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There has been a lot of news from nVidia lately; the latest is its support for HD DVD and Blu-Ray formats through the ForceWare(R) drivers and PureVideo HD technology. While nVidia is the first to offer HD DVD and Blu-ray GPU support, you can expect similar offerings from ATI and others in the near future. Movie lovers can now build a PC to enjoy a spectacular HD DVD or Blu-ray experience with the release of new NVIDIA ForceWare(R) drivers featuring NVIDIA PureVideo HD technology. PureVideo HD technology combines high-definition video decode acceleration and post-processing to deliver extraordinary picture clarity, smooth video, brilliant color,... Read more...
Whatcha looking at Hothardware with? You can use Firefox 2.0 starting on Tuesday, if you like: Firefox 2.0, the foremost rival to Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer browser, is set for release Tuesday afternoon, said its producer, the not-for-profit Mozilla Corp. The free 5-megabyte browser, available in 39 languages for Windows, Mac and Linux computers, will be downloadable from getfirefox.com, the Mountain View, Calif., company said. The new release of the two-year-old product includes new features but strives to retain its simplicity of design and operation, Mike Schroepfer, Mozilla's vice president of engineering, said earlier this week.... Read more...
With HD DVD and Blu-ray fighting much like VHS and Betamax in the 1980's, Sony is trying to win a previously lost war by releasing Blu-ray titles starting today with the release of Click, the highly popular Adam Sandler movie in released theaters earlier this year. "Sony has announced that Click, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, and Black Hawk Down will be the first Sony films released on 50GB dual-layer Blu-ray disc. Although Blu-ray discs have been available on the market for several months now, these are 50GB dual-layer discs as opposed to the current discs being only 25GB. Pricing for the Sony films has not been publicly released." With all this fuss over which standard will... Read more...
PLEXTOR ANNOUNCES BLU-RAY DISC DRIVE FOR NORTH AMERICAN MARKET Burner Records 25GB to 50GB Discs for Removable Data Storage, Computer Backup, and High-Definition Video      FREMONT, Calif. - August 28, 2006 - Plextor Corp., a leading developer and manufacturer of high-performance digital media equipment, today announced the October 2006 release of the PX-B900A Blu-ray Disc drive, the first Plextor burner to support the next generation of optical data storage technology. The new multi-function drive, which carries an MSRP of $999.99 USD, comes bundled with a rewritable 25GB BD-RE media disc and a complete software package, including Ulead VideoStudio 10 and Intervideo WinDVD... Read more...
PLEXTOR ANNOUNCES BLU-RAY DISC DRIVE FOR NORTH AMERICAN MARKET Burner Records 25GB to 50GB Discs for Removable Data Storage, Computer Backup, and High-Definition Video      FREMONT, Calif. - August 28, 2006 - Plextor Corp., a leading developer and manufacturer of high-performance digital media equipment, today announced the October 2006 release of the PX-B900A Blu-ray Disc drive, the first Plextor burner to support the next generation of optical data storage technology. The new multi-function drive, which carries an MSRP of $999.99 USD, comes bundled with a rewritable 25GB BD-RE media disc and a complete software package, including Ulead VideoStudio 10 and Intervideo WinDVD... Read more...
Forgive me if I come across as being a bit cynical here, but you had to know this was coming.  It seems that the first generation software HD DVD and Blu-Ray software players allow users to take full-resolution screen captures -- which somewhat defeats the purpose of the AACS and HDCP content protection schemes. Big deal. Users can take a couple of screen grabs you say? Well, what if an enterprising programmer develops an application that can capture frames at higher-than-real-time speeds and rip the audio stream from protected content, and can then take those frames and re-compile them into a full movie that's in-sync with the audio?  It may sound tedious and complicated,... Read more...
Recently scheduled to appear this August, Sony's first Blu-Ray player has received another delay, this time slipping until October. This puts the player's release date close to Sony's projected Playstation 3 release date, and a bit further away from Samsung's June 25th release. "It had been assumed that Sony and its partners would want to launch Blu-Ray players and content into the market well ahead of the arrival of PS3, in order to ensure that the standard was understood by consumers by the time the expensive next-gen console appeared." With the products being released so close together, it's going to be interesting to see if consumers will choose the $1,000 Blu-Ray player,... Read more...
