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Nintendo video shows off Wii U speed improvement coming in April update

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Nintendo video shows off Wii U speed improvement coming in April update

Nintendo’s Wii U has faced complains over slow loading and switching between menus since launch, but the company has promised a pair of updates will help the situation. Tonight it posted a video on YouTube (embedded after the break) that shows off the difference before and after the April update side by side. Showing off how quickly it can return to the home menu from a game of New Super Mario Bros. U, the updated console is ready to go in eight seconds, compared to the current software’s 20 second delay. There’s no mention of the other update to improve the speed of launching software, but hopefully that will be shown off soon as well. More than halving the main menu’s load time is nothing to sneeze at, although it’s still not exactly a snappy experience. We’ll see if these tweaks — once they arrive — do anything to improve the console’s position while it waits for the improved software lineup President Satoru Iwata is expecting.

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Best Blu-ray Players Coming in 2013

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Take a peek at some of the latest and greatest Blu-ray players out now and coming later this year from LG, OPPO, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba.

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Hasselblad H5D coming December with new focus system, design, up to 60 megapixels

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Engadget: Medium format camera fans, brace for impact: there’s a new Hasselblad coming. The H5D supercedes the ages-old H4D with a True Focus II system that — we’re told — is…



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AOL HD connected TV app is now AOL On for Samsung, Roku and Sony; TiVo coming soon

Monday, August 13th, 2012

AOL HD connected TV app is now AOL On for Samsung, Roku and Sony, TiVo coming soon

Last summer the AOL HD app launched on the Boxee, Roku, Yahoo Connected TV and DivX platforms, and now it’s moving to 2.0 as well as changing names, to AOL On. Rolling out now to the Samsung Smart TV, Roku, and Sony platforms, with TiVo Premiere DVR access due “in the coming weeks” after a beta test ends, it’s a free ad-supported app that pulls from a library of 380,000 or so videos, including some from Engadget (you may have noticed the logo in the corner). v2.0 brings a refreshed UI and videos from not only AOL sites like this one, Moviefone and TechCrunch, but also other sources like Reuters, AP, CNET and BBC. We gave the new channel a shot on Roku and were able to browse around easily enough although the most recent episode of The Engadget Show hadn’t popped up yet — we’ll get someone on that. There’s another screenshot and press release after the break, or you can just check the channel store of your nearest set-top box or connected HDTV to see if it’s popped up there yet.

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Government-backed movie streaming service coming to China in Q4, bringing Paramount titles along

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Governmentback ovie streaming partnership coming to China in Q4, brining Paramount movies with itGovernment-helmed China Movie Channel’s site M1905 announced this week that it’s joining forces with Jiaflix — a consortium comprised of Hollywood-types like former Columbia exec Sid Ganis — to launch a movie streaming service in China. The still unnamed offering is set to stream both Chinese and international films, including a deal struck with Paramount that will bring the studio’s back catalog and future releases to the service. The fruits of the partnership are set to launch in the fourth quarter of this year, bringing streaming to a number of platforms, including smartphone and tablets. Jiaflix and China Movie Channel added that they’ll have a plan in place to combat potential piracy through the service, but have yet to spell out what such a plan of action would entail.

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Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures Coming to Blu-ray in September

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Paramount is slowly leaking additional details about the long-awaited box set, starting with a release date.

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LG’s Google TV-enabled sets coming to US end of May

Monday, May 7th, 2012

LG's Google TV-enabled sets coming to US end of May

LG revealed two Google-loaded TVs at CES, but never gave us prices or told us when these LED models might dangle their skinny bezels in stores. In briefings at Google last week, we heard that the 47-incher (47G2) and 55-incher (55G2) would sell for 99 and 99 respectively — although Amazon already has them listed significantly cheaper than that. Now, to complete the jigsaw, Reuters has quoted LG exec Ro Seogho as saying that these Google TVs will ship in the US from May 21st. In the meantime, check out our hands-on from Las Vegas, because that new QWERTY-equipped Magic Motion remote is especially enticing.

LG’s Google TV-enabled sets coming to US end of May originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 07 May 2012 03:03:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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T.H.E. Home Entertainment Show is Coming to California in June

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Next month’s AV event will include sun, fun and a ton of music in two locations.

