Pandora Enabled Radio

The Livio Radio is the first Wi-Fi radio specifically designed around the Pandora streaming music service , offering "thumbs up" and "thumbs down" buttons on the front panel and the remote. The Livio can connect to the Pandora service through either the integrated Wi-Fi or the Ethernet port around back. In addition to Pandora, the Livio Radio also features the ability to tune into more than 11,000 standard Internet radio stations. The back of the radio has a line in and stereo out for integration with whatever other audio equipment you have. The Livio Radio sells for $150 and is currently available in the United States at their web site .

Sanyo Laser Projector

Sanyo has announced a new super-short focus projector powered by a laser. The projector has a brightness of 7000 lumens, most consumers projectors are 1000-2000 lumens bright, which should be enough to provide a good image, even in a lit room and is capable of giving you a 100" image at just 63cm away from the screen, and a 150" image at 94cm away from the screen. No word yet on pricing or availability.

Tivo Compatible Hard Drives

If you own a TiVo HD, a TiVo Series3 DVR or a Scientific Atlanta DVR with a eSATA port in the back you can add a whole lot of extra recording space by using one of Western Digital's new My DVR Expander portable hard drives. Once it's plugged into the eSATA port on your TiVo DVR, the expander will be "married" to your DVR, instantly adding 60 ( 500gb model ) or 120 ( 1tb model ) additional hours of HD recording space.

Sub $500 AspireRevo HTPC Previewed

Gizmodo got its hands on one of Acer's AspireRevo and tested its video playback as well as its ability to handle 3d gaming. Although Acer hasn't announced an official price they have said that it will be well under $500. According to the Gizmodo's tests what you get for under $500 dollars is, a system capable of playing Blu-ray movie with an average video bitrate of 28 megabits per second, peaking around 36 through a HDMI output with full 7.1 HD audio. Revo also ran the game Spore, albeit at 1024x768, smoothly and Google Earth ran at a usable pace. Programs without GPU acceleration didn't perform any better than any other Intel Atom system, meaning Flash based video sites like HD Hulu or Youtube HD didnt run so well.

AspireRevo 1080p DirectX 10 Mini Computer

Acer officially announced its 7.1" x 7.1" x 1.2" AspireRevo. The mini computer boasts a 1.6GHz Intel Atom 230 processor, up to 4GB of RAM, up to 250GB of HDD space or SSD, a 4-in-1 card reader, HDMI / VGA outputs, gigabit ethernet, six USB 2.0 sockets, audio in / out, and Windows Vista Home Premium / Basic. The system also has a 9400M intergrated GPU and is capable of handling 1080p, Blu-ray decoding, DirectX 10 and even mildly demanding 3d gaming. The AspireRevo is designed to be attached to the back of any TV display or LCD with a VESA attachment.

Review Of Netgear Digital Entertainer Elite

MyDigitalEntertainer's managed to get an early unit of Netgear's EVA9150 Digital Entertainer Elite and has provided ample unboxing pictures and some hands-on impressions . According to the review, the unit has improved a lot compared to previous models from Netgear and offers 802.11n support with three internal dual-band antennas, Flickr account integration, a well-functioning YouTube application, significantly faster processor for speedy menus and smooth streaming, vastly enhanced video codec and format support including the much-desired MKV, vastly enhanced audio file format support, upconversion to HD through the HDMI output, built-in hard drive can store media and buffer over the network for jitter-free playback, and addition weather and PC access features.

Share Any USB Storage Over The Net For $99

Just connect Pogoplug to your home network and attach any external drive or memory stick and you can upload/download/view files from any location. Pogoplug works from a Web browser interface and you can share individual items on your drives to anyone else using their email as a unique login. The iPhone app allows streaming of MP3 files, viewing JPG files, and opening PDF/Doc files over Wi-Fi or 3G. Available from their web site for $99 dollars with no monthly fees.

From Home Technology's Past's Future?

Every week dozens of home technology products are released and every week dozens more are announced but never see the light of day. The web site Dark Roasted Blend has a gallery of early prototype technology that is always great to look at.

Nvidia's ION Based Mini HTPCs Are Coming

In an official press release released yesterday Nvidia now says that the first batch of "incredibly small and affordable PCs" will be coming in Q2. One of the first will be Acer's Hornet , a $149-$299 tiny Vista box capable of gaming and 1080p video playback over HDMI. The ION platform combines a Intel Atom CPU with the graphics power of a 9400M allowing a complete media experience in a form factor as small as the palm of your hand.

Samsung's LED HDTVs Priced

Samsung has revealed the availability and pricing or their Series 8000, 7000 and 6000 LED HDTVs. The new portfolio of LED HDTVs use edge-mounted LEDs as their primary light source rather than traditional Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamps (CCFL). By using LEDs, the entire line is highlighted by superior contrast ratios and color detail, ultra-thin and wall-friendly depths and substantial decreases in energy consumption. Businesswire has all the details including the pricing for the various sizes and models.

Anterus RFID Solution for Home Systems Doug Hall - AMX

AMX® launched Anterus™ - the world's first Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) solution designed specifically for use with integrated control systems. Anterus is a new product family that extends the capabilities and features of AMX control and automation systems, allowing users in any commercial or residential environment to locate, track and secure any device, or trigger automated events.

Baby Boomers Embracing Consumer Technology

For the past two years, Accenture has been conducting in-depth research about the usage patterns of various types of consumer technology products and services among U.S. consumers. The data below represents research completed in the winter of 2008/2009 and provides direct comparisons with last winter's 2007/2008 research data. The goal was to determine if there had been any changes in usage between Baby Boomers + (age 45 and older) and Generation Y (ages 18 to 24). The research uncovered several interesting trends:

Content Insider #117 - Mobile Contact Options

"Victory? Victory you say? Master Obi-Wan, not victory. The shroud of the dark side has fallen." - Yoda, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) You can forgive the news reporter who mistook President Obama's Shaka wave for a sign to call him during the inauguration. The connected candidate -- who took communications to a whole new level -- would have expected a text message or email…not a call. Doubt if his new phone number is in the phone book anyway!

Content Insider #118 - Game Entrapment Hard Core Gamers Taking a Back Seat

"Believe me, I was prepared for everything - except you." - Mac (Sean Connery), Entrapment (1999), 20th Century-Fox It came as a rude shock to our son…he was no longer one of the most sought after people on the planet - the hardcore gamer. It dawned on him after watching his sister and Mom play their Wii musical instruments, exercise with the system and do a little Dancing With the Stars. While he and his comrades were busy shootin 'em up, bustin 'em up; the gaming industry had discovered there was a brave new market existed beyond teens…beyond boys! Figure 1 - Surprise - Hard core gamers have lost their "most sought after" position for video game system and software producers. Without a lot of fanfare the developers/manufacturers have found that there is a huge general and casual gamer market out there…young/old, male/female.

Don't Panic - There's A Room For You!

Where do you go when there's nowhere else to go? To your very own panic room of course! AVD Australia, Sydney-based advanced home automation specialists recently undertook the design and engineering of a highly secure "panic room" in a large residential home in NSW.

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