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  • Vista Service Pack 2 Now Ready for Download

    Posted May 26, 2009 - 5:04 pm

    Windows Vista Service Pack 2 is now available for download. The Vista SP2 update include new support for recording Blu-ray discs straight from the Vista OS, updated support for Bluetooth v2.1, and bug fixes that address slow shutdowns and mysterious crashes.
  • Watching the Watchmen on Facebook

    Posted May 13, 2009 - 1:49 pm

    The Watchmen Director's Cut is coming to Blu-ray in late July and will include a feature that allows you to sync your BD-Live buddies and Facebook friends into one list. This means you can use Warner Home Video's live community screening feature (LCS) to simultaneously view the Watchmen with your Facebook friends, no matter where they are located and share comments about the movie within Facebook.
  • U.S. Sales of Blu-ray Players Soar: NPD Group

    Posted May 6, 2009 - 8:27 pm

    U.S. consumers are warming to Blu-ray disc players in a big way, according The NPD Group, a market research firm. First quarter 2009 sales of standalone Blu-ray players in the U.S. topped 400,000 units, a significant 72 percent increase over Q1 2008.
  • Adobe’s Flash Technology Headed to HDTVs

    Posted April 21, 2009 - 11:57 am

    Coming soon to a TV screen near you - Flash. Adobe says it is working to bring its Flash technology to Net-connected TVs that will be able to playback videos and offer Web-like interactivity.
  • Cheap Blu-Ray Players to Hit U.S. Shelves

    Posted April 20, 2009 - 9:23 am

    The average selling price of Blu-ray players has been falling steadily -- it's now about $200 -- and there's little doubt that prices will keep dropping as Blu-ray goes mainstream and player shipments increase. But one report says the average price for entry-level Blu-ray players may to drop to as little as $99 in the very near future.
  • Adobe's new Flash can stream Internet content to TVs

    Posted April 20, 2009 - 9:14 am

    Adobe developed a version of its Flash multimedia streaming technology that allows entertainment programming to run to TVs, set-top boxes and Blu-ray players from the Internet.
  • If Blu-ray Is Dying, Why Are Disc Sales Soaring?

    Posted April 16, 2009 - 9:15 pm

    Don't nail Blu-ray's coffin shut just yet. A new study from Adams Media Research shows that sales of Blu-ray discs in the first quarter of 2009 nearly doubled compared to the same period a year ago, rising to nearly 9 million from 4.8 million in Q1 2008.
  • OLED screens, Blu-ray players and brain control

    Posted April 15, 2009 - 10:11 am

    January's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is a great place to see new gadgets but they're not always available right away. A couple of the coolest gadgets from this year's CES, Sony's OLED-based Walkman and Samsung's slim Blu-ray Disk player, are now on their way.
  • Netflix raises prices for Blu-ray rentals

    Posted March 30, 2009 - 3:07 pm

    Citing increased demand for pricey Blu-ray discs, Netflix is increasing rates for Blu-ray rentals.
  • iTunes movies in HD -- will the consumer bite?

    Posted March 20, 2009 - 9:53 am

    How high does one's definition need to be?
  • Sony Unleashes New Blu-ray Players

    Posted March 3, 2009 - 10:57 am

    Sony skipped the hoopla of last month's Consumer Electronics Show and saved its Blu-ray player refresh for its product-line show Tuesday in Las Vegas. The most expensive stand-alone Blu-ray models this time will cost $350--a far cry from the big-ticket player prices of just a year ago (when $550 was the top price), and two years ago (when prices maxed out at $1000).
  • Blu-ray Disc content market almost tripled in US in 2008

    Posted January 12, 2009 - 9:31 pm

    Sales and rentals of Blu-ray Disc content almost tripled in 2008 despite an overall downturn in the U.S. home entertainment market, said an industry group.
  • LG Introduces Ultimate Storage Device: NAS with Blu-ray

    Posted January 12, 2009 - 2:49 pm

    LG Electronics may have found the ultimate tech-combo product. The N4B1, shown at CES, is a network attached storage (NAS) device with a built-in Blu-ray writer for backups.
  • Blu-ray: Strong Start for 2009

