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While we were initially hoping that this bit of bad new was somebody's twisted idea of a Halloween trick, it actually appears to be authentic: The 3rd Circuit Appellate Court recently upheld a decision that would grant more authority over physical facilities and data transmission lines to the larger telephone companies, thus potentially causing serious problems to DSL resellers such as Earthlink and Speakeasy.Previously, DSL internet service – and cable modem service before it – was classified as a functionally integrated component of enhanced “telecommunications service,” making it subject to regulations that attempted to ensure fair and open competition. Some of these rules require that the... Read more...
Being on the bleeding edge has its pluses and minuses.  You get to sample the latest stuff first, but if that same technology advances and it doesn't take your older hardware into account, you may end up with a brick.  There was thus some trepidation over the latest wave of features being added to 20th Century-Fox's latest Blu-Ray releases.With the next wave of interactive features having been added to 20th Century-Fox's latest Blu-Ray Disc releases, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and The Day After Tomorrow, there was always a certain level of anticipation that some existing Blu-ray consoles would have trouble, especially the first-generation editions. Surprisingly, it's... Read more...
In recent years Apple has “accidentally” revealed upcoming products and services on a fairly regular basis.  They do this either in their on-line store, or sometimes just in parts of their own software that aren't unlocked until a revision comes out.That would seem to be the case with the new iTunes movie rental service: “Movie rentals could be coming to the iTunes Store, if an apparent slip-up by Apple is any indication. Mac developer David Watanabe uploaded a screenshot depicting an iTunes problem reporting system which has options for requesting a refund due to non-delivery of rental movies. The other options for reporting issues with the as yet unannounced -- but rumored -- rental movie... Read more...
Tired of all the riff-raff you encounter on Facebook?  Wondering if you're going to be questioned  by the police about  the age of your MySpace friends? Leaving nasty comments in blogs no-one reads except people who wash their hands 150 times a day and have 11 cats? Well, maybe it's time for you to an exclusive online network like aSmallWorld, and leave all those losers behind. That is, if they'll have you. Membership in these networks, not unlike the exclusive country clubs where the rich and powerful hobnob, is carefully guarded. At aSW, only a subset of established members have the power to invite new users to join. In developing the site, founder Erik Wachtmeister rejected the... Read more...
Another victory for people scared of the outside world (we hear it's dangerous out there) came today when Blockbuster bought Movielink for an undisclosed sum that is rumored to be $50 million. “Blockbuster said Wednesday it is buying the digital movie-download service Movielink, giving it a stronger online foothold to compete with its rival. The Dallas-based video rental chain said it would continue to operate Movielink as a stand-alone service but eventually make elements of it available through Blockbuster’s online-ordering, mail-delivery service.” Whether or not this acquisition will allow Blockbuster to catch up to Netflix in the online delivery market is open to debate.... Read more...
If you’re an Xbox 360 owner and you’re looking for a place to download more of your favorite shows and movies, then you may want to look into CinemaNow.  A recent update to their software package has enabled more than 7000 videos to be downloaded and viewed by Xbox 360 owners: “CinemaNow Inc., the premier online destination for downloadable Hollywood movies and TV shows, today released an upgraded version of its 'Media Manager', a proprietary software application enabling the download, management and playback of video content. CinemaNow video downloads are now directly accessible by networked Xbox 360 users, and its Burn-to-DVD service is now compatible with Windows Vista users worldwide. This... Read more...
Ever wonder how much juice your SLI gaming rig sucks up every month? You probably won’t know exactly how hard it’s digging into your pockets, but if you’re living in the UK, that might change quite soon.A new government project in the UK aimed at raising environmental awareness and fighting global warming is providing some 15,000 Britons with free energy meters, which will enable people to measure exactly how much energy each electrical device uses. The government hopes that raising awareness will help convince people to change their behavior and cut back on energy consumption. “It's often the simple things that are forgotten. A mobile phone charger left plugged in, a big LCD TV left on when... Read more...
Intel Provides Details On New Products, Initiatives For Higher-Performing, More Efficient Computers Innovation, Processing Performance and Cooperation Key to Moving Forward Faster INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, Beijing, April 17, 2007 -- Intel Corporation executives today detailed more than 20 new products, technology innovations and industry initiatives -- many of them industry firsts -- aimed at making the World Wide Web, computers and consumer electronics devices much more responsive, friendlier and secure. Under the backdrop of Intel's leadership in 45nm Hi-k metal gate silicon technology and how it will ignite new innovation and growth... Read more...
In my daily jaunt across the web, I stumbled across this link to an article on Microsoft's website that deals with the quality of a wireless network. There are a couple of useful tips in this article, along with some common sense suggestions.  Either way, some good information for those of you looking to get the most from your WiFi. "If Microsoft Windows XP ever notifies you about a weak signal, it probably means your connection isn't as fast or as reliable as it could be. Worse, you might lose your connection entirely in some parts of your home. If you're looking to improve the signal for your wireless network, try some of these tips... Read more...
