It took them long enough, but TiVo has finally released an SDK which will allow developers to program web services and other applications for TiVo DVR’s over a network. The basic JavaHMO is an example of a program that is written to give the TiVo more functionality, but was a labor intensive project since there was no SDK at the time of its development. The first kit available to developers includes three applications - a weather module, an RSS reader, and some sort of game. Time will tell if this will be another one of those “too little, too late” deals, as Microsoft’s Windows Media Center 2005, Comcast, and others have been gaining on TiVo with much success.
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Sony’s newest and highly-anticipated microprocessor code-named Cell will run at a blazing 4.6 gigahertz. Next month, IBM, Sony and Toshiba will present four technical papers at the International Solid State Circuits Conference. This chip is a multicore 64-bit processor capable of massive floating point processing. What this translates into is massive operating power from a single chip. Sony plans to use this processor to power its next generation Playstation as well as home servers for broadband content and high-definition televisions. It probably will not be long until we see this kind of processing power on our home desktops as we see processing speed increase at almost a weekly basis.
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The only way to have the biggest and best Super Bowl party on the block is to collaborate the food and fun with high definition. If you haven’t purchased an HDTV yet, you may need some help with choosing what is best. As the HDTV market grew tremendously in 2004, the choices grew by a large margin. CNN Money has an article that aims to provide some insight on the myriad of options that are out there, as well as how retailers are likely rake in the profits this week.
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They have 700 of these new activity based remote controls to give away, and you can score one simply by filling out a very short survey on their site. We recently reviewed the Harmony 688, and walked away impressed. Logitech has a good thing going with the Harmony remote line. If you have multiple components and use a bunch of remotes to control them, this contest is for you - that is, if you are at least 18 and live in the United States.
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Their tagline says it all,“All your music. All over your house. All from the palm of your hand.” Starting with the basics, the Sonos unit is a wifi distribution system plus more. The zone players are also amplifiers, with speaker and line outs on the back of the unit. Bring it with you where you want it. On the back of the unit is a 4 port ethernet switch, but have no fear, it’s also wifi-enabled so the rj45’s aren’t mandatory. It will connect to up to 16 computers to be sure it has all your music. They also speak to other units wirelessly. You can listen to a song in multiple rooms with no echo or delay, or you can listen to multiple songs in multiple rooms. It will also stream internet radio station and allow for a line in connection from another audio device. 50watts per channel and it weighs 10lbs. It’s made of alluminum to keep it light and mobile. Add the Sonos desktop software and it links all your music together in the hot looking hand held controller. With an iPod styled control section and a 3.5” backlit LCD so you can browse your collection by Artist, Album, Genre, Track Name, Composer, or Playlist. You can build and edit playlists and setup multiple playlists for each zone. The Li-ION polymer battery will last for a week and only takes two hours to charge. As for the price, you can grab the Introductory Bundle which includes two zone player and the controller for a cool $1200 USD.
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Most of us love Digital Video Recorders for their ability to record television shows to a hard drive and see them at a more convenient time. Not to mention the ability to fast forward, rewind, and pause live T.V. What do you do when you want to take that T.V. show you recorded and see it on another T.V. or give it to a friend that missed the show? Well now there’s a way to do it. Humax introduces the DRT800. Equipped with a hard drive able to record 80 hours of television and a DVD Recorder, you are able to record television entertainment to DVDs. No longer do you have to delete old shows and never watch them again, at least until a re-run, now you are able to record DVDs to free up space and take them with you so you may watch them anywhere you want. This DVR requires a subscription to TiVo which costs $12.99 a month or $299 for a lifetime service.
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USA Today has a brief interview with the main man at Microsoft. It’s really amazing how much we depend on our PC for all our gear. Anyway, no new information regarding the XBox2, but he does offer some interesting scenarios on the future of video playback, along with why he supports the subscription-based model for digital music. Oh, and there’s no portable XBox in the works, but I guess that’s what our Pocket PC’s are for.
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How would you like to be able to buy a flat panel TV that costs less than a Plasma or LCD, and has a better picture? Various companies are trying to perfect the technology that will rely on diamonds or carbon nanotubes to produce images. This type of display would also consume less energy than today’s TV’s. As quoted from the article:
“The concept of a nanotube TV will give you image quality similar to CRTs (cathode ray tubes), and the best image quality is still found on CRT TVs,” said Tom Pitstick, vice president of marketing at Houston’s Carbon Nanotechnologies. “All the major display manufacturers are looking at nanotube TVs.”
The article goes into depth on how the technology works. A recommended read for all you TV buffs.
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Samsung announced Tuesday that it had developed the largest single-panel active matrix-based organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display for TVs. Recently, Phillips had that claim with it’s 20 inch screen. Samsung’s 21 inch OLED display offers brightness of 400 nits, a contrast ratio of 5000:1, and color gamut of 75, making the product ideal for viewing HD-resolution video images.
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Canon announced Tuesday that it will start producing rear projection televisions this year. Canon, a Japanese camera and office equipment maker, wants a part of the rapidly growing big screen TV market. Along with rear projection TVs, they will also be working with Toshiba, Hitachi, and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd in producing a new type of LCD panel. They plan on offering rear projection TVs on a commercial basis by the end of this year. Rear projection TVs are the second flat-panel TVs that will be offered by Canon, the first being SED TVs which will also be available this year. This comes as good news for the end-user. Bigger variety of TVs to choose from, more competition leads to cheaper prices, and better quality as a result of quality research on the part of TV makers. Be sure to be on the look out next holiday season for these TVs, they are sure to be among many people’s wish list.
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