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BBC’s Director-General confirms instant video on-demand store is coming

Thursday, March 15th, 2012
BBC's Director-General confirms iTunes competitor is on the way
Just last week, rumors regarding the BBC’s purported iTunes competitor were making the rounds. Now, thanks to Director-General Mark Thompson, we can confirm that it is indeed in the works. Currently known around the British offices as “Project Barcelona,” the service is expected to be an à la carte media offering, allowing you to “purchase a digital copy of a program to own and keep for a relatively modest charge.” Speaking of which, movies, TV shows and specials are expected to start at £1.89 and may be available minutes after they’re broadcast on TV, though we’ve yet to hear an official word on pricing. The Broadcasting Corporation chief went on to say this isn’t “a second license-fee by stealth or any reduction in the current public service offering from the BBC, it’s the exact analogy of going into a high-street shop to buy a DVD.” He didn’t, however, give any deets on when we can expect the service to launch.

BBC’s Director-General confirms instant video on-demand store is coming originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 14 Mar 2012 23:37:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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New Apple TV Coming Next Week with Full HD 1080p Output, Same $99 Price

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

The new set-top supports iTunes, Netflix, Vimeo, photos and more, all in high definition.

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Philips Made for Android headphones coming for spring

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Pocket-Lint: Although it’s been beaten to the punch as the first manufacturer to release Android-specific headphones (by Klipsch), Philips is, to our knowledge, the first to offer an entire…



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Glasses-Free 3D HDTV Coming This Year!

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

Okay, your wishes have been heard and the display gods are going to give you what you asked for. Just remember that when you get it, I told you so.

One of the big splashes at CES 2012 was the unveiling of Toshiba’s monster 55″ 3D HDTV, and to the breathless adoration of the technology press, it doesn’t require that you wear glasses to see the 3D images! But wait, it gets even better! This display has 4K by 2K resolution, which means that it is the equivalent of four 1080p panels tiled together. Amazing! And while the details were not announced, the expectation is that it may ship in the U.S. as soon as the second quarter of this year. If all this sounds like what you’ve been hoping for, then do us both a favor and stop reading right here.

I mean it. Don’t read the rest of this. I’m only going to break your heart.

Okay, here’s the rest of the story. The panel uses the same sort of nine-position lenticular technology that we’ve seen for a long time. Philips sold a commercial version of a 9-view no-glasses 3D high definition display nearly six years ago, which won a Gold Award from the Society for Information Display in 2006. The biggest technological news is that Toshiba has been able to use a 4K panel in the system, which is a good thing. The way the multi-view works, the image gets divided up among the viewers so this Toshiba HDTV delivers only a 720p image to each viewer when watching 3D. (You do get the full 4K resolution when viewing 2D content, but that’s just scaled up 1080p images because there is no source for 4K content yet.) Yes, the Toshiba set does have head-tracking for the center position, which means you can move around a little and the “sweet spot” will follow you, but the company recommends that you turn this off when watching with others present.

And here’s the big problem. When watching with others, you’ve got to sit in one of those nine sweet spots. That means that you have to adjust to the TV, instead of the other way around. Are you ready to rearrange your living room furniture so that everyone can see the 3D image? And don’t try to sit too close together, because it won’t work.

Now, the technology problems alone are probably enough to kill this product, but there’s one other factor that guarantees that it will flop in the marketplace. The set is selling in Japan now for ,000. As Toshiba’s own VP Scott Ramirez has said repeatedly, there is no market for televisions above ,5000. This new set may sell to rich enthusiasts and technology collectors, but it doesn’t stand a chance of becoming a mass market success when you can buy five or more sets that uses inexpensive passive glasses for the same price, and you may even get a Blu-ray player for each one in the bargain.

Toshiba gave people something to talk about at CES, but we’re still years away from a practical no-glasses 3DTV for the average living room. And I’m not yet convinced that we’ll every get there.

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uWand Motion Control Could Be Coming to Remotes and Set-Top Boxes

Monday, January 9th, 2012

The company will be out at CES 2012 showing off motion control options with several new product partnerships.

