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Here's some interesting fodder to chat about at the water cooler. Sony, the company responsible for producing a disc-free PlayStation Portable game console, is apparently not too keen on going the all-download route in the home console space. In a recent interview, Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Kaz Hirai said that a digital future in the game market is over ten years away. So, is this revelation due to the PSPgo being a general flop? It's hard to say, really. Kaz stated: "We do business in parts of the world where network infrastructure isn’t as robust as one would hope. There’s always... Read more...
Media players, and media streamers in particular, are just about everywhere these days. It's not difficult to find one to suit your needs, but a lot of the more modern versions have network connectivity. That's a fine feature if you're in need, but it's an extra expense if you never really planned on looking to the Web for content in the first place. Western Digital has offered a number of media streamers over the years, with their latest box having no access to the Internet at all. It's a basic, stripped-down version of the WD TV Live Plus, with the WD Elements Play having no integrated Wi-Fi... Read more...
Right from the start, Sony has been one of Blu-ray's largest fans, and also one of the company's pouring the most money into marketing the format. Many people assumed that Blu-ray was a format created by Sony at first, but it's actually not. Nevertheless, Sony is now helping to advance Blu-ray into the next level, teaming with Tohoku University in order to develop a blue-violet laser with a 100W output. This may not sound too important on the surface, but it holds a lot of promise. What kind of promise? According to reports, this invention could lead to 1TB optical discs. That's a fair bit larger... Read more...
Surveys. Boy, how we love surveys. You never really know what people will say or how they'll react to a crazy question, but it's oftentimes hilarious to see the results. A survey taught us that people prefer airport Wi-Fi to good airport food selections (hey, we can't argue!), and now a survey has found that consumers trust the Internet more than their own friends and family. Wait, really?! The Digital Influence Index  event, presented by Fleishman-Hillard International in partnership with Harris Interactive, is to thank for this crazy revelation, as it found that "for the average UK consumer,... Read more...
The "cloud" has come a long way. A few years ago, only enterprises used clouds to serve files to various divisions, and hardly any consumer had access to one. Now, consumer-facing companies are pushing cloud services harder than ever before, in large part due to how cheap storage is becoming and how much easier it is to find broadband Internet access at home or on the road. Music and multi-media are two aspects that rarely stay at home. Most content owners are in need of finding a solution for streaming or transporting their material for consumption on the go, and mSpot is a new company hoping... Read more...
This weekend has been chock full of iPad news, but there's a little bit of iPhone news to share this morning as well. Elgato's heralded EyeTV app has received an update, but this isn't just any update: it's probably the most important update a media streaming app could get. The latest version of EyeTV (1.0.2) now allows for streaming of live TV signals over Wi-Fi as well as 3G, the latter of which is brand new in this release. Previously, the app only allowed users to watch TV on the go while near a Wi-Fi connection, which wasn't exactly practical except for when stopping in at an eatery or Starbucks.... Read more...
When it comes to storage and media, "big enough" never really is. With the amount of 1TB and 2TB hard drives on the market today, it's easy to see that the demand for massive amounts of storage isn't fading soon, and even on the optical media side, there's an unyielding desire to cram more and more data onto the discs that we've used for years. Remember the early HD DVD vs. Blu-ray wars? One of the major fighting points was storage capacity, and Blu-ray had a huge advantage by being able to store 50GB on a dual-layer disc compared to HD DVD's maximum of 30GB. But just a few years after release,... Read more...
Microsoft plans to launch a 64GB version of its Zune HD on April 12th via the Zune online store. With this new model, Microsoft claims you'll be able to store up to 16,000 songs or 20 hours of high definition video on the media player. With the announcement of the new model, Microsoft is also lowering the estimated retail price for the 16GB and 32GB models by $20, making them $199.99 and $269.99, respectively. Microsoft also mentioned a v4.5 firmware update that will add the ability to browse, stream, and acquire music from Zune Marketplace on your TV; Smart DJ auto-playlists; and expanded codec... Read more...
Apple did it once. Can they do it again? Back in 2003, iTunes launched into the world in a big way, and what happened next would change the record industry and the music landscape forever. Before iTunes, people still flocked to stores to buy CDs, and any sort of online portal for accessing music was either illegal or hard to navigate. Steve Jobs somehow managed to convince the record labels to allow $0.99 downloads and cheaper album downloads through iTunes, and now it's the largest seller of music, online or offline, in the world. Talk about a sea change.If you've been paying attention to the... Read more...
Media players are out in force at CES, and Iomega is making sure it doesn't miss this train. Here at the show, the company has introduced an expanded ScreenPlay HD Media Player product line, which is capped off by the top-of-the-line ScreenPlay Director HD Media Player. As with most rivals, this unit is designed to give users easy access to online programming and then pipe it to one's HDTV. This one, however, includes Roxio CinemaNow software for snagging movies on demand, enabling films to be purchased or rented with a simple button press. In all, three new products were introduced in the line;... Read more...
Up until now, having your favorite media files on your PC accessible by your media player connected to your HDTV has been a pain. For those with wireless media streamers, it was possible to stream content from the PC to the streamer to the TV; for those without, you had to connect an external storage device of some sort in order to play back anything. As easy as connecting a USB hard drive is, the problem is that your media is now in two places: your PC and your USB HDD. Each time you add a piece of media to your PC collection, you have to manually transfer that piece to your external drive. Not... Read more...
One thing is for sure in the world of optical storage: "big enough" is never really "big enough." Back in the day, a typical CD-R was plenty to archive a year's worth of images, and now even a single-layer DVD-R is too small for some. Blu-ray Discs can already hold 50GB of data, but that's not stopping disc manufacturers from striving to cram even more bits onto those round platters. Earlier this year, we heard that TDK was working hard on creating a special Blu-ray Disc that could hold 320GB of data, and while that's probably a few years out at best, another company is looking at this whole lust... Read more...
Asus may have been a little known computer company just a few years back, but today it's gaining steam and branching out into more and more areas. Take this product for example, the O!Play AIR HDP-R3. It's the second set-top box in the "O!Play" lineup, and while this one doesn't look at that different (physically, anyway), there are a few nice extras added in for those who chose to pass on the first edition. At its core, this is a simple media streamer/player. You simply hook it up near your HDTV, get it on your network (via Ethernet or Wi-Fi), and then enjoy whatever media you have on your network.... Read more...
Apple has long maintained that its Apple TV product was nothing more than "a hobby," so it makes sense to think that it has seen the fewest amount of updates when looking at its array of non-computer devices. The firm's Mac lineup and iPod/iPhone lineup gets refreshed at least once per year, while the Apple TV sees a firmware update maybe once every two years.Since launching a few years back, the device has remained largely unchanged. The design has stuck, the functionality has only increased slightly and the internal capacity has only been bumped a time or two. Now, however, it sure smells like... Read more...
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