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Kodak Zx3 PLAYSPORT Pocket HD Camcorder Review

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Kodak Zx3 PLAYSPORT Pocket HD Camcorder Review

Need a pocket HD camcorder that can survive the trials and tribulations provided by summer festivals? Want to shoot video of some of our aquatic friends whilst snorkling? Well look no further because Kodak’s latest entry into the pocket HD camcorder market might be just the ticket. The Zx3 PLAYSPORT is a rugged, waterproof and high quality entry into a device category that is under real threat from the ever-improving camera phone. Whilst most phones boast a camera of some sort these days, there’s a new breed of high quality, high frame rate, camera wielding phones like the iPhone 4 and HTC Evo 4G that might just pull the rug out from under the pocket camcorder market.

In an effort to differentiate themselves, Kodak have launched into the market with a series of rugged pocket HD movie-makers, with the first being the Zx1. Whilst it was dust and splash proof, and could survive a knock or two, it wasn’t fully waterproof. Now it’s successor, the Zx3 PLAYSPORT comes packing an improved camera, longer battery life and most importantly a fully sealed body capable of holding water tight down to 3m. Perhaps then, the Zx3 packing image stabilisation, face tracking and full HD recording is the perfect companion to your summer festival or holiday getaway.

For a quick four-minute review check out the video below or hit the jump for the full thing.

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Weekly Tech Wrap-up

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Weekly Tech Wrap-up

Another week in Tech has flown by, but what have we got to show for it?

Look Ma', I'm flying!

Well, have you ever wished you could fly? Not in a plane I mean, fly like Superman? Yeah, I have too. Well I’m afraid that’s impossible, but you can have the next best thing, the Martin jetpack. The jetpack in question is destined to be the first commercially available later this year, and at $86000 it’s not even as much as a fully specced Lambo. This personal flying marvel is powered by a 2L V4 two-stroke engine spinning two carbon-kevlar composite rotors, running on bog standard petrol with a flight time of 30mins. It’s technically not a ‘jetpack’ because there’s no actual jets, but if that doesn’t beat the pants off your mate’s crappy sports car, I don’t know what will. Read On

Toshiba eats humble pie – releases BD player

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blu_ray_logoToshiba, one of the main backers of HD-DVD has joined the Blu-Ray fold with the rumoured release of it’s first Blu-Ray player (and recorder for its home market). Having been thoroughly beaten in the format war (how much good that’s done the BDA is unknown at this point) Toshiba wisely cut it’s losses, pulled out of the HD-DVD format and 18 months later has gone one stage further and will actually be bringing Blu-Ray player to market. Ouch that smarts.

[Via Engadget & TechRadar (and machine translation)]

HD Movies Available now on iTunes

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As a lot of our readers may know I’m not a big Apple/Macintosh fan but I do use iTunes (because Serato Scratch Live works off iTunes) So…

Apple/iTunes Announced yesterday that it would be hosting High Definition Movies yesterday effective IMMEDIATELY. The movies will be $4.99 to rent and $19.99 to buy. Available already are titles like Role Models, Wall E and The Dark Knight. Certain movies like Quantum Solace and Twilight are even available for Pre-Order so that once they’re available they will automatically begin downloading.

This is what I saw

This is what I saw

Simpsons New Intro and in HD

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Look who is joining the HD Band Wagon.  You can chalk up another “Simpsons did it” for becoming one of the first primetime cartoons to go high definition.  The first HD episode of the Simpsons will air toinght on FOX. (Check your local listings.)  But not only that, they finally have a new intro segment.  They haven’t had a new intro segment since 1989!  Congrats to the Simpsons.