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Well the winner of the "Who wants to be listed in Wikipedia next to the Betamax format" sweepstakes appears to be HD-DVD.  Paramount  has decided to follow Warner Brother's recent decision to support Blu-ray and is going to drop its support of the HD-DVD format. Warner's decision last week to throw its weight behind Blu-ray saw it... Read more...
Apple's out with their new Mac Pro, and they've gone core crazy. Running two of Intel's  Quadcore Xeon processors at 3.2 GHz,  they're bound to appeal to the many Mac users that need lots of computing horsepower. “The new Mac Pro is the fastest Mac we’ve ever made,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide... Read more...
Oh yeah. Alienware knows where the cutting edge is, and it isn't spreadsheets. They've reached out to the inner Nomad in all of us with their outrageous prototype curved DLP display, with a  2880 x 900 resolution screen. That is not a typo. They've got video of some lucky fellow blasting away from the Consumer Electronics Show here.... Read more...
Windows Mobile 7 is currently being developed by Microsoft.  As usual, there's one of three things available on the Internet about it:  One person inside Microsoft gives a fistful of information about products being worked on, for laughs, or for money, or because they're unhappy, or because they're thrilled about it. Or perhaps Microsoft... Read more...
Hitachi can read the digital writing on the wall. Small hard disk drives have nowhere to go but down, soon to be made obsolete by NAND flash memory. They're phasing out their small drive business and focusing on making their bigger 2.5" and 3.5" drives. Large-sized hard disk drives used in PCs and servers hold a cost advantage over NAND flash... Read more...
Phishing scams grow more sophisticated every day. And as sites like banks and credit card companies become hardened against attack, crafty information thieves find ways to steal information further out in the digital landscape. Facebook users reported a phishing attack on Wednesday that is disguised as a message left for them from a trusted... Read more...
Starting today, American customers can buy Dell's new Inspiron 1525s.  Lighter and thinner than their predecessor 1520s, they're available in eight colors with four optional design patterns, too. So you can customize them enough to answer the question: Which hideous looking laptop is yours?Like its predecessor, it features all kinds of... Read more...
Netflix is making deals with electronics makers to allow their rental service customers to (eventually) stream high-definition video directly to their televisions. Netflix has been tinkering with the idea of offering their own set-top box, but seem to be abandoning that idea in favor of working with established manufacturers of televisions... Read more...
Even though Microsoft has a search engine, Google and Microsoft don't often get portrayed as competitors in the press. Redmondmag explored the complex relationship that Google has with the open-source community, and answers the question: "What's the greatest threat to Microsoft's dominance, Google or open source? " with a resounding "both."Google's... Read more...
Download squad has an amusing -- and spot-on -- list of the 5 most annoying programs on your PC. It's delightfully vicious about its bloatware choices, and unlike many such lists, it isn't just some fanboi attacking software from one vendor.  Its choice at number 1 is Acrobat Reader, which is hard to argue with. Who among us has not done... Read more...
LG Philips announced they've got a new 52" multi-touch LCD screen that will debut at the Consumer Electronics Show next week. The screens are geared towards the commercial and advertising market. Soon you'll be able to move from gathering low-tech germs on doorknobs to sharing high-tech pathogens on glittering LCD displays that everyone paws... Read more...
Turning over the calendar means lots and lots of lists. The lists cataloging the year gone by get boring fast. We like crazy stabs at the future much better. Here's a list of ten things that could change the next ten years of your future, chosen despite --and  because -- they seem so unlikely. But as the author points out, pretty much... Read more...
If you've been stashing extra lithium batteries in your luggage when flying, the Transportation Department would like a word with you.  Wary of short circuits that could cause a fire, they're limiting the amount you can transport, and specifying the type of packaging required for the little lithium friends you carry to keep your electronic... Read more...
Let's all calm down, shall we? There are a lot of news reports about the RIAA suing Jeffery Howell for ripping copies of his legally purchased music CDs for his own use.  But according to engadget, that's not the case at all; he's being sued for the plain old-fashioned crime of participating in illegal downloading.As we're all unfortunately... Read more...
One or the other of the two high-definition formats has to get an edge eventually, doesn't it?  This might help Blu-ray. Panasonic has started shipping samples of the world's thinnest internal Blu-ray drive -- just 9.5 mm high.Now available to PC manufacturers, the new sample 9.5 mm high BD drives, were accomplished by combining Panasonic's... Read more...
You can't be missed until you go away, but it's unlikely that Wal-Mart's online video download service will be missed even now that it has gone away. Less than a year after it began, Wal-Mart quietly closed it up four days before Christmas. No one even noticed until now. A message at www.walmart.com/videodownloads said the service was stopped... Read more...
In a move that will no doubt send double-door armoire makers into a death spiral, Sony announced today that they would stop manufacturing rear-projection televisions next year.  Sony said it would focus its resources on liquid crystal display (LCD) and organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology to address the flat-TV market, which... Read more...
Apple has inked a deal with 20th Century Fox to offer an on-demand video rental service through their iTunes interface.  Perhaps as interesting as that tidbit, Apple is also offering their Digital Rights Management system to Fox for their DVD releases.Apart from letting people rent online, Apple will also for the first time extend its... Read more...
The fight for supremacy between the two high-definition formats for entertainment has been fought to a stalemate, at least according to Sony's CEO Howard Stringer. Sony backs the Blu-ray standard, while Toshiba touts the HD DVD format. When the numbers are in for Christmas, we'll likely see that one or the other format has a wide lead over... Read more...
OLED stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode. It's been touted as an possible future improvement over plasma, LCD and standard LEDs for a while now. Since it doesn't require a backlight to display images, it uses less electricity than its competitors and displays better in sunlight, which makes it a favorite for small handheld screens where... Read more...
High definition televisions keep getting cheaper and bigger. Sales are growing, especially this holiday season. There seems to be a slight problem with them: lots of people aren't all that thrilled with them once they get them home, and up to 20 percent of them are returned to the store where they were purchased. Why?Industry insiders say... Read more...
What would year-end magazine issues be without wild-eyed predictions for the future?  The Economist has wisely decided to limit their predictions to just next year, and to only three guesses. And unlike the usual flying car daydreams or SARS  epidemic nightmares, these seem pretty likely: Surfing will slow. Surfing will go wireless.... Read more...
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