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Sennheiser's HD 515 Headphone Really is Headphone of the Month

posted Sunday Mar 27, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Sennheiser's HD 515 Headphone Really is Headphone of the Month

If you were following us during our Internation CES 2011 coverage, you know that we had a great time working with Sennheiser and all of the cool products they had on display. From Adidas Original products to gaming headsets, they had it all. Recently, Sennheiser has started a "Headphone of the Month" campaign that displays a great pair of headphones at an awesome price. For the month of March, that headphone is the HD 515, an introduction to the Audiophile 500 series of headphones at a ridiculously low price.

I was able to get a pair of these at a price lower than their MSRP, and I for one, was blown away by the quality without having to shell out $600. To read about my thoughts, learn about a free offer you can get when you buy these and as well as see a picture of this set and our video from CES, hit the break.

Sprint Takes Another Page From Nintendo With 3D Devices

posted Saturday Mar 26, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Sprint Takes Another Page From Nintendo With  3D Devices

Since International CES 2011 is over, I bet you didn't think you were going to have to hear about 3D again until next year (except Sunday's launch of the Nintendo 3DS). You were wrong! Sprint announced at CTIA Wireless in Orlando two new devices - a 3D smartphone, named the HTC Evo 3D, and a 7" tablet, the HTC Evo View 4G.

Both devices will offer a Nintendo-style glasses free 3D experience running on surprisingly different hardware. Clearly eating lunch off of HTC's Evo name, which CEO Dan Hesse says is Sprint's most successful smartphone to date, they hope to have better success with these devices than they did with the Evo Shift, which was a downgrade to the original.

Both devices will run on Sprint and Clearwire's joint 4G WiMax network, the first and only WiMax network in the US, bringing the 4G lineup to 22 devices for Sprint Nextel. Dan took a swipe at AT&T and T-Mobile's rebranding of their 3G+ networks as 4G by calling his network, "4G and not faux G." No wonder they keep putting him in front of cameras and crowds.

To get the details on the devices and to see a video of the Evo View 4G, hit the break.

Apple Sues Amazon for Using Their Stuff

posted Saturday Mar 26, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Apple Sues Amazon for Using Their Stuff

It didn't take long for the Amazon Appstore to come under fire from Apple for the name of their new service. Back in 2008, Apple filed for a trademark on the name "App Store" and somehow were granted the trademark. Since then, whenever someone comes close or wants to come close, a lawsuit ensues. Microsoft has filed a complain with the patent office and is awaiting a hearing as we speak.

Apple, on the other hand, took action against their newest rival, Amazon, for the use of the name. Their claim, as it always is with trademark infringement, was,

Consumers of mobile software downloads are likely to be confused as to whether Amazon's mobile software download service is sponsored or approved by Apple.

Wait, how could someone get confused about whether or not Apple endorses an Android marketplace? Hit the break to find out.

$2 Digital Streaming of New Films

posted Friday Mar 25, 2011 by Scott Ertz

$2 Digital Streaming of New Films

We've talked a lot about the deals services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu Plus have to go through to get their content. What if there was a way that a content provider could stream digital content right to your computer, TV or mobile device without having to go through all of these hoops? What if it was perfectly legal, too?

The answer, my friends, is Zediva. This company has developed a very interesting business model that allows them to stream brand new movies straight to you without the need to sign any deals with the movie studios. How are they accomplishing this? They are actually streaming DVDs, not files, from their servers. When you rent a movie, for $2, the DVD is taken out of inventory. Because it is not an unending supply, there seems to be nothing the studios can do about it.

To find out more about the process, hit the break.

Barnes & Noble Sued by Microsoft for Android

posted Friday Mar 25, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Barnes & Noble Sued by Microsoft for Android

While Amazon continues to see great successes and launches new ideas, Barnes & Noble seem to be having some problems. Their Nook device, similar to Amazon's Kindle, minus the sales numbers and easy-to-read screen, has gotten them into trouble with Microsoft. The tech giant has filed suit against the bookstore for patent infringement in the Android-based Nook eReader.

The patents range from the way the apps show download progress to the way webpages are loaded. This isn't the first time Microsoft has sued an Android backer for features of the Google-developed operating system. In October, they took on Motorola for equally generic reasons. Neither time has Google been named directly, but this time the brand (Barnes & Noble) and the manufacturers (Inventec and Foxconn) are all named as defendants.

Hit the break to find out how the companies arrived at a lawsuit solution.

Netflix, Hulu and More Plan for Original Online Content

posted Friday Mar 25, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Netflix, Hulu and More Plan for Original Online Content

As the lines between Internet television and cable or satellite continue to blur, companies like Netflix, Hulu, AOL and Yahoo have begun to position themselves to replace traditional television. Similar to the early days of cable networks, these content providers have filled their "air time" with a back catalog of existing content while gaining momentum to allow them to produce original content themselves. Some of the big players have now gotten to that point.

Last Friday, Netflix announced the beginning of production on a new drama based on the book House of Cards. The series will star Oscar winner Kevin Spacey, with Fight Club director David Fincher as Executive Producer. Clearly Netflix is not holding back here and is really going for this.

Netflix isn't the only company starting high-profile custom content, however. To find out who else is joining the boat, hit the break.

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