"You know those FBI warning messages that appear at the beginning of DVDs and Blu-ray discs? They're getting an upgrade—and they're multiplying. The US government yesterday rolled out not one but two copyright notices, one to "warn" and one to "educate." Six major movie studios will begin using the new notices this week..."
"For all the things Macs lack -- pre-installed Flash, USB 3.0, Blu-ray, and more -- you'd think that'd there'd be more clever commercials from Microsoft taking a jab at their fruity competitor. While commercials like Laptop Hunters hinted at such things, they didn't just lay it out there. Fortunately for Microsoft that's exactly what its new commercial does. In the commercial Mac and PC (laptops, not "guys", mind you) are flying aboard an airplane (conveniently named Windows 7). As the pair settle in the PC fires up a Blu-ray movie --Avatar.
Blu-ray will probably be around a bit longer than Microsoft would like, but with external HD's and Internet, who needs an optical disk anyways?
Japanese researchers from Sony Corporation and Tohoku University announced on July 20th the development of a next-generation “blue-violet ultrafast pulsed semiconductor laser,” aimed at practical technology like disk storage.
Practical blue-violet laser developed
In a press release, Tohoku University and Sony stated:
But is it (not) enough
The prices of Blu-ray players have fallen again, this time by nearly a quarter.
LG Electronics announced a 25 per cent cut in the retail price of the BD350 Blu-ray Disc player in a bid to increase its market share. LG thinks that Blu-ray will account for 60 per cent of all optical disc players sold in the Taiwan market in two years.
Prices continue go lower to increase adoption rate
The adoption rate of Blu-ray rests solely with the price of Blu-ray players and the prices of Blu-ray content being driven lower, according to multiple analysts. While lower-end Blu-ray players were hovering right at the $100 mark or less this past holiday season, we are now seeing low-end Blu-ray players starting to hit the $70 price point.
"Contract-manufacturing quotes for PC-use Blu-ray Disc (BD) drives have dropped to US$70-80 currently, still much higher than about US$20 for DVD drives, according to Taiwan-based makers.
Despite the price drop, BD will not become popular until prices for BD discs fall to a low enough level to replace DVD discs as a mainstream optical storage format, the sources noted."
An update that took place in December 2009 may cause Windows 7 to lock up when a Blu-ray disc is inserted into the BD-R drive.
Softpedia reports that Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 customers may experience a virtual system halt after inserting a BD-R into the PC's Blu-ray drive. Microsoft has already created a hotfix for the issue, however the patch will not be deployed to all users of both platforms.
Sony and Panasonic have announced that they have developed a new optical disc evaluation technology that will allow the layer capacity of Blu-ray media to increase from 25GB to 33.4GB using existing Blu-ray laser diodes. This would presumably allow existing Blu-ray hardware - including Blu-ray Disc players and burners - to play the proposed discs with a simple firmware upgrade.
Remember the format wars? Ars looks back at the heated battles between VHS and Betamax as well as HD DVD and Blu-ray, wondering if, now that the dust has settled, the end of the format wars is nigh. I have this love/hate relationship with format wars.
No, it's not reality television versus talk shows, or Top 40 radio against "the best of the '80s—and more!" The wars I'm thinking about pit technologies against one another, usually in a battle to the death of one or more of the contestants. It's One format to rule them all every time, and the streets are littered with the remains of the losers.
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