Culver City (CA) - Sony Pictures has announced that it will be releasing Click, Black Hawk Down, and Talladega Nights in a high-capacity format. Using a dual-layer 50 GB Blu-ray disc instead of the currently shipping 25 GB format, the media will carry not only high-definition video, but also a handful of special features on a single disc.
Creative Labs says it can spice spice up dull MP3s with its new Xmod module. The external candy-bar sized unit up-converts audio files from 16-bit to 24-bit and promises to enhance low and high frequencies giving "beyond the original CD quality" sound. Xmod doesn't require any drivers and connects between the computer or MP3 player and speakers.
Sony recently began shipping two new Grand WEGA micro-display rear projection high-definition TVs (HDTVs).
Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO) plans to roll out its first 52" LCD TV panels from a 5.5-generation (5.5G) TFT LCD plant in the first quarter of 2007, according to the company.
ViewSonic recently announced a 37" and 42" LCD TV priced at $1000 and $1500, respectively.
The average street prices for 40-44" LCD TVs and business displays in North America dropped below those for high-definition (HD) plasma panel display (PDP) TVs of the same size range for the first time in July, according to research firm Pacific Media Associates (PMA).
Logitech has received FCC approval for a new set of wireless "Free Pulse" headphones. The unannounced device is squarely aimed at Ipod owners, as Logitech provides custom wireless adapter fit plates for 4G and 5G Ipods as well as the Ipod nano and Ipod mini. However, according to the manual, the headset should work with any other MP3 player as well.
The headphones transmit audio via Bluetooth 2.0 EDR.
There was no information on availability and pricing of the "Free Pulse"set.
Osaka (Japan) - Panasonic today unveiled what the company is calling the world's first Blu-ray Disc recorders that can play back BD-video discs. The devices can store high-definition video onto the built-in hard drive and burn content onto recordable BD-R and BD-RE media.
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Yokohama (Japan) - At an upcoming electronics expo, JVC will demo sphere-shaped speakers that are supposedly acoustically perfect. Resembling the floating assassin droids in Star Wars, the 12-sided speakers will emit sound from every side, except for the bottom. JVC claims the speaker will "disappear acoustically" to most listeners.
Apple is about to get some more serious competition for its most important revenue source. Microsoft just released some details about its soon to be launched Zune portable media player to tackle the dominance most sold MP3 player on the planet. There are some new features. But what's up with that funky design - and brown color? Is Microsoft serious?
Toshiba has fired another salvo in the war between the competing high-definition DVD formats by releasing a new range of HD-DVD players in the US.
Samsung Electronics moved Thursday to address image quality concerns noted by some reviewers of its high-definition Blu-ray disc player, the first on the market, saying it would make production changes.
Pioneer announced the introduction of a series of new digital tuner-supported DVD recorders for the Japanese market.
Hitachi today announced that its latest line of TVs, the 2006 Director's Line, has begun shipping to retailers across the country. Included in the series are plasma and LCD high-definition TVs with sizes of up to 55 inches.
Sling Media has received approval from the FCC for a new version of its media streaming console Slingbox. Currently titled the "Slingbox A/V," it comes with audio/video cable inputs on the side to allow streaming of recorded content from external sources like a DVR or DVD player.
Infrant Technologies today announced a "virtually silent" media server targeted at the audio/visual enthusiast home theater market.
BenQ will offer a 7.2-megapixel digital camera, model X720, claimed to be the world's slimmest in the 7.0-megapixel and above range, with the launch scheduled for late next month and the recommended retail price yet to be determined, according to the company.
TiVo today announced details and availability of latest set top box. The Series3 HD Digital Media Recorder is the first TiVo recorder to capture and present video in high definition from your cable connection, and according to the company, the world's only digital media recorder with THX certification.
Adobe today announced new versions of their Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements software Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0 and Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0 will be available later this year.
Accell claims to be the first cable manufacturer that is offering a HDMI mini compatible cable. HDMI mini, which was announced on 22 June of this year, offers the same feature set as HDMI 1.3 through a more compact connector that is expected to be integrated into consumer electronics such as digital still and video cameras.
Accell said that the mini HDMI cable will eb available in 7-ft length. Pricing and availability were not announced.