Posts Tagged ‘HDMI’
Dumb TV? Smart It Up With Favi’s Smart-Stick
Last Updated on Tuesday, 2 October 2012 03:09 Written by Laddie13 Tuesday, 2 October 2012 03:09
If you don’t have a smart tv but would like one Favi is here to help. Introducing the Favi smart-stick that plugs into an open HDMI port on your tv that will convert any HDTV into an Android-powered Smart tv. The device will launch at the end of October and come in two models, a 4 GB model that costs $49 and an 8GB that will cost $79. The Smart stick is USB powered and if your tv doesn’t have a USB device perhaps you can borrow one from your Xbox or other devices that do.
Similar to streaming media players like Roku the Favi Smart-stick offers the ability to access online services and apps like Netflix, Hulu, Twitter, Facebook and Pandora to name just a few. One thing that gives Favi’s Smart-Stick an edge over many of today’s streaming media players is the fact it also includes a full web browser. However unless you are comfortable navigating the web by a remote you might want to consider getting the $40 wireless mini keyboard with touchpad that Favi plans on releasing to make browsing easier. The included DLNA-based media app allows you to stream content from a PC.
Favi is currently taking pre-orders at their website and the Smart-stick will also be available from retailers like Amazon, Newegg and BestBuy. Read more: Dumb TV? Smart It Up With Favi’s Smart-Stick
My Life In 3D
Last Updated on Friday, 6 July 2012 06:49 Written by Laddie13 Friday, 6 July 2012 07:00
Last year I was in the market for a new tv and since I like being the cool kid on the block who gets all the new things first, I went 3D. Unfortunately it has been difficult and expensive procuring things to watch. My cable provider Time Warner offers a few things in 3D as well as pay per view selections but they always cost more and a Blu-ray 3D DVD will usually cost $35 to $40. Another appealing aspect to home 3D for me was my love of gaming , at least I don’t have to pay more for 3D capable games. Which is not to say all games are great in 3D, I think to some games it was just added as an afterthought.
I understand that some people literally get sick from watching 3D and others are reluctant to spend the extra money for 3D enabled sets since it’s yet to prove itself as the future of home viewing. There’s also the glasses that some people are reluctant to wear not to mention it’s an added cost since they are sold separately. But still I love 3D, the immersion in what you are watching is stunning when it’s done right. My 3D adoption didn’t end with the tv either. I bought Nintendo’s 3DS and this past holiday season I got the Playstation 24″ 3D gaming monitor. I guess I’m pretty hardcore when it comes to 3D!
I’ve recently discovered that HBO On-Demand offers a few 3D selections, sure they are mostly kids movies but at least this gives me hope that it’s gaining acceptance. When it comes to the gaming community kudos to Sony for embracing it full on. Many titles for the PS3 are offered in 3D including a few of their HD reboots of titles such as the God Of War Origins Collection and ICO/Shadow Of The Colossus as well as new blockbusters like Uncharted 3 and Resistance 3. Gaming in 3D is something that takes some getting used to especially when it comes to shooters. The added depth is at first hard to adjust for when aiming but once I played for a while it became easier. Super Stardust HD has probably been one of the best 3D game experiences I’ve had as it seems the game was built with 3D from the start. Uncharted 3 is pretty impressive in 3D as well but gaming seems to strain the eyes slightly more than viewing movies does, I recommend taking breaks to give your eyes a rest. Read more: My Life In 3D
I’m Geeky And I Know It
Last Updated on Friday, 13 April 2012 02:14 Written by Laddie13 Friday, 13 April 2012 09:00
When I was little I didn’t realize I was a geek, I was a happy little girl who was just naturally attracted to geeky things. It was when I got to school that it became blatantly obvious I should have preferred Disney movies and dolls to Star Wars and video games. I don’t think girls named Laddie are destined for normalcy anyway so I’ve just always embraced my geekiness. Besides, I’m an uber-geek, there’s no hiding it.
Not to sound sexist but I feel it’s tougher being a geek girl than it is for our male counterparts. It was thought that the Harry Potter books would not be as widely accepted by a female writer so publishers asked Joanne Rowling to use initials instead. The books as you all know were published under the non gender specific name, J.K Rowling. Those books went on to become a massive franchise, spawning movies, video games and millions of devoted fans. Recently I had a conversation with a non geek about my home theater I put together. In short I was telling him I have a 3DTV, a 7.1 surround sound receiver and all components are hooked up by HDMI cables. His reply was “wow, you actually know what a HDMI cable is”. Read more: I’m Geeky And I Know It
Samsung Stepping Up With Dual-Core A9
Last Updated on Friday, 30 September 2011 06:30 Written by Nick McD Saturday, 1 October 2011 07:00
Not to be left behind in the portable device arena with the glut of dual-core ARM processors that are taking over smartphones and tablets, Samsung has announced their own next generation Cortex-A9 dual-core processor, the Exynos, which will reach the market in the fourth quarter of this year. With their own strong competition against nVidia‘s Tegra and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon in the single-core platform, Exynos likely will keep Samsung products quite competitive while allowing them to use as many in-house parts as possible in their design.
The Samsung Exynos 4212 chip will be a processing monster (in relative terms), offering 25% better processing, 50% better 3D rendering, and a 30% power requirement reduction over Samsung’s prior dual-core design, and will likely be the chip of choice in upcoming Samsung handsets and tablets. Press release after the break… Read more: Samsung Stepping Up With Dual-Core A9