MS: Xbox 360 HD DVD player to be cheapest on market

While Microsoft recently demonstrated its upcoming HD DVD player for the Xbox 360 at the DVD Forum event in Los Angeles, an exact price and date for the peripheral has yet to be announced.

Microsoft demonstrates HD-DVD drive for Xbox 360

Microsoft has offered the first real demonstration of its external HD-DVD drive for the Xbox 360 since its fleeting appearance at E3, but remains silent on pricing or a confirmed release date.

Logitech expands Wireless Music System line

Fremont (CA) - Logitech today announced a new addition to its Wireless Music System line. The Wireless DJ Music System uses Logitech's Music Anywhere wireless technology that includes a USB transmitter that connects to a PC and Receiver/Dock with stereo RCA and 3.5 mm headphone jack outputs. Formats supported include MP3, iTunes (AAC), WMA, Internet radio, and podcast ormats.

Google tests video distribution model with MTV, Microsoft's URGE partner

Google has reached a deal with MTV Networks - whose name has been cropping up quite a bit in the digital realm recently - that could end up enabling clips from MTV programming to be integrated into AdSense content that appears alongside user search pages.

Samsung to unveil 40" backlit LCD TV in September

Samsung Electronics plans to launch in September a 40" LCD TV that features an LED backlight, according to a recent report from research firm Displaybank.

Sony to halt PDP-TV production

Katsumi Ihara, executive deputy president of Sony's procurement strategies and TV & video business, recently stated that the company will stop producing PDP (plasma display panel) TVs.

Microsoft and Epic to release "Gears of War" on 12 November

Redmond (WA) - The next third person shooter is set to make its debut this holiday season. Microsoft Game Studio and Epic Games today announced that their "high-definition" game "Gears of War" for the Xbox 360 game console will be available in North America on 12 November. Gears of War slide show ...

Itunes to give away 70 million songs

Apple is teaming up with Coca-Cola in Europe for a huge iTunes giveaway, in which 70 million codes for free songs will be distributed inside packages from the soft drink maker.

Canon launches compact "full HD" camcorder

Lake Success (NY) - Following Sony's HDR-UX1 and HDR-SR1 mini-camcorders, Canon announced its first compact high-definition camcorder. The HV10 will be available beginning in September and carry a suggested retail price of $1300. If you have been delaying the purchase of a camcorder in the hope of high-definition home video capability becoming more affordable and available in compact form factor devices, then it's time to watch out for new products hitting retail shelves in the next few weeks and months.

Hybrid HD DVD / Blu-ray players appear unlikely after LG backs off

New York (NY) - Last week, a spokesperson for LG Electronics told This Week in Consumer Electronics magazine that the combination Blu-ray / HD DVD player it had announced in March, was not in the cards for the company's slate of fall releases. TWICE and others took this news as a clear signal that the hybrid player would not be produced at all.

Watch TV by the pool - company markets weather-resistant televisions

Lux Entertainment is marketing a pair of weather-resistant entertainment centers. The ARRIS-AR26SSMCE and the ARRIS-AR26SSA contain 26" flat-panel LCD screens in a stainless steel shell. Lux Entertainment claims the shell is "virtually indestructible" and can shield the electronics from rain and water splashes.

Educating kids with video games - a laudable, but doomed, idea

According to a recent Ipsos MORI poll in the UK, three in five 11 - 16 year olds are in favour of using video games in the classroom. I'll let Eurogamer break down the numbers for you, but suffice to say this is a bit of legitimacy/ego self pleasure for the video game industry.

Nintendo DS Lite in tight supply despite increased output

Sales of the Nintendo DS Lite have continued expanding at a rapid pace, with supply of the game consoles likely soon to fall short of demand despite Nintendo increasing production, according to sources at Taiwan-based Hakuyu, the sales agent for Nintendo in Taiwan.

E3 Expo to be downsized as game vendors pull plug on support

In an indication that electronics trade shows are continuing to have less impact on the economy as a whole, the co-sponsors of E3 Expo have cancelled the conference in its present form, replacing it with something more akin to a town hall meeting.

Apple must disclose iTunes DRM to competitors, but can charge for it

Is it really a victory for Apple's iTunes, or do clouds remain behind the silver lining? In a ruling last week, the French Constitutional Council overturned a provision of a law which would have compelled Apple and others to turn over their DRM schemes for free exploitation by licensees. On the other hand, the Council left certain provisions in place, which means Apple may not be able to do business in France after all.

Panasonic Taiwan to halt CRT TV production in 2-3 years

Panasonic Taiwan recently stated that it will phase out CRT TV production in two to three years, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times reported on 29 July.

Paris Hilton, plastic surgeons and Playboy Playmates on Itunes

E! Entertainment has signed a deal with Apple to bring several television shows with pretty women and plastic surgery to Itunes.

LG releases "Time Machine" television sets with built-in hard drives

Seoul (South Korea) - If you want Tivo-like functionality built into a television, LG has a couple sets just for you. The company has announced two new 37" and 42" HD LCD sets, with what it calls "Time Machine" capability. Each model has a 250 GB hard drive that starts recording when the set is turned on. Both television sets display 1920 by 1080 pixels, which LG says is twice the resolution of normal HD television sets. The TVs also have a 6000 to 1 color contrast ratio and a six millisecond response time.

Canon releases two HD camcorders

Canon has released two new high-definition camcorders capable of recording videos in 1440 by 1080 (interlaced) resolution. The Canon XH A1 and XH G1 models both have triple CCDs and can record at several frame rates including 60i, 30P and 24P. There is also a 20x HD zoom lens and dual XLR audio jacks taht come with both camcorders.

Microsoft rumored to cut Xbox 360 price by $100

Microsoft is planning to cut the retail price of its Xbox 360 Pro System from $399 currently to $299 in an attempt to compete with the PlayStation 3 (PS3), which will be launched by Sony in November of this year, according to Taiwan-based OEM component makers.