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In the next of our hands-on reviews, we take a look (get it?) at the Moverio BT-100 transparent multimedia glasses from Epson.

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With transparent lenses, you’re able to enjoy big-screen entertainment in private while still being able to see your surroundings.

With transparent lenses and Wi-Fi connectivity, you can update your social network accounts, catch up on the latest news and watch videos online while still being able to see your surroundings.

With the Android 2.2 platform and 4GB SD memory card, you can choose from a whole host of content, such as MPEG 4 and H.264 videos, to watch wherever you want.

You can experience big-screen images that are equivalent to a 320-inch display viewed from 20 metres away. They also deliver a QHD display resolution, equal to a quarter of Full HD.

Specifications

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What’s in the Box?

Headset (with light shielding shade and nose pad installed), controller, carry case, AC adapter, USB cable, 4 GB Micro SDHC card, Monaural earphone x2, additional nose pad x2, glasses rim hold x2, computer cable, remote control and batteries, bundled software, password protect sticker, user manual, registration card.

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Toshiba also announced a new multimedia hard drive offering – the STOR.E TV 2.

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Storage capacity: 500GB/1TB / 1.5TB / 2TB
Interfaces: 1 x USB 2.0, 3 in 1 card reader (SD /SDHC, MMC, MemoryStick)
Analogue output: Composite video and stereo audio out (3x RCA)
Digital output: 1x HDMI connector, coaxial S/PDIF output (1x RCA). Support of Full HD with1920 x 1080p
On-screen menu with an easy to use graphical user interface
Remote control
Dimensions: 235mm x 195mm x 50mm
Audio files: MP3 / WMA / WAV / AAC / OGG / FLAC / Dolby Digital / DTS
Video: MPEG-1 (DAT / MPG) / MPEG-2 (AVI / MPG / VOB / MOV / MKV / M2TS) / MPEG-4 (AVI / MKV / MOV / MP4) / VC-1 (WMV / MKV / M2TS) / H.264 (AVI / MKV / MOV / MP4 / M2TS / FLV) RM / RMVB
Subtitles: SSA / SMI / SRT / SUB / IDX+SUB / TXT
Photo: JPEG / BMP / TIFF / GIF (static display only)

Today, Toshiba Europe GmbH presents the new STOR.E TV 2. The HD multimedia storage drive has a storage capacity of up to 2 Terabytes1 and a broad range of connectivity options supporting most video, photo and music file formats. STOR.E TV 2 comes in an elegant design with rounded edges. The easy-to-use multimedia hard drive will be available in matt black and matt white from fourth quarter 2011 in Europe.

STOR.E TV 2 stores all media files in one place
STOR.E TV 2 can store all media files in one place and allows everyone to enjoy photos, videos and music in the comfort of the living room by simply connecting the device to a TV. The multimedia storage device even plays music whilst displaying a photo slideshow on the TV screen. When a camcorder is connected via USB to STOR.E TV 2, content can be streamed from the camcorder directly to the TV without the need for an additional computer.

Ensuring great picture and sound quality
STOR.E TV 2 features digital technologies and interfaces such as HDMI™, H.264 and the surround sound audio codecs Dolby® Digital and dts™ 2.0+Digital Out to ensure great picture and sound quality.

Graphical user interface for intuitive operation
The new intuitive graphical user interface, operated by remote control, makes navigation easy. The user simply browses the folders in the on-screen menu on the TV screen to locate a file and play the depending on local availability and configuration footage. Content can be neatly organised by creating playlists, media folders and slideshows.

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Sony have just announced a new 24” all-in-one 3D touchscreen multimedia PC called the Vaio L.

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  • Slim, space-saving all-in-one PC with large multi-touch 3D screen
  • 24” Full HD VAIO Display Plus with LED backlight brings entertainment to life in 3D
  • Convert 2D movies and videos to 3D at the touch of a button
  • First all-in-one PC with 3D HDMI® input to enjoy 3D PlayStation®3 games
  • Create 3D artworks with easy-to-use Family Paint 3D software

Now the whole family can watch and create thrilling 3D content with the new VAIO L Series 3D multimedia PC from Sony.