    Posted January 12, 2009 - 2:28 pm

    Blu-ray has had a tumultuous past, but after its showing at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show that ended Sunday, the technology shows great promise.
  • Toshiba invokes SD cards to battle Blu-ray

    Posted January 8, 2009 - 3:05 pm

    A new service to dispense digital content, which involves using self-service kiosks to download movies and music to flash memory cards, was jointly announced by a group of companies including Toshiba on Thursday.
  • Samsung to launch thin Blu-ray Disc player at CES

    Posted January 5, 2009 - 4:18 pm

    It's not just televisions that are slimming down for this week's International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Samsung, which has already said it plans to unveil a 7-millimeter thick TV at the show, will also be taking the wraps off a new Blu-ray Disc player that's 39mm thick.
  • LG bringing YouTube videos to its Blu-ray players

    Posted December 31, 2008 - 10:37 am

    LG Electronics is bringing video-on-demand to its Blu-ray DVD players through deals with Youtube and CinemaNow.
  • Gadgets that won't be in my stocking

    Posted December 23, 2008 - 2:16 pm

    Living in Sweden is not the best choice for those who want to be first to get a hold of the latest gadgets. We have a good health-care system, free university studies and five holiday weeks each year, but what do those benefits matter when you have to wait for the latest phone or music player?
  • Quotes of note from 2008

    Posted December 16, 2008 - 4:26 pm

    So many notable quotes, so little space to recount them -- that's the annual conundrum as we think back on the year and recall comments that stuck with us long after they were uttered. We've assembled some of those notable comments from stories we wrote and stories we read and offer them here in not-quite chronological order because we wanted to let Oracle CEO Larry Ellison have the last word.
  • The Top 10 stories of 2008: Not business as usual

    Posted December 14, 2008 - 4:06 pm

    What started out as a banking crisis became, in 2008, a story for everyone: retailers, consumers, auto workers -- and tech professionals. Though it wasn't business as usual, some big mergers -- like HP buying EDS -- were executed. Long-awaited products like the Android-based G1 "Google phone" were launched. Standards wars involving file formats like OOXML and hardware technology like Blu-Ray concluded. The battle against spam purveyors like McColo went on ... and on. Microsoft, moving into middle age and struggling to gain ascendance on the Web, was involved in many of the biggest stories of the year. The most influential entrepreneur of our time, Bill Gates, moved on to focus on philanthropy. Here, not necessarily in order of importance, is our pick for the top 10 technology stories of the year.
  • The best Black Friday deals

    Posted November 27, 2008 - 9:44 pm

    Black Friday rule number one: do your homework -- but this year, I did it for you. I scoured the Web and put together this list of some of the best deals I could find. After this year's sluggish economy, many electronics retailers are offering steep Black Friday discounts on popular tech items to fill their stores and get their cash registers ringing -- saving you a bundle in the process.
  • Psystar beats Apple to Blu-ray on OS X computer

    Posted October 29, 2008 - 12:48 pm

    Shrugging off its ongoing legal dispute with Apple, unauthorized Mac clone maker Psystar this week trounced Apple, introducing OS X-compatible PCs with Blu-ray drives and the Nvidia 9800GT graphics card. Apple offers neither peripheral on a Mac.
  • Apple and Blu-ray - painful, slow, needed?

    Posted October 15, 2008 - 11:58 am

    Apple has no immediate plans to deploy Blu-ray in its Macs, citing the cost of licensing as cause.
  • Sharp has first TVs with built-in Blu-ray Disc recorders

    Posted October 15, 2008 - 11:38 am

    Sharp will start selling next month in Japan the first LCD (liquid crystal display) televisions with built-in Blu-ray Disc recorders, it said Wednesday. The sets should be on sale in the U.S. before the end of this year and launch in Europe in 2009.
  • Blu-Ray hits the skids, numbers continue to decline

    Posted September 23, 2008 - 9:58 pm

    One of the driving forces behind Sony's plan for the PS3, Blu-Ray, is showing signs of decline.

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