Lake Success (NY) – Canon will be offering a new camcorder that records video in 1080i and stores them on a 40 GB hard drive.
Ambient Devices has begun selling an umbrella, which indicates to its owner whether it will be a rainy day or not. The device receives weather data from Accuweather.com – and if there is rain expected within the next 12 hours, the umbrella’s handle will illuminate.
Chicago (IL) – There’s a new toy coming your way: Sony announced its first portable HD video player.
Pioneer this week began shipping its latest slate of plasma televisions, claiming they have the darkest black levels of any plasma set.
Analyst Opinion - Sure, Blu-ray had lots of good news this week. But the HD DVD camp has been answering the trend with prices that are putting HD DVD players close to what many of us would consider an affordable and, as a result, reasonable HD solution. So, what do you buy? Here is some food for thought from Rob Enderle.
Ridgefield Park (NJ) – Samsung today officially introduced its third generation of high-definition playback devices, including a Blu-ray home theater system as well as the company’s first hybrid player that can play Blu-ray and HD DVD media.
Super high-end audio/video manufacturer Denon has decided to enter the HD format war with the announcement of a new Blu-ray Disc player for later this year.
Alviso (CA) - TiVo is planning to put out a new addition to its Series 3 brand of high definition DVRs with a model that's less than 50% cheaper than the current one.
TiVo launched its Series 3 HD video recorder last September at a staggering price of around $800. With such a high price point and very little marketing of the device, sales have been significantly lower than the DVR maker anticipated.
Netflix has dropped the monthly price on three of its DVD rental plans.
Disney recently launched a new audio CD technology called CDVU+, hoping it can create a stay of execution for the flagging audio format.
Ridgefield Park (NJ) – Samsung has introduced two new plasma TVs that are equipped with draft-n (802.11n) connectivity to enable consumers to stream video content wirelessly to their TV.
Seoul (Korea) – Samsung has announced their upcoming third-generation Blu-ray players that will be released in the fall. The BD-P1400 and P2400 will have 1080p playback and will upscale DVDs to 1080p resolution (provided you use HDMI).
Someone going by the forum name Divine Tao has cracked Microsoft's DRM blackbox components, opening up Windows Media Player and Zune restrictions.
If you plan on purchasing a $500 PS3, get it while it is available.
Chicago (IL) – Philips has received FCC approval for a compact, portable music system that integrates Bluetooth wireless connectivity: The device not only allows you to use wireless earphones to listen to music, it also enables you to make phone calls right from the couch.
Santa Monica (CA) – Folllowing the recent price drop of the Playstation Portable, Sony will be introducing an updated mobile game console, which is considerably more compact and comes with new features such as high-quality video output.
Santa Monica (CA) – Nintendo’s ideas to reach new customers for its Wii game console have added another direction today: The company introduced the WiiFit software and the Wii Balance Board which effectively create a virtual workout center in front of your TV.
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