Shiny Video Review: Apple iPod Classic
As you would've read a few weeks back, Apple has rebranded their standard iPod as the iPod Classic, and given them a fresh Autumn wardrobe. They now come in 80GB and 160GB storage capacities, and will retail for £159 and £229 respectively.
Check out Alex's review of the Classic here, and to see their new Cover Flow technology, which you may've glimpsed on the iPhone already. Have you saved your pennies up for one yet? I'm almost there, myself...
Shiny Preview: Samsung Armani Luxury Mobile
The lucky Ms. Susi Weaser from our very own Shiny Shiny jetted over to Milan this week to join Samsung for the Armani fashion show at Milan Fashion Week. In her firm little grip, she's holding the Samsung Armani collaboration mobile phone, which she promises us will be joined by an LCD TV in early 2008 as part of their on-going partnership. It should be priced at around 600 Euros according to Susi in the video, and out before Christmas.
Samsung Armani mobile confirmed as the SGH-P520 touch-screen
Opinion: what's the appeal of fashion mobiles, like the LG Prada and possible Samsung Armani?
Samsung Ultra F700 rebranded as the Croix
Shiny Video Review: Marks & Spencer's £149 iPod-compatible suit
At the risk of sounding arrogant, I think this video review is my best yet. But that's only because I was joined by the lovely Stuart Waterman, our Production Assistant here at Shiny Media, who is possibly the World's Wittiest Man. Be kind to him, it was his first ever video, bless.
In today's video, we look at the iPod-compatible suit jacket from Marks and Spencer. Simply connect your iPod to the attachment inside, and you can control your tracks using the soft-touch controls on the inner lapel. Available now, the suit jacket is £90, but for the full suit, it's £145.
Marks and Spencer iPod suit
Shiny Video Review: LG Shine - hot pink or titanium black?
Pink gadgetry is a contentious subject these days, and the research of late suggests that women aren't interested in pink and sparkles. In this video, I poke the microphone in everyone's faces at Shiny Towers and ask "to pink or not to pink?". Check out the results, and let us know what you think of the LG Shine's latest reincarnation in hot pink.
Shiny Video Review: LG's Design Art home cinema system
Last night LG officially launched their Design Art home cinema system, and luckily I had a camera on me to show you just how beautiful the systems are. Apologies for the slight-darkness in the video, and the background noise, the event was held in the Natural History Museum's swanky champagne bar, as a tech/fashion hybrid for London Fashion Week.
LG's obviously pushing the design aesthetics of the Design Art home cinema system, so anyone who's interested in a super-stylish system for their flat, look no further. Many thanks to LG's Daniel Aziz, who made his second Shiny Video appearance here.
Shiny Video Review: Wacom Bamboo Tablet
Finally we managed to convince one of the Shiny men to do a video review with us, and what better person to ask for this Wacom Bamboo Tablet, than Sheldon, our web designer? In this video, Susi and Sheldon review a Windows Vista-friendly tool which will help designers and arty folk import their sketches to the computer, where you can then Photoshop them crazy. Out now, they retail for £69.99.
Shiny Video Review: iriver B20 media player
In one of our more recent video reviews, Susi has a gander at the iriver (oooh, how I hate not capitalising 'iriver', it makes my skin crawl) B20 media player. You'd think she'd be sick of reviewing MP3 players, but no way josé, she adores 'em. I hear she even sleeps with her iPod on her pillow beside her...
Shiny Video: Kat chats to the owner of Ferguson Hill, about their transparent speakers
I'm always on the look-out for exciting new home audio companies, in particular British ones, as there's nothing like supporting your own country's fresh produce. Forget the Waitrose strawberries farmed just down the road from where you live, these Ferguson Hill speakers are as fresh as they get.
Today I grabbed a few sneaky minutes with Tim Hill, the owner and designer of the audio company. In the video, you can see his first set, the FH007, which consist of revolutionary transparent horn-shaped speakers bundled with an amplifier and two bass speakers.
Video: What do Brits think of the iPhone / O2 deal?
Phew, Susi's been busy this morning - having liveblogged Apple's UK iPhone launch and gotten hands on with the handset, she hotfooted it outside the Apple Store to find out what Regent Street shoppers thought of Apple's deal with O2 to sell the iPhone for £269 on an 18-month contract. Find out what they thought below.
Shiny Video Preview: OQO e2 UMPC
US readers will recognise this as the 02, but the e2 is the European launch version, heralding the start of OQO's plan for world domination. Entirely UMPC-focussed, the company has produced the smallest available UMPC (for now), which is a just-about palm-sized, comfortable slider UMPC designed for thumb-typing.
It was pretty responsive and although this version isn't touchscreen, UMPC's ex-IBM engineers brought the famous nipple trackstick with them. It takes a while to get used to the separate left and right click buttons, though. This is a clever machine with WiFi, 3G and Bluetooth; have a look at the super-quick rundown and if it catches your eye come back soon for a full video review. The device is available from eXpansys now.
Shiny Video Review: Intempo Digital GX-01 Internet Radio
For those who fancy something a little more CRAZY than Radio 1, XFM et al, consider internet radio - with trillions of different stations, you'll never be stuck for choice. In this video, Alex checks out the Intempo Digital GX-01 Internet Radio, which you can pick up for £119.99 at Amazon.
Shiny Review: Intempo Digital BTS-01 Stereo Bluetooth Wireless Speaker
Shiny Video Review: Intempo BTS-01 Stereo Bluetooth Wireless Speaker
Intempo launches RDI-03 - iPod speaker system with DAB radio
Shiny Video Review: Dell XPS 1330 notebook laptop
In one of our latest videos, Alex and I take a look at the new Dell XPS 1330 laptop, which as you can see, is completely style-led and makes for a surprising change from Dell's rather dull image. Available in three colours, it's out now, and prices start at £730.
Dell launch Inspiron 6400n and 530n notebooks with Ubuntu Linux preinstalled
Dell intros two new flat-panel monitors: UltraSharp 2407WFP-HC and E198FP
Dell launches its most powerful professional mobile workstation: Precision M6300
BSkyB's new Sky+ advert claims to show What Women Think
Forget juggling a career with motherhood. The real dilemma for today's high-flying females is figuring out how to go to dinner with their boss AND still watch Prison Break. This is what the suffragettes risked their lives campaigning for all those years ago. Really.
Okay, so it's not. But it is the subject of BSkyB's brand new TV ad campaign, which aims to show how modern women can resolve said dilemma by using the Sky+ remote record feature, that lets you set your PVR from your mobile phone. "Because you want to be in two places at once..."
Shiny Video Preview: Navman S series satellite navigation systems
Last night, Navman debuted their entirely new sat nav system. They've made so many improvements it was like Kim's game just trying to remember all the new features on video. Susi has a bloody good go though, click below. And if you want all the details, check out this post here.
Shiny Video: Palm Treo 500v smartphone
That new Palm 500v which was announced on Wednesday? Look who got her grubby little mitts on one, for a quick first-glance type video for you all. Check out Susi's short video above, but check in next week when she does a longer, more detailed one.
Shiny Video Review: Logitech Pure-Fi Dream
My second video from the Logitech product-launch last night, this Pure-Fi Dream alarm clock not only docks your iPod, but contains two sensors on top, so with a simple wave of a hand over the device, the snooze function is enabled. Released after Christmas, it'll be £179, but I guarantee you you'll be calling into work late every day with the Pure-Fi - it's just far too easy to wave your hand over the sensor, and turn off that irritating pop ditty that's interrupted your slumber.
Logitech Pure-Fi Dream
Shiny Video: Kat looks at the Logitech Harmony universal remote control
Logitech unveils Vantage headset and cordless keyboard for PS3
Logitech beefs up your laptop tunes with AudioHub speaker bar
Shiny Video: Kat looks at the Logitech Harmony universal remote control
The trouble with writing about consumer electronics all day, every day, is that your brain gets so chocker-block full of information about various products, you often forget if you've seen something before, or indeed...shot a video of it nine months previously when it was unveiled at CES. Whoops.
Regardless of my shocking memory, the Harmony remote control from Logitech really is something else entirely, able to control up to twenty different devices, and has 200,000 products already pre-programmed into the database. Out now, it's £279.
Apologies for the background noise in the above video, the launch event was rather noisy with plenty of people milling around in the background, but definitely worth a look if you're fascinated by this remote control.
Logitech Harmony universal remote control
Shiny Video: Alex plays with the Apple iPod Touch
Taken at last week's Apple event for the launch of the new iPod Touch, Alex got the chance to smear her fingers all over the glossy finish of the latest must-have iPod. I better explain the 'hand model' before you watch it, basically the Apple representatives there weren't allowed to speak, or be seen on camera, hence you have a disembodied hand waving the new Touch around. Shame he couldn't be seen on film, he was quite the looker...
Six Apart launches Typepad blogging for iPhone and iPod Touch
iLuv launches i707 FM transmitter for iPod Touch
Opinion: If only the iPod Touch had more storage capacity...
Shiny Video Review: Bow Wow Speakers
If you fancy a side order of cutesome while you're listening to the Big Brother twins' recording of Barbie Girl or [insert your stereotype of pop choice here], then check out these dinky dog shaped speakers as Zara gives them a trial run. Available from Monkey Nose.
Shiny Video Preview: Ash looks at Sony's DSC-200/S digital camera at IFA
Still rolling out the videos from IFA last week, this one shows our very own Ashley Norris with Sony's new DSC-200/S digital camera, complete with a Smile Shutter mode to help ensure beaming smiles in all your photos. All together now - cheese!
Shiny Video Review: Polaroid Click Free Media Backup - Photo Edition
Have friends who take a lot of photos and want to make backups but are a bit nervous of the whole drag and drop nature of most backup drives? Or they're worried that they'll forget to include something important? Well, this is the low-to-no intervention solution. It's available exclusively at Boots the Chemist, for £89.
Buffalo intros TurboUSB-charged USB hard drives, speedy file transfer and performance
Price per GB of external hard drives drops by one-third in a year
LINDY launches 3.5" USB Data Dock, add portable USB hub, card reader, hard drive to a PC
Shiny Video Review: Hi-Grade Notino D2200P "Pinkpad" Ultraportable Pink Laptop
This compact, light, pink laptop may be just what you need if you're looking for girlie style and portability. And if it's all a bit too girlie, remember Hi-Grade have a pearl white chassis too.
IFA 07 Video Preview: Hitachi Blu-ray Camcorder
Hitachi have launched the world's first straight-to-Bluray-disk camcorder, and Susi got up close with it at IFA 2007.
Shiny Video Review: Logic 3 Soundstation 3 speakers for PS3
These speakers were released last week by Logic3, who have designed them with the PS3 in mind (although they will connect to any sound source with a standard audio jack). They sport a PS3 style paint job, and are pretty reasonably priced. Take a look for an actual demo, complete with Susi looking on in horror at the sound of a motor racing game. You'd think she'd never heard a car before...
Shiny Video Review: Hands on with the LG KU990 Viewty 5.1mp Camera Phone
Alex got the chance to have a proper hands on with this excellent camera phone; watch the video for a chance to go through some of the basic and more fun phone and camera features. The example of a video taken by and edited on the Viewty is a bit Vision On, I know...
Watch the Chemical Brothers fire lasers at Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square
It's a meeting of British icons: the Chems meet the Admiral at last night's Trafalgar Square gig in London. I swear I saw the grand old statue shake a leg too. The loose tech angle is, well, lasers (and the N73 used to record them).
Watch below, then click over the jump for some more over-excited mobile footage from the landmark gig.
Video Review: Zara plays fetch with the Doctor Who K-9
Zara is fast becoming our remote control-gadget guru, and this week she'll no doubt have all Doctor Who fans in a spin over her latest, the K-9. Old Doctor Who fans will remember these robotic dogs from as early back as The Invisible Enemy in 1977. Cripes - Zara wasn't even born then!
BBC / O2 mobile video deal is good news for fans of Doctor Who, Little Britain, The Office...
Doctor Who Tardis replica materialises on eBay
Cyberman Voice Changer Helmet - become a Doctor Who villain
Shiny Video Review: The Shocking Taser Guns
So, we thought we'd have a little fun. We put Zara in a room with Katie, armed them both and, well... just take a look. Not so much Alien vs Predator as a couple of squeaking squirrels but video review gold, we reckon. Definitely one of our best videos yet!
Shiny Video Review: Gear4 House Party Blu Speakers and Dock
Zara takes a look at this Gear4 speaker and iPod dock, which plays your music either through an MP3 device or through Bluetooth.
Shiny Video Review: Fly Mobile SL600 Vodafone PAYG from Woolworths
Fly is a Russian company slowly making a name for itself for its budget mobiles that don't skimp on features. Alex is told the follow up to this will be touchscreen; in the meantime she takes a look at a simple slider with some unusual features such as FM radio record.
Fly Mobile launches SL600 budget handset
Video Review: Fly SL500i budget phone from Argos
HTC Omni: the most dribble-worthy smartphone ever
IFA 07: Video of Samsung's VP-HMX10C HD camcorder
Still at IFA, Ashley has a look at the VP-HMX10C HD camcorder from Samsung which was announced in their press conference in Berlin last week. It's extremely thin and uses flash memory to store footage. Expect it to swing our way in November this year, at around £499.
IFA 2007: Samsung YP-P2 Hands-on
IFA 2007: Samsung's BD-UP5000 - the world's first Blu-ray/HD DVD player?!
IFA 2007: Samsung round up - VP-HMX10 HD camcorder, Internet on your TV, YP-P2 MP3 player and more
IFA 07: Kat talks to Sharp about their 108" LCD TV, the world's largest
Still at the impressive Sharp stand, I snagged a few minutes to talk to Reinhart Buchner, PR Manager for Sharp Europe, about their 108" LCD TV. Unveiled at CES in January this year (you might remember this video I did for it back then, dressed as Hunter S. Thompson, Las Vegas style), it'll be available from next year, when it will still hopefully be the world's largest LCD TV.
IFA 07: Sharp dancers singing the hilarious Aquos song
Only in Germany could a company get away with something so cheesy as four brightly-clad dancers singing along to a ditty about a TV range. And only in Germany could the whole audience lap it up, cheering wildly and demanding more.
I'm sold - they do these performances every half hour, I think I might spend the rest of IFA watching every single one. As soon as I can, I'm downloading the single. I'm going to watch this video every day for the rest of my life. Heck, I'm buying an Aquos as soon as I get out of this country! This video is that brilliant.
"Aquos! It's a line of success, and we're simply the best! Aquos! High definition TV, something-something-something". Note to Sharp - you have next year's Eurovision song contest winner on your hands. EXPLOIT!
IFA 07: Boston Acoustics' Play Smart range of customisable speakers
Boston Acoustics is one of those American brands people have always heard of but are never really sure why. What they don't realise is that they're responsible for churning out gorgeous looking speakers capable of customisation beyond your wildest beliefs. Those wildest beliefs being, err, able to match your speakers with your $899 Habitat jacquard sofa.
Take a look at the above video to see me chat to Robert Follis, representative for the company, and to ogle the new Play Smart range, available in a plethora of sizes and colours.
IFA 07: Video of Sharp's prototype 20mm thick LCD HDTVs
Remember those speccy new LCD TVs Sharp showed off in yesterday's press conference at IFA? Yes, those stick-thin prototypes, just 20mm thick and weighing 25 kilos? Here's video proof they exist, and four different ways of mounting them. I'll take all four, please, Mr. Sharp...
Video: Nokia's new N81 music phone in action
As you'll know if you ready our Nokia Go Play liveblog yesterday, alongside its launch of the Nokia Music Store, the company unveiled its new N81 8GB music phone.
Well, there were plenty of 'em available for demoing at the event, so I grabbed one to shoot a quick video, showing its neat multimedia user interface that sees one button take you directly to your music, videos and other content.
First hands-on impressions of the Nokia Music Store
Nokia launches entertainment-friendly mobile handsets - N81, N81 8GB, N95 8GB, 5310 XpressMusic and Nokia 5610 XpressMusic
Liveblog: Nokia's Go Play music launch in London
Shiny Video Review: Motorola Razr²
Here's Katie and Susi getting up close and personal with the new Razr from Motorola, including showing off its crazy voice, and a hot debate on the word 'haptics'. Oh yes. It all goes on at Shiny Towers. For a more in-depth review, check out Susi's thoughts here.
Shiny Review: Motorola Razr²
Motorola projector phones: gimmick or genius?
O2 launches Motorola Z8 handset loaded with Bourne IdentityShiny Video Review: Motorola Razr²
Shiny Video Review: Fujifilm Finepix Z10fd Colourful Cameras
Shiny Shiny's Alex Roumbas and I take a look at the features Fujifilm hopes will make this colourful new digital camera range a hit with the "YouTube generation" (I think that's you lot).
Shiny Video Review: Skype and Skype Phones
Now that Skype is back on course, Susi takes us back to the beginning with a crash course in VOIP, and Alex prods at a few models that represent the range of available VOIP / Skype accredited phones.
Shiny Video Review: Air Hogs Zero Gravity Wall Climber
Zara does her bit for superhero women drivers by climbing the walls... you'll see.
Shiny Video: Kat talks to Canon about their new EOS 40D D-SLR camera
Last night I joined Canon in celebrating the release of over 30 new products to their collection, and managed to squeeze in a few minutes with Steve, a Development Consultant at Canon. Watch as I'm made completely redundant (this man should be on TV!), as Steve walks me through all the features of the new Canon EOS 40D, which will be out in September.
Canon announces EOS 40D and new EOS 1Ds Mark III DSLR cameras
Canon's Powershot G9 - DSLR functions in a compact case
More Canon cams - 8 megapixel PowerShot SX100 IS and Powershot A-Series range
Shiny Video Review: Energy Saving Kettles
Susi teams up with Hippyshopper's Abi to try out some eco-friendly gadgets in the form of energy saving kettles. Brave Cap'n Weaser also ventures into unknown territory by taking her very first sip of tea... ever. We salute her.
Shiny Video Review: Philips AJ300D Docking Entertainment System
Susi tests out another iPod dock and attempts to find out what makes this dock different from others.
Philips launches MCD908 micro DVD entertainment system
Philips takes Ambilight a step further with Aurea
Philips launch seven-strong range of audio docking stations. Yes, they work with iPods
Shiny Video: LG LAN-9600R and LAN-9700R Sat Nav systems
Last night Alex from Shiny Shiny and I met Daniel Aziz from LG and he was kind enough to take us through one of LG's revamped systems for the car. This is a brilliant media player (DivX included), GPS and bluetooth system - I was seriously considering buying a car last night simply so I could have an excuse to own one. In this video, Alex learns all about the wonders of the LAN-9600R and LAN-9700R from Daniel.
Shiny Video Preview: Samsung F210
Here's a first look at the latest phone to be announced from Samsung. The F210 is the upgrade to the previous model, the X830. If you like your phones to be mistaken for MP3 players, or to have the chance to hang it round your neck, this one is for you.
Shiny Preview: Sony Ericsson W910i, soon to be on 3
More 3 goodness, this time in the form of the Sony Ericsson W910i. It's the latest of the Walkman branded phones, and this time, comes with Wii-like fun in the form of ShakeIt. Have a look at the vid for more deets.
Sony Ericsson W910i
Sony Ericsson launches 'The Search' for Cameraphone Photographer of the Year
Sony Ericsson K700i - the phone for budding secret agents
mobileAct - Sony Ericsson, Orange and Channel 4 look for Britain's hottest unsigned act
Shiny Preview: LG U990, soon to be on 3
There's going to be a battle of epic proportions this Christmas. The Grinch and Christmas Spirit? Only Fools and Horses Christmas Special against The Vicar of Dibley Christmas Special?
No, this is the battle of the 5 megapixel camera phones. LG's offering is the U990, which is like the Prada phone, but better. It's even being touted as the iPhone killer (obviously). It's got a touch screen with vibrating feedback, HSDPA, said camera and loads of other goodies. It's nice, trust us. Here's a quick preview, and as soon as we get one in the office, Susi promises she'll have a really good rummage through it.
Shiny Video Review: Sony Ericsson P1i
Alex is duly impressed with the main features of the Sony Ericsson P1i. Less bowled over by the icing-on-the-cake handwriting recognition and business card scanner but that's not what you'd be getting the phone for... right? Let's hope not.
Sony Ericsson launches 'The Search' for Cameraphone Photographer of the Year
Sony Ericsson launches K770 Cyber-shot phone
Interview - Sony Ericsson: "Digital audio players won't exist in two years"
Shiny Video Review: Terratec Noxon 2 Internet Radio for iPod
Susi looks at the internet radio from Noxon, wonders at the amount of radio in the world, and then gets slightly perplexed over the menu system.
Shiny Video Review: Alcatel Elle Glamphone No.3
This phone is undoubtedly the Marmite of phones; you'll either love its fashion stylings or be driven to distraction by its beeping and flashing. Find out which camp Alex falls into...
Alcatel and Elle offer the female-friendly N°3 GlamPhone
Alcatel offers environmentally-friendly packaging for new handset range
Alcatel launches its first music clamshell handset - the OT-C701
Shiny Video Review: Creative TravelSound Zen Stone Speakers
Susi takes a look at this teeny travel set of speakers designed for the Zen Stone and Zen Stone Plus.
Shiny Video Review: Intempo BTS-01 Stereo Bluetooth Wireless Speaker
Intempo do a good line in solid, well-built and elegant looking audioware; the kind of thing mum can display proudly in the kitchen whilst still pointing out her geeky credentials. Alex checks out the first of a brand new Bluetooth range of accessories.
Intempo launches BTS-01 Bluetooth stereo speaker system
Shiny Video Review: iPod accessories from Intempo, i-Station, iLuv and Griffin
Shiny Video Review: Intempo IDS03 2.1 Docking Speaker System for Audio Devices
Shiny Video Review: the best Personal Media Players available
Zara takes a look at a range of PMPs and gives her opinion on what's out there.
Shiny Video Review: Archos 704 Portable Media Player
Digital Square PMP
iRiver PMP out in the UK
Shiny Video Review: Philips Bluetooth Headphones
Susi investigates some Philips Bluetooth headphones designed to make wirelessly streaming your music easy.
Shiny Video Review: Swarovski bling flash drives from Philips
Philips launch seven-strong range of audio docking stations. Yes, they work with iPods
Pricey Philips Pronto TSU9400 controls everything, everything!
Shiny Video Review: Homer Simpson Robosapien - meet Homersapien
Homersapien very possibly gets the better of Zara when they go head to head. D'oh!
Shiny Video Review: Pink Hi-Grade Notino W5700 laptop
A pink laptop? Well, it's not the first, and definitely won't be the last, however I doubt this £500 Hi-Grade Notino W5700 will ever grace my desk. Find out what Alex thinks about the Paris Hilton-esque machine in the video above.
