After Blu-ray emerged victorious in the high-definition format war, HD-DVD faded from existence. Since then, there has been chatter that consumers may not be ready to abandon standard DVDs, but according to German optical disc equipment maker Singulus, orders for Blu-ray players are coming in faster than they did for regular DVD hardware 11 years ago. Singulus also noted that, among the orders received, a key U.S. customer had accepted one of the machines for the first time.
Dressed in Black
Western Digital today launched its new high performance WD Caviar Black series hard drives. Available in 750GB and 1TB trim, the new drives come equipped with dual processors, 32MB cache, 333GB platters, and several mechanical enhancements designed to minimize wear and tear. MSRP is set at $199 and $249 for the 750GB and 1TB models, respectively. Keep your eyes peeled for a review right here at Maximum PC!
AT&T Mulls Usage Based Billing
Both Time Warner and Comcast have begun testing the waters with metering internet usage, and it appears AT&T might be next. AT&T's new CTO, John Donovan, told Wired that usage-based pricing wouldn't be an attempt to make more money, but said "It's almost a taxation issue. Traffic on our backbone is growing 60 percent per year, but our revenue is not." Get the full scoop here.
Do Girl Gamers Exist?
Of course they do, but THQ Wireless marketing director James Scalpello isn't "convinced by the whole 'games for girls' idea," he told CasualGaming.biz. He also believes that mobile games for girls are "a lost cause," noting that females believe they have better things to do, and so gaming isn't as high a priority for them as it is for boys. Bah - we say show us a girl who isn't impressed by our terrific TF2 skills, and we'll show you a girl we have no interest in dating.
Amazon Outage: Take Two
After suffering an unexplained two hour outage late Friday night, Amazon.com again went offline Monday, and appeared to affect its U.K. site the second time around. Amazon has acknowledged the issue, but if they know what's causing the costly hiccups, they don't seem intent on sharing that info with the media or its customers.
Find a deal on software too good to be true? It probably is, and Microsoft is doing its part to crack down on counterfeit resellers. The software giant from Redmond today announced the filing of 21 lawsuits in federal court spanning 14 states against resellers allegedly engaging in the sale of pirated software, including some repeat offenders. If you think you may have already been duped, you can verify whether or or not you're running genuine software by calling (800) RU-LEGIT (785-3448), or heading over to http://www.microsoft.com/genuine.