• Bug Labs pricing

    Too tired to do anything but copy and paste here, folks. Bug Labs has a lot to announce today (yesterday), starting with the topic that gets the most questions: pricing. But, it is important to take a moment to introduce a new concept in pricing for consumer electronics devices: the Early Adopter Discount. Just as it sounds, the BUG Early Adopter Discount is going take a shift away from… Read More

  • Philips Fleshes Out Blu-ray Player Line


    Product Name: Philips BDP7200
    Description: Philips’ latest Blu-ray disc player is the company’s first to incorporate BonusView and BD-Java, which gives you access to some fancy schmancy movie features and interactivity. The rest of the specs include 1080p upscaling and picture in picture.
    Price: $349
    In-store date: April 2008
    Site: http://www.philips.com
    Why it’s cool… Read More

  • Philips Simplifies Home Theater


    Product Name: Philips HTS6100 and 6515D
    Description: These two new home theater systems try to help you minimize clutter in your living room. The HTS6100 is a soundbar-style speaker with a built-in DVD player, iPod dock, and USB input as well as a separate subwoofer. (It’s a cheaper and smaller version of the company’s HTS8100.) The HTS6515D is a home theater in a box, with a… Read More

  • CES 2008: Samsung Series 6, Series 7 LCDs, now with red trim

    [photopress:LN40A750T_LN46A750T_LN52A750T_LN65A750T.jpg,full,center] Product Name: Samsung Series 6 and Series 7 LCD HDTVs
    Description: Samsung’s latest LCD HDTVs, now with red trim
    Price: TBA
    In-store date: March 2008
    Site: Samsung LCD HDTVs
    Why it’s cool: Because Samsung usually makes pretty OK LCDs. I have one. My father has one. These new TVs eschew with the blue trim and now… Read More

  • Dr. Dre Backs Monster's Beats Headphones


    Product Name: Monster Beats Headphones
    Description: Monster proves that as long as you put their company name on it, you can charge as much as you want. They teamed up with Dr. Dre and Interscope records to create a shockingly expensive set of headphones with a “unique and avant-garde look,” according to the release. (Judge for yourself above….) In typically overblown… Read More

  • CES 2008: Samsung Series 4, Series 5 plasmas now do 3D

    [photopress:PN42A450P_PN50A450P__3.jpg,full,center] Product Name: Samsung Series 4 and Series 5 plasma HDTVs
    Description: Plasma HDTVs with 3D technology
    Price: TBA
    In-store date: March 2008
    Site: Samsung plasma HDTVs
    Why it’s cool: The Series 5 is 1080p, which is not uncool, and both Series make use of Samsung 3D technology. Literally, you put on a special pair of glasses and… Read More

  • Philips Pimps New GoGear PMPs


    Product Name: Philips GoGear PMPs
    Description: Like a cop giving out tickets at the end of the month, Philips is definitely trying to fill some kind of quota…. The company released just about every variation of portable media player you can think of here at CES. Settle in, I’ll try to be brief. GoGear SA3025/3045: 2GB or 4GB of flash, 1.5-inch screen, 11fps video playback… Read More

  • CES 2008: Samsung's French Door Refrigerator has 29 cubic feet of space

    [photopress:French_Door_Refrigerator__1.jpg,full,center] Product Name: Samsung French Door Refrigerator (!)
    Description: A refrigerator with 29 cubic feet of space. That’s a lot!
    Price: TBA
    In-store date: May 2008
    Site: Samsung home appliances
    Why it’s cool: Well, gee, I don’t know, because everyone needs a refrigerator to keep their food cool and prevent spoilage. Plus… Read More

  • Samsung's cavalcade of digital cameras

    Samsung just dropped a ton of digital cameras and here they all are. The S-series includes two entry-level models, the 7.2-megapixel S760 and 8.1-megapixel S860. Both feature a 3x optical zoom, Samsung SDH lens and Digital Image Stabilization as well as face detection and self portrait mode. Also featured is a special effects button, “E”, that lets you resize, rotate, adjust… Read More

  • CES 2008: Samsung BD-UP5500 combo Blu-ray+HD DVD player adds Blu-ray Bonus View compatibility

    [photopress:BD_UP5500__1.jpg,full,center] Product Name: Samsung BD-UP5500
    Description: A combination Blu-ray+HD DVD player that fully works with both formats
    Price: TBA
    In-store date: Second-half 2008
    Site: Samsung Blu-ray
    Why it’s cool: Because it plays both high-def disc formats, hopefully leading to less confusion on the consumer’s part. It’s fully compatible with the… Read More