Hi-Grade Notino W5700
Shiny Video Review: Brando USB products
Ahhhh, USB tat. The new office toys. Susi and Katie rummage through the latest and occasionally greatest offerings from those wonderful USB-meisters from Honk Kong, Brando.
Shiny Video Review: Archos 704 Portable Media Player
Those new 704 PMPs from Archos that were announced a few weeks back? Well, we got one in to review for all our lovely readers, although tough luck, Archos, trying to get it back off Zara - she's obsessed with it. And for good reason too - check out the review to see why.
Shiny Video Review: Myvu Personal Media Viewer for iPod
Alex whips off her specs and is transformed into an ice-cool comic book superhero. In her imagination. She also tests out some space-age specs that broadcast small screen iPod videos on a virtual big screen.
Shiny Video Review: Altec Lansing InMotion IMV712 iPod Media Player
Susi puts this dock, speakers and monitor to the test, enjoying videos on a bigger screen.
Shiny Video Review: Gupi Remote Control Intelligent Guinea Pig
Zara and Carly investigate the snuggly, squeaky and, erm, sneezy world of the finest remote control guinea pig available to humanity.
Shiny Video Review: Acer, Toshiba, Samsung and Fujitsu Siemens laptops/notebooks
Our latest round-up for this week revolves around laptop computers. Or notebooks, if you like to call them by their 'trendy' analogue name. I've enlisted the help of Katie, so if you're in the market for a new laptop/notebook, or simply like to dribble at new pieces of kit, take a look at the above video.
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Shiny Video Review: Swarovski bling flash drives from Philips
Back when I was on Shiny Shiny and more concerned with sparkly, pink and fluffy gadgets rather than robots and all things geektacular here, I went to the launch of the Swarovski and Philips flash drives. You'll be pleased to know, months later, that they're finally launching in the UK this week (Harrods, to be precise), and that Zara recently got all hands-on with them. Boys, forget diamonds - if you want to get jewellery for your geeky girls, head on down to the luxury London store at the end of this week, where prices start at £50.
Philips partner with Swarovski to make blinged-out headphones and USB memory sticks
Shiny Video Review: LG Swarovski fridge brings a touch of Liberace to your kitchen
Bling your iPhone with Crystal Icing's Swarovski crystal creations
Shiny Video Review: Scandyna's Micropod and Drop speakers
Alex and I pop on some Tears For Fears and listen to the audio quality of these new Scandyna products, the Micropod and Drop models.
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Shiny Video Review: Logitech MX Air surface-to-air mouse
Susi's love-affair with ultra-clever mice continues as Logitech bring us a mouse that works as well in the air as it does on the desktop.
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Shiny Video Interview: Kat chats to Richard Warmsley, Head of Internet on the Move at T-Mobile UK
Last Thursday I grabbed a few minutes to chat with Richard Warmsley, Head of Internet on the Move at T-Mobile UK, about their Web 'n Walk, Music Jukebox and other services available to customers. And also to tease him about his obvious job title. Hey, it's better than Communications Manager, non?
T-Mobile launches Pocket Comedy TV on its mobile TV trial service
Shiny Video Interview: Kat chats to Head of Entertainment at T-Mobile about their Music Jukebox service
T-Mobile launches dual-download Mobile Jukebox music store
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Shiny Video Review: The Nintendo Wii, Sony PS3, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS and Sony PSP pitted against one another
I somehow managed to twist Gary Cutlack's arm and forced him into his video debut for Tech Digest. If you're a fan of his gaming-related rantings over at UK Resistance and gadgets and all-round thing-holding critiques at Idiot Toys, then you'll love this video, where we discuss the pros and cons of each of the most-wanted gaming consoles of today. Enjoy, and try and keep the fanboy flamings to a dull roar, please!
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Shiny Video Review: Motorola Z8 Movie Edition HSDPA mobile
Susi gets an in-depth look at this new, ergonomically designed phone with a host of handy features from Motorola.
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Shiny Video Preview: Zara takes a look at the latest Siemens handsets
Home phones are becoming more mobile-like, having capabilities such as Bluetooth and text messaging, but without the hefty line rental. Zara takes a look at some of the latest handsets on offer; and gets a sneak preview of Siemens' September range.
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Shiny Video Interview: Mimi Rogers - ex-wife of Tom Cruise and poker player extrordinaire
Mimi Rogers was in town the other week promoting World Poker Tour and its recent launch online. She took time out to teach Susi how to play Texas Hold 'Em, tell her about why women have the advantage over men in poker, and who was her favourite - Pacey or Dawson. We always wanted to know what Jen's mum thought of her two male buddies...
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Shiny Video Review: LG Swarovski fridge brings a touch of Liberace to your kitchen
There were probably more technologically advanced fridge-freezers on show at the LG launch Alex attended last night, but this was the Blingiest Fridge Ever, so it had to be featured (plus there were no fridges with LCD screens on display yet, sadly). Just in case the clamouring crowd of fridge worshippers makes her spiel hard to hear, the key words are these: Swarovski bling, clever techie panel, Express Freeze mode, energy A rating, eco-friendly Homebar / catflap, class. It'll be available to order in wine, white or black from Harrods later this year.
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Shiny Video Review: Digital Camera Roundup (Kodak, Canon, Pentax, Olympus)
We've locked Zara from Shiny Shiny up in our offices and given her some Kodak, Canon, Pentax and Olympus digital cameras, and told her she can't escape until she perfects the art of photography. See her video review for the cameras here, and if you like what you see, you can buy them below. Obviously you can't buy Zara - she's still locked up in our office awaiting our next challenge. Get your minds out of the gutter, boys.
Kodak Easyshare C613: Easyshare Website
Kodak Easyshare V1003: Easyshare Website
Pentax Optio T30 Pentax Website
Olympus mju 770: Olympus Website | Shiny In-Depth Video Review
Canon Digital Ixus 75: Canon Website | Shiny Video Review: Canon Digital Ixus 70
Shiny Video Review: JVC HA-NC250-E noise-cancelling headphones
Quickly turning into the noise-cancelling headphone supremo here at Shiny Towers (I think it's due to that Larry David/bald man exclusive club thing - ever noticed when you're wearing noise-cancelling headphones, other wearers on the street nod at you, out of respect? Or are my previous JVC models simply that cool?), I recently reviewed the JVC HA-NC250-E 'phones. Slightly more pricey than their older sister, they're out at the end of July, for around €199.99.
Shiny Video Review: Roth Audio Music Cocoon MC4 and Fatman Fatboy speakers
I went all audiophile crazy recently, and took some time out of my busy schedule (of, ahem, FaceBooking and lol-catting) to review the new Roth Audio Music Cocoon MC4 tube-based amplifier, and Fatman Fatboy speakers. Take a look if quality music is your game, and you're embarassed of your £39 pair of iPod speakers you got at Argos on sale last Christmas.
Shiny Video Review: Roboquads - Robots taking over the Earth
Roboquads are amassing... some of them have come to save us... some of them have come to destroy us... Oh, hang on, that's Transformers. These are more Minority Report scuttly-scary, but still. Watch them in action. We'll be sending one to find you.
Shiny Video Review: Toshiba Portégé R500 notebook, world's lightest (for a week at least...)
You've heard me rave on and on about the Toshiba Portégé R500 notebook in recent weeks, so here's an opportunity to see just what all the fuss is about. Currently holding the record for being the world's lightest laptop, at just 779g with a 12. inch screen, you won't even notice it in your laptop bag when commuting to work. Out later this month, prices start at £1,291.
Newfoundland, Canada: what do the Toshiba Portégé R500 notebook and explorer David Hempleman-Adams have in common?
Video Interview: Kat talks to Head of Marketing at Toshiba Europe, and David Hempleman-Adams
Video Interview: Kat talks to English explorer David Hempleman-Adams about his Toshiba Transatlantic Challenge
Video Review: Fly SL500i budget phone from Argos
Our slightly pink-tinged sister, Shiny Shiny, got Zara review the new Fly SL500i budget phone from Argos. Pick it up for £39.99 from Argos. Might have to battle through the hordes of chavs and Vicky Pollards though, so ensure you take that battle axe!
Belated Happy Birthday, Mr. President: have a George Bush doll from us
George Bush celebrated his birthday on Friday with plunging approval ratings, dead-in-the-water Immigration Reform plans, and the ongoing nightmare of Iraq.... so we thought we'd cheer him up with this homage in doll form, spouting some presidential words of wisdom.
Shiny Video Review: iPod accessories from Intempo, i-Station, iLuv and Griffin
Alex umms and ahhs over the best accessories to kit your iPod out with, from radio alarms to karaoke mics.
Thanks to IWOOT for providing the iKaraoke
Video Interview: Kat talks to Head of Marketing at Toshiba Europe, and David Hempleman-Adams
My second interview with English explorer David Hempleman-Adams sees him joined with Head of Marketing for Toshiba Europe, Manuel Linneg. High on Signal Hill, in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, we discussed the Portégé R500 notebook which Hempleman-Adams carried with him on his world-record breaking transatlantic journey, and just how it would help him on the dangerous trip.
Once again, apologies for the sound quality - that's Canadian weather for you, eh!
Toshiba Portege R500: the lightest notebook yet?
Newfoundland, Canada: what do the Toshiba Portégé R500 notebook and explorer David Hempleman-Adams have in common?
Video Interview: Kat talks to English explorer David Hempleman-Adams about his Toshiba Transatlantic Challenge
Video Interview: Kat talks to English explorer David Hempleman-Adams about his Toshiba Transatlantic Challenge
As you read on the weekend, I've spent the past few days in Newfoundland, Canada, peeking in on the life of English explorer David Hempleman-Adams as he prepares for his world-record attempt at crossing the Atlantic in the world's smallest helium-powered balloon.
I managed to grab a few minutes before he departed into the air, to discuss his trip, and the technology which he carried aboard. Unfortunately the sound quality isn't brilliant due to the whipping Canadian wind atop Signal Hill in Newfoundland, but you'll get the gist of it, promise!
Shiny Video Interview: Kat chats to Head of Entertainment at T-Mobile about their Music Jukebox service
As Stuart reported on Tuesday, T-Mobile has launched a new service, Music Jukebox, which allows users to download music tracks straight to their mobile phones or PCs. I took some time on Tuesday to chat to Damian Byrne, the Head of Entertainment at T-Mobile about their new service, and to get hands-on myself with what they're hoping will be as successful as their Web 'n Walk and Flext services.
T-Mobile Music Jukebox website
T-Mobile launches dual-download Mobile Jukebox music store
Omnifone reveals more MusicStation details, but is it really an iPhone-killer?
iPhone will raise the bar for "cumbersome" mobile music, says Warner Music chairman
Shiny video review: Olympus mju 770SW
I take a look at the indestructible compact camera from Olympus. Sadly, there is no actual destruction in this video, as I couldn't find any glaciers to drop it from.
CEDIA expo 2007: JVC V-series LCD TVs
Yesterday at CEDIA 2007 I grabbed ahold of JVC's man of the hour, Steven Carter, to discuss their latest range of TVs, the V-series. With two options (the 42" model being released in July, for £1,500, and the 47" model - yes, you read that right, a 47" LCD telly, those crazy kids at JVC are thinking outside of the box, coming in at £2,000 in August), they're for those large of lounge and deep of pockets.
With 1920x1080p performance as you'd expect from the JVC maestros, the V-series incorporates new technology which will add to your viewing experience. For, you know, those close-ups of Dot Branning's wrinkled face when she bemoans the death of Pauline Fowler in 'Stenders. Excuse me...I'm going to have a little cry in the bathroom now, just thinking about her sad demise.
Take a look at the above video for some full-HD TV goodies, and to hear Steven explain all about this brand spankin' new technology that'll have us all salivating over JVC products in the future...
CEDIA expo 2007: Arcam MS250 music server video review
Yesterday at the CEDIA expo in London, I managed to grab a few minutes to chat to Stefan from Arcam about their new MS250 music server. Able to stream music around the house to four different zones, so you can listen to four different tracks at once - Dad in the lounge listening to Dire Straits, Mum in the kitchen listening to the Mama and the Papas, etc etc, it'll keep the whole family happy. And if you happen to have a third child, well, buying the MS250 is the perfect excuse to adopt them out...
Video Review: Sony's PSP Go!Cam webcam
Fancy a webcam for your PSP? Sony's Go!Cam is a 1.3-megapixel camera that plugs into your PSP, and costs £30. But is it worth the dosh? Simon from PSPSPS has been using the Go!Cam, so click below to watch his review.
Video Group Test: Windows Mobile smartphones
Thinking of buying a new smartphone? There's a plentiful crop of Windows Mobile devices around, including some new models coming out with the latest version of the operating system, Windows Mobile 6.
Alex from Shiny Shiny has been taking a look at some popular models, including one with WM6. Click below to watch her roundup and see which phone comes out on top.
Shiny Video Review: BlackBerry 8800, Curve and Pearl comparison
There's a whole slew of BlackBerrys out there now from you to choose from, all offering consumers a different BlackBerry experience. So, we're here for you, and we want to help. Check out the video for what the 8800, the Pearl and the Curve can offer your Push email-craving fingers...
Girls! Destroying Apple laptops! In bikinis! BEST. DAY. EVER!?
Hot girls. Bikinis. Smashing up Macbooks. Yep, life doesn't get much better than this. Certainly worthy of directing some attention towards YouTube, anyways.
Three German women (and yes, thank goodness they're of the attractive sort, no hefty Helgas in sight here) clubbed together to form Bikinirama, a collective who wear bikinis, and, err, smash up electronics. Smash My PS3, anyone? The best video is without a doubt when Tatjana gets busy with a hammer and Powerbook (see it under the jump), however it's not just about destroying gadgets.
Their MySpace page explains that they're not just smashing gadgets, but also "breaking social conventions". Bah, whatever, bring on the bikini'd girls destroying the Apples, that's what I say. Beardy men with moobs destroying Acers next, obviously.
Bikinirama (via Wired).
Student's 'Intimate Controllers' thesis involves playing Pong with your boobs
Myleene Klass's white bikini from I'm A Celebrity is up for grabs on eBay
Get bigger boobs using a mobile phone!
Shiny Video Review: O2 Cocoon mobile phone
Last night Susi from our pink-obsessed sister site, Shiny Shiny, was lucky enough to attend the O2 Wireless Festival in London, where she checked out The White Stripes and foolishly ignored Queens of the Stone Age. Anyone who's seen them live will agree with me that was one schoolboy error!
Anyway, it wasn't just a day of skiving for her, as she got to check out the new O2 Cocoon phone, which, if you stay tuned to Tech Digest this afternoon, you can see a review of shortly.
Palm offers Treo 680 smartphone in crimson red
Sony Ericsson Z320 - clamshell with retro styling
Sony Ericsson launches K530 3G phone with HGE-100 GPS accessory
Shiny Video Interview: Kat speaks to Jason Calacanis of Mahalo.com about Google, Nick Denton, Ask.com and who his next frenemy will be
Last night I had the privilege of speaking to Jason Calacanis, fresh off the plane from the US, on his first trip to the UK. Here to attend the NMK Forum (from which I'm liveblogging from as we speak), he had some exciting news to announce the next day, of which we've since learnt is Mahalo's Greenhouse. Take a look at the video to hear him talk about his online 'rivals' such as Google and Ask.com (plus his thoughs on the horrible 'Information Revolution' campaign), spill the beans on his feelings towards Nick Denton of Gawker Media, and most importantly, the exciting announcement of Mahalo.com's Greenhouse, and how it can earn you money.
Needless to say, I was dead-excited meeting him, as he's one of my online heroes, and he had some very interesting points to make about the way the online world is changing. I definitely have a tech-crush on this man (but don't worry Bill Gates, you're still my number one love!)
Shiny Video Review: HTC P4350 Smartphone
It may not be a touch-screen like the recent offering from HTC, but this P4350 from the smartphone company still manages to impress.
Shiny Video Review: Toshiba Portege G500 Smartphone
Shiny Video Review: Ashley and Kat discuss the HTC Touch smartphone
Shiny Video Review: HTC S710 smartphone with Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 software
Shiny Video Review: Toshiba Portege G500 Smartphone
We've been cranking out the smartphone reviews of late, because really, what is a mobile phone these days without office features and push-email? Alex has taken a few minutes to run through a video demonstration of the Toshiba G500, a 3G, HSDPA, feature-packing smartphone (in a relatively compact case).
Toshiba Portege G500
HTC Touch smartphone video review
Video interview with HTC CEO about today's Touch smartphone announcement
Shiny Video Review: HTC S710 smartphone with Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 software
Shiny Video Review: TVonics DVR-250 Digital Freeview Playback Receiver and Recorder
Susi and Alex demonstrate the user and eco friendliness of this "Freeview Playback" certified device with a 250GB hard drive.
Shiny Video Review: Ashley and Kat discuss the HTC Touch smartphone
If you thought we had just about expended the subject of HTC's Touch smartphone, think again. Just this morning Ashley and I sat down to discuss the pros and cons of this Windows Mobile 6 phone, take a look to see what we have to say, and to view that spesh TouchFlo technology at work. I've been using it as my normal phone for 24 hours now, so if you're considering splashing out on this iPhone-killer, take a look at our review first.
Video interview with HTC CEO about today's Touch smartphone announcement
This morning I was lucky enough to attend the swanky HTC press launch for their new Touch smartphone which Dave told you about earlier today, and what do you know? I managed to snag a few minutes with HTC's Chief Marketing Officer, John Wang, to ask him about the Touch phone, who it's aimed at, and what he thinks about other competitors' touchscreen phones, like the Apple iPhone and LG Prada.
Take a look at the video below (no sniggering at my 'Choose Life' t-shirt...nothing wrong with Wham and George Michael, thankyouverymuch), and then look on below the jump for my thoughts on the Touch phone, some more photos (including unboxing it), and my initial review having had one in my sweaty little hand for half a day now.
Apple's iPhone adverts debuted last night on CBS, see them here!
I promise this'll be the last mention of Apple on this here blog for today - to think, I call myself a worshipper at the temple of Gates! However I couldn't not show you the three ads for the iPhone which debuted yesterday during CBS's 60 Minutes in the US, which Andy mentioned earlier. This first one is titled 'Never Been An iPod', with the second and third below the jump. Enjoy...you've only got 25 days left of jonesing. But remember folks - don't go buying it at an Apple store now, you hear us? Rather, hear Mr. Jobs?
Shiny Video Review: Intempo IDS03 2.1 Docking Speaker System for Audio Devices
You've read the written review of the Intempo IDS03 2.1 docking speaker system, now see Alex get face-to-face with it for a video review.
Shiny Video Review: MP Man MP CS-155 Multimedia Player
Alex attempts to navigate this ambitious, budget 1GB video and music player from MP Man.
Shiny Video Review: Panasonic Toughbook CF-19 10.4" Laptop / Tablet PC
Alex attempts to hack through the armour plating and access the 'ruggedised' laptop within...
Shiny Video Review: HTC S710 smartphone with Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 software
YouTube Video of the Day - Rodney Mullen skate god
Rodney Mullen is a god. He can do things with a skateboard that defy all laws of logic. Watch and weep.
YouTube Video of the Day - Igor Falecki: 4 year old drumming prodigy
As a four year old boy, a barely had the attention span to stay focused on breathing, let alone learning funk breaks. This impossibly cut Polish tot, who goes by the name of Igor Falecki, rattles through rimshots and rolls with all the ease of a seasoned session man. Insane!
YouTube Video of the Day - "Lego DJ"
This is simple and effective. A little hand with Lego eyes and earphones scratches like a hip-hop cut master. Ace!
Shiny Video Review: Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop Keyboard and Mouse
Susi demonstrates a handy wireless deskset (resisting the opportunity to have a Dead Poets Society moment) from Microsoft.
YouTube Video of the Day - I'm a Gangsta
This lot may be no Kersal Massive, but anyone taking drug via a BMX bike is worthy of a mention! Give it up! Boi boi!
Video: Kat talks to Karima Adebibe, model for Lara Croft in Tomb Raider franchise
On a recent chilly afternoon in London, I met up with Karima Adebibe, the 21-year old model who plays Lara Croft in the successful video game franchise, Tomb Raider. In the video interview we discuss the rigorous training required to perfect the 'Lara' physique; the consoles she owns and games she's currently digging, plus one for the lads - her single status and how much she loves receiving fan-mail. Oooer...get the scented note-paper out, then.
Oh, and remember that list of top ten female video game characters we should idolise, and not for their bouncing jubblies either? Put Ms. Lara Croft back on top - this girl rocks!
Video interview with Ian Livingstone about Tomb Raider: Anniversary and Lara Croft
I recently met up with Ian Livingstone, Creative Director of Eidos, to discuss the forthcoming Tomb Raider: Anniversary game. Set to be released on 1st June for PS2, PSP, PC and Wii, it's a re-working of the original Tomb Raider game released in 1996 with better graphics (surprisingly evident, even with lack of next-gen console) and extra features. Take a look at the videos (in two parts, with the second under the jump), to hear what Ian has to say about the original femme fatale, Lara Croft, and his previous work involving founding Games Workshop and the Fighting Fantasy book series.
A Fair(y) Use Tale
Eric Faden, professor at Bucknell, has created a video to explain copyright to the beginner. What makes this unusual is that it's all told by Disney characters. . . in extremely small snippets so as not to violate copyright. The film is very funny, very informative and very subversive. If you've ever wondered just "what" "is" "copy" "right" (or if you enjoy the discomfiture of Disney), check the video after the jump. [GT]
YouTube Video of the Day - Robot Drummers
Robots! They're taking over the world... but first... they're going to learn how to drum! Good for them!
YouTube Video of the Day - Jellyfish central!
Aaah! Come on in! The water's lovely! Oh... I forgot to mention... it's actually full of a thousand million gazillion jelly fish. Check this footage out! It's mindblowing!
YouTube Video of the Day - Incredible human beatbox
This mentalist was seen on the French Pop Idol. Human beatboxing his way through a myriad of hits... why don't we have people like this on our telly?
YouTube Video of the Day - Lily Allen sings in Simlish
You've all heard of The Sims right? A game that transports you to another world and everyone speaks in 'Simlish'. Well, how about Lily Allen singing her biggest hit, 'Smile', in the invented language? Watch the vid below to hear... the weirdness...
Vast majority of UK Internet users open to 'pre-roll' online video advertising
A YouGov survey - commissioned by Utarget Networks, a major UK online advertising and publishing company - suggests that a massive 93% of UK Internet users are open to the idea of 'pre-roll' online video advertising, providing that it doesn't last for more than 15 seconds.