 

Slip on the supplied pair of rechargeable active shutter glasses – the same as used with latest BRAVIA® 3D TV models – and let VAIO immerse you in a fast-growing world of 3D movies, games, videos and panoramic photos.

 

With its slim, space-saving looks, the VAIO L Series 3D makes an elegant addition to any living space. Its stunning design is accented by a 24” Full HD VAIO Display Plus screen with LED backlight. This super-sized display brings all your movies, photos, music and games vividly to life with superb clarity and contrast, whether you’re watching in 2D or 3D.

 

Explore your media collection using the generously sized multi-touch LCD screen. Scroll through files, flick between web pages, zoom and rotate images with intuitive fingertip gestures. The screen is framed by a touch sensitive ‘Edge Access’ bezel that gives mouse-free access to key functions. The bezel also houses an embedded 3D transmitter; just slip on your active shutter glasses and enjoy the show in 3D, with no extra hardware needed.

 

The new VAIO L Series 3D offers more ways to enjoy your favourite entertainment. ‘Native’ supported 3D content includes movies on Blu-ray Disc™, games and videos. You can also enjoy 3D panoramic still images captured with Cyber-shot™ digital cameras and α DSLR digital cameras by Sony. There’s also a dedicated button on the bezel that instantly converts 2D content like Blu-ray Disc movies to simulated 3D at a single touch.

 

With the latest generation of speedy Intel® Core™ processors inside, this all-in-one VAIO provides the power you need to manage today’s media collections. The latest graphics by NVIDIA® ensure an even more satisfying HD video experience with the new generation of PC games designed for multi-core processors.

 

Depending on configuration, the integrated Blu-ray Disc writer lets you create, edit and store Full HD content with up to 50GB of storage on a single Blu-ray Disc. And whether you’re playing games or watching HD movies in 3D, S-Force Front Surround 3D complements your HD entertainment experience with powerful, ultra-realistic audio.

 

The integrated HD web camera powered by ‘Exmor’ technology delivers a crisp, clear High Definition image. It’s ideal for more realistic, satisfying web chats and video calls.

 

Touching the handily placed WEB button gets you powered up and online in seconds. There’s also an ASSIST button that launches VAIO Care software, troubleshooting problems and keeping your VAIO in top condition.

 

An HDMI® output connects the VAIO L Series 3D to any HD Ready television to watch video, photos, graphics and games on your TV screen. It’s also the first all-in-one PC with a 3D HDMI input, allowing this VAIO to display 3D video from a connected PlayStation®3. You’ll enjoy a superb view of PlayStation®3 games and other connected HD sources – even when the PC’s not booted up.

 

The VAIO L Series 3D adds yet another new dimension to your 3D world. It’s easy to create colourful 3D artworks with supplied Family Paint 3D software. Select from a choice of backgrounds and build your masterpiece on the large touchscreen with a wide range of sketch, paint, stamp and text tools. Adjust the depth of up to five separate picture layer, and enjoy the spectacular results in 3D. It’s a great way for all the family to have fun making their own 3D content.

 

The all-in-one 24” VAIO L Series 3D multimedia PC by Sony is available in the UK from retailers including Sony Centres, John Lewis and PC World, from October 2011.

 

 


Model

VAIO VPCL21S1E/B

Processor

(Future) platform with 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ processor

OS

Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64bit

Memory

8GB DDR3 SDRAM (1333MHz)

HDD

1TB Serial ATA

Screen

61cm (24.0”) VAIO Display Plus (Full HD 1920×1080) multi-touch plus “Edge Access”

Graphics

NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 540M with 1GB VRAM

Optical drive

Blu-ray Disc™ Drive with DVD SuperMulti

Others

WLAN 802.11b/g/n; Bluetooth® Ver 3.0 + HS; Hi-Speed USB 2.0 (x3), SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (x2); HDMI® Output (x1); HDMI® Input (x1); HD Web Camera powered by “Exmor”; S-Force Front Surround 3D; Dolby Home Theater® technology; Internal stereo speakers 5.5W+5.5W; DISPLAY OFF button, ASSIST button, WEB button, VAIO button; wireless keyboard and laser wireless mouse

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Today RIM ave released v.1.0.7 of their BlackBerry Tablet OS, bringing with it updates for BlackBerry Bridge, Multimedia and Languages.

