Archive for February, 2008

Microsoft Following The Lead To Ditch HD-DVD

Monday, February 25th, 2008

Microsoft Corp has announced it will stop making HD DVD video players following Toshiba Corp pulling the plug on the high definition movie technology and following announcements by Warner Bros and Wal-Mart to exclusively back Sony Corp’s Blu-ray video technology.

Microsoft and Intel have been the biggest supporters of HD DVD to date, however, the market has spoken and Microsoft knows when the game is up. With bundling of movie players and video game consoles, Microsoft, like Sony recognise the devices as channels for delivering games, movies and Web content. 

Microsoft will continue product and warranty support for all Xbox 360 HD DVD players already sold.

Is Toshiba Finally Laying Down The Sword on HD DVD?

Monday, February 18th, 2008

It seems Toshiba is close to bailing in the battle of BluRay and high-def DVD battle and give up on its HD DVD format. The competing Blu-ray technology, lead by Sony Corp, seems to be the final winner in the 3 year battle.

Sony [Blu-ray] and Toshiba [HD DVD] lead competing consortiums vying to set the standard for the next-generation DVD and compatible video equipment.

The end of the war will be welcomed by yet to purchase consumers, who have paitently waited for a winner to emerge, before investing in DVD players and game stations. With a single victor, the DVD industry is expected to pick up the pace of development in the high-definition DVD space.

The final strokes that cup Toshiba’s followers down included:

Recent announcement by United States retailing giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc that it would abandon the HD DVD format and stock only Blu-ray movies.

Previous announcement by Warner Bros that it was supporting Blu-ray exclusively. Warner Bros. Entertainment will be releasing its high-definition titles “exclusively in the Blu-ray disc format beginning around June 2008. According to Barry Meyer, Chairman & CEO, the move is a “strategic decision focused on the long term and the most direct way to give consumers what they want…….the window of opportunity for high-definition DVD could be missed if format confusion continues to linger.”

Will this finally signal the exit of Toshiba from the next generation DVD business, with the company suffering losses likely to run to tens of billions of yen?

GPS Navigation Market Roundup

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

TomTom, the market leader in satellite-navigation devices, made formal its offer to buy Tele Atlas, a maker of digital maps, after Garmin conceded defeat for its rival bid. TomTom amassed a 28% stake in Tele Atlas, its Dutch compatriot, during negotiations.

Will Consumers Go Hybrid With Their Cars?

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

Go-Reviews recently investigated hybrid cars to update how well these fuel efficient, low emission cars are being perceived by the market, and more so whether the market is ready to pay the premium to buy one.

The good news is that the technology being integrated into hybrid cars is leading edge, and is being rolled out into conventional cars also. This means that greater fuel efficiency and lower carbon emissions are working their way into standard car manufacturing processes.

But the sad news is, that whilst hybrid cars remain signficantly more expensive, there is some hesitation in the market. This is a totally unscientific claim, but the fuel saving economics just don’t stack up enough to sway the cost conscious consumer to support the planet. In most cases, it takes 12-14 years to get payback on the addtional cost.

Check out our :

Hybrid Car Buying Guide

Comparison of Toyota Prius and Hona Civic Hybrid

Masher

Is Talking Or Texting On Your Cellphone More Dangerous When Driving?

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

Do you think talking on a cellphone whilst driving is safer than texting on a cellphone whilst driving?  You may be surprised…I certainly was.

I was watching an interesting program on television last night about this very thing. A parent was horrified that her teenage daughter was constantly receiving and sending text messages whilst driving. She also admitted that she spoke almost constantly on her cellphones whilst driving, using a handsfree kit. She felt this was safer than her daughters habit. So the local safety authorities took up the challenge to prove exactly which interaction was more distracting…….and the texting won. Texting proved safer than talking on a mobile phone even using a handsfree set up.

The reason it seems, is that texting, like using your GPS, is something that is within your control in terms of concentration. The drivers tested generally deferred any inputs if they were in close proximity to other vehicles or negotiating more hazardous road conditions.

Those speaking on mobile phones, however, were largely at the mercy of the person on the other end. Their interaction required concentration on the other person at all times. And this proved to cause more accidents than expected.

So there it is. Personally, I don’t believe in either. I don’t have too much problem disengaging my conversation when I need to concentrate more, and I find people talking to me in the car, or loud music even worse.

Each to his/her own I guess?

Whats your thought.

Masher