When Universal announced that it was abandoning HD DVD to switch over to Blu-ray, it was the one that gave the rubber stamp of failure to HD DVD. Universal was by far the biggest studio backer of the flopped high-def disc format, at one point accounting for around half of new HD DVD titles. For the first time today, it announced specific new movie titles it will be bringing to Blu-ray Disc.
Pricewatch - If you're in the market for a new LCD HDTV, you may get the best value in the mid-sized, 42” range, our latest Pricewatch analysis of popular models reveals. Prices for smaller TVs have not gone down proportionally to bigger models, and larger TVs are more likely to continue to come down in price. We took a look at six LCD HDTVs from top manufacturers in the industry to provide a clearer picture on HDTV pricing trends.
It is no secret anymore that lots of people and scientist are looking
for new ways to increase the realism of graphics other then pushing the
limits of traditional rasterization techniques. Ray-tracing is a term
that comes up frequently these days and apparently, there is a lot of
potential in tuning already existing algorithms to make them more
suitable for general computing platforms: UCSD scientists have
discovered a “lightweight” approach to simulate fog and possibly other
materials and surfaces such as skin, milk and plants.
Google is launching a new version of its Google Earth application today, adding new functionality and more support for Mac platforms. One of the biggest additions in version 4.3 will be the ability to see "street view" maps. Google launched street view to its online Google Maps program, giving clear pictures of individual residences in specific cities.
The Gigahertz race was probably one of the most ill-fated ideas in the
microprocessor industry in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Intel was
almost brought down to its knees by the enormous power consumption and
heat dissipation of 3+ GHz speeds in circuits of the time, eventually
hitting a wall at 4 GHz. The Gigahertz race has now become a multi-core
race, but scientists have ideas to ramp up the clock speed at a faster
pace again: Terahertz computers may be within reach – if data is
carried over optical instead of electrical circuits.
Around 90% of customers at Amazon's digital music store had not shopped regularly at iTunes before, according to research firm NPD. This means that people who are buying from Amazon are largely consumers who are new to the digital music download market. Instead of trying to chip away at iTunes, Amazon is carving out an entirely new place in the music business.
Video editors and cameramen have often dealt with an
alphabet soup of file extensions and codecs, but Adobe hopes to change
all that with their CinemaDNG iniative. The company hopes major video
camera companies and codec firms will unite to support a single digital
RAW format to be used during the capture portion of the video creation
Thankfully the protective plastic wrap worked
and my camera and lens survived an entire day of shooting with almost
1700 pictures. But trust me, it wasn’t easy and I was a prized target
among many water gun-toting tourists.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Fraunhofer, one
of Germany’s largest research organizations, announced the creation of
the MIT-Fraunhofer Institute for Sustainable Energy Systems. The
partnership will focus on solar, green buildings and energy device
prototyping, leveraging cross-Atlantic research resources and
The Federal Communications Commission has issued fines against Wal-Mart, Sears, Circuit City, Target, Best Buy and others for failing to meet requirements concerning the digital TV conversion next year. Additionally, the governmental organization imposed fines on TV manufacturers for continuing to ship analog tuners after the deadline and for not meeting other digital TV guidelines.
Scientists in Germany have made a breakthrough in one of the biggest expanding markets in the battery industry: lithium-ion. With the massive Sony battery recall last year and ever-growing concerns about lithium-ion-powered devices catching aflame, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC have created a solution.
Determining the difference between a level two and level three hurricane may be done in the future by measuring the sound instead of flying in airplanes in the middle of it at several hours throughout the day. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed a new, more cost-effective way of measuring the intensity of a hurricane.
With national gas prices approaching an average of $3.40 per gallon, it
may not be too surprising that the interest in less fuel-hungry is
increasing these days. Cars.com recently found that 59% of car shoppers
already have purchased or at least consider buying a hybrid car as
their next car. Based on vehicle research on its site, Cars.com now
came up with some numbers that could shed some light on a possible
regional demand of hybrid cars.
IBM today pitched a completely new storage technology that could
replace traditional hard drives and flash-based solid state disk drives
(SSDs). IBM believes that spintronics-based storage devices that store
data within a wiretrack could enable MP3 players with several terabytes
of capacity and superfast access times.
Rechargeable batteries are a great return business for battery
companies and a continuous source of inconvenience for users of pretty
much device that uses such batteries: Ongoing use will cause the
battery to lose its capacity over time: While you can influence the
degree of the capacity loss, you will eventually need to replace the
battery at some point. New research indicates that a carbon
nanotube anode coating may cut the capacity loss almost in half.
Yahoo has created a strategic partnership with Google and is reportedly in talks with AOL, while Microsoft may team up with News Corp to launch a new bid to take over Yahoo. The AP suggests Yahoo's moves are "last-ditch efforts" to prevent an acquisition from Microsoft and is in effect creating a "dramatic finale" in this Internet saga.