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Compared a year ago, digital music sales are now double what they used to be. However, the research report by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) also said that the music industry as a whole continues to slump. Although digital music sales are still growing quickly, the growth has not kept up with shrinking CD sales. In fact, for seven consecutive years, global music sales have declined. From 2005-2006, sales figures dropped 5% from $19.6 billion to $20.7 billion. Perhaps what is happening is that digital music sales are becoming a substitute for CDs. However, the overall decline in music sales may lie in the fact that with digital music, consumers can mix and match... Read more...
Scientists at the Hitachi Research Labs in Japan are raising the stakes in counterfeit protection technologies with the development of a new RFID (radio-frequency identification) tag. Measuring just 50 micrometers by 50 micrometers, these new RFID tags are smaller than grains of sand, and are in fact the smallest RFID tags ever devised.The picture shows the powder chips beside a strand of hair. Though it isn't known if the hair is from a male or female - females have thinner hair strands than males - the powder chips still look pretty small. “The so-called powder chip is thin enough that it can be mixed with paper pulp to add a layer of counterfeit protection to gift certificates, passports... Read more...
For those wondering if the Itanium with its IA-64 was going away now that Intel has more or less adopted the x86-64 instruction set, it appears the answer is no: "In a conference call on Thursday, Intel laid out its mid- to long-term plans for the Itanium Product Family (IPF). With all the hype around Penryn and Nehalem and the ongoing popularity of chatter about Itanium's eventual demise at the hands of 64-bit x86, Intel took a moment to remind the press and analysts that Itanium is still here, still posting double-digit year-over-year growth in revenue and unit shipments, and still looking toward the future.Indeed, Itanium's future was the focus of the call, in which Intel described its IPF... Read more...
Here's what happens when you mix overly restrictive DRM technologies with the bureaucracy of cable companies, the MPAA, the FCC, ATI/AMD, and numerous other players.  MaximumPC is working on a review of three home theater PCs for an upcoming issue, and while they were impressed with many facets of the machines, they came away disappointed in regard to ATI’s OCUR and the machines’ support for protected digital cable content. "Here’s a little background if you’re not familiar with OCUR. Following an FCC mandate, cable companies must now allow their customers to access their services using third-party equipment, as opposed to forcing them to rent a set-top box from the service provider.... Read more...
WD SHIPS 750 GB DESKTOP HARD DRIVES INCORPORATING NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOR COOL, FAST, RELIABLE PERFORMANCE New WD Caviar Hard Drive Implements Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (PMR) Technology LAKE FOREST, Calif. - June 4, 2007 -Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today announced it is shipping in volume high-capacity 750 GB Serial ATA (SATA) WD Caviar® SE16 desktop-class hard drives. Ideal for data-intensive applications, high-performance computing and multimedia systems, the WD Caviar SE16 750 GB drives deliver high performance with 3 Gb/s transfer rate, 16 MB cache and Native Command Queuing (NCQ). "WD knows that there is nothing... Read more...
World Cyber Games is the largest annual gaming festival in the world. The best gamers from all over the world will gather this weekend in New York to compete in the US Open tournament series. Participating countries engage in preliminary rounds of play before the best of the best are sent off to represent them in the main events. They will be competing for over $20,000 worth of cash and prizes.  "Among the competitors in the US Open are professional Starcraft gamer "Red_ScorpiO" (Ralph Geunhwa), professional Dead or Alive 4 gamer "Master" (Emannuel Rodriguez), professional Counter Strike players Team Pandemic, professional Gears of War players Team MoB Hot... Read more...
New Matrox DualHead2Go Digital Edition Now Shipping Montreal, Canada, May 23, 2007 — Matrox Graphics Inc., the leading manufacturer of graphics solutions for professionals, is pleased to announce that the new DualHead2Go Digital Edition is now shipping. Part of our Graphics eXpansion Modules (GXM) product line, this external multi-display upgrade device allows you to connect two digital monitors to your notebook or desktop for an impressive, productivity enhancing, dual-monitor set-up. “DualHead2Go Digital Edition supports a wide range of resolutions for users interested in using two DVI monitors," says Caroline Injoyan, business development manager, Matrox... Read more...
