Aluratek CINEPAL delivers sub $150 8″ HD media player


With all the latest news from the world of tablet computers, you’ll be happy to know that electronics manufacturers have not given up developing products that take one thing, and do it really well. The Aluratek CINEPAL is a good example of that.

Their 8″ HD media player doesn’t do Angry Birds, and it doesn’t come with an App store — but it will support a great array of video, music and photo file formats, including AVI, VOB, DAT, MPG, MPEG, Xvid, DivX, H.264, MKV, & RM / RMVB. The CINEPAL comes with 4GB of memory built in, and can be expanded using SD(HC) memory cards, USB flash drives and even USB hard drives.

Its 1280 x 768 screen supports 720p and 1080i HD video, and it can output HD signals to a TV or other device.

Aluratek CINEPAL

But perhaps the best part is its price — at just a penny shy of $150, this is a fantastically cheap way to watch HD content on the go. Even when you factor in the price of a 32GB memory card, you’ll end up with a sub $200 media player with enough storage for several long haul flights of movies.

To read more about the CINEPAL, or to find (online) retailers, head on over to

Logitech Alert home monitoring now available for the Apple iPad

logitech alert for iPad

Last year, we reviewed the Logitech Alert HD home monitoring system. This easy to use home security system is of course perfect for people who rarely see their home, but still want to keep an eye on what is going on. At its launch, it came with an iPhone and Android app – and last week, Logitech added a fantastic iPad version of the remote software.

When installed on your iPad, you gain full screen HD access to all your cameras, and because the Alert system offers secure remote access, you’ll be able to watch your home or other area anywhere in the world.

The app is free of charge (like the other Alert mobile apps) and is available from the App store. If you don’t have a Logitech Alert system yet, check out the lineup of cameras and master kits at

Ri turns your iPhone into a hotel room remote control

It doesn’t matter how upscale your hotel is – the remote for your in-room TV is almost always a filthy non-responsive piece of junk. Research back in 2009 uncovered that most remotes are covered in sperm and urine – which is why I’ve traveled with a universal remote control for several years.

One new alternative may convince you to carry your own remote as well – assuming you travel with an iOS device. The Ri remote dongle plugs into your headphone jack, and when combined with its free app, turns your device into a fully functional remote control.

The software has a database of hundreds of devices, which means you’ll only need to do a quick setup of the hotel TV, and be able to leave the room remote alone.

Ri retails for $29.99 and is available directly from its developer.

Hyatt Summerfield Suites looking for Caribbean inspired grill recipes

Following the success of their first summer grilling social, Hyatt’s Summerfield Suites are once again preparing for a summer of free grilling events at their hotels.

The theme for this year is “Caribbean Cuisine”, which means inspiration from ingredients like coconut, plantains and black beans.

Best of all, the chain is looking to its guests for some recipe ideas, and will reward the best one with free stays and an Apple iPad.

So, if you have something worthy of the grill that you’d like to share with Summerfield Suites, head on over to their contest page and submit your entry. If all works out, you could be the lucky owner of an iPad, and hold the honor of seeing your recipe served at Summerfield Suites hotels all around the nation. Once the grilling season starts, you’ll find the free grilling socials Monday through Thursday evenings.

Support the Japanese relief efforts with “Quakebook”

QuakebookWhen Japan was hit by a magnitude 8 earthquake on March 11, 2011 at 2:46PM, nobody expected it to turn into the most devastating natural disaster to ever hit the country.

Even though a lot of the news revolves around the damaged nuclear reactors, the impact on human life is still immense, and thousands of people are not able to return to their homes, assuming their homes were not washed away in the massive tsunami.

Immediately after the quake, a team of writers put something amazing in motion — a Twitter sourced book created in under two weeks. The book will launch in Amazon Kindle format on April 15, and print versions will be available after that. All revenues from the book will go to the Japan Red Cross.

Reading some of the excerpts gives an idea of the situation, on a much more personal level that you get from reading the news. The book also contains a piece by Yoko Ono and work by authors William Gibson, Barry Eisler and Jake Adelstein

Thanks to the Kindle format, you’ll be able to read the book on your Amazon Kindle, or any device with the Kindle reader application (PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Android and Windows Phone). The book is available for pre-order, and if you order now, it’ll be automatically delivered as soon as it is released on the 15th.