Warner's DVD2Blu trade-up program just got a little sweeter today, at least temporarily. We just got word that, for the time being, the company will let you swap any DVD for a new Warner Bros. Blu-ray title. Previously, you were only allowed to swap Warner Bros. movies.
There are over 100 Blu-ray flicks to choose from, the majority of which run $5. Some of these include 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Aviator, Blood Diamond, Freddy vs. Jason, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, and Wyatt Earp, to name just a handful.
You can choose any title available no matter which one you're trading in, which is an especially good deal if you're holding onto some older DVDs that would have ended up in the garbage or in a yard sale anyway.
Winamp enjoys an almost cult-like following on the desktop, and now the popular media player is available on Android, provided you have no qualms about using beta software.
Winamp for Android works with version 2.1 of the open-source OS and higher. Features include both wireless and USB syncing with your Winamp desktop app, persistent player controls, play queue management, and support for scrobbing with the Last.fm app installed.
Just like the desktop version, there's support for playlists, search by album, artist, and song, a repeat function, shuffle, and more. It's snappy too. On our crusty old G1 (rooted), Winamp ran without issue and basically blew the pants off the stock media player.
It is common knowledge that Google’s wet dreams are almost exclusively comprised of browsers. So it shouldn’t surprise anyone that the search giant sees a browser in every TV. According to Rishi Chandra, a senior product manager at Google, the time when all TVs will ship with built-in browsers is near. He made these comments while talking to CNN’s Google blogger Seth Weintraub.
Chandra is confident that GoogleTV will escape the miserable fate of similar undertakings before it. He believes they got the timing all wrong, whereas “we are at a tipping point” now. The company expects GoogleTV to be a graduated hit, a la Android, rather than an instant hit.
Alright, cheap geeks. It’s tough to want to put out even $0.99 for the latest single on iTunes (or wherever), and don’t even get me started about the annoyance that occurs when you find some slammin’ new track on Youtube, only to realize that you can’t rock out to it in your car because… it’s… on… Youtube.
Youtube is like the poor man’s free music library – just go scan for any music video and voila! It’s an instant way to dial up your favorite songs without having to pay for the track. However, this isn’t really the kind of solution that you can take with you.
For starters, pulling up Youtube video after Youtube video on your phone in a vain attempt to rock out sans cash investment will make you look like the biggest cheapskate alive. It’ll also drain your battery. And, here’s the kicker, it won’t work anywhere that’s lacking in wireless coverage. Or, to put it another way, there’s no reason why you should be trying to transform Youtube videos into your song library.
I’m a sucker for automation at Maximum PC – If I can’t find some kind of application that will automatically perform all the time-sucking computer tasks that I like (or would like) to do, then I just haven’t done my job correctly. Now, was there only an app to automate the process of finding these apps… but I digress.
This week’s download of the week carries on in the spirit of “don’t lift a finger to accomplish a task” kinds of applications by giving you a super-quick way to transform videos from one format into another. There’s just one caveat—two, technically. You have to have Handbrake installed and, more importantly, you kind of have to know what you’re doing.
QNAP didn't exactly go back to the drawing board and build a completely new device, but it did add 1080p playback to its media box, prompting the release of the NMP-1000P Network Multimedia Player.
"NMP-1000P is truly the missing piece in today's digital homes for enjoying premium-quality picture and sound," said Jason Hsu, Product Manager of QNAP Systems, Inc. "Today's users demand that contents be available on the fly and they don't want to deal with a multitude of different devices and interfaces to make it happen. NMP-1000P is the culmination of QNAP's extensive experience in developing network appliances and software applications which can satisfy the consumers' need to get the content they want from virtually any source, and play it with the best video and audio quality on the living room TV using a single networked device."
The NMP-1000P integrates into your home network via wired or wireless 802.11b/g/n. It can serve as a host to a 3.5-inch SATA drive (not included) up to 2TB, and also includes USB and eSATA connections for local content or connecting directly to your PC.
A 667MHz SMP8643 SoC powers the device, and there's also a built-in Wolfson WM8524 high performance DAC capable of delivering 106 dB SNR. It handles FLAC lossless audio files natively, stores and plays back video from your camcorder, and comes with a bunch of other tricks up its sleeve, which you can read all about here.
Last year, Acer officially bumped Dell from its status as the No. 2 PC maker in the world, and now Acer is hoping that its Predator can hunt down one of Dell’s most prized brands: Alienware.
No, we are not making this up. It’s literally Alienware vs. Predator. Sure, we’re writing this while listening to that bootleg of the Predator soundtrack that made the rounds in the 1990s, but c’mon, what else could you think after seeing Acer’s Predator case.