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The Everio GZ-R10 (pictured) and GZ-R70 have been ruggedized thanks to JVC's 'Quad-Proof' ...

After introducing its "Quad-Proof" technology on its ADIXXION camcorder in 2012, JVC has brought the ruggedized feature set to its latest Everio models. The Everio GZ-R70 and GZ-R10 are dust-proof, water resistant to 5 m (16.4 ft), drop-proof from a height of 1.5 m (4.9 ft) and freeze-proof to temperatures as low as -10° C (14° F).  Read More

The specifications for HDMI 2.0 have been announced

HDMI 2.0 specifications have just been released by the HDMI Forum’s technical working group. Most importantly, HDMI 2.0’s extra bandwidth of up to 18Gbps will allow 4K (2160p) pictures at 50Hz and 60Hz frame rates (3,840 x 2,160 resolution video at up to 60fps), which is four times the clarity of existing 1080p at 60Hz video resolution. The new functionality also includes 32 audio channels, dynamic auto lip-sync and extensions to the Consumer Electronics Control (CEC).  Read More

Artist's conception of the blue exoplanet HD 189733b, orbiting a star 63 light years dista...

Uncovering any sort of detailed information about an exoplanet presents astronomers with an exceedingly difficult challenge. Despite the hurdles, however, some exoplanets are particularly well situated for such study. Astronomers have previously determined considerable information about the atmosphere and climate of HD 189733b. Now, thanks to Hubble observations made while it passed behind its primary star last December, we also know that this hot Jupiter-like planet is a deep cobalt blue in color, marking the first time that the color of an exoplanet has been measured.  Read More

LG Display has announced the development of a super-thin, 5.2-inch Full HD display panel

Just over a year after showing off a new Full HD smartphone display, LG's Display wing has taken the wraps off a new variant that's being hailed as the world's thinnest. The working 5.2-inch panel boasts a 1,920 x 1,080 pixel resolution, and represents the first outing for a proprietary touch technology called Advanced One-Glass-Solution, where two flexible printed circuits are positioned between the glass and the touch layer.  Read More

Roku has launched the Roku 3, featuring a new interface and improved remote

Roku has just launched an updated version of its popular line of stream boxes called the Roku 3. The company cites this as the most powerful box it has ever created. The feature that gives credence to that claim is that this is one of two available Roku devices that has support for 1080p video streaming. Roku also touts a faster processor in its latest box. The Roku 3 is also the first to include dual-band Wi-Fi, an ethernet port, and USB.  Read More

Sony F5/F55 4K Camera

The disruptive impact of the RED One 4K digital cinema camera when it was introduced in 2007 can’t be overstated. After a few of years of denial that 4K was even necessary and thousands of RED camera sales, broadcast giants Sony began to get their act together and move toward 4K image capture. The stunning F5 and F55 cameras are the culmination of those efforts and more interestingly, an indication of a complete, and necessary, change of attitude at Sony.  Read More

LG will introduce the world's first 21:9 aspect computer monitor in Korea later this month

Since unveiling the very first cinema-proportioned HD TV back in 2009, Philips has been leading the charge to get the distinctly oblong screens into our living rooms. Yet despite the powerful draw of immersive movie-theater-like viewing goodness, the buying public's cash (for the most part) continues to be thrown at 16:9 aspect screens. LG is trying another approach to kick start the ultra-widescreen invasion, by launching the world's first 21:9 aspect computer monitor. In addition to its obvious appeal to digital film buffs, the 29-inch EA93 is also being pitched at power users who currently multi-task across multiple displays (in my case a hotchpotch setup of 4:3 and 16:9 mixed displays).  Read More

The Infrared Night Vision HD Spy Cam Car Key – in brightest day, in darkest night, nothing...

Is there a black cat in that pile of coal, and if so, what's she doing? A new way of finding out is the USBGeek Infrared Night Vision HD Spy Cam Car Key, a tiny video camera with an infrared LED providing illumination for 1080p HD videos taken in the darkest of rooms.  Read More

Barnes & Noble has hopped on the HD bandwagon with the launch of the NOOK HD and HD+ (pict...

Barnes & Noble doesn't want to be left behind with Amazon announcing HD versions of its popular Kindle tablets, so it's bringing the NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ to market. The NOOK HD is Barnes & Noble's entry into the seven-inch tablet market and the HD+ is its nine-inch version.  Read More

LG's five-inch LCD display can handle full 1080p HD video

LG has introduced an impressive new smartphone display that's expected to come to new handsets in the second half of 2012. The panel is five inches across, and features a pixel density of 440ppi with an aspect ratio of 16:9, capable of displaying 1080p HD content. This impressive new display trumps Apple's retina display, as well as the larger screens on phones like the Galaxy Note in terms of size versus pixel density.  Read More

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