The changing face of the Internet, largely brought about by broadband and Web 2.0 sites such as YouTube and MySpace, means that UK consumers now spend twice as much time online browsing purely for entertainment than they do for carrying out specific tasks, and that gap is expected to widen by 25% next year.
Spiderman 3 on the PS3 and XBox 360, plus Prince Of Persia: Rival Swords on the Wii - the latest video reviews from Shiny Games on YouTube
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is the first must-have game on the PS3 - but is it much better than previous PC and XBox 360 versions?
- Spiderman 3 on the PS3 and XBox 360. Can it match the success of the blockbuster movie?
- Prince Of Persia: Rival Swords on the Wii. Find out how the Wiimote performs as a virtual sword [WiiWii.tv]
- Command & Conquer: Tiberium Wars. How does the latest installment of the long-running strategy series translate to the XBox 360? [XBoxer.tv]
- Final Fantasy III comes to the Nintendo DS. Find out how the epic series performs on Nintendo's handheld console [WiiWii.tv]
YouTube Video of the Day - Tortoise versus Cats
You've heard of the tortoise and the hare face-off, well let's take a look at the epic battle between one disgruntled tortoise and some cats. It's great fun seeing it stomp around but it begs the question... why doesn't the cat just bite its head off?
Pay-for-play online video 'will soon become extinct'
A study from Forrester Research says that "the paid video download market in its current evolutionary state will soon become extinct, despite the fast growth and the millions being spent today". While spending last year jumped from $98mil to $279mil this year, online video buyers represent a minority which can't sustain a business model, according to the report. Forrester says ad-supported content are the way of the future and that AppleTV should move in that direction, away from the iTunes closed system idea. "To attract mainstream viewers, media strategy executives must develop new business models and delivery mechanisms to make video downloading ad-supported and geek-free," Forrester researcher McQuivey said. Like Joost is doing. [GT]
YouTube Video of the Day - Panda sneeze
It's a classic (can you believe that YouTube videos can be considered 'classics' already?), but oddly, never featured on these pages. It's the sneezing panda. Go gooey and say "awww".
YouTube Video of the Day - Greatest goal ever ever ever ever scored
I featured this on sister site WhoAteAllThePies and it is still making me go slack jawed with amazement. Watch and weep.
YouTube Video of the Day - Catching sunglasses with your face?
There's no hiding from the fact that the people in this video are incredibly annoying. However, they're very very very good at catching sunglasses on their face. From a mere toss across the room to lobbing specs at full pelt into a moving car... impressive and brilliantly pointless!
Video preview: a first look at the new Dragon HDX notebook from HP
Having found out all about the Pavilion HDX, or The Dragon as HP hve branded it, I got a chance to see it in the flesh. One word for you: massive. For more on the specs of the notebook, read about it here.
YouTube Video of the Day - Mario: Game Over
Mario is dead! No, seriously! Watch this (funny) video which will explain all...
Shiny Video: Shanghai Susi makes a connection with HP
I'm in Shanghai at the HP 'Making Connections' Summit (also the World Capital of Quite Convincing Fake Designer Goods). It's all due to kick off on Wednesday, but there have been a few rumours doing the rounds this week on just what they're going to announce. I muse over such things in the hotel room.
YouTube Video of the Day - PC Domino
PCs are the bane of all our lives at some point. So how can you repay them for their constant frustrating? Knock 'em down domino style!
TVersity adds video streaming support for PS3 and Wii
The latest version adds support for FLV Flash video conversion, so now owners of a PS3 or Wii can play too. In addition, it also works with the Xbox 360, PSP and Nokia N800.
Orange Pay-Off: 15 seconds to be a sexy, weird, dancer
Orange has launched its Pay-Off contest and is inviting its customers to submit 10-15 second video clips of themselves either trying to prove that they're the sexiest person alive (Face-off), are the best/craziest dancer (Dance-off), or are just plain weird but couldn't muster a longer clip on YouTube (Weird-off).
The best videos are entered into a series of play-off rounds, where users vote for their favourite and the winner then has to face a new challenge - though what that is isn't clear yet.
Sony to launch video sharing network in Japan
eyeVio may launch internationally after Sony has seen what kind of reception it gets in Japan. Then, it might attempt to take on the might of Google's YouTube.
Video review: Sony NW-A805 Walkman
Shiny Shiny's Susi and Abi feel the love for the Sony Walkman A805 2GB.
Video: Jabra limited edition JX10 Cara headset
When you’ve gone to the trouble of getting a flashy phone the last thing you want is a naff Star Trek headset making you look like a crack dealer. This is probably why Jabra have come up with Cara, a limited edition of the JX10 headset. Charlotte from Jabra talks us through the concept behind the headsets. See after the jump for pictures.
Video Review: Fuji Finepix Z5
Katie and Ashley are in the pink with the Fujifilm Finepix Z5... the hot pink, that is.
Video Review: iAxe USB Guitar
Katie finally gets to become who she always wanted to be, a geeky rock star, thanks to the iAxe from I Want One Of Those. It's not exactly a Strat, but the software it comes with allows you to try it out with different amps or even different genres, like Britpop, for different effects. Much fun can be had by all.
Product page: £99.95 from IWOOT
Bill Gates meets Steve Jobs at a party video
From Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse's new TV show. I bet Steve and Bill's lawyers are looking very closely at this. Good old Beeb.
Your Studio and You: South Park does propaganda video
Imagine Seagram hiring then-unknown, pre-South Park Trey Parker and Matt Stone, to create a good old-fashioned studio propaganda movie - sort of - called Your Studio and You. Imagine they rounded up stars from James Cameron to Angela Lansbury, from Sylvester Stallone to Demi Moore, from Steven Spielberg to Heavy D. Parker has said that "you could probably make a feature film out of the experience of making that movie because it was just two dudes from college suddenly directing Steven Spielberg." Imagined enough? Then continue gently breaking in Monday morning by catching the whole video after the jump. [GT]
YouTube Video of the Day - Dancing robot
Do you want to see a robot dancing (not like it's from 1984)? Then press play!
A shoe, some USB, a dance
Just the thing for skivey Friday morning: a dancing USB shoe. Normally I have something witty to say, but really, the tongue in the video speaks for itself. [GT]
YouTube Video of the Day - Sunshine
After another gloriously sunny day, let's kick off our shoes and relax with some lovely photos and the sounds of Roy Ayers. "Aaaaand relax..."
Why Tony Blair's YouTube channel doesn't hit the mark
You can't be a modern politician without being Web 2.0 friendly. Hot on the heels of David Cameron's Webcameron site, the Labour Party has now jumped into bed with YouTube to launch the Labourvision channel.
Trouble is, most of the videos are still ministers blathering to camera in traditional party political broadcast style. However, the most interesting thing about Labourvision isn't the videos posted by the politicians. It's the responses - text and video-based - from the very voters they're trying to engage with.
Check out Techscape's first impressions for more details on why.
YouTube Video of the Day - The Fastest Banjo in the World!
Apparently, there is no world record set for the fastest banjo player in the world, so a chap called Todd Taylor got to work with a relentless drum machine and fingers of lightning! Phew!
YouTube urged to pull down teacher videos
Web giants like YouTube have been urged to get tough with the cyber-bullies that use their sites to make pupils' and teachers' lives a misery. The education secretary Alan Johnson will say web providers have a "moral obligation" to cut offensive videos of people being attacked, harassed or ridiculed. Bullying is causing many teachers to leave the profession and Mr Johnson will also point to new powers teachers have to confiscate mobile phones and MP3 players used for such abuse.
Here's a quick selection of the type of stuff that is on the site. Frankly we were pretty shocked by what we saw. Not that there is anything especially controversial about the videos, but it does highlight that there is plenty of classroom action on the site.
So what will YouTube do about this? The major of appeal of such a site is that it is a two way medium, allowing people to upload whatever they like. Will this be the beginning of the end for YouTube and sites like it? Will restrictions be imposed that will stifle the raison d'être of the video site?
Also how can YouTube police videos like these? Surely there are technical issues which will prevent it from stopping the videos being uploaded?
Have you ever wondered how they did cartoons in the days before computer animation? Well, it was not normally like this. Peter Cook and Dudley Moore (the comedy duo who brought us the very obscene Derek and Clive, and the somewhat less obscene Bedazzled) spoof Thunderbirds and other 1960's "supermarionation" shows. Superthingstangblangerbarge go! Just the thing to wake you up after all that Easter candy sugar stupour. Video after the jump. [GT]
YouTube Video of the Day - Dog plays Virtual Football
We've become so technologically advanced that we can create computer games that you can actually participate in. You can actually hoof around a virtual ball by running around on a projected pitch! So what do we do? We throw a dog into the action and talk in funny voices! Hurray for humans!
YouTube Video of the Day - Explain You Tube to Old Person
What happens when you grab a random old woman in the street and start asking her questions about YouTube? Well, rather surprisingly, this one seems to know all about it (in between talking to lesbians in chat rooms). Top dollar!
YouTube Video of the Day - "Subtext"
We all know how emails and texts can be misread. This is why some of us agonize about the content of our messages before we hit send. Here's a little animation called 'Subtext' which highlights this problem very neatly indeed.
YouTube Video of the Day - Interview with maker of 'Vote Different'
The 'Vote Different' video that was viewed over 3million times (which you can see by clicking here) on YouTube caused quite a stink! This has seen the folks at YouTube interviewing the maker of the film and talking about the impact that YouTube can have on the political sphere. Interesting stuff.
Video Preview: Sony T100 Cyber-shot digital camera
Crumbs. Sony's only gone and taken all its whizzy digital camera technology, and crammed it all into one well-proportioned Cyber-shot cam. Eight megapixels, 5x optical zoom, and facial recognition tech make it a powerful device, while its ability to store shots in HD means they won't look rubbish when you
bore delight friends with a slideshow on your big-screen telly.
Katie got hands on with the camera at Sony's product launch in Rhodes last week. Click below to see what she made of it.
Video review: Sony Ericsson W880i walkman phone
Sony Ericsson's new W880i is the latest Walkman phone, and it's pretty damn slinky. It's the slimmest music phone they've released yet, has a lovely big memory card bundled with it, and features the company's own Track ID service to identify tunes.
Susi's been playing with the phone, seeing how good it is, and whether she can stump the Track ID with a cunning blend of Johnny Cash, Morrissey and Gretchen Wilson. Does she succeed? Click below to watch and find out.
YouTube Video of the Day - Man skis down escalator
What can I say about this? It's a man. A man on skis. A man on skis hurtling down an escalator. Hats off!
Video Review: iRobot Roomba XE robot vacuum cleaner
I'm still convinced that the nefarious brains behind the current generation of robot vacuum cleaners are trying to sneak them into our homes, ready to enslave humanity at a moment's notice. Or just revolt by making our carpets a bit dusty and sucking up the cat's tail, at least.
Still, Shiny's Katie and Kat haven't heeded this warning, and have been trying out iRobot's Roomba XE. Check out what they thought of the £200 device in their video review below.
Video Preview: Sony BDP-1SE Blu-ray player
Sony has been showing off a stack of new products in Rhodes this week, while also expressing the view that PS3 is so simple, even monkeys could use it. Among the gadgets on display is Sony's new BDP-1SE Blu-ray player, complete with its swanky 24p True Cinema mode, for showing movies as God (well, the director, which in Hollywood is the same thing) intended.
ShinyShiny's Katie got a close look at the player in Rhodes. Watch below to see what she made of it.
Channel 4 extend 4oD video on demand service
4oD, Channel 4's video on demand service, has undergone a few changes.
From now on, there will be around 80 hours of new shows available to watch online every week, including brand new Peep Show coming soon.
Expect to see more deals from the major broadcasters and media companies as VoD over the web and via set-top boxes becomes a hot issue.
Texas Instruments developing DLP pico-projectors
Texas Instruments, leaders in video projection technology, are developing a DLP (Digital Light Projection) 'pico-projectors' prototype that is small enough to fit on your fingertips, and could eventually be used in portable devices such as mobile phones, digital cameras, and music players, to allow images to be projected just as full-size video projectors do now.
This miniaturisation of projection technology will provide consumers and professionals with more options for displaying video. Imagine your video iPod or mobile phone being able to project a large image onto a wall without the need to plug it in to any other equipment.
Many leading manufacturers already use Texas Instruments' DLP technology, including Samsung, Mitsubishi, and Toshiba. Though it's just a prototype at present, due to be demonstrated at CTIA 2007, it could lead to some pretty exciting, if expensive, mobile products in the future.
YouTube Video of the Day - Ena Sharples keep fit
What can I say about this marvellous video? Basically it's a tantilisingly short clip of Coronation Street's matriarch, Ena Sharples doing keep-fit. Awesome.
Parrot launches MK6100 musikit - Bluetooth streaming and removable OLED screen
Features include a wireless RF remote control that you can position wherever you want (directly on the wheel, on the dashboard etc) which gives you easy access to the kit’s functions whilst keeping your hands on the wheel. Once paired, your Bluetooth mobile or MP3 player will connect automatically. Press "play" to start reading the MP3s and use the digital Class-D 30W amplifier to create a "virtual concert hall".
YouTube Video of the Day - Benny Hill Football Fracas
With Valencia's David Navarro being handed a seven month ban after battering Nicolas Burdisso in a recent Champions League match, it's only fair to make him look even more stupid by showing his fracas... and it's soundtracked by the Benny Hill theme.
YouTube Video of the Day - Toilet roll robot
Technology is a wonderful thing isn't it. Technology has sped up our journeys, stopped us walking up the stairs in shopping centres... and now? Wiping your bum for you... almost.
Viacom suing Google for $1bn over YouTube copyright infringements
Whilst some other companies have been happy to do content deals with YouTube, Viacom is not one of them, and it's pursuing Google for a reported US$1bn due to copyright infringement on a massive scale.
Last month, Viacom demanded over 100,000 video clips uploaded by users be pulled from YouTube, claiming that they infringed its copyright. That in itself caused a furore, because innocent films got caught up in the removals.
YouTube Video of the Day - Mad Monster Party
What happens when you mix beat music with funny dancing skeletons and a mummy? Well, watch this brilliant video and find out! Shake it Quasimodo!
YouTube Video of the Day - Beat Soufflé
Ever made a Beat Soufflé? No? Well, here's how you do it. Take one whole camera and some editing software, take a pinch of rhythm and add bits of your noisy kitchen and bring to the boil slowly. Easy as pie!
Video Review: Finger Beats musical gadget
Rawk bands make all sorts of M&M-related demands for their backstage riders, while Kiss frontman Gene Simmons has a super-long tongue. Meanwhile, according to the video below, Shiny Media's Susi Weaser eats red sweets, and so has a pink tongue. It's a trend! Or something.
Anyway, Susi's been indulging her rawk tendencies with the Finger Beats gadget, which could be the musical hit of Christmas 2007. Click below to find out why.
Video Review: Can the LG Prada phone beat iPhone at its own game?
Fashionistas are already getting themselves into a tizzy over LG's Prada handset, but those of us who don't change our wardrobes every season have got reason to follow its progress closely too. Can its tactile touch-screen interface rival Apple's iPhone? ShinyShiny's Susi takes a detailed look at LG's stylish new handset below.
YouTube Video of the Day - A pint of Creme Eggs
Those wacky souls at The Sun like to break news... and eggs. So with Easter on its way, the 'how do you eat yours?' question will rear up again. How do the folks at The Sun eat theirs? Well, one chap blends a stupid amount of Creme Eggs and necks them in a pint glass.
YouTube Video of the Day - "Regular Hamburger"
Is it cruel playing pranks on the staff of McDonalds? Is it not soul destroying enough to have to work for Ronald McDonald? Is it it not bad enough plastering a smile across your miserable face while offering fries with everything? In short, it's not cruel at all. Especially when they can't offer you a hamburger...
Shiny video: Philips VoIP841 phone
I took the very difficult decision to go to Spain this week, to take a look at what Philips are going to be releasing in the UK this year. First up, the VoIP841 phone, which allows you to make free Skype calls without turning on your computer.
Product page: Philips
The perfect party political broadcast? Look to iPod ads for inspiration...
This is the best party political advert EVER. It's been made for Nigerian politician Jimi Agbaje, who's running for Lagos State Governor, and is on YouTube.
The key inspiration appears to be Apple's iPod adverts - not something you could say about the staid efforts of UK political parties to engage with voters. Watch the ad below, and to find more about Agbaje's innovative Web 2.0 campaigning, read the full story on Techscape.
DVD Forum approve CSS Managed Recording specification for download DVDs
CSS Managed Recording, a technology allowing films to be downloaded from the Internet and burnt to DVD using the same content protection system as commercial DVDs, was approved by the DVD Forum yesterday.
The main requirement is that different blank DVD media must be used, so picking up an existing pack of blank DVDs won't work. These discs should be compatible with most consumer equipment.
YouTube Video of the Day - CD Music
Now, what can you do with CDs that you can't do with an MP3? Well, you can't make music by smashing up MP3s... and throwing them around your house... and hitting them with your fist. Maybe it's a good thing?
Video: Mobario mobile game looks like Super Mario
Having written about the Mobario mobile game earlier on, I thought it was only fair to shoot a quick video of it in action. The game's basically Super Mario transplanted to a phone, and it plays really smoothly. You can get it for free on the Hovr ad-funded games service, although heaven knows what Nintendo will make of it.
YouTube Video of the Day - Destroy my PS3
With pants getting a bit damp at the thought of the new PS3, let's have a look at someone who doesn't share the enthusiasm and shows us with a bit of needless destruction.
YouTube Video of the Day - Peter Cook and Dudley Moore go head-to-head in Bedazzled
To celebrate the fact that it's Friday, lets see the most brilliant segment from one of the most brilliant comedy films ever. Peter Cook and Dudley Moore go head-to-head on the pop stage in Bedazzled. Enjoy.
The Top 10 YouTube versions of the Kersal Massive rap
Whaddya mean you've never heard of the Kersal Massive? Originally uploaded to YouTube in March last year, it's two young blokes (and their mate Ginger Joe) rapping about their life – and for the couplet "Got on the bus wiv me day-savAH, smoked da reefer in da cornAH" alone, it dumps on everything The Streets have ever done. Ever.
It's also inspired a host of parodies, from versions by Roland Rat and the Muppets, to bootleg mash-ups with Slayer and The Cure. Let's start with the original in all its glory, then click below it to check out the other nine versions worth watching. Oh, it's got swearing in it. Just so you know, like.
1. The Original Kersal Massive
YouTube Video of the Day - Why I Got Fired From Apple
This chap on the following video was fired by Apple for his performance at an Apple get-together apparently. It's not that bad is it?
YouTube Video of the Day - The amazing Reac table
The only thing that you can seriously write about the video you're about to watch is full amazed expletives. However, that's not cricket is it? Basically, watch this incredibly touch sensitive musical table that is basically like having Kraftwerk living inside your furniture. If anyone wants to buy me one... feel free.
Virgin Media secures more VoD content deals: ITV still absent
Virgin Media have done another content deal, this time with Warner Brothers. This means it will be able to bring the delights of shows such as Nip/Tuck, The West Wing, and The OC, to its on-demand service. Virgin also has deals with HBO and Channel 4.
YouTube Video of the Day - The Average Homeboy
Ladies and Gentleman, Boys and Girls, Dawgs and Bitchez, I give you, The Average Homeboy.
MSN Soapbox video sharing service enters public beta
Though Bink.nu reckons it's only supposed to work on Internet Explorer and not Firefox (presumably on a PC), I've been able to watch videos using Camino on a Mac (shock!) Whether every piece of functionality is available is another matter - I was briefly stunned after watching a bizarre user-generated Soapbox-love video and didn't dare delve any further.
YouTube Video of the Day - Transformers Trailer
To get you really excited about Stuart's story covering the Transformers mobile game, watch the trailer for the forthcoming Transformers film... and weep tears of joy.
YouTube Video of the Day - Flute beat box Mario theme
What do you get if you cross hip-hop, computer games and classical music? I'll forgive you if you said a 'bloody mess', but you'd be quite wrong. Watch this video of some beat boxing through a flute whilst doing the Mario theme! Ace!
YouTube Video of the Day - Magic Trick
Watch this guy fry your brain with a simple card trick. That's magic!
YouTube Video of the Day - Bayern Munich's futuristic arena
Bayern Munich had the most futuristic stadium in the world with the old Olympic Stadium, but recent outdid themselves with the eye-popping Allianz Arena. Space aged helium balloons surround the outer which can be changed to whatever colour you like to create a crazy chameleon like structure. Breathtaking.
3GSM: a first look at the LG Prada phone
We know the specs, we know the hype, but what's it like seeing the Prada phone in the flesh? I took a very brief look at it, which it is now my pleasure to share with you. Overall impressions are that this is not the phone I thought it was - it's better. Designer partnerships have a habit of being a bit gimmicky in the mobile phone world, but Prada seem to have really been involved from the beginning, rather than sticking their logo on at the end. And there really is no sign of a keypad - it's touchscreen in the truest sense of the word. Yes, it's true, I'm a little bit in love.
3GSM: Nokia's 3110 - a dad phone?
Nokia have spent a great deal of R&D money trying to emulate the success of the 6310i, that black and white screen, indestructable phone that still goes for a fortune on eBay. So, this is what they've come up with - an indestructable phone with a colour screen. Genius.
YouTube Video of the Day - Sean Connery as you've never seen him before...
What do you think Sean Connery was thinking when he accepted the lead role in Zardoz? For those of you understandably have no idea what Zardoz is, I advise you watch the trailer for it below and then come away still having no idea what it is...
Video review: The all-new iPod Shuffle
It's teeny! It's tiny! It clips on your coat like a high-tech brooch! Yes, Apple's revamped iPod Shuffle is a mighty purdy device, but is it any good? Shiny Media's Katie and Susi have been putting it to the test. Watch their video verdict below.
Video review: Windows Vista one-week report
After the oh-so-lengthy build-up, Windows Vista is finally available to the general public. But what do they think about it? Well, we don't know. But Shiny's Katie Lee has spent the last week using Vista on her own PC, and she's pretty impressed, even if it is making her feel "quite old". And why does it always think the temperature is freezing in London? Click below for more opinion.
Shiny product launch sneak preview - Samsung's Lily phone
Shiny Katie is a wonderful human being, who is far too witty and entertaining for her own good. She does however have one tiny flaw - she has a real thing about 'girl phones.' And by girl phones I mean the kind of low-end stuff makers bash out in a bid to nab women (and some men) who don't understand that a mobi is measured not by its cuteness, but by how loud its speakers go when playing back MP3 tunes.*
Exhibit A is Katie going all weak at the knees when handling Samsung's latest Lily phone. Sure it looks delightful, but it only has a VGA camera for goodness sake, and where's the integrated GPS? And what about its HSDPA modem facility? Aah well. Each to their own, I spose.
