Believe it or not, there are gadget companies other than Apple and new gadgets other than iPad 2. Samsung, one of the world's most innovative technology companies – it makes the chip that runs the iPad 2 – held its spring line show for the media this morning. Here are some highlights.
Don't like the hassle or ugly stack of multiple components near your TV? Samsung solves the problem with the world's first 7.1 channel audio-video receiver (AVR) with a 3D Blu-ray player built in. The HW-D7000 (May, $600) is functional and pretty – it's got a brushed metallic finish and a high-gloss panel that hides the Blu-ray loading slot. Instead of physical buttons, there's a touch panel with LED icons.