Update: I'm not entirely sure what happened with this, but the price is now $69.99 after rebate. I tried contacting TigerDirect to see why the original price disappeared so quickly, but did not get a reply. All prices that I post are accurate at the time I post them, but unfortunately sales sometimes end without warning, inventories sell out, and so on. My apologies for the confusion over this deal!
LAS VEGAS--Big TV networks are rushing to attract Internet audiences, but there are signs that the payoff won't be that sexy.
One of the burning questions television broadcasters face is whether the Web can be mined for big advertising dollars. NBC Universal, CBS, and Viacom are just a few of the media conglomerates moving quickly to offer full-length TV shows over the Web.
What will surely be debated here this week at the National Association of Broadcasters' annual conference--which gets rolling on Monday--is whether the masses will welcome TV on a PC.
What about commercials? Will audiences resent being … Read more
The music industry seems to be taking one step forward, and then promptly taking one thousand steps backward. In Universal Music Group v. Augusto, Universal Music Group (UMG) is suing someone for putting its promotional CDs for sale on eBay, seriously altering the standard view of what First Sale doctrine means.
At issue here is who owns the promo CDs. Universal argues strenuously that it never transferred ownership when it sent them out and that the discs are merely "licensed" to those who receive them. Each disc includes text that makes clear that "this CD is the property of the record company and is licensed to the intended recipient for personal use only." According to Universal...… Read more
Scientists are working to imbue unmanned vehicles with the "swarm" mentality found in some animals and insects, allowing armed robots to coordinate their efforts on the battlefield in much the same way piranhas attack a floundering cow.
The University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering and Applied Science has received a $7.5 million grant from the military to develop principles of cooperation that mimic biological organisms, then reduce those principles to state-of-the-art algorithms for use in next-generation aerial and ground robots capable of collaborating with humans.
The project, which involves eight universities, will take an interdisciplinary approach … Read more
The good news for Hulu, the video portal jointly created by NBC Universal and News Corp., is that it sold out of advertising inventory.
The bad news for Hulu viewers is that more ads are on the way.
Jeff Zucker, president of NBC Universal, made the statements during a gathering of the International Advertising Association on Monday, according to Adage.com, the Web site of magazine Advertising Age.
Over at Silicon Alley Insider, Michael Learmonth points out that Hulu, the site that has received favorable reviews for offering users the ability to watch full-length TV shows, didn't have that … Read more
MySpace is essential for independent artists. Every band I've played with in the last five years has had a MySpace page, and it completely changed how we did things compared with the pre-Internet days. Getting gigs, maintaining mailing lists, fliering--all of those formerly labor-intensive tasks could be accomplished by sitting in front of a computer. One group I played with got 90 percent of our gigs through other bands on our friends list. Another had a couple dozen teenage fans who'd come to every all-ages show when they read about it on our MySpace page. (We were all … Read more
A new music service jointly owned by News Corp.'s MySpace.com and three record labels will be announced Thursday, according to a source familiar with the deal.
MySpace Music has been expected for weeks and will offer streaming music, downloads of unprotected MP3s, concert tickets, ringtones, and other merchandise, the source told CNET News.com. The source added that MySpace is hopeful the service will open in the next few months.
The deal immediately catapults News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch into competition with Apple CEO Steve Jobs' iTunes, which offers music and video downloads. Backers are hoping MySpace Music … Read more
Owen Thor Walker, an 18-year-old bot herder from Whitianga, New Zealand, plead guilty on Monday to six charges resulting from a botched botnet upgrade that led to a 2007 denial-of-service attack on the University of Pennsylvania.
Walker plead guilty to two charges of accessing a computer for dishonest purposes; two charges of accessing computer systems without authorization; one of damaging or interfering with computer systems; and one of possessing software for committing a crime. He could face five years in jail. However, according to reports from The New Zealand Herald, Judge Arthur Tompkins is considering Walker's age and cooperation … Read more
There's got to be a subliminal message of some sort coming out of Japan with the influx of robotic gizmos the country seems to be endlessly conceptualizing, not to mention giving them affectionate nicknames. Just name us any other country that's so obsessed with birthing mechanical substitutes.
The latest labor of love is one ApriPoko, an 11-inch-tall talking robot developed by the researchers at Toshiba as a voice-activated universal remote control. ApriPoko is still in embryo stage, so it's unlikely to debut in stores anytime soon. But its purpose in life has been coded into its genes. … Read more
CBS has begun testing high-definition streaming video.
Buried in the lab's section of the network's Web site is a gallery of short HD clips from shows such as Jericho, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Dexter.
TechCrunch was first to report the story and said the clips are available in H.264 format at 480p, with 720 p and 1080p coming later.
CBS has been overshadowed on the Internet in recent months by Hulu, the video portal operated by NBC Universal and News Corp. Hulu launched earlier this month and has attracted a score of content from other networks, … Read more