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Turbo.264 gets new feature
Elgato has released a software update adding a number of new features to the Elgato Turbo.264, a hardware video encoding accelerator in USB stick format. The new software edition adds iPhone export presets, allows user-customizable settings for video conversion, and enables manual...
VideoExpress from Miglia
Miglia has announced the VideoExpress, a device about the size of a standard Apple remote that can convert video for the iPod, Apple TV and other Sony PSP using hardware-based encoding. Miglia claims that the VideoExpress will encode into h.264 video up to 5x faster than real...
Sony debuts 80GB PS3
Ahead of the E3 gaming conference later this week, Sony on Monday announced a new 80GB model of its PlayStation 3 entertainment system as well as cut the price on the currently shipping model by $100 and promised more titles for the gaming system. Expected to ship in August,...
Plantronics and its sub-label Altec-Lansing today launched several new earphone sets, including a trio of headsets made for the iPhone and most cellphones. The Upgrader UHS 302, 306, and 307 each have inline microphones with volume control and a switch to flip between calls and...
Countering a slew of new phone announcements from Sony-Ericsson, Motorola has launched the Deluxe ic902 with Sprint. The new phone follows up on the ic502, offering walkie-talkie capabilities but adding access to Power Vision services through Sprint's EVDO network, a 2-megapixel...
Blue Laser PS3 Drop
An improvement in parts may trigger a major price drop in the PlayStation 3's cost, according to Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter. Sony's semicondutor division has managed to ramp up the production of the blue-violet lasers needed for the PS3's drive much sooner than expected,...
Xbox 360 Elite early?
The forthcoming Elite, a deluxe version of Microsoft's Xbox 360 console, may already be arriving at some stores, reports suggest. At the center of the news is an eBay listing, auctioning an Elite purchased at a Target for $480. The remarkable point is that the Elite is not...
20GB PS3 Cancelled
Sony has officially discontinued the 20GB version of the PlayStation 3 in North America, ending its run only six months after the Blu-Ray console's November 17th launch. The company described the decision as a reflection of demand, which was overwhelmingly in favor of the more...
MGM now playing on iTunes
MGM Studios and Apple today announced that MGM is now offering titles from its catalog of feature films for purchase and download on the iTunes Store. Beginning today, iTunes customers will be able to purchase films such as "Dances With Wolves," "Mad...
20GB PS3 is vanishing
Although the $600 price of the 60GB PS3 has been one of the major complaints about Sony's console, the 20GB model ($500) is becoming increasingly hard to find, notes PC World. Major retailers such as Best Buy have stopped sales entirely, and even Sony itself no longer lists...
Vizio 42-inch plasma
Vizio's newest plasma set is the VP42HDTV, which is notable mainly for coming in under the psychologically important $1,000 barrier. It does however have a reasonable level of performance, including a 10,000:1 contrast ratio, 480 cd/m2 brightness, and an estimated lifetime of...
Sony unveils Seven cameras
Sony today introduced a slew of new digital cameras, updating its Cyber-shot line with a total of seven new models. The company unveiled four new compact and semi-pro Cyber-shot models between its T- and H-series, and launched a trio of cameras in its W series. The 8-megapixel...
Sony Cyber-shot Early 2007
Continuing a large string of announcements today, Sony updated its Cyber-shots with four new compact and semi-pro models. The 8-megapixel T-series is sharper than its predecessors and also more media-savvy, the company says: each can connect through a component cable directly...
Lionsgate films on iTunes
Apple today announced that movies from Lionsgate Entertainment will be available for purchase and download from the iTunes Store starting today. iTunes can now purchase films, such as "Terminator 2," "LA Story," "Basic Instinct," "The Blair Witch Project" and "Dirty Dancing". The companies said that...
OWC, OpenGL Bootcamp
In brief: Other World Computing (OWC) has lowered pricing on its Mercury Elite-AL Pro "Quad Interface" FireWire 800/400 + USB 2.0 + eSATA line of external storage solutions; each drive is usable in a vertical or horizontal configuration, measures 9 x 2.1 x 5.8-inches, and offers 250GB ($180) to 750GB...
New OptiBay drive ships
MCE Technologies today began shipping a new version of its OptiBay Hard Drive designed specifically for Apple's 13-inch MacBook and 15-inch MacBook Pro systems. The MCE OptiBay optical bay hard drive is a second internal hard drive for MacBook Pro, MacBook, and PowerBook G4 systems...
EVGA Superclocked GF 8800
Video card maker EVGA today unveiled custom-tuned versions of NVIDIA's GeForce 8800-series boards. The KO ACS3 Edition cards, shipping in high-end GTX and slightly reduced GTS models, each sport a custom cooling system that gives enough headroom for the company to "superclock"...
22Moo video glasses ship
22Moo today introduced its ultra-light i-Vision video eyewear for Microsoft's Xbox 360, Nintendo's Wii, Apple's video iPod, and Microsoft's Zune in two different models. The i-Vision 230 features a virtual display size of 35-inches from 2 meters away, boasting a resolution of...
5-in-1 ExpressCard reader
Griffin Technology today announced a new versatile multimedia card reader for notebooks: the company's new 5-in-1 Card Reader for ExpressCard Slot allows notebooks with the expansion slot to read/write to a variety of flash-memory formats, including the Memory Stick and Memory...
Daystar's XLR8 XtraView
Daystar Technology has introduced the XLR8 XtraView, a new video transfer solution for Mac OS X. This new USB 2.0 based, all-in-one package, integrates easy full-screen, "click and record" video capture with a fully native, fully universal QuickTime conversion interface. The result...
New Kodak EasyShare Z710
Kodak has released a new prosumer camera that the company says is a balance between image quality and features. Electronista reports that the "new EasyShare Z710 has the same 7.1-megapixel resolution as many more expensive compact cameras but uses a much larger Schneider-Kreuznach...
Intel chip to power iTV?
Apple's iTV media streaming device -- which was introduced on September 12th at the company's special event in San Francisco -- might use a new value chip from Intel which is set to launch within the same timeframe, according to Electronista. Walt Disney CEO Bog Iger recently confirmed the presence of...
Apple releases iTunes 7
Apple today announced iTunes 7, which it said is "the most significant enhancement" to its jukebox software and online music/video store since it debuted in 2001. iTunes 7 delivers new features such as the new album and Cover Flow views of music, TV shows and movies, enabling...
Archos 404 and 604
Early news has surfaced about Archos' next generation of media players. The company, which was one of the first to release portable video players, is set to launch a new line of players in September. An early look at both models shows some common traits: both have a 30 GB hard...
Students often look to consolidate features to save money; that's why countless numbers of them buy laptops that double as media centers or use their game consoles for watching DVDs. Dictionary creators Merriam-Webster know this and are gambling that at least some college-goers...
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