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Intel SSD 520 solid-state drive bets on improved reliability over low price
Formerly the undisputed champ in the solid-state-drive arena, Intel has seen countless competitors enter the SSD ring, offering superior performance and cheaper prices than the chip giant. With the just-released SSD 520 series, Intel is choosing to emphasize reliability as a key differentiator from the pack.
Intel preparing Sandy Bridge-E processors for November 15 release?
While AMD's new Bulldozer desktop chips are getting their roll-out delayed to next month, Intel may be firming up the release date for its new Sandy Bridge-E processors. According to a report from DonanimHaber, Intel will drop the new "extreme processors" on November 15, potentially just a few weeks after Bulldozer attempts to swing enthusiast attention back to AMD.
Sonos introduces Play:3 speaker: Spotify support, no built-in Wi-Fi, $299 price tag
Offering a little competition to the home audio speakers that support Apple's AirPlay functionality, Sonos has released its new Play:3 speaker, which will stream pretty much any kind of audio you can imagine -- from your iTunes library to Spotify's streaming service, for $299.The good news is that this is a low price for Sonos, which generally sells costlier components for its whole house wireless audio solutions, but there's a hidden cost if you want to use this as a cord-free speaker.
Movie studios rolling out premium video on demand titles for $30 starting next month
Movie studios have been mulling over the idea of releasing "new" movies via video on demand for a premium fee, but now it looks like they're finally ready to test this concept out. According to Variety, four major studios are launching a new brand later this month to release recent flicks on VOD for $30 a pop.
Verizon FiOS Flex View delivers video on demand for up to five devices
Verizon is taking another step toward video content being made available anytime anywhere with its new FiOS Flex View offering. The feature lets you rent or purchase an on-demand offering and have it immediately available to watch on up to five different devices.
Time Warner CEO: New movies to your living room for $50 by mid-2011
Movie studios have been vague about their plans to offer new films in homes via video on demand, but Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes has recently detailed his company's vision for the service.Bewkes says that Time Warner movies that are still in theaters will be offered in living rooms by the middle of 2011.
Dish Network to bring live TV streaming to iPhone, iPad, Blackberry next month
The next battle in the pay TV wars is being waged away from the TV. Rumors are flying that Verizon FiOS subscribers will be able to watch TV on a forthcoming tablet from Motorola, and now Dish Network is bringing live TV streaming to mobile devices for its customers.