While there are plenty of flexible cords and cables for computers, Panasonic claims they have the planet’s first “free-angle” HDMI cable. The device has a version 1.3a high data transfer speed and is meant for flat panel displays. The cable can move 180º, which means you can reduce the 9cm of space usually needed behind a flatscreen to only 3 cm. Look for the flexible 1.5 and 3 meter cords to become available in August.
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Sony has released their new VAIO FW Notebook and you know that this one is for those who love their videos. Available in various configurations in a series, the premium model weighs about 6 lbs., is powered by Intel Centrino 2, and plays Blu-ray Disc HD in full 1080 resolution when connected to an HDTV. It has a 16.4-inch LCD with HD, and their XBRITE-HiColor LCD technology. That extra width minimizes black bars on the screen. The FW comes with MusicBox and Click to Disc/Editor software so you can become the moviemaker you always wanted to be. Choose between titanium gray and powder white. The standard notebook carries a $1,000.00 MSRP while the premium has a $1,750.00 price.
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Kodak isn’t just for film anymore. Their new Theatre HD Player allows you to display pictures and video on your HDTV and access Internet Radio, podcasts and other webbish delights. Accessible by PC, camera, and online photo sites, bore your relatives by creating slide shows to your tunes. The Picture Mail can wirelessly send and receive images. The theatre will be available in September for $299.95
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If you have an Apple TV, you are gonna wanna go ahead and update it. Just head into the General Settings menu, and go to Software Update. Apple TV will find the latest version, and offer to download it. This update provides a couple of new functionalities for the device, namely MobileMe support, as well as support for the new Remote app. This is the newly released iPhone and iPod touch application that allows you to take control of iTunes or Apple TV right from your handheld device itself. We were playing with it a bit earlier today, and we think it’s fantastic.
Monster has created a Wireless Digital Express HD Kit that hooks up to your HDTV with a DVD player or digital signal box. It makes a claim of 1080p up to 30 feet away with its ultra-wideband or up to 330 ft. with existing coaxial cable. The device utilizes Sigma’s Wireless HDAV for HD A/V cable replacement as well as UWB-over-Coax technology. The system’s receiver goes into your TV’s HDMI port while the transmitter connects to the signal source. Look for the Monster products to make their debut in October with a MSRP of ~$300.00.
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Our buds at TiVo have been at it again with one of their surveys, in time for Dad’s day. It seems that when 700 men were asked what shows they liked, the results were surprising:
- Dancing With the Stars – 33%
- Grey’s Anatomy – 24%
- Desperate Housewives – 22%
- Access Hollywood – 17%
- TMZ – 16%
Also in time for the holiday, TiVo is offering several gift packs such as the Advantage Package that includes an 80-hour TiVo Series2 Dual Tuner DVR with TiVo service gift card. It has an instant $150.00 rebate which makes it only $99.99. Check out their site for other deals for your father/partner/spouse.
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Alright, we’ve hyped it for over a month - the 31 Days of the Dragon contest was our second biggest giveaway in the history of Gear Live. The rules were simple - interact with Gear Live and our community, and don’t spam. You earn points for different actions you take on the site, and the person with the most points at the end of the contest would be declared the winner, as long as they didn’t resort to spamming to get there.
We saw a lot of new activity across the board. Comments, forum posts, gallery comments, new members, and the list goes on…but there could only be one winner. Do note, if you didn’t win, we have another contest starting next week where we will be giving away our customized Gear Live iPhone as the grand prize, with a couple of runner up prizes as well.
Okay, we’ve waiting long enough. The winner of the HP HDX Dragon computer package is…
ASUS’s new offering for home entertainment is the Mini PC Nova Lite PX24. The supposedly world’s smallest mini-PC has a built-in independent graphics card, hi-fi speakers with Dolby digital Life/DTS Connect, and is energy efficient. At a size of 242 x 184 x 51mm and a weight of 1.5kg, it supports HD1080i/1080p and is packed with Windows Vista Home Premium as well as Intel CPU. For more fun, utilize its Media Center for photographs, video, and broadcasting music. Contact ASUS for pricing.
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Sony has released its new BRAVIA V4000 Series LCD TVs with a contrast ratio of 33000:1. The screens come in 40, 46, and 52-inches, with other sizes expected down the road. Each one features 1080p HD, its ENGINE 2 for detail, a DVB-C/DVB-T tuner, and a 24p True Cinema mode for making those Blu-ray discs look as spiffy as possible by eliminating the conversion of theatrical format to conventional TV. Each BRAVIA comes with a remote with sync and 3 HDMI sockets for connection to other electronics. No price has been released as yet.
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Take a look at Westinghouse Digital’s 40-inch 1080p Combo. The VK-40F580D HDTV has an optimal resolution of 1920 x 1080 with 16.7 million colors, an integrated front slot load DVD player, preset and custom video modes, and 2 HDMI inputs. It also features their Pixel Direct tech and SpineDesign side connectors. We actually caught a couple of Westinghouse’s displays recently and were pleasantly surprised that the company has its handle on something other than refrigerators.
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