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Hannah Montana makes a 3D first on Blu-ray

337w ago - Concerned you might not be able to experience the Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour properly in your home theater?

Worry no more, the biggest 3D movie ever is making a HD first, when it hits Blu-ray August 19 it will include 2D and 3D viewing options. If 1080p 3D video isn't enough, the live concert flick also features uncompressed 7.1 PCM audio, a tour documentary and two bonus tracks.

No word if it will come with requisite glasses or anything else necessary to get that extra D With a movie that did unprecedented numbers at the box office, this is sure to be one of the year's biggest releases and with never-before-seen options, might be a good reason to share the home theater with your favorite 'tween.

Microsoft abuses 360 failure victims more than new customers

337w ago - Microsoft has kept a relatively low profile on the Xbox 360 front since last summer when it began "rewarding" victims of the disturbingly frequent "red ring of death" failures, excluding the rather underhanded way Microsoft surreptitiously slid the whole Xbox Live outage ordeal that occurred in the months of December and January under the table.

Though free Xbox Live games and embelished warranty extensions might seem like acceptable penances to most people, Microsoft is doing whatever it can to alienate its quickly diminishing number of loyal 360 owners with underhanded business practices.

For those readers who haven't had to endure the rather painful process of getting an Xbox 360 repaired, here's how it goes: you spend an undetermined amount of time on the phone with a customer service representative who has worked really hard to sound "American," who is genuinely sorry for any and every problem you might have, and who will "work hard" to resolve your problems.

If you were fortunate enough to have experienced the "red ring of death," then voila, your problems are all solved. You'll get a box containing packing materials and stupid-proof instructions; after a few weeks of repairs, you will most likely get a "new" console back from Microsoft.


Some ISPs tracking every click you make

337w ago - The online behavior of a small but growing number of computer users in the United States is monitored by their Internet service providers, who have access to every click and keystroke that comes down the line.

The companies harvest the stream of data for clues to a person's interests, making money from advertisers who use the information to target their online pitches.

The practice represents a significant expansion in the ability to track a household's Web use because it taps into Internet connections, and critics liken it to a phone company listening in on conversations. But the companies involved say customers' privacy is protected because no personally identifying details are released.

The extent of the practice is difficult to gauge because some service providers involved have declined to discuss their practices. Many Web surfers, moreover, probably have little idea they are being monitored.

But at least 100,000 U.S. customers are tracked this way, and service providers have been testing it with as many as 10 percent of U.S. customers, according to tech companies involved in the data collection.

Although common tracking systems, known as cookies, have counted a consumer's visits to a network of sites, the new monitoring, known as "deep-packet inspection,"...

Pioneer drops plasma but pushes on Blu-ray

337w ago - Pioneer has confirmed its intention to cease the in-house production of plasma panels, but will increase its focus on Blu-ray and audio/video products linked with displays.

The company plans to develop next-generation wall-mounted TVs with wireless connections. It will also develop video and audio analysis technologies through research into high picture and sound quality.

It will focus on new Blu-ray players which will be combined with other products and recorders, and will also continue to develop its speaker business.

Through its ongoing alliance with Sharp, Pioneer will develop acoustic systems for ultra-thin, flat-panel TVs, with outstanding sound quality. Pioneer will also work with Sharp Blu-ray Disc-related products.

The end of Vista?

337w ago - The blows just keep on coming for Vista. It started with an extension of the life of XP and has continued with Microsoft's recent announcement that Windows XP's life will once again be extended, this time for two years and for ULC (ultra-low-cost) PCs, such as the Eee PC.

As if that wasn't enough, Bill Gates has also come out and said that the next version of Windows, Windows 7, is coming "sometime" next year. Considering that Vista hasn't even been on the market for two years yet, the fact that XP is still so popular and Microsoft is already talking about the release of the next iteration of Windows does not bode well for Vista.

Vista has been plagued with problems and complaints, ranging from a lack of driver support to the controversial UAC or User Account Control. Could Microsoft be attempting to quitely abandon Vista? I hope not (I own Windows Vista Ultimate).

As with any new operating system, there will always be a learning curve and those who are hesitant to adapt to the new software. For example, Windows XP had its fair share of complaints when it first came out too. Nevertheless, the criticisms directed at Vista seem to be much more relenting than those that against XP when it was first released and the recent announcements by Microsoft serve only to strengthen...
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