While DVD technology was initially much-needed and impressive, it quickly showed its limitations, as demand for higher-resolution movies and more bonus features (and, of course, the use of DVD for data storage) quickly outstripped DVD's data capacity. Some new technologies are on the horizon, and in true tech industry fashion, there is more than one incompatible contender for the spot.
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TiVo, a much-beloved technology with a precarious business position, may have a new lease on life, thanks to a new deal with the US' #1 cable TV operator, Comcast. Under the deal, TiVo technology will power Comcast DVRs. Comcast and other cable firms have heretofore used shoddy TiVo knock-offs for their DVR offerings, so this new partnership should be of great benefit to both TiVo and Comcast customers.
You know how it is in the Windows platform: the majority of its popular media players use confusing custom UIs & widgets and so they feel heavy. Enter MusikCube: a no-nonsense clean interface app that simply delivers the music without the extra cruft. The application supports CD ripping & tag editing but it could do with some clean up on its song contextual menu. It is released under the BSD license.
OSS 3.99.2a has been announced - it's shipping a new ALSA compatibility library that allows you to run most popular ALSA apps (most apps have OSS API support as well). OSS is now free for home/personal use - you just need to reinstall the new software every 4 months but all features and drivers like Virtual Mixer PRO and IMUX and PRO audio devices are available for free. Announcements regarding the company's latest OSS/3D for iTunes are imminent too.
A quick look at the GeekBox Linux minimal disribution: 6 MB ISO to power your home-made dvd and divx player.
Wired aims to be a professional music production and composition software running on Linux.
Behind the scenes, painstaking effort and computing power has gone into cleaning up George Lucas's original Star Wars trilogy for its recent DVD release. 600 Mac G5s. And btw, the Star Wars III teaser will be released in less than 15 days.
I wanted to love the radioSHARK from Griffin Technology, I really did. I'm a big fan of radio and I've been disappointed that it took so long for a company to develop and AM/FM turner for the PC. So when I heard about the radioSHARK I was excited. A quick trip to the Apple store and I had this little fin-shaped wonder.
After years as the unrivaled king of the digital-media world, the venerable MP3 music format is losing ground to rival technologies from Microsoft and Apple Computer.
Among the many wonders of director Kerry Conran’s debut feature movie, “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow,” none is more remarkable than how he tried to make it — on a single desktop computer, in 1994, before desktop computers were ready to fully cooperate. Conran used a Mac IIsi and later a Mac Quadra 840AV which was point he realized that he needed hardware and special software to help him realize the dream, as the available resources back then were less than satisfiable.
I had bitter feelings about RealNetworks products and practices years ago, but over the last couple of years I find that RealPlayer8 is one of the first apps I open on my linux machines. I confess I am a BBC Radio addict living in the USA and streaming audio is my only way to listen.
Every operating system has different sound systems and APIs to access the sound card, so that no low-level coding is required to use the sound device. Programmers have many different choices concerning which system to use, especially under Linux -- and maybe that's the problem. This article illustrates free sound architectures on Linux, as well as the different interfaces a programmer can use.
In my first article I tried out various audio/video apps to see what Linux had to offer for video production. For the most part I was pretty disappointed with the whole experiment. Several months have passed so I decided to take another look to what has progressed since then. There were two programs that I left out because they were either not realized or it was to soon to try it out.
One of the ultimate goals of music is to provide enjoyment. Be it through association of memories, stimulation, rhythm or melodic messages, music fans all over the world enjoy listening to music.
Here is a nice utility helping you catalog your VHS or DVD video disks, DVDpedia. The application is written for Mac OS X and it sports a metal interface. Let's dive in for some more info on it.
Real will be distributing its RealPlayer 10 for Linux with both Red Hat and Novell/SuSE desktop Linux distributions. In other news, RealPlayer 10 for Mac OS X will be out this week.
The guys over at Griffin Technology were very kind to send us over two of their products for evaluation: the SightLight and the iFire. Here's what we think about these two Mac products.
I wanted to write something about the great progress being carried on linux as OS of choice for a professional Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) since a long time. With the inclusion of the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA) into the 2.6 kernels, time has come to extend my experiences to all of you.
After their recent video codec shootout article ExtremeTech now offers an audio codec one. Find out which technologies are the best for each job.
On Saturday March 20, I spent my lazy Saturday morning browsing the web for Linux news. I surfed over to DistroWatch.com & read the latest happenings in regards to Linux distributions. I read a news blurb on latest release of dyne:bolic 1.2. dyne:bolic is self described as a free multimedia studio in a GNU/Linux live CD. I was intrigued by the prospect of playing with a multimedia studio on live CD that won't interfere with my PC's current setup. I downloaded the ISO via Azureus Java bittorrent client. I burned it to CDR using K3B and booted my DAW off the dyne:bolic CD.