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Entries from November 2006

Wii already a 190 million dollar business says Nintendo

November 30th, 2006 · No Comments

Nintendo says that it has sold 600,000 Wiii consoles in the first day of its American release. The Japanese games giant says that this makes its Wii a 190 million dollar business straight out of the gate. The biggest selling game is The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, with sales topping 454,000 copies. The Wii […]

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Tags: Trade · Video games

Blockbuster to begin digital movie download service

November 30th, 2006 · No Comments

Rental king Blockbuster is itching to get into the video movie download market. Speaking at the recent Reuters Media Summit, the company’s chairman and CEO John Antioco said Blockbuster could no longer afford not to be in the download market which he predicted would have a one billion dollar value in three years. He went […]

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Tags: DVD · Internet and networking · Trade

CBS boss joins CES topliners

November 26th, 2006 · No Comments

The outspoken president and CEO of CBS, Leslie Moonves, will join a line-up of top executives from Microsoft, Motorola, Disney and Dell for a series of industry keynote speeches at the 2007 International CES. The world’s largest consumer technology trade show, which runs from January 8-11, is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

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Tags: Home cinema · Internet and networking · Trade

SD cards hit 8GB capacity

November 25th, 2006 · No Comments

Toshiba has announced the industry’s first 8 gigabyte Class 4 SD memory card. The new media, which will go on sale early January 2007, is based on the SD Card Association’s SD Specifications Ver2.00, which requires a data write speed of at least 4MB a second.

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Tags: Internet and networking · Trade

Sony opens HDMI v1.3 compliance test centre

November 24th, 2006 · No Comments

Sony has begun industry-wide compliance testing for HDMI v1.3a products. The Japanese brand established an Authorized Testing Center in May 2006 to run compliance tests on HDMI-enabled products and has been actively promoting HDMI v 1.3a, which amongst other things allows high-speed transmission of large capacity contents with high-resolution and wide color reproduction range. One […]

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Tags: Home cinema · Trade

Hollywood rages on DVD ripping for iPods

November 23rd, 2006 · No Comments

Hollywood studios have filed a lawsuit against Load N Go Video, which sells a software package which simplifies the ripping of DVDs to portable players like the Video iPod. The studios maintain that the company encourages unlawful circumvention of DVDs Content Scramble System. However the move has enraged the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which fights for […]

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Tags: Hi-fi · Home cinema · Trade

Electronics giants band against UWB

November 23rd, 2006 · No Comments

Sony, Panasonic, Samsung, Toshiba, NEC and LG have formed the WirelessHD (WiHD) special interest group, to commercialise the 60GHz spectrum for connecting consumer electronics in the home.  The move puts them on a collision course with the PC and telecoms industry who are backing rival UltraWideBand technology as the wireless network of choice for the […]

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Tags: Internet and networking · Miscellaneous items · Trade

All we want for Xmas is gadgets

November 23rd, 2006 · No Comments

Flatscreen TVs, digital cameras and PCs predictably top the list of Christmas present desirables, according to a new survey from US retailer Circuit City. The store, which surveyed 2,200 adults, discovered that 51 percent of those interviewed said that home electronics where their preferred holiday gift, far more than the 29 percent who coveted a […]

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Tags: Miscellaneous items · Trade