New Sony 4K UHDTVs go up for preorder, and a couple are even halfway affordable

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Sony has taken the wraps off nine new Bravia 4K UHD Televisions and there’s a decent chance that one of them will fit your budget. These TV sets are part of three new series that range from 49-inches all the way up to a glorious 85-inches, with MSRPs spanning a relatively affordable $2,099 to a wallet-busting $24,999.

The new line-up of 4K Ultra HD TVs give consumers more 4K Ultra HD TV options than ever before. Using a combination of unique Sony technologies, these models offer a superior picture quality than standard 4K resolution. Sony’s 4K X Reality™ PRO picture engine can upscale a variety of content regardless of source to beautiful 4K resolution; while TRILUMINOS™ Display’s wide color spectrum works in unison to reproduce lifelike color, a heightened

Each of these newcomers to Sony’s 4K Ultra HD TV lineup are now available for preorder and are scheduled to ship in June.

Sony also announced plans for a new 4K Media Player with 1TB of storage (FMP-X10), which can “download, stream and store the latest 4K content in one future-ready box.” No pricing information was offered with this press release and the only information Sony shared regarding availability is that it’s coming “this summer.”

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Logitech Illuminated Living-Room Keyboard K830: $100 shipped

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The Logitech Illuminated Living-Room Keyboard K830 looks like a great product for those who want to control their TV-connected Mac/PC or other USB-enabled TV/ Media center wirelessly in darkened rooms. A three hour microUSB charge lasts for over a week and you get about a 30-foot range via the USB 2.4GHz wireless radio.

“More and more consumers want an easy way to access movies, TV programs, music and photos with their PC connected to a TV,” said Charlotte Johs, global vice president of brand development for PC accessories at Logitech. “Our new Illuminated Living-Room Keyboard K830 is designed with this setup in mind. Backlit keys and a premium aesthetic that blends into the living room make it a stand-out choice for people with connected TVs.”     

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R.B.I Baseball is back! Get it today on iOS, PS3, and Xbox 360

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MLB Advanced Media has released R.B.I. Baseball 14 for iOS today. Back in January the developer announced it would be reviving the nearly 20 year old franchise, along with its simple but engaging gameplay mechanics. This isn’t a simulation style experience like The Show, it is specifically designed as a modern take on the simple but fun sports experiences some of us remember from the early days of sports gaming.

The game has been updated with modern graphics, as well as 2014 rosters and teams. Additional features include:

  • Full game complete with all 30 MLB teams and 480 current MLB players
  • Play entire 9 inning games in under 20 minutes
  • Easy-to-use classic controls, two buttons to manage gameplay
  • Player characteristics based on real stats
  • Unlock special retro jerseys by completing custom team challenges in season mode

R.B.I. Baseball 14 is available now on the App Store for $5, and according to the official site, it will be available on both PS3 and Xbox 360 ($20) some point today. The developer also said to expect PS4 and Android versions “coming this spring”

iOS Universal: R.B.I. Baseball 14: $5 (Released Today)

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Logitech introduces new Audio Adapter for Bluetooth pairing with any speakers

Logitech-Bluetooth Audio Adapter-new product-07Logitech has recently introduced its new Bluetooth Audio Adapter, which enables simple Bluetooth pairing with an existing speaker system. The tiny audio streaming device comes with multipoint Bluetooth technology allowing it to talk to multiple devices at once and will connect to any speaker system with RCA or 3.5mm inputs.

The Bluetooth Audio Adapter’s mini form factor (2 x 2 x 1-inches) is just big enough to house the split left and right RCA and stereo 3.5mm output jacks, along with the AC connection.

There is also a small square button on the top of the unit for pairing a device up for the first time. According to Logitech, the Audio Adapter will automatically re-establish Bluetooth connection without the need to manually use the pairing function again. As far as range goes, Logitech’s spec sheet states it will work at up to 50 feet.

While a quick Amazon search pulls up a listing for $50 + $5 shipping, the unit can readily be found for $40 shipped on both Amazon and directly from Logitech.

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Bose introduces new colors and designs to their high quality line of headphones

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Today Bose is adding three headphones that combine legendary Bose performance with a range of new style options.

The FreeStyle earbuds and SoundTrue headphones are equipped with an inline remote and microphone that seamlessly integrates with most iPhone, iPad and iPod models, so talking hands-free and switching between calls, music and mobile content is effortless. A matching carrying case is also included for added on-the-go protection.

The new earbuds are available in Indigo and Ice Blue. Featuring StayHear tips in three sizes, the tips spread contact evenly across the ears and conform naturally to their shape, creating a stable and personalized fit. Hydrophobic cloth covers the acoustic ports for moisture resistance, and the cables are constructed to withstand wear and tear.

