Monday, April 11, 2011

Samsung More Generous with 3D Glasses

Active 3D glasses are quite expensive and this is possibly a major factor in that people to not seem to take an interest in 3D. Now Samsung intends to do something about it.

LG has opted for the cheapest alternative with its 3D screens by using the same kind of passive technology that cinemas use. This means that they can include two pairs of glasses for each 3D-capable TV, in addition to sell glasses for much less.

Samsung, which is going with active glasses instead, have decided to do a similar thing. First by lowering the price of the glasses to $50 (earlier models cost about three times as much).

But that's not all. From now on, they will send two pairs of glasses for every TV of the 2011 model, namely the new 7- and 8-series. Definitely a big step forward - now HDTV producers need only agree on a common standard for glasses and stop changing their technical platform at least once a year so ordinary consumers start to feel safe with 3D technology at home.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air iPod dock

Zeppelin has retained the Zeppelin body shape from its predecessor and the front sits a beautifully designed dock. Here you can connect almost any iPhone or iPod model you want, apart from the little Shuffle. The on-screen, we see not, and in knappvÃĪg is nothing more than a power button and volume control. The rear holds, among other things, a USB connector that lets you sync podcasts with iTunes when it stands in the dock, and a composite output to pull up the pictures and video on a TV.

Like its predecessor, offers Zeppelin Air a large, warm and dynamic sound that beats most of the competitors on their fingers. It may be worthwhile to tinker a bit with the placement for optimal bass response, but it pays well. The bass is surprisingly deep with substantial pressure, and the sound is remarkably clean and detail over the whole range. Add to that the speaker plays horribly loud without distortion so Zeppelin Air a great party speaker.

The big news with the Zeppelin Air is the built-in support for Apple's Airplay, which makes it possible to stream music wirelessly from a PC, Ipod Touch or Iphone. It requires of course that you connected the airship to a wireless network first, and this is where we find the one small shortcoming of the speaker. Since it has no screen, you can not connect to the network directly to the speaker, instead it must first be connected to a computer by means of cable.

On the other hand, it is certainly worth the effort to mess around with network settings. Then you can play your entire iTunes library in the speaker over the net, and if you have an iPhone or iPod Touch you can also use the Remote app to control the whole hog with the phone. It is also possible to stream Spotify in this way.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Atrix from Motorola - The Morphing Phone

Motorola released its Android flagship Atrix 4G at the CES Exhibit in Las Vegas this January.What makes the Atrix phone unique is not only that it is equipped with a dual core processor, common laptop memory and other powerful components beneath the chassis. Its most prominent attribute is that the smartphone also serves as a or less fullComputer.

The accessory is called Lapdock, and is a docking station for the smartphone with keyboard, mouse and monitor. For all intents and purposes it looks precisely like a netbook or other tiny laptop computer when in use. Just attach the cell phone to the back of the docking station and the computer comes to lifestyle.

When you hook up the Atrix, it instantly launches the Webtop app, which offers the users with a total notebook or desktop graphicas user interface similar to Mac computers.

As a consequence, you get a full-fledged pc that is capable of about the same things as small laptops. You can also enjoy videos and do other things you would count on from a normal mini laptop.The outcome is a totally operational laptop computer that allows complete Internet browsing by means of desktop FireFox 3.6 with Adobe Flash support and lets you perform other tasks that you could certainly not do on a normal smartphone.According to early reviews, pages download fast, and it is experienced by and large as utilizing a conventional mini notebook. The device is rather large - not drastically scaled-down than the average netbook or ultraportable. It weighs just a little more than 2lbs and is 1.4 cm thick. The display is 11" and the resolution is 1366x768. Its included battery will stay alive for between 8 and 10 hrs of use. There are also a couple of stereo speakers included plus two USB ports.

Its keyboard is backlit and looks like the ones you find on Sony Vaio laptops. It offers full size keys and an ergonomically accurate working environment for the Motorola Atrix Lapdock. Beneath the keyboard is a standard track pad to manage the mouse pointer on the screen. It has support for multi touch so you can scroll down websites by dragging two fingers across it. The Wetop user interface looks a whole lot like Mac OS X, with animated program icons at the bottom of the display.
It also offers normal application windows that you are used to from a normal computer. Another element is that even if the phone is docked on the back of the screen you can nevertheless use it by way of an application termed mobile view.
This is merely the screen on your phone but with complete accessibility to all options.

It must be rather evident that the Atrix and Lapdock cannot replace a full-featured laptop or desktop. While it is about the same dimension as a thin ultraportable it is not quite as powerful. On the other hand it's nonetheless an incredible idea that really exhibits the capabilities of the Motorola Atrix and the Linux-driven Android OS.

Hopefully the selling price will drop eventually, simply because it's such a great concept. It is a smart way to make use of the progressively powerful mobile phones with swiftl processors and plenty of memory.