Get rid of some of your old DVDs through Amazon and get a gift certificate. They will accept regular DVDs, HD and Blu-ray movies and TV shows with original container and worth at least $10.00. Shipping is free and your account is credited within a couple of days. Looking at their offer, we found the average price, no matter what format, was about $5.00, depending on age, but some were as low as $2.50. We found a Harry Potter Gift Set, that sells for $112.49, was worth all of $13.50. Still, it will give you the ability to buy a DVD you haven’t seen.
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GE is bringing good things to digital storage. Their new technology, still in the planning stage, allows standard sized holographic discs to hold about 100 DVDs of information. The data is encoded in light patterns, then the holograms refract light patterns when a laser is shined on them. While this technology has been around since the 60s, InPhase Technologies (part of Bell labs) has announced that they will be using $18,000.00 machines to introduce the system for video and storage of medical images.
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Since you are already buying Blu-ray discs for your home, maybe it is time to upgrade to Panasonic’s car entertainment system. Install the CN-HX900D dash-mountable device with its CD/DVD player, 40GB Windows hard drive, GPS, and Bluetooth and iPod/iPhone compatibility. Add to that a 7-inch 1280x720 display. Then you need a CYBB1000D for the kidlets in the back. Look for it to come out in the fall. No price has been released as yet, but we figure this one is going to cost a bit.
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Red2Blu will take your old Warner Bros. HD DVDs and for $4.95 each (as well as shipping and handling) they will exchange them for Blu-ray discs. You simply mail the original to their processing center, and you will receive your new disc in 4 to 5 weeks. Check out the WBshop to find out what titles are available, as well as a listing of newly released ones.
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While Circuit City goes under with a whimper, Best Buy has announced with a bang that their recycling program will be launched nationwide on Feb. 15. You can bring up to two units per day for each household. Items include computers, VCRs, DVDs, cell phones, peripherals and other small electronics. They will not accept TVs or monitors over 32-inches, console TVs, any appliances, items with Freon and microwaves. Items with screens come with a $10.00 recycling fee, but that becomes an instant Best Buy gift card.
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It’s about time that someone made a portable media center in a shape that seems more natural than your average rectangle. This PMC has an 8-inch swivel 16:9 LCD widescreen, stereo speakers, a DVD, CD, MP3 and MP4 player, as well as video gaming capability. The device can run off an internal Li-ion battery or its AC adapter. It can also play files from SDcards, USB flash Drives or other PMPs. The multi-media entertainment center carries a MSRP of $175.60.
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These may look like ordinary speakers, but there is a spy cam with a 3.7mm wide angle lens cleverly concealed. The Computer Speakers not only work with your PC, but with MP3 players, CD and DVD players as well. They have simplified power and volume control as well as a headphone output jack. Each camera includes a free wireless 2.4 GHz receiver (a $160.00 value.) Available in several models, prices start at $126.00.
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Nielsen has come up with its Top Ten lists for 2008 trends. Included are lists for televisions shows, DVDs, music, books, mobile games, advertisers and consumer spending. We thought you might like to see the top 10 Internet sites (no surprise.) The calculation is an average monthly audience in millions through October. To see the others, hit the link below.
1. Google 120.5
2. Yahoo 114.9
3. MSN/Windows Live 98.4
4. Microsoft 95.5
5. AOL Media Network 90.2
6. YouTube 72.6
7. Fox Interactive Media 68.8
8. eBay 54.7
9. Wikipedia 54.5
10. Apple 49.3
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Make this the year that you finally get rid of your old VHS tapes and convert them to discs. Kaiser Baas’ Video to DVD Maker does just what it says. With a simple plug-and-play USB 2.0 interface, connect your player or camcorder. Then capture, edit, and put on DVDs to view or upload to iPod, PSP or YouTube. Compatible with both Mac and PC, the DVD Maker comes with PowerProducer for burning and PowerDirector for uploading. Check with system requirements as old computers may have a problem. In black, white or red, the price is a decent $79.95.
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Denon has unveiled what they say is the first universal SACD/DVD/Blu-ray player. The DVD-A1UD has a Pure AV Direct, 32-bits/192kHz D/A converter, 7.1-channel analog outputs, an SD/SDHC card slot, and two HDMI 1.3 outputs. The player is compatible with DTS-HD Master Audio / Dolby TrueHD audio format and although not BD-Live ready, Denon says there will be firmware in the future for upgrade. Look for a ¥546,000 (~$584.00) price.
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