WD SHIPS INDUSTRY’S HIGHEST CAPACITY MOBILE HARD DRIVE FOR NOTEBOOKS AND PORTABLE STORAGE DEVICES New 250 GB WD Scorpio Drives Are WD's Second Generation Employing Perpendicular Magnetic Recording Technology LAKE FOREST, Calif. - May 21, 2007 - Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today announced it is now shipping its 250 GB WD Scorpio 2.5-inch Serial ATA (SATA) hard drives. The drives employ perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology to achieve the highest capacity available in a small form factor drive and have WD proprietary features that make the drive quiet, use less power and run at cool operating temperatures.... Read more...
Hitachi announced today that it's equipping their 200GB Travelstar 7K200 hard drive with a bulk data encryption option. Information can be encrypted right as it's being written to the hard disk. By taking advantage of bulk data encryption, users can scramble data as it is written to the disk by using an encryption key. They can then retrieve the descrambled information when and where they choose by using the same encryption key. In addition, the Bulk Data Encryption option reduces the need for arduous and time-consuming data-erasing processes when it's time for a hard drive to be jettisoned and discarded. End users only need to delete their encryption key on the Travelstar to keep... Read more...
Macrovision has announced their deal with various well-known digital video download services to offer "ACP." That stands for Analog Copy Protection. Huh? How can an analog protection system apply to digital video downloads? ACP works by embedding a signal in the vertical blanking interval, the time period after the display has finished drawing the image and is preparing to draw the next frame. For old VHS tapes, this was stored directly on the tape, but when the technology was ported to DVDs, it was stored as an instruction for the DVD player itself to create the signal on the fly. The signal causes analog recording devices to display... Read more...
Matrox Graphics launches TripleHead2Go Digital Edition New multi-display upgrade supporting dual-link digital-in and triple digital-out Montreal, Canada, March 7th, 2007 - Matrox Graphics Inc., the leading manufacturer of graphics solutions for professionals, unveils the TripleHead2Go Digital Edition, the latest addition to the Matrox line of Graphics eXpansion Modules (GXM) featuring digital output support for a stretched desktop of up to 3840x1024 (triple 1280 x 1024)1 across three screens. The all-encompassing TripleHead2Go Digital Edition offers a truly digital-to-digital data path by connecting to the dual-link DVI output of a compatible notebook, desktop or workstation to three digital... Read more...
C|Net has an interview with Intel's General Manager of the Digital Enterprise Group, Pat Gelsinger, on-line today.  Pat talks about the convergence of the Itanium and Xeon platforms, the projected life-span of hafnium and metal gate transistors, and the heterogeneous versus homogeneous multicore debate going on within Intel. I expect that debate to be going until 2020, and I expect--in my crystal ball--different market segments coming to different conclusions in that discussion. You can clearly envision--and this is an easier discussion to have after IDF (Intel Developer Forum) than it is today, so we'll have to have the next installment... Read more...
New ground has been broken in the hard drive industry with the release of Hitachi's 1 terabyte hard drive featuring perpendicular recording. The hard drive company has also discussed the idea of a new kind of HD/flash memory hybrid. Hard drives in the future would have flash memory built in that would protect the device from data loss by housing all the information the system calls on the most. This will reduce disk use, increase longevity, and may perhaps even increase performance in the future. Hitachi has unveiled a drive which has reached the new heights of one terabyte. Its drive looks like any other, but uses perpendicular magnetic recording to make space for all that... Read more...
Asetek Receives $4 million in Venture Capital Broenderslev, Denmark - January 17, 2007 - Asetek, the market leader of thermal management solutions for semiconductors, announced today the investment of $4 million following the investment of $5 million closed last year. Northzone Ventures, Vaekstfonden, KT Venture Group, and a group of private investors participated in the round. Asetek is the leading thermal management solution provider in the high performance, low noise and next generation mainstream chip cooling markets sporting international brands such as VapoChill and WaterChill. "As a part of a long term OEM strategy that we started implementing a year ago, I am happy that we have achieved... Read more...
Panasonic has been working on a new approach to the design and production of litium-ion batteries that seems to have solved the pesky problem of having them burst into flames from time to time. The battery is protected from overheating by the addition of a heat-resistant insulator to the battery cell. Normally, a li-ion battery would only have a thin separator between the cathode and the anode that could easily be punctured by a short-circuit. And as we are now painfully aware, short-circuiting batteries can sometimes lead to bad things such as fires and explosions. The additional heat insulator, according to Matsushita, has better insulating... Read more...
