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We aren't sure if you've noticed, but HD video is "in." Nearly every major smartphone launching now has HD video recording, with the iPhone 4 even getting an iMovie app to edit all of that high resolution footage. Traditionally, PC webcams have lagged behind on the technology front. Most people have seemed satisfied with low-res VGA video chats for awhile now, with only those major Cisco teleprescence systems offering true HD conferencing. The time to bring that tech into the consumer arena is now, with Logitech at the front of the pack. The company has today revealed a full lineup of HD webcams,... Read more...
Although there has been some noise over the years about hybrid drives that somewhat bridge the gap between hard drives and solid state drives, short of getting installed in a handful of notebooks, they haven’t had a significant impact on the overall market. Hit your favorite on-line retailer and you’ll find a slew of SSDs and hard drives available, but nothing in between. If you need massive amounts of storage space, a hard drive is a necessity (unless you’ve got an unlimited budget). But if it’s maximum performance you crave, only an SSD will do. Today, however, Seagate... Read more...
Solid State Drives are all the rage with PC Enthusiasts these days. Although relatively expensive in comparison to standard hard drives, Solid State Drives have gotten very popular and have earned a reputation as one of the most significant performance upgrades available to enhance general system responsiveness. Capacities are relatively low in comparison to standard hard drives, but access times and transfer rates are in a different league altogether. And it’s a good SSD’s quick access times and speedy transfers that dramatically impact the end user experience, for the better. Solid... Read more...
The Internet is widely projected to reach a saturation point in developing nations years before the color television did so last century, but the TV isn't done breaking records and wowing consumers yet. The device that still provides millions of viewers with an outlet for entertainment and a view to the outside world has evolved nicely over the years, and while we're still not sure if 3D HDTVs have what it takes to revolutionize the television landscape once more, there's no doubt at all that high-definition has made, and continues to make, a huge impact. According to a new report listed at the... Read more...
WirelessHD has been a protocol that's been around for awhile, but it hasn't really been used a lot in consumer devices. The main reason is cost. WirelessHD products, which generally allow high-definition devices to connect to one another without wires, are quite expensive, and most people can't justify the expense. Select WirelessHD adapters have enabled Blu-ray players to send signals to HDTVs without an HDMI cable, but with some solutions costing hundreds of dollars, it's easy to see why most people simply suck it up and use the HDMI cord. Today, the WirelessHD Consortium, the first 60GHz initiative... Read more...
Wow. How the times have changed. In 2000, hearing about "HDTV" was rare. You might see one or two big events in HD, and you'd probably have to visit a sports bar or something similar to see it. Most people were still wowed with broadband Internet, and seeing March Madness in 720p was the least of their worries. SD content had worked fine for decades, so why change now?Slowly but surely, big networks began to make the investments required to bring HDTV to the masses, and pay-TV carriers began to offer them. Many charged extra for small "HD tiers," while some bragged about offering HD channels for... Read more...
One of the most promising technologies to emerge over the past five years has been wireless transfers of high-bandwidth devices. Wireless HD and wireless HDMI both hold a great deal of hope for the way HD video is distributed, and while Intel's Wireless Display technology touches on it somewhat, we haven't really seen any shipping products using it. Over on the home entertainment end, things are somewhat more lively. Cables To Go is a company that has been dabbling in this area since the early days, and they know a thing or two about getting your episode of Hulu from that notebook to the HDTV.The... Read more...
  With all of the press solid state drives have received over the last year or so, it would be easy to think that few advancements have been made in the hard drive space. After all, hard drive capacities have seemingly hit a plateau at 2TB, performance can't come close to even a mid-range SSD in most scenarios, and it's hard to imagine prices falling any lower, when some drives can be had for about 7.5 cents per gigabyte.  However, Western Digital, despite releasing their very own line of SSDs recently, continues to push the performance envelope with traditional spinning hard drives.... Read more...
With all of the press solid state drives have received over the last year or so, it would be easy to think that few advancements have been made in the hard drive space. After all, hard drive capacities have seemingly plateaued at 2TB, performance can't come close to even a mid-range solid state drive in most scenarios, and it's hard to imagine prices falling any lower, when some drives can be had for about 7.5 cents per gigabyte. But Western Digital, despite releasing their very own line of solid state drives recently, continues to push the envelope with traditional spinning hard drives. Need evidence?... Read more...
Move over dedicated media players. Samsung today announced that its upcoming Bada-powered Wave will be the world's first mobile phone to be DivX Certified for HD video playback at 720p resolution. In addition, Samsung said it is working with DivX on HD Certification for its upcoming Android-powered Galaxy S smartphone."We were very excited to become the first manufacturer to offer DivX Certified mobile phones to consumes in 2007, and since that time we've continued to work together to help evolve the mobile video experience," said Younghee Lee, Vice President of Samsung's Mobile Communications... Read more...
Couch potatoes who suffer from Internet addiction may want to steer clear of this one, lest they overdose with awesomeness. We're talking about Toshiba's new UX600 series LED TVs, which the company says combines high picture quality with Internet capability.LED is the latest buzz in TV tech and helps these new sets deliver a 3,000,000:1 contrast ratio (dynamic, of course), along with a depth of less than 2 inches. Toshiba also slapped on a layer of its CrystalCoat high contrast screen coating so that contrast remains high, even in bright rooms.But it's the Internet capability that steals the show.... Read more...
For the last couple of years, Dell's foray into the small-form-factor desktop market was its successful mini-tower (with the emphasis on "mini") Studio Hybrid. But with Dell's latest small-form-factor entry, the Inspiron Zino HD, out goes the vertical mini-tower and in comes the horizontal square--7.8-inches wide by 7.8-inches deep to be exact, and a mere 3.4-inches tall. Like the Studio Hybrid (which Dell still sells), the Inspiron Zino HD (a.k.a. the Inspiron 400) is a solid little machine, with decent mainstream performance, and geared towards budget-minded consumers. Similar to how you could... Read more...
Today sure feels like launch day, as quite a few big-name companies have decided to kick March off with a bang this morning. Of course, CeBIT is getting underway in Germany, so no one should really be surprised. One of those companies is Netgear, who has decided to introduce a couple of new devices that provide a wide variety of functionality. Starting off is the High-Performance Wireless-N HD Home Theater Kit (WNHDB3004), which is designed to wirelessly play back "multiple jitter-free 1080p HD video and audio streams to every room in the house flawlessly, and at double the performance and range... Read more...
Wireless HDTV has been floundering around for years now, and it still hasn't caught on like HDMI, 3D or smartphones have. But that isn't keeping Gefen from producing more and more products for home cinema owners who are tired of the wires. Utilizing a new 60GHz technology, the GefenTV Wireless for HDMI promises to be the first uncompressed method of 1080p (Full HD) wireless connectivity for up to 30 feet in distance. The device joins three other wireless HDTV products from the company, but this one (which is now shipping) taps into SiBEAM's chip that enables HDMI extension supporting full HD resolutions... Read more...
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