Cease and desist letters backfire horribly against MPAA/AACS

Lawyers for a high-definition video licensing authority have opened up a Pandora’s box of Internet fury after serving several websites with cease and desist letters in an attempt to block the spread of an encryption key.

Americans spend billions on gadgets

Americans are continuing their gadget spending binge, according to a new survey by the Consumer Electronics Association.

HD DVD experiences playback problems on Xbox 360

A new HD DVD designed to help calibrate HDTVs has hit a problem with the Xbox 360, apparently because the disc manufacturer failed to test it extensively on non-Toshiba players.

Mattel turns Barbie into an MP3 player and online avatar

Mattel is seeking to turn around flagging sales by bringing Barbie into the 21st Century as an MP3 player and online community avatar all rolled into one.

Sony announces super small HD camcorder

Park Ridge (NJ) - Sony has revealed the HDR-CX7, which it claims is its smallest high-definition camcorder to date.  The camcorder records videos in 1080i direct to a Memory Stick cards. The AVCHD-based camera weigh 15 ounces and cuts down on size by eliminating a hard drive and a spinning media bay for DVD or MiniDV burning. 

HD DVD shipments "near" one million

In a direct rebuttal to Blu-ray's recent sales announcements, the HD DVD promotional group is saying that its movie sales have nearly crossed the one million mark.

Blu-ray edges out HD DVD yet again

More disappointing news for HD DVD came today with the results of Nielsen Video Scan's sales data for high definition DVDs.

100,000 HD DVD CE players sold in the U.S.

Toshiba today announced that more than 100,000 family-room HD DVD players have been sold within the first year of the technology’s launch.

Sandisk and Sony make yet another flash memory spec

Las Vegas (CA) - Just when you thought there aren't enough flash memory specifications, Sandisk and Sony are now partnering up to push their SxS standard.  The new flash cards will be made for Sony’s upcoming XDCAM EX high-def camcorders. Both companies claim the cards will have a normal transfer rate of 800 megabits per second and will be able to burst to a maximum speed of 2.5 Gb/sec.  

Apple to release Wi-Fi iPod in Q3 2007 – report

The iPhone may not be the only wireless music player device Apple will be releasing this year. The company is planning to launch a Wi-Fi iPod later this year as well, DigiTimes reports.

Samsung announces plans for Blu-ray/HD DVD combo player

Samsung will release a new standalone player later this year that plays both HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc movies.

Toshiba officially releases entry-level 1080p HD DVD player

The high definition battle is going into the next round: Toshiba’s previously announced HD-A20 HD DVD player promises a high definition quality that is on par with Blu-ray – for significantly less money.

Philips watermark tech traces pirated TV content

Philips today announced a “forensic” watermarking tool for video content which allows copyright holders to follow the path of pirated content back to a specific PayTV subscriber.

Blu-ray sheds some light on next generation players

Updated Blu-ray Disc (BD) hardware specifications are set to come into effect in October, but the immediate effect on current BD players will be minimal, reports PC World.

Website offers upgrade for Apple TV hard drive

Macservice.com, a repair and upgrade service for Apple products, announced today that it is offering a $195 upgrade for the Apple TV to raise its internal memory from 40 GB to 160 GB.

Panasonic updates HD camcorders

Panasonic has introduced its latest digital HD camcorders, offering more resolution than their predecessors with full H.264 support.

CustomFlix makes its way to Amazon Unbox on Tivo

CustomFlix, an online store that lets users create custom DVDs, will now begin streaming videos to Tivo though Amazon's streaming service.

Panasonic rolls out five 1080p plasma TVs

New York (NY) – Panasonic has updated its plasma TV family. New 42”, 50” and 58” models are joining the current 65” and 103” 1080p plasma TVs.

Chrysler’s Sebring convertible goes high-tech

Auburn Hills (MI) - A Chrysler Sebring may not be on the shopping list of car or tech enthusiasts. But there is no denying that the manufacturer is among the first to embrace technologies, such as hard drives, in cars that appeal to mainstream buyers: The 2008 Sebring can be ordered with GPS, plays MP3s from a hard drive, offers a JPEG slideshow viewer and even plays videos on the in-dash TFT LCD.

Microsoft offers new Zune firmware update

Microsoft recently unveiled its latest update for the Zune, optimizing a couple features and fixing a glitch that caused some songs to skip.