We're getting closer and closer to finding out if Sony's decision to incorporate Blu-Ray into the Playstation 3 was either a really good idea, or a really bad one. Either way, the folks on team XBox don't like Sony's idea of "forcing" the format onto consumers. "The war of words between bitter rivals Microsoft and Sony has intensified, with top Xbox Europe execs launching an astonishing attack on the Japanese firm's decision to include its next-generation DVD technology in PlayStation 3 as standard."  ... Read more...
XYZ Computing has published a lengthy review covering four different Bluetooth headsets. With the cheapest one being $130, they're all decent headsets, but the BT800 makes the biggest impression. "With so many Bluetooth headsets on the market it had been a real challenge to pick only 3 or 4, each had to be worth spending a week with to evaluate. I've owned some Motorola headsets in the past, such as the H700 and HS850, and was mildly impressed at most and stopped using them after about 2 weeks. So I decided it was time to leave the mobile phone manufacturer's headsets and place a call in to Jabra and Plantronics. XYZ Computing's Joe Selim takes a look at the BT800 and JX10 from Jabra... Read more...
The Register is claiming that Panasonic is preparing to launch one of the industry's first Blu-Ray players in June. The strange aspect of this launch however, is the fact that the player will not be able to play Blu-Ray movies out of the box as there is no bundled software to support this functionality. So essentially, everyone purchasing this player is really buying a very expensive Blu-Ray player that doesn't play movies. Apparently, those wanting to see Blu-Ray movies will have to wait to get their hands on a Playstation 3 to do so. Panasonic certainly isn't bundling any such code, curiously, even though it plans to include PowerDVD... Read more...
As expected, the Bluetooth SIG has chosen to piggyback on the Intel-backed WiMedia version of ultrawideband technology. Crafting the necessary specifications will take time, however. Bluetooth SIG members said they now expect the standard to be complete by the first quarter of 2007, with prototypes due by that fall. The first Bluetooth-over-WiMedia products are expected by early 2008, Michael Foley, chairman of the SIG, told reporters in a teleconference Tuesday morning.... Read more...
The world's largest electronics firms have decided to use Bluetooth wireless technology to send high quality video between devices in the home, two industry associations said on Tuesday. The decision is expected to determine how hundreds of millions of televisions, video recorders and personal computers will be connected without wires by the turn of the decade. Until now, the global electronics industry has been struggling to choose a single wireless connection that is fast enough to connect a new generation of digital devices.... Read more...
Panasonic said will start selling a Blu-ray high-definition disc player in September for under $1,500 and sees up to 5 million of these new DVD players sold industry-wide in their first year. "We think adoption will be strong, based on broad support. For the first 12 months, we expect 4 million to 5 million units to be sold beginning in May and across all platforms, including standalones, computers and gaming systems," said Reid Sullivan, vice president merchandising, Panasonic's entertainment group. Sullivan said Panasonic sees no need to develop a player to support both Blu-ray and the rival format known as HD DVD, despite a raging war between... Read more...
When it comes to sound cards, think Creative is the only game in town?  Guess again.  While Creative has name recognition cornered, there are other viable options.  Take BlueGears HDA X-Mystique 7.1 Soundcard.  This little gem can encode Dolby Digital 5.1 streams and has a slew of other impressive features, all for less than comperable Creative offerings.  The guys at Penstarsys even list some advantages over the Creative line.   "The sound card market is a very strange one these days. When Creative released the Sound Blaster series computer sound really took off and there were quite a few solid competitors in the... Read more...
It's no secret that Blu-Ray has gained major support in recent months, gaining momentum over HD-DVD.  Furthering the growth, Pioneer is releasing their first Blu-Ray Disc Drive for the PC.  The BDR-101A boast storage capacities of 25GB on a single disc.  Look for shipments to start in the first quarter of 2006.  The drive will burn at 2X while standard DVD-R/ Rs will record at 8x.This first generation product will be targeted primarily to professional users and serious enthusiasts, generally the first to adopt new technology. In particular, content creators will depend on Blu-ray Disc writers to test and evaluate high definition consumer Blu-ray Disc titles during the authoring... Read more...
