DRM group wants Steve Jobs to join

The Coral Consortium, a DRM interoperability group, has publicly asked Apple boss Steve Jobs to join.

Nextel releases wireless toy for Nascar fans

Nextel has released a new high-tech toy for Nascar fans. The company said that its Fanview device, essentially a video streaming handheld, is available for purchase.

Steve Jobs chastizes music industry, wants DRM-free music

Apple CEO Steve Jobs is trying to drive a stake into the music industry's heart by calling for the end of copy protected music. He said that abolishing DRM-protected music would be, "the best alternative for consumers, and Apple would embrace it in a heartbeat."

Kodak jumps into desktop printers, sells ink for $10

Kodak today announced its plans to launch a series of inkjet printers next month, officially entering the race currently dominated by HP, Canon, and Lexmark, after years of talking about the possibility of getting into the printer market.

Numbers are mixed for 2006 format wars

The first eight months of the format wars ended in a near stalemate, though the hardware front saw a slim victory for HD DVD, with a new report from NPD Group saying that high-def video players ranked in at 52% for HD DVD and 48% for Blu-ray.

Canon expands HD camcorder lineup

Canon today announced a new consumer camcorder that records home videos in 1080i resolution.

Super Bowl viewing OK on big screens according to NFL

The National Football League is now giving the thumbs up to churches who want to show the Super Bowl on extra large television screens. In the past weeks, the league has gone after churches and threatened legal action to stop Super Bowl viewing on greater than 55-inch television sets. The league now says such viewings are OK as long as no admission fee is charged.

XM radio goes online with Vista

XM is getting in on the big Vista launch today, due to a stake it has in Microsoft's new operating system.

Creative and Playskool try to hook babies and kids on mp3 players

Among some of the wackier gadgets at the recently completed Consumer Electronics Show were some mp3 players designed for babies and kids.

Canon announces two new entry-level digital cameras

Canon's Powershot line of cameras is about to expand, as the company today announced two new under-$200 models, both of which will be available next month.

Dolby develops fix for inconsistent audio levels in home theatres

Dolby promises to automatically control the volume of your TV: Most couch potatoes have clutched the remote control to raise the volume on quiet television shows only to be blown out of their sofas with a surprisingly loud commercial. In front of a select group of journalists at the MGM Grand Hotel, Dolby demonstrated 'Dolby Volume' and proclaimed that people would "never reach for the volume again."

Panasonic expected to announce Bluetooth home sound system

A new product from Panasonic has shown up on the FCC website, describing a home audio system that links up wirelessly through a Bluetooth connection. And yes, it does have the option connect directly to your iPod.

Sony busts out with four new Cyber-shot cameras

Sony has announced four new cameras in their famous Cyber-shot line. All the cameras can take 7.2 megapixel pictures and have 3X optical zoom.

Ricoh GPS camera finds its way to retailers

Ricoh has announced the availability of its latest product, the 500SE, a rugged GPS-ready digital camera that can keep track of when and where every picture was taken.

Scalers beat HD DVD and Blu-ray at CES 2007 - analysis

The high-def age is upon and if you are buying a TV this year anyway, why not buy a HD player as well? And, do you buy HD DVD or Blu-ray, if you are looking for the technology that makes most sense right now? We were looking for clues at CES and found a very convincing answer. Just not the one we expected.

Now playing on your PC: Netflix movies

Netflix today announced that it is adding a video download service and enable its customers to not only order DVDs online, but also watch movies and television series on their PC. The new service is offered at no additional cost, but there is a limited viewing time that depends on a viewer's subscription plan.

Jack Tretton to take Kaz Hirai's former Sony title

Sony's big corporate shake-up is one step closer to being finalized, as the electronics giant has announced that Jack Tretton will step up to Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) CEO after the former title holder, Kaz Hirai, gets bumped to president of the company's global entertainment company.

Philips battles video piracy with MediaHedge

As sites like Youtube and Myspace struggle to keep unauthorized copyrighted content from being uploaded, Philips has introduced a new tool that it says will help identify whether or not a video is pirated.

Intel's first movie to go online on Dec 15

More than 17 months after announcing a digital media joint venture with Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman, Intel is close to be releasing its first film.

Westinghouse announces affordable 42" LCD television

Westinghouse Digital Electronics has announced a new 42" LCD monitor for a low price. The W4207 features a 1366 by 768 pixel resolution and can display 720p video. Westinghouse also claims the television has a 1600 to 1 contrast ratio and a daylight viewable panel.