[ATTACH=RIGHT]16657[/ATTACH]During this years Star Wars Celebration (V), the official convention organized by Lucasfilm, good ole' George Lucas announced that all six episodes of the Star Wars saga will be available on Blu-ray in 2011. According to IGN, a press release for the announcement mentioned that the set will feature documentaries, vintage behind-the-scenes footage, interviews, retrospectives, and never before seen footage from the Lucasfilm archives. During the announcement, Lucas touched on the special features he has planned for the Blu-ray releases. "I wish I could say it's coming out this year, but it's coming out next year. There'll be different kinds …

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If you’re looking for a competitively priced portable Blu-ray alternative, look no further than Plextor’s recently shipped PX-B12OU. Available currently only in Europe for €92 including VAT, the 4x BD-ROM drive is an insanely affordable, fully USB operated external option for users still searching for their Blu-ray glass slipper. Not only can it play [I]The Dark Knight[/I] in stunning 1080p quality on your next flight, it also doubles as an 8x DVD+RW and a 24x CD+RW drive for all your basic computing needs. [ATTACH]16004[/ATTACH]The only thing rivaling its function is its form, which is a completely minimized experience. Similar products …

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Toshiba is taking another crack at high-definition DVD, sort of. Half a year after it [URL=http://www.hddvdfreak.com/2008/02/hd-dvd-is-dead.html]ceased combat major operations[/URL] in the format wars with Philips, Sony and the Blu-ray format, Toshiba has taken the wraps off [URL=http://www.tacp.toshiba.com/dvd/]XDE[/URL], a new up-conversion format that it claims can wring more resolution from pictures on your standard-resolution DVDs. The premier model is available now for a list price of US$149.99. Dubbed the XD-E500, the unit converts the 480p DVD signal to 720p, 1080i or 1080p. The mode you select depends on the resolution of your display. There are also sharp, color and contrast modes, …

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In case you hadn’t heard, and you probably have, Blu-ray has come out on top over HD-DVD in the new age video consumer marketplace. I thought that the higher prices for Blu-ray DVD players would work against it, but the superior technology and the always important “look-and-feel” quotient for Blu-ray put the capper on the jug. Now, what does this all translate to on Wall Street? Let’s take a look. According to a new research report from Strategy Analytics, “Blu-ray Devices: Forecasting Sales and Ownership”, Blu-ray devices will find their way into 29.4 million homes worldwide by the end of …

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So it would appear that the long and bloody war between the next-generation of high definition DVD formats is coming to a close, with word on the grapevine suggesting that the HD DVD commander-in-chief Toshiba is ready to surrender. While there will be the inevitable continuation of small skirmishes, mainly amongst geeks in both technology and home entertainment camps, the consumer should be greeting this news with open arms. After all, we have pretty much had enough after a couple of years of not knowing which format to buy, not knowing which format will be, for all intents and purposes, …

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Warner Brothers certainly has a lot of weight to throw around the consumer technology - and their latest move landed squarely on increasingly frustrated HD-DVD providers. In a move that signals a tectonic shift in the consumer video industry, Warner Bros. Entertainment announced last week that it will release its high-definition DVD titles exclusively in the Blu-ray disc format, most likely starting later this year. The news came straight from the top -- from Barry Meyer, Chairman & CEO, Warner Bros. and Kevin Tsujihara, President, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group. “Warner Bros.’ move to exclusively release in the Blu-ray disc …

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Is Blu-Ray dead in the European water? Independent pan-European research by GfK has today revealed that Blu-Ray may not be winning the high definition race after all, despite much brouhaha. In fact, according to the report on the state of the standalone high definition player market in Europe, HD DVD averaged a market share of 74 percent between January and May 2007. The figures also show that Toshiba is dominating this particular market, and it is a big market to dominate. In Europe alone there are already more than 130 HD DVD titles available, expected to rise to 300 by …

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The DVD format war continues, with neither side determined to give up. So who seems to be winning now? Well, this article [URL="http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,2104850,00.asp"]seems to claim that Blu-ray is winning[/URL], and will soon displace HD-DVD, as were a number of other articles I read in the last few days on the internet. This particular quote stuck out at me:[I]"[/I]Within three years it will just be Blu-ray." So says Frank Simonis, the Blu-ray Disc Association's European chairman, at the CeBIT trade show. I find this kind of amusing. Well, I'm not totally saying that Blu-ray is unable to outsell HD-DVD and win …

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Sex has been one of the silent drivers of technology for as long as I can recall. It might not get reported much, not least because many in the media would prefer to pretend it is not important and has no impact. But the truth is the adult industry has been a key player when it comes to the development and acceptance of technologies from the early days of the printing press, through to helping VHS displace the technically far superior Betamax format in the video wars all those years ago. Since then, sex has had a hand in getting …

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In response to [URL="http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,241557,00.html"]this article[/URL], claiming that the DVD format war may soon be over, I highly doubt it. In the article: [quote]The high-definition DVD format war, which has slowed consumer acceptance of the new players, may soon be over.[/quote] They go on further to state that hybrid players coming from Warner Brothers and LG will bridge the gap between Blu-Ray and HD DVD. Well, it's just not going to happen. There's several reasons. First of all, what is one of the most determining factors of a format war? In other words, what is it that makes it a war? …

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Who would have thunked it, the Sony PS3 has run into yet more trouble before it has even made it into the shops. Well I would have for a start, the project has been plagued with bad planning, bad marketing and bad luck since the get go. The decision to showcase shiny new technology when existing, or at least somewhat modified existing technology, would have been sufficient (ladies and gentlemen I present the Xbox 360 in evidence) was always a little baffling. Sure, you can understand Sony wanting to show off, wanting to flip the bird to Microsoft. What I …

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Nikon seems poised to be the first company to bring 'cordless' digital still cameras to consumers, it seems. The Coolpix P1 and Coolpix P2 cameras will use 802.11 Wi-Fi technology to transfer images to your PC or printer. The cameras are due to arrive in retail later in September. The 8 megapixel P1 and 5 megapixel P2 will sell for $550 and $400 respectively. Both will offer 3.5X optical zoom, have the capability of transferring images to PC immediately they are taken (handy for laptop users) and be able to connect either directly to a single PC or to a …

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