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August 4, 2010

Motorola, Verizon, Google in cahoots to develop TV tablet

tv-tablet.jpgTV tablets are on the way, if a report by the Financial Times rings true. Motorola is reportedly developing a 10-inch touchscreen tablet that will run on Google's Android operating system and tie in closely with Verizon FiOS paid digital TV service. The Apple iPad rival, which is rumoured to launch as early as fall 2010, is said to also support Adobe Flash (unlike anything Apple), have 2 cameras and be able to share a wireless connection with nearby devices.

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August 3, 2010

July 27, 2010

Apple outs 27-inch LED Cinema Display with 2560 x 1440 resolution

27-cinema.jpgThis September, Apple fans will be able to get their hands on a 27-inch LED Cinema Display, the latest size upgrade from the company's 24-inch model. The larger display sports 2560 x 1440 resolution, 16:9 edge-to-edge aspect ratio, an iSight video camera, USB 2.0 port, an ambient light sensor, in-plane (IPS) switching, a 178 degree viewing angle, microphone, speakers and a MagSafe connector.

Apple boasts that the Cinema Display also uses mercury-free LED technology, arsenic-free glass, recyclable materials, no brominated flame retardants and PVC-free cables and components. The company also claims Energy Star 5.0 compliance and EPEAT Gold status.

Coming in September, the 27-inch LED Cinema Display will cost $999 and can be hooked up to any Apple product with a Mini DisplayPort.

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July 22, 2010

Qualcomm looking to sell Flo TV, no money in mobile video

flo-tv-logo.jpgA couple of years ago, many companies thought mobile TV was about to take off. Qualcomm was one of them and it heavily pushed its Flo TV service, buying up spectrum, building out infrastructure and pushing to get its own TV-compatible chipsets into mobile phones. Fast forward a couple of years, and Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs is now saying the company is looking to sell its expensive, unprofitable Flo TV service. While a wide variety of suitors could be interested, look for Flo TV to be picked up by another mobile entertainment provider or a company looking to shut down the service and take advantage of the valuable spectrum for another service.

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Panasonic's latest 3D Viera includes Blu-ray recorder, HDD

pana3dblu.jpgPanasonic Japan has added a couple of new sets to its 3D Viera RT2B family. The 42- and 46-inch sets sport the usual 3D functionality requiring active shutter glasses when viewing, but also packs in a Blu-ray player/recorder and an HDD from which TV shows/movies can pulled onto Blu-ray disc at a later date. While pricing is a bit of an unknown, the 46-inch set is rumored to be priced around the equivalent of US$5100. Release date is a confirmed August 27.

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July 21, 2010

Plextor PX-B120U BD-ROM only $100!

plextor-px-b120us.jpgThe next time I'm looking around for a laptop, I'll make sure it has the guts to handle one of these. The Plextor PX-B120U is a BD-ROM drive not only capable of playing back Blu-ray discs from your laptop, but also burning blank DVDs and CDs. The impressive bit is that it's 100% USB-powered and when connected to the upcoming Plexmedia, the PX-B120U can be converted into a living room-based Blu-ray machine. Did I mention it's only a completely (it seems) reasonable $99.99?

Check out the full press release after the jump.

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July 20, 2010

Redbox going online to take on Netflix, others

redbox.jpgRedbox, the company that places DVD rental kiosks in dark corners of grocery stores and other such places, is reportedly working on the development of a web strategy to take on the likes of Netflix. Now's probably a good time. Redbox may have upwards of 24, 000 kiosks out there, but the company only offers around 200 titles. Compare that with the 100, 000 mail order titles and 20, 000 online titles that Netflix offers.

Likely Redbox will tie up with a technology provider like Sonic Solutions to make it to market faster. But is it already too late. With competition from Netflix, Apple, Best Buy, Walmart's Vudu and even to some extent, Blockbuster, is Redbox coming to the game too late? It remains to be seen.

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GNPC Android TV come out of South Korea

smartroi.jpgYet another Google Android-based HDTV has appeared out of the woodwork. This time from GNPC, a South Korean company, and dubbed the SmartRoi. Seemingly only available in a 42-inch display size currently, the SmartRoi sports support for Android upgrades in the future (not sure what the current version is), an LED backlit panel, 5, 000, 000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 500cd/m2 brightness, and a handful of USB ports.

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July 19, 2010

Netflix coming to Canada this fall!!!

netflixcanada.jpgI've been waiting a long time for this. According to a tweet from the Netflix Twitter account, the video rental/streaming service is launching in Canada this fall. The company has launched Netflix.ca, a Canadian website version, where you can sign up to be notified when the service launches. Details are minimal at the moment, but since the word comes from Netflix itself, I think we can call it official.

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July 16, 2010

Logitech Z506 5.1 surround for only $100

logitech-z506-speakers.jpgLogitech has outed an affordable 5.1-channel surround sound boxed speaker set dubbed Z506 priced at only $100. At that price point there is no excuse to avoid upgrading to a 5-channel system. Designed to work with a variety of devices from traditional Blu-ray players to portable media players, the Z506 speakers have color-coded connections for easy hookup and 75 Watts of RMS power.

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