By Sean CaptainPosted 03.07.2008 at 10:30 am 2 Comments
Sure, they are pricey energy hogs, but dang, those Pioneer Kuro plasma TVs are stunning. Crisp pictures, gorgeous colors and sky-high contrast ratios that make the movie characters practically jump off the screen.
So it was with great alarm and sadness that we got the news that Pioneer still stop making those incredible panels. By my reckoning, it will be at least another three years of eating nothing but beans and rice until I can afford to buy one of the sets, and I suppose they may all be sold out by then.
If the government truly wants everyone to be able to watch digital television, why won't it help people who need it to buy an antenna?
By Doug CantorPosted 02.26.2008 at 5:02 pm 2 Comments
Sean Captains extensive guide last week to next year's nationwide digital TV conversion featured some interesting comments from the vice president of Centris, a company that recently published a study suggesting the upcoming switchover to digital-only television broadcasts may leave millions of people across the country without a TV signal. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration is offering people who have an analog TV a $40 coupon to put toward a converter box. Unfortunately, Centris VP Barry E. Goodstadt says, in certain pockets of the country, using a converter box still wont give you a signal if you dont have a powerful-enough antenna.
Broadcasters expect to be ready, but your old faithful antenna might not be. Here's what you can do to avoid sitting in the dark next year
By Sean CaptainPosted 02.20.2008 at 5:59 pm 7 Comments
An article in last weeks New York Times must have struck terror into the hearts of readers whose old tube televisions sport rabbit-ear antennas. The punchline: Many of them will be staring at a black screen after next years transition from analog to digital television broadcasts—even if they purchased a government-subsidized converter box. And broadcasters are to blame.
The real story, though, is more complicated and harder to predict. So what will happen to your television on February 18, 2009?
Fembots were a pop-culture staple long before Austin Powers battled them-witness the popularity of The Bionic Woman, The Stepford Wives and Blade Runner. But what is it about curvaceous cyborgs that stirs the imagination?
Transparent OLEDs could turn your living-room window into a high-def TV
By Elizabeth SvobodaPosted 03.13.2006 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
Sleek, wall-mounted plasma screens might seem like viewing nirvana now, but what if a picture window could double as a flat-screen TV? Or what if your car´s GPS system could be displayed on your windshield? Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany have invented a transparent OLED (organic light-emitting diode) that will allow just that, transforming any clear surface into a see-through display.
With one simple add-on card, you can turn your laptop into a digital video recorder.
By Mike HaneyPosted 03.03.2006 at 2:00 am 2 Comments
Make a Laptop DVR Cost: $110 Time: 30 minutes Easy | | | | | Hard
How It Works:
Use the CD to install on your laptop the software and drivers for the Instant TV card. Restart, and plug in the card.
Connect to a video source (cable box or jack, TiVo) using either the S-video plugs or composite (red, white and yellow) plugs.
Open the Ulead InstaMedia software (the CD will also install a program called Instant TV, but it's clunky). Select "Settings." Choose your connection type, then choose the recording quality you want (a medium setting is fine for laptop playback).
Sit back and watch TV. Hit "Timer Record" or use titantv.com to schedule a recording.
The latest TVs handle all the multimedia your living room has to offer
By Michael MyserPosted 07.21.2005 at 1:00 pm 0 Comments
First there were big screens. Then big flat screens. Now there are big flat screens packed with tricks, like the ability to record TV or access your home network. It’s all part of the push to minimize the number of decor-busting black boxes while maximizing entertainment choices—movies, slideshows, your music collection. Here are five reasons to chuck your TV in favor of a multitalented model.
1. The Laptop Impersonator This 2.7-inch-thin flat screen takes its cue from the computer world, with two PC-card slots to handle its latest features.
GPS is indespensable, but reception is spotty indoors and in urban areas. A new system that uses digital television signals should clear the way for anytime, anywhere positioning
By Jason DaleyPosted 06.26.2005 at 1:00 pm 0 Comments
Today’s Global Positioning System is great for tracking tanks in the desert, but turn on your Garmin in New York City or inside virtually any building, and you’ll be staring at satellite static—GPS doesn’t perform well indoors or in urban canyons. Now a new technology is poised to pick up where GPS satellite signals cut out.
Developed by Rosum Corporation in Redwood City, California, TV-GPS, as the system is known, triangulates positions using television signals that are 2,000 times as strong as GPS satellite transmissions.