks, most probably won’t care. For them, the big news is improved syncing and social media integration. With the new syncing you can now drag, organize, and delete apps from inside iTunes. The new social media integration allows you to send albums to Facebook or Twitter. (more…)

Canon Unveils 18 Megapixel EOS 7D Camera

The flurry of new cameras continue. After weeks of speculation and leaks, Canon has unveiled the new high-end EOS 7D, an 18MP camera with 8 fps continuous shooting and full HD video, aimed squarely at Nikon’s latest release. With the new body, Canon also revealed three new lenses: the EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, and EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lenses.

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What to Expect at the September 9th Apple Event

Apple’s annual event was recently confirmed, and with the 9th less than a week away, I thought it would be wise to give a run-down of rumors and predictions to what will be released. A flurry of information will surely be leaked as the days continue, but here’s what’s going on right now.

  • iPodiPod
    Seeing as this has historically been when the iPods are updated, and the invite gives no indication to being any different, there are loads of rumors involving the iPods. Some believe that the iPod Classic will be discontinued. I think it will receive the standard upgrade of a hard drive boost (to 160 GB), while remaining the same price.
    ipod-touch
    As for the iPod Touch, the rumors abound that it will receive a camera. I’m hesitant to agree because it is one of the few features that separates it from the iPhone, but I believe we will see it added. I also think it will receive a storage boost to 64 GB.
    ipod-nano
    From leaked images of new iPod Nano cases, many also believe they will receive cameras. I don’t particularly understand the reasoning of the addition, but I could definitely see it happening. They should also see a storage bump to 32 GB, though the 8 GB model may remain at a lower price point, say just under that psychological barrier of $100.
    ipod-shuffle
    With the iPod Shuffle having been updated just last March, it is doubtful that we will see any changes to it. If there are, it would probably be only a price decrease.
  • Apple TV
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    The Apple TV is long overdue for an update and the current rumors are that the 40 GB version will be phased out and the 160 GB version will receive a lower price. I could see that happening. But, I can also see them not even mentioning it at the event and just making the change when the Apple Store is back up.
  • iTunes
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    It is very likely that we will see iTunes updated to version 9. What features it heralds are still debated though. The most likely are Blu-ray media support and visual organization of iPhone and iPod Touch apps. There is also speculation of some form of social integration, and while I would not put it past them I am hesitant to believe it.
  • iPad (Aka Apple Tablet)
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    The big kahuna is the Apple Tablet, or iPad or Macbook Touch, whatever you want to call it. In my mind, I believe that we will one day see this device, but not on the 9th. This seems more like a MacWorld announcement. Yes, yes, I know they are no longer attending MacWorld, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have their own event around that time. I say we won’t see this until January at the earliest.
  • Mac
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    Because it is an iPod event, I doubt we will see any changes to any Macs. However, there are rumors that the MacBook line, which currently only contains one model, will be fleshed out and receive some new models, perhaps under the $999 entry-level price, to compete with budget PC notebooks.
  • Beatles
    beatles
    Every year people ask and with all the press around The Beatles Rock Band being released the same day, now is as good as time as ever. So, will we finally see the Beatles added to the iTunes Store? Probably not. Does anyone really care anymore? After all these years of waiting, is there anyone who doesn’t already have some digital copy of their library?
  • Steve Jobs
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    With him having been back since June, I think it is very likely that he will if not lead the event, at least make an appearance. Don’t expect him to say anything about his absence, except perhaps a one or two-line joke.

What do you want to see updated at the event? Let us know in the comments.

Personal Media Players: The 5 Best Alternatives to the Apple iPod

With over 120 million iPods sold, Apple is by far the market leader of portable media players, but there are other manufacturer’s doing great things. There are many reasons to look beyond Apple—perhaps you want features iPods don’t have, play files iTunes doesn’t support, or perhaps you just hate Apple—in any case, below is a list of alternatives that are actually pretty good. (more…)

Nikon Releases Some Stunning New Cameras and Lenses

Nikon seems to have been pretty busy as of late. They announced two new cameras (the D300s and the D3000), and two new lenses (the AF-S Nikkor 70–200mm F/2.8G ED VR II, and the AF-S DX Nikkor 18–200mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR II) all in one day.
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First, the new Nikon D300s. It is very similar to the nearly 2-year-old D300 it replaces — the same 12.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, the same 3 inch VGA screen, the same 51 autofocus points — but with a few changes and additions. The biggest difference is the addition of video, the same 720p video of the D90 and D5000. Shooting speed has also been updated from 6 fps to 7 fps. Also, the D300s now has the option of dual storage with a CF card and SD card. The D300s will be sold at a recommended price of $1799 and start shipping in August. (more…)

The Novo Minoru is The World’s First 3D Webcam

Novo Minoru

Think that built-in camera in your Mac is good enough? Think again. The Minoru from Novo is a new webcam that creates stereographic images and even video.

The Minoru works like any other webcam, attach it via USB and you can chat using your favorite messaging client or upload videos to YouTube. But, that’s where the similarities end. The Minoru, which means “reality” in Japanese, uses two cameras spaced apart at roughly the same difference as your eyes. It then takes the images from both cameras and superimposes each image over the other, producing the familiar red and blue images of 3D images from childhood. (more…)

Txtr Brings Social Networking to e-Book Readers

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So you thought Amazon Kindle was the best device around that can deliver clear, crisp, text-like ebooks on an portable device? Guess again. Aside from the e-book readers that Amazon and Sony have developed, a German based startup is developing an e-book reader called Txtr. They claim that Txtr will deliver a better quality product with more features than the Amazon Kindle.

The Txtr uses the new electronic ink (eInk) display technology, that works by aligning black and white pigment particles in an electromagnetic field. These pigments reflect the light of the environment very naturally – like the pages of a book or a newspaper would look, making it easier to read in any lighting condition. (more…)

Panasonic Releases First Portable Blu-Ray Player

Panasonic DMP-B15

The first portable Blu-ray player is available from Panasonic.  With a suggested retail price of $799.95, the DMP-B15 features an 8.9-inch WSVGA LCD screen, 2.5 hour rechargeable battery, and SD Memory Card slot.  An optional headrest mounting bracket can be used for in-car viewing.

Panasonic’s stand-alone Blu-ray technology is used in the portable player, giving it the highest level of image quality.  Also, included is BD-Live access available via Panasonic’s version of WebTV, VIERA CAST

Since the DMP-B15 includes VIERA CAST with BD-Live functionality, additional Blu-ray content can be accessed via the built in LAN port.  With the ability to access select web sites such as Amazon Video-on-Demand, YouTube, and Google’s Picasa Web Album, the player can turn any TV into an IPTV.

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