Archive | July, 2007

ReplayTV HD | Beta Testers Wanted

30. July 2007

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ReplayTV is currently beta testing an HD version of their PC DVR software. Our crack staff at floppyhead.com has found out about this beta only a month after its announcement. ReplayTV, once a rival to Tivo, is now focusing their efforts on the computer platform. The initial version of the ReplayTV software was severly lacking, […]

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ENERGY STAR Certification Updated for Computers

27. July 2007

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Update 7/31/07: Nine Apple computers are now Energy Star certified. 143 computers are now Energy Star certified total. On July 20th, ENERGY STARís new specifications for computers went into effect. Today I listened in on a Department of Energy conference call which discussed the new specifications, which are expected to save consumers and businesses more […]

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New York Times Discusses CableCards

27. July 2007

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CableCards are typically not covered in the mainstream press. The best source of information on CableCards has typically been blogs like Chris Lanier’s. Today, the New York Times had a brief article on the potential of CableCards. It is worth reading though there is not much new information. There is no mention of CableCard 2.0 […]

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Simplify Media | Stream iTunes Music Over the Internet

25. July 2007

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Simplify Media software lets you placeshift you iTunes music library anywhere you have an internet connection. Essentially you browse and play remote music using the iTunes software interface. Music is streamed directly between computers over the Internet within small groups that you control. I wonder about how legal this software is but Simplify Media answers […]

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Is OpenCable Platform (OCAP) Delaying Media Centers?

22. July 2007

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Where are all the media center computers with digital cable tuners? Digital cable tuners (DCTs) were supposed to have ushered in a new era for media center PCs, allowing HD cable television to be watched on your computer. Unfortunately, reality has been less than exciting. VelocityMicro PC is the only viable vendor for purchasing such […]

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Weekly Round-up | Digital Rights Management (DRM)

20. July 2007

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Once again it is time for this week’s round-up. Here are some stories I have been reading recently, mostly focusing on DRM. It seems like DRM is going to be a problem for a while. DRM & Copyright Destroying Internet Television? – DRM could stifle internet video. Watch CinemaNow movies on an Xbox 360 – […]

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Slacker Portable Player| Download Music Wirelessly

20. July 2007

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The upcoming Slacker Portable Player is a marriage between an iPod device and a music service like Pandora. I was at the beach this past week and came across an article in Business 2.0 about Slacker. It is definitely an interesting idea and an innovative way to compete against the iPod/iTunes juggernaut. Basically Slacker works […]

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Samsung’s BD-P2400 and BD-P1400 Blu-ray players

12. July 2007

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EngadgetHD has an article on the impending release of new Blu-ray players by Samsung, the BD-P2400 and BD-P1400. It looks like Samsung is taking the next generation DVD formats seriously, with this announcement just on the heels of the dual format BDP-UP500. The BD-P1400 in September for $549, and the BD-P2400 will be available in […]

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Wireless Vista Remote Control RC-2400 from Trust

11. July 2007

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Hopefully we will being to see more Vista Media Center remotes start to hit the market. In this light, Trust has announced the release of their Wireless Vista Remote Control, which appears only available outside the U.S. I assume that the remote will be eventually available in the U.S., though that is just a guess. […]

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Vista View releases the Saber DA-1N1-I TV Tuner card

11. July 2007

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Vista View contacted me about the release of their new tuner card, the Saber DA-1N1-I. It will be available at most online electronic stores. Here is the press release: July 1, 2007 — Vista ViewTM introduces the Saber DA-1N1-I TM TV Tuner card. This card fills the need for a high quality Combo TV tuner […]

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