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Researchers demo vector-based video codec
— 1:13 PM on December 13, 2012

Modern video codecs rely on pixels to represent moving pictures. That method works well enough, but there are some inherent problems. Lower-resolution videos can't be...

Type: News story Tags: Multimedia Software

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Downloaded documentary tells Napster's story
— 10:49 AM on December 10, 2012

Napster forever changed not only the music industry, but also the Internet. The seminal music sharing service was a revelation when it was released in...

Type: News story Tags: Multimedia Internet

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Release roundup: Gaming headphones and workstation goodies
— 5:37 PM on August 30, 2012

We've got a mix of workstation hardware and enthusiast gear in this week's release roundup. Announcements from Cooler Master, Kingston, and Sapphire have all made...

Type: News story Tags: Motherboards Multimedia Storage

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Right to resell downloaded music challenged in US court
— 2:46 PM on August 20, 2012

An EU court has already ruled that downloaded games and software can...

Type: News story Tags: Multimedia Gaming Internet

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Creative revamps Sound Blaster audio lineup
— 11:29 AM on August 16, 2012

Creative is rolling out a new family of sound cards at the Gamescom convention this week. The Sound Blaster Z-Series appears to use the...

Type: News story Tags: Multimedia

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New MPEG standard purportedly twice as efficient as H.264
— 10:04 AM on August 16, 2012

Over the past few years, H.264 video compression has permeated just about every corner of the tech world—YouTube, Blu-ray, cable and satellite HDTV, cell phones,...

Type: News story Tags: Multimedia

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Asus' budget Xonar DGX and DSX sound cards reviewed
— 8:56 PM on August 8, 2012

Asus' Xonar DGX and DSX cost less than $50, making them tempting upgrades for folks seeking better sound. Both cards have PCI Express interfaces,...

Type: Feature article Tags: Multimedia

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XBMC signs on to support $99 Ouya console
— 10:56 AM on August 7, 2012

Despite its critics, the Ouya game console is proving to be one of Kickstarter's most popular projects. The funding drive began in mid-July,...

Type: News story Tags: Multimedia Game consoles Software

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A look at hardware video transcoding on the PC
— 3:50 PM on July 30, 2012

The market is rife with hardware video transcoders and software that can take advantage of them. However, making sense of that jungle of disparate offerings...

Type: Feature article Tags: CPUs Graphics Multimedia

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Valve's Source Filmmaker now available on Steam
— 11:07 AM on July 11, 2012

Valve has produced some pretty slick promotional videos for its games, most notably Team Fortress 2. Now, anyone can try their hand at making...

Type: News story Tags: Multimedia Gaming

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Sennheiser's HD 558 headphones are cans of whoop-ass
— 8:59 PM on July 5, 2012

It's rumored that if you give a mouse a cookie, he'll probably ask you for a glass of milk. They also say that if...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia

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Google's pricey Nexus Q media streamer made in the USA
— 11:58 AM on June 29, 2012

$200 tablets and $1,500 glasses weren't the only devices Google revealed during its I/O conference this week. It also debuted the Nexus Q,...

Type: News story Tags: Multimedia Personal tech

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We catch up with Asus' Xonar team
— 11:55 AM on June 12, 2012

Computex — On day three of the Computex trade show in Taipei, Taiwan, I took a break from the bustle of the show floor to...

Type: News story Tags: Multimedia

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Rumor: Apple TV set has entered trial production
— 6:00 AM on May 29, 2012

There's already an Apple TV: a set-top box with iTunes support. Lately, though, the rumor mill has been grinding on about another product with...

Type: News story Tags: Multimedia Mac

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DVD playback dropped from core Windows 8 features
— 9:37 AM on May 4, 2012

If you want to watch a DVD movie on Windows 8, you're going to need to spring for the Media Center upgrade. In a...

Type: News story Tags: Multimedia Operating systems

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Streaming video services may soon require cable TV subscriptions
— 11:31 AM on May 1, 2012

Thanks to streaming (and a little help from BitTorrent,) folks are increasingly ditching their cable TV service to watch videos online. The cable companies...

Type: News story Tags: Multimedia Internet

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Microsoft, Barnes & Noble partner up
— 4:32 PM on April 30, 2012

In a few short months, or maybe a little longer, Windows 8 will arrive aboard a whole fleet of new PCs and tablets. Will there...

Type: News story Tags: Multimedia Personal tech

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Release roundup: New Corsair Vengeance gear and more
— 5:47 PM on April 5, 2012

We have a little bit of everything this week, with announcements from Corsair, Fractal Design, and Razer about everything from headphones to fans: ...

Type: News story Tags: Multimedia Cases Cooling

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