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May 11, 2006

Anti-Glance TV Glasses


We're tired of people watching our iPod video on the subway and with these glasses - we won't have to worry about them seeing anything we're watching.

The South Korean company Kowon Technology today said it will next week ship pairs of personal TV glasses to local consumers concerned that too many of their fellows are peering over their shoulders at their mobile phone screens. Kowon's solution to the problem is a head-mounted display that sets a 4.8 x 4.2mm, 320 x 240 LCD panel in front of each eye. The digital display specs, dubbed the MSP-209, weigh 58g and, according to the manufacturer, make the wearer feel like he or she is watching a 32in TV from a distance of two metres.

Via Reg Hardware

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February 7, 2006

Archos AV500 Mobile DVR Review

You know, as cool as it would be, we can't spend all day in front of the TV. But what if we can have the TV in front of us all of the time (yeah, I know I got no life)? Enter the AV500 Mobile DVR from Archos. The AV500 weighs in at a scant 9 ounces and measures 3 x 4.9 x 0.7 inches, which makes it just slightly larger than the average PDA. What makes the AV500 unique, is that you can actually record to the device (hence DVR in the title), instead of just transferring files. According to

The AV500 does it all with a plethora of features, including audio playback, video playback, and all sorts of recording options. In addition, the player has photo-viewing capabilities and even can serve as a portable hard drive. The AV500 is compatible with both PCs and Macs, and boasts an impressive 30 GB of storage that can accommodate up to 130 hours of video, 15,000 songs, or 300,000 photos.

The review is pretty positive and the overall verdict states:

Although the AV500 doesn't offer the simplicity of the new iPod or the hip design of the Vision M, Archos holds all the cards in the video-recording department, and the AV500 scores big across the board in performance. It's a tad expensive and might take some tech know-how to use certain features, but the AV500 is a savior for those long flight delays out of China.


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December 6, 2005

iTunes Adds More Television Shows to it's Library

Apple has recently added more television shows to it's iTunes Music store this week. According to

Programming from NBC consists of select episodes and clips from Law & Order, The Office, Surface, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Alfred Hitchock Presents, Dragnet, Adam-12, and Knight Rider. The Sci Fi channel meanwhile serves up Battlestar Galactica and Battlestar Galactica Miniseries, while USA Network is offering Monk.

Nice! I'm pleased with Apple's agressiveness going after TV programming just like they do with music. I'd still like to see a $.99 price tag instead of $1.99 but I ain't complaining.


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October 31, 2005

Convert TiVo to Video iPod Format with TVHarmony's AutoPilot

If you've got a TiVo and one of them new fangled iPod Video players, you'll want to check out TVHarmony's AutoPilot. According to has released a new version of its AutoPilot software that supports converting TiVo-recorded shows into a format that's compatible with the new video iPod. It also works with Palm devices that can view video.

The software automatically transfers, converts and stores your TV programming. You can select shows to be downloaded automatically, in the middle of the night if you like, and process the transfers into popular formats. AutoPilot keeps track of the shows you've already downloaded so you can transfer an entire TV series without duplicates.

The cool thing is it's free software, so be sure to AutoPilot out.


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October 14, 2005

Kitchen Contraptions & The Best of the Blogpire

Mailing List Kitchen

Ummm...where did the week go? I was pretty sure getting up this morning that it was in fact Thursday and not Friday.

Since it's the weekend, we recommend checking out Kitchen Contraptions if you haven't had your fill of cooking this week. Kitchen Contraptions features kitchen gadget news, reviews, and more including: Zevro Perfetto™ Pasta Cooker - Grcic Espresso Machine - Cameron's Stovetop Smoker

Now on with the best of the Blogpire!

Single Serve Coffee: Review: Grindmaster OPOD001 Precision Pod Brewing System - Review: Starbucks Coffee Pods for Senseo & Home Cafe from Single Serve Coffee

Just The Chips: Howard Lederer Tells All

Shaving Stuff: RAZORBLOGGING on - Gillette Venus Vibrance "Legs of a Goddess'' Contest

What's All The Racquet: Blake, Rochus, Paradorn reach quarterfinals - Venus pulls out of Kremlin Cup

TV Snob: The Fortis TV - TV for the Taste Impaired? - Should your next HDTV be a Plasma? - 4GB Hard Drive for PSP

Shirt Snob: Lost t-shirts - Jesus Hates the Yankees from Busted Tees - Accessory Friday-Breast Cancer Awareness

GPS Lodge: GPS Review: TomTom GO 300 - Amazon Sale on Select GPS Units - Timex Body Link: Now with Small GPS Receiver

The Cooking News: Mexican food glossary defines terms for dining, cooking - New Cookbook Offers Relief From Multiple Food Allergies - Jumpy Monkey Coffee becoming a hit

Liquor Snob: Bombed Beer Pong Game Review - Coldpole Liquor Reservoir Ski Poles - Orange V Vodka Review - New Miller Beer Ads Are Bittersweet - Monkey Shoulder Whisky

