As the guy from ‘RoboCop’ might say, “I’d buy that for a dollar!” Some crafty devil has made a miniature theater for an iPhone out of a shoebox. It has seats and curtains, and even a tiny usher. Do-It-Yourself kits are available for sale, if interested.
I know that many home theater snobs are opposed to the idea of ever watching a movie on a phone or portable device. I don’t have a problem with it. I have a subway commute every day, and I enjoy using that time to watch movies on my phone or iPod. Better that than staring at the scary people around me on the train. I wonder what kind of looks I’d get for shoving my face in a shoebox the whole ride. It might just be worth it.
We’ve had a tremendous response to our Kick-Off Contest so far. This is just a reminder that today is the deadline for entry. If you’d like a chance to win the Panasonic DMP-BD50 Blu-ray player, you must submit your pick for favorite guilty pleasure movie not yet available on Blu-ray that you’re eager to see released on the format in the future. Entries must be made in the comments to the original post (not this one), and must be time-stamped no later than today, Friday 4/30.
I’ll go through all the entries (and there are a lot of them!) and announce a winner one week from today, on Friday 5/7. Once again, good luck to everyone.
The latest system announced by Nintendo, just a few days before the release of the DSi XL, is the 3DS. As the name implies, it’s a 3-D iteration of the company’s DS handheld. Nintendo Japan made the announcement earlier than expected, and they haven’t released much in the way of details. What we have a lot of so far is rumor and speculation.
Let’s assume you’re a fan of the 3-D movement. You were wowed by ‘Up’ and ‘Coraline’, and your mind was blown by ‘Avatar’, which you saw at least twice. You’re sold on the idea of more movies going 3-D and you’re ready to pick up a 3-D set for your house. You were even more excited about it when CES rolled around and TV makers said those 3-D TVs weren’t going to cost much more than their two dimensional counterparts.
Of course, just because a 3-D television doesn’t have an exaggerated price doesn’t mean the money isn’t coming from somewhere. Depending on your viewing habits and the size of your family, you may have to shell out as much as an extra thousand dollars up front for the 3-D experience.
When I was standing in a line of 200 people for the iPad a few weekends ago in Manhattan Beach, I was wondering why I was there. I already have a Dell Laptop, an Asus Netbook and the iPhone 3GS, so my mobile needs were already taken care of. At least, that’s what I thought until I stripped the shiny plastic off my new iPad and fired it up.
Let’s start this blog off on the right foot, shall we? Who wants a free Blu-ray player?
Oh, did I get your attention with that? Good. I have a spare Panasonic DMP-BD50 Blu-ray player with original manual and remote. This is a fully-featured Profile 2.0 model with all Bonus View and BD-Live capabilities. It used to be my reference player for reviews for this site. I just don’t need and have no room for an extra player at this time. So I figured, why not give it away to one lucky reader?
You’ve got a lot of choices when it comes to devices streaming Netflix, and no matter which option you pick, you’re making a trade off. It might be the price, it might be the look, or it might be the functionality. So what’s the best choice? It depends on you. Here are my three picks for standalone, integrated and gaming solutions.