Ricoh GPS camera finds its way to retailers

Ricoh has announced the availability of its latest product, the 500SE, a rugged GPS-ready digital camera that can keep track of when and where every picture was taken.

Scalers beat HD DVD and Blu-ray at CES 2007 - analysis

The high-def age is upon and if you are buying a TV this year anyway, why not buy a HD player as well? And, do you buy HD DVD or Blu-ray, if you are looking for the technology that makes most sense right now? We were looking for clues at CES and found a very convincing answer. Just not the one we expected.

Now playing on your PC: Netflix movies

Netflix today announced that it is adding a video download service and enable its customers to not only order DVDs online, but also watch movies and television series on their PC. The new service is offered at no additional cost, but there is a limited viewing time that depends on a viewer's subscription plan.

CES 2007: Impressions - teetering on the edge

As the Sands hosts a whole series of lock-in pre-CES conferences which you can't get into, even if you've RSVP'd (do I sound bitter?); the expo center and Venetian hotel are gearing up for another event with a major impact upon the technology world: The Adult Entertainment Expo.

CES 2007: First horseman of apocalypse in Las Vegas

If there was any doubt that CES has become a bloated, over the top, affair, much like the last days of Pompeii, or Comdex for that matter, you need read no further than this little ditty from our intrepid reporter, Rob Wright, in Las Vegas.

Vizio introduces sub-$3000 60" PDP TV

Vizio recently announced the introduction of its largest PDP (plasma display panel) high-definition TV (HDTV) –a 60" Maximvs-brand model (VM60P).

CES 2007: The battle for the digital home - analyst opinion

Get ready for the battle for the digital home: CES and Macworld are just a few days away and both will lure you with new media center devices. Behind the scenes, Apple, Microsoft, Intel, and AMD are assembling the core technologies, but the front end is more interesting: HP, Dell and Apple will be the primary vendors making a run at this new market. Let's have a closer look.

Vizio introduces lower-priced 1080p 47" LCD TV

Vizio recently announced the introduction of a $1900 47" (GV47LF) 1080p LCD TV to join its lineup of Gallevia displays.

Analyst opinion: Searching for the perfect Media Center PC

2007 is slated to become a big year for media in the home. Every major technology vendor with even a toe in the consumer segment will be going after a market that could easily create the next iPod-like wave of products and growth. As we wrap up 2006 the year let's take a look at what a media center device needs to look like and who is likely to come closest to the mark.

Toshiba's 55" SED TV to be a no-show at CES

If you had high hopes of seeing Toshiba's "soon-to-be-released" SED TV showcased at CES in just a few weeks, well, you can probably already read the writing on the wall.

Sony, Panasonic and Samsung lead race to dominate the connected home, says Strategy Analytics

Sony, Panasonic and Samsung lead the wave of the leading mobile, PC and consumer electronics companies that are targeting the connected home for their next major growth opportunity, according to research firm.

Panasonic and Vizio offer $1000 42" PDP TVs

Both Panasonic and Vizio have cut prices of their 42" PDP (plasma display panel) TVs to $1000 in the North American market, according to industry sources.

Jack Tretton to take Kaz Hirai's former Sony title

Sony's big corporate shake-up is one step closer to being finalized, as the electronics giant has announced that Jack Tretton will step up to Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) CEO after the former title holder, Kaz Hirai, gets bumped to president of the company's global entertainment company.

Philips battles video piracy with MediaHedge

As sites like Youtube and Myspace struggle to keep unauthorized copyrighted content from being uploaded, Philips has introduced a new tool that it says will help identify whether or not a video is pirated.

Intel's first movie to go online on Dec 15

More than 17 months after announcing a digital media joint venture with Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman, Intel is close to be releasing its first film.

Westinghouse announces affordable 42" LCD television

Westinghouse Digital Electronics has announced a new 42" LCD monitor for a low price. The W4207 features a 1366 by 768 pixel resolution and can display 720p video. Westinghouse also claims the television has a 1600 to 1 contrast ratio and a daylight viewable panel.

Mozart's music goes up online for free

Old school has gone new school, as 24,000 pages of Mozart's classical music has now been posted online, part of a widespread celebration of the composer's 250th birthday.

LCD Television prices drop 35% - study

Market research firm DisplayBank says the price for LCD television sets have dropped at least 35% this year. Prices for large 42" television sets have dropped 35% from last year and now average $2180 each. Cheaper LCD panels make up the majority of the savings and large panels now cost an average of $640 which is 42.9% less than last year.

Blockbuster giving free rentals to Netflix turncoats

Blockbuster is launching a holiday program to give free rentals to current Netflix customers. Until December 21, Netflix members can get free Blockbuster Total Access rentals by bring in the red address flaps from the Netflix envelopes. But there is a catch, customers must turn in the envelope flaps in person at a Blockbuster store.

Tivo DRM cracked

Programmers have released a new program that can break Tivo's file protection and convert stored video clips into regular MPEG-2 files. The program called "tivodecode" is on Sourceforge.net and can be recompiled to different processors and architectures. After conversion, the MPEG-2 clips can be reconverted or moved to other computers.