  • CES 2008: Samsung launches new upconverting wireless home theater systems

    Product Name: Samsung HT-Z series home theater systems
    Description: 2.1, 4.1, and 5.1 sourround sound home theater-in-a-box systems with wireless speakers and 1080p upconversion
    Price: N/A
    In-store date: May 2008
    Site: Samsung home theater systems
    Why it’s cool: I’m a fan of upconverting technology. At first I thought it was snake oil, but then I saw it in action and was impressed. Read More

  • CES 2008: Samsung Blue Wave updates P2's, T10's firmware

    [photopress:P2_black_on_cloth.jpg,full,center] Product Name: Samsung Blue Wave
    Description: Software program to update firmware on Samsung PMPs like the P2 and T10
    Price: Free~!
    In-store date: Downloadable now
    Site: Samsung MPfreedom
    Why it’s cool: Because with firmware updates = new features for free Read More

  • CrunchGear @ CES 2008: Bill Gates' Keynote Live

    The CG boys are live inside the Sands at the Bill Gates CES 2008 Keynote and we’re covering it live using, oddly enough, CoverItLive.com. Check it out at CrunchGear.com/live and check out our extensive and exhausting CES coverage. Read More

  • Holy Headphones, Philips!


    Product Name: Philips SHB9000, SHE9800/9850, SHE3620/3621/3622 Description: Philips shot a hot load of headphones all over music lovers at CES. The SHB9000 is a set of full-size Bluetooth headphones you can use with your music player, cell phone, or both. The headset portion has noise and echo filters, and it automatically adjusts volume depending on ambient noise. The headphone… Read More

  • CES 2008: Samsung HT-X810 self-contained, wall-mountable speaker system

    [photopress:HT_X810__2.jpg,full,center] Product Name: Samsung HT-X810 Home Theater Sound Bar
    Description: A wall-mountable speaker system
    Price: TBA
    In-store date: MAy
    Site: Samsung home theater
    Why it’s cool: Look at it! That’s 99 percent of the reason why it’s cool. Add in a built-in upconverting DVD player, complete integration with their HDTVs and a host of Bluetooth… Read More

  • CES 2008: Samsung launches new HDTVs with 3D DLP technology

    Product Name: Samsung Series 6 DLP HDTV
    Description: New HDTVs with built-in 3D DLP technology and lots of crazy multimedia connectors
    Price: Varies
    In-store date: April – June
    Site: Samsung TVs
    Why it’s cool: This new 3D DLP tech allows you to use polarized light and special glasses to see two different things on one screen. Think of two dudes playing Halo on the same TV without… Read More

  • CES 2008: Samsung continues the Onslaught of HD with new 1080p, flash-RAM-based camcorder

    [photopress:SC_HMX20C__1.jpg,full,center] Product Name: Samsung SC-HMX20C
    Description: 1080p flash-based tiny-ass camcorder
    Price: N/A
    In-store date: May 2008
    Site: Samsung digital memory camcorders
    Why it’s cool: We’ve been taking our video here at CES with the 720p cousin of this new camera. It’s a breeze to use, the video looks great, and it’s light enough that our… Read More

  • Toshiba makes watching DVDs easier with a cornucopia of options

    Toshiba realizes their folly with HD DVD so they’re trying to make up for it with a wide variety of DVD players, portable DVD players and LCD TV/DVD combos. First up is the 22-inch widescreen LCD with 1680×1050 resolution and a contrast ratio of 1000:1. Response time is a blazing 5ms with HDMI and PC inputs as well as a thin chassis depth of 2.95-inches. It also supports WMA, MP3… Read More

  • Vudu XL: 1TB of storage added to set-top-box

    Vudu uses the press coverage of CES to announce the Vudu XL, a $1,000 set-top-box that provides instant access to movies. Specifically, the enhanced XL model adds one terabyte of storage to the already attractive package. The added storage is supposed to entice consumers to use Vudu not just as a movie rental box, but as a box used to begin and maintain a movie library. In my day, we called that… Read More

  • GeekBrief.TV #287

    CES has started so I’m working on a Sunday. I start Brief 287 with my thoughts about Warner Bros. breaking up with HD DVD. The USB Missile Launcher has been updated with a Webcam, so if you’re needing someone shoot foam missiles at you, Brando’s making it possible. I’m looking forward to CrunchGear’s live coverage of the Bill Gates keynote. They have a… Read More

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