Archive for December, 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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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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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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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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