Podcast: gadgets for Christmas, iPod lovin' and the Blu-ray war

Podcast: gadgets for Christmas, iPod lovin' and the Blu-ray war

Summary: Zack Whittaker has taken a few days off to “get his head together”, but last week took half an hour out to record a podcast with his best friend, Elliot Harrison, who has stepped up to the firing squad to cover this week. Some notes for those listening:The iPhone kill-switch, mentioned around 4 minutes in, was on "Between the Lines" and can be found here.

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Zack Whittaker has taken a few days off to “get his head together”, but last week took half an hour out to record a podcast with his best friend, Elliot Harrison, who has stepped up to the firing squad to cover this week.

Some notes for those listening:

Update: fixed!  If/when the podcast inevitably stops working, leave a TalkBack and let me know.

Topics: Mobility, Apple, Browser, Hardware, Software Development

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  • Nit Picking

    Sorry to be picky guys, but the rival format was HD-DVD as you mention, and the XBOX 360 extension to play High Def movies was HD-DVD ONLY. XBOX 360's cannot play Blu-ray discs no matter what you do, and therefore cannot play high definition movies apart from the already redundant HD-DVD format. Also, the only XBOX 360 version with a generic HDMI output, allowing for a pure digital HD signal is the the XBOX 360 elite, which is only slightly cheaper than the PS3. THe XBOX 360 also has to upscale its movies to HD as it does not play them at any kind of pure HD level within the actual system. The current capacity of a blu-ray disc is 25-50gb as you have mentioned in your notes but 100gb and 200gb versions are in development. The technology involved with Blu-ray and HD-DVDs is extremely similar also. They both use a laser with a smaller wavelength than DVD in order to read smaller and smaller peaks and troughs in the discs different layers allowing for more data top be crammed on one disc. It is mainly down to marketing which won this particular format war, as well as the PS3 owners being the number one source of blu ray movies sales on the market as no further purchase of accesories or drives is required to play HD content.
    Dagless101