Apple refreshes its iPod touch

Apple used its Let’s Rock event today to update its touch-based media player. The new iPod touch comes with a more rounded stainless steel design that resembles the appearance of the iPhone 3G, side volume controls and a built-in speaker. It also comes pre-loaded with a new software package that adds Apple’s new Genius music recommendation option and out-of-the-box support for Nike+ sports gear.

Sony showcases 24.6-megapixel full frame DSLR

Sony's got itself a new α (alpha) DSLR today which the company says is its first full-frame model. It is called the DSLR-A900 and the body alone will cost you around $3000 with related accessories. It will hit store shelves in November.

Apple announces new iPod nano, 120 GB classic

Apple unveiled its fourth-generation iPod nano as well as a new 120 GB iPod Classic at its “Let’s Rock” event today. The 160 GB iPod is gone.

Microsoft updates Zune players ahead of Apple event

Microsoft unveiled its new Zune media players just hours before the Apple’s annual iPod event. The refreshed media player family offers more storage capacity and the updated software adds new interesting options, some of them unique to the Zune. Microsoft hopes these benefits might convince iPod users to switch, while serving as a reminder to others that Zune is still in the game.

Mitsubishi's laser TV goes on sale for $7000

Mitsubishi’s LaserVue LCD, according to the company the world’s first laser-powered TV, will be on store shelves at the end of this month and will sell in its 65” version for pretty much what the company promised – the price of an average 65” LCD TV. It is not cheap, but it may one of most technologically advanced televisions on the market many enthusiasts can afford.

Will Microsoft crash Apple’s iPod party?

Apple may not be the only one dominating tech headlines tomorrow. Apparently, Microsoft is set to refresh its Zune family tomorrow as well and may use the media frenzy to piggy back on Apple. The company is expected to also apply a "redesign-storage upgrade-new colors-price cut" formula for this new product generation. However, behind that shiny new surface Microsoft is said to be offering upgraded Zune software and an updated Zune Marketplace service that may include exclusive interactive video programming, wireless access to the online store, games, and other content.

Gyration Unveils Air Motion Friendly Remote

Movea, a company known for motion-sensing technology in products such as its M2000 Travel Air-Mouse, took the wraps today off its new Gyration Air Music Remote which combines "a universal remote control with the functions of a PC mouse." This motion-sensing remote can be yours to twirl around in the air for around $180 standalone, or $230 if you want a wireless keyboard tossed in.

Tom Cruise says his web site now iPhone friendly – huh?

Normally we'd ignore something like this but it feels too strange to pass up on a brief mention of. Tom Cruise, that Scientology loving actor who, despite some weirdness, is still a pretty major Hollywood presence, has announced his official Web site is going iPhone friendly.

Kick those DVDs to the curb with Real DVD

Real Networks is back with a new application that can easily save and play DVDs from your hard drive.  The Real DVD app will also organize saved DVDs into a nice library and you can even apply parental controls to your saved movies.  Initially an XP and Vista version will be released and a Mac version is currently in development.

Throw out the Kindle, Plastic Logic has something better

Get ready to finally chuck all those newspapers and books that you’ve been carrying because Plastic Logic has introduced a full-page sized ebook reader that doesn’t suck.  The touch screen reader has an 8.5-inch by 11-inch display and uses flexible (as opposed to rigid glass) plastic.  Unlike other electronic ink devices (cough Kindle cough), this reader has enough screen real estate for a pop-up touch-sensitive keyboard.

Another year, another iPod - and maybe a surprise

You know something is up when Apple’s PR team urges journalists to attend tomorrow's iPod event, pitching it as the "big deal." If we believe the blogosphere, then there aren’t many surprises left. We are expecting more storage space for iPods and price cuts. There will be the obligatory redesigns for the Nano and the Touch and perhaps a couple new features for some models. iTunes 8 will debut with a layout, grid view and a music recommendation engine and the iPhone/iPod touch 2.1 firmware also slated for release. So much for the boring announcements. Of course we hope there will be more – especially the rumored all-you-can-eat music subscription service for iTunes, which should be much more exciting that new shapes a colors for music and video players.

LG announces Blu-ray player with Netflix streaming

LG has announced a new Blu-ray player that can stream Netflix videos.  The BD300 will be available this fall for $400 and will have the standard Blu-ray features like 1080p resolution and five channel uncompressed audio playback.  The player also has a USB port that plays music, pictures and videos from common handheld devices.  Standard definition DVDs can also be played and the BD300 will upsample the video to 1080p resolutions.  But perhaps the most interesting feature is the Netflix streaming, but sadly the video and audio quality will be extremely limited.

CEDIA show wows attendees with 400-disc Blu-ray changers and 4K projectors

The CEDIA show in Denver Colorado has become a pre-CES show of sorts with many home electronics companies showing off their latest gadgets.  So far attendees have been wowed by a 400-disc Blu-ray changer from Sony and a JVC 4K projector that pumps out 3500 lumens worth of video.  As usual, no prices were announced, but for these things if you have to ask, then you probably can’t afford it.

Toshiba announces HD upscaling tech with new LCD TVs

Toshiba today announced its fall lineup of LCD TVs at the CEDIA tradeshow. Especially interesting are the Regza RV535 and XV545 series, both of which come standard with a “near HD” upscaling technology announced earlier this year for standard video signals.

Microsoft Christmas games: Xbox 360 for $199

Following a previously announced price cut for the Xbox 360 in Japan, Microsoft today said that it will reduce the price of the console for U.S. customers as well. For the very first time, you will be able to buy an Xbox 360 for less money than a Nintendo Wii and for half the price of a PS3.

Pioneer to introduce $2000 Blu-ray player

Blu-ray has only five years left – Samsung

A Samsung representative has made a bold prediction that Blu-ray only has five years left.  I’m sure that comes as a shock to most of you since the format only recently won its battle against HD-DVD and is now locked in another format battle against DVD.  In an interview with Pocket-lint, Andy Griffiths, Samsung UK Director of consumer electronics, said, “I think it [Blu-ray] has 5 years left, I certainly wouldn’t give it 10.”

New iPods coming September 9?

Nokia launches digital music service

Xbox 360 gets drastic price cut in Japan