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Thoughts on Apple TV

Plus, Toshiba's Folio 100 tablet and Samsung's HMX-T10 HD camcorder

September 3, 2010
Round-up: Our Take On Apple’s New Media Devices
Devin Coldewey shares a user named Dave’s thoughts on Apple TV.

“‘Sigh. Oh, Apple TV. How I wanted to like you. But I don’t. You’re not for me. I’m sure you’re a fine device in your own right, but you’re just too closed-minded to fit my lifestyle. I wanted something like you that brought all my media to my HDTV in a wife-friendly manner, but I guess I’ll just have to wait for the Boxee Box. Besides, where’s your QWERTY remote? Apple clearly doesn’t love you. Hopefully some enterprising devs can loosen your chains and let you run free.’”

What’s your opinion?

Toshiba Folio 100 goes official, lands in Q4
Paul Miller shares some details about Toshiba’s Folio 100 tablet device.

“There’s a 1024 x 600 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen, Tegra 2 under the hood, 16GB of built-in storage, SD card expansion, HDMI out, 802.11n WiFi, a 1.3 megapixel webcam, and Android 2.2 with Flash 10.1 running on top of it all. Toshiba claims 7 hours of battery of ‘regular’ use (65 per cent Web browsing, 10 per cent video playback, 25 per cent standby), and everything is packed into a 0.55-inch thick form factor that weighs 1.7 pounds. Software-wise Toshiba has baked in Opera, Toshiba Media Player, FBReader, Fring (for video calls), Documents To Go, and Evernote, with Toshiba offering its own app marketplace and developer platform for tablet-specific apps.”

Samsung’s HMX-T10 HD camcorder features a new perspective
Richard Lawler writes about a new handheld HD camcorder from Samsung, the HMX-T10.

“Separating itself from last year’s HMX-R10 with a revised design and lens angled 20-degrees (instead of 25), these camcorders can still capture video at up to 1920×1080/60i and stills at up to 4.7 megapixels, while you frame the action on the 2.7-inch touchscreen LCD. Add in optical image stabilization, 10x zoom and the aforementioned full HD capture with a $299 pricetag and you have a healthy competitor to the alternative of the shakycam footage your cellphone probably spits out when these reach the shelves in September.”

What’s your opinion?