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TECHNOLOGY

SoundLink, the too-expensive, yet pretty OK looking wireless music system by the “too expensive, yet pretty OK looking” consumer electronics people over at Bose, has gone from rumor to reality as of today. Expect to pay $599.90 for the whole McGillicuddy or — if you’ve already bought into the Bose Wave thing — pick up that SoundLink upgrade kit featuring a USB Bluetooth dongle for a mere $149.95. (Engadget10/22)

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Amazon has just made their new Kindle for PC available for pre-order online, a move that turns almost any PC in the entire world into a fully-fledged ereader. The software comes on the heels of all of the big Win7 announcements today evens up the playing fields when it comes to PC-based ereaders. (Crunchgear10/22)

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TECHNOLOGY by Marauder
March 16, 2009, 5:14 PM
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TECHNOLOGY

Gizmodo followed up on iLounge and BBGadgets‘ finds this weekend about rumors that the iPod Shuffle has an authentication chip in its headphone controller in order to work with the new control scheme. It does. (http://i.gizmodo.com/5170797/confirmed-ipod-shuffle-earbuds-need-authentication-chip-to-function 3/16)

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Poken is a tiny USB key with an embedded RFID reader/transmitter. When you press a little button on the dongle and place it next to another Poken it passes all of your pertinent information to between Pokens – Pokenii? You then plug the Poken into a laptop and connect to your online manager and you can then “add” that person to your contact list. (http://www.crunchgear.com/2009/03/15/poken-tiny-rfid-thingies-that-share-all-your-personal-data-with-others/ 3/15)

I want one…BAD.

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Comcast and Sony on Tuesday are expected to open a retail store in Philadelphia to showcase their cutting-edge products. The 3,400-square-foot retail outlet will be called Sony StyleComcast Labs, and it will be located in the new Comcast Center office building. The New York Times/The Associated Press (3/15)

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TECHNOLOGY by Marauder

TECHNOLOGY

Silicon Valley-based ZillionTV says it believes it can support a free on-demand service by relying on highly targeted interactive advertising to provide programming to HDTVs through a Web-based set-top box. ZillionTV, which said it had reached content deals with five TV and movie studios, will also look to telecoms, cable companies and other ISPs as distribution outlets for its technology. BusinessWeek (3/4) , Multichannel News (3/4) , Reuters (3/4)

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Sony and Amazon.com are leading the charge in the market for e-book readers, a market that some analysts say they believe will continue to grow. Naysayers do exist and question the ability of the devices to reach the mainstream consumer. TWICE (3/4)

Sharp is offering the AQUOS DH77 series full HD LCD TVs, which, according to the company, use less energy when the green eco-button is pushed on the TV remote. The sets in this line feature 50,000:1 contrast ratio, three HDMI inputs, a USB port and Sharp’s “Natural Clear Panel.” Pocket-lint.co.uk (3/4)

Leon Speakers has designed the v114i and v115i speakers with the capability to be either in-wall mains or timbre-matched rear channels. The v114i comes equipped with standard, audiophile-grade or Peerless HDS woofers, while the v115i features either European or audiophile-grade woofers. CEPro.com (3/4)

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TECHNOLOGY by Marauder

TECHNOLOGY

Sony on Jan. 29 could report an annual operating loss of $1.1 billion, according to these reports. The Japanese company has struggled because of the combination of the sluggish global economy, stockpiling inventories and the more expensive yen. If the loss actually occurs, it would be the firm’s first in 14 years. ClipSyndicate/Bloomberg (1/13) , Reuters (1/13)

Monster Cable and computer heavyweight HP have joined forces to develop a line of high-speed cables that can connect all the advanced devices found in today’s tricked-out homes. The line includes cables for DisplayPort, HDMI, Ethernet, USB, FireWire and DVI monitors, as well as Monster’s energy-saving GreenPower line of power centers. Dealerscope (1/12)

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TECHNOLOGY by Marauder
December 2, 2008, 8:55 PM
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TECHNOLOGY

Laptop Cop, which lets you remotely control your computer and delete files if it is stolen, now has a geo-location feature based on WiFi-hotspot triangulation technology from Skyhook Wireless. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/12/02/lojack-for-your-laptop 12/2)

As one of my favorite characters on The Wire once said, “You come at the king, you best not miss” or was it “You come at the king, you best not steal my sh*t”?  Either way, don’t mess with the best.  Or the minute you power up and connect to Wi-Fi in your local Starbucks, I’ll be there. . . .  I’ve got a new profession interest: Laptop tracker.

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With the price of its Blu-ray players now a shade below $300, Sony is expecting the nascent video format to take off this holiday season. But just in case consumer uptake is slow, the electronics giant also has started its own movie-download service to take on online content providers such as Netflix and Vudu. Broadcasting & Cable (12/1)

SageTV has upgraded its HD100 HD extender with the HD200 or HD Theater system. The new device, which retails for about $200, allows customers to choose from among several user interfaces, has front- and rear-panel USB ports and supports a number of AV formats. Electronista (12/1)

Rumors that began surfacing in April about Nokia’s developing its own laptop computer got a second wind recently when an influential analyst said it was not a case of if the company would do so … but when. In a research note, UBS analyst Maynard Um predicted that Nokia could come out with a branded laptop by the third quarter of next year. cellular-news (U.K.) (12/1)

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TECHNOLOGY

LG has introduced the LG80, the latest LCD TV in the company’s Scarlet series. The TV features 1080p full HD resolution, a 30,000:1 contrast ratio, a USB 2.0 port and audio speakers that slide out when the TV is turned on for a 3.1-channel virtual surround sound system. Pocket-lint.co.uk (10/13)

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GAMING

Sci Fi is developing a multiplayer online game that will be tied to a TV series in which players and viewers will be able to partially influence story lines and character development. “This is the Holy Grail for us, without a doubt,” said Sci Fi president Dave Howe, referring to the as-yet-untitled project set to launch in 2010. “This is groundbreaking.” (Financial Times 6/3, Los Angeles Times 6/2)

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