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DVD has been around for ages compared to Blu-ray which made
its debut in May 2006. We also can't forget the new format on the block, 3D, that is still in the infant stages of development, even if we might want to. For several years we have seen DVD sales decline and Blu-ray sales double in some instances. The same can be said for 3D TVs which are expected to be in 15 million homes by the end of 2012.
There are a number of factors that have contributed to the slow decline of DVDs, such as increased competition from the other physical formats as well as the increasing popularity of digital media. Research company
Mindlab, however, suggests that we might be drawn to higher quality media because our brains like it better.
Decide for yourself and hit the break.
At last year's
Electronics Entertainment Expo (E3), one of the phenomenons of the show was Nintendo's 3DS. As of today, it has officially hit our shores and made its way into our stores. The 3DS is everything Nintendo promised, plus some really cool surprises. Working in retail myself, as well as purchasing one, I had the unique experience of being both behind and in front of the counter on launch day.
Women and children, grandparents and parents, people of all ages all showed up to pickup and see the wonders that are the Cosmo Black and Aqua Blue 3D handheld systems. After a half day of selling the devices to overjoyed customers, I finally got to get my hands on a live model, care of one of my fellow employees. Getting to play with features such as the 3D slider for adjusting the depth of the 3D experience, photo integration with the AR (or alternate reality) Cards and a peek at the overall interface, such as the home screen and photo application was incredible to say the least.
To hear about my full experience with the 3DS, hit the break.
We all know that digital video is becoming increasingly popular, which means that the market is becoming more competitive and expanding rapidly. So far,
Netflix keeps doing things right in their world and continues to reign supreme among the masses. This week, research study and numbers wizards NPD Group released a report that says 61 percent of all streaming video content online is coming from Netflix, at least legally. Geez, good luck with your new project Amazon! Netflix just seems to be everywhere from online to Xboxs to set-tops.
NPD reported that the next closest competition was Comcast, which held 8 percent of the market with its digital movie united and coming in at 4 percent was Time Warner, Apple and DirecTV. NPD collected its data from Jan to Feb of 2011 with 10,618 United States Internet users.
Oddly enough, NPD also gave credit to the average consumer, stating that they know the difference between downloaded movies, Internet video on demand, cable video on demand and streaming services. They also understand the difference between services like iTunes, that get the current releases, and Netflix, that gets releases a bit later but gives you overall value for the product you're paying for.
For more on this, hit the break.
CTIA 2011 was crazy for Sprint. Not only did they announce
a pair of 3D devices on a voice and data network, they are now moving on to partner up with Google. Sure, the 3G version for AT&T is cute and everything, and I'm sure the Sidekick 4G is going to work wonders on the fake 4G network of AT&T-Mobile, but this is the real deal right here.
The Google Nexus S 4G is going to rock the Android Gingerbread OS and will come in at a couple of millimeters and grams heavier than its T-Mobile counterpart, but that's because inside this phone is the wondrous aroma of CDMA/EV-DO and WiMAX. (The WiMAX part means it's actually real 4G.) If battery life is an issue, you will have the option to even turn off the WiMAX radio.
Sprint announced that this phone will be launching in the Spring, so sometime soon, for $199. However, the cooler thing they announced is a deal with Google that's going to let you use Google Voice without porting your number over!
For that announcement, a cool video, some pictures and the press release, click the break.
If you were following us during our
Internation CES 2011 coverage, you know that we had a great time working with Sennheiser and all of the cool products they had on display. From Adidas Original products to gaming headsets, they had it all. Recently, Sennheiser has started a "Headphone of the Month" campaign that displays a great pair of headphones at an awesome price. For the month of March, that headphone is the HD 515, an introduction to the Audiophile 500 series of headphones at a ridiculously low price.
I was able to get a pair of these at a price lower than their MSRP, and I for one, was blown away by the quality without having to shell out $600. To read about my thoughts, learn about a free offer you can get when you buy these and as well as see a picture of this set and our video from CES, hit the break.
International CES 2011 is over, I bet you didn't think you were going to have to hear about 3D again until next year (except Sunday's launch of the Nintendo 3DS). You were wrong! Sprint announced at CTIA Wireless in Orlando two new devices - a 3D smartphone, named the HTC Evo 3D, and a 7" tablet, the HTC Evo View 4G.
Both devices will offer a Nintendo-style glasses free 3D experience running on surprisingly different hardware. Clearly eating lunch off of HTC's Evo name, which CEO Dan Hesse says is Sprint's most successful smartphone to date, they hope to have better success with these devices than they did with the Evo Shift, which was a downgrade to the original.
Both devices will run on Sprint and Clearwire's joint 4G WiMax network, the first and only WiMax network in the US, bringing the 4G lineup to 22 devices for Sprint Nextel. Dan took a swipe at AT&T and
T-Mobile's rebranding of their 3G+ networks as 4G by calling his network, "4G and not faux G." No wonder they keep putting him in front of cameras and crowds.
To get the details on the devices and to see a video of the Evo View 4G, hit the break.