* Preferably when sitting on the back of a bus
YouTube Video of the Day - Scientology Advert
It seems that half of Hollywood is getting into Scientology. Seems easy enough. Judging from this 1980 commercial, all you have to do is keeping saying "trust"... oh, and have over your bank details whilst you're at it.
Video Sneak Preview: Sony Ericsson K810 Cyber-shot camera phone
Also unveiled this morning was Sony Ericsson's new K810 Cyber-shot phone, which is the company's new flagship camera phone. It's 3G, and has a 3.2 megapixel camera, auto focus, Xenon flash and the Photo Fix feature to sort out dodgy images. How good is it? Check out Susi's verdict below.
Video Sneak Preview: Sony Ericsson W880 Walkman mobile
As you'll have read in our earlier story, Sony Ericsson has a new flagship Walkman phone, the W880. And praise be, it has a camera, unlike the W950i. Plus it's slim, stylish and eminently desirable. Don't believe me? Susi got hands on with the phone this morning at Sony Ericsson's product launch. Click below to watch her verdict.
BBC plans to limit their VoD service to Microsoft Windows
An (arrogant) report from the BBC Trust states that such services will be unavailable to a 'minority of consumers who neither use Microsoft software nor have an up-to-date version of the Windows operating system'. Whether this means that they have to have Vista (XP is hardly 'up-to-date' is it?) isn't clear...
YouTube Video of the Day - Skating Robot
You've seen the advert with Awesome-O 3000 on (or whatever it's called) where he walks around and waves a bit? Wouldn't it have been more fun if he could skateboard and razz around on wheels like this little chap?
YouTube Video of the Day - Crash Compilation
Why do people watch motor racing? Is it for the sly tactics used to get ahead? Is it to see skilled drivers at the peak of their powers taking the chequered flag? Anyone saying yes to those is telling big fat lies. They like seeing things crash... and here's a bunch of people crashing things. Enjoy and wince.
BBC's on-demand video service raises concerns over increased broadband costs
The BBC's video on-demand proposal has been given the go ahead today, but whilst it marks another exciting step in the corporation's rollout of value-added Internet services, concerns have been raised that the consumer will end up paying more for their broadband service than now.
Video eats up a lot of bandwidth, and consumers who choose to dive wholeheartedly into new VoD services (of which the BBC is just one) risk exceeding any limits their ISP places on their broadband service, or being penalised for infringing 'fair use' on 'unlimited' plans.
Apple iTunes to sell TV shows to Europe from the spring
Apple may begin selling TV shows to Europe from the spring, according to Luxembourg's economic minister Jeannot Krecke, who said that Apple had been in talks with Luxembourg authorities for several months.
"Apple is going to extend its electronic retail activities in Luxembourg by launching this coming spring its iTunes video platform for the sale of videos in Europe," Krecke told Agence France Presse.
YouTube Video of the Day - How To Wash A Cat Video
Got a cat? Ever tried to wash it? Well, for those of you who are about to sling your kitty in the laundrette washing machine - STOP! Watch this and learn.
YouTube Video of the Day - Circle Circle Dot Dot
Every year, there seems to be a video that captures everyone's attention on the web. Last year's was the OK Go treadmill video... and 2007? Well, I think this is in with a shout... but there's a long way to go yet.
Shiny Video Preview: Roboquads
It's a video. It's got four-legged dancing robots in it. Do you really need any more reasons to watch?
Shiny Video Review: Samsung T9 MP3 player
It's a Friday afternoon, and I'm stuck behind my desk. Stuck, I tell you! When there are pints to be drunk, and friends to catch up with, and attractive people to ogle in a surreptitious fashion. It's just not fair. As you're probably in the same boat, I thought you could do with
some lots of videos to watch. Check out our one minute review of Samsung's T9 MP3 player. It sure beats working.
R2D2 mobile media robot - more video footage
Look at you, being all blase. You've seen it all before, haven't you? Modern cynic. Try taking a look at this. He may be familiar from CES, but we got new footage of the R2D2 mobile media centre at London's Toy Fair yesterday, and we know you haven't seen it before.
Shiny video preview: Spidersapien
You lucky, lucky people. First we bring you news of the Homersapien and Spidersapien, Robosapien-alike film tie-in toys. And if that alone were not enough, we now give you video footage of the Spidersapien in action. There's no need to thank us.
Shiny Video Review: SideKick 3
Paris Hilton had one. Nicole Richie had one. Lindsay Lohan had one. No, not a high-flying celebutard lifestyle filled with personal assistants, nights out at Hyde, and a seven-figure bank balance. A SideKick! And now you can decide if the SideKick 3 is up your street, as we have the honour of presenting you with a video review.
YouTube Video of the Day - "Rocket Scooter"
I love people experimenting with things. Especially when they're ill advised. Like this rocket scooter. Strap fireworks on scooter and see what happens? Well, this flies... if only the soft sod riding it held on...
One Minute Video Review: Samsung Z560 mobile phone
Susi's been playing with Samsung's Z560, which is the company's new HSDPA phone. It's available on T-Mobile here in the UK, and promises faster Web-surfing on the go, including if you use it as a modem for your laptop. How does it measure up, and perhaps more importantly, can you surf Popbitch using it? Click below to find out.
YouTube Video of the Day - The 'iBlind'
iPods are amazing aren't they. They've transformed our lives. We can now listen to music whilst we walk around! Now, iPods have been integrated into our homes with the invention of the brilliant iBlind. Wow.
YouTube Video of the Day - Travis Pastrana
Listen you. It doesn't matter how cool you think you are because you're not as cool as this mentalist known as Travis Pastrana. I'm not into motorbikes and all that... but I am into people who can do a somersault on a bike whilst letting go and doing a superman impression. This guy is more mental than a bucket full of kittens doing Kenneth Williams' impressions. Enjoy.
YouTube Video of the Day - The Human Slingshot
When most people get bored, they spend hours and hours flicking between channels and seeing if the food in the fridge looks more interesting than last time. Well, some folks like to build death traps for themselves. Like homemade flame throwers. Or in this case, a slingshot for a human. Crazy.
YouTube Video of the Day - Homemade flame thrower accident
Boys + Homemade Flame Thrower = A rather hilarious accident. What more do you want from a YouTube video?
YouTube Video of the Day - Japanese Krypton Factor
I know absolutely nothing about this programme. I think it's Japanese. I know it's incredible and will send ratings through the roof with whoever is clever enough to air it (are you listening Channel Five?). If you can remember the Krypton Factor, then you'll know that this format works. If you can remember the Krypton Factor, you'll know that this clip knocks it into a cocked hat. Get it on our screens now!
Apple TV specifications: Intel (Pentium M) inside
Amidst the excitement of an Apple keynote speech, details tend to get lost. Of course, a glittering speech isn't the place for detailed specifications that not everyone is even interested in, but both the iPhone and Apple TV are noticeably lacking in actual concrete specs.
That's understandable for the iPhone, which is still nearly half a year from release, but the Apple TV is due out next month and yet details on Apple's official product page are scant.
Blinkx to offer sports fans hours of NBX footage
Video search engine Blinkx has teamed up with the online sports entertainment company NBX to bring hundreds of hours of sports highlights and analysis to the site, and making it fully searchable.
NBX provides commentary on sports including football, baseball, college basketball, and hockey. Blinkx will offer weekly in-season shows hosted by top names, plus competitive sports leagues, discussions, and competitions.
CES 2007: top 10 (final edition)
So it's over. The geeks have left town, and there's nowt to do in Vegas but drink and gamble.
Time, then, for us to show you the top 10 videos you've liked the most - the little things we filmed that our counters tell us were most popular with you, the readers. Not only are you everyone's person of the year, but you contributed to Tech Digest in your own special way. I hope that makes you feel good.
1. Asimo. Nuff said.
2. Feeling fat? Want exercise, but don't want to stop playing video games? Put down that Wii and get on your bike. Not that one, silly, the one that plugs into your game. Drive that car with your thighs of
steel mush that will soon become steel. Unless you get bored and go back to killing hookers on GTA.
YouTube Video of the Day - Baseball flash pitch
How do you mess a baseball pitch up? Look in the front row of the crowd to see exactly how to do it if you're an attractive young lady.
CES 2007: Wii-like remote for your TV
The Hillcrest Labs stand was hidden away at the back of a distant hall at CES, but hid one of my favourite things from CES.
It's a remote control which can control all your media, thanks to their software. And it's operable simply by moving your wrist. Thanks to it's gyroscopic capabilities you don't even need to point it at the television, since it 'just knows' when you're moving. It's due to be integrated into televisions in late 2007, where it will appear under the brand of the television manufacturers.
CES 2007: Hands on with the Breeze iSee200 eye & brain massager
After two days walking the show-floor of CES ferreting out stories, I'm shattered. So when Chinese firm Shenzhen Breeze Technology asked me if I wanted to buy a $25 gadget that would relax me by massaging my eyes and temples, I signed up straight away.
It's called the iSee200 Eye & Brain Massager, and can apparently remove eye fatigue, prevent short sightedness, and eliminate bags under the eyes. Hurrah! It works by massaging you with rubber tippy things, while playing relaxing sounds like birdsong and waves. Watch the hands-on vid below for more details.
YouTube Video of the Day - Ninja Assessment
What happens when someone steals your school work? The obvious answer is to get the help of a passing ninja of course.
CES 2007: Ten latest videos
Another day, another silly gadget or ten brought to you by our intrepid journalists. Here are the ten latest videos we shot at CES, assembled for your viewing pleasure.
1. Best. Video. Ever. Not only will the Giddyup Horse Simulator make you
laugh lose weight, but you can get some uncomfortable jollies watching Stuart do his thang in a strangely sexual fashion.
2. I hate everyone who lives in Japan. Not only do they get to live in my favourite country, eating the best food in the world, but they also have Akihabara and futuristic gadgets we'll never see. These 10 megapixel cameraphones are a case in point.
CES 2007: Surf's up in your home with the weSurf fitness machine
Surfing would be great fun if it didn't involve quite so much getting wet in the sea, don't you think? Thankfully, Prosepra has the answer. Although better known for its massage chairs - more of which later - it's also got a marvellous device called weSurf, which mimics the motion of a surfboard, developing and strengthening your muscles.
Actually, you could pretend it's a snowboard or skateboard if you like. Obviously, I would have had a go, but I was still a bit sore from the Giddyup horse gadget. So the friendly man on the Prosepra stand leapt on to show me how it works. Look at his legs wobble!
YouTube Video of the Day - "Impossible is Nothing"
The New Year is always the time when people think "I'm going to quit this crummy job and do something I like". Well, if that's the case, you should look at this video. It's a chap who had just left college and created a CV that was a staggering 11 pages in length... and this video attached. If you want a new job, ignore everything this idiot says.
CES 2007: The Top 10 vids so far
We've been blogging and shooting videos for what feels like weeks, so we thought it time to give you a rundown of the Top 10 CES 2007 vids so far. Drumroll please...
1. Is it a robot? Is it a hamster? Is it both? Really, it's anything you want it to be.
2. More robots, this time Star Wars-themed. R2D2 will do anything media for you, but he really doesn't want to see that Paris Hilton video again. Please.
CES 2007: Our top ten videos
1 R2D2 Mobile Entertainment robot - genius
2 The Elvis robot - Susi gets all shook up (ouch)
3 Nokia's N93i - Ashley's dream phone
4 Bonynq - Gadget girl heaven (see above)
5 Susi at CES Unveiled - Before the jet lag really kicked in
6 Stu on big TVs - How big does yours have to be?
7 Apple takes over Vegas - but not CES
8 LG enV - Susi's new smartphone love
9 Logitech Harmony 100 - Kat gets excited by a remote!?
10 Philips Lumalive shirts - creepy
YouTube Video of the Day - Transformers Advert
Everyone knows that the coolest robot in Transformers was Soundwave. A ghetto blaster that could shoot tiny robotic birds and panthers from his chest? Wow! Well, here's a look at the advert that was shown on British TV to promote his enemy... the good stereo Blaster! I want them! NOW!!!
CES 2007: Stuart Dredge's video diary of CES Unveiled
Although 24 hours old, we saw lots of exciting new stuff at yesterday's CES Unveiled, which you would've been reading about on Tech Digest and Shiny Shiny. If you can't be bothered reading through the 70-odd posts we've done since, take a listen to Stu chat about all the robots and toys he's had his eye on since. He's an easy lad to please, Stu.
CES 2007: Stuart Dredge's Philip's press conference video diary
Hear Tech Digest's Stuart Dredge mouth off after attending Philip's press conference at CES 2007, where he chats face-to-face with the camera about bling TVs, light-up shirts, and portable media players. Try not to notice the weary, jetlagged, and starvingness of the poor boy. Bring on the food!
CES 2007: Logitech QuickCam Ultra Vision
The new Vista operating system looks like it is set to push VoIP and video calling in a big way and Logitech has been happy to step in with some snazzy hardware. On display at the Unveiled session was a new webcam designed for Vista that offers a 1.3 megapixel sensor, integrated mic, RightLight 2 technology video optimisation and a wide angle lense for a 75 degree field of view.
The specific innovations for Vista make a lot of use of the new
Widgets Sidebar Gadgets system and Logitech was showing off a new radar gadget that uses the camera as a motion detector so you can tell when your flatmates are sneaking into your room to look at porn and get the photographic evidence. Other tools will include QuickVideo, QuickPicture and QuickView.
CES 2007: Logitech Harmony remote control video
We wrote about the Logitech Harmony remote a little while back here, but now we've got the live action shots of it. Witness the luxury, the technology and the pure self-indulgence of having the ultimate in remote controlling wizardry. Check out the video, of Kat talking to Mr Logitech at CES today.
CES 2007: Apple iPods hit the big screens in Las Vegas
No, Apple hasn't turned up to make a splash at CES - they do have their own show kicking off this week, after all. But on the way home from the conference centre today, I loved the huge screens outside the Fashion Show shopping mall, which were playing an iPod Nano ad repeatedly. Have a look for yourself below.
CES 2007: SanDisk V-Mate gets a wii firmware upgrade
SanDisk’s V-mate was actually first announced back at IFA last year and it’s European launch was really a bit of an understated affair. However, although SanDisk is strongly rumoured to be putting some really exciting kit on display at its proper booth, the V-mate was really all it had on show at today’s unveiled session. Normally this wouldn’t really have merited a mention, but as I was chatting to the rep I noticed an interesting new feature in the menu – Wii compatibility.
When you chose the recording format, it looks like we’ll soon be able to record video straight to a memory card and then play it back using the Wii’s memory card reader. Current V-Mate owners are also in luck to because adding this functionality only requires a firmware upgrade, not a whole new unit.
YouTube Video of the Day - Zero gravity dog
What is the best way to go into your weekend? Watching a pair of pilots making a dog float in zero gravity of course!
YouTube Video of the Day - Leo Sayer falls foul of a running machine
With Leo Sayer's entering into the Big Brother house last night, we can only be sure of one thing: Things are going to be weird. Leo, of course, is famous for singing You Make Me Feel Like Dancing amongst others... but have you ever seen him "as quick as a cockroach getting under the bread bin"? Watch this video of Leo singing whilst being given a piggy-back by someone on a running machine... and please, wait for the ending... you might actually laugh until you wee.
YouTube Video of the Day - Tetris played on piano
Everyone loves Tetris right? Well, this girl, called cutiemish has posted up a video of herself on YouTube to show the world how she can play the theme on the piano. She makes many many mistakes, which lots of people have replied to her with note perfect videos of their own... however... she's nicer on the eye than some bloke with an electric guitar.
YouTube Video of the Day - Andy McKee guitar wizard
Maybe you've got yourself a guitar for Christmas? Or maybe your New Year's resolution is to pick up your old acoustic and progress further than Mull of Kintyre? Well, watch this video of a chap called Andy McKee and then turn your guitar into matchsticks. Bloody showoff.
Should Al Gore give away An Inconvenient Truth?
Michael Eakes is a geek who knows his stuff, so it's not surprising he hit on a good way to get more people to see An Inconvenient Truth: he wrote a letter asking Al Gore to give the movie away free via BitTorrent. "The film should be free (as in beer)," he wrote. "Any fee is an economic inconvenience that guarantees a limited distribution. You must reach everyone, in a way only “free” can. I humbly urge you to give it away." [GT]
YouTube Video of the Day - How women treat men
This may not be that accurate about the relationship between men and women, but it is pretty funny and worth sharing. Enjoy
YouTube Video of the Day - Will an iPod blend?
It's been quite a year for iPods... and of all the useful things they can do, there is one question that remains... will it blend? Let's find out!
YouTube Video of the Day - Borat talks to the Republicans
Borat has been one of the major success stories of the year. From being a bit part on the Ali G show, to worldwide domination, he's made faux pas after faux pas... and made us all laugh too! I would like to do romance inside you...
Top10 YouTube videos of 2006
The folks over at ViralVideoChart.com have compiled a list of the most watched viral videos of 2006 with Britney Spears burping and saying "huh?!" coming out on top (click here to watch the horror unfold). To readress the balance, here are my Top10 YouTube videos that I watched during 2006.
1. The Amazing Chain Reaction Machines. This is a Japanese Kids TV show that teaches you about cause and effect... and it's jaw-dropping
Christmas crooning with the Roadstar karaoke DVD player
When the food has settled and the drink is kicking in, what could be better than murdering a few rock and pop standards in front of the TV? You get that Christmas Day option with the Roadstar karaoke DVD player.
For most of the year, it's a standard DVD player, with all the features you would expect, including parental control, subtitles, zoom and multi-angle, multi-format compatibility and sockets for Scart, SVHS and AV, plus a fully-featured remote. But during the festive season, it really comes into its own.
YouTube Video of the Day - Tony versus Paul
Today's video is a brilliant little stop motion battle between two friends turned enemies. Written and directed by Paul Cummings and Tony Fiandaca, the pair set off on a battle royale which sees them performing the impossible! Brilliant stuff!
YouTube Video of the Day - Funny news link
Sometimes, the most serious news link up can be the funniest thing you've seen in ages. How so? Well, when watching this, something may well catch your eye (or have someone's eye out) in the background. Have a great weekend.
One Minute Review - 3's X-Series Nokia N73 mobile
So is 3's X-Series a cynical marketing ploy to tempt gadget lovers into subscribing to its network? Or is it how the mobile internet should be. Check out the video and then you tell us.
YouTube Video of the Day - A letter to Father Christmas
Ever spent a year being a good boy/girl just so you can get just what you always wanted for Christmas? Maybe one year, you wrote to Santa in your bestest handwriting and come the special day, the gift you asked for was absent? Well, this video may explain why...
Shiny Shiny girls in sexist video shocker
Here at Tech Digest we are, cough, cough, metrosexual types equally at home discussing the latest range of cardigans from FCUK as we are disecting the inadequacies of Arsenal's Henry-less front line.
What we really hate are those sexist gadget mags and websites that plaster bikini-clad young girls all over their pages in a bid to bump up page impressions or sell mags.
So we are ABSOLUTELY HORRIFIED that the Shiny girls have chosen to shoot this Carry On style vid as their Xmas message. Mucky pups! What will their mums think of them now.
Watch and weep into your Skinny Hazelnut Lattes boys.
More shockingly poor taste vids here.
YouTube Video of the Day - The YouTube Community Choir sing the 12 Days of Christmas
If all the supermarkets and department stores are at it, why shouldn't we climb aboard the festive ship of cheer? Well, to celebrate the imminent yuletide frolics and debt, let's sit back and watch the YouTube Community Choir bellow their way through the 12 Days of Christmas! 5 GOOOOLD RIIINGS!
Sony PS3 video special: A quick nose around the PlayStation Store
The online PlayStation Store is clearly central to Sony's ambitions for PS3, and not just so you can download old PSone games to play on your PSP either.
Sony's Phil Harrison talked a fair bit about the potential for offering free demos and Blu-ray trailers through the Store, and also about micro-content, such as the SingStore selling individual tracks for karaoke game SingStar, and more generally, the PlayStation Store allowing publishers to move away from the £50-for-a-single-game model that's dominated the console biz until now.
Watch the video below for a quick 30-second nose around the store, showing the available demos, and how it all fits together.
PREVIOUS SONY PS3 BLOGGERS EVENT POSTS
Liveblogging from the event itself, including Phil Harrison Q&A
The PS3 photo-viewing mode in action
NBA 07 struts its funky stuff
Resistance: Fall of Man
YouTube Video of the Day - Gonks Go Beat
"What a strange garb.... I feel a right pixie in this!" is the start of this very odd clip. It's from a flick called 'Gonks Go Beat' which sees an alien landing on Planet Beat... and... well... then a harmonica player gets molested by his band... everyone hams it up and they all get told off. Very odd indeed...oh, and the band is The Graham Bond Organization featuring a fresh faced Ginger Baker from Cream.
YouTube Video of the Day - The Human Can-Opener
Yesterday, you saw a knife that could open just about anything. Well, here's a video of a girl who doesn't need any help from no stinkin' Swiss Army Knife. She can open car with her mouth. It looks wrong... and I can only imagine that it hurts... but open she will... enjoy.
YouTube Video of the Day - Gigantic Swiss Army Knife
Do you recall Crocodile Dundee saying "That's not a knife... this is a knife..."? Well imagine interjecting and saying... "Sorry to interrupt... but THIS is a knife..." and pulling out the world's most biggest and mentalist Swiss Army Knife. John Rambo could have done with one of those in First Blood!
YouTube Video of the Day - Linerider
Have you heard of LineRider yet? If not, it's the most addictive game that's been on the net for years! The premise is simple. Draw your own level and let your little LineRider shoot down the slopes. In practice, it's quite tricky, but with a little will power, you can make killer courses like this one. Click here to play
YouTube Video of the Day - Real men knit
What do real men do? Fight? Get drunk? What the footy whilst scratching their nuts? Nope. Real men knit! This video proves it... possibly.
Review: Lite-On LVW-5055
I don’t know exactly how Lite-On’s business plan reads, but I imagine it goes something like this: ‘See what’s on the market, improve the features, boost the specs and then slash the price just for good measure’. Topping Lite-On’s range of HDD/DVD recorder combo’s is the LVW-5055. It offers a massive 250GB of storage space on its internal Hard Disc drive and a DVD recorder with support for DVD+R(W) and DVD-R(W), and CD-R(W), as well as the more exciting dual-layer DVD+R format.