The Bose FreeStyle earbuds will be sold for $129.95; the Bose SoundTrue on-ear headphones will be sold for $179.95 and the Bose® SoundTrue™ around-ear headphones will be sold for $179.95. The headphones are available beginning April 3, 2014, through Bose stores Bose.com, toll-free at 1-800-444-BOSE (2673), and select authorized dealers.

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Amazon Officially Releases Amazon FireTV Today for $99

Amazon Fire TVToday Amazon starts shipping the Amazon FireTV for only $99. The device, about the size of a CD case, runs Google’s Android operating system and offers Netflix, Hulu and other streaming channels in addition to Amazon Prime instant video. It comes with a Bluetooth remote, which lets users conduct voice-enabled searches. It also features:

  • Powerful performance with 3x the processing power, 4x the memory, dedicated GPU, and dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi
  • Say it, watch it—use voice search to instantly find movies, TV shows, and more
  • New ASAP feature predicts which movies and TV episodes you’ll want to watch and prepares them for playback before you even hit play
  • Huge, open ecosystem of entertainment—choose from over 200,000 movies and TV episodes
  • Plus, Fire TV comes with access to games from EA, Disney, Gameloft, Mojang, 2K, Amazon Game Studios, and more

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Samsung’s new billion-color, 28-inch 4K monitor is now available to preorder: $699

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First introduced at CES in January, Samsung today quietly started taking preorders for a new billion-color, 3,840 x 2,160 28-inch 4K monitor. The UD590 includes two HDMI 1.4 and one DisplayPort, audio out, and introduces a slick brushed metal look with thin bezels and a ’T-shaped’ stand that minimizes the machine’s overall footprint. Perhaps the most intriguing part about Samsung’s new display is the price: $699 makes the UD590 an extremely competitive option to monitors from Dell, Sharp, Asus and others with similar specs but much higher price tags. Also included is a new “Picture-by-Picture” mode that lets you “connect two PCs to the same monitor and see the desktops of both simultaneously on one screen that’s divided into two.”

The monitor will be released and ship on April 18, but you can preorder it from Amazon now for $699 with free shipping using the link below:

Samsung 28-inch Ultra High Definition LED Monitor (UD590)

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Roku announces a new HDMI streaming stick for $50

Streaming-Stick-Partners-Remote-US-wShadow-RGB-WEB1Roku’s newest entertainment device is a $50 HDMI streaming stick that is scheduled to ship next month and seems to be a direct shot at Google’s Chromecast.

Unlike its predecessor that only worked with Roku-ready TVs, the new streaming player is compatible with all HDMI-equipped HDTVs. It is about the size of a thumb drive and fits discreetly into an HDMI port, which creates a “streamlined look that’s ideal for wall-mounted TVs.”

Just like its bigger brothers, this diminutive gadget packs “more channels and genres than any other TV streaming device.”

Once plugged in, the Roku Streaming Stick lets consumers start streaming from more than 1,200 channels (more than 750 channels in Canada, the U.K. and the Republic of Ireland) of movies, TV episodes, music, news, sports, kids’ shows and free programming…

Users can navigate this seemingly endless sea of content with the included remote control or any iOS/Android mobile device equipped with the free Roku apps. These same apps can also cast locally stored roku-stick-2014-hdtvmusic, movies, and other content from smart devices to the TV.

The new Roku streaming stick is available for preorder from Amazon, Roku and other authorized dealers.

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Logitech’s new Harmony Smart Keyboard for Apple TV & your entire living room: $149

Logitech just announced a new Harmony Smart Keyboard that it says is specifically designed for controlling Apple TV and similar living room devices. The idea is that the Harmony Smart Keyboard, with support for “225,000 home-entertainment devices and over 5,000 brands,” will become your ultimate living room controller. The keyboard packs in a touchpad on the right hand side, a ton of quick launch functions for changing channels, browsing menus, and controlling media, and a number of interesting new features powered by the included Harmony WiFi hub and companion app. It’s essentially the best of both worlds from Logitech’s keyboard and Harmony remote products.  Read more

D-Link Releases the First Portable 11AC Router/Server/Charger for $99 shipped

D-Link-Systems-Wi-Fi-AC750-Portable-Router-and-ChargerD-Link just released the world’s first portable 11AC router, the Wi-Fi AC750 Portable Router and Charger which is now available for $99 shipped.

The DIR-510L allows anyone to quickly and easily create a Wi-Fi hotspot from an existing internet connection, whether that be 3G/4G, Wi-Fi or Ethernet, while on-the-go, as well as charge mobile devices with the 4000mAh rechargeable battery. Also, you can stream photos, music, videos and documents stored on a USB drive (or Micro/SD card with reader) directly to multiple mobile devices through the SharePort Cam app.

