Blu-ray player sales on the rise

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With Blu-ray winning the next generation DVD format war, and the format starting to go mainstream, consumer awareness and Blu-ray sales are on the rise according to a report by the NPD Group. The report,...

HD DVD Boss: The Format War is Far From Over

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Even with the tide apparently shifting in Blu-ray Disc's favor, the HD DVD camp isn't about to relent in the on-going high-definition format war. HD DVD still commands a significant portion of exclusive content and...

Warner agrees to use MP3 format

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Warner Music Group is making its music available for US downloads from Amazon in MP3 format without copy protection. Warner had been holding out against using the format because MP3 tracks are easier to share...

Music Industry Betting on 'Ringle' Format

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As the recording industry wakes up from its summer slumber and starts thinking about what will motivate the consumer for the holiday selling season, the major labels are getting ready to launch the "ringle," which...

Microsoft's HD Photo Format at a Glance

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I have put together a short rundown of how the Adobe Photoshop beta plug-in for Microsoft's new photo format performs against current formats. I ran the plug-in through a very basic set of tests. The...

Microsoft: Make our HD Photo format a standard

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Microsoft plans to submit its HD Photo image format to a standards body in order to establish a higher-quality replacement for today's ubiquitous JPEG standard. The standardization move makes sense, given Microsoft's ambitions, said InfoTrends...

China to Get its Own Specific HD DVD Format

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Following requests by China's government-sponsored Optical Memory National Engineering Research Centre (OMNERC) and the state-run China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC), China will get a HD DVD-ROM format designed specifically to be incompatible with the...

Microsoft Readies Proprietary Image Format

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Microsoft have announced their new image format which is a competitor to standards like JPEG and PNG.Windows Media Photo is a new file format for continuous-tone still images that surpasses the limitations of existing image...

Sony and Panasonic Announce New HD Format

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No, its not Blu-Ray. Sony and Panasonic announced today that they have co-developed a new high definition DVD format created specifically for camcorders. The new format, dubbed AVCHD, captures video onto 8cm DVDs using the...

Sony Unveils Blu-ray Pricing, Format Bundling

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Sony Pictures announced pricing for its Blu-ray movie titles today, becoming the first major studio to do so. In addition, it announced plans to bundle multiple formats in a low-cost package, beginning with DVD/UMD...

Blu-ray vs. HD DVD: The Format Wars

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DVDs are the current standard for data storage, and perhaps more importantly the publishing format standard as well. The question is however, how much longer will they be sufficient? A much anticipated battle, or 'format...

Blu-Ray format specs finalized

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Recently, the Blu-ray Disc Association announced that the format specification for its new standard has been completed, and it is now ready to begin licensing. Both the Blu-ray Disc single and dual layerspecifications have been...

Retailers Upset Over Format Wars

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Major US retailers such as Best Buy, Circuit City, and CompUSA are fuming over the ongoing battle between HD DVD and Blu-Ray, calling the consumer-bewildering battle "nightmarishly unfriendly" and "stupid." While consumers grow increasingly...

Sony, Toshiba to agree on new DVD format

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Japan's Sony Corp. and Toshiba Corp. are close to finalizing a plan to develop a common standard for next-generation DVDs to resolve a three-year-long battle over formats that threatened the industry's growth, a Japanese newspaper...

Sony Says Open to Avoiding DVD Format War

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Sony Corp said on Wednesday it was open to discussions to create a single standard for the next generation of DVD discs, a move which could head off the looming threat of a major format...

Adobe unveils new digital photo format

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Adobe Systems Inc. plans to introduce a new format for digital photos on Monday in an attempt to create an industry public standard to make the archiving and editing process compatible across all types of...

Nokia joins with SD Card format

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The Inquirer is reporting that mobile manufacturer Nokia could be planning an imminent implementation of SD technology across its mobile phone range. Secure Digital (SD) technology is a data storage technology, allowing easy storage and...

DVD format war looms

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The DVD stands out as one of the most rapidly adopted consumer technologies ever, but in the electronics industry it's akin to an aging king in Shakespearean drama -- rivals are lurking, knives drawn. ...

Apple should open up its format

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We've covered this before; readers should note specifically this is related to the AAC format. "With 50 million songs sold as of mid-March, 2004, Apple's iTunes Music Store (iTMS) owns more than half...

Adobe e-doc format under siege

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Adobe Systems' portable document format, long a de facto Internet standard, is under fire from competitors looking to muscle in on the electronic document market. Autodesk, the leading maker of drafting software...

Debate Over Zip Format Heats Up

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Questions about the splintering of the popular .zip file compression format may soon be resolved by the U.S. Patent Office. Two months into a was standards battle between WinZip Computing and PKWare over the way...

DivXNetworks licenses MPEG format to Fraunhofer

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In what looks to be a case of selling sand to Saudi Arabia, DivXNetworks Inc said yesterday it has licensed its controversial DivX MPEG-4-based video technology to the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics (Institut Graphische...

Gigger worm can format Windows PCs

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Gigger, a new JavaScript-based virus, has escaped into the wild. It attempts to delete files from a computer and format user's disk drive on restart and antivirus vendors are characterising it as high-risk. ...

Which DVD format will win?

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The two groups striving to make their respective formats the standard for rewritable DVDs used this week's Consumer Electronics Show as an opportunity to demonstrate their progress. At separate, simultaneous events at...

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