Underneath the front panel you have the DV, S-Video and composite inputs, and on rear you’ll find a Scart input, as well as Scart, composite and component outputs. It is multi-region, progressive-scan and compatible with DivX format video. But perhaps its best feature is that you can pick one up for somewhere between the £200-£250 mark. So how well does it work? Find out on the turn.
YouTube Video of the Day - "I'm blogging!"
Now that blogging is taking over the entire universe, let's watch this video to see what it's like inside the world of a blogger... "the blogsphere is hot!"
Zudeo launches as high-definition video sharing site
We all know how successful YouTube has become, despite the relatively low quality of the video content. Using BitTorrent to make the downloading of large files much more manageable, the Zudeo (beta) web site looks set to promise 'better than DVD' quality films, up to high definition quality.
Coull.tv: UK based intelligent online video search web site
Coull, a UK company, has launched what it claims is the first intelligent online video search site. Coull.tv allows users to search for specific moments within video, watch videos, and interact with moving objects during play.
Irfon Watkins, CEO of Coull, says that the service is the next logical link in the video search chain. It's the first time users are able to search video and be directed to specific objects in the video.
YouTube Video of the Day - Odd Japanese vending machine
The Japanese are the kings and queens of gadgets. In fact, I sometimes convince myself that Japan is full of weird and wonderful things flying through the air like robotic Pokemon... but in reality, it no doubt isn't. In fact, if this video is anything to go off, it shows just how pointless technology can be. I for one don't want to be spoke to by a bilingual robot who shows me a film whilst I wait for it to vend a stewed tea my way...
Nokia World: video of Nokia's future mobile concepts (part 2)
Here's another video shown at the Nokia World conference by the firm's head of design Alastair Curtis. This one shows off the way they think the user interface of phones may go, turning into a whizzy touchy-feely touchscreen type affair. A bit like Minority Report, except on a small screen. Obviously.
Click below to see the vid. And don't forget to check out the first part too.
PREVIOUS NOKIA WORLD COVERAGE
Are you a life juggler or a technology stylist?
Geek TV crosses Miami Vice and Dom Joly with YouTube and, er, breasts
Hands On talks football, mobile advertising, and its Mobizines rival
Refresh Mobile talk about their award-winning Mobizines
Fancy a 100GB mobile phone with a built-in projector?
Next-gen N-Gage to work on 5-7 phones from Day One
Nokia declares war on the iPod!
Ruud Gullit on gadgets and marriage: "It's like warfare..."
Two mobile phones and one DJ Slow...
Nokia promises WiMAX handsets in 2008
Tech Digest goes to Nokia World
YouTube Video of the Day - 'Ghost Car'
When I was first shown this, and told that it was about a 'ghost car', I assumed that it would be one of those videos with a shrieking ghoul at the end. Well, spookily enough it isn't! It's filmed from a police car dashboard where, in hot pursuit, the car seemingly drives straight through a solid fence!
YouTube Video of the Day - The World's Worst Burglar
If you have to go and break into grocery stores, chances are, you didn't listen at school. So, what of those crooks who aren't even smart enough to rob? Well watch this hilarious video and find out!
Arcam DV139: latest DVD/Universal Audio player
HDTVUK covered the Arcam DV137 back in May, and now Arcam have stepped up a gear with the introduction of their DV139 DVD/Universal audio player that they claim is their best ever.
Arcam really aren't buying into the whole next-generation optical disc (HD DVD / Blu-ray) war/fiasco at all - instead they're focused on producing quality equipment for playing your existing DVDs and CDs with the best quality possible.
Online video eating up traditional TV viewing time
Of 2,070 people surveyed by ICM, 43% of those who watch online video on a PC or mobile device at least once a week say they watch less TV as a result. However, only 9% of the population currently watch online video regularly.
BT Vision coming Monday 4th December
YouTube Video of the Day - Amazing Pool Trickshots
Ignore the terrible soundtrack to this video and go ga-ga at the stupendous array of trickshots on show. I find it difficult enough to hit a ball straight when playing pool, let alone chip it over a line of balls with enough werve to go off at right angles. Amazing!
YouTube Video of the Day - Skateboarding Girls
This video is bloomin' brilliant. The punchline(s) are so slow and predictable yet, somehow, still hialrious. Enjoy skateboarding girls!
Brits OK with CCTV so long as it's not aimed at their cars
We're often reminded that the average person is caught on CCTV camera once every five minutes, but despite this, 88% of the population are OK with this if the film is being used to help fight crime.
You Tube Video of the Day - Modern Day Robin Hood
Have you heard of the Modern Day Robin Hoods? Well, they exist, and have their own website (http://www.moderndayrobinhood.com/) where they announce details of how they intend to give to the poor. Last weekend, they were mobbed in New York after their 'money drop', which has left them pondering whether to do another. Their aim is to raise a smile, and their prankeven made a full page spread in the New York Post! See what the fuss is about.
You Tube Video of the Day - Things you CAN'T do when out of the swimming pool
This video is a brilliantly pointless exercise in telling you the things you can't get away with that you might be able to when swimming. The end punchline is pant wetting!
YouTube Video of the Day - Blondes are evil
This is short, but very sweet. Blondes hurt people. This is someone being hurt. By a blonde. Stay on guard.
YouTube Video of the Day - Cheerleaders gone wild
Cheerleaders? Who'd be one. Everyone thinks you're dumb... and then someone makes a video to prove it. At least we can laugh about it eh girls? Girls?
Channel 4 claim global first with major video on demand service
Channel 4 claims that it's on the verge of creating a global first in the broadcasting world, by launching a Video on Demand service to broadband subscribers that will see its entire 25 year archive of British-produced programmes made available online.
Added to that, ongoing scheduled programmes will be available online for 30 days following the original broadcast.
YouTube Video of the Day - Amateur Musician
What happens when you're a complete amateur on the piano and drums? Well, usually, you make a terrible racket and annoy everyone... but if you're Lasse Gjertsen, and you're a whizz at film editing, you make a fine old racket indeed!
Lycos Cinema launches: high speed video channel
It's part of a re-branding exercise to turn itself into a video portal, presumably trying to rival YouTube along with everyone else who's getting into online video.
One Minute Preview: Samsonite's new luggage
Susi and Kat had the pleasure of attending the Samsonite 'do on Tuesday night, where they unveiled their collaboration with fashion designer (and god) Alexander McQueen. Between schmoozing with Gok Kwan, several All Saints girls, and a disappointingly-sober Liam Gallagher, we found time to shoot a vid, showing you what we can expect from the handsome luggage purveyors themselves. The luggage and travel accessories are due to drop in February 2007 - I for one can't wait!
One Minute Preview: the new Bose flagship store
Kat aka The Bag Lady went along to the opening of the new Bose store, to look at what delights they have in store for us for the end of November. Headphones mainly, and perhaps unsurprisingly! Watch out for the scary premonition by Bose at the end, and check out their website here.
Grouper launches Sony Pictures "ScreenBites" channel
Grouper.com, one of the better known of a plethora of video-sharing sites on the Net, has just opened up a new channel provided by Sony Pictures Entertainment. Not difficult, given that Sony now owns Grouper.
The ScreenBites channel contains famous scenes from Sony's extensive library of memorable films and TV shows, with the ability to purchase the full length show on DVD or digital download.
One Minute Review: Sony Ericsson W850i
Ashley takes a look at the new Walkman phone from Sony Ericsson, with a low level of excitment. We can only assume all the Blu-ray activity tired him out. It's available now from the usual suspects, with prices varying on contract. Check out the specs here.
Freddie Flintoff on your phone! How the Ashes are going mobile
Hurrah for England, we're going to stuff the Aussies in the Ashes. Well, I can hope. But the Ashes are significant this year not JUST because of England's imminent historic whitewashing of Ricky, Shane and chums (am I tempting fate yet?). It's also the first Ashes to have its own 'mobishow'.
What's that when it's at home? A made for mobile TV show called Ashes Down Under, which consists of three-minute episodes consisting of news, reports, banter and contributions from current England captain Andrew Flintoff AND his crocked predecessor Michael Vaughan.
"It's about taking something like the Ashes, which is going to be a massive event over here, and creating a suite of content around it," says Pete Russell from Player One, the firm behind the mobishow. "Sky have the live and highlights rights for the actual event, but there's a lot more you can do with it."
YouTube Video of the Day - Dubya sings U2
With the US folks having a big old election thingy, it only seems fair to give the spotlight to the fella on his way out. Let's all sing-along with George Dubya's rendition of U2's 'Sunday Bloody Sunday
One Minute Video Review: Sony Vaio AR21S Blu-ray laptop
Whilst yesterday was the turn of the Samsung Blu-ray player, today we turn our attention to the Sony Vaio AR21S - the latest release from Sony with an inbuilt Blu-ray player. It never (Blu-)rains but it pours... It'll set you back £1849 here.
One Minute Video Review: Samsung Blu-ray Player
Susi and Ashley are joined by the Legends of Jazz to examine the first Blu-ray player available in the UK, courtesy of Samsung. And the monster behind us is the 46" Full HD screen, also Samsung. The BD-P1000 player will set you back just under £1000 whilst the TV costs £1750.
YouTube Video of the Day - Ace Shadow Puppets
When you're a bit tipsy and you find yourself using a nightclub's lights to do some shadow puppetry, watch this and then think again. That rabbit of yours needs improving!
PS3's motion-controlled Lair game at the Stuff Show
Highlight of the Stuff show was the three PlayStation 3 consoles lined up for demonstration, with hordes of visitors clustered around them. And pick of the three games on display was Lair, not least because it was being shown in glorious 1080p high-def wonder. Check our video below, which shows the dragon in the game being piloted, using the PS3's SIXAXIS controller's tilt-sensing tech.
New website claims better searching of BBC videos online than the BBC
Eggington's company TV Genius built the site which trawls the BBC's web sites and lists all the videos currently held on its databases, apparently including those which don't have official links to them yet.
YouTube Video of the Day - Bill Hicks Live in Palm Springs
The cold has arrived and winter is upon us. You've been a stinkin' work all week and your boss is narky because of the infernal chill outside, so he takes it out on you. Well, you need some sunshine and rebellion to take you into the weekend don't you? How about Bill Hicks strutting his stuff in Palm Springs? Have a good weekend.
YouTube Video of the Day - Doodles come to life
Is it possible to sketch into space then make it a real object? Well, yes it is! The four members of FRONT make it possible to materialise hand made sketches through using a unique method where they combine two highly developed techniques. Invisible pen strokes in the air recorded with Motion Capture become digital 3D-files. Through Rapid Prototyping, the files are materialised into real pieces of furniture. See their website for more info.
YouTube Video of the Day - Darth Vader being childish
So, Darth Vader... he's the baddest bad guy in the galaxy eh? How about this video that lifts the lid on his childishness? They never told you that about the dark side did they?
YouTube Video of the Day - Monster Mash Montage
Halloween is upon us kiddies. It will mean young chaps knocking on your door asking for sweets (or more likely credit for their mobiles). If only Halloween looked like this montage put to Bobby 'Boris' Pickett and the Cryptkicker 5's 'Monster Mash'
YouTube Video of the Day - George W Bush: Genius
Let's have some unintentional jokes from the biggest clown prince of them all to take us all into the weekend. George W Bush, it's over to you... "Fool me once... shame on you..."
YouTube Video of the Day - Flinstones Smoking Advert
Why don't children's TV programmes advertise cigarettes anymore? Is it because it's a really really bad idea? It probably is isn't it! Oh well! Let's laugh at how naive we all used to be!
YouTube Video of the Day - Shrimp on a treadmill
Scientists. Don't you love 'em? Some scientists test things and investigate things to do with cures for terrible diseases. Others meanwhile like to put shrimp on treadmills. What can you get from this? Annoyance levels of marine creatures? Or do you think they thought it looked cool? Answers on a postcard to the usual address.
The Sun to launch online "How to" videos. Do we love it?
It will be the latest addition to The Sun's revamped website and will feature such classics as "How to give up smoking", "How to pull a tablecloth from beneath a dinner service", and "How to make tasty beef stew for your dog" (as opposed to just opening a can of tripe, I suppose).
Travelistic video-sharing website launches
A new video sharing website has launched aimed at travellers. Travelistic combines user-generated video content with a variety of professional programming, including exclusive content. It uses Google Maps as a basis for users to find videos of a particular location.
CEO Nicholas Butterworth said “Travel is all about personal connections, and Travelistic connects people by providing them the opportunity to tell their life-changing travel stories through video. We offer a free boarding pass to the best of what’s been shot, allowing like-minded travelers to share where they’ve been and watch where they want to go."
One Minute Video Review: Kaleidescape Home Entertainment
Kaleidescape make high end home entertainment systems, controlling all your media from one touch screen remote. Normally the domain of footballers and film stars, they've launched an entry-level product at £6,395 which has the option of extending the storage capacity at a later date. Check out the site here
Banning 'happy-slapping' on the web: likely?
Whereas "Happy-slapping" (I hate that phrase, it's so misses the point) videos may once have been shared with a select group by crowding round the mobile phone used to shoot them, now they're reaching a wider audience by being posted to video sharing sites such as YouTube.
There are concerns that children have easy access to viewing real-life violence, as well as kids posting video of other children and teachers online, violating privacy or being used for bullying.
Nearly 30,000 Japanese TV videos removed from YouTube
We in the west seem to have a fascination with Japanese TV, started with the likes of Chris Tarrant and Clive James showing game shows and other intriguing clips that, to be honest, we didn't always understand.
That perhaps explains why there are (or were) apparently more clips from Japanese TV channels than other nations.
However, a recent audit by the Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Pulbishers (JASRAC) claimed that nearly 30,000 videos infringed upon copyright, and asked YouTube to remove the offending clips.
YouTube Video of the Day - Grapes = Pain
What happens when Fox News cuts to an outside broadcast about mashing grapes up with your feet? Why, it ends in a hilarious accident, leaving a woman in great pain and sounding like a wounded cocker spaniel.
One Minute Video Review: Sony Vaio C1
Sony's C1 laptops are all about the colours. And whilst they do a nice pink, silver or black one, for some reason we received the green one. Check it out the video, or get one for yourself for £1000 from the Sony Store.
YouTube Video of the Day - Ben takes a photo of himself everyday (sort of)
You've seen those videos when someone takes a picture of themselves for 5 years, and shares the dull results with everyone? Well, meet Ben. Ben's done the same... but with a little twist.
Goodman's budget 80GB HDD recorder for under £100
It's got a decent-sized drive too - 80GB, which should allow you record up to 35 hours of TV. It also features twin Freeview tuners (watch one channel, record the other) and 'Timeshift' to pause and rewind live TV.
There's undoubtedly better models out there, but for just short of £100, this one seems like decent value.
Universal Music goes after other video sites
Weeks after Universal did a deal with YouTube, they're now pursuing 'non-deal' video sharing sites who are misusing their content.
In response, the video sites have asked its users not to upload copyrighted material. And of course, all those users will abide by that, won't they. Or defect to YouTube whom Universal have chosen to bless.
"You can still watch your favourite music videos by visiting your favourite bands' websites. Bear with us - we hope to sort this out soon." Bolt's website said.
Quite how they're going to sort it out is another matter.
YouTube Video of the Day - Monkey picks on Tigers
Ever wondered where the term 'cheeky monkey' comes from? Well, I think I've found the monkey responsible. This little tink likes nothing more than annoying tigers by pulling their ears and tails and smacking them in the head. Ace!
YouTube is good, but is it art?
The museum has posted 11 films on YouTube, which can be accessed from this page, and will decide which to screen as part of the exhibition. Sadly, there's no way to mess with the format, and vote in those Chinese Backstreet Boys lip-synchers. Shame.
One Minute Video Review: Creative Zen V Plus
We almost came to blows over this one. I was on the 'are they serious?' side, whilst Ashley is in the 'mmm, look, isn't it marvellous' camp. Opinion in the office is decidedly split, with evil eyes being shot over computer screens as we speak. Prices range from £71 for 1GB to £126 for 4GB.
One Minute Review - The Motorola KRZR (or should that be KRAAAAAZR) K1
In my book the Motorola KRZR sounds like the sort of rock and roll mobi that should be sticking out of the back pocket of Aerosmith's Steven Tyler. Well Moto's latest take on the RAZR is a bit more Belle & Sebastian than that.
MySpace squaring up to YouTube by pushing video features?
It reports "The top-left of the homepage now has 4 videos that entice users to start viewing videos at MySpace. The user profile pages now have a section called Video Space that automatically displays a video if the user has one uploaded." and concludes that the changes should have a significant effect on MySpace video usage.
YouTube Video of the Day - Fool shoots hornet nest.
What happens when you give a fool a gun and show them the location of a troublesome hornets nest? Predicatbly, the answer lies in pain and sorrow.
YouTube Video of the Day - The tale of the Russian singer and plain bad luck
Well, seeing as today is Friday 13th, you couldn't get away from a bit of bad luck. If something has happened to you, keep in mind; You're day is probably going better than this poor bloke.
Spoof Cameron vid online gets MPs in a tizz
A spoof video posted online by Labour MP Sion Simon as a mick-take of David Cameron's first "I'm just like you - doing the washing up and telling my kid to be quiet" YouTube video has caused a bit of consternation amongst MPs on both sides of the House.
Tory MP Peter Luff says the spoof video brings 'all of us in politics into disrepute' (you need help?) whilst fellow Labour backbencher Stephen Pound thought Mr Cameron's wife Samantha would be "hurt and insulted" by some of the references in the video.
Well, having watched the spoof, it's not completely innocent, but then neither is it worse than a lot of the satirical comedy on TV - and the fact it comes from a politician - well, bless him, he tried.
I was going to link to it, but unfortunately it's been removed from YouTube. Self-censorship. Shame.
YouTube Video of the Day - Real Life Transformer
Can I have one of these please? Any generous TechDigest readers up for buying me one? No? Damn you.
One Minute Review: LG KG810, the Chocolate Clamshell
Too lazy to read? In this instance you're ok, since you can sit back and watch a brief synopsis of the LG KG810 in this video (you might have problems with the rest of this site though). If you want more details, check out the full review here.
Thirty years of VHS
I missed a significant birthday on Monday, so here's a belated happy birthday to the VHS video system. Thanks to JVC the whole world of home movies and recording really opened up. I know no article is complete without the obligatory mention of Sony's Betamax (which is probably older than me), but it was VHS that stormed the world - thanks in part to the porn industry.
It's easy to dismiss VHS as a graveyard technology now that we've entered the world of DVD and hard disc recording, and are pushing on towards high-def optical disc formats, but VHS still has its place - for one there's a lot of content sitting around on tapes, and combined machines (HDD, DVD and VHS) are still being released, though they don't get as much attention as sleek PVRs and DVD recorders.
VHS was even granted an IEEE milestone as an honour of its significant social and historical impact.
So raise a glass to VHS and that stack of black plastic video cases I know you've got stashed away somewhere at home. The future might be all shiny and disc shaped, but VHS revolutionised home cinema.
YouTube Video of the Day - The Monkey Drummer (Aphex Twin vrs Chris Cunningham)
You should have heard of Aphex Twin by now. You should have also heard of Chris Cunningham. If not, one makes marvellously mental electronic music, the other, marvellously monged films. When the two come together, you get the frightening Come To Daddy Video... or this. Brilliant.
Warner does streaming video deal with Google. Sound familiar?
As David Brent might say, you have to look at the whole pie. We've just seen that Google have bought YouTube. Fact. We also saw that last month Warner signed an agreement with YouTube, so I suppose it's not surprising that Warner have also agreed to allow its music videos to be streamed on Google Videos.
The deal should mean that US residents (sheesh they always get the good stuff first) can watch thousands of music videos, interviews and behind the scenes footage, and Warner Music Group videos will also be available on Google's partner websites. Google are also developing technology that will allow users to include authorised content from Warner and other record companies in videos that they create and upload.
One Minute Interview: XBox 360 on Windows Mobile
I speak to John Starkweather at Microsoft about the future of Xbox gaming, and how it's being developed to work with Windows Mobile. Hear about gaming on the move, and beaming your gaming creds to all and sundry when you're out and about.
YouTube Video of the Day - PC Animation
Ah. Animations about PCs. Dull right? Wrong! Here's a sweet little stop frame animation which is high on ideas and inventiveness and low on CGI rubbish.
One Minute Video Review: Philips Living Colours Life
More from the Philips Simplicity event now, and this time they're giving you a reason to completely give up on the whole decorating your house experience. With these lights you can throw practically any hue onto your walls, without even a hint of paint. They're planned for launch in the UK in the new year.
One Minute Video: Philips Concepts Part II
Here's part two of Philips concept event. This is an idea they've developed regarding the future of health in the home. Your mirror will do so much more than reflect your morning face, including telling you when you're dehydrated, how much closer you are to your health goal, and even recharge your 'magic wand'.
One Minute VIdeo: Philips Concepts
Philips held an exhibition recently to give us a sneak peak into the way they're developing their consumer electronics business. Here's part one of the opening, which looks at their 'Family Album' concept, complete with actors.
Google to buy YouTube: or how to do a really good Internet rumour
Now, apart from the obvious traffic that this generates for TechCrunch, this might not be as fanciful as it first seems. Though Tech's Message has reported that a billionaire by the name of Mark Cuban said that 'only a moron would buy YouTube', that surely doesn't apply to Google.
We've already seen Yahoo! taking over other potentially competing video services, and online video sharing sites are hot property at the moment (even if they are still quite difficult to monetise and are nasty legal minefields). Google Videos and YouTube are competitors - why not have the might of Google take over YouTube?
YouTube Video of the Day - Stylin' with Mr T
Now, you lot have been too obsessed with technology, and neglected your wardrobe. Don't worry about it though, because Mr T is on hand to offer you some style tips... I'm being serious too. (NB. You may have to watch this through your fingers)
Sharp TU-R160H recorder with twin Freeview tuners
It's a slimline player with an 8-day EPG for planning and timing and a hard drive that should offer up to 80 hours' recording capacity. It also features 'Chasing Playback' - where you can pause the live broadcast then continue watching where you left off, a 'Picture In Picture' function and the ability to record subtitles of shows. The company claims it's also more environmentally friendly - with a low power consumption rate of 0.5W in Standby mode, compared to similar products on the market that can consume more than 15W.
The TU-R160H should be available sometime this mont from most high street retailers - price to be confirmed.
One Minute Video Review: Nokia 5500
Nokia has today announced the 5500 Music Edition, which is a super-rugged phone for sporty types. The music version features a 512 MB microSD card, a fitness carrying strap, bicycle holder and sports headset. I took a look at the 5500, not getting too worked up about the sport possibilities, instead focussing on the great game you can play whilst you're not out being fit.
