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People Going Splat, One Really Large Cat, and Plasma Bongs—Because It’s Friday (NSFW) [Video]

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Roll that spliff phatly, pack some fresh ice into the binger, and set the Volcano to “toastify.” It’s time for tonight’s Stoner Channel. We’ve collected our best high-times material for the discerning pothead so sit back, relax, and pass that shit on the left, yo. More »


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Spark Linux tablet specs updated, going up for pre-order next week

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

We already got a brief introduction to the Spark Linux-based tablet, but details were a little sparse. Since then, a few more key bits of info have been added to its Q&A page, which might help sway your purchasing decision. That KDE Plasma Active UI we knew it’d be sporting will stare out at you via a modest 800 x 480 screen, and there’s a 1.3 megapixel snapper tucked in alongside for video calling. The 1GHz / 512 MB internals we initially reported remain unchanged and the two USB ports and 3.5mm audio jack we saw in the pre-release picture above also get the official seal. There’s talk of GPS making it into the next iteration, but for now you’ll have to find your own way. The main news, however, is that pre-orders are pegged for next week, and shipping set for May. The initial focus is on Europe, but plans for it to arrive in US retailers are apparently underway. If that’s suitably tickled your fancy, head on over the break and tap the source for more info.

Spark Linux tablet specs updated, going up for pre-order next week originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 05 Feb 2012 05:29:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sharp resurrects Elite line of LED LCD TVs, pricing starts at $6,000

Thursday, August 4th, 2011


Remember Pioneer’s Kuro brand of HDTVs? The high-end plasma line became the benchmark for the home theater market, leaving a rather large void in the hearts of the HD obsessive after it kicked the bucket two years ago. Now, Sharp is bringing back some of the technology used in that line, while leaving the Kuro name to rest in peace. The Elite branding will remain, however, with the new line of LED LCD TVs. Available in 60-inch and 70-inch flavors, the new Elites will only be available through high-end retailers, and will be priced at $6,000 and $8,500, respectively. The Pro-60X5FD will ship in the US next week, and the Pro-70X5FD will hit stores later this month. Among the sets’ features, Sharp promises excellent contrast ratios, high color fidelity, and low black levels, thanks to zone-based local dimming. The TVs also include Sharp’s quad-pixel technology, complementing the typical RGB pixel arrangement with a fourth, yellow sub-pixel. This sounds similar to the company’s Quattron technology, though Sharp doesn’t appear to be using that name with its new Elite line. There’s also 3D functionality, and Internet connectivity, with pre-loaded Netflix, Vudu, and social media apps. The TVs also include Elite Advantage Live, for real-time remote technical support. We’re at the company’s event in New York City, so stay tuned for more details and a full hands-on later this morning.

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Sharp resurrects Elite line of LED LCD TVs, pricing starts at $6,000 originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 04 Aug 2011 09:40:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Microsoft manager teams up with teens to build a fusion reactor in his garage (video)

Friday, May 27th, 2011
Fusion Reactor

Normally, if a grown man talks about building a fusion reactor and wants your 13-year-old to hang out in his garage, we’d expect you to smile, back away slowly, and perhaps alert the authorities. But, if that man is Microsoft program manager Carl Greninger there’s no need to run. The science fanatic recruited a team of teens, as young as 13, and worked with them to build a Farnsworth-Hirsch Fusor — a (comparatively) simple nuclear reactor that smashes together atoms and produces neutrons. Check out the nearly 20-min video after the break to watch a bunch of high school kids generate ball of ionized plasma. And to think, all that’s in your garage is that ’65 Mustang you swear you’re gonna restore one day.

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Microsoft manager teams up with teens to build a fusion reactor in his garage (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 28 May 2011 02:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Bang & Olufsen’s 85-inch 3DTV comes to North America for $1,000 per inch

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Because the current lineup of 3D capable HDTVs just aren’t exclusive enough, Bang & Olufsen has expanded its lineup with the BeoVision 4-85 plasma which will be available to North American buyers next month for a mere $85,000. While we prefer to save our riches for for even rarer sets like Panasonic’s 152-incher, the BeoVision system does include the triangular BeoLab 10 center channel speaker and a motorized stand that lowers it when you’re not watching. Either way, we won’t tell you how to spend your (presumably ill-gotten) ducats beyond pointing out the specs in the press release below, but those interested in staying one step ahead of the Joneses should remember a refreshed version of the 103-inch edition with 3D will be available this summer as well.

