On Gear Live: Apple Watch will be available on April 24, preview and pre-order on April 10

Samsung AVP-71L8UHSamsung is really striving to raise the bar for the future of HD televisions with their new 71” DLP Monster, the SVP-71L8UH. The SVP-71L8UH features 1080p resolution, 10000:1 contrast ratio, and 20% more brightness then previous models. Now that DLP is really starting to rival CRT in terms of picture quality, and with it’s obvious size advantage (the TV is about 1/2 meter deep), the high end TV aficionado is really going to have to think long and hard about plunking down for another TV before this beauty appears on US shores. With the Sony PS3 supposedly supporting two 1080p displays, I think that two of these would make for the perfect home theater set up - assuming of course that you have a theater-sized room to house them in.


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Verizon Yahoo! DSLVerizon and Yahoo! have joined forces to create a low cost broadband service project. The service will include 10 email address with 2GB of storage each, unlimited commercial-free streaming radio, on-demand music videos, unlimited photo storage, and more.  The package will be available for $14.95 per month, promising speeds of 768k downstream and 128k upstream.  There will also offer faster packages varying in price from $19.95 to $37.95.  No word yet on when this will start, but rest assured that MSN can’t be happy since they have been partners with Verizon years now.


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Xbox 360 Backwards CompatibilityAs tired as you are about hearing about it, you know it’s important. That’s why we are bringing you even more on the Xbox 360 backwards compatibility saga.  Microsoft has already said that the 360 would be partially compatible with some original Xbox titles.  One of the recent rumors is that in order for that to work, your 360 must have a hard drive. 1Up got a chance to speak with an industry representative who offered their opinion:

One of the rumors floating around is that backwards compatibility will only work with a hard drive, which would have left Core systems out in the cold. As it turns out, that’s only partially true. In many cases, the hard drive will indeed be necessary because you’ll need an Xbox emulator file to sit on the hard drive (it’s still unconfirmed whether this emulator comes pre-shipped on 360 hard drives but it is highly likely the case) and make your Xbox games 360-friendly. However, our understanding is that this isn’t perfectly foolproof, and that it may not work in every single case.

What’s especially interesting, though, is that select premium Xbox titles in the present and future are getting special treatment. We’ve learned that Microsoft is inviting some developers to make their current Xbox titles backwards compatible for both 360 SKUs—that the games themselves will contain the Xbox 360 emulation code on them. In fact, certain Xbox titles already contain the code to boot up under emulation on the Xbox 360. Teams from Microsoft are helping developers with the project.


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Latest Gear Live Videos

Biometric Fingerprint WatchWhile the term biometric might not quite apply the fingerprint watch by Piaget has a certain geeky luxury to it. The Fingerprint watch is a unique creation - you order the watch and the company will make it custom designed for you based on a copy of your fingerprint. The fingerprint motif will be rendered in diamonds and white gold. Obviously such a personal treatment comes with a high price (so high they don’t list it on their website), but for the truly unique timepiece some might just find it worth the cash.


Read More | Piaget via Luxist


Laser SlingshotAs excessive as you need it to be: The laser sighted sling shot by Precision Shots. The laser slingshot supposedly improves aim and accuracy while increasing the power at which your projectile is flung at your victim

target. With a $49.99 price tag ($69.99 for the big version) you have to be pretty serious about your Dennis the Menace antics to fork out for this bad boy. I guess this proves the theory that any gadget or gizmo can be improved with the addition of lasers these days.


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Canon PowerShot S80

I know we have been raving about Canon the past couple of days, but you just can’t deny their expertise in this field.  Here’s another beauty set to be released later this year in October.  The S80 will be part of the high end models at 8 megapixels and will retail at $600.

8.0 Megapixel, 1/1.8 inch charge coupled device (CCD)
Focal Length Lens - 5.8-20.7mm f/2.8-5.3 zoom lens (equivalent to 28-100mm in 35mm format)
4x Digital Zoom
TTL Autofocus (continuous/single)
Optical Viewfinder
Real-image optical zoom viewfinder
2.5 inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD with wide viewing angle
Maximum Aperture - f/2.8 (W) - f/5.3 (T)
Shutter Speed - 15-1/2000 sec.; Slow shutter speed operates with noise reduction when manually set at 1.3-15 sec.
Built-in Flash
SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard
Still Image: Exif 2.2 (JPEG)
Movie: AVI (Image: Motion JPEG; Audio: WAVE (Monaural))
Still Image: 3,264 x 2,448 (Large), 2,592 x 1,944 (Medium 1), 2,048 x 1,536 (Medium 2), 1,600 x 1,200 (Medium 3), 640 x 480 (Small)
Movie: 1,024 x 768 (15 fps), 640 x 480/320 x 240 (30 fps/15 fps), 160 x 120 (3 min. at 15 fps)


AOL FinedOh yes, we may have just seen the first nail in the coffin of AOL. The company was fined $1.25 million by the State of New York due to complaints from users about how absurdly difficult it is to cancel the service after signing up. While the $1.25 million looks like a large amount, this is really chump change for the very large America Online. What will hurt them though, is the fact that they will be refining their procedures for handling customer cancellations. Up until now, service agents received bonuses if they had a 50% or better retention rate - some agents made tens of thousands of dollars on this program alone. The new program will no longer have a minimum quota. You can probably say goodbye to the “if you stay, I will give you another free three months” spiel.


