Nintendo's eye-popping portable powerhouse may be the talk of the town, but not all of said talk has been positive. Foremost, early adopters have reported trouble with the novely named Black Screen of Death, which kicks users to an ominous, sadly 2D error message that prompts an immediate reset. For some, however, problems have persisted to the point of angry marches back to the retailer, receipt in hand. Before you toss a brick through Nintendo's window over your bricked portable, however, let's hear the console-maker's side of the story.
Glasses-free 3D technology continues to gain steam. Later this month, Nintendo will launch its 3DS handheld console, the first of what we hope are many 3D devices that ditch the 3D glasses (assuming this whole 3D fad sticks around). Next up are large screen TVs, and as you read this, Samsung's over in China showing off a 55-inch 3D LCD TV that's able to produce 3D effects without any eye gear.
Earlier this month Audiovox wrapped up its acquistion of Klipsch for around $166 million, swallowing an audio stalwart that, on the PC side, is remembered most for its ProMedia speaker line, including the awesome 5.1 ProMedia Ultras. If you thought that would be the end of Klipsch, think again. In a revival of sorts, Klipsch is once again focusing on PC audio, this time turning its attention to notebooks.
You could make a compelling argument that Doom is the most important game of all time. It's certainly right up there, at least in terms of its impact on the industry. But the Doom movie starring Dwayne Johnson? That one's a bit more forgettable, if only Hollywood would let you forget about it, that is. Instead, like everything else, it appears Doom is going 3D. Oh joy?
Still not convinced that 3D is here to stay? Here it is -- the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is so sure that 3D isn't going anywhere that the organization launched a new standards process for 3D glasses. So not only is 3D staying put, but as far as the CEA is concerned, this whole business of having to don pair of glasses to see blue creatures defend a tree in three dimensions is going to be par for the course for a long while to come.
Bad news if you're hoping this whole 3D fad will hurry up and run its course, it looks like 3D is here to stay. Not only is 3D at the box office showing no signs of slowing down, research shows that revenue generated by 3D flicks nearly doubled in 2010 in North America, which was helped in part by movie theaters upgrading their screens to accommodate 3D motion pictures. In other words, consumers are voting with their wallets, and they're voting 'Yea.'
JVC is banking on you being ready to stop griping about the 3D revolution and being a part of it instead. That's the idea behind the new JVC GS-TD1, supposedly the world's first consumer class full HD 3D camcorder. The GS-TD1 comes with two imaging sensors to capture three-dimensional images in similar fashion to how your eyeballs process the world around them.
Now available for pre-sale is Sony's new line of home audio/video receivers with 3D support baked in. New models include the STR-DN1020, STR-DH820, STR-DH720, and STR-DH520. All four will ship this Spring, and none of them will set you back more than $500, with the lowest end model (DH520) carrying an MSRP of $230.
If you were never a fan of Jar Jar Binks to begin with, you probably couldn't care less that he's getting a 3D makeover. Maybe you couldn't care less about 3D, in which case go ahead and move along, this is not the announcement you've been looking for. Love it or hate it, the Star Wars prequel Episode 1: The Phantom Menace has been converted to 3D and is coming to theaters early next year.
When it comes to electronics, we love good old fashioned teardowns just like serial killers can't enough episodes of Dexter. The tech equivalent of Showtime's pathological superstar is iFixIt, the online source for do-it-yourself repair guides and parts. Their latest victim is Nintendo's 3DS handheld console, which they expose not only for our voyeuristic pleasure, but also to learn how easy or difficult it might be for the average Andy to perform in-house repairs.