Intel Chairman Unveils Egypt's First 'Digital Village' Effort Concludes Intel Chairman's 100-day Trek to Bring Technology to People from the Amazon to Africa OSEEM, Egypt, Dec. 18, 2006 - In a small city near the Nile River where cars compete with cattle and modern conveniences are scarce, Intel Corporation is using computers and wireless technology to help Oseem's 200,000 residents tap into vast "knowledge resources" on the Internet in hopes of bettering their lives. "Technology has expanded what is possible for the people of Oseem," said Intel Chairman Craig Barrett. "Intel is committed to support Egypt's leaders in accelerating access to technology... Read more...
iPods are nifty. But you are immune to their charms if you don't want to stick in earbuds and listen to music. They don't do anything that isn't fun. The Wizpy does what the i-Pod does, and a whole lot more. Sporting a 256,000-colour OLED screen, the Wizpy looks like any of of number of would-be iPod killers, and all the media playback features - MP3, Ogg, AAC, DivX and JPEG formats supported - are all present and correct. There's a radio on board too and a text viewer. That's fantastic, of course. But the "killer app" here is plug it into any USB port, and boot up... Read more...
Plasma TVs are all little environmental catastrophes waiting to happen when you dispose of them. Matsushita's doing their bit to make them a little less toxic by getting all the lead out of the screen. And they did it despite being granted an exemption for that lead. Bravo, I say. Matsushita, along with Hitachi and Pioneer, jointly filed a petition to exempt lead used in plasma panels from the Restriction on Hazardous Substance (RoHS). The exemption was approved in October. Matsushita nevertheless moved to eliminate lead oxide glass, introducing new lead-free materials for the dielectric layer, electrodes and other components. The performance... Read more...
OCZ Technology Announces the PC2-6400 Titanium Series with EPP Technology Sunnyvale, CA - November 2, 2006 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today unveiled the PC2-6400 Titanium Series, the first-ever EPP-ready modules rated with a 1T command rate. Optimized for the existing nForce 590 SLI-based motherboards and impending NVIDIA platforms, the PC2-6400 Titanium EPP-Ready series delivers enthusiasts an alternative way of achieving high performance results without the need for substantial bus speeds. As the first DDR2 Titanium XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection) product released, the innovative PC2-6400 EPP-Ready series is... Read more...
  This year's DigitalLife show in New York City seemed to be just a bit more festive, a bit more "real-deal", or perhaps we should just say a bit more well-attended from both an exhibitor and audience perspective?  In fact, since Ziff Davis picked up the gig, it has turned out to be like a mini-CES here on the east coast. There was also a big focus on gaming and entertainment this year, perhaps picking up where the dilapidated and now defunct E3 left off. As always, there were sights to see and excitement in the air.  Or was that just Carmen Electra?  Mmmm...Carmen -- Fetching as ever.  Sort of like the effect she has on most men, turning them... Read more...
AMD INTRODUCES MORE CHOICE TO THE AMD LIVE! PC DIGITAL MEDIA SOLUTION - AMD LIVE! PCs from Dell, Alienware Now Available; New Applications, Enhancements for AMD LIVE! Entertainment Suite - SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - October 11, 2006 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the availability of new AMD LIVE! PCs from Alienware and Dell, expanding the selection of popular, easy-to-use PCs designed to help simplify today's digital lifestyle. The AMD LIVE! PC is a full-featured media center computer powered by the award-winning AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processor and created to enrich consumers' experiences when enjoying digital movies, music and photos throughout the home and on the go. AMD also introduced additions... Read more...
If any of you are going to be in the New York City area this week and would like to attend this year's DigitalLife event at the Jacob Javits Center going on from October 12 - 15, organizers are giving away free tickets if you register using the code "INSIDER".  Here's what event organizers had to say to us via e-mail... "I wanted to give HotHardware the heads-up that DigitalLife 2006 - the largest consumer technology, gaming & entertainment event of the year - will be taking place October 12 - 15, 2006 at the Javits Center, New York. We would be thrilled if you would let your community know that we are offering FREE tickets to this year's event (regular price is $15). To... Read more...
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