appleguru writes: "Innovative movie streaming service Zediva, which rents physical DVDs and DVD players to end users though the internet, streaming their output to them, was sued yesterday by the MPAA. While there is some legal precedent, their case differs in two important ways, which may lead to a surprising, and much welcomed, victory for Zediva: Red Horne's stores, the location where the movies were being performed in that case, were public places. Consumer's homes, where movies are being performed in Zediva's case, are decidedly private places. Red Horne's employee's were the ones pressing play, and therefore the ones performing the work in that case. In Zediva's case, the end user is the one pressing play and performing the work (privately, for their own use, just as if they rented the DVD).
It's no different then renting a movie at a rental store indeed, except the video cable going from the back of your DVD player to your TV is now hundreds of miles of internet data cable, instead of a few feet of composite, component, or HDMI cable. And last I checked, there were no legal restrictions on the length or type of video cables!
appleguru writes: Google has announced today that they are offering a free, public DNS service for everyone to use. It isn't ad based, doesn't use parked advertising for non-existant hostnames, and from my limited testing today seems to be pretty fast too! (Certainly faster than OpenDNS, which has historically been very fast for me, but has been lagging terribly the last few days). Their DNS servers can be reached at 184.108.40.206 and 220.127.116.11.
appleguru writes: "Typhoon Touch Technologies, a self proclaimed patent squatter that praises the increasing value of exploiting the litigious nature of the Intellectual Property has added Apple, Fujitsu, Toshiba, Lenovo, Panasonic, HTC, Palm, Samsung, Nokia, and LG to its lawsuit formerly against Dell. The company's mission, as stated on their website, is to "maximiz[e] shareholder value [...] through active litigation." They own patents dating back to January 1995 that cover "portable, self-contained, general-purpose, keyboard-less, computing devices, which utilize a touch-screen display for data entry purposes." This one should hopefully be an easy win for the defendants, especially given that Apple has prior art in the form of the Newton dating back to 1993."
appleguru writes: "Today Microsoft announced that they were extending the Xbox 360's warranty to a period of 3 years from the date of purchase, up from its current one year warranty. Anyone who has already paid for a repair of a general hardware failure on their console will be reimbursed retroactively. The new policy will set Microsoft back an estimated $1.1 billion USD. After months of denying there was an issue with the Xbox 360 console, Microsoft has finally stepped up to the plate and addressed it. In an open letter to the xbox community, Peter Moore offers this admission:
You've spoken, and we've heard you. Good service and a good customer experience are areas of the business that we care deeply about. And frankly, we've not been doing a good enough job. [...] We are taking responsibility and are making these changes to ensure that every Xbox 360 owner continues to have a great experience.
Some of the changes he is talking about include the Epoxy found on the CPU and GPU chips in the latest Xbox 360 consoles, as well as an additional heat pipe and heatsink coming from the GPU to help with heat issues. While those changes seem like a bit of a crutch instead of fixing the inherent issues (namely, a poor manufacturing process that is leading to bad BGA connections on the CPU and GPU), at least Microsoft is taking steps in the right direction."
Apple today unveiled Final Cut Studio® 2, a significant upgrade to the industry's leading video production suite that delivers new creative tools designed expressly for editors. Final Cut Studio 2 includes Final Cut Pro® 6, which introduces Apple's ProRes 422 format for uncompressed HD quality at SD file sizes and support for mixed video formats and frame rates in a single Timeline; Motion 3 featuring an intuitive 3D environment, paint and new behaviors; Soundtrack® Pro 2 with dozens of innovative tools for multitrack editing, surround mixing and conforming sound to picture; Compressor 3 delivering powerful batch encoding for multiple formats with a single click; and DVD Studio Pro 4.2 for SD and HD DVD authoring. Final Cut Studio 2 also introduces "Color," a professional color grading and finishing application for ensuring consistent color and creating signature looks.
A massive upgrade to their pro editing suite, including two completely new applications, Color (For color correction and editing, included with FCS2), and Final Cut Server (A separate application for distributed rendering and asset management). The new Final Cut Studio is slated to ship next month and costs $1299, $499 for an upgrade. Final Cut Server starts at $999 for a 10 seat license and costs $1999 for unlimited seats.
Apple also announced today a new hardware video conversion and playback box, utilizing Apple's new ProRes 422 codec (presumably with dedicated hardware) and created in conjunction with Aja. The box, called the IO-HD, will cost $3499. It's even got a handle for semi-portability."