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Netflix app hits PlayStation 3s in the UK, service still coming ‘soon’

Friday, January 6th, 2012
Netflix still isn’t offering a firm date for its launch in the UK, but it looks like some of the final pieces are starting to fall into place. The company’s PlayStation 3 app is now hitting consoles across the pond, displaying the message you see above when it’s launched. Unfortunately, that’s about all we have to go on at the moment, but PS3 users can now at least rest assured that they won’t have any waiting to do when Netflix does finally flip the switch — one more shot after the break.

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Seas0nPass untethered jailbreak for Apple TVs on 4.4.4 detailed, iOS apps coming soon? (Update: video!)

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Now that pod2g has done the heavy lifting and released an untethered jailbreak for iOS5, the Seas0NPass tool has been updated for your untethered jailbreaking pleasure on Apple TVs running even the latest 4.4.4 update. Redmond Pie has a full walkthrough and how-to that should help you get things going, so that you no longer have to choose between extending your device’s capabilities beyond Apple’s restrictions (still no Plex support on 4.4.4 though Update: Plex Beta 4 has been released which is compatible with 4.4.4., thanks Christo & Tulio) and features like AirPlay mirroring. Even more interestingly however, a few hackers may be close to unlocking iOS apps for use on the Apple TV. There’s nothing released yet but we’ll be following @themudkip and @westbaer on Twitter for further updates as they’re available. In the meantime, check out a couple shots of iOS apps running on the Apple TV after the break, courtesy of Steven Troughton-Smith.

Update: Still images not enough to get you going? Check after the break or hit the YouTube link for a quick video demo of iOS apps running on Apple’s TV box. Our friend STS hopes this may push the folks in Cupertino to open their doors to apps officially similar to the way things happened back in ’07 on the iPhone — for now we can only wait.

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Panasonic 4.3-inch OLED smartphone coming to Europe

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Pocket-Lint: Panasonic is hoping to take on the likes of Nokia, Samsung, HTC and Motorola by making a big splash in the European and global smartphone markets. The Japanese company has detailed its…



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Sony 4K home cinema projector coming in January for £18,000

Monday, November 28th, 2011

You were so happy with that 1080p projection spread across your garage wall. But then you got up to fetch a beer and noticed horrible fingernail-sized pixels all over Johnny Depp’s mustache. The illusion promptly shattered and you realized it was time for an upgrade. An £18,000 (,000) upgrade, no less, which will render your Blu-rays bearable again by upscaling them to four times the resolution of Full HD and blasting them out at 2,000 lumens. We’ve seen the VPL-PW1000ES in action with 2D content from a PS3 and its ‘Reality Creation’ upscaling algorithm really does make a big difference, but if you absolutely insist on having native 4K video then you’ll currently need to budget an extra ,000 for a player. (Well, you insisted.)

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2012 London Olympics Super Hi-Vision broadcast coming to select US, Japan, UK locations

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

While Super Hi-Vision isn’t expected to bring its 7,680 x 4,320 resolution (16x more detail than your 1080p display, for those keeping count) home for several years, the NHK and BBC have confirmed it will be available for public screenings next year during the 2012 London Olympics. Screening dates have been arranged for three countries (Japan, UK, and US), and it appears domestic viewers will want to plan on visiting the Washington D.C. area next July / August to get a taste of the 33 megapixel video and 22.2 channel surround sound for themselves. Next year’s Games have already put extensive 3D coverage on the schedule and NBC has promised every event will be available for viewing live as it happens for the first time, so there’s plenty for everyone to look forward to. The only question now? Whether or not that silly false start rule can be changed so we don’t face the prospect of a men’s 100m dash final without Usain Bolt in it.

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Star Trek: The Next Generation is coming to Blu-ray, starting in 2012 (video)

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

It’s official, Star Trek: The Next Generation will follow the lead of the original series and be released in remastered HD form next year. The official site reveals 2012 will actually see two TNG releases on Blu-ray in honor of its 25th anniversary. A single disc preview package consisting of the pilot Encounter at Farpoint, and episodes Sins of the Father and The Inner Light called The Next Level arrives first in January with a .99 MSRP, followed by season one later in the year and subsequent seasons after that. All 178 episodes will get the treatment, converted to 1080p with 7.1 DTS Master Audio sound. This is being done by returning to the original film negatives and then recreating the special effects instead of converting them from videotape. Can’t wait until then? Check after the break for a (very) quick teaser trailer, or watch the eps in SD one more time on Amazon or Netflix.