One Minute Video Review: Philips Living Colours
Philips showed off some concept designs this week at their Sense and Simplicity event, as well as some products which will be released soon. This is their Living Colours product, which promises to transform the ambience of your house through some special lighting. They're set to come to the UK next year.
BT strikes deal with Sony BMG for forthcoming BT Vision service
If Postman Pat and Basil Brush aren't your thing on the forthcoming BT Vision service, then maybe some Sony BMG's music video content will interest you. BT have done a deal with the music giant that will see names such as the Foo Fighters, Jamiroquai, Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, George Michael and Justin Timberlake (oh well never mind) come to the new service.
BT already have agreements with Warner, i-concerts and Eagle Rock. Dan Marks, CEO of BT TV Services expects many of the videos to be exclusive for a period of time after their first release. There's also the BT Vision Download Store which, so long as you're connected to Microsoft in some way, will get you videos to your PC or mobile multimedia player. Videos from this new deal will be available from November, according to PCW.
So, are we excited about BT Vision?
One Minute Review: Dyson Airblade. Strike 2
YouTube is playing silly buggers, and I know the Dyson video isn't showing, so lets try it this way. It requires a bit more effort on your part, as you now have to click here, but just think of how much more clued up you'll be on Dyson's latest innovation. But you should know, there aren't actually any blades involved, despite the name.
YouTube Video of the Day - The Kid From Brooklyn
Before I say anything else, this video has a lot of swearing in it, so if you're offended, please don't watch it. Right, now that's out of the way, have any of you heard of 'The Kid From Brooklyn'? This is a guy who is grade A bile! This is his best outing, and the palpable rage contained is all from a trip to Starbucks. Enjoy.
YouTube Video of the Day - Satellite Sunbather
How on (Google) Earth do you come across something like this? Some cad, scouring Google Earth found a nudey sunbather prostrate in their back yard. This leads me to wonder... maybe you can find a big crime taking place with the satellite snaps? Or maybe the loch ness monster? For more satellite picture fun, follow this link and see some of the most impressive snaps ever taken from space!
Tuesday Top Ten: YouTube videos that'll make you want a Nintendo Wii
The headline says it all, really. Nintendo's Wii console launches here in the UK on December 8th, with a price of £179. And I for one cannot wait, having slapped my pre-order in as soon as the games retailers started taking orders. But if you're still unsure, or don't have a clue what all the fuss around Wii is about, here's ten videos from YouTube that should have you reaching for your wallet.
1. The Official Trailer (Pt. 1)
A decent introduction to what Wii is all about, courtesy of Nintendo. See Japanese families sharing the fun of virtual conducting! Fall head over heels in love with the Wario game! Marvel at why the grungey guy isn't out playing a gig rather than staying in playing first-person shooters! This is the video to watch if you're completely new to Wii, or need to convince a non-gaming husband/wife/parent of its charms.
One Minute Video Review: Dyson Airblade
Before you watch the video, it seems only fair to warn you that there are in fact no blades involved in this film, despite Dyson's name. It is in fact a hand dryer, but in typical Dyson fashion, involves something a bit different to your bog (geddit?) standard model.
YouTube Video of the Day - Mic Throat
This is, without doubt, the funniest thing I've ever seen in my whole life. We all like to laugh at other people's misfortune... well I do... and the punchline of this actually made me weep tears of painful laughter. Enjoy.
One Minute Preview: RS Media and Mark Tilden
A couple of weeks back at the Boys Stuff Xmas Shindig, Susi grabbed Mark Tilden for a chat about his Robo range, and in particular the new bot on the block - RS Media.
Yahoo acquire Jumpcut video website
Yahoo have acquired the Jumpcut video-editing and publishing website, in the ongoing scrabble on the web to compete with YouTube. Is it just me or do Yahoo seem to be doubling up on services? First they acquired Flickr and then launched their own photo-sharing service, now they're buying out a video service even though they have one of their own.
Indeed, they've said that Jumpcut will become part of the 'Yahoo Video family' and won't replace what Yahoo already do. Presumably they'll cater to different audiences.
I took a very quick look at Jumpcut and wasn't overly impressed. Sure, it was first impressions based, and maybe I'm doing them a disservice, but it didn't seem to have the same feel as YouTube or Google Videos, for example. One feature that sounds intriguing, however, is 'Remix' where you can take other people's content and, well... remix it. Ahh, a copyright nightmare!
It also sounds as if Jumpcut will stand to benefit more from the deal than Yahoo, with access to a broader audience.
Have you used Jumpcut (had you even heard of them?). What do you think of the deal?
One Minute Video Review: Fuji S6500fd
I look at the Fuji S6500fd, which is their attempt to bridge the gap between compact and full SLR cameras. You can get one here for £275.
YouTube Video of the Day - 'Flipbook' Fight
When I made flipbooks, they looked quite good... or so I thought until I saw this. Pah.
One Minute Video Review: Motorola Razr Maxx
I took a look at the Motorola Razr maxx, together with a bit of help from Duran Duran. It's not in the shops yet, so we'll keep you updated on pricing.
YouTube Video of the Day - Super Mario Theme played on two guitars at once!
Is it geeky that I like this video? Possibly, but who cares. Some crazy kid playing the Super Mario theme... on two guitars at once. What joy!
One Minute Video Review: Parrot Photo Viewer
I took a look at the Parrot Photo Viewer, which is designed to display photos from your phone or other Bluetooth equipped photo device. You can pick on up for £150 here.
Thursday Top 10: Things we learnt on VideoJug this week
How do you do stuff? It's a question that's constantly in my mind, whether I'm trying to fit a new door lock, cook a swanky meal, or find my way back home at 3am in the morning after a few ciders. If only there was a helpful online guide with videos showing me how to do, well, the first two of those things.
Well, there is. It's called VideoJug, and it's a nifty Web 2.0 site with the slogan 'Life explained. On film'. It's basically a cross between YouTube and Blue Peter, with a healthy element of Look Around You style humour. Here's the top 10 things I learnt this week on there.
1. How to Make Octopus Spanish Style. Sadly this doesn't involve chasing it round a swimming pool waving a red flag.
2. How to Fit a Cat Flap. Release your moggy into the wild. If whippets are more your thing, there'll hopefully soon be a How to Fit a Flat Cap video too.
3. How to Do a Testicular Self-Exam. You have to be registered with the site and over 18 to watch this, as it features actual sweaty man-balls. As it should.
4. How to Brush Your Teeth. Because I never paid attention when I was young, and they're starting to go black and drop out.
5. How to Unblock a Toilet. Watch this to save yourself having to work it out with a pencil. The old gags are always the best...
6. How to Make a Submarine in a Bottle. Face it, you know you've always wondered.
7. How to Spot a Bogus Caller. Show this to your Nan.
8. How to Make a Mojito. God's own cocktail. Don't show this to your Nan.
9. How to Serve and Drink Sake. No, you're not allowed to swig it from the bottle. Not until the fifth bottle of the evening, anyway.
10. How to Make a Wooden Spoon Puppet. I'm easily amused.
Disney sells 125k movies over iTunes in 1 week
Disney, the only studio to sign up with Apple to distribute movies via the iTunes Store (no surprises there, Steve), has reported a whopping 125,000 movie downloads in its first week of selling online in the US. That's a cool $1m which should leave Disney, Apple and Steve feeling pretty happy.
Disney CEO Bog Iger said it meant that customers were seeking to get content in 'multiple ways'. Whether they're downloading them to view primarily on an iPod, or their computer, is unknown to us outsiders.
It will be interesting to see whether these figures will entice other studios to strike a deal with Apple. Licensing and other legalities remain an issue even for Disney, though they hope to add further titles over the coming months.
Hopefully by the time we get a sniff of movies in the UK there'll be a decent line up to choose from - and all in time for the launch of iTV.
YouTube Video of the Day - Extreme Breakdancing
Breakdancing is mental enough at the best of times. Spinning on your head, done badly, can result in badly broken bones. Well, this bloke is taking breaking to a whole new level... watch and drool.
New technology could make mini projectors possible
I love video projectors, but they can often take up valuable space in the middle of a room as they're still relatively large, particularly in a home environment. So I was interested to read of news of a projector that has been developed that's about the size of a sugar cube. Actual dimensions are 16mm long by 9mm wide and 9mm deep.
The prototype developed by researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany uses only one tiny mirror - instead of the millions found in traditional projectors - which vibrates extremely quickly to diffuse the light emitted from coloured lasers in order to form the image.
There's a slight problem in that green diode lasers aren't yet small enough to be used in something this size, so with just red and blue there's a limitation on colour palette, but researchers expect this to be overcome as laser technology evolves.
Applications could include projecting images from mobile phones, laptops and other devices. Apparently it's also easier to project onto non-flat surfaces, which could open up some creative applications.
Warner's video distribution deal with YouTube
Last month we reported that several record companies were in talks with YouTube about licensing their content to the video sharing portal.
Today Warner Music have announced that they've done a revenue-sharing deal with YouTube to allow thousands of music videos and interviews to be uploaded.
"Technology is changing entertainment, and Warner Music is embracing that innovation," said Warner Music Chairman Edgar Bronfman Jr. "Consumer-empowering destinations like YouTube have created a two-way dialogue that will transform entertainment and media forever."
What's interesting is that YouTube have developed a royalty-tracking system that discovers when a user has uploaded video with copyrighted music on it, and then allows Warner to decide whether to approve or reject that video.
YouTube Video of the Day - Fat Boy Nearly Falls Out of Bungee Machine
Watch. Watch as fat child nearly falls out of bungee machine... and his guardian... just laughs at him. His guardian is called Janice. Janice is a bit cruel. And so am I.
One Minute Review: Navman ICN 750
Chris takes the Navman ICN 750 for a jaunt in France. You can get this in shops now, setting you back £357.
Yay or Nay: Apple "iTV"
Steve Jobs unveiled Apple's plans for superiority over your living room TV by telling us that "iTV" (work in progress on the name) will be available from early next year.
Yay or Nay to the iTV?
Is iTV, coupled wirelessly with a decent desktop computer running iTunes, going to be a hit in the living room? Is this Apple innovation or too little too late? Will Apple be able to get the killer content needed for a system like this to work well, or will it turn out to be a niche system?
Share your thoughts below.
Apple's grand plans: iTunes, movies, iTV, home entertainment Appleised...
We expected an upgrade to the iTunes software. Available to download right away, the software better manages music and other digital media (most of which we can't get hold of in the UK yet). There are new views to display your music by track, album or virtual CD rack. Apple have offered anyone with an iTunes store ID free album art downloads, so long as that music is in the store of course.
The virtual CD rack looks pretty good, assuming you get a decent amount of album art - otherwise it looks a bit empty.
An aside, though, is that I've found both iTunes 6 and 7 crash out on an Intel Mac when trying to run the visualiser. Hopefully that'll get fixed in an update, unless it's something to do with my setup. Anyone else noticed this?
One Minute Review: Palm Treo 750v
Palm launched their latest Treo 750v today, which is their first Windows based device available in Europe. It's also heavily Vodafone friendly as they've got exclusivity for at least 3 months. It'll be available from the end of October, although you can preorder now.
Marantz DV6001 upscales your DVDs to high-quality HD 1080p
Another day, and another DVD player that's offering you close-on all the benefits of HD without foregoing your existing DVD collection or ending up being Betamax Boy by investing in the wrong next-gen HD format.
Today it's Marantz with their DV6001 universal SACD/DVD player with 1080p upscaling, for £349.90.
Whilst that's quite a hefty price tag for a DVD player, it's probably several hundred cheaper than the price you'll pay for first-release Blu-ray or HD DVD players in Europe. Worth it if you're not ready to make the HD jump yet?
BFI expands classic films online archive
The British Film Institute has expanded its online archive of great British films and TV programmes with a selection of short films from the likes of Stephen Frears, the late John Schlesinger, and brothers Tony and Ridley Scott. There are also six features available including Pressure from 1974.
The archive currently contains nearly a quarter of a million films and 675,000 TV programmes, and can be downloaded for between £5 and £12.50.
The film minister Shaun Woodward extolled these "vintage and rarely-seen films" which are now opened up to anyone going online rather than having to visit a specialist cinema. "This is a fantastic resource for the public who will now, more easily, get to see films from a bygone era."
One Minute Interview: Christmas Predictions from BoysStuff.co.uk
We spent the evening with BoysStuff.co.uk, not only speaking to Dr Mark Tilden, but also getting their Christmas predictions for the year ahead. There's also some random footage of the next generation Robosapien shaking this thang.
YouTube Video of the Day - How Superman should have ended
Ok, here's a little something to raise a grin to take you into the weekend. Here's a nifty little animation which shows us how Superman should have ended. A nice little cameo from Batman at the close too.
One Minute Video Review: Harmon Kardon/JBL Spyro Speakers
I took a look at the Creature II and Spyro speakers from JBL whilst I was in Berlin, including the limited edition shiny siver ones. The Creature II models are available now from £58 whilst the Spyro is yet to be released.
To subscribe to the Shiny Media YouTube channel click here.
Watch YouTube videos on your iPod
Who cares if Apple is launching a movie download service anyway? What you want to watch on your iPod is teen webcam diaries, lip-synching Chinese blokes and funny animals, right? I didn't realise it was possible to put YouTube videos onto your iPod, but apparently there are two applications that do just that.
iTube is a Windows app that gets you to paste the YouTube URL in, and then does the hard work of downloading and converting for you. Meanwhile, PodTube (pictured) is for Mac OS X users, and does pretty much the same thing, albeit through the Safari browser.
(via Epic Empire)
YouTube Video of the Day - Light Emitting T-Shirts
All dancing, flashing, spangly, light emitting T-Shirts anyone? That's exactly what Philips are developing... or is it just the next Global Hypercolour fad? You decide.
One Minute Video Review: The Blackberry Pearl
A first look at the new phone and email device announced by Blackberry today, the Blackberry Pearl. It's aimed at the part of the market they've yet to convince - consumers who value the style of their phone above all else.
YouTube Video of the Day - Boy gets struck down by basketball
It's an old one, but a goldie. A match winning shot ends up in tears for one poor pup.
One Minute Video Review: Samsung K5 MP3 player
YouTube Video of the Day - How to fold a shirt Japanese style
God bless the Japanese. They're always coming up with new ways of doing things. Usually, these 'new ways' involve bonkers robots and eye bleeding graphics. Let's try something a little simpler. How to fold your shirts in an impressive (and super quick way).
One Minute IFA Interview: Archos and the future
A look at the forthcoming Archos 604 with WiFi, as well as a chat with the product manager about the future of Archos.
One Minute Video Review: Samsung Ultra Range
A quick look at a few of the new phones in Samsung's line-up, including the world's slimmest phone, and the new clamshell HSDPA phone.
Monday interview: Amino's Mike Leigh on taking Internet TV back to the living room
In some ways, YouTube is just a big melting pot of stuff you've already seen on normal TV. I spent 20 minutes in tears of laughter at a succession of 'animal falls off furniture' clips last week (yes, I know I need to get out more), while there's enough ageing soft-rock vids to fill a week's worth of VH1. But plenty of it is original too, from bonkers lip-synchers through to worryingly-honest videobloggers.
Many of us could happily fill a whole evening surfing YouTube rather than settling down onto the sofa to watch proper TV. But why can't we have the best of both worlds, and watch a few hours of hilarious web clips from our sofas, on the telly rather than on a computer monitor? It'd be like Home Entertainment 2.0 (and I'm claiming that term if it ever takes off).
An announcement today from IPTV firm Amino seems to answer this request. The company is launching a device called the AmiNET125i, which is a set-top box "which allows consumers to browse and access video content from the Internet on their television". Great, YouTube on the telly! Well, not quite. But Amino's Mike Leigh explains what it's about, and how the company expects it to change web-heads' viewing habits.
One Minute IFA Preview: Philips Entertaible
One Minute IFA Update: Philips Blu-Ray players and recorders
Ashley looks at Philips Blu-ray DVD players/recorders - the Media Center PC, the MCP9480i, and the Blu-ray player - the BDP9000. For more info, check this link.
One Minute IFA Update: Philips WACS7000 wireless music system
Ashley looks at the Philips WACS7000 wireless music system, which was announced today at IFA. For further details, click here.
IFA 2006: Eight Fox Blu-ray discs to launch in November
Mike Dunn, Worldwide President of Fox Home Entertainment ,today announced at IFA that its first eight Blu-ray disc would reach the stores on November 14th in both the UK and the US. MGM will also launch titles at the same time.
According to Dunn, the key titles is Kingdom of Heaven, which will be the first dual sided 50 Gigabyte disc - it has to be the movie in this Directors Cut edition is three hours and 42 minutes long.
Its other key Blu-ray title is The league of Extraordinary Gentleman which also includes searchable categories and an apparently unique 12 layer game.
Both discs, as well as the other titles, feature HD Lossless audio.
Other discs includes Ice Age II, The Usual Suspects, Bulletproof Monk and The Fantastic Four. I'll give details of the other titles when I get the release.
IFA 2006: Philips Blu-ray for PC and TV
From a PC perspective the key one is the Philips TripleWriter SPD7000. This internal drive for PCs has a 2x read and write speed and works with CDs and DVDs too. It goes on sale in both the US and Europe next month (September).
Philips has also confirmed its debut Blu-ray player - the BDP9000. It connects to HDTVs via HDMI and delivers full 1080p HD resolution. It also has an on board card reader and uses a Java based interface to aid set up. It goes on sale in the US in the autumn with a UK launch lined up for early 2007.
Philips has also announced a 50 gig Blu-ray disc.
One Minute Video Review: Navman Mobile
I looked at the Navman Mobile Travel Assist S60 - there was a name change in the time between I recorded this video and you seeing it now, so excuse the trip into the past. You can read a full review here.
YouTube Video of the Day - The Simpsons versus Star Trek in theme music battle
So. Fans of Star Trek and fans of The Simpsons are in for a treat. Rhodes piano, theremin and casio keyboards lock antlers with a man in a yellow hat and a shouting through a funnel. This is ace.
YouTube Video of the Day - Brilliant Magic Trick
I love magic... I love watching magic. I don't like magicians coming up to me and giving me hassle however. This is why the internet is so ace. You can watch tricks without the fear of being made to walk up to a stage and forced to act like a chicken.
One Minute Video Review: Nokia N73
Susi looks at the Nokia N73, which features a 3.2 megapixel camera as well as all the applications you need to get the best of your photos. You can check out the full review here.
YouTube Video of the Day - Cult kids TV from the US' Electric Company
This is the fabulous US kids TV show The Electric Company. In short, why don't they make 'em like this anymore?
YouTube Video of the Day - Skater Bail Video
Now, I've posted a few things up here that have been people doing things really really well. It's about time we had a laugh at some people doing things badly. The last minute of this video is hilarious, and the last scene... well, once you've stopped laughing at the sobbing, chances are you might wretch.
YouTube Video of the Day - Diet Coke and Mentos experiment
We've all seen the 'diet coke and mentos' skits right? (If not, search for 'diet coke mentos' in YouTube). Well, surely someone must have eaten some of the offending sweets and had a swig of the terrible pop at the same time? Thankfully, this buffoon has filmed it all for our viewing... but I can't decide if he's hamming it up or not. What do you think?
New Screens Make Better Blues
According to a report in New Scientist researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have developed a new polymer screen technology that can generate the full spectrum of colours in visible white light.
Existing display technologies cannot produce every colour that the human eye can perceive becase they are based on mixing varying intensities of fixed red, green and blue coloured light, and even the best screen have difficulty in reproducing a wide range of blues.
If Microsoft designed the iPod
Thanks to Coolest Gadgets (happy birthday, by the way) for pointing the way to this great Microsoft-generated parody video. Let's see what would happen if Microsoft designed the iPod (and in particular, the box packaging)
Remind you of anything?
Coolest Gadgets writes:
Microsoft spokesman Tom Pilla sent an email to iPod Observer saying that his company initiated the creation of the parody video.
“It was an internal-only video clip commissioned by our packaging [team] to humorously highlight the challenges we have faced RE: packaging and to educate marketers here about the pitfalls of packaging/branding… While MS did not release the video, it’s natural to share funny things with friends. So while we didn’t publicly share the video, it was shared with appropriate teams internally. We’re happy to see others enjoy the laugh as well.”
Well worth a viewing or two - and the music (“The Breakfast Machine” from the movie Pee Wee's Big Adventure) fits perfectly!
One Minute Preview: Samsung X830 mobile
We wrote about the new Samsung X830 earlier today, and yesterday I got my hands on it for a brief look, in a very noisy hall. Check out the video below.
One Minute Video Review: T-Mobile's MDA Vario II the first HSDPA phone to go on sale in the UK
We have waited a very long time for HSDPA phones, but now they seem to be coming in droves. T-Mobile looks like it will win the race to be first to market with its MDA Vario II, which goes on sale next week.
Here's a vid and a mini review
The phone is pretty similar to the Vario I but with the following key differences.
1 HSDPA - Yep it will be able to run at speeds of up to 1.8Mbps - four times faster than standard 3G. T-Mobile claims to have HSDPA across most of the major UK cities, which is far more developed than say Orange. Ultimately the speed of HSDPA does improve the web browsing experience on the phone - pictures certainly load much more quickly. The other key use for the phone in this space will be as a modem for laptops, though if you plan to use it in this capacity check out T-Mobile's data fair usage rules.
YouTube seeks record companies' music video content deals
We reported yesterday that YouTube was said to be in negotiation with various record companies to get their music video content legitimately onto the service.
The Interactive Investor has reported that both US labels Warner Music and Universal Music, and the UK's EMI music, are all in some kind of discussion with the network. Details are very sketchy at present, and it will be interesting to see how YouTube deals with the issues of copyright and content ownership which the record companies will undoubtedly raise.
It seems that this is a new trend towards getting legitimate music video content from major labels onto video-sharing sites. Whether it will enhance the experience or detract from the home-grown, user-led feel of YouTube remains to be seen.
What do you think? Legitimate music videos on YouTube a good idea?
One Minute Video Review: Fatman Referee Suit
Watch as the Shiny team (helped by some
unwilling assistants) recreate the Ronaldo/Rooney World Cup fiasco, complete with fatman referee suit. The suit is available for £35 from BoysStuff.co.uk.
Tunes in 30 seconds: see 3's HSDPA network in action
3 was showing off its speedy new HSDPA network in London this week, demonstrating how much faster it is than slow old 3G for activities like downloading music tracks and streaming video. Our video below shows two handsets – the one on the left is HSDPA, and the one on the right is 3G.