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October 13, 2005

EchoStar Introduces PocketDISH Product Line

There's been quite a bit of excitement since EchoStar announced it's PocketDish at CES earlier this year. Well, it's finally here and there's currently 3 models to choose from. While PocketDish is designed for easy interfacing with the Dish Network DVR, you'll be able to use about any audio or video source to store video, images, and music. The three models are:

AV700E ($599 list)

  • 7" widescreen LCD display

  • 40 GB** hard drive

  • Quickly transfer and view TV shows from select DISH Network DVRs

  • Store up to 40 hours of DISH Network satellite TV programming

  • Record up to 160 hours of video from other sources at a lower resolution

  • Store up to 20,000 songs (MP3, WMA and WAV music files)

  • Store up to 400,000 JPEG photos and images

AV500E ($499 list)

  • 4" LCD display

  • 30 GB hard drive

  • Quickly transfer and view TV shows from select DISH Network DVRs

  • Store up to 30 hours of DISH Network satellite TV programming

  • Record up to 120 hours of video from other sources at a lower resolution

  • Store up to 15,000 songs (MP3, WMA and WAV music files)

  • Store up to 300,000 JPEG photos and images

AV402E ($329 list)

  • 2.2" LCD display

  • 20 GB hard drive

  • Quickly transfer and view TV shows from select DISH Network DVRs

  • Store up to 20 hours of DISH Network satellite TV programming

  • Store up to 10,000 songs (MP3, WMA and WAV music files)

  • Store up to 200,000 JPEG photos and images

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October 9, 2005

4GB Hard Drive for PSP

Psp-Datel-4Gb-Hdd We can appreciate having more space for TV shows on our PSP, but we don't want the bulk. Hopefully this new 4gb hard drive will be slim and trim.

"...Datel, which also makes the X2 battery pack for the PSP, has come out with an integrated 4GB hard drive version, effectively making this an external hard drive for the PSP. The Datel MAX 4GB connects to the memory stick port of the PSP, and will utilize its built-in battery pack instead of sapping the PSP’s power. As for pricing, Lik-Sang is selling it for $249.99, while Dark Planets is selling it for £137.49 (quoted RSP is £149.99). Considering the price of a 2GB Memory Stick Pro DUO is more than $330, this is looking to be a must-have add-on for those PSP fans that like to pack on the multimedia in their handhelds (TV shows, for example). It will be available later this month."

Via Gizmodo at Lik-Sang

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September 13, 2005

Samsung’s Navigation Mobile TV with GPS and DMB

2253605382536794.JpgI guess you can stick a GPS inside of a toilet and make some news. Okay - maybe that's a bit harsh but a mobile TV with GPS might be interesting but they didn't put the GPS inside for you to wander with the TV and then find you're LOST. DMB or Digital Multimedia Broadcasting is a EUROPE only thing for now too, but I can see how cool it might be to have a portable and pick up some high definition content on it.

The new “Navigation Mobile TV” that combines a GPS navigation unit with a DMB, or Digital Multimedia Broadcasting, receiver for watching digital TV broadcasts. The new handheld runs on Windows Mobile 2003 SE and has a VGA quality 3.5-inch LCD screen. Samsung is working on a new technology called TPEG that can be used to deliver real-time traffic data along over a DMB network as well.

Via Engadget at Samsung

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September 12, 2005

The TViX Mini

Tvix01 News

How about a 3"x5" mobile player with a 100gb drive, remote, and the ability to hook it up to an external LCD screen? Wild.

“The new 100GB TVix Mini C-2000U is the baby bro of the C-3000U and supports most video formats including MPEG-1, MPEG-2 (AVI, VOB) and MPEG-4 (AVI, DivX, XviD) as well as MP3, Ogg Vobis or WMA audio files. Plenty of room to store images on the 100GB HD combined with background music option makes this one useful for photographers, too. Also onboard is USB 2.0 OTG (On-The-Go) technology which TVix claim to have adapted. This allows users to connect and download files between the TViX mini and a USB device without the aid of a PC. So even when a computer isn’t available images may be dowloaded from other compatible devices directly to the TViX mini via the USB port. It’s also possible to copy and transfer data!”

Via Gizmodo

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September 9, 2005

Thomson's Mobile Set-Top Box

Mobile Set Top Box Model Dti0601.Jpg Finally a mobile set top box with a little style.The new Freeview set-top box with built in 11 cm LCD screen is very mobile and weighs in at a whopping 425 grams. There's also a USB port for software downloads via the PC and an optional external antenna for digital TV reception at high speeds. The mobile set-top box operates on a rechargeable battery that provides up to 2.5 hours playtime. A 12 Volt car adaptor is available as an optional extra. The DTI0601 will be available in the UK, Australia, France, Germany and Italy in early 2006.

Via Tech Digest

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