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Disney Announces Four More Blu-ray 3D Titles, Coming this Fall

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

The House of Mouse will add Bolt, Meet The Robinsons, Chicken Little and G-Force to its at-home 3D lineup.

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Logitech Revue with Google TV now under $100, Upgrade Coming Soon

Monday, August 1st, 2011

The company has dropped the price on the device, in an effort to get Google TV into more hands.

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Closed-Captions Coming to the Internet

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

With all the interest and excitement about streaming video over the Internet, one detail is often overlooked. Some individuals with disabilities — particularly those with limited hearing – are closed out from this video content because it does not include closed captioning. Broadcast television provides it and most movie DVDs offer English sub-titles, but not on the Internet.

As part of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010, the FCC was charged with creating a Video Programming and Emergency Access Advisory Committee (VPAAC) to address this and other problems. Last week, the committee submitted its report, which starts a six-month clock running at the end of which the FCC has to come up with rules for closed captions on Internet video content.

We’re probably at least a year or more away from the time when closed captions will be available for content on the Internet. In the beginning, it will likely be limited to television shows that already are produced with closed captions for broadcast. And it will take time for the hardware to catch up with the technology. The new rules will likely include user-controls for the caption features, and add-on devices will be needed for a while until these control features become standard in televisions and other devices. But the good news is that progress is being made, and a significant part of the population will eventually get better access to this content.

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Netflix coming to Spain and the UK next year?

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

File this one in the unconfirmed-but-hopeful file, as Variety has it on good authority that Netflix could be making its first foray into European waters as early as Q1 2012. After taking Latin America by storm (and subsequently storming the wallets of plain ‘ole Americans), the company is purportedly lining up Spain and the United Kingdom for its next trick. Unnamed sources at “leading European film distributors” have confirmed that representatives from the company were looking to “put roots down” in both of those nations as soon as next year, and while Netflix itself is refusing to comment, it’s certainly a tale that’s easy to believe. ‘Course, breaking into the UK market won’t be as easy as it has been in other nations — Lovefilm already has a firm grip on the local rental market, but as your favorite capitalist always says, there’s never not room for increased competition. We’ll keep you posted.

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Rio, Glee S2, Modern Family, Simpsons, Futurama and More Coming to Blu-ray from Fox

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Dust off the credit card as lots of live-action and animated gems, as well as some serious classics, are headed our way from The Searchlight in the coming months.


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Westinghouse announces its first 3D HDTV, coming to a discount department store near you

Sunday, June 19th, 2011


Just 18 short months after 3D made its big HDTV debut at CES 2010, Westinghouse is finally ready to make its own entry into the third dimension, with the 47-inch W47S2TCD. Like most Westinghouse sets, there’s really nothing special to make this rather generic TV pop (until you toss on one of the four included pairs of 3D glasses), but you will be getting a passive 1080p 3D display, 3:2 pulldown, three-way selectable color temperature, and a backlight enhancement tool called DayBright. The company is also unveiling five other TVs, including its first connected TV — the 46-inch WC-4625T — which includes access to Netflix and Vudu. The 47-inch 3D TV will be sold at Best Buy, Costco, and Target with a suggested retail price of 99, but we imagine in-store pricing will be significant lower — with the recent announcement of Vizio’s 42-inch passive offering for 9, shelling out an extra 0 per inch for the new Westinghouse set is not likely to sit well with bargain hunters.

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Fox’s latest anti-AllVid FCC filing suggests new pay-TV service is coming to gaming consoles

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Forgotten what AllVid is already? Click here for more detail on the standard companies like Google and Sony are fighting for that would potentially let users directly access cable or satellite TV streams without a box. As one of the media companies trying to convince the FCC that the new AllVid replacement for CableCARD is unnecessary, Fox recently called the FCC and informed it of negotiations with a pay-TV service that wanted to license channels and VOD for streaming to videogame consoles. Even as it frets over Time Warner’s TWCable iPad app, the filing suggests there’s plenty of innovation going on and availability of content for consumer electronics devices already. Of course, pending any regulatory decisions we can only wonder which consoles or providers could be involved (our money is on the aforementioned Time Warner, but Cablevision, Comcast and all the rest are working on technology of their own, while AT&T finally brought its U-Verse to the Xbox here in the US last fall) but this should keep the rumor mill going until something is actually announced.

