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Microsoft throws one last middle finger to Blu-ray!

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336w ago - Microsoft is about to mess up the HD format war one last time just for fun. Despite HD DVD officially being dead, the news we have is still going to tick off the Blu ray camp.

We've just learned from several different retailers that starting within the next week, the HD DVD add-on for the Xbox 360 will be available for $49.99. We don't have the exact date, but we do know that the EXTREME price cut will take place within seven days.

Why should this concern the Blu ray camp? Casual consumers likely still don't even know the war is over. The casual consumer is like a Vietnamese soldier hidden in a spider hole somewhere. They're cut off from info and are still waiting to attack despite a cease fire being called.

What can happen from this? People buy the Xbox 360 HD DVD add-on and realize that the up-scaling of regular DVDs adds new life. Then the next-gen format war turns into old verse new instead of new versus new.

As I'm writing this and clearly know that HD DVD is dead, I can hardly wait to go buy a player for 50 bucks. Imagine what the ill-informed will do when they see these prices in stores.

Now is it Microsoft's intent to mess up the format war one last time? Probably not. They just want to recoup a little money (at a loss) while they can. The fact that...
 

Microsoft prepping proxy fight for Yahoo bid

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336w ago - Microsoft is stepping up the pressure on Yahoo to accept its $44.6 billion bid. The software giant is reportedly preparing for a proxy fight after deciding not to raise its initial offer, a move that comes one day after Microsoft chairman Bill Gates told the AP that he believed his company's offer was "fair."

Since Yahoo officially spurned its overtures, speculation has arisen that Microsoft would launch a proxy battle for control of Yahoo's board. That's about to happen, according to The New York Times' DealBook blog. Microsoft is reportedly lining up candidates for Yahoo's board of directors and will attempt to gain the support of institutional investors and other large shareholders amenable to its plans.

Yahoo has made it clear that it's not interested in Microsoft's attention–at least not at the $31-per-share price tag. If Microsoft were to up its offer to the neighborhood of $40 per share, or around $55 billion, Yahoo's board would be willing to entertain an acquisition. As it stands, Yahoo says Microsoft's offer "substantially undervalues" the company's "global brand, large worldwide audience," and future growth prospects.

Yahoo has the typical "poison pill" in its bylaws, one which it enacted in 2001. Under its provisions, should a single investor acquires 15 percent or more of Yahoo's...
 

Toshiba Announces Discontinuation of HD DVD Businesses

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336w ago - Toshiba Corporation today announced that it has undertaken a thorough review of its overall strategy for HD DVD and has decided it will no longer develop, manufacture and market HD DVD players and recorders. This decision has been made following recent major changes in the market. Toshiba will continue, however, to provide full product support and after-sales service for all owners of Toshiba HD DVD products.

HD DVD was developed to offer consumers access at an affordable price to high-quality, high definition content and prepare them for the digital convergence of tomorrow where the fusion of consumer electronics and IT will continue to progress.

"We carefully assessed the long-term impact of continuing the so-called 'next-generation format war' and concluded that a swift decision will best help the market develop," said Atsutoshi Nishida, President and CEO of Toshiba Corporation. "While we are disappointed for the company and more importantly, for the consumer, the real mass market opportunity for high definition content remains untapped and Toshiba is both able and determined to use our talent, technology and intellectual property to make digital convergence a reality."

Toshiba will continue to lead innovation, in a wide range of technologies that will drive mass market access to high definition...
 

Red Ring of Death returns to X-Box 360

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336w ago - Microsoft wants consumers to believe that its problems with the Xbox 360 console in terms of hardware failure are over. But wandering through the Game Developers Conference halls and it's clear that the problem persists.

On Microsoft's own stand at the show one of the demo consoles has a rather familiar problem - the red ring of death. There's no way of knowing if this particular console was manufactured before or after Microsoft identified the problems with the machines.

But at the very least it's embarrassing for the company that its own stock of demo machines are still susceptible to the problem. Video can be seen here!
 

PS3 rear USB port mod unveiled!

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336w ago - MacSolidWorks undertook the painful process of modifying his PS3 in order to provide it with a rear USB mod for use with the Playstation Eye.

After searching high and low for instructions, he decided to just go ahead and perform the mod himself as shown in the video below.

To quote: I modified my PS3 to have a rear USB port for my Playstation EYE. I looked all over the web for instructions on how to do this but couldn't find anything. So I just did it myself.





Here are the results:

1. It works.

2. As long as you don't plug anything into the front USB port you've "borrowed" for the rear port, everything is fine.

3. If you plug something into the "borrowed" port, both peripherals stop working and you'll need to restart the PS3.

4. This setup cannot act like a true USB hub as it's just a pass-thru for one of the front ports.

Since this setup is not optimal and I'd like at least 2 USB ports on the back of my PS3, I'm currently working on a new mod that will allow a true hub on the back eliminating the aforementioned limitations.
 
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