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Geek This Week:
Gozer: Home theater never gets old. Pixel Junk Monsters PSP. iPhone 4.
Aaron: Social Media Camp Long Island (SMCampLI). GPush completely not working for anyone who has it for iPhone. Really annoying since it’s a paid app and their support is non-existent. Also Netflix on TiVo is killing me lately. Complete lock ups and requires me to power-cycle in order to get control back. Horrible implementation. I’ll use Xbox from now on.
Tech and Gaming News:
Bloomberg: vPhone coming in January
That iPhone on Verizon rumor just won’t die — Bloomberg is now reporting that we’ll see an iPhone on Verizon’s service in January of next year. “Two people familiar with the plans” say that AT&T exclusivity will finally end next year, and analysts say that if that happens, Apple will sell lots more iPhones, up to 3 million more per quarter to Verizon’s 90 million or so customers.
Of course there’s no comment by Apple or Verizon so far, and I’ll point out that we’ve heard this rumor time and time and time again — first back in January of this year, then for the new iPhone 4 announcement and WWDC, and now pushed off until next year. Basically, don’t hold your breath. It wouldn’t be bad to get away from the often complaint-worthy service at AT&T, but if Apple hasn’t seen fit to end exclusivity so far (and don’t forget that we’re still seeing record iPhone sales), why would it do so next year.
Apple hiring iPhone antenna engineers for some reason
Three Apple job postings for iPhone / iPad antenna engineers to “Define and implement antenna system architecture to optimize the radiation performance for wireless portable devices.” All three were posted on June 23rd, the same day that we started seeing widespread reporting of the left-handed reception issues. Coincidence?
Hulu Plus announced with support for iPad, iPhone, PS3, Xbox Live, and more
We’ve just received word that the premium Hulu service we’ve heard chatter about for a while now has just become official. Dubbed Hulu Plus, the $10 / month service will feature entire seasons of shows that are available in limited quantities on the free service, as well as other programming not available via Hulu on the web. There will be iPod and iPad apps available (streaming with WiFi or 3G), along with support for Samsung connected TVs and Blu-ray (via Samsung Apps). Also in the works is support for TVs and Blu-ray players from both Vizio and Sony (fall 2010), PS3 (July) , and Xbox 360 (as part of a “custom experience” in Xbox Live Gold, early 2011). Hit up the source link to get in on the “invitation only” preview of the service, and to keep abreast of availability for your favorite hardware. Video after the break.
Back to the Future™ 25th Anniversary Trilogy Blu-ray Disc (Widescreen)
Setups & Payoffs: Note key scenes and see how they play out as you watch the movies.
Storyboard Comparison: Compare key scenes in the movie with the original storyboards.
Trivia Track: Get inside trivia and facts while you watch the movies.
Pocket BLU: Experience Blu-ray in an exciting new way with the app for iPhone, iPod touch, BlackBerry, Android and more.
BD-Live: Access the BD-Live Center through your Internet-connected player and download even more bonus content, the latest trailers and more.
My Scenes: Bookmark your favorite scenes from the movies.
Tales from the Future: 6-part retrospective documentary featuring all-new interviews with Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Director Robert Zemeckis, Producers Bob Gale and Neil Canton plus Executive Producer Steven Spielberg.
In the Beginning…
Time to Go
Third Times the Charm
The Test of Time
The Physics of Back to the Future
16 Deleted Scenes
Michael J. Fox Q&A
Making The Trilogy: Chapters One, Two & Three
The Making of Back to the Future Parts I, II & III
The Secrets of the Back to the Future Trilogy
Original Makeup Tests
Nuclear Test Site Ending Storyboard Sequence
Designing the DeLeorean
Designing Time Travel
Designing Hill Valley
Designing the Campaign
Photo Galleries Including Production Art, Additional Storyboards, Behind-the-Scenes Photographs, Marketing Materials and Character Portraits
Back to the Future: The Ride
“The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis and the News
“Doubleback” by ZZ Top
Q&A Commentaries with Director Robert Zemeckis and Producer Bob Gale
Feature Commentaries with Producers Bob Gale and Neil Canton
Test a Geek: This segment will return on a future episode of The Geekcast
How To: This segment will return on a future episode of The Geekcast
Ask A Geek: This segment will return on a future episode of The Geekcast
Open Source Software: This segment will return on a future episode of The Geekcast
Hack: This segment will return on a future episode of The Geekcast
The Geek’s View: Accell ProUltra Supreme High Speed HDMI Cable
Accell has released a new line of HDMI cables called their ProUltra Supreme series cable. These cables are heavy duty wires that are wrapped in a braided, flexible sleeve that keeps the wire protected better than a normal cable. When holding the ProUltra cable, it feels well made and sturdy. The connectors felt reliable and in no way did the wire give any indication that it had any failure points from a design aspect.
This series of HDMI wires feature 24K gold-plating and contacts, triple shielding around the internal wires and ethernet capabilities within the cord itself. The ethernet support baffled me a little as I have no idea why this would need to be in an HDMI wire but if data over HDMI is ever a requirement within televisions, then this wire will fit the bill.
Throughput of the cable was fantastic. There was no lag, interference or noise from the data changing within the stream of the wire. The cable is rated at 10.2 Gbps and most devices on the market will not even come close to using that amount of bandwidth. Rounding out the cable, it’s rated for 3D TV’s, a maximum resolution of 4096×2160, includes an independent audio upstream channel, and is fully compatible with the cutting-edge HDMI 1.4 standard.
I tried this wire with both my TiVo HD and my Xbox 360 and found it to run perfectly with my LG 46″ LCD TV. The colors on live TV, recorded programs, Netflix streaming and 1080P GTAIV were all correct and showed no issues. Lag that I’ve found in some wires in the past wasn’t present at all and the cable seemed to be undertaxed in my tests. Accell says the cable supports “Deep Color” for billions of colors but I chalk this up to marketing more than anything since most displays don’t go that high and the human eye can’t dechiper the difference.
Accell’s advantage is their price for a premium HDMI cable. A 5 meter (16.4 ft) cable will have a MSRP of $49.99. Compared to Monster, the Accell ProUltra HDMI cable is fully capable of driving the top displays on the market with ease and it’s HDMI 1.4 compliance ensures new technologies are supported. If you’re looking to upgrade from the popular $2 wires on Amazon to a beefier cable, the ProUltra is a great choice.
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