Finding a good headset to work with your cell phone is key.  Not only do you want to be able to hear in virtually any environment, you want to be heard as well.  Futurelooks has a look at the Bluetake BT400 G5 Bluetooth Headset which shows a lot of promise.  They go over the product features in detail and tested the BT400 G5 on several phone makes and models.  Weighing in around $50, the Bluetake BT400 G5 Bluetooth Headset looks promising. "When you see people walking around the grocery store with no wires coming out of their ears, chances are, they are using a Bluetooth headset with their wireless phone. We made DJ Jaspa... 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 the meeting by giving an overview of the state of Blu-ray development." ... Read more...
Fox Filmed Entertainment believes the next generation of DVD formats is starting to show a clearer leader, according to a recent report at Reuters.  Sony's Blu-Ray and Toshiba's HD DVD technologies have been battling it out in yet another replay of "VHS vs BETA".  With Blu-Ray being built into the Playstation 3 next year, and growing support for Sony's technology, FOX's co-chairman feels the leader is becoming more evident.  Additionally, FOX Filmed Entertainment declares that they have no plans to offer HD DVD content, calling Blu-Ray the superior technology."In terms of the number of companies involved, the PS3 (PlayStation game console) momentum and the level of content... Read more...
Epox 9NPA+ SLI Review @ AMDZone: "Epox has put together another solid Athlon 64 motherboard with a fair price. They include a number of overclocking features and good cooling which will help get the most clock out of your CPU. They have made a couple of enhancements to the Ultra version of the board for certain. We always like diag LEDs and onboard power and reset buttons. The SLI motherboard field is becoming ever more crowded, but Epox has a solid contender in the 9NPA+ SLI which overclockers and gamers looking for a good deal will enjoy." Saitek Audio A-350 Wireless Headphones @ CoolTechZone.com: "Saitek, a company that started out as a heavily gaming centric manufacturer with... Read more...
Hey folks! Today FiringSquad has published their interview with ATI's Director of Marketing for Multimedia, Godfrey Cheng. The topic? ATI's AVIVO technology. Also in the news, Hardware Secrets has released a quick guide to Athlon 64 cores. It's nothing that many of you don't already know, but might be informative to those of you who are confused about what features each core has. Enjoy! HIS introduces the HIS X700SE iFan PCIe graphic cards The best value plus the richer visual experience to all your favorite PC activities Hong Kong, Thursday, Oct 20, 2005 – HIS (Hightech Information System Limited) today introduces the HIS X700SE iFan PCIe graphic cards. Recognized by major media worldwide,... Read more...
CrossFire! You'll get caught up in the... CrossFire! Yeah, I know some of you remember that game:) Today is different though, as it's ATI's CrossFire we're talking about. The reviews are in, and HotHardware's own Marco Chiappetta takes a look at ATI's answer to SLI. Check back later tonight for some CrossFire coverage in our news post. Thermaltake Bigwater SE Water Cooling Kit Review @ Tweaknews.net "Some time ago, Thermaltake entered this market with a complete system they called Bigwater. Recently, Thermaltake introduced their next generation successor to the Bigwater liquid cooling system. Dubbed the Bigwater SE (I assume this means Second Edition), Thermaltake has added/subtracted/changed... Read more...
BlueTake BT400 G5 Bluetooth Headset Review @ The Tech Zone: "Nothing says geek like a Bluetooth headset. With the BT400 G5, you'll be able to laugh at people with corded headset because they're not as cool as you. With a simple flip and a twist, the BT400 G5 works for both left or right ear. How geeky is that?" DFI LanParty UT SLI-DR Review @ Ninjalane: "When SLI was first announced the enthusiasm here in the Ninjalane Labs for the new technology was crazy. Everyone was running around trying to get their hands on something SLI enabled in hopes of making that big score and upgrade to SLI." G.Skill DDR600 Memory Review: Versatility redefined @ Madshrimps: "G.Skill is fairly new to... Read more...
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