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CES 2013 Television Recap

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

TVs were bigger, brighter and more detailed than ever before at CES 2013

 

If it’s electronic, and there’s even a small possibility someone would be interested in buying it, chances are that it was at CES 2013. From intelligent refrigerators to furry cat ears that read your brainwaves, you could find it all under one large roof in Las Vegas. But for all the crazy conceptual gadgets, the real stars of CES 2013 were the TVS. And this year, TVs at CES pushed the limits of technology like never before.

More Resolution

The big story at CES was 4K resolution, aka Ultra High Definition TV. Since the beginnings of High Definition video, the ultimate in picture quality for a home user was 1080P Full HD. Well, several manufacturers are aiming to change that, with the introduction of 4K TVs. Sony and LG have kicked off the race early, with each already offering a commercially-available 84-inch 4K TV. Sony used CES to debut both 55-inch and 65-inch, more “affordable” versions of their flagship 4K TV. LG also unveiled a 65-inch unit, while Toshiba matched both companies’ large offerings with an 84-inch 4K TV of their own, the L9300.

 

SONY 65 INCH 4K TV

Sony’s 65-Inch 4K TV on display at CES 2013

 

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OpenTripPlanner Brings Transit Back to the iPhone

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Most of you know by now that Apple has disowned Google Maps in the upcoming release of iOS6 and has replaced it with a native map application.  We’re all excited to see exactly how Apple has Appled-out maps and navigation, but with the loss of Google Maps, we also lost an important feature that was nice for those of us who used more economic solutions to navigation.  I”m talking about directions for regular old public transit – bikes, trains, buses, and our own two feet. (more…)

PS Vita has some fancy updates coming its way

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Perhaps the most significant firmware update developed for the Vita handheld is the upcoming release of 1.80.  Not only will the system update add support for PS One games, it will offer a whole host of newer improvements for the PS Vita.

Available on August 28, firmware 1.80 adds new features like “Cross Controller,” which allows you to use your PS Vita as a controller in compatible PS3 games.  In addition, 1.80 lets you control the PS Vita’s menu with buttons.  This eliminates having to touch the  system’s OLED screen, decreasing the amount of smudges from your greasy game-playing fingers.

Vita’s Music app will be improved with the ability to support playlists. You will be able to transfer playlists from a PS3 or iTunes. The Video app will be improved with the ability to adjust playback speed and repeat play.

The map application will also help users find what they are looking for by giving directions instead of providing just the location.

Gunnar Optiks Digital Performance Eye Wear, Not Just For Gamers

Friday, July 27th, 2012
Gunnar Optiks

Credit: Gunnar Optiks

Screens of all kinds play a part in our everyday lives, and according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, screen time should be limited to less than 2-hours per day.  Seems like kind of a silly (unrealistic) recommendation, as most modern careers require upwards of 8-10 hours of screen time per day (not counting personal time with video games and television).  An article in the New York Times   actually states that adults actually spend closer to eight-hours a day in front of some sort of screen – four-times of the recommended daily allowance.  Now, because we all like paychecks we really can’t afford to decrease our time in front of a screen, but by wearing a pair of Gunnar Optiks digital performance eye wear, you can lessen the strain on your eyes and reduce the long term effects of a life in front of a glowing monitor. (more…)

5 On The Go Speakers That Actually Sound Good

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Beach party with on the go speakers

It’s not a party without music and we know that sometimes, the party doesn’t end where it began.  In times like these you need the music to be as mobile as the party, and a solid set of on the go speakers makes enjoying your favorite tunes effortlessly convenient. The problem with portable speakers is that their size takes away from their sound quality. Their speakers simply aren’t large enough to produce the wide range of frequencies of the music. Ever listen to small portable speaker and not hear any bass? It wasn’t big enough to make the sound.  Party logic says that inferior music leads to an inferior party, so take the superior route and enjoy these five quality on the go speakers that will sound great and keep the festivities festive – no matter where they may take you.

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How about getting a new car with a built in…espresso machine?!

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

I’m sure you have heard of cars with TV screens installed in them, or even a small pool on a super-stretch limo, but Italian automaker Fiat has introduced something that no one has thought of yet: a built-in espresso machine.  Fiat made headlines during the Superbowl this year as it introduced a new line of stylish compact cars.  Fiat’s been making headlines again with its 500L model, which will come with a built-in espresso maker when it  hits the market this  fall.

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Lenovo Unleashes Incredibly Light, Affordable Ultrabook

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

It always seems like some manufacturer is ushering out their version of an Ultrabook.  Always packed to the brim with the newest technological advancements, manufactuirers will take advantage of the light design as a way to charge big bucks.  Lenovo has stepped up recently with their newest Ultrabook, but instead of breaking the bank, they offer an incredibly powerful Ultrabook as an incredibly affordable price.

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Is Apple Developing a Social Network for Shoppers?

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

It wouldn’t surprise anyone if Apple started to leverage their cult following to launch an Apple-specific social networking service.  Appleinsider.com reports of a recent Apple patent application titled “Social Networking in Shopping Environments” that may hint at thefuture (or current) development of a network that connects shopping shoppers. It was only a matter of time.

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Google Nexus 7 Review: A Media Machine

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Google Nexus 7

We got the pleasure of getting our grimy little fingers on Google’s impressive new 7-inch tablet – the Nexus 7.  Google’s first attempt at designing and building a tablet from the ground up was essentially everything they said it would be; smooth like butter.

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The Battle of the (Home Theater) Big Screens: TV vs. Projector

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Battle of the Big Screens

Tonight’s main event puts two home theater mainstays head-to-head in a competition of great entertainment wonder.  When building your perfect home theater do you go with a large screen, flat-panel television or an authentic projector and screen set up? Let’s put them in a ring and let the best screen win. (more…)