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Here is what BlackBerry said:

BlackBerry Tablet OS v1.0.7 Update: BlackBerry Bridge, Multimedia and Language updates

Michael here to tell you about the latest updates available for your BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet. BlackBerry® Tablet OS v1.0.7 is available today and introduces a variety of new features and enhancements – keep reading to find out what’s new in this latest update!

Improved connectivity & productivity with the BlackBerry Bridge application

· Enhanced Support for Saving Attachments – The BlackBerry® Bridge™ app offers you more flexibility around where and how you save attachments for viewing and editing. You can now save an attachment to a removable SD card, or to your BlackBerry smartphone’s internal flash memory.

· ZIP Attachment Support – The BlackBerry Bridge app now gives you access to ZIP files received as an email attachment. While bridged, you can now download a zip file from an email to your smartphone SD card and then extract compressed contents for viewing or editing on your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.

Additional Multimedia Features

· Portrait Support in Pictures App – With BlackBerry Tablet OS v1.0.7, pictures that you’ve taken with your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet or transferred from your PC can now be viewed in either portrait or landscape formats for the layout that best fits your needs.

· Pinch to Zoom in Video App – Use the pinch gesture to zoom in on the finer details of your favorite video content, just like you would with a website or picture today – all while the video continues to play.

Additional Language Support

With BlackBerry Tablet OS v1.0.7, we have also added support for the following 15 languages:

1. Basque

2. Catalan

3. Czech

4. Danish

5. Galician

6. Hungarian

7. Bahasa Indonesia

8. Norwegian

9. Polish

10. Portuguese Brazilian

11. Portuguese European

12. Swedish

13. Turkish

14. Romanian

15. Russian

How to update to BlackBerry Tablet OS v1.0.7

Best of all, these updates are free and can be downloaded over-the-air from your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. Users who purchase and activate a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet on or after Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 will be automatically updated to v1.0.7 as part of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet setup process. Existing BlackBerry PlayBook tablet users will be presented with a software update notification on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet status ribbon, or they can check for the software update at any time in the Settings Menu under Software Updates.

Remember to also update the BlackBerry Bridge application on your BlackBerry smartphone.

Hot on the heels of yesterdays announcement about the Xtreamer Ultra, today brings news of the new Xtreamer Prodigy HTPC.

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Here is some information on the new Xtreamer Prodigy:

The Xtreamer Prodigy is a next generation Realtek based media streamer with USB 3.0, Card Reader, 256Mb RAM and  512 Mb NAND flash memory, HDMI, an integral IR remote control and room for internal 3.”5 HDD. Just like 2010 models it will provide vivid and crisp playback of FULL HD multimedia files and open to you the wonderful world of Internet entertainment.

The Xtreamer Prodigy devices incorporate state-of- the-art technology, commonly used in high-end computing and consumer electronic solutions.

The highly-refined manufacturing process, timeless engineering and careful quality control have resulted again in a product that works out of the box yet embrace the highest long-term aesthetic and commercial value.

We hope anyone seek a very capable yet portable media player will find the Xtreamer Prodigy! to be a rewarding experience and a worthy investment both as FULL HD streamer as well as a vehicle to his favorite web sites and services on TV.

While we intend to continue work hand in hand with our vibrant community members, the xtreamer prodigy will retain compatibility to the Xtreamer Live, Xtreamer Jukebox and Xtreamer VOD projects which will serve your devices online content for various sources.

In multinational, cross platform global operation coordinated with its development partners the xtreamer will attempt to take advantage of the resulting opportunity by positioning itself as a valid alternative to any other multi media player in its price tag in the market.

It will also support a whole range of applications:

Prodigy apps

No news yet on how much it will be, but that will be confirmed next week at the launch. More information when we get it and you can bet we will be getting one for review very soon.

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Here’s a little video to get you interested:

Here we take a look at unboxing the new Synology USB Station 2 device.

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We first mentioned the Synology USB Station 2 earlier this month.

Here is how Synology describe the USB Station 2:

USB Station 2 is designed to provide a cost-effective solution for USB storage sharing, multimedia center, and print server for home and small workgroup. The operating system, Synology DiskStation Manager 3.0, delivers rich features for multimedia enjoyments, Internet file sharing, budget print server, and energy-saving options.

