Hulu
March 13, 2008

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Hulu may be the greatest webpage since YouTube. Hulu is a free service that streams your favorite television programs. It’s better than watching say, six YouTube clips–one after another–that will be taken down eventually for reasons of copyright infringement. So, how does Hulu keep its content from being deleted by the legal departments of television stations? Well, it has gathered the support of Fox, NBC, MGM, Sony, Lionsgate and Warner Brothers, thereby allowing them to freely display not only television programs but also full-length feature films.

It’s awesome to be able to watch episodes of House on my own time! I think their available content on certain shows are great (e.g. The Simpsons)while others are not so great (e.g. Top Chef). It’s a small disappointment, but hopefully they fill in the gaps soon.

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Gran Turismo 5 Prologue
January 29, 2008

Those lucky Japanese have been racing their heart out on Gran Turismo latest installment for the last month. But here in the States, we are here impatiently awaiting the release of our favorite racing simulator. My PlayStation 3 really needs this game. It has been humiliated for being treated as no more than a standard DVD player and rarely even that. That glossy convex box has so much more to offer, I know it!But alas, we must wait another three months before GT5P is available to us. But at least we now know how much longer we must wait. April 17th will the day and you can bet I will be at my local video game boutique to get myself a copy.

The retail disc has been priced at $40 and will include an exclusive video. The game itself will also be available to download through PSN.

Sony XEL-1 OLED Television
January 27, 2008

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I was at my local Sony shop when I saw this beauty. The screen is just three millimeters thick, but then you see that it’s affixed onto a stand that doesn’t share its anorexic properties. So okay, it’s thin. What isn’t these days? The real beauty behind this television isn’t so much what was aforementioned but rather the quality of the picture. It was gorgeous! You really have to see it to believe it. The screen isn’t filled with liquid crystal or plasma but utilizes the brand-new technology of organic light emitting diodes (or OLEDs for short) giving an amazing contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1. The unit measures only eleven inches diagonally and will empty you out $2500. Consider this: if you settle for an LCD, you can get a very nice 46″ HDTV flat panel for the same money. So you have three options, put that money in the bank and wait for OLED technology to drop in price and get a bigger display in the future, get that 46-incher LCD, or invite your friends to watch the big game on your tiny TV.

Me? Well, I’m definitely holding out for OLED. I was sold after seeing the picture quality on that screen.

If you were thinking the third option: click here to see more about the XEL-1.