Roku has just announced that it will support streaming HD videos coming from Amazon's VOD service. Roku was already streaming non-HD content from Amazon. At the moment, there are about 500 HD movies and TV shows that users can get from Amazon. Episodes of current TV shows will be available for purchase for $2.99; recently released movies will be available to rent for $3.99-$4.99. Roku is available for $99 from the company's web site.
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Microsoft recently presented its 2.4 inches square touch screen which they claim to be the smallest in the world. Instead of the touch controls being on top of the screen, obstructing the tiny view, the controls are located directly behind the display. The Nanotouch can also display your finger through the screen for increased accuracy. These tiny touch screens could be very useful for future portable gaming systems, smart phones and universal remotes.
Unlike common televisions that lose picture quality due to glare, this television has a 31 1/2″ active-matrix TFT screen with an anti-reflective window that provides indoor-quality viewing outdoors in shaded daylight. Capable of 1080i HD performance with a 1,500:1 contrast ratio, and is protected by a scratch-resistant, contrast-enhancing window. A dual-airflow system ensures the television stays cool, dry, and properly ventilated -even up to 122° F. Two eight-watt water-resistant speakers provide clear stereo sound. Includes a weather-resistant remote with rechargeable batteries, an articulating wall mount, and an outdoor dust cover. Available at Hammacher Schlemmer now.
Gizmodo has a side by side comparison of eight of the more popular iPod / iPhone docks. If your looking for a simple audio player in the $200 to $300 dollar range Gizmodo has broken down the pluses and minuses of each unit along with some general recommendations. Its a simple rundown that might help you narrow your choices and a great starting point.
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