Word on the street is Samsung is currently working on its BD-UP5000 "Duo HD Player" that will see a commercial release when July rolls around. From its name alone, you know it will be able to handle discs from both HD DVD and Blu-ray camps, featuring HDMI 1.3 output and support for all new audio formats. The BD-UP5000 is very similar in design to the BD-P1200 Blu-ray player that is currently available. Other features include DCDi processing for DVD upscaling and HDMI output at 1080/24p. Pricing is rumored to be within the $799 to $999 range.
Dell has officially axed the Axim line of PDAs, and the company has no further plans on expanding that line of devices. A quick check with Dell's website showed that the Axim X51 line of devices are no longer available for purchase, bringing a premature death to a 2-year old device. Would Dell have fared better if the Axim X51 had taken the smartphone route? If you're an Axim owner, will this piece of news spurn you to start scouting for a new PDA device?
JW Marriot is moving along with the times by offering "ultra-adaptable" rooms that come with a Plug-In Panel. What this panel does is detect virtually any device you attach automatically, recognizing MP3 players, digital cameras, laptops, and DVD players among others. The 32" widescreen LCD display in the room comes with split screen capability to let you work and watch TV simultaneously. There are no settings to confound yourself with as the Plug-In Panel is smart enough to set everything up itself. Other input types available are component audio/video, S-video, digital video, PC video, a quartet of power outlets, phone and Ethernet jacks. Needless to say, you'll be paying a premium over regular rooms if you want to stay connected.
Onkyo has released the UWL-1 audio transmitter that makes it easy to steram music from your PC to an audio system in different rooms and floors within a 30 meter radius. Of course, this range will be affected by walls and doors, so be prepared to make some allowances. When combined with a WiFi PDA remote application for Windows such as NetRemote or Pocket Remote, the UWL-1 truly shines in bringing music to different places. It is compatible with virtually any device that accepts an analog or optical audio connection.
It doesn't look very sturdy, and there's literally no description whatsoever on the product page. This unofficial USB NES Gamepad is as bootleg as you can get. (Your emulation cabinet will thank you.) GeekStuff4U...
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Pricing on HDMI cables is just insane. You can easily spend $100 on an HDMI cable and there's just no reason for them to be that expensive. If you're in need of a quality HDMI cable at the best price, look no further than the Apple Store. That's right - the XtremeMac XtremeHD HDMI to HDMI cable actually exceeds...
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Breaking down to a little under 20 million units per year since the player was first introduced in November 2001, Apple announced they have sold 100 million iPods. Presumably this doesn't constitute 100 million iPod owners - the shuffle, for example, is clearly aimed at the buyer who doesn't want a bulky full-screen player all the time (but may and probably does want one some of the time). "We want to thank music lovers everywhere for making iPod such an incredible success,' said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. Though it's probably the other way around - we should thank Apple for producing one of the more usable music devices in human history, however occasionally [read: often] annoying Apple might be. [GT]