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Blu-ray Declares Victory in Format War

Blu-ray Declares Victory in Format War
This is starting to sound like the early days of the war in Iraq… Apparently, while we were off living our lives, Blu-ray became the “overwhelming” victor in the high definition format wars. Here are some excerpts from today’s overly self-congratulatory press release from the Blu-ray Disc Association, titled Consumers Overwhelmingly Choose “Blu”: The Blu-ray Disc Association today declared its victory as the premiere high definition DVD format of choice… The success of Blu-ray Disc is unprecedented… consumers have voted with their wallets for the format that offers the widest array of hardware and content on the market. Apparently, the fact that Sony shipped over 1 million Playstation 3 consoles means victory in their minds.

Franklin International Translator Speaks 12 Languages

Franklin International Translator Speaks 12 Languages
If you travel a lot, you might want to check out the newly announced Franklin TGA-490 language translator that can actually speak in 12 different languages. The new portable translator not only translates over 450,000 words and 12,000 phrases, it contains recorded samples of speech to provide accurate pronunciation in all 12 languages.
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Ilive Virtual Surround Sound System With iPod Dock

Ilive Virtual Surround Sound System With iPod Dock
In the market for a complete home theater setup without a lot of clutter? The iLive iHTD8817DT DVD Virtual Surround Sound Speaker Bar (now that’s a mouthful,) is a complete home theater in one piece of hardware.

Jvc Everio 1080i HD Camcorder Coming Soon

Jvc Everio 1080i HD Camcorder Coming Soon
Coming this April, JVC’s new Everio GZ-HD7 camcorder is the first consumer video camera to feature full 1920x1080i resolution hard disk recording. The camera records up to 5 hours of 1080i MPEG2 content on its internal 60GB hard drive.

Sony 70-Inch Kdl-70xbr3: the $33,000 LCD Tv

Sony 70-Inch Kdl-70xbr3: the $33,000 LCD Tv
I’ve been a big fan of Sony’s BRAVIA LCD flat panel sets for quite some time. Now, so long as your bank account can take it, you can have the cream of the crop with their new 70-inch Bravia television, the KDL-70XBR3. So what makes this television so special, and why would you want to spend as much as a new car on it?

Sony Vaio TP1: the Round PC

Sony Vaio TP1: the Round PC
The Sony VAIO TP1 reinvents the wheel (literally,) by placing the latest in media center PCs in a case that’s shaped like a wheel. The TP1 features all of the requisite media PC bells and whistles, such as an HDMI port, a DVD burner, memory card slots and built-in Wi-Fi. The round PC comes loaded with Windows Vista Home Premium edition, and includes a nifty wireless keyboard so you can surf while being a couch potato.

LG Shows Off Bh100 HD DVD / Blu-ray Combo Player

LG Shows Off Bh100 HD DVD / Blu-ray Combo Player
A couple of days ago, we reported that LG was planning on releasing a disc player that can handle both Blu-ray and HD DVD formats. Details of the player were announced today, so here goes: The LG BH100 Super Multi Blue Player will handle both high definition disc formats, in full 1080p resolution, as well as offering DTS-HD audio support.

Wowwee’s New Robots: Robopanda and Roboquad

Wowwee’s New Robots: Robopanda and Roboquad
Wowwee, known best for their Robosapien and Roboraptor educational toy robots has revealed two new models they’ll be showing off at this week’s CES show. The two new models couldn’t be more different, with one being cute and cuddly, and the other ready to eat the cute and cuddly one. The $229 Robopanda is geared towards children will be able to interact with the world via a variety of touch, infrared and audio sensors.

Belkin Tunestudio: iPod Recording Studio

Belkin Tunestudio: iPod Recording Studio
Belkin has introduced a new gadget which should be a godsend for musicians on a budget. The Belkin TuneStudion is a four-channel mixing board which features a dock for 5G iPods. The system records directly from the mixing board into the iPod at CD-quality. Priced at just $179.99,

Tagz: Customizable LED Dog Tag Pendant

Tagz: Customizable LED Dog Tag Pendant
Tagz are programmable scrolling LED tags that hang from a pendant. You can program a message of your choice by pressing a couple of buttons on the back of the tag. I’m not sure if tagZ will be the next big trend with the kidZ, but they sure look cooler than the tacky glow stick necklaces that show up at the occasional rave.

Nintendo Ds Motion Sensor Card

Nintendo Ds Motion Sensor Card
With all of the cool control possibilities that the Nintendo Wii has opened us up to, it’s no wonder that someone has started to explore the possibilities with Nintendo’s other darling, the DS portable gaming system. The DS Motion Card plugs into the DS or DS Lite card slot and features a three-axis accelerometer and a one-axis gyroscope to send a player’s movements to the DS. At this point, there isn’t a way to use the card with off-the-shelf games, so you’ll need to mod your DS to play homebrew titles.

Axion Iptv Wireless Tv Details Announced

Axion Iptv Wireless Tv Details Announced
Electronics manufacturer Axion has announced the details of their new portable IP-based television, to be shown at next week’s CES show in Vegas. The Axion AXN-8017 iPTV will feature a 7-inch widescreen LCD, along with hardware that will stream your home television, cable, satellite, DVR or VCR programming (

Xbox 360 Hits 10 Million Sold, and One More Thing…

Xbox 360 Hits 10 Million Sold, and One More Thing…
In the same breath that Microsoft plans to announce that the Xbox 360 has surpassed 10.4 million units sold, they also will reveal that the 360 might just be the living room trojan horse that many thought the system might turn out to be when first announced.

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Like Us? Nominate Us for the Bloggie Awards!
Nominations for the Seventh Annual Weblog Awards (aka “Bloggies”) are now open to the public. If you like Technabob, please consider submitting a nomination for us here. The Weblog Awards is a non-profit project that was created back in 2001 to recognize the best in blogging.

Vizio 60-Inch Vm60p Plasma Under $3k

Vizio 60-Inch Vm60p Plasma Under $3k
Hot on the heels of the launch of Vizio’s sub-$2k 47-inch LCD, they’ve announced a huge new 60-inch plasma set that will retail for just $2999. Scheduled to hit store shelves in February, the Vizio VM60P will feature a 60-inch diagonal panel running at WXGA resolution (1366×768).

Updated Xbox 360 Details Surface

Updated Xbox 360 Details Surface
For a while, there’s been talk about an updated Xbox 360 in the works that is to feature a smaller, cooler running 65nm CPU. Now it looks like the new version of the game console may include additional features. Engadget managed to get their hands on an image that purports to be a new Xbox 360 case with a built-in HDMI port for true 1080p digital output.
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