December 2008 Archives

Dec 18, 2008

3D vision with the Orb

Posted by in Video and TV, Weird Gadgets
Orb

Unlike like the 3D televisions being tested by Sky, the Orb doesn’t require you to put on funny looking glasses to view in 3D. Ok so the Orb is not anything like a television and the resolution is not great but anything that could take your finger off if you poked it gets my vote. […]


Dec 17, 2008

Panasonic DMP-BD35 Blu-Ray DVD review

Posted by in Blu-Ray player, Gadgets, Panasonic, Video and TV
Panasonic DMP-BD35 Blu-Ray player review

The Panasonic DMP-BD35 Blu-Ray player that I’m reviewing here has the perfect combination that you want from a gadget – fantastic features combined with huge discounts despite the fact it was only released back in October 2008! So you get a fantastic, award-winning gadget at a fantastic price – bonus! Of course, it’s only really […]


Dec 17, 2008

Try the Tria Wireless Vinyl Sound System

Posted by in Coming Soon, Prototypes
TRIA wireless vinyl sound system

Wireless vinyl – now there are two words I never thought I’d see together! The gorgeous looking sound system you see here could have come straight from the pages of an old 1970s B&O catalogue on how the music systems of the future (i.e. 1995!) might look. It’s called the TRIA, and it’s an oddly […]


Dec 15, 2008

Samsung's interface from hell

Posted by in MP3 Players, Portable Gadgets, Samsung

This weekend I had the unhappy misfortune of using Samsung’s YP-U4 mp3 player; code named Litmus due to its colour graduation. First looks were good: it


Dec 14, 2008

Philips announces new Streamiums on show at CES 2009

Posted by in Audio, CES 2009, Events, Wireless Stereo Systems
Philips Streamium NP2900 music streamer

Philips will be showing off a huge range of gadgets at next year’s CES 2009 show in early January, but it can’t seem to wait until then to tell us all about what will be on offer. So it’s released details of some lovely new wireless Hi-Fis and iPod docks that it’ll be launching in […]


Dec 12, 2008

Sony to release touchscreen Walkman at CES 2009

Posted by in Coming Soon, Rumours
Sony Touchscreen Walkman at CES 2009

Sony is rumoured to be launching a new touchscreen Wi-Fi-equipped Walkman at CES 2009 in the New Year. The new Walkman will be designed to take on the iPod Touch, and will feature a 3″ OLED touchscreen display with enhanced colours. It’ll also feature Wi-Fi for browsing the Web, watching YouTube videos, and downloading MP3s […]


Dec 12, 2008

Addonics brings DIY NAS to the masses

Posted by in Gadgets, Network Attached Storage
Addonics NAS adaptor

NAS is a complicated-sounding acronym, but for media enthusiasts, it’s a must. A NAS is a Network Attached Storage device, or a gigantic hard disk connected to your network onto which you can dump terrabytes of music and video files (and anything else you’d care to add). Most dedicated NAS devices are not cheap, though. […]


Dec 12, 2008

Netgear launches new Digital Entertainer Elite media streamer

Posted by in Manufacturer, Media Receiver, Netgear, Video and TV
Netgear Digital Entertainer Elite media streamer

Media streamers, devices that stream your media from one device onto another (usually your HDTV), have been around for some time, but somehow they never exactly caught on. All manner of companies have tried building them, including LinkSys, NetGear, and more recently, Microsoft with its XBox 360 and even Apple with its Apple TV. None […]


Dec 11, 2008

Nokia and TuneBite inadvertently combine to provide DRM-free music

Posted by in Miscellaneous, Music Services, News
Nokia comes with music mobile phone

In the battle for mobile music downloads, Nokia scored a bit of a hit during the summer with its appallingly-named “Comes with Music” download subscription service. Designed to take on Apple’s iTunes, Nokia’s music store equivalent seemed to have the edge, in that its Comes with Music phones can download tunes directly over the air […]


Dec 11, 2008

Blu Ray explained the Blu Peter way

Posted by in News

Konnie Huq explains Blu-ray | CNET.co.uk I’m a big fan of ex-Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq, and I’m also quite fond of Blu Ray, too. Luckily for me, someone at CNet obviously shares my interests, as they’ve just released a video of Konnie explaining the delights of Blu-Ray to a sceptical audience. According to Konnie, […]