Sony ready to drop Blu-ray entry-level player to $600

There is a good chance that Blu-ray will be shedding its image to be the more expensive option among the two high-definition media formats. According to media reports, Sony will release a new Blu-ray player that will cost only half as much as the current BDP-S1, while offering an improved feature set.

Burning DVD remote prompts Best Buy recall

Minneapolis (MN) - Best Buy has issued a voluntary recall of nearly 10,000 remotes that came bundled in its DVD players after it was reported that the remote could overheat, causing a burning hazard. The remote in question comes packed in with an Insignia DVD player/100W shelf system.  Insignia is Best Buy's licensed brand for low-end electronics.  The affected model number is NS-A1113, which is printed on the front of the player.

First DVDs with HD capability produced

High definition home video does not necessarily translate into HD DVD or Blu-ray. As the two formats continue to battle each other, another high definition format has quietly surfaced. Sonopress announced that it has replicated the first 3x DVDs with HD capability last week.

"DRM increases value" - Macrovision writes to Jobs

Macrovision, most well known for its VCR anti-copying protection, is getting on the open letter game by publicly telling Apple's Steve Jobs that DRM can actually increase consumer value.

Sharp develops technology for cheaper Blu-ray

With Blu-ray Disc hardware notoriously more expensive than the competing HD DVD players, Sharp has developed a new technology to bring down the cost of BD recorders.

Chicago Autoshow spices up coverage with webcams

The Chicago Autoshow is revving up its coverage with the addition of remotely-controlled webcams.  The webcams are spaced throughout the show floor and provide coverage of major booths like Ford, Chrysler, and Volkswagen.

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.

Samsung upgrades Bordeaux TV

Televisions and wine don't mix, or do they? Samsung has upgraded their Bordeaux television set which now has a transparent base that looks like a crystal wine glass. The television has a high 10,000 to 1 contrast ratio and will be available in 32-inch and 40-inch models.

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.