Archive for Dec 30, 2010

Apple should buy Netflix says analyst as iTunes rentals surge

Apple should buy Netflix says analyst as iTunes rentals surge

iTunes' rental business has already grown to 10-percent that of Netflix's, according to one analyst, and is likely to shift from being a hook for selling more Apple TV hardware and instead become a source of significant revenue in its own right. Gleacher & Co. analyst Brian Marshall suggested that cash-rich Apple's most sensible option would be to acquire Netflix, pointing out that "Netflix has approximately 150,000 titles, while Apple has just 15,000. Apple has a tremendous opportunity."

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RIM deny Indian BlackBerry monitoring claims

RIM deny Indian BlackBerry monitoring claims

RIM has denied reports that it has opened backdoor access to the Indian government in its BlackBerry email system, describing the claims as "false and technologically infeasible." Indian paper The Economic Times had suggested that RIM would install a network data analysis system (NDAS) rendering every email and message readable by government security forces; "intercepted and decoded data will travel between service providers and RIM India" a home ministry note issued by deputy director Arvind Kumar suggested.

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Phoenix Gold to show OEM integration i-Series car amp at CES 2011

Phoenix Gold to show OEM integration i-Series car amp at CES 2011

There are several aftermarket car audio firms out there that people look to when the factory audio system in their car isn't meeting their needs. One of those companies is Phoenix Gold and it will be on hand at CES 2011 to show off its new series of amps and enclosures including the new i-Series amps.

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Smart TV could overwhelm the internet warns analyst

Smart TV could overwhelm the internet warns analyst

Analysts have warned that smart TV could well overwhelm broadband infrastructure as the popularity of internet-connected HDTVs and other home entertainment equipment grows. DisplaySearch estimates that 21-percent of TV shipments worldwide in 2010 were of internet-connected models, with numbers expected to climb to over 122 million in 2014. "The looming risk now," DisplaySearch director Paul Gray suggests, "is what happens if every connected TV gets used."

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Watch a Leica M9 get built on video!

Watch a Leica M9 get built on video!

The Leica M9 Titanium digital camera that we talked about back in September is a very cool and high-end digital camera for the old-school shooter that wants style and performance. The catch is that the M9 is a crazy expensive little camera with the Titanium version pictured below going for 22,000 euro, which works out to something in the area of $29,000. A "standard" camera from Leica will run you in the $6000 - $7000 range.

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Inderes estimates Nokia shipped 3.5 to 4M Nokia N8 smartphones in Q4

Inderes estimates Nokia shipped 3.5 to 4M Nokia N8 smartphones in Q4

Research firm Inderes has offered up some insight on the number of Nokia N8 smartphones that Nokia has shipped and compared the sales a bit to the iPhone and other smartphones on the market. The Finnish research firm says that it has been forced to reconsider calling the N8 a failure. The company estimates that in Q4, Nokia supplied as many as 4 million N8 smartphones.

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fail0verflow hacker group discovers epic PS3 security bypass

fail0verflow hacker group discovers epic PS3 security bypass

Regardless of what Sony might want you to think, piracy is not the only reason that people want to hack their PS3 to run software that isn't official. There are lots of folks out there that want to put some homebrew software on their PS3 just for fun and to allow them to do things that are cool and in no way have to do with pirating video games. Sony has a history of plugging up hacks as quickly as possible and the company has even went so far as to seek legal means to prevent hacks from being used on the console as it did with PSJailbreak in Spain.

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AMD to officially announce Brazos netbook and tablet platform at CES 2011

AMD to officially announce Brazos netbook and tablet platform at CES 2011

AMD will be showing off some really cool gear and platforms at CES 2011 next month. Among the things, that AMD will be officially announcing will be the Brazos platform for netbooks and tablet computers. The platform is AMDs next-gen offering that is a combination of the Ontario APU and the Hudson chipset.

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Gigabyte Q2005 netbook gets Atom N550 love

Gigabyte Q2005 netbook gets Atom N550 love

As much as tablet fans might like you to think the netbook market is dead, the netbook ranks continue to grow as folks want a cheap rig that has a keyboard and standard form. Gigabyte has unveiled a new netbook called the Q2005 that gets dual-core Intel N550 power.

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US Android geeks can get Sharp Galapagos tablets in early 2011

US Android geeks can get Sharp Galapagos tablets in early 2011

Late last month Sharp offered up a price on the Galapagos Android tablets for Japan. The things were selling for the equivalent of $474 for the 5.5-inch tablet and $654 for the 10.8-inch version. If the tablets piqued your interest, but you live in the US, we have good news for you. Sharp has announced that the tablets will be coming to the US and other countries in early 2011.

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Mushkin adds more RAM kits to cool Radioactive line

Mushkin adds more RAM kits to cool Radioactive line

Back in October, I mentioned that Mushkin had unveiled a new line of RAM called Radioactive that had a cool heat sink design and was made for performance gaming and enthusiast class computer systems. Mushkin is back with some new additions to the Radioactive line of RAM. The kits unveiled in October were covered here.

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Verizon to show off new connected home and home automation gear at CES

Verizon to show off new connected home and home automation gear at CES

The ability to control many of the things inside your home from the road is cool. For instance if you get to work and realize you left your door unlocked, you can connect with a automated home online and lock the door. If the weather changes while you are away and you want the house to be just the right temperature when you get home, you can adjust the thermostat online. These things are but a few of the items you can do with a connected home.

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