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Until this year it's been $0.99 for all tracks at iTunes. However, at Macworld, Apple announced tiered pricing was coming soon. And now another option has been announced: the iTunes Pass. According to the iTunes Store description page: Get an iTunes Pass from a hand-picked selection of your favorite artists. iTunes Passes can include songs, albums, music videos, and more. They may also include content that is exclusive to iTunes Pass.Everything is in iTunes Plus format, meaning no DRM and 256kbps AAC encoding. The way it works is you sign up for a pass, and you get a sort of temporary subscription. Everything released between when you buy and the "end" of the pass will be delivered to your account.... Read more...
SRS Labs Introduces the Much Anticipated Premium Sound™ Suite for PCs Advanced audio solution delivers a high-quality, immersive audio experience for playback of music, video and game content over any speaker configuration Platform and development support available for immediate implementation on PCs SANTA ANA, CA, October 28, 2008 -- SRS Labs (NASDAQ:SRSL), the industry leader in surround sound, audio, and voice technologies, announced today the introduction of SRS Premium Sound™ for the PC market. SRS Premium Sound is a comprehensive suite of state-of-the-art audio technologies that deliver a superior entertainment experience for playback of music, video and game content on the... Read more...
Weezer has done it again in a stroke of viral genius.  With their recent exclusive Yahoo! video release of the song "Trouble Maker, they offer a encore show-stealing performance.  Just as they did with the ground-breaking YouTube release of their hit "Pork and Beans", where they featured a number of viral internet video "stars", the group breaks new ground by once again, calling upon a "crowd sourced' concept, getting their fans into the act in a very special way.  In August, the band shot the video for Troublemaker in Los Angeles where they summoned fans to help them break several world records.  The entire shoot was overseen by Guiness Book of World Records... Read more...
Hulu, the joint venture between NBC Universal and News Corp. (Fox) announced on Tuesday post the premieres of many shows not as soon as they appear on TV, but rather prior to broadcast. Hulu said it would be showing the season-opening episodes of Knight Rider, Lipstick Jungle, Chuck, Life and 30 Rock a full week before the shows hit the airwaves. You can find Hulu's fall premiere lineup here, which will be coming to the site over the next seven weeks. While new to Hulu, this isn't the first time that season premieres have appeared online prior to broadcast. For example, earlier this year NBC Universal launched season four of Battlestar Galactica on SciFi.com 10 hours before broadcast, and... Read more...
Responding to reports that first surfaced in the Wall Street Journal, Dell issued a statement late Tuesday night regarding the future of the XPS line of gaming systems. While the WSJ indicated that Dell would be dumping the XPS line in favor of systems developed by Alienware, which Dell purchased in 2006, Dell denied this was the case - although the company did say that Alienware would get the lion's share of resources."Dell XPS and Alienware are both great brands...and both will live on," spokeswoman Anne Camden said in a blog. "But we are going to expand our focus on Alienware. We are going to invest like crazy in product development, design, and engineering to propel Alienware as the premier... Read more...
Wednesday, in a post on the Windows Vista Team Blog, Microsoft announced that they had begun automatic distribution of Windows Vista SP1. What this means if that if you have Windows Updates set to automatically download and install on your PC, Windows Update will automatically download SP1 to your PC, after which a few clicks (for the EULA, naturally) will be required for the install to begin.Today, we're happy to announce that we are beginning automatic distribution of SP1 in English, French, German, Spanish, and Japanese. So what does this mean? Over the next few months Microsoft will automatically distribute Windows Vista SP1 to PCs that have automatic updates turned on (Learn how to turn... Read more...
In preparation for the impending arrival of Intel’s more affordable 45nm quad-core Yorkfield and dual-core Wolfdale processors, motherboard manufacturers have been readying a slew of new products to properly support the CPUs.  Many of these motherboard products are based on Intel’s recent chipset offerings, including the X38 and brand new X48.  We’ve already shown you a few X38-based motherboards and explained what the X48 brings to the table in previous articles.  Today we’ll be taking a look at a couple of new motherboards based on these two chipsets, courtesy of Asus. Asus is no stranger to the enthusiast community, so we’ll spare you the company history lesson here.  As... Read more...
