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For anyone old enough to remember the VHS/Betamax wars, the new battle between Blu-ray and HD DVD might seem like history repeating itself.  While VHS did eventually prevail, it certainly put a lot of consumers off.  It also probably opened the door for wide adoption of the DVD as a single unified standard after both the VCD and laserdisc failed to gain a large enough foothold.Both of the new formats have support from different coalitions of movie studios, which means that if you want to watch high definition movies you could very well end up needing to buy two devices or a more expensive combo-device.... Read more...
If you own a tinfoil hat, now might be a good time to go grab it.  Apparently Windows Vista has no less than 20 features/services that harvest information: "Are you using Windows Vista? Then you might as well know that the licensed operating system installed on your machine is harvesting a healthy volume of information for Microsoft. In this context, a program such as the Windows Genuine Advantage is the last of your concerns. In fact, in excess of 20 Windows Vista features and services are hard at work collecting and transmitting your personal data to the Redmond company. Microsoft makes no... Read more...
The HD DVD Promotional Group made a proud announcement today that over half of all next-generation video players sold use HD DVD format, which means that they have a slight advantage over their BD contenders. “About 60 percent of all movie players use HD DVD, and are selling far more titles than before as well. Over 75,000 of the discs sold in the last week of May -- a record achievement for a still new format.” These figures come as a result of a recent price decline on the entry-level Toshiba HD-A2 player and other similar players. The group stated that sales doubled for all players when... Read more...
While the format wars rage on, many different solutions are being proposed. The latest is a disk that Time Warner will announce next week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Total HD movies will carry movies that can be played on high-definition DVD players that use technology backed by Sony Corp.'s Blu-ray format, as well as players using Toshiba Corp.-backed HD-DVD format. The competing formats have been blamed for hindering sales of high-definition movies and players, with consumers recalling the bruising war between Sony Corp.'s... Read more...
Attempting to bridge the divide between two competing standards efforts, Cadence Design Systems will announce Monday (Dec. 4) that it has contributed its Common Power Format (CPF) to the Silicon Integration Initiative's (Si2) Low Power Coalition ahead of the anticipated date of January 31, 2007. A statement from Cadence and Si2 cites "significant customer input" as the reason. Read more here...... Read more...
The most mundane store has doors that open when you approach. We all have personal communicators now, but ours take pictures, play music, and have GPS. My PDA puts a tricorder to shame. Full body non-invasive scans? Check. All that was left really, from Star Trek's original kit of technology was teleportation. Well, the scientists at Neils Bohr institute in Copenhagen have got that figured out too. Until now scientists have teleported similar objects such as light or single atoms over short distances from one spot to another in a split... Read more...
Intel is looking for details from AMD in the Antitrust case that was started last year. Now that the AMD-ATI merger is complete, Intel is requesting all sorts of info from both AMD and ATI, and is questioning whether AMD will make ATI chips. Intel is specifically looking for financial details from the merger, as well as document's that could possibly affect AMD's semiconductor manufacturing. "Interestingly, Intel want to see documents provided to ATI or any initiative by AMD to improve performance or competitively position against... Read more...
An interesting thread over at the StarForce forums has been developing for the past few days. It all started when a link was provided by a StarForce employee, taking users to OnlineSecurity ON's website where they explain the "truth" about StarForce Drivers. As some found out however, the site has close ties to StarForce itself."To conclude, we must say that StarForce does not use rootkits, StarForce does not cause security issues and StarForce is not the only software developer that installs ring 0 drivers. We appreciate all the feedback from our clients and users and that is why StarForce... Read more...
Remember when SLI was the answer to all your performance dreams? You know, you get a couple of great cards, throw them in your system, and nothing could be better... right? Well actually yeah, things can get better, with Quad SLI! If you need something to drool over tonight, make sure to skip on over to PC Perspective to check out some information and pics on Quad SLI. "There is a new chip on the card that NVIDIA developed that acts as a physical PCI Express bus splitter. It takes the single physical X16 PCIe slot that is fed to the card and splits... Read more...
Well, as Designtechnica reports, Blue-ray seems to be gaining more acceptance and support. With backers like Sony and various movie studios, this format certainly isn't going away. The other contender in the HD department is HD DVD, which is backed by Microsoft."At Twentieth Century Fox Studios on November 29, the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) gave an update on their blue laser technology. BDA felt that it was time to highlight its progress in bringing "the new high definition format" to market. Andy Parson, Senior Vice President of Advanced Product Development for Pioneer Electronics, opened... Read more...
Microsoft has finally decided to open up it's office document formats. Complying with the request from government and other agencies, Microsoft will offer it's Excel, Word, and PowerPoint formats as open standards. "Microsoft has been facing increasing pressure from governments and agencies that have insisted on standards compliance for their software. Microsoft executives confirmed that the move would help the company win contracts from public authorities that want software based on open standards."... Read more...
Good afternoon folks! At midnight tonight, a new player in PC gaming unveiled its plans to introduce a new physics accelerator, that promises to vastly improve the realism of games. AGEIA's PhysX chip, as it's called, won't debut for a few more months, and its success depends on the adoption of the technology by the game development community, but the technology has a lot of promise.  Here are some clips from their press release, and a couple of links to articles about AGEIA and the PhysX chip. AGEIA's NovodeX Physics SDK Opens New Frontier in Game Realism NovodeX API optimized for both multi-processor... Read more...
Good evening HotHardware fans! I'm here to let you all know that we've just posted a review of Plextor's PX-712SA Dual-Format DVD+/- SATA Drive. This drive is virtually identical to the very popular PX-712A we reviewed back in June, but it sports a Serial ATA interface. Click here and take a look!... Read more...
Back in mid-June we took a look at the latest offering from Plextor, the PX-712A.  This drive boasted 12X DVD+R write speeds and maintained the same level of quality we've come to expect from Plextor.  For years, Plextor has been in the optical drive business and for most of that time they've been the one company all others can be gauged against.  This is because Plextor makes drives for the professional and the serious enthusiast looking for advanced features and the ability to control drive performance.  Sometimes, they are not the first to reach the market with the fastest... Read more...
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