Toshiba may have lost the high-definition format war to Sony, but the
company is not yet ready to build Blu-ray players, at least not
officially. In a rather surprising turn of events, Toshiba reverts back
to the DVD: According to a newspaper article, the company plans to
release a DVD player capable of displaying high-resolution video by the
end of this year.
ID Software, the makers of legendary games like Doom and Castle Wolfenstein, has declined to renew its membership in the Entertainment Software Association. This adds to a long list of big-name game studios like Activision/Vivendi (which includes Blizzard Entertainment) and LucasArts that have also cancelled their memberships from the troubled video game group.
Amazon has modestly cut the price its Kindle E-Book reader. Barely
released late last year, the white hand-held reader is now 10% off at
$359 and buyers will also receive free two-day shipping. Amazon hasn’t
released an official statement about the price cut (at least not yet),
but this should provide a decent boost in sales for anyone sitting on
the fence. Heck, I’m putting my Mastercard deeper in the red by buying
Once again, Microsoft has squashed rumors that a Blu-ray drive for a
refreshed Xbox 360 may be in the works. The company believes that DVD
will remain the more important optical format at this time and that the
real format battle may be fought online.
Greenpeace today released detailed numbers on the concentration of
hazardous materials used to manufacture the PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii game
consoles. The good news is that the findings reflect previous hazmat
results from notebook tests, but the report indicates that each
manufacturer has a lot of room to reduce the concentration of materials
such as lead, chromium, bromine or cadmium in its products.
Are you tired of downloading MP3 songs with pesky
DRM protection? Well Napster, yes that Napster, is now offering more
than six million music tracks without any restriction. The company
launched its new music store today and every song will cost 99 cents
and albums will be $9.95 each.
Netflix and Roku today introduced a movie streaming box that, for the
very first time, may attract the mass market to rent movies via the
Internet and not via a store or by mail: The Roku box sells for $100
and all-you-can-eat download plans start at $9 per month. Is it
Nintendo today officially launched its Wii Balance Board and Wii Fit
application, which transform the game console into a virtual wellness
center. Wii Fit launches today in New York and will be introduced
countrywide on Wednesday.
Video game juggernaut Electronic Arts will comment on its failed
hostile takeover bid of Take-Two Interactive today. Executives are
expected to speak to the media before the opening of US stock markets
and many analysts believe the company will extend the $2 billion offer
which expired last Friday.
Samsung draws attention at this year’s Society for Information Display
(SID) International Symposium with a 82” Quad HDTV that offers four
times the resolution of today’s 1080p high definition TVs.