Voting members of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) have until Thursday to get their nominations in for movies deserving accolades. The problem is that many of the members still haven't seen "Munich," because the preview DVD sent to BAFTA members doesn't play in DVD players in Britain, … Read more
At the Consumer Electronics Show last year, Carly Fiorina, who then served as CEO of the computer maker, delivered a speech touting the company's plans for a media hub delivered via set-top boxes, according to her CES keynote speech.
HP's plans called for a Media Hub that would allow users to access, manage and view any digital content - photos, music, TV, or video - via a digital set-top box, dual tuner and digital video recorder. That digital content would also be combined with the capabilities of HDTV.
But since her … Read more
So you've finally found that perfect set of earphones for your digital music player. Well, the shopping might not be over if you've moved on to a music player with a video screen.
Rochester, N.Y.-based Icuiti is the second Computer Electronics Show vendor we've learned of that's showcasing video display headsets for use with music players and other devices.
Nissan and Microsoft are getting set to unveil a concept car with an in-dash Xbox 360, according to Ars Technica and other sources. Should the vehicle ever make it to the pavement, we really, really hope it's true that game-playing only activates when the car's in park.
The car, called the Nissan Urge, lets drivers use the steering wheel and pedals to play Microsoft's "Project Gotham Racing 3" on a 7-inch LCD screen that folds down from the roof where the rear-view mirror is normally positioned. PGR 3 takes players on speedy chases through the … Read more
Back in late 2004, Sony introduced the first high-definition camcorder for consumers. It costs around $2,000 and took two hands to operate without shaking. JVC also came out with an HD camera.
Expect such cameras to become more common this year. Sanyo, for instance, will showcase the HD1 at the Computer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. Based around the same design of the palm-size video cameras Sanyo already sells under the Xacti brand, the HD1 can capture HD-quality video, as well as 5.1-megapixel stills.
Other companies will come out with HD cameras this year because chips … Read more
A Bellevue, Wash.-based company plans to release a new headset this year that makes it seem like you're watching the video iPod on a big-screen TV, according to a story in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
eMagin's "EyeBud" displays video from the iPod in front of one eye, using optical technology designed to make the picture appear larger and with a higher resolution than the iPod's screen, according to the story. The company's CEO likened the headset, expected to retail for as much as $599, to watching a 105-inch display from 12 feet away, the … Read more
The burgeoning mobile-device market has prompted design software maker Adobe Systems to introduce a pair of flash players produced by recently acquired Macromedia.
Adobe announced on Tuesday the release of Macromedia's Flash Lite 2 and Flash Player SDK 7, designed to improve the visual content for handheld devices. The San Jose, Calif.-based company said it expects electronics makers to launch devices powered by Flash Lite 2 and Flash Player SDK7 later this year.
Plenty of consumer electronics companies are using flash technology, including Nokia, Samsung and Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications. Shipments of mobile devices using flash have more … Read more
Microsoft is offering cash incentives called coupons to computer makers that sell personal computers with HD-DVD drives, a next-generation DVD format the software behemoth is supporting over rival Blu-ray disk, Electronic Engineering Times reported Monday.
Microsoft declined to comment in the EE Times report, which cited as evidence of Microsoft's success Hewlett-Packard's decision to back HD-DVD as well where it previously exclusively supported Blu-ray. An HP executive also said Microsoft's forthcoming Vista version of Windows will include HD-DVD support for free, whereas PC makers must pay about $30 per drive in Blu-ray royalties.
Imation announced Wednesday it's begun selling a new 4GB version of its Micro Hard Drive.
The $189 product has a padlock-shaped design; its USB connector is a loop that can be clipped to objects such as key chains. It uses a 0.85-inch hard drive from Toshiba and works with Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.
Imation introduced its $159 2GB version of the product in the summer. The 4GB version will be on display at the Consumer Electronics Show's Innovations Plus exhibit at the Sands Expo and Convention Center next week in Las Vegas.
The drive comes … Read more
Earthcam, a company that sells software for viewing and distributing Webcam images, announced its selections for the top 25 Webcams of 2005 on Tuesday.
Among the picks are Webcams showing the British Antarctic Survey's ship James Clark Ross, the Department of Motor Vehicles in Anchorage, Alaska, a living room with lights that can be turned off an on over the Internet, Los Angeles beaches, and the Swedish city of Skelleftea.