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Monthly Archives: April 2009

Epson Announces New Ensemble HD Home Theater Kits


By Shane McGlaun

I really like home theater gear and have wanted a projector set up in my living room for a long time. The thought of a massive image in HD resolution for watching the UFC and playing games makes me giddy. The problem is that getting all the gear together to set up a projection system can be a pain and it’s expensive.

Epson has announced new Ensemble HD home theater kits using the latest 1080p HD projectors from Epson. The new Ensemble kits include the firm’s 3LCD 1080p front projectors, motorized 100-inch screen, integrated surround sound, AV controller with built-in DVD player, universal remote, and the components needed for installation.

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Hulu Romps into Top 3 Video Sites


By Shane McGlaun

Hulu is my favorite video site thanks to the hoards of old TV shows that are available for free. YouTube is Ok, but I prefer the decently made content at Hulu to the stuff that is often poorly made at YouTube. YouTube is still the most successful video site online, but Hulu is moving up.

ComScore has released the video site numbers for March. According to the company, YouTube led in online videos viewed generating 99% of the 5.9 billion videos view on Google properties. Second place for the month went to Fox Interactive Media with 437 million videos viewed.

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MetroPCS Customers Get New Samsung Tint Handset


By Shane McGlaun

Most of us own a cell phone today and we can all agree that one of the worst parts about mobile phone service is that we are tied to contracts. With a contract, the mobile provider has you by the kiwis even if their network sucks, assuming you don’t want to pay the early termination fee.

The dislike of contracts has been a good thing for the variety of no-contract pay-as-you go providers like MetroPCS. MetroPCS is one of the few no contract providers that gets a number of new handsets. The latest new handset for the network is the Samsung Tint.

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B&H Selling A Rare Used Canon 1200mm f/5.6 Super Telephoto Lens For Just $120,000

Canon Super Telephoto 1200mm f/5.6 EF USM Autofocus Lens (Images courtesy B&H)
By Andrew Liszewski

Sure, $120,000 might seem like a little much to spend on a lens, particularly a used one, but there’s some important backstory for this lens that you need to be aware of before you do your morning spit-take. Here’s an excerpt from the B&H newsletter:

The Canon 1200/5.6L USM (priced at $120,000… and if you live out of state we don’t need to charge you tax!) has been built on a special-order basis since 1993, and the ‘official word’ is there are “more than twelve, less than twenty” of them in existence. With a price tag equivalent to a pair of his-and-her sports coupes, they were produced at the rate of about 2-per-year and a delivery time of about 18 months. National Geographic magazine, Sports Illustrated, Canon Professional Services, and a few well-heeled enthusiasts are counted among the fortunate few who own these unique optics.

The lens contains 13 elements in 10 groups, stops down to f32 and has a minimum focus distance of 45.9 feet. You’ll of course need a tripod if you hope to use the behemoth, since it weighs 36 pounds and is about 33 inches long. To make things even more fun, the lens’ reinforced aluminum case is actually heavier than the lens itself, so you’ll want to set aside a few extra bucks for a wheeled cart if you plan to take it anywhere. And if you’re curious what kind of shots you can get with this thing, head on over to B&H’s site where they’ve posted a few amazing samples.

Thanks Sam!

[ B&H – Canon Super Telephoto 1200mm f/5.6 EF USM Autofocus Lens ]

GameGrip Arrives To Bulk Up Your Sleek iPhone

Trinity iPhone GameGrip (Images courtesy Trinity)
By Andrew Liszewski

Though there are some surprisingly entertaining games in the App Store, I’m still not convinced the iPhone or iPod Touch will replace my DS or even my trusty GameBoy. And while something like the GameGrip does make it easier to play action-intense games that rely on the device’s motion sensors, it completely negates the portability factor. On the plus side though, the bright blue silicon grips are sweat-proof and can be pulled off allowing you to tuck away the charging cable and still use a set of headphones. Nice design and all, but I just can’t see this being worth the $51 that Trinity wants for it.

