Archive for Feb 29, 2012

Fox, Warner, SanDisk, and Western Digital announce new ‘Project Phenix’ DRM

Fox, Warner, SanDisk, and Western Digital announce new ‘Project Phenix’ DRM

Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Bros. studios along with storage device makers SanDisk and Western Digital have teamed up to announce a new "Project Phenix" (intentionally mispelled) initiative that's aimed at making high-definition digital movie content available across multiple devices. The new digital rights management (DRM) standard is the brainchild of the Secure Content Storage Association (SCSA) and is being developed to be compatible with UltraViolet so that users can download movie content from the cloud as well as transfer it via compliant storage devices to be played on approved TVs, tablets or other media players.

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Netflix CEO wants to be part of your cable provider

Netflix CEO wants to be part of your cable provider

Usually when you read a high-concept article about Netflix and what its impact is to the entire telecommunications industry, the streaming giant is depicted as a threat to traditional cable providers. But Netflix CEO Reed Hastings doesn't see it that way. He envisions a world where Netflix and pay TV providers can live together, and in fact, they could even be part of the same service some day. So far, the cable companies haven't exactly been that excited.

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Facebook friends Ford to make a “social” car

Facebook friends Ford to make a “social” car

Facebook and Ford recently held a joint "Hackathon" event aimed at exploring new ways of making cars more social. About 30 engineers from both Ford and Facebook got together for the 24-hour event to rapidly develop prototype apps that would integrate Facebook's social elements with Ford's SYNC platform to create a seamless connected in-car user experience.

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Visa-sponsored survey: virtual good spending doubled from 2009

Visa-sponsored survey: virtual good spending doubled from 2009

Visa's digital monetization division PlaySpan commissioned a study that discovered Americans are really getting drawn into the world of virtual goods. Between 2009 and the end of 2011, consumer spending on this growing market has doubled. Last year we ended up spendng $2.3 billion for products and services that only existed in a virtual world. Among US gamers, 35% have purchased a digital item.

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Ferrari reveals F12 Berlinetta ahead of Geneva debut

Ferrari reveals F12 Berlinetta ahead of Geneva debut

Ferrari has revealed its fastest supercar to date, the F12 Berlinetta, complete with official rendering photos and videos. The F12 Berlinetta is set to debut on the world stage at next month's Geneva Motor Show and will be replacing Ferrari's aging 599 GTB. Although we've been seeing plenty of hybrid supercars lately, this one sticks to a traditional naturally-aspirated engine---an advanced 740-horsepower V12.

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Qualcomm provides developers with Snapdragon Windows 8 test machines

Qualcomm provides developers with Snapdragon Windows 8 test machines

Microsoft has re-ignited the fervor behind its new ARM version of Windows 8 at Mobile World Congress today, and Qualcomm wants developers to know that it's behind them all the way. The chip manufacturer has announced that it will provide custom-made Snapdragon developer devices specifically for working on Windows 8 ARM. The hardware will be provided specifically with the intention of testing and optimizing new ARM-based Windows software, which will be quite a challenge as developers contend with new code and chip standards.

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Intel connected-car investments total $100 million

Intel connected-car investments total $100 million

Intel sees the automotive market as the next place to bring wildly expanded and futuristic computer technologies. Intel Capital today announced that it is pouring in a $100 million fund into research that will help build the car of tomorrow. One of the specific goals of the initiative, dubbed the Intel Capital Connected Car Fund, is to make Internet-connected vehicles the new standard.

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Apple’s market value reaches $500 billion

Apple’s market value reaches $500 billion

Apple's market value peaked today, reaching $500 billion, a place not many have gone nor managed to stay for long. The company is already the most valuable in the world and the gap between it and second place Exxon continues to widen as investors jump on the bandwagon of Apple's recent holiday success and enticed by the possibility of Apple instituting a dividend. Today's milestone makes Apple only the sixth US corporation to have reached the $500 billion mark.

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Qualcomm: Intel still uncompetitive in mobile

Qualcomm: Intel still uncompetitive in mobile

Intel's Atom Z2460 Medfield processor for mobile devices will struggle to compete with ARM-based chipsets such as the Snapdragon S4, Qualcomm's product chief insists, with the new x86 being more the product of desperation than inspiration. "Intel is very smart and very dedicated" Sy Choudury, director of product management at Qualcomm told us in an interview at Mobile World Congress today, "they can't afford not to have a [mobile] product line." However, Choudury thinks Intel has underplayed the challenge it faces by contrasting Medfield with existing, mainstream ARM chips like Qualcomm's own Scorpion. "They're getting better, but so are we."

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Nintendo Mario Kart replica won by GameStop customer

Nintendo Mario Kart replica won by GameStop customer

Nathanial Stehley is one lucky guy. All he had to do was pre-order the game Mario Kart 7 for 3DS to win a life-size racing kart themed after the long-running Mario franchise. And, get this, it actually works. The legality of actually taking it onto public roads is probably a different issue, though. Nevertheless, it's pretty cool.

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Toshiba Excite tablet to launch March 6 for $530

Toshiba Excite tablet to launch March 6 for $530

Toshiba has announced that its Excite 10 LE tablet, formerly called the Excite X10, will be arriving in stores March 6, coincidentally just one day ahead of the iPad 3 event. Perhaps due to the extreme bulkiness of the Toshiba Thrive, the company has taken a 180 with the Excite 10 LE, designing it to be the world's thinnest and lightest tablet. Toshiba had originally said the tablet would launch sometime in February, but perhaps waited for more iPad 3 speculation to be confirmed.

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