February 28, 2005

Wireless review: Verizon V Cast

As published on CNET.com:
"After a long wait, Verizon's ballyhooed V Cast service has finally arrived in the United States, following the rollout of the carrier's high-speed EV-DO (third generation, or 3G) network. In other words, you now can get on-demand video and lightning-fast data transfers, provided you have a 3G-enabled Verizon cell phone. While V Cast falls well short of TV-quality video, and the one- to five-minute clips lean toward the cheesy side, there's more than enough eye candy to keep you busy while you're waiting at the dentist's office or killing time at the airport."
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February 23, 2005

DVD recorder review: Sony RDR-VX500

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"Sony's easy-to-use VCR/DVD combo recorder does a fine job of transferring VHS tapes to DVD--but that's just the beginning. The RDR-VX500 boasts excellent video quality and, compared to other models such as the Panasonic DMR-E75VS, offers a few extra features, such as a FireWire input for making pristine recordings from a digital camcorder. True, it costs significantly more than most combo units, but its ability to record to four recordable formats (DVD-R/-RW and DVD+R/RW) may be worth the extra dough for compatibility-conscious duplicators."
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February 22, 2005

Wireless feature: CNET's quick guide to 3G cell phone service

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"For the past few years, cellular carriers and handset manufacturers have talked a lot about third-generation (3G) services for mobile phones. Despite all the talk, however, the companies haven't done a particularly good job of explaining what it all means. To many customers, the real meaning of 3G has been lost among promises of amazing features and zippy data speeds--promises that haven't lived up to reality. It's only in 2005 after years of delays that we're finally seeing the services come in any widespread form to the United States. But the question remains: What exactly is 3G?"
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February 07, 2005

DVD recorder review: Pioneer DVR-520H

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"Pioneer's slim and trim DVD recorder/hard disk combo might be missing an electronic programming guide, but its powerful archiving features and beginner-friendly menus help make up for the lost ground. The DVR-520H ($599 list, but available for $500 or less online) boasts an 80GB hard drive, an intuitive design, and a host of cool HDD-to-DVD (and vice versa) copying and archiving features. While some users will bemoan the lack of a component-video input or a 2.5-hour recording mode, others who don't mind en EPG-less recorder should give the DVR-520H a serious look."
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