[ Trinity GameGrip ] VIA [ TOKYOMANGO ]

Luminex Fiber Optic Bedsheets To Keep You Up All Night

Luminex Bed Cover (Image courtesy LumiGram)
By Andrew Liszewski

If you never actually use your bed for sleeping, you might want to consider switching your standard bed sheets for these luminous bed covers made from a patented material called Luminex. The fiber optics glow along the entire length of the fibers creating a “dazzling” luminous effect, and even though they need to be plugged in to light up, the bed cover doesn’t get warm, there’s no risk of electrical shock and they’re even hand washable. And a single 63 x 78.8 inch cover will set you back a mere $660.

[ LumiGram – Bed Cover ] VIA [ 7Gadgets ]

USB Card Reader And Flashlight Is More Useful Than You Might Think


By Evan Ackerman

A combination USB card reader and flashlight might not seem like the most straightforward thing in the world to rationalize, but that’s just because you’re not trying hard enough. I mean, what happens when World War 3 comes and you take some incredible pictures of Belgians storming the White House that the press would pay a fortune for and could turn the tide of the war by stimulating international sympathy if you could only upload them to the internet but if you turn any lights on you’ll be arrested because there’s a curfew and the Belgian spies are everywhere so it would be perfect if you had a little flashlight with which to find your memory card that you accidentally dropped while hiding from your neighbor who you thought was a member of the Belgian secret police coming to arrest you although it seems he only wanted to borrow an oven mitt but it doesn’t really matter because even if you had a flashlight to find the memory card you don’t have a memory card reader just a USB port on your camera but all the USB cables were confiscated by the resistance to make garrote wires and makeshift crossbow strings which are proving to be horribly ineffective against the hordes of Belgian robots since they don’t even have necks?

What happens then, huh?

But since you don’t have a combination flashlight and memory card reader, you have to turn the lights on and look for a crossbow that you can take apart to get at the USB cable but before you can get it to work the Belgian secret police break down your door and charge you with anti-Belgian activities and put you on a ship and send you to a labor camp in Antarctica where you freeze to death as Belgium takes over the planet because the rest of the world has no idea what’s going on since nobody was able to publish any pictures of them attacking the White House.

See? If you don’t buy this, you run the risk of having the world overrun with Belgians.* Do you really want that on your conscience? Well? Do you? How’s THAT for rationalization?

The USB Rechargeable Flashlight with Card Reader has 3 LEDs, a 40 mAh integrated battery, recharges when plugged into a USB port, reads SDHC and MMC cards, and costs $12 from (surprise surprise) Brando.

[ Brando ] VIA [ Ubergizmo ]

*Just for the record, OhGizmo! likes Belgium. A lot. Really, we do. They make good chocolate and that’s where Tintin comes from. They just seem like the sort of chaps who might be able to take over the world if they put their minds to it, you know?

Dead Rising 2 Multiplayer Is Confirmed

Dead Rising 2

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There has been a bit of controversy surrounding the state of multiplayer action in Dead Rising 2. First there’s no mention of it, then a rep from mental mill (the middleware developer for the title) let it slip that it was indeed in the game. Shortly thereafter another mental mill rep tells us that the last guy misspoke. All of this over multiplayer? Sheesh. Not sure why it was such a huge secret, but Capcom development head Keiji Inafune finally confirmed once and for all that there will be online multiplayer. Now was that so hard?

In other related Dead Rising 2 news, there’s an awesome new trailer for the game. Left 4 Dead is a great zombie game, but you don’t get to strap two chainsaws to a stick or wear a moose head. I can’t wait. Check out the trailer after the jump.

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44GB Of Bandwidth Per Week Is “Abusive” According To Time Warner Cable

By Chris Scott Barr

I’d hoped that I was done writing about Time Warner Cable for a little while. Unfortunately it seems that they are already back up to their same old antics, only this time they’re being a little more sneaky about it. At least before they were up-front and honest about their decision to screw their customers. When too many people raised a stink about it, they backed off, or at least they pretended to.

One TWC customer in Austin hopped on his computer to do a little surfing only to find that his internet connection was down. A quick call to the ISP revealed that his service had been intentionally disconnected due to excessive bandwidth use. Apparently this guy had the audacity to use 44GB in a week’s time on his unlimited internet plan. What a jerk.

The next logical step was for the guy to ask just how much bandwidth was “acceptable” so that he didn’t get his service shut off again. The lovely rep at Time Warner couldn’t give him any exact numbers, but said that it would be somewhere between a quarter and half of the bandwidth he was currently using.

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