While real-world performance is still excellent, there is one important distinction this year, and it's a fairly sinister one. Buy this Blu-ray player and you will be subject to advertising over and above what is already in your media, including undefeatable video ads when browsing for new apps. While most people are used to seeing ads on cable and in free apps, this is one … Read more
We can't all have a personal trainer standing over us at all times reminding us to stay hydrated during exercise. If the BluFit smart water bottle reaches its Indiegogo funding goal, then we might all have an app-powered hydration expert keeping us full of water.
The BluFit consists of an LED-equipped water bottle and an app for Android and iOS devices that support Bluetooth LE (also known as Bluetooth Smart). The hardware is built into the glass bottle's lid. There is a water sensor, USB port, rechargeable battery, and speaker.… Read more
A physical media standard for next-generation 4K video now looks closer than ever.
A German optical disc replication equipment maker by the name of Singulus Technologies has announced details on a new machine, the Bluline III, capable of manufacturing triple-layer Blu-ray discs that can store up to 100GB.
"The triple-layer Blu-ray discs with 100GB storage capacity, is the preferred playback medium for the new 4K technology" reads the Singulus release.
The current Blu-ray disc standard used by most home video releases supports capacities up to 50GB.
The announcement of machines capable of delivering higher-capacity pressed discs comes prior … Read more
To get started, you'll need to be a subscriber or you'll need to create an account with Redbox using your credit card for access (just like Netflix); the good news is you get a one-month free trial to see if you want to stay on board.
Once you're set up, the home screen for the Redbox Instant app is laid out a lot like Netflix'… Read more
It's hard to zero in on an affordable yet satisfying unlocked Android smartphone. Other than the $299 LG Nexus 4 or pricey $569.99 Sony Xperia Z, there aren't a lot of viable options, at least in the U.S. market.
Enter the $229 Life Play from Miami-based handset maker Blu Products. Not only does it flaunt a sexy ultrathin design, it boasts Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and takes snappy pictures. It's a valiant attempt but unfortunately its faults, namely a sluggish CPU and a cramped allotment of internal storage, make it tough to recommend. Sure, … Read more
After a week pockmarked with unfortunately timed sellouts, I want to send you into your weekend with enough deals to make your wallet beg for mercy.
1. The cheapest Blu-ray player ever. We've been rewatching "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy around these parts, and I just upgraded from the DVDs I'd purchased years ago to the Blu-ray editions. No. Contest. If you want the best picture and sound, by a mile, there's still nothing better.
For a limited time, and while supplies last, Newegg has the refurbished Magnavox MBP5320 Blu-ray player with Wi-Fi for $19.99 shipped. … Read more
If you've done any research into TVs, Blu-ray players, or Blu-ray in general, you've likely seen the alphanumeric 1080p24 (or 1080p/24).
Understanding what it is, and keeping a lookout for products that can take advantage of it, can result in smoother, more natural-looking movie and TV show playback. I'm not talking about the artificially hypersmooth look of the Soap Opera Effect, but instead the correct cadence of motion at which the film or TV show was shot.
All the judder reducing -- and causing -- awesomeness after the jump.… Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Weird Al Yankovic says next album will be his last.
- Australian scientists uncover "God's bathtub."
- These Blu-ray discs will last 1,000 years.
- You guys, Xanga is about to shut down unless we give them $60k.
Hang onto your wallets, cheeps, because I've got five -- count 'em, five -- deals lined up for your Friday.
Why the glut? Same as always: I found lots of really good items and couldn't decide which one to spotlight. Check 'em out:
1. One big TV. When it comes to bang for your TV buck, I think Vizio leads the pack. Especially when Vizio resellers serve up deals like this one: Dell Home has the Vizio E552VLE 55-inch smart LCD HDTV for $649.99 shipped (plus sales tax in some states). Although CNET had some nits to pick … Read more