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2
Feb
2012

Lady and the Tramp Blu-ray – Superb Video, Charming Animation, Audio Slightly Lacking


Originally released way back in 1955, Lady and the Tramp has finally reached the Blu-ray format and I have recently sat back and enjoyed one of Disney’s best love stories.

6
Oct
2011

WD TV Live Hub Review – Xtreme Tech Blog UK

My first review to appear on the new website Xtreme Tech Blog UK has just gone live, covering the WD TV Live Hub:

Many of the latest high definition televisions are starting to include built-in media players, giving consumers the chance to view various content including music, photos and of course video on a large display. You may be one of those people who don’t wish to upgrade your existing television to earn these new capabilities, but still wish to enjoy the same functionality and a little more without the investment a new HDTV would require.

Quite a few companies are now releasing external devices that allow you to transform your television into a media hub, rich with new online content. Western Digital have gone a step further than most and included an internal 1TB (1000GB) hard drive that can store your own created content, giving you the option to share your wonderful memories, pulsating beats and home movies with friends and family on a substantial and impressively sized display.

Link: WD TV Live Hub Review – Media Player for your TV with Built-In Hard Drive

6
Sep
2011

WD TV Live Hub Review – Media Player for your TV with Built-In Hard Drive

Many of the latest high definition televisions are starting to include built-in media players, giving consumers the chance to view various content including music, photos and of course video on a large display. You may be one of those people who don’t wish to upgrade your existing television to earn these new capabilities, but still wish to enjoy the same functionality and a little more without the investment a new HDTV would require.

Quite a few companies are now releasing external devices that allow you to transform your television into a media hub, rich with new online content. Western Digital have gone a step further than most and included an internal 1TB (1000GB) hard drive that can store your own created content, giving you the option to share your wonderful memories, pulsating beats and home movies with friends and family on a substantial and impressively sized display.

22
Apr
2011

Demonstration of Apple iPad 2 HDMI 1080p Output – Real Racing 2 HD [VIDEO]

Today I am going to show you the iPad 2 using the optional Digital AV Adapter. Priced at £35, this accessory provides a ‘mirrored’ output to your high definition television or HDMI compatible projector. This essentially means that anything you would ordinarily see on your iPad 2 screen, will be mimicked ‘exactly’ on another display. Even better is that this works with almost every app currently available, without the need to wait for an update.

This is perfect for presentations, viewing your photos, watching videos or in this case taking tablet computer games to a whole new level.

A title that takes full advantage of this new HDMI output facility is Real Racing 2 HD, that uses Full HD, also known as 1080p, to increase the resolution and indeed scope of the game.

26
Feb
2011

The Yamaha WX11 Digital Wind Instrument – A Breath of Fresh Air [VIDEO]

My local Yamaha music dealer who specialises in keyboards, digital pianos and classic organs asked me to record and edit a short video today of him playing the Yamaha WX11 digital wind instrument. When this device was first released, it was the era of FM quality voices – notorious for their pretty basic representations of real-life instruments. Roger Hagarty has written an article for a future edition of the Yamaha Club magazine where he explains how using modern musical instruments such as a Yamaha Tyros3 as used in this video, you can now achieve fantastic and more importantly ‘realistic’ results with this classic digital wind instrument using a MIDI connection.