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USB to Carry HD Video with DRM

USB to Carry HD Video with DRM

A new variant of USB will be announced on next year to implement HD DRM content used in personal media players or mobile device and Digital Display. The wired version from USB Implementers Forum is designed to move compressed high def video between displays and mobile devices. The technology allows developer to implement HDMI existing HDCP layer on top of the new USB variant.

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BitTorrent Saves The Day For Evil Doer

BitTorrent Saves The Day For Evil Doer

In one of the more recent issues of a Fantastic Four comic, there was a villain named Klaw. This particular villain has a device that utilizes sound to create physical objects, including himself in some weird turn of events.

In the story, someone else steals his power essentially ridding himself of his own existence. Well one of his fellow evil doers wasn’t to keen on Klaw’s absence so he did something about it.

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Zune DRM Cracked

Zune DRM Cracked

FairUse4WM only removed the restrictions up until now. The DRM is cracked and users of version 1.3 of the FairUse4WM software are reporting that the new software completely removes the DRM from Zune music.

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EMI and Apple offer DRM-free Music on iTunes

EMI and Apple offer DRM-free Music on iTunes

I don’t like DRM, never did and I think many consumer like me feels the same way about it. Apple and EMI finally step up to the plate offering high quality and DRM-free music on iTunes. EMI has made their music available without restrictions with slightly higher price at $1.29/€1.29/£0.99 per track. If you have already purchase the track with DRM protection on it, you will be able to upgrade your tracks to DRM-free version for $0.30/€0.30/£0.20 per track. These DRM-free tracks will be available starting this May.

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MCE Tunes brings iTunes music into Windows Media Center

MCE Tunes brings iTunes music into Windows Media Center

Now I'm neither an iTunes nor a Windows Media Center user, but I know a lot of people would love to be able to play their DRM-encrypted music library from the former through the lounge-friendly interface of the latter.  Unfortunately, encrypted music can't currently be streamed that way, at least not without the addition of a little programming magic (or illegally breaking the copy-protection, which is of course not something we'd suggest you do).  Thankfully the binary-kids at Proxure have decided to unleash some of that necessary magic, calling the end result MCE Tunes.

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Zune Wireless Update 2

Zune Wireless Update 2

Oh dear.  Just when I'd got all excited again about Zune, on the premise that only DRM-encrypted audio would be subject to the draconian 3 days/3 plays policy, one of Zune's PR contacts got in touch to let us know that, in fact, all audio will expire according to those limits.  If you were thinking you could just re-transfer it over and over, then you'll be pleased to hear that Microsoft has also put a stop to that, too - apparently multiple consecutive song swaps are limited as well.

If I were a PR person I think this is the part of the job that I'd enjoy the least - having to put people off buying the product I represent by justifying its crippling limitations as insisted on by the manufacturer (or the manufacturer's powerful content allies).  Microsoft can warble all they like about song metadata remaining on the player and the music staying in your list of files, but consumers are going to see WiFi and think "great, wireless transfers!" and not "great, self-destruct wireless transfers."  I'm afraid Zune has just fallen off my shopping list again.

[Thanks to Sara @ Edelman for the info]

Zune Wireless Update

Zune Wireless Update

Bugger.  Check out our latest Zune DRM Update...

Looks like we may have blogged too soon about the Zune's WiFi being crippled - Zune-Online.com left the following comment on our last Zune post:

"The 3 days or 3 plays restriction applies only if the song has been bought by a friend of yours from the Zune marketplace and he decides to send it to you to listen. You can listen to it 3 times, or keep it no more than 3 days. After that you Zune device still remembers it, but now you have to buy it to listen again.

BUT if a friend of yours sends you an MP3 or any other non-DRM song, you can keep it FOREVER"

This is, as you will agree, excellent news.  Nobody expected Microsoft to allow the copying of DRM-encrypted tracks between players with zero restrictions, but up until now all the reports have indicated that all tracks would be subject to the same 3 day limitations.  To find out that's not true is great!

All of a sudden, Zune is back in the competition for me.

[Thanks to Zune-Online.com for the info]

Panasonic Words Gear e-book squares up to Sony

Panasonic Words Gear e-book squares up to Sony

You know what this Panasonic girl's hand signal is saying, Sony?  It's calling your Reader - and by extension, calling you - a loser.  Loser with a capital L, in fact.  She's saying that her "Words Gear" e-book has a colour screen and a fancy, touch-sensitive navigation grip.  She's probably even casting doubts on your parentage, the cheeky minx.

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Sony E-Book Reader gets price and pre-order

Sony E-Book Reader gets price and pre-order

In the world of the future, we'll all ride on the backs of giant robot weasels, eat food that was grown on Mars and freeze-dried into the shape of Peter Falk's head, and read our books from the flicker-free screens of electronic books.  "Electronic books?!" I hear your scoff, "are you a mad person with the brains of a no-brained idiot?"  No, sir, I'm not - and Sony are here to back me up.

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iTunes 7 DRM Cracked

iTunes 7 DRM Cracked

Well, that didn't take too long. While millions of happy iTunes users were thrilled at the release of iTunes 7 (the first really worthy upgrade, in my opinion, since iTunes 5), QTFairUse/myFairTunes6 users all collectively groaned in unison; a new iTunes, of course, means changes to the DRM scheme, rendering their fair-use programs useless. Fortunately, it didn't last; last night an update to QTFairUse, bringing iTunes 7 compatibility along with it.

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