Audio pioneer Fritz Sennheiser dies, aged 98

Prof. Dr. Fritz Sennheiser, audio pioneer and founding partner of audio hardware manufacturers Sennheiser has passed away, aged 98. Born 9th May 1912 in Germany, Sennheiser avoided his father's wishes to go into into landscape architecture and instead entered the…

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Gerald LynchAudio pioneer Fritz Sennheiser dies, aged 98

Epson EH-DM3 LCD Projector – Review

Name: EH-DM3 (Epson) Type: LCD Projector Specs: Contrast Ratio: 3,000:1 Brightness: 2,000 Lumens Resolution: 540p (960×540) Connectivity: HDMI input, component, composite, D-Sub PC input, USB, digital coaxial audio output, mic input Dimensions: 127mm H x 335mm W x 239mm…

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Gerald LynchEpson EH-DM3 LCD Projector – Review

Blue Microphones unveil the Snowball USB mic

Blue Microphones have today announced the release of their Snowball USB mic. Ideal for podcasts, Skype conversations or home recording, the microphone costs £89.95, available from Solutions-Inc. Thanks to a dual capsule design and three-pattern switch (cardioid, cardioid with -10db…

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Gerald LynchBlue Microphones unveil the Snowball USB mic

Pantech kissing into the wind with its IM-S410 "wind recognition" mobile phone

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Now, the idea of wind recognition isn’t anything new. Nintendo’s been making us look like IDIOTS on the tube for years now, with numerous DS games asking you to blow on its little microphone to, for example, blow out candles in some simple little mini game.

Clearly thinking Nintendo is ONTO SOMETHING WITH THAT, prolific Korean mobile manufacturer Sky has shoe-horned a wind-sensing microphone feature into its next range of handsets…

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Gary CutlackPantech kissing into the wind with its IM-S410 "wind recognition" mobile phone

Can you really turn your iPod touch into an iPhone with Truphone?

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Truphone, ever keen to promote its free and low-cost phone services, is appealing to those who want the Apple goodness of an iPhone but don’t want to pay large upfront bills or sign up to an extortionate monthly contract.

The “solution” is to buy an iPod touch, which is considerably cheaper than an iPhone (but still more expensive than a lot of mobile phones of course) and use Truphone’s application to make free calls over Wi-Fi to other Truphone or Google Talk users.

There are three fundamental problems with this if you’re hoping for an always on, out-of-the-box solution (don’t you love those kind of phrases?)…

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Andy MerrettCan you really turn your iPod touch into an iPhone with Truphone?

LG launches 22-inch widescreen monitor with built-in webcam

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LG has announced the latest in its line of widescreen LCD monitors. The W2271TC features a built-in webcam, microphone, and speakers, which means you needn’t bother with lots of extra gadgetry on your desk.

Offering 20,000:1 contrast ratio, 5ms response time, 300 nits brightness, 1,680 x 1,050 resolution, and 170 degree viewing angle, the monitor comes supplied with software so that it be used for video recording and image capture and editing, and face tracking and zooming…

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Andy MerrettLG launches 22-inch widescreen monitor with built-in webcam

Guitar Hero 4 World Tour – and drum kit! – shown off

The lines are getting more than a little bit blurred out there in the music game world. Developer Harmonix, remember, created Guitar Hero for Activision, before being headhunted to invent Rock Band for MTV and Electronic Arts.

Now, in Guitar Hero 4, the Activision game is adding drums and microphone support, blatantly copying Rock Band and making pretty much everyone in the world more than a little confused about why the two series seem to be converging and eating each other in public. Here’s the official GH4 trailer:

Slightly insane. Playing guitar riffs on the drums? Singing? Lenny bloody Kravitz? With Rock Band taking off…

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Gary CutlackGuitar Hero 4 World Tour – and drum kit! – shown off

The PSP Skype microphone and headset combi – finally pictured properly

The excruciatingly slow drip-drip-drip news of the arrival of PSP Skype finally reaches its DRAMATIC CONCLUSION today, with this – an official picture of the mess of cables, headphones, bendy call-centre microphone and little in-line volume controller needed to operate it.

It’s going to get amazingly tangled up. And surely any benefit that comes from being able to make free Skype calls on your PSP will be outweighed by the man-hours invested in untangling all that cabling each time you want to make a call?

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Gary CutlackThe PSP Skype microphone and headset combi – finally pictured properly