- Microsoft in talks to start new TV service using the 360?
- Sandisk, Sony, and Nikon come in collab to propose 500MBps memory card with more than 2TB capacity
- HTC Merge aka Lexicon accessories come up in wild
- Microsoft says – 2.5 million Kinects sold in first 25 days
- LG Star shows up again, flexes its Tegra 2 muscle for the camera
Posted: 30 Nov 2010 06:43 PM PST
With the upcoming product Apple TV from Apple, Microsoft doesn’t want to stay quiet even though it has mature set of products in Windows Media Center and Mediaroom.Reuters says MS has been in talks with media companies in an effort to create an entirely new TV service possibly delivered through the Xbox 360. Apparently there are multiple options for MS, ranging from a full-on “virtual cable operator” with monthly fees to using the 360 as an extension of existing cableco online TV initiatives to simply delivering certain channels like ESPN and HBO a la carte, and Reuters’ sources say the plan might take another 12 months to develop. That sounds like a bit too long, if you ask us: Apple and Google are waging a major living room assault, and we can’t imagine Microsoft is willing to miss another technology cycle — especially not one where it holds the significant advantage of the 360’s installed base and proven history as an IPTV device on multiple operators worldwide, including Uverse. We’ll check out what happens — it sounds like the battle is about to begin.
Microsoft in talks to start new TV service using the 360? is a post from: Tech Mania
Posted: 30 Nov 2010 06:37 PM PST
The CompactFlash Association scooted along a maximum transfer rate of 167MB per second under its just released CF6.0 specification, the giants Sandisk, Sony, and Nikon are already looking forward to the future. The trio have just officially proposed a new memory card format that switches from PATA to the PCI Express serial interface to achieve data transfer rates of up to 500 megabytes per second with a potential to extend maximum storage capacities beyond 2 terabytes. The proposed set of specifications hints at the high performance requirements we’ll soon face as DSLRs and camcorders are updated to capture continuous burst shooting of massive RAW images and ever higher definition video. Naturally, the spec also enables photogs to transfer their troves of data more quickly to computers for post processing and combines high-speed transfer with a scaling system to extend battery life. The CompactFlash Association has already announced a new workgroup to study the proposal.
Canon’s Shigeto Kanda, CFA chairman of the board, had this to say about the proposal:
I feel if brands like Sony and San disk are there, it has provide some positive value out of this effort.Whatchya feel!
Posted: 30 Nov 2010 06:30 PM PST
Now here is some more info about HTC’s next dual-mode phone with GSM and CDMA – HTC Merge aka Lexicon.As you might know this is heading to Verizon and it’s got a slide-out QWERTY, an 800MHz processor, Bing and Bing Maps and now we know, too, that it has a Body Glove snap on cover available to protect its metallic exterior. The news which isn’t clear yet is — why isn’t it out officially ?
Posted: 30 Nov 2010 12:19 AM PST
With the latest into the gaming segment with XBOX 360 Microsoft said that they have crossed the 2.5 million Kinect sensors mark within a convenient 25 days into their global sales of that ever-so-hackable / sometimes-cool-for-gaming item. This number factors in Black Friday sales from this past weekend, and has us really curious as to how well Sony has been doing of late — Sony’s been mum on Move numbers since it announced 1 million units shipped about a month ago. Microsoft says it’s on pace to sell 5 million Kinect units through this holiday, which leads us to wonder: what sort of 3D video extravaganza could we pull off with 5 million Kinects in tandem?
Microsoft says – 2.5 million Kinects sold in first 25 days is a post from: Tech Mania
Posted: 30 Nov 2010 12:15 AM PST
Recently I posted about the 4″ Android phone from LG and now it makes a cameo again and this time, the UI’s in full view and showing us a few tricks. Looks like the so-called Star will be running a variant of LG’s usual Android skin, for better or worse, and the particular device shown off in Phandroid’s forums here is loaded with Froyo — a strange choice for a 4-inch beast launching in 2011 with Gingerbread around the corner.The owner (who actually claims to have two in his possession) was kind enough to run it through Quadrant, producing a score of 1759 — fantastic for a stock device, and a score that’ll undoubtedly go through the roof once hackers get their hands on these things and start trimming the fat.
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