What’s in the Box?

The box itself is very small, and light – at first you think there is nothing it it, it really is that light.

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The USB Station 2 is in the box, along with a power supply, cable, manual and CD.

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A Closer Look at the USB Station 2

As you can see from the pictures below, there is a power connection, a LAN connector and 2 USB ports – and that’s it for the back.

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The front just has 3 lights – power, LAN, and USB.

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Look out for the UWHS hands-on review shortly, and until then you can find out more from the Synology website.

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Over the last week or so we have shown you the unboxing of the RevoView and some of the screenshots, now it is time for the full hands on review of this HD device.

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This little device first made an appearance at the IFA 2010 show a few weeks ago.

Here is what Acer had to say about it:

Acer Aspire RevoView: the best TV companion

2010-09-03 – Berlin

More and more users want to be able to share their ever growing digital libraries with family and friends on their big screen TVs. Sadly, photos, movies videos or music lay scattered on different devices – computers, USB drives, portable music players, smartphones, digital cameras or camcorders – and sending them from one device to enjoy on another one is not always simple.

The new Aspire RevoView is an HD DLNA certified media player that can playback media content from all DLNA certified devices that helps you share and enjoy your digital media. Featuring network capability and Full HD 1080p playback, it makes watching digital content on a high-definition TV easy and intuitive. There is no need of complex devices settings, burning DVDs or connecting a computer to the TV: Aspire RevoView connects directly to your TV via an HDMI port, plus it seamlessly integrates with your surround speaker system for an immersive entertainment experience.

Four easy steps are all you need to enjoy digital content on your TV with the Acer Aspire RevoView:
1. Save your created or downloaded content to an USB storage device or memory card
2. Plug USB device into the Aspire RevoView or insert memory card in the slot
3. Connect the Aspire RevoView to your TV
4. You are ready to enjoy your HD content on TV!

It can get even easier than that. The Aspire RevoView can be equipped with an internal  swappable 3.5” HDD for seamless media exchange. The HDD tray can be shared with the 2010 Aspire M Series desktop PCs, allowing you to easily share and enjoy your downloaded or created content. The RevoView really bridges the gap between the computer and entertainment world.

An Ethernet port provides direct access to the Internet allowing you to watch online videos via YouTube or enjoy your or your friends Flickr or Picasa photo slide-shows in the comfort of your living room.

There’s no end to the fun thanks to the extensive digital media support: the Aspire RevoView makes it easy for everyone to store, play and share their media with no concern for compatibility.

A user friendly interface brings together all available media, permitting to effortlessly navigate through music, video and photo collections. Content can be displayed by folder, list or thumbnails and it can be sorted either alphabetically or by date. Plus, you can playback content from USB connected mass storage and memory cards as well as optical disks.

For seamless operation, the Aspire RevoView comes with an handy 26 keys remote control permitting to easily work media playback functions from afar and to swiftly navigate through the user friendly media center. What’s more, main functions, such as videos, photos and music are quickly accessible through dedicated hotkeys.

Aspire RevoView can also be used as an USB external hard drive where you can store your growing digital libraries and can be used as a back-up drive.
A fully featured media player, Aspire RevoView combines high storage capacity, a compact design and seamless playback functionalities.

Specifications

On the side of the RevoView are two USB 2.0 ports (one of the wireless USB dongle if you want to use it and one for an external drive, again, if you want to use one). The blue thing is a power light (you can turn it off if you want – more on that later).

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The rear of the RevoView contains the power connector, an HDMI port, an Ethernet port, a mini USB port, optical audio output and component connections.

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On the front of the RevoView is a flap that when opened houses the hard drive tray. There is also a multi-card reader that supports SD/MMC/XD/MS/MS Pro memory cards.

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If you open the front flap you can see a hard drive tray. You can click the orange tab and remove the drive tray (in the exactly the same way that Acer handle the drives in their Windows Home Servers). The included drive is a 1TB Western Digital Green Drive. More on this later.

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Diehard asked to see a size comparison so here is the RevoView next to my Apple iPhone 4. As you can see, its quite small!

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