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Turtle Beach Ear Force Z2 ears-on (Engadget)

Jun 20th 2010 11:18AM Dear Turtle Beach,

Please make wireless, surround sound headphones with bluetooth chat for the PlayStation 3.

Future buyer

HDHomeRun CableCARD will feature three tuners in time for the holidays (Engadget)

May 11th 2010 5:48PM @swoon Thanks for the tip. I really want to move away from my HDPVR solution to cable cards but WMC7 is just a bit too locked down for my tastes. Lets hope they open up CableCARDs at least a little bit more. Either way I doubt MythTV will be adding DRM support any time soon.

HDHomeRun CableCARD will feature three tuners in time for the holidays (Engadget)

May 11th 2010 5:34PM Hey Ben,
Could you explain the what it takes to get a cable card supported HTPC? I know it has to do with Cable Labs certifying the software and it has to be licensed for PlaysForSure because that is the DRM cable cards use right? That is kinda where it breaks down for me on what exactly it takes to get cable card support into other HTPC software. Also I know WMC is cable card supported, is there a table of other supported software? SageTV, BeyondTV, MythTV, etc.
Also do the new proposed rules change any of that if they are passed? I would love to get Cable Card support but I don't think I am ready to go back to WMC7.

Higher Ed choosing sides on iPad use (TUAW.com)

May 7th 2010 12:30PM I work at a private university and we sell iPads through our computer store. I really don't think iPads are going to be much of an issue seeing as we have only sold 5 and 4 of those were for departments/giveaways.
That and we have already put things into place to allow iPod touches onto our wifi with 24 hour provisioning. They have to re-connect each day to get access. The iPads will have to do the same thing.

How would you change Palm's Pre Plus and Pixi Plus? (Engadget)

Mar 7th 2010 5:03PM Port webOS to the HD2 or HTC Supersonic and I would be sold. I think webOS is the best mobile OS to date but I want a bigger keyboard or larger screen (hopefully both).

Palm Elan to be the next webOS smartphone, heading to AT&T? (Engadget)

Mar 7th 2010 4:57PM @Nitesh I agree, I think webOS is the best mobile platform out there but I just don't like the hardware on the pre or pixie. If this is a horizontal slider or big enough slate (and on other carriers besides AT&T) I will get this in a heartbeat.

Engadget Podcast 182 - 02.07.2010 (Engadget)

Feb 8th 2010 11:37PM I would just like to comment on the discussion about thin convertible notebooks vs dedicated slates/second machines.
I currently have the HP 2730p (and have had the tc1000, tc1100, tc4200, tc4400, and 2710p) I have been using HP's tablets for quite some time (provided from work) and just wanted to say that I think a thin convertible tablet is the way to go. Not only do you not have to worry about switching operating systems (say from windows to iphoneOS/linux), but that means you also don't need to worry about file synchronization and your "tablet" only being able to play flash etc.
The 2730p is a really nice machine (but still not worth the price personally) and the 2740p looks great (with an i5/i7 processor, better GPU, capacitive touch screen, and better speaker placement) but I think I would personally look at the Lonovo x200 as well. The convertible tablets are more expensive than a traditional laptop but when you are looking at a $1000-1500 laptop and a $500-800 slate a $2000 tablet doesn't sound so bad after all.
I read on my current 2730p in portrait mode quite often and flip the screen back when I need to type long comments like this one.
Convertible laptops are much better than notebook/tablet IMO. Especially with 12" display's, i5 processors, and capacitive screens.

Ask Engadget: Best NAS / media streamer combo device? (Engadget)

Feb 5th 2010 2:34AM Windows home server + Twonky media server

Four out of ten IT professionals would buy a tablet, but would you? (TUAW.com)

Jan 25th 2010 7:35PM I already have a tablet and have no plans on buying the Apple tablet. I have used convertible tablets for a long time now and find them perfect for a single machine that can do everything I need (touch input and full laptop).
I am sure most of its functionality will make its way into the PC world in one way or another within 6 months so it is not like I would be missing out on much.