Digital Picture Frames are very common these days, but Toshiba Digital Media Frames are quite uncommon. Toshiba announced three new types at Rockefeller Center today, as well as its partnership with FrameChannel. Not only do these Wi-Fi connected frames offer personalized weather, traffic, sports, music and video, but a FrameChannel account gives users access to Flickr, Photobucket, and Facebook.
The 8-inch models are available in white (DMF82XWU) and black (DMF82XKU) for about $179.99. The black 10-inch frame (DMF102XKU) is priced at $229.99. All three frames should be available in August.
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Thank goodness all is well with NASA’s LRO and LCROSS. The LCROSS is already streaming video back to earth and will crash land on the moon Oct. 9 to look for water on the South Pole. The LRO just completed the last of its four engine burns and has settled into a comfortable orbit. It will be compiling 3D maps of the surface for about a year. All told, it will provide more data than any other mission.
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Cross Flickr and Wikipedia and you get Fotopedia. Users are encouraged to create or edit pages, add their own photos from their PCs or other image sites and include a Google map and Wikipedia information. Included are the categories of geography and travel, nature, transportation, sports, people and history, art and popular culture. So far the site has over 150,000 images that can be made into slide shows for the curious.
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Creative’s ZEN MX does it all with a built-in SD card slot to access and create a playlist for more music, videos and photos. Weighing only 66g, it features plug and play use and a 2.5-inch TFT 16.7 million color display. It has an FM tuner, alarm clock, voice recorder and Creative’s easy navigation. Compatible with Windows XP or Vista, the 8GB MX has a price of $99.00 while you can get the 16GB model for $129.99.
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Just as TVs get thinner all the time, so do digital frames. Samsung has a perfect example with their SPF-87H Photo Frame. The 8-inch display with 800x480 resolution is only .91-inches thick. It holds 1GB memory equal to about 3,000 photos, a 5001:1 contrast ratio and runs via USB cable. Available in red, blue or charcoal, the smart frame will be available for ~$129.00, depending on where you shop.
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Jobo has introduced its new line of NANO high-end digital frames. The 7 Series Basic, Pro and Media versions are each less than a cm thick, come with remote and have a 7-inch high res TFT color LCD display. The Pro and Media frames have touch-activated buttons on the bottom front that disappear when not in use. The Media frame shows digital photo slide shows, plays music as well as video with audio and music. Contact Jobo for price and availability.
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Polaroid’s new Pogo Instant Digital Camera is about to make its debut. The 5.0 megapixel Two cam takes a picture and spits out a 2 x 3-inch print about 40 seconds later. Check your image on the 3-inch LCD screen and crop, add border and print date, and dispose of red eye. Record to a memory card and send them by USB to your PC. Add to that a timer, movie mode with sound, a 4x digital zoom and a rechargeable battery that is good for 15 prints on a full charge. Pre-order now for £229.95 ($343.30) and expect a May 12 delivery.
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The Obama administration has another technological first. All those photos you have been inundated from the “first 100 days” have been posted into the Official White House Photostream on Flickr. Pete Souza, the official White House photographer who shoots with a Canon 5D Mark II, has uploaded over 300 images on the site. We dig the fact that technology is so easily accepted by the utmost powers that be, but what we want to know is why are there only adults in this picture?
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MAGPIX promises simplicity with their new Pocket Photo Album. Available in titanium silver or pink thistle, it weighs only 2.2 oz, can fit in your palm, has a TFT LCD display and both an internal memory and SD card slot. It comes with PhotoManager software so that you can find, organize and transfer one or all images by USB. It can also capture information, such as presentations or directions to the local mall. The album carries an MSRP of $99.99.
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Google has two new programs in the works. Similar Images uses pictures for searching instead of text. As an example, click on the word “Paris” and you get Ms. Hilton, the Eiffel Tower and a photo of an old church. You then click to search further. Google News Timeline helps localize your search through a chronological history of articles, videos and images that have been arranged by a year, month, week or single date. Search through mags, newspapers, blogs or Wikipedia.
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