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Cutting the cord to flat-screen TVs – CNN.com
Cutting the cord to flat-screen TVs

 

  • At least three companies expected to unveil wireless HD gadgets at CES
  • Intel to team up with Sony and Toshiba on technology
  • Chips will beam signal across room, but not through walls

The WirelessHD group is also announcing that it has completed the blueprints for chips that can beam HD audio and video from set-top boxes, DVD players and digital cameras to TV sets. The chips can be made small, and the intention is to have them built into devices, rather than be supplied in add-on adapters.

The technology uses a virgin band of the radio spectrum, around 60 gigahertz. That lets it avoid interference from other wireless networking gear and allows for extremely high data transfer rates, according to John Marshall, chairman of WirelessHD. Unlike other wireless TV solutions, WirelessHD won't need to compress the signal, which can result in a loss of quality.

To satisfy concerns by the Motion Picture Association of America, the organization of Hollywood studios, WirelessHD has intentionally limited the range of the technology..

"What WirelessHD has done is that we've made sure that the technology can cover a whole room — even a large room, up to 10 meters (30 feet) — but we've used techniques that make sure that it can't leak into the apartment next door," a spokesman said

Report: Movie rentals coming to iTunes – CNN.com
Report: Movie rentals coming to iTunes

 

  • Apple will launch a movie rental service through iTunes in January
  • Twentieth Century Fox has agreed to make its films available for rent
  • Apple also has agreed to license its copy-protection platform called FairPlay

Apple Inc. is preparing to announce next month the long-rumored launch of a movie rental service through its online iTunes Store, as well as a groundbreaking licensing deal of its anti-piracy technology — moves that could dramatically boost the appeal of digital movie distribution.

News Corp.'s Twentieth Century Fox is one of the first studios that has agreed to make its films available for rent digitally through iTunes

Apple also has agreed to license for the first time its copy-protection platform called FairPlay so the technology would be built into Fox DVD releases, allowing users to easily transfer the movies from the disc to a computer or an iPod for playback

iTWire – Lucky 888’s for Next G as Telstra prepares CDMA switch off?
Telstra prepares CDMA switch off?

 25 days to go before the CDMA network is closed and CDMA phones stop working, Telstra says it’s confident in Next G’s coverage and is urging customers to switch before the inevitable rush on CDMA’s D-Day: January 28, 2008.

have determined that the prior bug re-manifests itself when QuickBooks Pro 2006 for Mac is initiated at public Internet hotspots and a redirection error occurs (for instance, when you are at a cafe that requires you to pay to use its services)," said Ian Vacin, offering leader of Intuit's Mac financial software in a posting to QuickBooks Web site discussion board.

Vacin explained that an upcoming "R5" patch, expended to be released today, fixes the problem completely by entirely disabling the product upgrade mechanism that caused the desktop file deletion in the first place

About Macworld Conference & Expo | Macworld Conference & Expo

Macworld Conference & Expo

Conference: January 14 – 18, 2008
Expo: January 15 – 18, 2008
West & South Hall, Moscone Center
San Francisco, CA

Exhibit Hall Hours

Tuesday, January 15 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday, January 16 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday, January 17 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday, January 18 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

2008 International CES: About CES

About the International CES
With more than four decades of success, the International CES reaches across global markets, connects the industry and enables CE innovations to grow and thrive.

The International CES is produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the consumer technology industry. CEA represents more than 2,100 corporate members involved in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and integration of consumer electronics products. All profits from CES are reinvested into industry services, including technical training and education, industry promotion, engineering standards development, market research and legislative advocacy.

2008 CES Show Dates
Sands Expo and Convention Center/The Venetian*

Mon., Jan. 7 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 8 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 9 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thurs., Jan. 10 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

*New hours! The Venetian Tower Suites open same hours as LVCC and Hilton.

Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas Hilton

Mon., Jan. 7 **10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 8 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 9 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thurs., Jan. 10 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

**South Hall opens at 9 a.m.

Netscape browser consigned to history – web – Technology – brisbanetimes.com.au
Netscape browser consigned to history

 Netscape Navigator, the world's first commercial Web browser and the launch pad of the Internet boom, will be pulled off life support Feb. 1 after a 13-year run

People will still be able to download and use the Netscape browser indefinitely, but AOL will stop releasing security and other updates on February 1. AOL recommended that the small pool of Netscape users download Firefox instead.

Australia slides into surveillance society: News – Security – ZDNet Australia
Australia slides into surveillance society

 According to a new international privacy report, governments around the world are increasingly invading the privacy of citizens with surveillance, identification systems and archiving of private data — and Australia is no exception.

Australia is far from having a good record with privacy, achieving the second lowest ranking band — "systematic failure to uphold safeguards". Reasons for the ranking included data breaches occurring in organisations such as the tax office, child support agency, and even amongst the police; expanded surveillance powers; and de-identified medical data being approved by the Privacy Commissioner for sale to pharmaceutical companies, the report said.

Government seeks expert advice on fibre rollout: News – Communications – ZDNet Australia
Government seeks expert advice on fibre rollout

 The government has put out a tender for technical advice to help assess private sector proposals for the rollout of its national fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) network.

The network is scheduled to provide broadband services of at least 12Mbps to 98 percent of the Australian population and will entail an injection of public funds of up to AU$4.7 billion.

Work with the Department will start immediately — tenders close 29 January — and will run for the whole of 2008, although the Department reserves the right to the advisor's services up until the end of December 2009.

The move to obtain a technical advisor follows Broadband Minister Stephen Conroy saying last month that the government aims to have tenders for the rollout of the network awarded by mid 2008.

Labor online strategy slammed | Australian IT
Labor online strategy slammed

 require internet service providers (ISPs) to block undesirable sites on computers accessed by all Australians.

Dr Roger Clarke, chair of the Australian Privacy Foundation, bluntly described the proposal as "stupid and inappropriate".

The Governments view is that the legislation – compared by critics to Chinese-style internet censorship – will only render unseen the most vile and extreme sites.

The history of the internet is full of such examples; one blogger found that, due to spamware set to block ads for sex drug Cialis, he was unable to publish the word "socialist".

Macworld | QuickBooks can still delete data, Intuit warns
QuickBooks can still delete data, Intuit warns

Television Studios Embrace BitTorrent | TorrentFreak
Television Studios Embrace BitTorrentAn unusually large number of pre-air TV shows have been appearing on BitTorrent sites months and, in some cases, several months before their scheduled air dates. Many of those leaks appear to be inside jobs, and TV executives are starting to realise that leaking shows to BitTorrent can help promote them.

Top 10 Most Pirated Movies and TV Shows of 2007 | TorrentFreak
Top 10 Most Pirated Movies and TV Shows of 2007

 

Movies

Ranking Movie (downloads on Mininova)
1 Transformers (569.259)
2 Knocked Up (509.314)
3 Shooter (399.960)
4 Pirates Of The.Caribbean At World’s End (379.749)
5 Ratatouille (359.904)
6 300 (358.226)
7 Next (354.044)
8 Hot Fuzz (352.905)
9 The Bourne Ultimatum (336.326)
10 Zodiac (334.699)

TV-Shows

Ranking TV-Shows (downloads most popular episode on Mininova)
1 Heroes (2.439.154)
2 Top Gear (1.217.923)
3 Battlestar Galactica (706.209)
4 Lost (705.724)
5 Prison Break (608.487)
6 Desperate Housewives (457.805)
7 24 (524.303)
8 Family Guy (522.839)
9 Dexter (435.670)
10 Scrubs (427.420)

 

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