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Coming to You Live on YouTube!

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

First, YouTube extended the limits on uploaded content; some partners are now able to post feature-film-length videos. But it seems that Google has even bigger plans for YouTube to become not just the video network of the future, but the whole broadcast system as well. Last week, the company announced that YouTube Live is now active. YouTube again is starting with selected partners, but eventually they hope to have thousands of members providing live streaming content. You can see what’s available right now as well as a schedule of upcoming programs by going to www.youtube.com/live.

This is a bit of a stunning development. On the one hand, you have Netflix opening its wallet and shelling out million for “Mad Men”. (Note that this is not just for the past seasons, but for seasons to come, and in Hulu-like fashion, episodes will be available right after they air on AMC.) But here is YouTube making a bid to become the go-to service for live programming, not some catch-up content that you could probably get using your DVR.

It will be interesting to see how this works out, as we’re in uncharted territory here. Will this be a full-on assault for the traditional broadcast television networks, or will this just become another way to see cute kittens and teens pulling dubious pranks? I think it has enormous potential to be the source for very narrowly focused content, much like the existing YouTube hosted content. If that happens, I can see this becoming the source for “micro-broadcasting” of sports and entertainment events that can’t muster an audience that is large enough for major network coverage. If my favorite local music venue started broadcasting some or all of their concerts, I’m pretty sure that I’d watch. And I expect that it would make me more likely to want to attend more of the shows in person.

This is definitely a development to watch closely.

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3DTV Prediction Coming True, Part II

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

Earlier this week, I pointed out that the price of active glasses for 3DTV has plummeted, now that Samsung has announced that it will sell them for less than . Now it appears that another point has been proven. I have contended for a long time that adding 3D support to a typical HDTV from a major brand has a marginal cost that approaches zero. It is just a matter of time before companies roll out 3D support to models other than their top-of-the-line premium sets (where they presumably have slightly better margins).

Well, I was right but I didn’t expect it to come so soon. According to a story in CE Pro, Sony will have 3D support in nearly two thirds of their 2011 HDTV lineup. 23 of the 37 models will be able to show stereoscopic 3D content. The smallest with 3D support is the 32″ KDL-EX720 series, which carries a suggested retail price of 9. That still is a hefty premium for 3D; the comparably equipped KDL-EX523 series 32″ model has a 9 price tag, or 25% less than the 3D model.

I’ll score this as a win anyway, because the prices are dropping and the feature is clearly migrating across the model lines. It won’t be long until a competitor comes along and slashes the price premium even further, and I expect that we’ll see 3D more or less across the board by the time the holiday shopping season rolls around.

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Star Trek series coming to Netflix Watch Instantly in July and October

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Just because Netflix has licensed new content we’re not always sure when it will be available for Watch Instantly streaming, but TrekMovie.com reports it has the dates for Star Trek content covered by a recent deal with CBS. TrekMovie has confirmed it will have every episode of all five live action series — US only, sorry Canada, enjoy that Iron Man 2 — with the original Star Trek (in HD), Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Enterprise (in HD) available July 1st, followed by Star Trek: Deep Space 9 on October 1st. There’s still no word on when Family Ties is arriving, but the two year deal (with an option for two more) should give viewers who haven’t already shelled out for the boxed sets (we know you got the HD DVDs) a chance to get all the Trek they can bear.

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The Incredibles Coming to Blu-ray April 12

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Now available for pre-order, Pixar’s ultimate family film promises to be a Blu-ray superhero.

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The Twilight Zone Season 4 Coming to Blu-ray May 17

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

The seldom-syndicated fourth season–now available for pre-order–promises to make a stellar showing on Blu-ray.

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Criterion Collection Movies Coming to Hulu Plus

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Criterion Collection is now streaming on Hulu Plus. Exclusively. Netflix customers are going to fall on their katana swords when they hear the details.

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CES 2011: Pico Projectors Coming

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

The Cinemin Slice from WowWee looks like a typical iProduct dock.

Take your iPod or iPad and plop it in a handy dock to recharge; that’s not unusual. The dock has speakers so you can listen to your music with room-filling sound. Also not so unusual. But look at this:

The Cinemin Slice includes a pico projector so you can view photos or videos.