Just in case you missed the fresh link at the top of the page, we’re writing to let you know that we’ve just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features, overclockability, and performance of two of Asus’ premiere motherboards for the Intel platform, the X48-based P5E3 Premium and the X38-based Maximus Extreme.  These two motherboards are family members of two different series of products by Asus – R.O.G. and Ai Lifestyle – and as such they each offer a different mix of features and integrated peripherals.  They’re both high-end motherboards targeted at enthusiasts and power users, however.  Click the link below and check them out...Asus P5E3... Read more...
Just in case you’re not keeping count, we wanted to let you all know that there are only 10 more shopping days left until Christmas!  If you, or anyone you know, are in the market for a laptop, do yourself a favor and check out the Asus Holiday Gift Guide available right here on HotHardware.Asus has special pricing on a number of their most popular notebook computers, including the slick Lamborghini and the powerful GS2-B1.  We’ve evaluated a handful of the notebooks Asus in offering in this promotion, so when you see a ‘Hot’ button next to the listing, be sure to click it to see what we thought of that particular model.As an aside, if anyone’s feeling ultra generous and wants... Read more...
  Hello everyone, just a reminder that from Thanksgiving through the Christmas Holiday, we're giving away FREE STUFF here at HotHardware!  Thaaaat's right! Santa has come early for all you Geek-Boys and Girls and we're here to spread the wealth! HH Tees!!  HH Case Badges!  HH USB Flash Drive! We have some basic, simple rules to be eligible for the promotion and a chance to win some FREE HH schwag.  First, we'll be choosing winners randomly and reporting the winners in a separate, dedicated forum thread, so check back here OFTEN to see if you're a winner.  Second, participation in HotHardware.com News comments and discussion will without... Read more...
Right?  We all pay it if we live in California or other states which, when residents order from online retailers, aren't charged the normal exhorbitant sales tax (8% or more, depending on county, in California).  Sure we do.One advantage of online shopping is that many Web sites don't charge sales tax in California, making what you buy that much cheaper.But state officials want to remind shoppers that they still owe taxes on their purchases. Just report and pay what you owe when you file your annual tax returns.And of course, since it's the honor system, we all pay it right?  Of course we do.  Don't worry, California, we figure soon enough there'll be a online sales tax for... Read more...
SpiralFrog, a free online music download service, launches today. The service hopes to make a go of it with the holy grail of RIAA haters -- ad-supported free music downloads. Founder Joe Mohen predicts they'll need 10 million users per month to make enough money to pay the licensing fees on the music. Is it really that hard to give away free stuff? "Registration is fairly quick, requiring a name, age, gender and ZIP code. Mac users can't use the service at all; Firefox users will probably need to install a Windows Media Player plug-in that requires all other browser windows to be closed (ugh). The site also requires Flash 9 and SpiralFrog's download manager, which allows a Download... Read more...
I'm sure you've heard about the price drop that was just announced for the Xbox 360; the Xbox 360 Premium model has dropped from $400 to $350.  However, more quietly, Microsoft has also added a freebie into the mix - a hardware refresh that includes an HDMI port, previously available only on the Elite model.  This was rumored at first, and now has been confirmed. Microsoft confirmed late Wednesday the existence of newly updated Xbox 360 units that include HDMI support. The news comes amid reports that new machines are now available in stores coinciding with today's price drops. The company denied comment on the port addition to cheaper Core models not to mention the rumored cooler running processors.... Read more...
SIGGRAPH, short for Special Interest Group for Computer GRAPHics, is an annual conference on computer graphics attended by tens of thousands of computer professionals from the computer graphics, CAD, rendering and interactive technology industries. At this year's conference, held in San Diego from August 5th to 9th, NVIDIA will premier an animated short film called "The Plush Life". The film, which features two plush characters named Lundo and Flint and their adventures while joyriding in their 1969 Buick Electra, is the brainchild of Timothy Heath of the NVIDIA Digital Film Group and is the first of several films which will showcase NVIDIA's Gelato GPU-accelerated rendering software. The film,... Read more...
