Could 3D Blu-ray be ready by summer 2010? Nvidia think so

Gerald Lynch 3D TV, Blu-ray, Gaming, Tech Digest news Leave a Comment

Nvidia's PR manager for the UK and Northern Europe, Ben Berraondo, has announced that 3D Blu-ray movies may be availalbe from as early as summer 2010. Berraondo confirmed that after months of heated talks, the Blu-ray Association had finally settled…

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Archos launches three portable media players

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Not content with unleashing their latest mini-PC range, Archos also used today’s launch event to announce the arrival of three PMPs to add to their line-up.

The vision range’s flagship PMP is the touch-screen Archos 3 vision. It’s just 9mm thick and it only weighs 56g. The touchscreen is 3-inches with a resolution of 400×240.

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It has 8GB of storage and supports multiple media formats including…deep breath…MP3, WMA (non protected files), WAV, OGG, FLAC, MPEG 1/2/4, WMV (non protected files), FLV, AVI, RM, RMVB, JPEG, BMP and GIF. It ships with a cable for TV playback and it also plays FM radio.

Playback time is 14 hours for audio and four for video. A cool feature is the FM transmitter which allows you play back your audio via any radio you can sync with it – iTrip stylee.

The real good news with regards to the Archos 3 vision is the price. £89.99 is very reasonable for a touch-screen PMP.

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One step down from the 3 vision is the 2 vision. It has a 2-inch screen – not touch screen though. It uses a surface slider control for navigation.

It supports MP3, WMA and WAV as well as photo viewing. It has 8GB of storage although this can be upgraded using the micro-SD slot. It’s only £49.99 – another very fair price from Archos.

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Finally, the Archos Clipper is a gym/jog friendly, shuffle-style mp3 player. It’s nearly twice as heavy as the latest iPod shuffle at 20g – but it’s hardly going to weigh you down. It’s 2GB and will only set you back £19.99.

Archos also mentioned the 4 and 7 visions which should be released by the end of the year although they didn’t supply and specific details. I’m not Mystic Meg but I’m guessing a 4-inch screen and a 7-inch screen – I think that’s a given.

The three PMPs mentioned all go on sale next month. Go direct to Archos if you fancy getting yourself one.

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After years of ignoring Mac users, Logitech launches a Mac-only QuickCam Vision Pro webcam

Katherine Hannaford Computers, Peripherals Leave a Comment


Are you a frustrated Mac user who’s just dying to use a Logitech webcam with your slinky white machine? Yes, I thought Macs came with integrated webcams too, but it’s a nice gesture from Logitech, who up until now hasn’t actually supported Apple’s operating system.

The QuickCam Vision Pro has a 2.0-megapixel sensor with Carl Zeiss lens, and is compatible with both…

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HP to focus on Internet opportunities and software

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Hewlett Packard has announced that it’s going to be downsizing the scale of its research operations, and focus upon Internet opportunities and software.

Globally, HP is working on around 150 small projects, but that number is set to fall to around twelve.

HP’s chief executive, Mark Hurd, said that the move was “a big deal” for the company, saying that they were “placing fewer, bigger bets”.

They’ll focus on the likes of Earth-friendly computing, handling digitised information, and providing online services.

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Up close with the Sony BRAVIA range: Part 1: Vision

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sony_bravia_tv_with_picture.jpgOver the past few years, Sony has built a solid brand behind the BRAVIA name, with 45 TVs in the current range.

In this five part series, we’ll be taking a closer look at the technology behind the badge.

Today, we’re up close with vision, looking at how Sony ensures their BRAVIA sets display the best possible picture.


hd_ready_logo.pngAll of Sony’s current BRAVIA TVs, except for the 15-inch portable set, are HD Ready. That is, they’re able to take and display at least a 720p signal, be that from a broadcast service such as Sky HD or Virgin Media, from a games console such as the PS3, or from a high definition disc such as Blu-ray.

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With 4 terabytes of storage, Escient's Vision VS-600 media server is what your Star Trek collection needs

Katherine Hannaford Home Appliances Leave a Comment

Hardly riveting news, media servers, but when one’s offering 4 terabytes’ capacity, it’s enough to make my ears perk up a bit. Or maybe it’s because the picture shows the interface as being more Apple TV-esque than what really should be allowed.

Launching in April, the new Vision series’ VS-600 from Escient has not just the aforementioned hard disk space, but it can also strip…

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Opinion: "If it weren't for technology, I wouldn't get my Mum sending me a homemade Christmas cake every Chrimbo"

Katherine Hannaford Columns & Opinion 1 Comment

kat-blog-photo.jpgKatherine Hannaford writes…

Being voluntarily ejected from the Australian womb close to four years ago, staying connected with my family is of huge importance to me. Thank goodness my parents and sister don’t expect me to write long-winded letters like we would’ve done had I left 20 years ago, as obviously with the invent of email and IM every man and his dog has access to that form of communication. Except for my grandmother, but that’s something I’m working on.

What I’m talking about however is other ways in which technology has improved my relationship with my family, through the use of the Xbox 360 Live, Skype, web-camming, YouTube, various social networks and blogs, and a very clever way of using Twitter.

Take a look below for how technology has ensured I still receive a knitted scarf and homemade Christmas cake at the end of every year from my family back in Australia…

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