April 28, 2005
This is a real beauty. Even though both of these have been around for awhile, I love the design.
Tom's Hardware Guide Mobile Devices: Microsoft Gets Inside Samsung, Creative Portable Video - Portable Media Center For Dummies:
The MP3 player is rapidly morphing into the portable video player (PMP). After the Archos AV 400 series, the first PMCs from Samsung and Creative Labs are now available. PMC stands for Portable Media Center, brought to you by Microsoft. The interface is the same as for its desktop Media Center. The basic idea is to facilitate use for a non-technophile public. And indeed playing content is child's play with both players. There are few options, and thus few chances of making mistakes. The usual menus are there, including My Pictures, My Video, My Music and My TV.
I've been using the Eyehome to stream from my Mac but I can see nearly every manufacturer now building some device to stream content around the home. Let's hope they start to standardize on some protocol besides Windows.
With Streamium from Philips, you can get your eyes and ears ready as your Internet and PC-based pictures, music, videos and games COME ALIVE on your TV and Stereo - anywhere in your home!
Tech Digest: Wi-Fi LCD TV from Philips:
The Philips 23iF9946 is a 23” LCD screen sporting a 400:1 contrast ratio, 450cd/m2 brightness and 176 degree viewing angle, it also has a built in FM tuner . However, though this little telly might appear ordinary, it also boasts something extra; Wi-Fi. The integrated 802.11g connection is part of Philips’ Streamium concept, which is aimed at linking computers, home cinema and stereos together so that digital media can be shared throughout the home.
I use matinee for all of the tv shows and movies I've ripped in my DVD collection. It's a killer little app and great for use with your Mac Mini.
Mac HTPC - The Mac Mini HTPC » Blog Archive » Matinee 2.2 Available Friday:
Abraham, chief technical guru behind the Matinee Video_TS launcher, sends word that version 2.2 of his handy dandy DVD launcher/organizer will be available on “Tiger Friday”.
HP design is looking cleaner and cleaner everyday. I'm very interested in the lighted front connection panels and how this will look while viewing.
HP Debuts Digital Entertainment Products - Home Video News - Designtechnica :
Introduced at the Home Entertainment Expo, all of the TVs include new HP Visual Fidelity technologies, which provide enhanced image quality and brilliant color by, depending on the model, gauging a room's ambient lighting and doubling pixel resolution among other innovations.
HP's microdisplay TVs also feature a lighted front-connection panel designed with a special slot under the TV so audio/visual cables can easily be connected from the front and then hidden from view. The microdisplay TVs additionally enable viewers to quickly and easily select an input source, such as a DVD player, by touching a button on the remote control to view on screen how all input sources are being used.
April 27, 2005
Finally some price reductions on Aquos. I really love the 45". I hope these price drops start to happen in the US.
Sharp AQUOS Price Drop Versions : Gizmodo:
Sharp’s enormously popular AQUOS line of LCDs gets a discount, as the company today introduced the “LC-45AE5,” “LC-26AD5,” and “LC-22AD5” TVs in Japan. The Full HD 45AE5 takes after a similar model released in August of last year, but somehow manages to slash about a third of the price off. You’ll find similar situations with the 26A5 and 22AD5.
April 26, 2005
Okay - there's no screen - but somehow I want one of these bad boys to take on trips or over to people's houses.
Akihabara News : Your Leading News provider on Gadgets and Hi-Tech stuff from Akihabara in Tokyo Japan and in other Asian Countries:
And there it is, the MG-25 MediaGate, built by the Korean company AL Tech! So, before I start to rave about this new product, here’s a brief description of the background…
AL Tech has a whole range of MediaGate products, and nowadays, 3 of them show up on their website: a car MP3 player that can accommodate a USB key, a DVD/DivX player with networking capabilities (but according to AL Tech this product was never sold because of the high cost) and our MG-25, a casing for a 2.5” HDD with video playback functionalities.
April 25, 2005
A complete visual guide to all things TV and how to get it from the net. Use at your own discretion indeed.
All Forces » Blog Archive » The Poor Man’s Tivo:
Why do I want to watch TV in my computer you might ask? You don’t have to. You can burn a DVD of the show or connect a powerbook to a TV. The compression quality of the shows are usually good enough to be watched full screen on the Mac or TV. These video files are made by viewers who record them, edit commercials out and the post them online for people to download. This is a visual guide to downloading them.Disclaimer: This of course is for research purposes only. Use at your own discretion and do not hold me liable.
I've been looking for a solution to control my MacMini that I'm using for iTunes, EyeTV and a DVD player in my home theatre set up, and it looks like Griffin has come to the rescue again. You can control not only iTunes and other multimedia applications - but powerpoint too. So taking this little baby on the road should allow for use with demonstrations.
AirClick USB is a remote for Mac and PC computers. The receiver module attaches to any available USB port (including hubs) and receives signal from up to 60 feet away. AirClick USB is ideal for controlling applications including iTunes, QuickTime, and even Keynote or PowerPoint.
You can get the 37" and 20" LCD TVs from Syntax in a bundle for $2899. This bundle has the best of both worlds - one for the living room and one for the bedroom.
"Syntax Olevia LT37HV 37" Widescreen LCD TV and LT20S 20" LCD TV Bundle (2 TVs)" ()
DirecTV Offers $200 Rebate to Voom Refugees : Gizmodo:
Voom, the satellite HD television service, has finally given up the ghost, forcing users to find another HDTV provider by the end of the month. DirecTV is offering Voom customers a $200 rebate on HD equipment, in hopes of snagging some of the tens of thousands of customers now forced to watch television in standard resolution. It’s just a mail-in rebate, however, which are the bane of the discount world.