Hey folks, JeffB dropping in for a spell to share a little triple monitor gaming with ya!  This is a bit of a personal triumph getting this set up to work with Vista and NVIDIA's current drivers.  Two 20" monitors are driven by a GeForce 8800GTX and the third by a GeForce 7600GT.  It's hard to get these two cards to play nice on the same system and the 7600GT is holding me back from DX10, but still, it looks pretty sweet.  Average FPS is around 12 and the flight is generally fluid unless I pull a fast bank.  There's room for improvement, like another 8800GTX and this puppy, but overall, it's surprisingly playable.  The only major drawback with... Read more...
Wal*Mart is starting their own online video download service today. They'll be offering movies and TV shows for a little less, generally, than Apple's similar iTunes service. Unlike some offerings, Wal-Mart will not rent films online. The films can be played on a PC or transferred to Microsoft Windows Media-compatible portable digital players. The movies will not play on Apple computers or the popular iPod. Movies bought from the Wal-Mart store also can't be burned onto a DVD, although the company said it hopes to offer the option by the end of the year. Wal-Mart says it doesn't expect digital sales to cannibalize its retail DVD business... Read more...
When eBay bought Skype a while back, I rushed out and picked up a few share of eBay because it just felt like a natural fit.  With Skype's ever-popular and amazing VOIP client technology taking off like a rocket, it just seemed like a total home-run for eBay to integrate that functionality into their goliath-sized online auction services, giving buyers and sellers an opportunity to speak directly regarding transactions and deals.  The stock made a nice run and I punched out quickly with a tidy gain on the smallish investment I made.   Now, Niklas Zennstroem, co-founder of both Kazaa and Skype has his eyes on another prize. Bring it Nik, bring it my man...   ... Read more...
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...
When you think of "discovery," you think of new inventions. But there's another kind; people using existing technology and hardware in new and interesting ways. HotHardware readers are constantly innovating with existing hardware -- you magnificent overclocking techies you. What could you accomplish with about $100,000 and a trip to Best Buy and Circuit City? Well, these two computer engineers came up with a super high resolution 27 foot wide display. Christopher Jaynes and Stephen Webb, two computer engineers in Lexington, Ky., have created a video projection system that they believe could improve everything from outdoor advertising to home entertainment. Their technology will... 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...
Comcast knows you hardly every leave the house. They're already selling 23 million customers like you cable television and broadband internet and VoIp phone. They've decided to take up the remaining few minutes of your waking life by selling on-demand movie downloads right over the wire they already have running into your house. According to one source that spoke with Gizmodo, Comcast will ensure that users get the movies as quickly as possible by uncapping the bandwidth limits in place on an account for the duration of the download. If that is indeed the case, those pesky 6Mbps bandwidth caps may disappear until customers have finished... Read more...
Once just a search engine, Google has become so much more over the years. From providing video services, to e-books, to even an e-mail service, Google has become a part of our everyday lives. Google's latest web contribution to the internet is in the form of "gadgets", pieces of HTML and Java code that can be inserted into web pages, that provides easy access to many of Google's services, such as Google Maps. These "Universal Gadgets" are a great idea, an idea that rivals such as Yahoo and Microsoft are sure to also explore. "Yahoo, through its acquisition of the Silicon Valley start-up Konfabulator last year, boasts... Read more...
All the goodness that is Google maps can now be accessed from your cell phone. Location searches, maps, satellite imagery, all of it's there, and there's also the new feature of real-time traffic information. Click here for the details. "Combining directions, maps, and satellite imagery, Google Maps is a free download that lets you find local hangouts and businesses across town or across the country - right from your phone."... 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...
ATI leads the way with industry's first graphics hardware certified for Windows VistaTM MARKHAM, ONTARIO, Sep 26, 2006 (CCNMatthews via COMTEX News Network) -- Underlining the company's leadership in developing hardware and drivers to support Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Vista operating system, ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY)(NASDAQ:ATYT) today announced that its driver has been granted the graphics industry's first Windows Hardware Quality Lab (WHQL) certification for Windows Vista by Microsoft. WHQL certification sets a high bar for quality and reliability, and is considered essential by many business and home users. Windows Vista is the first version of the Microsoft operating... Read more...
Digging around for a good movie on a rainy weekend, like we've been having up here in the Northeast recently, can be a challenge for sure.  Team Ars thinks brick and mortar movie rentals are going the way of the dino and we'd have to agree.  Netflicks sent me an application in the mail recently... Think I'll check that out fo-sho because Comcast's OnDemand selection is pretty dang weak... Video stores are outdated and video-on-demand has a lot of growing up to do. I brought a list of 70 movies to two local stores and started checking titles off. It was a somewhat eclectic mix of Orbiting HQ favorites, quality anime, Oscar winners of various kinds, and a few international... Read more...
The Walt Disney Company, Cisco Systems and Intel Corporation Invest in MovieBeam INC. New Digital Entertainment Venture Launches with $48.5 Million in Series A Financing Burbank, Calif., San Jose, Calif. and Santa Clara, Calif., February 14, 2006 – The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS), Cisco Systems and Intel Corporation, through its leading investment arm Intel Capital, today announced they have invested in MovieBeam, Inc., a newly formed digital entertainment venture. The series A financing round, worth a total of $48.5 million, includes additional investment from tier-one venture capital firms the Mayfield Fund, Norwest Venture Partners and VantagePoint Venture Partners. MovieBeam is... Read more...
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