The Cinemin Slice from WowWee is a docking station that includes a pico projector so you can view photos or videos from your iProduct device. Pretty cool, huh?

The fact is that you’re going to see pico projectors a lot more in the future. At CES 2011, there were pocket projectors that we’ve seen before, but they are also being integrated into digital cameras, docking stations, and more.

Texas Instruments continues to be one of the leading makers of the tiny imagers used for these devices. At CES 2011, the company announced their new DL P Pico HD chip that brings high definition images to these tiny projectors. The chip has Wide XGA resolution (1366 by 768 pixels) so it can handle 720p images without having to scale down. While early pico projector models had brightness ratings of 10 lumens or less, current generation models are rated at up to 300 lumens using solid state lighting sources (which means no expensive lamp to replace).

Syndiant is another company that makes a pocket projector imager, and has a number of design wins including 3M. The company currently has a Wide SVGA chip — 854 by 600 pixels – but plans to sample a 720p panel later this year that will be just 0.37 inches diagonal. One of their partners is developing a projection TV box for developing markets such as India and China, where a low-powered pico projector could make an efficient display where electrical service is limited.

The whole pico projector market is developing rapidly, and is likely to result in massive growth for the components and the end products which will help drive down costs. Expect to see a lot more products with pico projectors embedded in them by next year’s CES.

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Apple’s iPhone 4 is Coming to Verizon… No, Really

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

After a lot of rumors and anticipation, Verizon Wireless customers will be able to get the iPhone starting next month.

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Star Wars Saga Coming to Blu-ray, Now Available for Preorder

Friday, January 7th, 2011

The Dark Side is coming to the high-def side, starting this September.

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Optoma Neo-i Pico Projector iPod Dock Coming in December for $449

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

We’ve seen it in action, and now when know when we can take the radical new audio/video dock home.

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Xbox Live mandatory update coming November 1st, all hands on board

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Dashboard, that is. You’ve already seen the new Xbox 360 dashboard update right here and thousands of you have tried its flatter, faster interface for yourselves, but if you’ve missed out, it’s looking like your Halloween candy bag may include a full-scale rollout. Xbox Live subscribers are getting the above message in their inboxes right now, indicating that November 1st will bring a service update of some sort, after which point “You will notice a change to the layout of the Xbox LIVE Dashboard, a new color scheme, and new fonts being used.” That doesn’t necessarily sound like a cornucopia of Netflix Search, ESPN, Kinect and Zune Music to us, but it’s not like you have a choice — it’s mandatory, and you’ll lose all Xbox Live functionality unless you comply. We for one welcome our new gaming software overlords. Unlike the competition, these ones treat us nicely.

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Xbox Live mandatory update coming November 1st, all hands on board originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 30 Oct 2010 23:34:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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SlingPlayer for Windows Phone 7 demoed, coming soon (video)

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

That WP7 third party apposphere just got a nice boost from SlingPlayer, which has announced its intention to soon be present and accounted for on Microsoft’s new platform. What we’ve got today is a quick teaser video showing off the live TV streaming capabilities under Windows Phone 7, along with the remote set-top box controls and a switch for turning the stream’s quality up. Sling Media promises up to four times the resolution available on previous Windows Mobile versions and draws a launch window around the woolly concept of “soon.” See the moving pictures after the break.

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SlingPlayer for Windows Phone 7 demoed, coming soon (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 21 Oct 2010 04:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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iPad docks coming to BMW X3

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Crave at CNET UK: Here’s a clever (and horribly overdue) idea–BMW’s set to install iPad mounting brackets in the rear of its next X3 compact 4×4. Three cheers for common sense!…



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It’s Official, Hulu is Coming to Roku

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Starting this month, endless TV options will be available on all existing Roku players, via Hulu Plus.

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Hulu Plus coming to TiVo Premiere too

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

It looks like the Hulu overlords have finally seen the light, because Hulu Plus is coming to the living room in a big way — in addition to the cheap’n'easy Roku players, the service will hit TiVo Premiere DVRs sometime “in the coming months.” It’s a little stranger to pay .95 a month for streaming TV on your DVR, which is presumably plugged into a cable subscription and a TiVo service subscription, but hey — whatever floats your boat, Captain Moneybags. Full PR after the break.

