HP has unveiled its new family of "reclining PCs". The HP Recline features an articulated stand and patent-pending hinge that allows you to dangle the IPS touch screen over the edge of a desk, or use it in a tabletop, flat angle, mode. The touch screen also responds to all all 10 fingers at once, and can be adjusted in an upright position for watching movies.
"Customers have told us that they want touch on their PCs, and at HP we're always looking for ways to improve the experience," said Mike Nash, vice president, Product Management, Consumer PCs and Consumer Solutions, HP. "HP's family of reclining all-in-one PCs offer new ways to stay productive and enjoy immersive experiences such as movies and games with the most natural touch experience available."
One day after Sony opened pre-orders for the "world's first curved screen LED television," Samsung announced the world's first "curved UHD television" at IFA 2013. Samsung also claims to have put "an end to the debate over technological superiority, but I'm not sure what that means.
The new curved UHD TVs will be available in 65- and 55-inch models, with the promise of larger sets to come "based on consumer response." This means curved televisions could get pretty large, considering that Samsung also announced a new 98-inch 4K OLED TV at IFA on Thursday. Samsung did not announce pricing or availability. Read on for the full press release.
Sony made a lot of announcements druing its IFA press conference on Wednesday, but didn't have time to cover its 65-inch curved-screen, 1080p LED TV. However, the electronics maker did manage to send out a press release announcing that the S990A is now available for pre-order. Sony promises the "world's first curved screen LED television" will deliver the only all-in-one cinematic experience you will ever need for your home.
"Sony has a storied history of innovation, particularly in the television category," said Mike Lucas, senior vice president of Sony Electronics Home Entertainment & Sound division. "The gentle curve of this television borrows from the screen technology found in movie theaters, and provides an immersive experience that makes viewers feel as if they are truly part of the action and in the moment of the scene they are watching."
Amazon is now accepting pre-orders for the "All-New Kindle Paperwhite." The new eReader is 30% lighter than iPad mini (and a lot cheaper), and features a new built-in light that reduces eyestrain, according to Amazon. It is also equipped with a faster processor, an improved display with higher contrast, and longer battery life.
Amazon has also added some new features like Goodreads integration for instant book reviews, and Kindle Page Flip for scanning ahead without loosing your place. The ad-free Wi-Fi model is $139 and the "without special offers" model is $119. Both Wi-Fi models will begin shipping on September 30th. There is also a $189 3G version version slated for November 5th release.
Don't forget, the new LEGO Minecraft sets, The Nether (21106) and The Village (21105), go on sale Sunday, September 1. The sets have already popped up in the official LEGO store and on the Toys R Us website. The sets are cheaper through LEGO, priced at $34.99 each.
If last year's Minecraft set 21102 is any indication, these sets will sell out fast! LEGO and Minecraft fans should sign up for LEGO Minecraft notifications now. This way you miss out on the sets, and won't get stuck paying high scalper prices during the holidays. You can sign up for free email, mobile and deasktops alerts via the whohas.it LEGO Minecraft product tracker. This free tracker will alert you as soon as the new LEGO sets are in stock, so you can be the first to order.
The Moto X has been met with mixed reviews since it was announced earlier this month. The biggest selling points were its hands free voice commands, and the Motomaker website which allows customers to customize their device. Unfortunately, only AT&T subscribers have access to the Motomaker service right now, and T-Mobile users don't even know where they can buy the device. However, a rumored $100 price drop could make the flagship handset a little more sexier to buyers this upcoming holiday season.
The Moto X will be receive a $100 price drop in Q4 of 2013, according to evleaks. That would make the handset $100 on contract. Not a bad price, especially if the other US carriers add Motomaker support by the end of this year.
The Canon 70D and all Canon 70D kits are now in stock at both B&H and Adorama. The Canon EOS 70D body is $1,199, the kit with 18-55mm STM f/3.5-5.6 lens is $1,349, and the kit with 18-135mm STM f/3.5-5.6 lens is $1,549.
The feature packed DSLR is equipped with a Canon's Dual Pixel CMOS AF, a 3.0" 1,040k-dot vari-angle Clear View II touchscreen LCD monitor, a 20.2MP CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 5+ image processor. Other features include built-in Wi-Fi, Full HD 1080p video support, a High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode, and 7 fps of continuous shooting.
Nintendo is looking to stay in the console war by reducing the price of the 32GB Wii U on September 20. The company hopes the cheaper price tag and the release of a few new games will help increase sales of the struggling console.
"It was critical for us to have a strong software lineup to support Wii U," says Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. "With that in place this holiday season, we believe providing consumers that extra incentive in terms of a $50 price cut is really going to help drive momentum."
The Wii U Deluxe bundle will include the Gamepad controller and a copy of the game Nintendo Land for $300. That's $100 less than Sony's soon to be released PlayStation 4, and $200 cheaper than the Xbox One. Nintendo will also release a limited edition The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD bundle for $300, discontinue the 8GB model, and launch a Nintendo 2DS on Oct. 12 for $130. The new handheld 2DS model is for "entry-level consumers," according to Fils-Aime.
PlayStation 4 pre-orders have sold out quickly after Sony announced the next-generation console's November 15th release date. Several large retailers such as Amazon, GameStop and Best Buy are completely sold out of the PS4 system, leaving shoppers with very few options. PlayStation fans looking to nab the fourth generation console before the holidays are encouraged to pre-order now. Currently the only option available is Walmart's "Console Solution Bundle". The bundle comes with a Dualshock 4 Controller, or PS4 Camera, and a choice of one game for $517.
According to Walmart's website, shoppers who pre-order the PS4 bundle now will receive it "on or just after 12/31/2013." That's a lot better than the January shipping time Amazon was quoting before it stopped accepting pre-orders. Shoppers can also sign up for PS4 email, desktop or mobile alerts by creating a free whohas.it. account. The free service will notify you when pre-orders reopen or when the PS4 is back in stock. This is a much better solution to signing up for email notifications from several different retailers, since it allows you to track multiple stores at one time.
Disney Infinity starter packs are now available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Retailers started stocking both the starter packs and individual toys at 12am this morning. Wave 1 of the Disney Infinity characters include:
Pirates of the Caribbean - Captain Barbossa and Davy Jones
Cars - Francesco Bernulli and Mater
The Incredibles - Dash, Violet, Mr. Incredible and Syndrome
Monsters Inc. - Mike Wazowski and Randall
iPad users, don't forget to download the free Disney Infinity: Toy Box app from the Apple App Store. The app allows you to edit, save and share your user created worlds that you started on your console, and each individual toy comes with a web code so that character can be unlocked in the iPad virtual world. The app also comes with Mr. Incredible for free.