PC World giving away an Apple TV

Apple Store“In the scramble to get an Apple TV in time for a quick review, we ended up buying two of them, one of which has never been removed from its shrink-wrap cocoon. We’d like nothing better than to pass this hermetically sealed entertainment powerhouse onto one of our loyal readers … but there is one little catch. To enter the contest, we’re asking you to do a little work,” PC World announces.

All you have to do is nominate a product for our annual list of The 100 Best Products of the Year. We’ve set up a forum thread to take your nominations. Tell us about hardware, software or Web sites you think stand out from the crowd, along with a line or two about what you like about them. That’s it – Post a nomination before the April 13 deadline and we’ll include you in the drawing for the Apple TV. (If you’re not already a registered member of PC World, you’ll be prompted to register… Those of you who have already nominated a product will be automatically entered in the contest.

More info here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Island Girl” for the heads up.]

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15 Comments

  1. I’m using our Apple TV right now ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” /> Our three year old is watching Rojo the Firetruck (Dora the Explorer for the uninitiated). Fantastic product.

  2. Well I love my Apple TV. Has anyone else got a survey call yet. I got mine last night. The questions were pretty basic but one that got my attention was what type of game machines did I have. Hmmmmm! I find that one truly interesting.

  3. PC Magazine “pooped” on Apple products. I have been reading PC World for some time, and their reviews are usually pretty positive. Apple always ranks very highly in their reliability and support survey, they love their iPods, and they give Macs a fair amount of coverage for a “PC” magazine.

  4. So?
    In other news…
    New $5,000 Multimedia Computer System Downloads Real-Time TV Programs, Displays Them On Monitor

    HOUSTON—The highly touted “Internet Revolution” took another major step forward Monday, when Compaq unveiled the breakthrough Compaq Presario 6000, a $4,995 multimedia computer system that enables users to download files containing network-television programs and display them on a computer monitor.

    Enlarge Image
    Joseph Ryback of Salinas, CA, enjoys an episode of Home Improvement on the Compaq Presario 6000. Ryback praised the advanced new computer system, calling it “just like TV, only a computer.”

    “Imagine watching TV at the click of a mouse, instead of a remote control,” Compaq director of product development Bill Welborne said. “With the Compaq Presario 6000 and a few reasonably priced add-ons, you’ll never have to watch TV on a television again.”

    According to Welborne, for a $49 monthly fee, owners of the Presario 6000 will be able to access network websites, where 300MB “.vid files” will be available for download. The downloaded files can then be conveniently viewed on the Presario 6000 using a special TV-dedicated version of Netscape Communicator 4.0, priced at just $89.95.

    A sound card enabling users to enjoy the sound that accompanies the downloaded TV images is also available for $349.

    “Pictures, sound—this is the promise of the Multimedia Age realized,” Welborne said.

    Demonstrating the technology, Welborne stood proudly beside a prototype of the Presario 6000 as it displayed an eight-minute segment from a recent 3rd Rock From The Sun episode, downloaded from an NBC server in under 75 minutes.

    “Please note that this is a television program,” Welborne said, “but it is being displayed on a computer monitor.”

    More exciting still, the viewing can occur in real-time concurrent with the download, provided the user owns a dedicated T1 Internet connection.

    “Yes, the image is somewhat grainy and limited to just six frames per second,” Welborne said. “But the technology will only improve as 466 MHz processors with more efficient Pipeline Burst Cache and Accelerated Graphics Ports with 10 MB VRAM become standard in the consumer marketplace. And when they do, the images will be remarkably crisp and detailed, every bit as good as that of, say, a 19-inch Philips-Magnavox TV.”

    “This is incredible,” said Wayne Messers, a Huntington Beach, CA, systems analyst who sampled the Presario 6000 last weekend at the National Computer And Electronics Expo in San Diego. “I’m watching TV, but there’s a keyboard in front of the screen.”

    Added Messers: “There’s also a disk drive to the left of the screen.”

    “When I buy my 6000, I’m going to have all my co-workers over to view the first-ever Spin City episode downloaded from the Internet,” said Peter Rinaldi of Escondido, CA. “I feel like I’m a part of history just buying this product.”

    The Presario 6000 will be the first computer to feature the forthcoming 550 MHz Intel Pentium III processor, with MMX2(TM) technology. It is this revolutionary new chip that will enable the Presario 6000 to play television programs on its monitor, a capability virtually unheard-of in an electronic device.

    As for the future, Compaq promises even more astounding breakthroughs.

    “An even bolder technology still in the planning stages involves a plug-in computer peripheral featuring rows of metal coils which heat up when activated,” Welborne said. “Once this device is perfected, computer users will actually be able to convert bread into toast. The future is now.”

    http://www.theonion.com/content/node/39109

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