Sony and Toshiba are said to be as close to an agreement on the next gen DVD standard which could be announced as soon as the end of the month. This is great news for us technology hounds. Usually it’s the lack of an industry standard that keeps us waiting. The compromise will allow Sony to use it’s Blu-Ray structure on Toshiba’s HD-DVDs. Sony’s Blu-Ray discs hold 50GB vs Toshiba’s HD-DVD at 30GB. However, by using Toshiba’s HD-DVDs, DVD facilities won’t have to do as much retooling as Sony’s format would require. Don’t get your hopes up too high just yet, nothing is a done deal until it’s signed, sealed, and delivered. Here is a bit more on the issue.
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It looks like TDK has obtained a licensing agreement with Sony to start the manufacturing and distribution of Blu-Ray media. The rewritable discs will be called TDK Professional Discs and will store a whopping 23.3 GB of data. The transfer rate of these bad boys is 72 Mbps, and they will be compatible with Sony’s Professional Disc System, XDCAM. The discs should be available this June. The future is coming, friends.
Read More | CDFreaks
Intel has announced today that their dual core chips have shipped to computer manufactures Alienware, Dell and Velocity Micro to be sold in their new computers. The new systems are powered by the Intel Pentium Processor Extreme Edition 840 running at 3.2 GHZ and the Intel 955X Express Chipset.
“With dual-core processor-based system availability, today is a historic date for the computer industry as PCs begin having “two brains” instead of one,” said Don MacDonald, vice president of Intel’s Digital Home Group.
The new dual core processor includes two full cores in a single processor and allows a system to process four software threads at the same time by using Intel’s Hyper-Threading technology. Granted, all this power does not come cheap – each processor is priced at $999 and the chipset is priced at $50 in 1,000 unit quantities. Prices will probably drop when AMD joins the dual core game. Check out the full press release after the jump.
Adobe has announced that they will be acquiring Macromedia by purchasing all of their stock for $3.4 billion. Adobe and Macromedia are two of the industries leading companies for creative software. By combining the two companies, Adobe wants to help businesses communicate more efficiently and create titles that will enhance the creative software industry. “This is not a consolidation play. This is all about growth,” said Bruce Chizen, Adobe’s chief executive. “We’re doing this because we believe the combined offerings will be even more compelling to our customers given the challenges they’re going to face in trying to communicate information in this very complex environment.”
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Speaking of Tiger, if you happen to be in close proximity to an Apple store when it launches, stop by and check it out. Apple stores will be demoing the software, and if you attend the world premiere event at an Apple store between 6:00 pm and midnight on the April 29 launch, you could win a PowerBook G4, an iPod or other prizes. Nice way to make Apple stores even more crowded than they already are.
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Intel has begun to ship the first of their newest microprocessors which feature dual-core technology. This technology allows the power of two chips to be used with only one chip to deliver exceptional performance when multi-tasking or while enjoying gaming action. “We just passed an important milestone,” said Intel’s Abhi Talwalkar. “Intel is shipping the Intel Pentium Processor Extreme Edition 840 running at 3.2 GHz and Intel(r) 955X Express Chipsets, Intel’s first dual-core processor-based platform, to our customers.” AMD has also announced they plan on releasing their own version of dual-core processors some time next week. Competition - isn’t it great?
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Engadget has come into some pretty interesting information. Microsoft plans to team up with Pepsi to give away some of its next generation gaming consoles to over 9,000 lucky people. Much like Pepsi did for iTunes, selected caps will have a registration code that Pepsi drinkers will use to enter the drawing. Microsoft will then give away one console every ten minutes, 24 hours a day, for nine weeks. Could this be an indication on the console’s price? Never the less, its good to see so much coming in to play as E3 approaches.
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Sony sets to beat Microsoft to the punch by unveiling its next generation gaming console just 3 hours before Microsoft shows off its console. The unveiling will take place on a sound stage in Sony Pictures’ complex in Culver City (just outside of L.A.) at 3 P.M. PST on May 16th. Three hours later, Microsoft will show off its next generation console to eager fans and members of the media in downtown Los Angeles. Wow, talk about making us really push our driving/taxi taking skills to a limit. With each event taking place at different locations and only 3 hours apart is really going to cut it short. It will all be worth it at the end when we will finally get to salivate over real pictures of what these two consoles look like and just what we will be calling them when we place our pre-orders.
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In news that just boggles my mind, it appears that Microsoft may delay the next version of the Windows operating system, Longhorn, to 2007. Friends, that is two years away. Now, Windows XP was released in 2001, so you do the math. Now, Microsoft Windows users aren’t the only ones suffering in this situation. If Longhorn is pushed back by a few quarters, Microsoft partners are going to be left out in the cold yet again. Sales projections, which they have been counting on, will once again be thrown off. My goodness Bill, can’t you fix this? I guess we can expect even more features to be stripped from Longhorn. Yet another reason to make the switch I guess.
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We knew this day was coming, but we somehow hoped there would be some way - somehow - that Voom would be able to hang on and become that Comeback Kid. Alas, the CableVision Board of Directors has voted to bring the floundering high definition service to an end. Hey, it was a good run. I was interested in Voom when I first got my HDTV, as it would be nice to take full advantage of such a setup. However, lack of standard Pay-Per-View options (gotta have WWE!), and too much “filler” content turned me off to the service. I imagine I wasn’t the only one.
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