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Google Chromecast media streaming dongle goes on sale for $35, Netflix promo yanked

Posted by Jason Diaz Categories: Accessories, Google, HDTV, Videos

Chromecast

Well, the rumors were correct on the mysterious device that momentarily showed up on Google's support page. The Chromecast is a media dongle that allows you to sling web content the web and cloud-stored content, using a smartphone or Chrome browser as a remote control. It's a bummer that it still doesn't have the ability to stream or mirror content stored on the device like Apple's AirPlay, but hey, for $35, we can't complain.

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Elgato Game Capture HD review

Elgato Game Capture HD review

Elgato has stepped into the game capture card market with its Game Capture HD device. Connecting through HDMI, high-definition video can be captured at up to 1080p (after a recent update) on either your Windows or Mac computer. One of the biggest draws to this product is that it’s a self-powered, external capture card allowing use a laptop to capture from the comfort of your living room.

The Game Capture HD was designed to be used with all of your favorite gaming consoles and has even been updated to work directly with the newly released Wii U. As an avid Playstation gamer, the only “issue” with in in Sony’s HDCP protection with HDMI connections. Elgato has us covered though and provides a special AV cable that runs into the PS3’s multi-port to capture HD gameplay and audio. While the Game Capture HD was created with game consoles in mind, any non-HDCP protected devices with HDMI outs can be captured, including iOS devices and computers.

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2012 Holiday Gift Guide: DarbeeVision Darbee Darblet

Darbee Darblet

If you've got a home theater nut in your life and you wanna get them a gift that they'll use on an almost daily basis with joy, you'll wanna check out the Darbee Darblet, our next recommendation in our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide. So, what's so special about the oddly-named Darblet? Well, it just makes your high-definition content look amazing. No, really, this is like nothing you've ever seen before. It adds a level of depth and clarity that is unmatched, all with a simple set-it-and-forget it interface. You can pick up the Darbee Darblet on Amazon.

Still not convinced? Check out our Darbee Darblet review, and Darblet unboxing gallery.

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Darbee Darblet unboxing gallery

Darbee Darblet in box

Earlier today we posted our DarbeeVision Darbee Darblet review. It's a product with a ridiculous name, for sure, but the magic that it works on your HDTV signal is nothing to laugh at. We've put together a Darbee Darblet unboxing gallery to give you a close-up look at the hardware.

Gallery: Darbee Darblet unboxing gallery


Darbee Darblet review

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Accessories, HDTV, Product Reviews

Darbee Darblet review

We always recommend that HDTV purchasers get their sets calibrated professionally--you just end up getting way more for your money when your television is optimized for your viewing environment. When we heard about the Darbee Darblet from DarbeeVision, we were skeptical. This is supposed to be a gadget that you integrate into your home theater setup that adds a level of sharpness and depth that's unreachable even with hours of calibration. Sounds like a cheap gimmick, right? Well, we decided to put the Darblet to the test, and…wow…we came away impressed. Join us in our Darbee Darblet review to find out why every videophile needs to pick one of these up!

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13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is official

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop

13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display
Apple has launched it's second Mac that sports a super-high resolution screen with the announcement of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. Sporting a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600, it's got even more pixels than a new 27-inch iMac. Along with the Retina display, you're also getting two Thunderbolt ports, HDMI, and a couple of USB 3.0 ports as well. Pricing starts at $1,699 for a dual-core 2.5GHz Core i5 process, 8GB RAM, and 128GB of flash storage. If that's not enough, you can configure it with up to 768GB storage and a Core i7, all wrapped in an enclosure that is 0.75-inches thin. The new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display ships today, and you can buy one now.

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The $249 Archos 97 Carbon 9.7-inch Android tablet now available

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Google, Handhelds, Hot Deals

Archos 97 Carbon

Remember that super-affordable Archos 97 Carbon that we talked about a couple of weeks ago? Well, the $249 Ice Cream Sandwich-powered tablet is now on sale. As a refresher, the 97 Carbon sports a 9.7-inch IPS display with 1024 x 768 resolution. It ships with 16GB of storage, upgradeable to 48GB with a 32GB microSD card. You'll find a 1 GHz processor and 1 GB RAM powering this slate, which is good enough to decode full 1080p video and output it to an HDTV with the built-in HDMI port. Shipping is free from Archos.

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The Retina MacBook Pro can power four displays at once

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Displays, PC / Laptop

Retina macbook pro external displays

Here's another fun tidbit about the MacBook Pro with Retina display--it can power four displays at once. In addition to its own display, you can connect two displays to the two Thunderbolt ports, and a third external display to the HDMI port. One thing we haven't tried, though, is also connecting to a fourth external display using AirPlay mirroring. First, we just don't have that many displays at our disposal, and second, we just aren't that ridiculous.

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Huge Giveaway: Enter to win the HyperSpeed HDMI Fan Cave and Big Game Bundle!

Hyperspeed HDMI Fan Cave Sweepstakes

As we've been teasing on the Gear Live TwitterFacebook, and Google+ pages (this is why you should be following us on those services!), we are teaming up with Monster and Newegg this week to give away two huge prize packs. In anticipation of the Big Game in Indianapolis, we are co-sponsoring the Newegg Monster HyperSpeed HDMI Fan Cave Sweepstakes this week.  Details on how you can win the Newegg Monster HyperSpeed HDMI Fan Cave (valued at $4,370) and the Monster Big Game Bundle (valued at $1,740) and what's included in each bundle are below. Enter once for a chance to win from January 27th through February 4th.

The HyperSpeed HDMI Fan Cave is a $4,370 value and includes:

  • LG 47" 3D 1080p 240Hz LED HDTV (valued at $1900)
  • 16' Monster M2000 HyperSpeed HDMI cable (valued at $350)
  • Monster Clarity HD Model One speakers (valued at $750)
  • Two Monster iSport In-Ear headphones (valued at $360)
  • Monster HDP 1800 HD Power Center (valued at $350)
  • Monster Flat Screen Articulating Wall Mount (valued at $400)
  • Monster Digital Life PowerNet 300 (valued at $160)
  • Newegg Gift Card (valued at $100)

The Big Game Bundle is a $1,740 value and includes:

  • 8' Monster M2000 HyperSPeed HDMI Cable (valued at $250)
  • Monster Clarity HD Model One speakers (valued at $750)
  • Monster iSport In-Ear headphones (valued at $180)
  • Monster HDP 1800 HD Power Center (valued at $350)
  • Monster Digital Life PowerNet 300 (valued at $160)
  • Newegg Gift Card (valued at $50)

So, how do you enter to win all this good stuff? To enter to win the Newegg Monster HyperSpeed HDMI Fan Cave, head on over to Monster's giveaway page on Newegg. You can enter there once for a change to win. To enter to win the Monster Big Game Bundle, you can enter using our widget below. We've got just one requirement for entry, but we are also offering you guys a bunch of extra ways to score bonus entries. Here's what's required:

Let us know you did that, and grab your bonus entries, using the widget below!

EDIT: We are having trouble with the widget not loading - in the meantime, just head over to this page and enter using the widget at the bottom!


Bleeding Edge TV 355: Orange iPhone 4 Bumper Case

When the launched, there was a rush and quick shortage of the iPhone 4 . When Apple announced the cases, there were five colors announced (black, white, orange, blue, green, and pink,) but when the device launched, only the black case was available. The other colors are still super-hard to find, and currently have a three-week wait time when ordering them from the Apple Store. We were able to get our hands on the orange Bumper Case, and give you a quick video showing it off. Oh, and yes, we put it on backwards.

You can pick up an iPhone 4 Bumper Case from Apple for $29.


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