Portland (OR) – You just might see vinyl records being sold the next time you visit your favorite music store. Several retailers are bringing back these ‘blasts from the pasts’ and for one chain, Fred Meyer, it started with an employee data entry error.
Not that you could really take advantage of the resolution of a quad
HDTV today, but just in case you want to run a video game in 8.3
megapixel resolution – four times what current 1080p TVs offer - on a
56” display, Sapphire will be the second company we know of that is
actually selling such a display. The bragging rights of owning such a
TV come at a hefty price, of course.
The name Acer doesn’t usually bring images of fast and sexy
computers, but the company hopes its new Predator computer line will
propel it into the hands of wealthy enthusiasts and high-end gamers.
The Aspire G7700 Predator case resembles something out of a sci-fi
movie with its orange paintjob and lift up front panel.
Imagine you are enjoying the scenery in that Thomas Kinkade painting in
one moment and grab the remote control in the next to exchange the
picture for your evening TV news cast. Samsung believes such a scenario
would open a niche in the LCD TV market and presented a prototype LCD
TV that acts as a huge picture as well as a common LCD TV.
Get a blast from the past with these vacuum tube speaker amplifiers
from BTX Technology. The M30 HI-FI Vacuum Tube Audio System consists
of two speaker amps (one for each channel) and two speakers. Each amp
can handle up to 30 watts and have a frequency response of 15 Hz to 40
KHz. As you can see in the pictures, the tubes do get very hot and
even in the sweltering Computex Hall 1, we could easily feel the heat
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.