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Hulu Plus coming to TiVo Premiere too originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 28 Sep 2010 14:35:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Logitech Revue with Google TV coming 9/29 for $299, Dish Network offering discounts?

Thursday, September 16th, 2010
Logitech Revue with Google TV coming 9/29 for 9, Dish Network offering discounts?

Google TV is coming, and Logitech’s Revue is gonna bring it to ya first. But, if you’re a Dish Network subscriber, it looks like you might be able to get yours for cheaper — a lot cheaper. According to our industrious tipster, the Revue is slated to launch on September 29, just two weeks from now, with an MSRP of 9. But, if you happen to be a Dish subscriber, you can get one (and only one) for the heavily discounted price of 9. Our noble tipster also got some pictures of the keyboard, which match perfectly those captured earlier this month by good ‘ol Mr. Blurrycam and, while we can’t be 100% sure about these details, this deal certainly would go a long way toward explaining why attendees to Google’s Zeitgeist event recently walked away with six free months of Dish service.

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Apocalypse Now Coming to Blu-ray

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Do you smell that? Do you smell that? We love the smell of napalm in the morning. Colonel Kurtz and Captain Willard are coming to Blu-ray. Buy this one with extreme prejudice.

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Lord Of The Rings Films Coming to Blu-ray… Again

Friday, August 27th, 2010

For the first time, all three of the classic fantasy films will get individual releases on Blu-ray Disc, but they’re still not the extended editions.

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Star Wars is Finally Coming to Blu-ray in 2011

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

Yub-nub! The most recent Star Wars Celebration lived up to its name, with George Lucas himself announcing that all six films will be released on high-def disc next year.

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Stab-proof Gorilla Glass coming to TVs near you in 2011

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

If you go to Corning Inc’s website, you’ll see the company advertises its seemingly indestructible Gorilla Glass as being available for LCD TV sets, but to this point, no major manufacturer has taken up this tempting offer. That’s all about to change, apparently, as Corning has recently announced plans to massively expand its production capacity (see press release after the break) and is now predicting it’ll secure its first deal this fall. The benefits of going Gorilla are increased durability, strength and scratch resistance, which some are arguing could be a big selling point to display makers keen on doing away with plastic bezels and exposing edge-to-edge glass surfaces. Of course, the disadvantage is that we’d have to pay up to more for a panel with the extra-tough stuff inside, but then having the option is better than not, right?

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Netflix coming to Canada this fall

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Netflix has just announced it’ll be taking its first tentative step abroad with a rollout of its video streaming service in Canada. Specifics are predictably light at the present moment, but interested Canucks can sign up now to be informed as soon as those details drop.

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Netflix coming to Canada this fall originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 19 Jul 2010 07:48:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Netflix Coming to PlayStation3

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010


Sony and Netflix – the two of the fastest growing home entertainment brands in the U.S. – are joining forces to make movies and TV episodes from Netflix available to be streamed instantly to TVs via the PlayStation3.

The streaming via the PS3 system will begin next month at no additional cost to Netflix members in the United States who have a PS3 system.

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1080p HD Is Coming to YouTube

Thursday, June 24th, 2010


YouTube has announced that support for watching 1080p HD videos in full resolution “is on its way.”

Starting next week, YouTube’s HD mode will add support for viewing videos in 720p or 1080p, depending on the resolution of the original source, up from our maximum output of 720p today.

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Blu-ray Coming to Redbox

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

At a conference yesterday, Redbox president Mitch Lowe announced that the company will start renting Blu-ray titles from its kiosks for .50 a night, according to a report published in Home Media Magazine. The discs should start appearing in the next few months, though it the Redbox site already has Blu-ray titles listed as being available. More than one out of every six Redbox customers already owns a Blu-ray player, and the company is already renting about 40 million movies a month, so it could be in a good position to help grow the demand for Blu-ray titles and players.

A 50% premimum sounds like a lot to pay for Blu-ray, but it’s only $.50 so it may be that the absolute amount is more significant than the percentage in this case. According to the article, Lowe cited some interesting statistics. He said that 20% of Redbox customers would not have bought or rented a certain DVD if it were not available at Redbox. He also cited number for how many Redbox customers go on to buy a movie after they have rented it. As a result, he believes that his service actually helps Hollywood sell movies.

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