As you can see (from our, ahem, blurry camphone footage), the HSDPA one downloads the song in around 30 seconds, at which point the 3G phone isn't even halfway. Later today, we'll post our interview with 3 in which they explain some of the other benefits of HSDPA, and tell us just how fast it'll go in the future. In the meantime, click below to watch the vid.
Note, the HSDPA handset starts downloading first, but that's not an unfair head start – just a reflection of how long it takes the 3G one to begin the download. The button to start was pressed at the same time for each.
YouTube Video of the Day - Zero Gravity
When NASA aren't losing incredibly valuable videos of man's first landing on the moon... and thereby giving the conspiracy theorists something to sink their teeth into, they're making people float around in zero gravity for seemingly no reason at all. Marvellous.
One Minute Video Review: Oregon Scientific Smart Globe
Watch as Susi reveals she's not sure where Ghana is, and Gemma becomes strangely addicted to proving her own geographical knowledge. For a full review, click here. Alternatively, go and pre-order it for £130.
One Minute Video Review: LG U400 music phone
Monday interview: RawFlow on why Peer-to-Peer technologies will revolutionise webcasting as we know it
Peer-to-Peer technology isn't just about cheerfully downloading the new Justin Timberlake album from some bloke in Greenland. Really. In fact, P2P could be the gateway to watching legal, full-screen webcasts from big broadcasters and media companies.
At least this is the view of RawFlow, a provider of, you guessed it, live P2P streaming technology. So why are the concepts that powered Napster, Kazaa, BitTorrent and co now being taken up by Big Media? Tech Digest talked to RawFlow's Mikkel Dissing and Ian Keeling to find out.
YouTube Video of the Day - Ace Graffiti on the tube
When Graffiti is good, it's very very good. Although, in saying that, it's mostly terrible. However, some clever folk are able to create stunning pieces in a matter of minutes. Check this lot out. Done and dusted in under two minutes.
One Minute Video Review: Archos700TV
Watch Susi and Ashley watching Big Brother in this one minute video review, courtesy of the Archos 700TV. I can't work out if that's post-modern, existentialist or just plain weird. For a full review check here, or buy one here for £430.
One Minute Video Review: Logitech Noise Cancelling Headphones
One Minute Video Review: Pulsar Bluetooth headphones
Gemma looks at the Pulsar Bluetooth headphones in the first of these headphone reviews. The Pulsar headphones are available for £70 here. For a more detailed review you can read the full article here.
Rifftrax: Mike Nelson reinvents MST3K for DVDs
Of course you miss Mystery Science Theater 3000; we all do. It's not exactly back, but RiffTrax may well be better. Mike Nelson (the second guy; not Joel) provides MP3s for download which you then synchronize with your DVD (or other format) of the movie you want, ah, annotated, and Mike's MST3K-style commentary plays alongside. It's only $2 now since it's in "beta", although it's not clear exactly what being in non-beta would provide. The test clips aren't quite as funny as MST3K, but on the other hand, he's not restricted by being able to afford to air given movies, so he does have commentary for recent turkeys like Roadhouse. [GT]
One Minute Video Review: Sony DVD Walkman
The Sony DVD Walkman got 4 stars in a recent review, and here's a chance to see (almost) first hand why that was. Don't be put off by Ashley's obvious scepticism - it does exactly what it's supposed to. It's available for £190 here.
One Minute Video Review: Sansa E200 MP3 player
Susi looks at the Sandisk Sansa E200 MP3 player. Witness the things that make it good, the things that make it rubbish (and thumb cramp) for yourself. It's available now for £100 - £150 depending on the memory.
Thursday Top 10: Ways to make yourself a YouTube Star
I'll spare you the blurb about YouTube being a revolution in online media, a truly democratised broadcasting platform, and the pinnacle of user-generated content. You know this, and if you didn't, 768 high-brow articles in the press have already told you so.
More importantly, it's become the prime outlet for camcorder and cameraphone users to make an arse out of themselves, and win praise/wonder/disgust (delete as appropriate) from millions of their peers. But what are the prime ingredients for YouTube success - what separates a viral hit from a barely-noticed miss? Poking around the top rated videos provides a few answers.
YouTube Video of the Day - A masterclass in scratching from Q Bert
I love people who have far too much time on their hands. They end up learning odd skills to melt your brain. One fine example of this is Q Bert, possibly the best scratch DJ in the world. Watch him in action with one record and one weird looking deck.
YouTube Video of the Day - Amazing and incredible machines!
This video is probably the most inventive thing I've ever seen. Little machines and contracptions made out of marbles, books, tape measures... all humdrum stuff... brought to life! I can't decide whether it's an ident for a TV Station, or part of a kids show... or just a show in itself. Either, this is wonderful and will leave your jaw on the floor.
One Minute Video Review: Extreme USB testing
We're not afraid to push the limits here at Tech Digest, and love nothing more than flinging ourselves off bridges with nothing but elastic tied to our ankles, and barreling out of planes with second hand parachutes. Sort of. So, we've tested the PNY All-Terrain Attache USB stick with some extreme USB sport, involving horseradish. And rubber gloves. It's available from £20 now.
YouTube Video of the Day - A very long start up on a laptop?
God I'm childish. I do love a good prank. This video is a little belter. Just how long does the start up tone on a laptop last? See for yourself...
YouTube Video of the Day - Magic with bubbles
Compared to entertainers these days, this chap, Tom Noddy, is a bit slow paced. People get on stage to shock and surprise. Or do things at a frightening pace... all these give the impression of being cutting edge. Often they're not. Well, this Noddy character can do amazing things with something as simple as bubbles. Watch as he makes a smoke filled cube bubble. Ace.
One Minute Video Review: Nokia N93
Just like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Arctic Monkeys discussions about Nokia's N Series phones invariably lead to fisticuffs in this parish. Here's Ashley swooning all over the camcorder-tastic N93, while Katie pulls disapproving faces.
You Tube Video of the Day - Ok Go on treadmills!
Ok Go are a band I haven't really heard of. I feel that there are a few others in the same bracket too. That is all about to change with the creation of this stupendous video. One take. No editing. Amazing.
YouTube video of the day: Japanese Walking Attack Robot
$300,000 to make a big massive huge robot that you can drive around and shoot people with. $300,000 just to be able to clunk up to some people and yell "YOU HAVE 20 SECONDS TO COMPLY" convincingly. Practical? Not one bit... God I love the Japanese sometimes.
You Tube Video of the Day - Passing out in a fighter jet
So, you wanna be a tough guy eh? Sit in the cockpit with the big boys? Well, this guy decided it would be a splendid idea to go up, up and away... and pass out like a big girl!
You Tube Video of the Day - Rodney Mullen - The World's Finest Skater
I know, I know. Before you say anything, I know that skateboarding videos can be a bit anally retentive, and it's based on something us mere mortals don't really understand. Normally, when I see skater vids, I like watching them fall down and hurt themselves... and then I saw a Rodney Mullen video... and boy oh boy... this man is a freak. He can skate along quite happily on his hands before doing a trick which sees him skating on the thing on its side. Marvel.
You Tube Video of the Day - Talking Cats
I've never been so
disturbed impressed in my entire life. Cats that talk. No... really. Some of these cats can only mutter one word or phrase... but save yourself for the last one... the cat who goes off on bizarre gonzo streams of insanity.
A changing AOL set to enter video downloads market
It's yet another company diving into this kind of high-bandwidth, hard-to-monetise service.
AOL Video 'aims to be the one-stop shop for online videos and will let users search for videos across the Web, upload their own, or buy or watch for free thousands of TV shows from any one of 45 video-on-demand channels on nearly any device.'
Being a part of Time Warner will help with some of that content, but it's still quite a claim. How much of the service will be relevant and usable outside the US remains to be seen.
Speculation about AOL is already rife, as they are expected to announce on Wednesday that their email and web services will become free, wholly supported by online advertising.
It will be interesting to see where AOL goes with this, and how successful they will be.
YouTube Video of the Day - The Amazing Vanishing Octopus
YouTube is brilliant. You can find scallies being flung from roundabouts, as well as loads of old music videos. Not only that, but you get to see amazing things like the featured video of the day - which is an amazing octopus that can disappear! Just wait for the slo-mo reverse... incredible stuff!
Evesham's PVR160 personal video recorder with Freeview receiver
Along with the upscaling DVD1000 player, Evesham this week also announced the PVR160 - a combined personal video recorder and Freeview receiver for under £150.
The PVR160 is a combined Digital Terrestrial (Freeview) receiver and digital video recorder. which gives you access to all free-to-air digital TV Channels and radio stations in your area via a full 7-day Electronic Programme Guide (EPG), which also alows you to schedule your weekly viewing at the touch of a button. Recording capapcity is 160GB, which should be enough to store up to 80 hours of programming. And as it features twin tuners, you can watch one digital TV channel whilst recording another.
The PVR160 also features a Timeshift function, automatically recording the last 30 minutes of whatever you are watching, which allows you to pause and rewind live TV. It's available now, priced at £149.99
Friday interview: Suranga Chandratillake: SelfCast TV takes on video giant YouTube with British focus and mobile features
The service lets you send video clips via MMS from your phone - a feature that's lacking in YouTube and many of its rivals. According to SelfcastTV founder Suranga Chandratillake (left), that's because they're based in the US, where video-capable cameraphones are still relatively thin on the ground.
"That's filtered through to the sharing sites, so none of them have any real support for mobile phones," he says. "Some support email-based uploads because laptops with Wi-Fi are popular, but that's it."
YouTube Video of the day - Have you ever seen a chav fly?
Sometimes I curse technology. Mobile phones that do grainy video. Internet sites that peddle pap. Then, I realise that technology lies comedy gold. I mean real gold. If you haven't seen this video, prepare yourself. This is the best punchline I've ever seen. The build up involves a scooter, a roundabout on a playground and flying scallies. Enjoy.
BBC to trial vodcasting
The BBC has launched a 12-month trial of 'vodcasting' - a weekly videocast roundup of clips from news and current affairs programmes including the Ten O'Clock News, Newsnight and, later, Question Time. There'll also be a vodcast called StoryFix which will take a tongue-in-cheek look at the last week's news.
"TenWeekly" will be cast out every Wednesday, with StoryFix and Newsnight appearing on Friday's.
The BBC are already fairly well advanced in providing content to UK web and mobile users which can be watched on a PC or mobile phone, and this is yet another way the BBC wants to get content to people in the ways they want to watch it.
It looks as if most of the content will be news-based to begin with, but presumably if the trial is successful and videocasting is still a hit into 2007, they'll expand their offerings.
Would you watch the Beeb's content this way?
Robot Football abuse
What do you do with a million pound robot that you've taught how to play football? The answer, of course, is to take the mickey out of it with your mates.
Internet Explorer Ad makes life easier
Internet explorer makes everyday tasks a little easier... like being able to open tin cans with your finger and taking snaps with your thumbs. Don't believe me? Take a look at this ad...
Funai's 3-in-1 HDR-B2735 video/DVD player and recorder
I think it's safe to say that the VHS market is on its final legs - but that doesn't mean to say we haven't all got piles of tapes still knocking about the house (including many things yet to be released on disc). Which is where Funai's 3-in-1 HDR-B2735 video/DVD player and recorder makes itself useful.
The HDR-B2735 features a 160GB drive, which should offer up to 100 hours of recording time to the drive alone, though you do have the option of recording to the 6-head, hi-fi video recorder or DVD disc if you so wish. Though for me, one of the biggest bonuses of these kind of combined units is the ease of which you can transfer all your old video recordings (copyright permitting of course) onto disc, wihtout having to stick yet another box under the TV and add even more wires to the spaghetti pile.
Sometime, you can love the internet too much.
The internet has been a wondeful thing. We've all suffered from that nagging voice saying "go on... check your emails..." when really, we should be doing something more fun. Most of us manage to resist the urge, but some can't help it... like the man in this advert. If you're like him, you need to get out more.
The truth about Zidane's headbutt: in 3D
It's the question on everybody's lips (unless you've already moved on to discussing the heat / Love Island / the Tiger -Faldo grudge match). When Zinedine Zidane headbutted Marco Materazzi in the World Cup final, did the Italian defender take a dive, or was the butt so good that he couldn't help crumpling to the ground?
The YouTube video below promises the answer. It's a simulation of the incident made using NaturalMotion's 'endorphin' 3D animation software. Is Marco a big girl who feigned injury, or does Zidane have a Forehead Like A Shield Of Steel? The answer is... well, you'll have to click on the clip to find out.
Oh, and technology firms take note: if you're going to plug your product, at least do it imaginatively like this...
Sony unveils DVDirect recorders for PC-free burning
For anyone struggling to transfer all your content off your digital camera or camcorder, Sony has announced two DVDirect DVD recorders, which offer a standalone method of transferring content off cards, video tapes or camcorder hard discs and onto DVD - taking the PC out of the equation.
The models unveiled by Sony are the video- and digital-photo-capable VRD-MC3 and the video-only VRD-VC30, each featuring built-in LCD control screens, multiple interfaces, along with fast real-time DVD recording. And, according to Sony, they're extremely easy to use.
Hitachi's new Memory Master DVD/HDD recorder
Housed in a smart black and brushed platimum casing, Hitachi are selling these on the basis of ease of use and their wider use as a multimedia machine - it can also save MP3 and photo files, as well as video. Featuring a simple menu interface to help navigate through all files, you can turn your TV into a high quality multimedia 'jukebox'.
Tech Digest video: Sony's DSLR head honcho previews the Sony Alpha 100 camera
Over in Marrakesh we grabbed a minute or two with Paul Genge the man who knows more about Sony's debut DSLR camera the Alpha 100 than anyone. Here he explains why Sony launched it and talks through a few of its features.
LG RH200MH HDD DVD recorder
Functionality is pretty basic - you can record, edit and store TV content, and with the 250GB drive, there's enough capacity to store the equivalent of up to 170 movies. And if you do record all those films and want to do more, you can transfer recordings from hard drive to disc with a single press of a button.
Sony's latest HDD recorders reach the UK
Sony is adding two more models to it's range of HDD DVD recorders. The RDR-HX525 and RDR-HX725 feature 80GB and 160GB of drive space respectively, which for the HX725 means up to 249 hours of recording time.
The models feature Sony's new 'IQ' system (standing for 'Intelligent' and 'Quality' apparently), which includes a DV terminal for One Touch Dubbing, set-top box control, pausing of live TV, chasing playback and high quality recording mode for the best picture quality.
Humax PVR-8000T80 HDD recorder
The Humax recorder has a built-in Freeview tuner, so you can receive Freeview with digital subtitles and record programmes on the built-in hard disc drive, which offers around 40 hours of recording. Simple to use, digital subtitles are recorded in "closed format", so you can switch them on or off when replaying a recording. It also features time shift recording, so you can pause live TV.
Maplin Electronics 250GB HDD DVD recorder
It's fairly obvious that hard disk DVD recorders are rapidly falling in price - Aldi brought out an 80GB model for less than £100 before Christmas. And a 250GB recorder is now available from Maplins just short of £230. A similar sized drive would have set you back around twice that last year!
Maplin Electronics 250GB hard disk DVD Recorder offers nearly 300 hours of storage space and
recording time. You can pause and save your favourite TV on to the hard disk, so that you can return and watch as if time stood still. You can record on both hard disk and DVD (DVD+R/RW) with six different quality settings and a DV input on the front panel also enables you to transfer your camcorder footage straight on to the hard disk.
Certainly not the most stylish box in the world, but as a practical recorder, it's worth a look. Available now for £229.99, with a 160GB version also available for £199.99.
CES 2006: Is HD DVD coming to the UK in 2006?
Might HD DVD make it to Europe this year after all? The Register is reporting that Studio Canal, part of the Canal Plus media Empire, has lined up 30 HD DVD discs for a launch sometime during 2006. Whether there will be anything to play them remains a moot point, for Toshiba, Sanyo and Microsoft are unlikely to offer HD DVD players in Europe until at least the end of year.
CES 2006: Sanyo debuts HD DVD player
Toshiba isn't the only company backing the HD DVD format. Its partner Sanyo is also snubbing Blu-ray and has announced March launch for its debut HD DVD player the HD-S100. It has all the usual bells and whistles including 1080i (though not 1080p) output, compatibility with existing DVDs and DTS and Dolby surround sound facilities. Each HD DVD disc is capable of holding four hours of high definition content. Wonder if it will pop up in the UK?
CES 2006: Tosh's HD DVD players set for March launch
You've got to give Toshiba top marks for perseverance, for in spite of the fact that CES 2006 is very much a Blu-ray show the Japanese giant went ahead and confirmed a March launch for its pair of HD DVD players.
Tosh's pair of HD DVD players, the HD-XA1 and HD-A1 have a pretty decent spec. They'll not only play back your existing DVDs but they will upscale the picture quality to 720p or 1080i HD. They are also no slouches in the surround sound arena packing both Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD. The difference between the two is that the XA1 has a neat motorised door and includes features like USB ports that Tosh hopes will pull in gamers.
The price is keen too with the HD-XA1 going for $800 and the HD-A1 $500 - a few dollars less than the Blu-ray players. They also score something of a home run (I have already been in the States too long already) in that they are likely to be in the stores before the first Blu-ray players from Samsung and Pioneer. Nevertheless it is going to be a long haul for HD DVD. Needless to say there are no details on a UK launch, but if Tosh is keen to grab an advantage over Blu-ray it needs to get them in the British stores by Christmas.
CES 2006: Sony to debut Blu-ray player in early summer
Sony finally nailed its Blu-ray colours to the mast today by announcing an early summer US launch for its BDP-S1 Blu-ray player. It'll be high def compatible and able to output signals at the top level of the format - 1080p. The player's launch will be accompanied by the release of at least 20 titles from Sony Pictures and MGM.
Sony also confirmed that it would have Blu-ray recorders for the PC at around the same time as well that can record on both 25 and 50 Gig discs, as well as the Vaio XL3 laptop which will feature an integrated Blu-ray drive. There's no news on a UK launch.
Best of 2005: Telewest TVDrive
Until we get to see the new HD-friendly Sky+ the Telewest TVDrive is our favourite hard disk video recorder. It has all you'd expect including a 160 Gigabyte hard drive and trick play facilities, plus a few bonuses such as three tuners (so you can record two programmes while watching a third) and picture in picture on the menu screen. Compatibility with the video on demand Teleport system, which includes the odd bit of HDTV, is the icing on the cake.
Aldi's sub £100 80GB recorder
As cost-conscious mothers never get tired of saying, you can certainly bag a bargain at your local Aldi. But I'll bet they never mentioned this Technosonic 80GB recorder with Freeview at the absolute giveaway price of £99.99 - probably the cheapest 80GB model currently for sale in the UK.
It doesn't seem short of extras either. As well as featuring Freeview, it also has a twin tuner, allowing you to record two different shows at the same time and comes with a timeshift function allowing you to play and record simultaneously and pause live TV. Add to that ease of set up and use plus a slimline design - just in case you don't want the neighbours to know you've got an Aldi recorder - and it looks like a real bargain.
Join the queue at your local Aldi on the 15th December to buy one. And if you do pick one up, why not tell us your opinion of it?
Philips adds a trio of DVD recorders
Philips has been giving its DVD recorder range the once over adding three new models two of which feature hard disks. The top-end DVDR7300H (£500) and DVDR3300H (£330) are equipped with 250GB and 80GB Hard Disk Drives respectively, each storing, so Philips says, approximately 400 hours and 130 hours of footage. They both feature the usual hard disk party tricks, such pause live TV, watch a recorded programme before it has finished being archived and instant rewind. And obviously you can archive recordings on the hard disk to DVD at speeds of up to 20x. Both players also offer Dual Layer DVD+R disc recording, doubling the recording capacity and features the GUIDE Plus+® Interactive Programme Guide, which provides 7-day channel listings.
Sony debuts 250 gig hard disk video recorder
Sony has announced the October launch of a pair of Hard Disk Drive DVD recorder combis. The headline model, the RDR-HXD910, features a mammoth hard drive (250 Gigabytes) capable of storing up to 428 hours of SD footage, it also features HD upscaling which increases the resolution of the images to make them more suitable for HD displays. To achieve this it comes with an HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) output and support for both 720p and 1080i upscaling, Also on board is an integrated Freeview tuner. It will retail for £700. Sony is also launching a lesser specified version, the RDR-HXD710 which will sell for £500.
Samsung plans HD DVD/Blu-ray combi
When it comes it the old Blu-ray versus HD DVD (that's the two formats competing to replace DVD as the disc standard for pre-recorded and recorded HD), Samsung is in a pretty unique position. It has always allied itself to the Blu-ray group, which is kind of lead by Sony, while at the same time it works closely with Toshiba so hasn't ruled out making HD DVD players. At IFA this fence sitting proved its worth as the company announced its intention to produce a dual Blu-ray/HD DVD player if there's no unified format. While it will probably be rather pricey, it could certainly have plenty of appeal. After all given the choice between a one format player and dual one I know which I'd choose. More here
IFA News 2005: Pana's 4 in 1 one recorder
Not sure about which recording format to go for? Panasonic has announced a recorder that covers most of the bases - at least as far as standard definition goes anyway (we won't even get into the high def recording format war that is still looming). Unveiled at IFA was a four in one recorder, comprising 200Gb hard disk drive, VHS VCR, DVD recorder and SD Memory Card. Called thd DMR-EH80V it comes with its own electronic programme guide, Guide Plus, and a built in DV terminal for dubbing DV-quality images from a digital video camera to the recorder's hard disk drive or DVD disc. Panasonic claims the 200Gb hard disk can hold up to 355 hours of footage and the DVD recorder can record on DVD-RAM, DVD-R, +R and DVD-RW discs.
Promise.tv website launched
A couple of weeks back we brought you news of an interesting take on a DVR from Promise.tv. Now the company has set up a new website revealing more details of the system. Basically Promise.tv technology lets you continuously record the entire selection of freeview channels for one week that can then be sorted through at your leisure checking out the odd program that catches your interest. Digital telly is carried on several multiplexes, all of which are decoded and recorded digitally on the device's vast internal storage, meaning that you won't need to laboriously set it up to record your favourite shows like traditional recorders.
Duran Duran releases 3d DVD
Duran Duran fans will be pleased to hear that the band are releasing a new double disc box set featuring the band playing twenty different songs live. But most importantly the DVD comes with 3d glasses (remember when those things came in breakfast cereal boxes?) and one song that can be watched in 3d. Don't expect Jaws 3d (actually, that was pants as well) but hey, maybe it's the start of a 3d glasses revival. Or maybe not. Anyway, the box set comes with a ten track bonus CD, and is retailing for a not bad £14.44 from the 7th of November.
