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Crucial Releases RealSSD C300 Firmware (again)

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: May 20, 2010 7:44 pm

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After a brief stumble with the first release of the firmware 0002 that left a handful of users locked out of their drives Crucial is ready to give it another go. An hour ago we recieved word that the new update tool is ready for mass consumption so users can update their RealSSD C300 drives to the latest 0002 FW that has working TRIM.

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Moshi alarm clock is controlled by your voice

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Peripherals | Posted: May 20, 2010 7:00 pm

I have been through a bunch of alarm clocks over the last year or so reviewing different products. One of the things that I don't like about a lot of clocks is that the buttons aren't backlit so you can't really see them in a dark room.

 

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Moshi has a new alarm clock called the Voice Control Digital Clock Radio that you don't need buttons for, you can control it with your voice. The user can say "Hello Moshi" and then set the time by voice, get the clock to say the time aloud using your voice, or set the alarm by voice.

 

Even the snooze can be turned on by using your voice and the radio can be turned on too. The clock has a pair of stereo speakers and three presets each for AM and FM tuners. The FM tuner is digital and the clock can be purchased now for $69.99.

Logitech CEO on Google TV: "Watching TV will never be the same"

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: May 20, 2010 6:31 pm

Logitech is one of the key partners in the Google TV platform that is due out in the form of HDTVs and devices this fall.

 

Logitech's role in the platform is to provide a Google TV companion box as well as accessories to enrich the whole experience of this new and improved web TV from your couch. As Junien Labrousse, Executive VP Products of Logitech recently explained in a video just uploaded to YouTube (below), Logitech will not only provide a companion box that leverages the famous and popular Harmony Remote technology, but included in the package will be a controller that is said to be optimized for the Google TV experience that combines a compact keyboard, remote control and touch pad.

 

Read on for more and a couple of interesting videos.

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Lego Pac-Man arcade game plays all sorts of 80's games

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 20, 2010 6:08 pm

I was in elementary school in the 80's and we had Lego's in the room for playtime. We often built guns and cars with them and fought over the wheels and little men. The 80's were also the heyday for arcade gaming like Pac-Man.

 

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Some geeks at Big Ben Bricks have put two of my favorite things from the 80's into one device, and it actually works. The contraption is a video game cabinet that is made from Lego blocks and it actually plays 80's arcade games like Donkey Kong.

 

The cabinet has a Jamma 48-1 board inside letting it play all kinds of arcade classics like Space Invaders, Donkey Kong, and more. I doubt it would stand up to an irritated player bashing the buttons.

Google tell us about Google TV with a video, go figure

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: May 20, 2010 5:48 pm

Google continues its worldwide international takeover plan today with the introduction of Google TV.

 

Information is coming out thick and fast right now and everything is still developing - stick with us here. It's been mentioned in the past on and off, but today Google officially introduced it today at its I/O developer event.

 

In short, though, what is it? It's basically a platform that brings Internet to the TV. We have seen many try this before and heard about it before, but none really as big as Google have tried it or pulled it off to any grand level. You'll be able to buy HDTVs probably in the fall timeframe or buy standalone set-top-boxes with Google TV embedded. Read more for the video.

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Intel senior VP discusses Smart TV from Google I/O event

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: May 20, 2010 5:25 pm

Intel, Google, Sony, Logitech and others bringing Internet to the TV. Should YouTube be worried?

 

Today at Google I/O Intel showcased its upcoming Smart TV platform that uses special purpose built Intel silicon to allow developers to build so-called great applications and platforms to bring Internet to the TV. Google will especially be involved with its Google TV Ads program allows advertisers to place an advertisement on air for as little as 20 bucks.

 

Read on for the video.

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Sceptre launches new 24-inch LED HDTV

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Peripherals | Posted: May 20, 2010 5:06 pm

Sceptre has been peddling some nice and well priced LCD HDTVs for a while not. The company has announced a new set today that is ultra slim and sports LED backlighting for better image quality and less power consumption.

 

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The set has SRS TruSurround HD to process up to 6.1 channels of sound on a pair of stereo speakers. The contrast ratio for the set is dynamic 1,000,000:1 with a panel response time of 5ms. The screen aspect ratio is 16:9 and the resolution is 1080p.

 

The monitor is 0.69 inches at its thinnest point and 1.6-inches at its thickest point. Other features include dual HDMI ports, a USB port, and the screen can be used for a PC monitor with an adapter. The set will sell in retail stores and online for $399.

Steam for Mac boils with new games

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 20, 2010 4:02 pm

Steam has been around on the PC for a long time now. The service was both loved and hated by many, but the cool factor of being able to download new games was undeniable. Even if it took way longer to download than it would take to drive to the store and buy frequently.

 

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Steam has recently landed on the Mac and the service has new cross-platform multiple player titles. Steam is announcing that new cross platform titles that include Killing Floor, Altitude, and Madballs in Babo: Invasion.

 

In celebration, Steam is offering Mac gamers Killing Floor at 33% off for a limited time and Altitude is heading for a free weekend promotion with the game 50% off regular price. More Mac titles are set to hit Steam next week.

Cerevo Cam Live! camera debuts

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: | Posted: May 20, 2010 3:08 pm

Last year gadget fans in Japan could get their hands on the slick Cerevo Cam that lets you upload images or video from wherever you happen to be thanks to 3G and WiFi connectivity. The camera makes it easy to get video onto YouTube, but is only in Japan.

 

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A new camera that is similar has debuted called the Cerevo Cam Live. The camera is the first to support Ustream digital streaming capability. What that means is that the video from the device can be streamed live over the internet in 352 x 288 resolution.

 

If you happen to have smuggled one of the things out of Japan, you can get a future firmware update for free to add Ustream to existing cameras. The gadget also sports a 2.4-inch LCD and a microSD card slot. It's still a Japan only item selling for about $216.

Converse double-ended language app for iPhone now on app store

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: May 20, 2010 2:02 pm

Remember that funky new 'Converse' app for iPhones we first mentioned earlier this month? - The double-ended multilingual translator that helps two people of differing languages communicate easier on a single iPhone; a terrific partner when travelling abroad.

 

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At the time it was still in development, but on the home straight. And now that the final touches have been made, you can find it on the app store now for purchase.

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