Eminem’s management and their legal team are taking on Apple, in what may be the first battle of many against Apple.  The problem isn't actually between Eminem and Apple, but rather Eminem and his label.  Stopping music sales on iTunes is the first step in changing the way record labels award royalties for songs sold on iTunes. The issue at hand is whether or not contracts between artists and labels allow the labels to authorize online sales of songs. “The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit is the latest move by Eminem's music publishers to aggressively protect the rights to his music.A top California entertainment lawyer, Owen Sloane of Berger Kahn, said the Eminem... Read more...
Developers in the UK have introduced the world’s first zero-emission home, which could set the environmental standard for new homes of the future. The two-bedroom house features solar panels, water efficiency gimmicks such as rainwater collection, and a biomass boiler, which would run on organic fuels. Its advanced insulation ensures that it loses 60% less heat than contemporary homes. What is the significance of a carbon neutral home? According to BBC, about 25% of carbon emissions come from homes in the UK, which means that homes are a significant source of greenhouse gases. Moreover, in March Chancellor Gordon Brown announced that zero-carbon homes will be free from stamp duty, which gives... Read more...
YouTube and EMI have apparently reached an agreement that will allow users to watch and/or listen to music from the EMI label on YouTube.  The story says that EMI could be getting some revenue every time their content appears in user-generated videos.  It's hard to guess what this might mean to EMI bottom line, but it could very well end up being a very good branding decision for them. "YouTube has now inked deals with all four of the major music labels after signing an agreement with EMI today. EMI, which has been the first major to allow its catalog to be sold without DRM, is also the last of the labels to bring its content to YouTube. Now that the deal is in place, though, users can watch... Read more...
The music industry's answer to music piracy is DRM(Digital Rights Management) software. While many record labels claim it's necessary to combat piracy, there's a growing number of consumers that feel it infringes on their rights as customers, keeping them from listening to their tunes on any device they wish. In an effort to increase online music sales, Apple and EMI have teamed up to offer EMI's entire music catalog online, DRM free, through iTunes. The one exception being their Beatles collection. "Higher-quality music files, which will play on any computer and any digital-audio player, will not replace the copy-protected... Read more...
OCZ Technology Announces the Extremely Versatile and Easy-to-Install OCZ Vindicator Premium CPU Cooler Sunnyvale, CA - February 20, 2007 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc. a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the OCZ Vindicator CPU cooler, an enthusiast-grade thermal solution for the latest high performance processors. The Vindicator can be used as a passive or active cooler depending on the needs of the enthusiast. The OCZ Vindicator can effectively cool some CPUs passively thanks to a pure copper base plate and six copper heat pipe design that rapidly transfers heat away from the processor up to the dense, high-stacked fin array where... Read more...
EMI is a big music company. It's the largest music publisher in the world. And they appear to be ready to shed the digital rights management that makes moving your music from one device to another such a pain - if the money's right, that is: According to the people familiar with the matter, London-based EMI asked the retailers to submit proposals by Thursday telling the company what size advance payments they would offer in exchange for the right to sell EMI's music as MP3s, the Journal reported. One of the unidentified people said EMI would decide whether to forge ahead with the strategy based on the size of the offers. A decision about... Read more...
Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalists Announced 300 Chosen from 1,705 Entrants for the 'Junior Nobel Prize' Santa Clara, Calif., Jan. 17, 2007 - Three hundred high school seniors today were named as semifinalists of the Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) 2007. The STS, America's oldest and most prestigious science competition, is often called the "Junior Nobel Prize." Each of the 300 Intel STS semifinalists receives $1,000 with an additional $1,000 going to their respective schools, resulting in $600,000 in total awards. This year's entrants hail from 46 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, and represent 487 schools. Over the past 66 years, the STS has... Read more...
LONDON - Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has begun sampling a 50-nanometer, 16-Gbit NAND flash memory for use in solid-state disk drive applications. The memory is expected to go into volume production at some time during the first quarter of 2007, Samsung said. Samsung did not state whether the 16-Gbit memory is monolithically integrated or made up from multiple chips in a single package, but it did say that the memory is the first NAND flash memory made using a 50 nanometer manufacturing process. However, Samsung itself claimed to have made a 32-Gbit memory in a 40-nm process in September 2006 based on a novel high-k gate dielectric including tantalum. That claim came shortly after IM Flash Technologies... Read more...
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