The AC750 is available on Amazon for $99. Full press release below:

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SanDisk unveils first 128GB microSD card, will run $199 (Update: Avail. for $120)

 

SanDisk-128GB-MicroSD-XCUpdate (2/26): The official word was that this card would retail for $200, which Best Buy is charging, but Amazon has it listed for $120 with free shipping. It’s currently out of stock but will ship as soon as its available (2-3 weeks) at the discounted rate. Use this adapter to have the microSD card sit flush with your MacBook’s SD card slot.

At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, SanDisk has just announced a new accessory that will make many Android users very happy. The company has unveiled the world’s first ever 128GB microSD card. More specifically, the card uses the microSDXC standard, meaning that it works with devices only that are compatible with XC, not just the lower-end HC.

SanDisk does note, however, that the card is “designed for Android” and will be fully compatible with many Android devices. In addition to this new 128GB card, SanDisk will also be updating its “Memory Zone” app for Android, which allows users to easily and access files stored on microSD cards. The app also allows users to back up content to it and free-up internal device memory. A new “OptiMem” will automatically transfer older photos on a device to external memory.

The availability of 128GB microSD cards also signals that we could soon start seeing Android devices with 128GB of internal storage. This would be a big upgrade, especially when the operating system on many devices takes up more than 6GB of space.

The 128GB SanDisk microSD card will run $199.99 when it is released. The card will be available exclusively from Amazon and BestBuy.

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Lacie Begins Shipping Their First 5TB External Hard Drive

Today, LaCie announced the availability of 5TB, 7200 rpm hard-drive capacities in its 5big Thunderbolt Series, 2big Thunderbolt Series and d2 Thunderbolt Series. Delivering external storage products that range from 5TB single drive systems to 25TB RAID solutions boosts storage capacity by 20 percent.

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This increase showcases the company’s commitment to provide the fastest, highest capacity storage solutions on the market.

Increasingly larger file formats for film and photography have driven the demand for more storage capacity. The availability of 5TB hard drives enables LaCie to deliver significantly more storage capacity in its same compact desktop designs. This saves professionals valuable desktop space. Read more

Just Released: Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker III: $299

Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker IIIBose is following the huge success of its Soundlink Mini, which we called the “Best Sounding portable Bluetooth speaker ever”,  with the new $299 Soundlink III, the latest in its SoundLink product line.

This is Bose’s best-performing Bluetooth speaker yet, delivering a new level of audio performance, an all-new design, longer battery life, and accessory covers in five colors.

The SoundLink® III weighs just 3 pounds, and measures about 5 inches high, 10 inches wide and only 2 inches deep. It includes a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that provides up to 14 hours of listening, so the speaker will play all day long without the need to recharge.

The SoundLink® III streams music wirelessly via Bluetooth® A2DP, with a powerful antenna for reliable connectivity. New Bluetooth LED signal lights make pairing and/or switching a Bluetooth device easier. The six most recently used Bluetooth devices are stored in memory, eliminating the need to pair again. And control is simple: use the buttons on the top of the speaker, or through the smart device itself.

It connects wirelessly to your smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth device, instantly allowing you to share your favorite music out loud, wherever you are and wherever you go. The Bose is built tough, with curved edges and a thin profile that eliminates the need for a built-in cover or stand.

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The new SoundLink Bluetooth speaker III is available now from Bose for $299.95 at select authorized Bose dealers and on Amazon.com.

Accessory covers are available separately for $34.95 each.

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Roku set to release smart TV plus $10 off Roku 1 player

roku-TV-9to5toysRoku, maker of the most popular streaming player in America, has just announced its plans to release an actual TV. Through a partnership with TCL and Hisense, the Roku TV will have Roku’s software baked-in and includes a simple 20-button remote control. Users’ smart devices will also be able to be used to navigate the TV. Roku players boast the most streaming content and the new TV sets will be no different:

Just like Roku streaming players, Roku TV will have full access to the Roku Channel Store filled with more than 31,000 movies and 1,200 channels that feature TV shows and live sports plus news, music, kids, food, science, tech, fitness, foreign language and other programming

Smart TVs have traditionally lacked a great user interface so hopefully the Roku TV will buck that trend and deliver an improved TV experience.

Roku TV will be available this fall in sizes ranging from 32 to 55 inches. No pricing information was available at press time.roku-1-deal

In the meantime, you can take advantage of a special offer to get streaming media on your current TV right now. Get a Roku 1 player for just $49.99. That’s only $2 over the best price ever.
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Xbox One midnight launch info, reviews from around the web

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Sony has now unleashed the PlayStation 4 out into the wild, and now it’s Microsoft’s turn. The Xbox One releases tonight with various special live launch events starting at 11pm tonight on Spike TV, Xbox.com and Xbox Live.

As per usual, several retailers will be open tonight across the country at midnight for the launch including Best Buy, GameStop, Walmart and Microsoft Stores. Along with some of the most insightful Xbox One reviews from around the web, we’ve put together some handy information below for those looking to grab one tonight…

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