Archive for August, 2010

Xbox Live audio upgrade promises end to crackly voice

Xbox Live audio upgrade promises end to crackly voice

Microsoft are working to increase the voice quality for two-way communication for Xbox Live, with Xbox Live Studios chief Jerry Johnson telling Eurogamer that the original low bit-rate codec - picked to suit broadband connections back in 2002 - will soon be replaced with a higher quality alternative.  Originally, Johnson explained, Microsoft mandated that Live users needed 64k connections, and picked a codec to suit that minimum.

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Blockbuster pre-planned bankruptcy tipped amid $920m debt

Blockbuster pre-planned bankruptcy tipped amid $920m debt

Blockbuster are tipped to be readying for "pre-planned" bankruptcy in mid-September, hoping to use the time for severe financial restructuring and breaking leases on 500-800 of the media rental company's 3,425 bricks & mortar stores.  The news comes from sources close to Blockbuster's negotiations with the six major film studios, speaking the LA Times; Blockbuster - and their "senior debt holders" - have apparently been meeting with the studios to discuss the potential impact and their plans to handle their $920m of debt.

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LG to Begin Manufacturing 9.7-inch Color, 19-inch Flexible E-paper Displays by End of Year

LG to Begin Manufacturing 9.7-inch Color, 19-inch Flexible E-paper Displays by End of Year

The market for displays is definitely a lot broader than it used to be. With LCD still primarily being used, some people just don't think it makes sense for some devices out there. For example, eReaders are still a specialized field that, for the most part, is overrun with devices that lack the LCD technology, and focus on displays that utilize e-ink.. LG has just made it known that they plan on bringing both color and flexible e-paper displays to the market by the end of this year.

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Babyoom Turns from Stroller to Tricycle, Includes Shopping Cart Too

Babyoom Turns from Stroller to Tricycle, Includes Shopping Cart Too

A concept design for the baby market, in which the device in question transforms from one thing to another, isn't all that new. The true-blue design has to come from somewhere, right? And while many cribs out there change from their original model to a toddler bed, and sometimes even beyond, a stroller tends to stay a stroller more often than not. So you'll have to welcome the Babyoom into the baby circle; it's designed to carry your baby in the traditional stroller, and then become something a lot more furn for them later in life.

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Sony Move Won’t See Big Day One Sales, According to Sony

Sony Move Won’t See Big Day One Sales, According to Sony

When you're launching a new product, it's usually a good idea to be generally excited about it. Or, if anything else, just have the high hopes that it's going to sell a bunch of the thing on day one, so you can sit back in your nice comfortable chair smiling smugly to yourself. Apparently to Sony Computer Entertainment's Vice President, Ray Maguire, that's just not what he wants to do. Instead, he has a rather bleak outlook on Move, and its day one sales.

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Logitech Revue with Google TV Lonely TV Advertisement Shown Off, Terrifies

Logitech Revue with Google TV Lonely TV Advertisement Shown Off, Terrifies

If you're a nay-sayer of Google, you've probably said something akin to the fact that they steal/have all of your information. Even what you've searched for on Google gets saved somewhere, so someone can see it whenever they want. Sure, it may not jibe well with people's perception of security or privacy, and that's perfectly understandable. And we'll just go ahead and say this: Logitech isn't helping things with this new advertisement, titled "Lonely TV," that showcases the disparity between you, your TV, and the Internet.

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RIM Working on External Antenna for BlackBerry Devices?

RIM Working on External Antenna for BlackBerry Devices?

You can decide whether or not this falls into the whole "ironic" category. But, according to a tip we just received, it looks like Research In Motion, the house that built BlackBerry, is currently testing devices with external antennas. An external antenna is one of the most notable features of Apple's iPhone 4, for both good and bad reasons, and that's why this bit of news may be some of the most confusing tips we've ever received.

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Best Buy Now Allowing Used Game Trade-Ins

Best Buy Now Allowing Used Game Trade-Ins

For Best Buy, being one of the premiere electronics retailers out there apparently just wasn't good enough. They needed to make their presence known in another market, too. Used games get traded in all the time in other retail stores all over the place. Establishments like GameStop make their livelihood from customers trading in and buying used titles. Now Best Buy is jumping in the ring, as they've seen the opportunity to make the next move.

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Apple’s Next Generation iPod Touch and Nano Cases Outed

Apple’s Next Generation iPod Touch and Nano Cases Outed

When pictures show up of a new Apple product, it tends to get people in a frenzy. Even if they are, just like in this case, just the outline of the device. With these new cases, the sixth generation iPod Nano and fourth generation iPod Touch are supposedly revealed. No, you don't get to see what the gadgets actually look like, but you do get to see what it would look like to have a very colorful case on them.

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