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TDK has always been one to push the limits. Back in August, we heard that the company's roadmap included 960GB laptop drives and 3.2TB desktop drives. Now, we're also hearing that it's looking to push the same boundaries in the optical media realm. How does a 10-layer, 320GB disc sound? Sounds like Blu-ray whimpering.Reportedly, the media storage company has already developed a 10-layer disc capable of holding a whopping 320GB, or 32GB per layer. Better still, it's possible to write and read data on and from the disc by using a blue-violet semiconductor laser with an oscillation wavelength of 405nm... Read more...
Netflix and Samsung Partner to Instantly Stream Movies on Next Generation Blu-ray Disc Players Samsung BD-P2500 and BD-P2550 Blu-ray Players Transformed into Gateways that Give Consumers Access to More Than 12,000 Choices of Movies and TV Episodes from Netflix Partnership will Include Streaming to a Range of Home Entertainment Products LOS GATOS, Calif. and RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J., Oct. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX), the world's largest online movie rental service, and Samsung Electronics America, a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today... Read more...
Now that Blu-ray has won the format wars, many are wondering when the prices are going to start dropping, maybe even coming into line with HD DVD player prices.  Don't hold your breath:The $200-player Blu-ray cavalry is at least a year away, according to Sony Electronics CEO Stan Glasgow, who we talked to today in New York. "I don't think $200 is going to happen this year. Next year $200 could happen. We'll be at a $300 rate this year. $299 will happen this year."We're still keen on the PS3 as a Blu-ray player.  Sure it's a little more expensive than a simple player but you get Blu-ray,... Read more...
The continuing battle between Blu-Ray and HD DVD might eventually boil down to who can get their player into more consumer hands.  A large part of that equation is price.  How does less than $200 sound?If you're worried that $200 will buy you a cut rate player, think again.  We're talking about a HD DVD player that was going for $499 just a year ago:“Toshiba's HD-A2 was originally released in December 2006 with a $499 price tag. Over the past year, the price for the player has steadily dropped to $399 in April and to $299 in July. Toshiba's long-running five free HD DVD movie offer... Read more...
Being on the bleeding edge has its pluses and minuses.  You get to sample the latest stuff first, but if that same technology advances and it doesn't take your older hardware into account, you may end up with a brick.  There was thus some trepidation over the latest wave of features being added to 20th Century-Fox's latest Blu-Ray releases.With the next wave of interactive features having been added to 20th Century-Fox's latest Blu-Ray Disc releases, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and The Day After Tomorrow, there was always a certain level of anticipation that some existing... Read more...
Super Talent Launches New Family of Personal Media Players San Jose , California - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of DRAM memory modules and flash storage solutions, today launched a new line of VIDEGO personal digital media players. These new players support MP3/WMA music playback, as well as FM stereo and voice/FM recording. They are packed with audio features including FM presets, various repeat modes and equalizer settings. But VIDEGO players are much more than just music players. These new... Read more...
Way back in early June, HotHardware told you that Mozilla was considering configuring the next iteration of their Firefox web browser to detect malicious code, and to warn users not to open infected websites. The next version of Firefox is indeed being developed to do just that, and may or may not even allow you to override the warning and load the page.  Security company Sophos reported last month that the number of malicious Web sites has skyrocketed over the past few months, from 5,000 new ones a day in April to nearly 30,000 a day in early July. One reason, according to Sophos... Read more...
Computers have gotten to the point where they can routinely decimate the best human players at many games, but most of those games can be boiled down to simply analyzing x number of moves in advance and seeing which move(s) result in the highest probability of success.  What about games that might use a bit of instinct and intuition, especially in regards to observing betting trends?We might get an answer soon as computers are going to try to take on a pair of poker champions at their own game: Texas Hold ‘Em. “Laak will play with a partner, fellow pro Ali Eslami. The two will be in separate... Read more...
Sony announced recently that it will be offering stand-alone Blu-Ray players for as cheap as $599 with the coming release of the Sony BDP-S300 Blu-Ray player. Sony's first stand-alone Blu-Ray players debuted at prices just under $1000, so the price cut of $400 is definitely a major plus for those looking to add a Blu-Ray unit to their home theatre. Sony has announced its plans to slash the price of high definition, according the Associated Press. At a New York press conference, Sony talked up its forthcoming BDP-S300 Blu-ray player. The big... Read more...
Toshiba announced at the CES that they've made a triple-stacked HD-DVD read-only disc that can hold more ones and zeros than a standard Blu-Ray disc --51 gigabytes. That's a lot of 1080p hi-def goodness: The new disc shares the same disc structure as standard DVD and previously announced HD DVD formats: two 0.6-mm thick discs bonded back-to-back. According to Toshiba, the added cost to produce discs with the third layer is minimal, thanks to the use of the same physical disc structure as DVD. Toshiba aims to secure approval of the new disc by the DVD Forum within this year. Ritek said... Read more...
Tuesday marked the first day of availability for HD DVD discs, with two studios releasing three movies in the next-generation optical disc format. The releases are intended to coincide with the launch of the first HD DVD player from Toshiba. Warner Home Video shipped "The Last Samurai" and "The Phantom of the Opera" while Universal shipped "Serenity." The releases comes a full month ahead of the first Blu-ray titles, expected from Sony's movie studio arm on May 23. However, the first Blu-ray players are not due until late June.  ... Read more...
HELSINKI (Reuters) - Mobile phones will deal a final blow to makers of music devices and video camcorders, having already hit the photo industry, a senior executive at handset maker Nokia told the Financial Times newspaper. Anssi Vanjoki, head of the multimedia unit at the world's largest cellphone maker, pointed in comments published on Tuesday to Nokia's 2000 forecast of the death of the photo industry, and said the same fate was looming for other sectors. Nokia made 100 million cameraphones last year, making it the world's largest camera manufacturer. READ MORE...... Read more...
Starting in March, Toshiba plans on shipping HD-DVD drives, making them the first commercial introduction of HD-DVD.  Sony plans to introduce rival Blu-Ray drives in the Summer.  Blu-Ray has garnered growing support in recent weeks and months, but this fight is far from over.  Pricing for HD-DVD are not for the squeamish at $799 and $499 for two models while Blu-Ray pricing is still uncertain. "Japanese electronics maker Toshiba Corp. said Thursday it will start selling high-definition players that support its HD DVD format in the... Read more...
So, have all of you had your chance to spend some quality time with Doom 3?  Have you lost countless hours reveling in the horror, fragging the baddies back to where they belong?  I suspect a lot of you have.  I've tried to put some quality time in myself and I can surely say, this game delivers the goods on fear and graphics quality, no doubt.  Too bad I don't have the time to play for hours on end.  Something about work and divorce always comes up to rain on the party :) Doom 3: Why is Radeon X800 Series behind GeForce6? @ 3DCenter.org: "One the one hand, Radeon-cards... Read more...
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