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DescriptionGreat news today for the TiVo folks. Despite the drastic increase in both open-source and commercial PC DVR software, today TiVo was able to announce their very first profit. They walked away with a second-quarter net income of $240,000. Compared to the same period last year, it’s a sharp increase. In second the second quarter of 2004 TiVo has a net loss of $10.8 million. What a comeback. Maybe they can spend some of that money whipping up a Tiger-compatible version of TiVo Desktop?


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Canon SD550

Canon will be releasing these PowerShot SD series this October.  The SD550 is for the more serious picture taker at 7.1MP. Retailing at $550 here are its details:

7.1 Megapixel, 1/1.8 inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)
Focal Length Lens - 7.7 - 23.1mm f/2.8-4.9 (35mm film equivalent: 37-111mm)
4x Digital Zoom
Focusing Range
Normal AF: 1.6 ft./50cm-infinity
Macro AF: 2.0 in.-1.6 ft./5-50cm (WIDE), 1.0-1.6 ft./30-50cm (TELE)
Digital Macro: 2.0 in. - 1.6 ft./5-50cm (WIDE)
Autofocus System
TTL Autofocus (continuous/single)
Viewfinders
Optical Viewfinder
Real-image optical zoom viewfinder
2.5 inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD - Approx. 115,000 pixels
Maximum Aperture - f/2.8 (W) - f/4.9 (T)
Shutter Speed - 15-1/2000 sec.; Slow shutter operates with noise reduction when manually set at 1.3-15 sec.
Built-in Flash
SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard
Still Image: 3,072 x 2,304 (Large), 2,592 x 1,944 (Medium 1), 2,048 x 1,536 (Medium 2), 1,600 x 1,200 (Medium 3), 640 x 480 (Small)
Movie: 640 x 480/320 x 240 (30 fps/15 fps) available up to 1GB, 320 x 240 (1 min. at 60 fps), 160 x 120 (3 min. at 15 fps)

Canon SD450

For those of you looking for quality on a smaller budget may consider the SD450 which will retail at $450:

5.0 Megapixel, 1/2.5 inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)
Focal Length Lens
5.8-17.4mm f/2.8-4.9 zoom lens (equivalent to 35-105mm in 35mm format)
4x Digital Zoom
Optical Viewfinder
Real-image optical zoom viewfinder
2.5 inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD - Approx. 115,000 pixels
Maximum Aperture - f/2.8 (W) - f/4.9 (T)
Shutter Speed - 15-1/1500 sec.; Slow shutter operates with noise reduction when manually set at 1.3-15 sec.
Built-in Flash
SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard
Still Image: 2,592 x 1,944 (Large), 2,048 x 1,536 (Medium 1), 1,600 x 1,200 (Medium 2), 640 x 480 (Small)
Movie: 640 x 480/320 x 240 (30 fps/15 fps), 320 x 240 (1 min. at 60 fps), 160 x 1
20 (3 min. at 15 fps)

Canon SD30

Finally, there’s the ultra sleek SD30 also at $450 for its 5MP Quality.  It is available in a variety of colors as well.

5.0 Megapixel, 1/2.5 inch charge coupled device (CCD)
Focal Length Lens - 6.3-14.9mm f/3.2-5.4 zoom lens (equivalent to 38-90mm in 35mm format)
4x Digital Zoom
1.8 inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD. - Approx. 118,000 pixels
Maximum Aperture - f/3.2 (W) - f/5.4 (T)
Shutter Speed - 15-1/1600 sec.; Slow shutter operates with noise reduction when manually set at 1.3-15 sec. is only available in select modes
Built-in Flash
Activates shutter after an approx. 2 sec./10 sec. delay, Custom
Wireless Control - Available for playback and printing via Camera Station CS-DC1
SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard


Mobile Edge WiFi Signal LocatorSo, Mobile Edge is calling this one the smallest WiFi signal locator in the world. The nice thing about this is that it slips right on to your keychain, so it’s always with you, and pretty hard to forget. Unless, you know, you lose your keys all the time. The WiFi Locator weighs in at $29.99 USD.

  • Patent-pending technology instantly detects ONLY WiFi signal presence
  • Eliminates false readings from microwave and portable phone interference
  • Detects 802.11B and G Networks
  • Four bright LED’s to show signal strength


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