Mustek R580 review
The Guardian has also given the Mustek R580 a spin. It is the cheapest hard disk/DVD recorder combi, which retails for not too much more than £200 now. It is reasonably stylish, easy to use and well featured (it has an 80 Gigabyte hard drive, Progressive Scan and a Firewire input) but can't rival pricier models in terms of playback and recording performance.
DVD recorders now under £150
Akai, which had a bit of UK relaunch a few months back, is really determined to make its mark in the home video recording market. It has just delivered a new version of the ADR-5800Di, a multi-standard DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW recorder which retails for the knock down price of around £150 (£50 less than before). As far as we know only the Lite-On LVW-5005 comes in at anywhere near the same price.
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High performance projectors from InFocus
We've seen a fair few high tech projectors emerging in recent weeks, but InFocus seems to have the edge in terms of practicality. The LP860 and LP840 offer advanced features and user-friendly interfaces coupled with 3,500 lumens suitable to large presentation rooms, the difference between them being that the LP860 features native SXGA+ resolution.
However, a more exciting feature is InFocus' LiteShow module, which enables secure wireless connections ensures that users can not only avoid grappling with reams of VGA cable but that multiple PCs can connect in for speed and convenience. It is therefore no surprise that these mega-projectors come with a price to match; the LP860 is set to retail for €6999 and the LP840 €4499, each will be available before the end of the month.
A 400 Gig hard disk DVD combi from Sony
We are blogging live today from the huge Sony Euro bash in Bordeaux, France, where the company is parading its key products for 2005. Most of the gathered journos appear to agree with with Euro CEO Chris Deering who, after admitting that the last couple of years had been lean ones for the company decalared that in 2005 Sony is back with a bang.
In among some amazing products liek the Sony NW HD5 iPod basher and DSC T7 super skinny digital camera we uncovered Sonys flagship DVD hard disk recorder the RDR HX1010. Designed for use with HDTV systems the recorder boasts the HDMI connector required to connect to a HDTV decoder along with a monster 400 Gigabyte hard disk. Other key features include one touch dubbing from the hard disk to a DVD, Intelligent Scene Chaptering which logs the end of a significant scene change and adds a bookmark which can be quickly accesed via a thumbnail image at the begining of each chapter and the usual HD frippery like live TV pause. The DVD part of the recorder can archive on to all recordable DVD formats with the obvious exception of DVD RAM. No clues as to the models price, but Sony has confirmed it will be on sale in September.
Sony also unveiled a DVD recorder in the RDR HX510 which is pictured above. It too has Intelligent Scene Chaptering and pause live TV options. It goes on sale in August
The Greenest DVD player to date
The bods at Hippy Shopper have managed to unearth a new Sony DVD player, the DVP-NS955. The DVD player is a little greener than most, as more than 50% of the materials used to build the front are made from vegetable based materials. The price of the world's most biodegradable DVD player is a little higher than usual at £200. But for that price you also get DivX support, progressive scan via component video card and SACD playback. And lord it over your friend's more earth destroying DVD players.
Top Spec DVD player from Yamaha
Yamaha has unveiled its new top spec DVD player, which includes support for DVD-Audio, SACD, MP3 and WMA formats. Featuring progressive scan for NTSC and PAL sources, motion adaptive noise reduction, Faroudja's DCDi processing with 3:2 pull down and 'TrueLife Enhancer' that enhance small details and colours with sharper definition and minimising distortion. Cross colour suppression, aspect ratio conversion and an HDMI output at 480p, 576p, 720p or 1080i help define the Yamaha DVD-S2500 as a premium piece of kit.
The UK's cheapest DVD player
When DVD players were first launched they cost a stonking £600. Compare that with Amazon's sale of the multi-region Starlogic 2.1, a DVD player with most of the standard gear (multiregion, plays PAL and NTSC, compatible with recorded disc) for a mere £25, which we think makes it the UK's cheapest DVD player. Amazon is also hammering the price of MP3 players with a Netac C620 MP3 Player with 128MB of onboard memory now going for £34.99. If the price of the Apple iPod falls in a similar way you'll be able to purchase a 20 Gig player from Amazon in 2009 for a 24th of its £350, which if our GCSE Maths holds good, isn't very much money.
Starlogic Multi-region 2.1 DVD Player
JVC's digital recorder frenzy
JVC is set to raise the bar in the DVD recorder market by unveiling a new range of DVD/HD combos. The flagship DR-MH600 offers both a DVD recorder and a 160 GB hard disk and also features the noddy-to-use GuidePlus + electronic programme guide. Should you decide to permanently keep your recording, then a lightning fast 64x dubbing system will transfer it from HD to DVD. It records at speeds of up to 25Mbps in DV mode and frame by frame compression allows for exact editing so you can be sure your recordings are perfect before burning to DVD. The DR-MH300 offers the same deal but without the new HDMI (High Defintion Multimedia Interface - aka the Digital Scart) system found in the top end model.
Philips DVD recorder with Freeview and HDMI
Philips has unveiled the DVDR7200, a new DVD recorder but with the added bonus of a built in digital terrestrial Freeview decoder. Freeview is, as anyone in the UK already knows, a free TV service that enables you to receive digital terrestrial TV and includes a whole host of new channels for you to find woefully uninteresting, other than of course the brilliant BBC3. Despite seeming a logical step, it is currently quite uncommon for DVD or Hard Disk recorders to include a receiver and even less so from a major brand. The DVDR7200 will let you program to record up to seven days in advance courtesy of its GuidePlus + Interactive Programming Guide. It offers both dual layer DVD+R/RW recording with 5.1 audio recording capability and includes an HDMI for top quality digital transfer of video and audio to suitably equipped TVs/screens. On sale in May for a pretty competitive £400.
CeBIT: Video recorder you can program via your mobile
Sky might have been threatening to do it for ages but it looks like Kiss Technology has become the first manufacturer to offer a hard disk video recorder that can be programmed remotely over the internet or via a mobile phone.
The DP-558, which also features an integrated DVD recorder, uses an internet-controlled Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) that can be accessed via a specially set up web page. The recorder also boasts an integrated TV tuner, is available with either an 80 or 200 Gigabyte hard disk and features a Timeshift function that enables users to pause live and rewind live television.
It can also be factored into a wireless network with users able to access audio, image and video files stored on their PC or Mac on their TV. There's no word yet on prices or launch dates. More here
TeenTech Portable DVD Player
Just like any sensible manufacturer, TeenTech has got its eye on the kids' consumer market, but the TeenTech Portable Colour DVD/CD player is for the adults as well - how else are you going to get your squalling offspring to stay quiet in the car? With a 3.5-inch colour screen, remote control, 2 headphone jacks to stop sibling rows, and an external speaker, the portable player can handle VCDs, CD, and MP3 Playback as well as DVD. It's a nice price, as well, at just $99 on Amazon. Only problem is, judging by those reviews, the plug is liable to blow up at any moment, leaving you with a scorched and disgruntled child. Still, if it keeps them quiet, who's complaining.
Inverto: 80GB Digital PVR
Unbeatable's just got its hands on a new PVR that's set to go on sale this week. The Inverto IDL 7000 PVR is an 80GB hard disk recorder that comes with two digital tuners so you can record two channels (or record one and watch another). It gets a bit tick from us for including digital, since pretty much all the big league PVR manufacturers are still stuck on analogue (what with Freeview not being such a selling point in Europe and all...) The finish is as white as the snow currently outside our London abode and the price is £219.99. Other features include PiP Channel Search14 Day Programme Guide, Series Record (Weekly/Daily), Instant Replay, RW Live TV, Twin Scart Sockets (RGB Loop) and Trick Playback Modes.
DVD player crammed with features
The KiSS DP-558 DVD Player has a a veritable feast of features. DVD playback with DivX3.11, 4 and 5 plus MPEG-4, along with MP3 CDs (as well as normal CDs obviously), Ogg Vorbis and JPEG images are all supported. As well as that, there's Ethernet connection to broadband internet, which lets you listen to online radio and play back audio, video and picture files from a PC. But it doesn't end there.
NextBase portable DVD player
NextBase's DVM-125 has a plethora of features, including playback compatabilty for DVDs, CDs VCD, MP3 and JPEG pictures. It will play DVD-R/RW discs and CD-R/RW discs and comes with a 2.5-inch colour LCD screen at 160 x 234 pixels. There's Composite AV Out, plus Dolby AC-3 decoder, Optical Digital Out (audio) and in-line remote control. The battery should last for 3 hours of playback. All in all, a nice little player. It's just a shame that the Hong Kong-based company hasn't got a UK distribution. But with the likes of Firebox and BoysStuff around, you never know.
Napster considers video downloads
Over in America, Napster is considering a move into the world of film, TV and video game downloads. The company has suggested that it can apply the same principles of its online music service to other downloadable content, widening the company's appeal to the younger video game generation. The company's chairman and chief executive, Mr Gorog, was quoted as saying "I do think that while there are huge players in the delivery of movies like Sky, there could be a role for Napster." It seems like an obvious step for the downloads market to us, but with the American arm of Napster only just beginning to consider it, it will probably be a long way off yet for UK subscribers.
Telewest unveils PVR and announces HDTV
The box, which is made by Scientific Atlanta, boasts a storage capacity of 160 Gigabytes (just like the high end Sky box) and features three video tuners, which will allow viewers to record two programmes while watching a third. This gives it a slight advantage over the Sky + box, which can only manage two channels at once. And, just like all other hard disk based recorders it will offer viewers the chance to pause and instantly rewind live TV if their viewing is interrupted.
NTL/Telewest Give Nod to VOD
We've always known that cable offers a great deal for broadband, but when it comes to multi-channel TV, SkyDigital still wins hands down. However at last it seems there may be a compelling reason to get cable for its TV package.
Fuelling yet more speculation of an imminent merger between the two companies (surely it's only a matter of time), NTL and Telewest have announced they are are to launch very similar Video on Demand (VOD) services.
This means rather than having to wait half an hour or more for the movie you want to watch to come around (as you do with Sky Digital) you can choose it instantly. Both companies have teamed up with FilmFlex which has a movie library of over 2,000 titles. In addition, NTL is rolling out separate adult, kids and music content to its customers. Meanwhile Telewest has confirmed it is to launch a hard drive Sky Plus recorder: further details to be announced later this week.
Video Eyewear on sale
Look! It's the secret love child of Jordi La Forge and Cyclops from the X-Men. Icuiti Corporation has announced the launch of its Video Eyewear. The Icuiti V920 eyewear shows you big screen images from micro displays. There's two 920k pixel screens which create a virtual cinema before your very eyes. Audio is provided through a set of headphones built into the temples of the glasses, although you can swap these for your own set if you prefer. It's hard to believe these will actually reach the market, since we've been seeing stuff like this for ages that never sees the light of day, but you can actually order them right now for $499 on the website so it must be true.
NTL and Telewest join ranks against Sky
Good news for cable lovers. NTL and Telewest are apparently about to launch a set top box service that will take on the might of BSkyB's Sky Plus service. It'll be a service with a difference, though, since the two companies are planning to offer video-on demand downloads. Subscribers to the service will be able to download films and TV shows to watch as and when they want. Well, we say as and when they want, but in fact you'll only be able to keep the programmes and films for up to 24 hours after you've paid for the download. Sony and Disney will apparently be providing the films and it shouldn't cost any more than your local video rental shop. NTL's releasing the service in Glasgow first for trials, while Telewest will begin its trials in Bristol in the coming weeks. A Sky Plus-style personal video recorder should be appearing later this year and until it does, a video on demand service isn't likely to leave Sky quaking in its metaphorical boots.
DVD with Interesting Extra Features
Yes, we know it's probably just a ploy to get more visitors to the site and more sales, but it's Friday and it's nearly Christmas, and we're in the mood for writing stupid stories about people adding comedy extra features to a DVD recorder. Take a look at Samsung's DVD-R4000. At £299.99, it offers all the usual features you'd expect on a DVD Recorder, as well as some neat extras such as "Mosquito Noise Reduction" and "Gamma Correction in case you have the Hulk on DVD". Suddenly not so entertaining now we've written it out ourselves, but you have to credit these people for trying.
Eyetop Video Glasses
If you haven't yet recovered from the ridiculous notion of wandering about with a pair of Oakley Thump MP3 player sunglasses on your head, look away now. Eyetop released a pair of video sunglasses a while ago to, so far as we recall, universally poor reviews. Undeterred, however, the company has done a bit of tinkering and has come up with the latest Eyetop incarnation which includes a DVD player built in. Well, when we say "built in" we mean strapped to your body in a large black carry case that has a faint whiff of bum bag about it. It's priced at 599 Euros and will be at CES 2005.
Samsung's Digital Scart DVD player
High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI), also known as Digital Scart is the next big thing when it comes to home cinemal kit. The digital connection means you can get digital image as well as digital sound quality through one cable, without all the usual converting back and forth business. The only problem? There's not enough digital scart products around at the moment. Samsung's doing its bit, though, with the launch of the DVD-HD945. The player also supports both SACD (Super Audio CD) and DVD-A (DVD-Audio) playback.
Not much more to say, except it's available now for around £179.99.
It looks like video recorders have gone the way of those small, cave dwelling Hobbit people. The Dixons group has announced that it won't be stocking any more VCRs and will slowly phase the videos out, with the hope that all will be sold off by Christmas. The video has, to all intents and purposes, been replaced by the DVD player. Those wanting to record shows are either turning to DVD recorders, or have bought themselves a hard drive recorder, which makes life a whole lot easier and doesn't necessitate the presence of a small child to set it for you.
Still, it's a shame for those who've finally collected every single episode of Quantum Leap, Star Trek and Twin Peaks on video - although if you're watching those shows you'll probably have a good idea of how to transfer them to disc anyway...
Humax launches new range of TVs
Humax, a company most famous for its digital set-top boxes, has just introduced a new line of integrated digital TVs. The flat screen LCD panels include the LB26-T and the LB26-TP, a 26-inch TV with a personal video recorder (PVR) built in. The 32-inch LB32-TP, which also has a PVR built in, will be out at the start of 2005. All three sets have digital receivers built in and the LB26-TP and LB32-TP both have 40GB hard drives for recording programmes on.
Lite-On's first DVD/HD recorder
Probably best known for manufacturing DVD and CD drives for computers, Taiwanese company, Lite-On, has announced the launch of its first DVD/Hard Drive video recorder. The recorder is priced at around £350, making it the cheapest currently available. The LVW-5045 has a generous 160GB on the hard disk (plenty of room for CSI, Little Britain and all our other favourite shows - aren't you glad we share these little details with you?!) and a multi-format DVD+/-RW drive. As with most hard drive recorders you can pause live TV and rewind and playback a programme while you're recording it. Multiple Scart connections, DV-Link and DV control for editing camcorder footage are all present and correct, and there's also VideoPlus+ to enable timed recordings.
Panasonic's first Freeview PVR
Panasonic's latest PVR has the benefit of providing a Freeview digital receiver as well as a hard drive recorder. The TU-CTH100 comes with two tuners so you can record two shows at once, or record one and watch another. There's an 80GB hard drive for saving programmes, which should mean space for up to 45 hours of footage. Time-slip technology is present, allowing you to pause and rewind live television. There's some nice features, such as the "picture in picture" and "picture and picture" facility that lets you watch two screens simultaneously and the lock option that lets you keep favourite recordings safe from accidental deletion. the TU-CTH100 costs £280.
Toshiba's latest DVD Recorders
We've now got more episodes of Crime Scene Investigation (Miami and Las Vegas - we don't discriminate) saved onto our Digital Video Recorder than we could ever hope to watch. Time, perhaps for us to invest in a DVD recorder to burn all those programmes onto disk for viewing in our dotage. Toshiba's latest DVD recorders are just the ticket. The D-VR3 is both a DVD Recorder and a VCR. You can record in DVD RAM, -RW, and -R formats. The "timeslip" function means you can user Chase TV and Pause TV functions. Or, to translate, you can start watching a programme from the beginning at any stage during recording, and can pause broadcasts to continue watching after you've made the tea or gone to the loo, or whatever it is you're doing. The DR3 is a standalone DVD Recorder that also comes with the timeslip function.
Vieta adds DivX to its in-car DVD
In car DVD players are the perfect way to avoid ever having to communicate with members of your family. Stick on a DVD and everyone can stare slack-jawed at the TV for the entirety of the journey. What could be better?
Vieta's CDV-50D adds an extra twist to the in-dash DVD player. The box includes DivX compression, which means you'll be able to squeeze a whole load more films onto one disc or burn films to CD-R. The player, which should cost around £150, also supports MP3, WMA, VCD, SVCD and MPEG-4 file formats.
There's three outputs, so you can have up to three LCD screens set up in the car. Inputs for games consoles and rear-view cameras, along with both optical digital audio output and analogue stereo audio output are all on board.
Portable DVD Player with DivX
Firebox has been stocking Shinco Portable DVD players for a while, and the company has just added a new model to the range available: the £399.95 SDP-1910. The new machine is the largest in the range, with a 9-inch widescreen that should make watching films more comfortable, even if the 1.05kg weight leaves it slightly less portable than the 580g 5-inch and the 800g 7-inch models.
The most appealing feature, however, is the inclusion of built-in support for DivX playback, which we're pretty sure is a first for portable DVD players. With DivX video compression, you'll be able to fit far more movies onto a normal CD-R , which means less to carry and more to watch.
The SDP-1910 is compatible with both DivX4 and DivX5 formats and is available now.
Philips' new line up of DVD recorders
The two most interesting machines in Philips' latest batch of releases are the DVDR725H and the HDRW720. These two multi-format DVD recorders are also hard disk drives, with 160GB and 80GB of storage respectively - room for 250 hours and 130 hours of programmes.
Any programmes you watch are automatically stored on the six-hour hard drive buffer, giving you the opportunity to watch them again, transfer them properly into the hard drive, or record them onto DVD.
If you're watching a programme and recording it at the same time, you can opt to watch the show from an earlier point without interrupting your recording. You can also watch a stored programme while recording another.
The Guide Plus+ Interactive Programme Guide means you can get your recordings sorted a week in advance.
Freeview Digital Video Recorders
Fusion Digital Technology has some rather nice digital video recorders in its portfolio. While Sky+ may keep the satellite viewers happy, those reluctant to fork out for the Sky subscription fee will need to look for other alternatives.
Fusion Digitec already has a hard disk recorder for Digital TV and the company is soon to offer a couple of new recorders.
The Digifusion FVRT100 Digital Video Recorder has room for 40 hours of programmes on its 40GB hard drive, using the company's own Super Compression Technology (SCT). And it's ideal for those who are fed up of all those boxes under the TV, with a DVD player built into the unit.
We rather like this space-saving idea. But it would be even more appealing with a built-in DVD burner. Then you could save all your favourite shows to DVD, allowing you to free up space on the hard drive. Let's hope that one's coming next.
Rent Blockbuster DVDs online
Blockbuster has launched a new online DVD rental service, with a special one month's free trial offer available to new users. The service allows subsribers unlimited film rentals for a monthly fee of £13.99 (for three DVDs at a time) or £20.99 (for 5 DVDs in one go). There's no due dates on returns, but the sooner you send them back, the sooner you can rent out a load more.
You can also opt to pay-per-rent for around £3.50 a title. Films have to be returned within 5 days and you can rent up to 6 titles in one go.
See the Blockbuster website for more information.
VHS goes digital
This is a gadget that your mother would like. All those old VHS videos she's got of you in your first school play/egg and spoon race/naked in wellies in the paddling pool (at the age of 25)? Well now she can convert them from analogue to digital using Plextor's ConvertX PX-M402U and keep them for all eternity. The ConvertX has support for a variety of MPEG video/audio compression standards, including MPEG-4. It will also convert to DivX in real time, so you can film and convert on the fly.
You can connect the box to a video source--such as an analogue or digital camcorder, DVD player, VCR, or television-- via a selection of AV connections, including RCA Composite Audio/Video Input, S-Video Input. Then it's just a case of burning the files to CD and DVD and you can enjoy your home videos in glorious digital.
Goodmans DVD/DTT combi
Er is it a DVD player, is it a digital terrestrial box? Well, actually it's both. Goodmans is the latest company to have gone combi crazy with a Freeview box wrapped up inside a DVD player (or is it the other way round).
Whatever, the GDB400DVD features an aerial loopthrough which allows simultaneous recording from Freeview to a separate VCR or DVD recorder while watching a DVD movie. The only minor disappointment is that the EPG for Freeview's 30 or so channels is only now and next (unlike the Digifusion model we wrote about the other day).
On the plus side, it is very cheap at £199. So if you know anyone who wants to watch digital movies and digital TV this Christmas it might be worth checking out. Goodmans www.goodmans.co.uk
Digital TV for £40
It also has the Goodmans GDB1 for a tenner or so more.
Sounds like excellent value...
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Dual Layer DVD - 16 hours on one disc
The DVD+RW Alliance, including Sony, Philips, Thomson and Yamaha, announced the launch of a dual layer DVD+R disc at the CEATEC show in Japan.
Demonstrated by Philips, the dual layer technology will allow you to record DVD quality video of up to four hours (16 hours in long play mode) on a single disc. PC DVD+R disc users will be able to enjoy increased storage capacity of up to 8.5 gigabytes on dual layer discs - that's up from 4.7 gigabytes on single layer discs.
Recordable media and products using the new dual layer technology are expected as early as 2004.
JVC debuts DVD recorder
The DR-M1 is also one of the first models on the market compatible with the PAL
Progressive format. PAL Progressive technology enhances picture definition, but only if you use a component input of the type found on most Plasma and LCD and some CRT TVs.
Its list of discs that it is compatible with includes DVD-Video discs, CD, CD-R/RW and Video CDs. It can also play back WMA and MP3 audio files, or JPEG digital still photos, stored on a CD-R or CD-RW disc.
Hard drive recorder for under £200
Watch out Sky! Korean company Humax - best known in mainland Europe for its satellite TV equipment - is gunning for the UK consumer electronics market with a raft of interesting new products, including a sub £200 Personal Video Recorder (PVR).
Available from October, the PVR-8000T will combine a Freeview (digital terrestrial) box with a 40Gb hard drive. Up to 20 hours of programmes can be recorded onto the drive but the Electronic Programme Guide - like the one for the similar, but more expensive, Pace Twin model - only offers now and next programming information at present. Also the model is a single tuner unit so it's not possible to record two programmes at the same time (Sky+ has this facility though it hasn't been switched on yet!)
However, Humax does plans a twin tuner model (the PVR-9000T) for the first quarter of 2004. This will have an 80Gb hard drive (twice the size of the current Sky+ hard drive) and a JPEG function for storing images from your digital camera. Other functions include Picture in Picture and single-stream scene search. The price of the product has yet to be confirmed.