October 10, 2012
What can be more fun than tooling around in your new electric Smart car? How about a home cinema projector in your front bumper? Aside from its low price (starting at ~$13,000) and small size, the Fortwo is economical with a 60kW magneto-electric motor. And soon it will come with a movie screen in a
bag car theater that includes surround sound, a glass roof and an appropriate name (Forstars.) Find a nice, quiet wall or garage door and an iPhone can connect by Bluetooth. Somehow we find the idea of the concept car comforting and it if only had a microwave for popcorn, going out to a movie could be affordable again.
Read More in: Home Theater | Video Streaming
October 9, 2012
The CD turned 30 Oct. 1, and although it has been mostly replaced by digital downloads, we figured we should pay a bit of tribute. Long story short, Phillips released the audio platform in 1974, soon collaborated with Sony and the CDP-101 was released to the public in 1982. The first CD was Billy Joel's 52nd Street, his 6th studio album, that was re-launched as a disc. You can check out its history and learn all the details or you can do what we are doing, chilling out to "Big Shot" by the fine musician as a fitting homage.
Read More in: Audio Devices | Audio Streaming
October 8, 2012
We find it quite interesting that the social networks were really the hit of last Wednesday's debate. The discussion sparked a record breaking 10.3 million tweets including some about health care vouchers and PBS. The Public Service TV supporters went as far a posting parody accounts and @BigBird attracted more than 20,000 followers.
There were various astute and comedic tweets, including one that mentioned that Romney's lapel pin was bigger than Obama's. So I say, let's pay attention and see what happens during subsequent debates. Does the size of the pin indicate political clout? Probably not, but we bet we see them getting gradually larger.
The good news here is that Sesame Street VP Sherrie Westin says most of their show's funding comes from corporate sponsorships, product sales and donations. That means that the large Muppet will still have employment. What will suffer are some of the small, rural stations who really depend on the subsidy. To not get access to PBS' fine programming, which was only .00012 percent of the entire federal budget in 2011, would be a shame.
Via ABC News
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October 5, 2012
Portable Blu-ray and DVD players are certainly commonplace these days and more affordable than ever. Sony's latest portable Blu-ray Player has a 9", high-res widescreen LCD, a 180º swivel flip screen and a rechargeable battery that will last about 4.5 hours for those long commutes. The player features an HDMI output for viewing on your HDTV and a USB input offers more accessibility for video, photos or tunes. With support for most video platforms and a price around $200.00, the BDPSX910 comes with an AC adapter, remote and car charger.
Via Sony Blu-ray Players
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October 4, 2012
Netflix has updated its user interface for its Android app, hopefully making it a simpler user experience. Its new home screen look has search, browsing, recently viewed and recommendations, just like its big brother interface. A simple tap on a film brings up information while a double tap means play. The app works for any device with Android 2.3 or later and is free to subscribers.
Via Google Play
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October 3, 2012
Those looking for a new mechanical keyboard (for either a Mac or PC) now have another option to consider, the Quiet Pro keyboard from Matias. The Quiet Pro comes in both a PC and Mac version, has the usual keys and brightness and volume control. The keys are laser etched and two USB ports come on the board. Priced at $149.95, the company also makes a keyboard for iPhones, one that folds and various other accessories.
Read More in: Add category | Peripherals
October 2, 2012
Eleven year-old Victoria Walker has designed an app that literally barks if someone uses a smartphone in his/her car and will not stop until the phone is put down. When an entire group adopts "Rode Dog", a tattletale can warn a friend if he/she suspects there is some unsafe texting going on.
With assistance from software designer David Grau, the app earned a $20,000 award for its owner from AT&T's "It Can Wait" contest that rewards developers that try to help solve the text while driving problem. Look for its launch later this year when it becomes available for iOS, Android and Windows phones.
Via LA Times
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October 1, 2012
Boo! It's pumpkin month already so here is a quick look back at September's round up. Yum - pumpkin pie!
A/V to PC Streaming
Steals and Deals
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Apparently Facebook is not content enough to oversaturate us with ads or suggestions. While you can still poke and/or chat with your friends, they would prefer you send them a real gift. When one of your buds is having a birthday or other special event, the service will notify you and make suggestions for purchase. The usual gifting ideas exist here like teddy bears, gift cards or cakes. Another ka-ching for the Zuck.
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September 28, 2012
Here comes the holidays. A new Xbox 360 Bundle is already available for preorder. It comes with Halo 4 Standard Edition. Also included in the Limited Edition are two wireless controllers with blue LED and rotating D-pad, Infinity Multiplayer mode, sound effects and a code for unique, downloadable content to dress up your avatar. Best of all, should the price drop before you receive your bundle, you will get the full package at the lesser price.
Via Xbox Bundles
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