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Bang & Olufsen’s 85-inch 3DTV comes to North America for $1,000 per inch originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 12 May 2011 12:24:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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The Best 3DTV: Samsung UN55C7000 vs Panasonic TC-P50VT20 [Reviews]

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Panasonic’s First 3DTV (Viera TH-P54VT) Priced at $5,900 [3dTv]

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

At CES, we determined that if you insist on buying a 3DTV this year, Panasonic should be on the very short list. Now, the company has priced a 3DTV for the first time—$5,900 when converted from yen.

Though Panasonic announced that they’d be selling 3D plasmas in the US starting this year, they’d never spoken of price until a recent press conference in Japan where they stated that their 54-inch, 3D-capable Viera TH-P54VT will run the equivalent of $5,900.

That’s a lot of money. However, the TH-P54VT won’t be the cheapest model available from Panasonic this year, as Panasonic promised 3D models as small as 50-inches.

CrunchGear
notes that Panasonic seems to be pricing 3D as an $800 upsell over their premium 2D plasmas, though from piecing together prices, even that estimate may have been a bit conservative.

In truth, there’s no way 99% of the population will drop $5k on any TV when you can finally score a decent quality, 46-inch LCD or plasma for under a grand. If Panasonic wants glasses-based 3D to take off, they need to price the tech to sell. [Panasonic via CrunchGear]


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Next Week’s Best Buy TV Sales Are Surprisingly Good (Again) [Dealzmodo]

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

Gary at HD Guru once again snagged next week’s Best Buy TV circular early, and just like last time, the deals are surprisingly good. Here’s a sample, check out his site for the full list and price comparisons:

• Samsung PN50B550 50″ 1080p plasma $979.99
• Toshiba 46XV645U 46″ 1080p 120 Hz LCD Best Buy $999.98 with Free Toshiba BDX2000 Blu-ray player bundle
• Sony KDL-40XBR9 40″ 1080p 240 Hz LCD Best Buy $1244.97 with Free Sony BDPS360 Blu-ray player and HTSS360 5.1 Home Theater in a Box system
• Sony KDL-46XBR9 46″ 1080p 240 Hz LCD Best Buy $1704.97 with Free Sony BDPS360 Blu-ray player and HTSS360 5.1 Home Theater in a Box system
• Samsung PN42B450 42″ 720p Plasma $624.99 Best Buy

Not too bad. Not too bad at all. [HD Guru]



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Walmart to rival Best Buy’s Geek Squad with own in-home install crew

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

We’ve never truly been at ease with that Geek Squad crowd. Something about “the people” they hang with and “the places” they hang at just worries us, so we’re pretty thrilled to see another mega-corp stepping in to take the place of the now-deceased Circuit City FireDog crew. Starting sometime before the holiday season, Wally World will be partnering with N.E.W. Customer Service Companies in order to offer in-home installation to customers buying anything from a wireless router to a HTIB. The service plans will be sold on prepaid cards ranging from $99 to $399 in value, and each install includes a “preliminary consultation and a tutorial after installation is completed.” Granted, it may be a bit tough to get the dude looking to spend $5 on a new plasma to spring for such a service, but hey, it’s not like competition is a bad thing.

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Walmart to rival Best Buy’s Geek Squad with own in-home install crew originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 25 Oct 2009 19:07:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Hitachi exhibits 10-inch glasses-free 3D display

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Hitachi‘s face-recognizing, power-saving plasma may have been the outfit’s show-stopper at CEATEC, but this little bugger here showed some pretty fantastic potential as well. The 10-inch 3D display, more formally known as the Full Parallax 3D TV, one-upped most every other 3D display at the show thanks to its ability to showcase dimensions sans any glasses. Unfortunately, the native resolution is just 640 x 480, and yes, it really is just 10-inches in size. In due time, the outfit hopes to scale up to screen sizes that may actually be appealing to end users by utilizing multiple projectors (each of which with a 800 x 600 resolution), though a 4K x 2K 3D display (of the glasses-free variety) is still probably a couple of trade shows out. At least.

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Hitachi exhibits 10-inch glasses-free 3D display originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 16 Oct 2009 20:19:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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