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Music industry negotiating over 24-bit downloads

For hi-fi fans, the most depressing aspect of the digital music revolution has been the reduction in sound quality. Just when we were hoping to get better-than-CD quality sound from disc formats such as Sony's Super Audio CD (SACD) or DVD-Audio, we were hit with the double whammy of low bit-rate MP3 files and, sometimes worse, the UK's low bit-rate DAB digital radio.

February 22, 2011 by

Holiday Gift Guide 2008: MP3 players

I rarely see people carrying portable CD players anymore as it is much more convenient (size of players, amount of music, battery life) to burn your music to digital format or simply buy it online and download it to your PC/Mac. Many MP3 players support video too, but I'll focus on just MP3/music capability in this guide. Even though the Apple iPod is the leader in the MP3 category there are still many other solutions available that you may want to consider this holiday season, including products from Microsoft, SanDisk, Sony, Slacker, Creative, and more. It is actually a bit surprising how many other models of MP3 players there still are on the market, but it really is tough to compete with the iPod and Zune players now that even their prices are dropping significantly.

November 22, 2008 by

Swiping a card to check your health

U.S. researchers have developed a prototype device of a card-swipe for medical tests which could be used to check for hundreds of diseases simultaneously. It should act as 'a credit card-swipe machine to scan a card loaded with microscopic blood, saliva or urine samples.' The current prototype is about the size of a PC, but a future commercial version should look like a credit card reader. And according to the researchers, results could be available in minutes instead of hours or weeks. Besides health care, such a device has potential applications for homeland security or environmental monitoring. This device is based on giant magnetoresistance (GMR), a phenomenon discovered in 1988 by French and German researchers who shared the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physics, and which is used to read data on computer hard drives and by MP3 readers. But read more...

November 5, 2008 by

Toshiba: Feel free to trade in more gadgets. Lots more.

Can't figure out what to do with your old laptop, tablet PC, monitor, projector, camera, camcorder, server, home audio receiver, mobile phone, car audio system, home electronics device, global positioning satellite receiver, MP3 player, personal digital assistant or game system? (Whew.

October 1, 2008 by

A Blu-ray / HD DVD update

I have a stack of shiny high-def discs, a Windows Vista PC, and a new combo drive that plays both Blu-ray and HD DVD formats. Here's how I went from bare metal to home theater in 60 minutes or less. And the best part of all? No Vista DRM. Yes, you read that right. I've got the details right here.

September 6, 2007 by

Why don't Linux distros make legal codecs easier to find?

A few weeks ago I took a look at how Ubuntu 7.04 handled proprietary file formats such as MP3, WMA and QuickTime movies. Overall the support was good (although I couldn't get QuickTime 7 movie support working) but it seriously bothered me that I had to resort to downloading and making use of codecs which are, well, to be blunt, illegal to use.

July 30, 2007 by

Podcast: Microsoft and Google copyright spat, Virtual PC and Emotiv's brain gaming

This week on the Dan & David Show, we discuss the recent disparaging remarks aimed at Google's book search project made by Microsoft's associate general counsel, Microsoft's Virtual PC 2007 and Emotiv's human-computer mind melding technology.  This podcast can be delivered directly to your desktop or MP3 player if you're subscribed to our podcasts (See ZDNet's podcasts: How to tune in).

March 7, 2007 by

David Allen chats with Merlin Mann about GTD

David Allen of Getting Things Done fame has been offering a series of audio recordings (on CD and in podcast form) to subscribers ot his GTD Connect premium service. One of the discussion areas is TechTalk - a forum for David to discuss with GTD geeks about what's new in the technology space and how it intersects with the practice of GTD. He recently released an installment featuring his long-time technology advisor Eric Mack, Robert Peake, and Merlin Mann of 43Folders. If you're a subscriber, this is a great chat and well worth listening to online or on your PC or MP3 player. If you're not a subscriber, fear not. Merlin just announced he will be releasing a series of podcasts titled Productive Talk that he recorded with David while visiting the David Allen Company's world headquarters in lovely Ojai, California.

October 9, 2006 by

31% of PDA owners use paid location-aware services

The results of a survey of AvantGo revealed that 85% of Pocket PC owners and 82% of Palm owners plan to stick with the same operating system with their next purchase. The top 12 features of an all-in-one dream device would be: Calendar/contact list; Easily syncs with PC; Great battery life; Email/messaging; Wi-Fi/Bluetooth; Compact size; MP3 player; Phone; Large screen; GPS locator; 20+ gigabyte memory; and Camera.

September 25, 2004 by

100 M homes will have broadband in 2004

Broadband access will be found in 100 million homes worldwide, or 40% of online homes, a factor that will accelerate the convergence of PC and consumer-electronics technologies. "All of a sudden it makes sense to be streaming video and MP3 audio," said IDC.

December 4, 2003 by

Gateway laptop to read with flash

The company is introducing a portable PC that can read the tiny flash memory cards used by digital cameras and MP3 players.

February 12, 2003

Intel dreams of the wireless home

The "digital media adapter" could speed the dream of the networked home, where PC-stored digital photos would be viewed on a TV, and MP3 music tracks could be beamed to a stereo.

September 12, 2002 by

Archos packs 20GB in mini hard drive

Archos Technology, one of the first companies to sell a high-capacity portable MP3 player based on a hard drive, on Tuesday announced the release of a portable hard drive for data storage. The Archos MiniHD can store 20GB of data, weighs 6.5 ounces, and can connect with PCs or Macs via USB, FireWire or PC card connections. The drive sells for $200. --David Becker, Special to ZDNet News

June 4, 2002 by

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