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

Refreshed PSP to launch in Japan for $180

Sony’s Playstation Portable (PSP) will see its first major feature update next month: Scheduled for an October 16 launch in Japan, the new PSP-3000 is positioned to challenge Nintendo’s DS console, which currently outsells the PSP by almost 3:1 and has a substantial lead in total units sold.

Babes of NVISION gallery

Ok so NVISION was mostly about computers and games, but as is common to most trade shows companies bring out their best booth babes to lure in the crowd.  Following in the great TG Daily tradition of providing great booth babe coverage, here’s our gallery of the finest girls at NVISION.  We’ve also included a few shots of Tricia Helfer, star of Battlestar Galactica, when she appeared at Jen-Hsun Huang’s keynote.

Behold the five radiators, six graphics cards and 50+ fans “DayWalker” system

While many of the case mods we saw at the NVISION conference and LAN party were extraordinary, the “DayWalker” Blade-themed case - or more accurately towering, human-sized, case – impressed us the most.  Created by Richard “DarthBeavis” Surroz, a computer maniac and noted case modder, the DayWalker contains several radiators, dozens of fans and six graphics cards.

Logitech’s Slim Devices intros Squeezebox Boom network player

Slim Devices, a company Logitech acquired in October of 2006, today announced its Squeezebox Boom “all-in-one” network music player, which promises to deliver a wireless Internet music experience throughout your home. It’s a natural evolution for Slim Devices, but we are still waiting for an integration of the technology with other Logitech devices.

NVISION LAN party sets world record

Hundreds of very tired attendees at the GeForce LAN party pumped their fists and gave a weary cheer when they broke a Guinness World Record for the longest continuous LAN party.  The event was part of the NVISION conference hosted by NVIDIA and had hundreds of people playing video games for 36 straight hours.  For their efforts, the “winners” – if you can call them that – received “gold medals”, had their LAN party entrance fees refunded and their pictures taken for posterity.

Samsung, Sony roll out BD-Live Blu-ray players

Samsung and Sony are showcasing their latest Blu-ray player flagship models at the IFA 2008 tradeshow. Both players are priced outside the mainstream market and may not see especially high production volumes. But the arrival of more BD-Live players carries the hope that there is room for previous-generation and entry-level Blu-ray players that are more interesting for mainstream buyers.

TiVo, EW hop into content bed

Sony pops out pricey SACD player

Last time we checked, the Super Audio CD (SACD) was one of Sony’s big failures in recent history. The idea of a DRM-laden specialty audio listening experience did not stick too well with high-end consumers. It never really seemed to gain much threshold and one could assume it died off like other failed Sony formats. Not so, it seems – at least if we believe that Sony is serious about launching a new SACD/DVD player later this year.