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Intel is getting into the TV business, that much we already knew. But how soon? That's a question that's seemingly close to being answered. According to a new Bloomberg report, Intel -- the chip-making giant -- is "making progress in talks with Time Warner, NBC Universal and Viacom to obtain TV shows and films for a first-of-its-kind pay-TV service." Of course, these reports aren't being confirmed nor denied by Intel, but it's awfully likely to be true. After all, Intel wouldn't announce that it would be trying its hand at TV distribution without some deals being within reach. It sounds as if money... Read more...
Want to scare the life out of a programmer friend? Just utter the words "multi-threading" into their ear - it works every time! Alright - that's a bit of an exaggeration, but writing multi-threaded code is one of the biggest challenges a programmer can ever face. The reason boils down to the fact that for the longest time, everyone wrote code that best-suited single-core processors - which just happened to get faster every year. When we reached the peak of processor frequency a number of years ago, multi-core processors became the only way to move forward. While these CPUs are excellent for... Read more...
Sad days for Blockbuster. The once mighty video rental chain has fallen on hard times in a world where Netflix, VUDU and other video streaming services are proving more affordable and convenient. There was, however, a glimmer of hope. Charlie Ergen had planned to have Dish Network acquire Blockbuster from bankruptcy in April of 2011, and then morph it into a Netflix rival. His master plan was to equip Blockbuster stores with Dish mobile devices that could then be used to stream Blockbuster movies. The plan didn't work out. U.S. regulators weren't willing to immediately approve a waiver for Dish... Read more...
In America, you can't have your cake and eat it to, but in Scandinavia, you can. Allow us to explain. Throngs of HBO content lovers have requested that HBO allow its HBO Go services to be paid for on a per-user basis, but in America, HBO forces you to have a pay-TV subscription to HBO before it's ever an option. It's one of the longstanding ills of television: you buy the pack of channels, or you get none. But in Nordic lands, things have been rolling a bit differently for some time now, and that's continuing with HBO. The first HBO branded service will be available in Sweden, Norway, Finland and... Read more...
There's something pretty interesting happening in the world of online programming: original content. While Hulu and Netflix were used to simply acting as an online pipe to funnel other programming through, recently they have both decided to start investing in making their own content. In other words, creating programming that can only be seen at one portal or the other. It's possible that this tactic is a method of long-term preservation; their streaming models can be replicated, but get people hooked on original content and you have something that they'll continue to pay for. This week, Hulu is... Read more...
TV-to-iPad streaming isn't as far-fetched as it once was. Many pay-TV providers have hopped on this bandwagon in a bid to keep customers from cutting the cord, and now even DISH Network is following suit. The company announced today it has enhanced its DISH Remote Access app for the iPad to allow DISH customers to watch thousands of on-demand streaming movies and TV shows. DISH customers who subscribe to the Blockbuster @Home package or select premium movie packages, including HBO and Cinemax, can now watch popular movies, TV shows and kid's programming using the updated DISH Remote Access app... Read more...
AMD has just released an updated version of their APP SDK, bringing it up to version 2.5. This latest release features a number of performance enhancements designed to exploit the increased CPU to GPU bandwidth available in the company’s APUs, in some cases achieving effective data transfer rates as high as 15GB per second with the latest AMD A-Series APUs, per the press release. “Improving performance and programmability on AMD platforms is a key initiative for us, and we work closely with developers to help us make the APU the best possible development platform,” said Manju... Read more...
The second day of the AMD Fusion Developer Summit began with a keynote from Microsoft’s Herb Sutter, Principal Architect, Native Languages and resident C++ guru. The gist of Herb’s talk centered around heterogeneous computing and the changes coming with future versions of Visual Studio and C++. One of the main highlights of the talk was a demo of a C++ AMP application that seamlessly took advantage of all of the compute resources within a few of the various demo systems, from workstations to netbooks.  The application seamlessly switched from using CPU, integrated GPU, and discrete... Read more...
There's no question that Internet TV has changed the entire entertainment landscape. Pay-TV providers don't have the assurances they once had, and now they're branching out and providing all sorts of extra services in an effort to entice consumers to stay who might otherwise ditch cable / satellite and rely solely on Hulu / Netflix for their entertainment fix. DirecTV is obviously a huge player in all of this, and they're certainly working to beef up efforts to keep consumers happy. One of the ways is by launching HBO Go and MAX Go on April 12th, which gives customers who subscribe their TV lineup... Read more...
New CUDA 4.0 Release Makes Parallel Programming Easier Unified Virtual Addressing, GPU-to-GPU Communication and Enhanced C++ Template Libraries Enable More Developers to Take Advantage of GPU Computing SANTA CLARA, Calif -- Feb. 28, 2011 -- NVIDIA today announced the latest version of the NVIDIA CUDA Toolkit for developing parallel applications using NVIDIA GPUs. The NVIDIA CUDA 4.0 Toolkit was designed to make parallel programming easier, and enable more developers to port their applications to GPUs. This has resulted in three main features: NVIDIA GPUDirect 2.0 Technology – Offers... Read more...
If you were wondering exactly how long it would take before 3D content caught up with 3D hardware, it's around a year or so. When 3DTVs started shipping, many consumers were hesitant to buy one; after all, what good is a 3D TV if there's no 3D content to consume? Not very worthwhile at all, as it turns out. But now, 3D Blu-rays are starting to ship en masse, and select 3D sports stations are bringing more and more events into the homes of users (ESPN 3D comes to mind). But there still was no dedicated 3D channel, until today. Sony and Discovery have teamed up with IMAX to launch 3NET, which is... Read more...
Sonic Solutions has been rapidly moving to expand their RoxioNow platform for quite some time; it's definitely been a focal point of the company, and with the heightened level of competition surrounding connected HDTVs, we can understand why. Now, the company has managed a deal with Trident, a company that produces system-on-chips (SoCs) for leading HDTV makers. Basically, this deal allows RoxioNow to be embedded onto any HDTV with a Trident SoC inside, and that's quite a few potential TVs. RoxioNow's platform works to give consumers a wide variety of multi-media content over the Internet, including... Read more...
It looks like it's all over between Netflix and Akamai. Like a bad breakup between a cute couple, it's just hard to watch fall apart. But there's nothing like a rebound, right? And that's what's happening. Akamai is a major streaming service that assists tons of companies with media distribution. But evidently the service isn't up to snuff for Netflix, and as the company shifts towards becoming a more serious streaming contender, that service is becoming more and more important. Level 3 Communications is taking over for the rejected company, now selected to serve as a primary content delivery network... Read more...
It's always sad to see a startup, or a good idea, go belly-up. But in this high-pace world of technological innovation, it happens more often than not. It's tough to gain traction in today's world, with one thing after another begging for consumer dollars. Such was the case with Qualcomm's FLO TV. It launched with a huge marketing push, and in theory, the idea was sound. People love television, and people are constantly on the move. So it made sense to think that people may enjoy TV on the go. But the problems were numerous. For one, people didn't seem interested in buying a dedicated portable... Read more...
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