Jon Lech Johansen, better known as "DVD Jon," has thrown down a gauntlet to the entertainment industry. In his blog he has issued a provocative statement about AACS, the next-generation content protection system that will be found both in Blu-ray and HD DVD.
Last week I attended the 2006 Consumer Electronic Show (CES), which since the demise of Comdex has become the largest and most important trade show in the nation - not only for electronics, but for all technology. This year's show saw record attendance, which added to the energy and overall excitement of the event, but also jammed hotels, city streets and aisles on the show floor.
Sharp used embedded Linux and Devicescape's WiFi stack to build a 32-inch flat-panel TV/PC display with a built-in 802.11a/b/g wireless media adapter. The IT-32X2 has a built-in HDTV tuner, and USB ports for viewing photos from digital cameras or USB storage devices.
GOOGLE has stepped up its challenge to Microsoft, announcing plans for a video and television internet service and a package of programs that could break Bill Gates's stranglehold on the world's personal computers.
This is day three at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), and for me, it's getaway day. The crowds at the show just seems to get bigger and bigger each day. Just trying to walk the aisles became a chore.
Googly-eyed on the eve of CES, Analyst sets target at $600 per share as rumors swirl, Gates rolls out bold new Vistas, & Microsoft's next-generation system designed to be a living-room hub.
In my final column of 2005 I said that 2006 would be the year for Linux-powered consumer electronic devices. For the past few weeks I've been enthralled by one early example: the Nokia 770. The 770 is intended for one main purpose: accessing the Internet. Despite its shortcomings, Nokia's new "Internet tablet" could raise the bar for consumer-device development.
There is a curious lack in the Linux community -- the number of community-led Linux distributions for commodity mobile phone hardware is zero. As reported two years ago by LinuxDevices.com, the aim of the Xanadux project is to change that, and this article describes how it's getting on.
2005 in review - Silicon Valley is a different place these days. After years of dot-com fallout, 2005 saw tech companies regain their self confidence - a fact signified by rapacious M&A, guilt-free spending on marketing activities and bold strategic statements. Here are the events that made this year what it was, and that will have an impact on the coming 12 months.
In the tech world, 2005 was a period of bold ideas and exciting breakthroughs -- shadowed, at times, by devastating reversals. Here are our picks for the 10 best tech moments of 2005.