For those of you who use the Apple Remote app to control your iTunes and Apple TV experiences, hit up iTunes to grab the latest update to the app. Remote version 1.3 states that it can “control your Apple TV with simple finger gestures,” which is good enough for us. If you have an Apple TV and have yet to try the Remote app, we highly recommend it. It’s free, and it’s much faster to navigate to content with than using the actual Apple remote control.
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Did you know that if you have an iPhone running that iPhone OS 3.0 under an AT&T plan, you get to use AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots for free? Even better, after you log on to an AT&T Wi-Fi hotspot once, you’ll be auto-logged on to any others that you want to join as well, no extra cost to you. Check out the video above to hear AT&T’s Seth Bloom explain it a bit further.
The Archos 9 PC Tablet has lots of usability as well as a sleek style. It comes packed with an Intel ATOM Z515 processor, an 80 GB hard disk, 1GB of RAM upgradable to 2GB, WiFi and Bluetooth compatibility and runs Windows 7. Users can input via touchscreen, Windows keyboard or tracking mouse. When released in Europe, the miniPC will include an antenna and can receive DVBT TV signals. No pricing has yet to be announced.
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Take a look at Panasonic’s 10.4-inch notebook. Dubbed Let’s Note Light, the portable PC features a 1.4 GHz Intel 2 Solo SU3500 or Duo SU9400 Processor, 2GB RAM upgradable to 4GB, 64GB SSD, a 9 hr. battery life and both WiFi and Ethernet compatibility. Retailing for about $1,750.00, the R8 CF-R8WWLAJP is only available in Japan for now. We expect a holiday release as it will certainly be a contender with those specs.
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General Mobile calls its DSTL1 “sophisticated and sexy.” We aren’t sure we would go that far but it does have some nice features. The Android-powered phone has double-SIM technology support, 624 MHz processor speed, a 5 megapixel Sony camera with AF, and Wifi capability. Check out photos, listen to music and watch Avi or Divx films on its 3-inch Sharp touchscreen. It also has Google map, built-in weather and Ebuddy. You will find it for $550.00 to $750.00, depending on your retailer of choice.
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Sony Ericsson has a nifty new prototype named the Aino, named after a Finnish mythology creature. The smartphone features an 8 megapixel camera, syncs to your PC via 3G or WiFi and (here’s where the nifty part comes in) connects to your PS3, no matter where you are. This version will only show you what content is on it but hey, it’s a start. The Aino comes with a Bluetooth headset, headphones that light up and a wireless dock.
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Lenovo’s Ideapad S12 certainly has a lot of bang for the buck. The 12-inch netbook has a NVIDIA Ion chipset, an Intel Atom N270 processor, can play 1080p video via HDMI and is good for gaming. Add to that 1GB DDR2 RAM, 160GB SATA drive, WiFi, Bluetooth and wired LAN capability, an upgradable 3 cell battery and Windows XP. Lenovo’s latest offering weighs about 3 lbs. and has a MSRP of $499.00.
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Sony’s new X-series Walkman is about to make its debut. The player has a 3-inch OLED screen for video and an FM tuner for audio. The PMP can handle almost any music format and comes with Slacker streaming and noise-canceling headphones. WiFi enabled, expect up to 33 hours of tunes or 9 hours of video playback. Available mid June, you can preorder now. Choose the 16GB model for $299.99 or the 32GB model for $399.99.
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Sanyo Japan has unveiled their LP-WXU700 Projector, supposedly the world’s first to be WiFi enabled. At a size of 334.2 X 78.4 X 257.5mm and weight of 3.6kg, it supports the IEEE802.11n standard and is designed for portability. The WXGA projector has a 500:1 contrast ratio, 3,800 lumens of brightness and can stream video through a PC. HDMI and USB interfaces are included as well. On sale in Japan on June 19 for ~$6,300.00, there is no word as yet to when it will arrive in other countries.
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Cablevision has announced that they will be offering the fastest Internet connection ever. Beginning May 11, the plans have download speeds of up to 101 Mbps and upload speeds of 15 Mbps at a price of $54.90 to $64.90 per month. That equals out to an HD movie in only 10 minutes. It will also be making its WiFi Internet service faster by 3 Mbps at no extra charge. Rumor has it that they are competing against Verizon, which will is offering its FiOs 50 Mbps for $89.95 in NY.
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