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Choose Smarter: Ten…portable optical drives

Product Round-up Optical drive is the collective term for CD, DVD and Blu-ray readers, recorders and rewriters, the mainstay of swap-in-swap-out storage in notebook and desktop computers. For many reasons, optical discs remain a useful storage option and having a portable unit allows you to get the best of the latest laser tech without having …
Simon Crisp, 26 Jul 2012
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Watch Smarter: video guide to... optical disc drives

Smarter Storage Over the years, the capacity of optical drives has steadily increased, with new formats offering cost-effective storage to suit archiving needs, as well as the demands of high-resolution movie playback. If you fancy upgrading your PC from CD to DVD or DVD to Blu-ray or perhaps prefer an external option it’s probably cheaper than …
Hard Reg, 25 Jul 2012
Ghost In the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: Solid State Society

Ghost In the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: Solid State Society on Blu-ray

Review First released in its native Japan in 2006, GITS:SAC:Solid State Society (to contract its convoluted full title) was not created for cinemas but as a feature-length original video animation (OVA) destined for TV broadcast and DVD sales. Ghost In the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: Solid State Society GITS:SAC:Solid State …
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Buy Smarter: what you need to know about... optical disc drives

Buyer's Guide Optical drive is the collective term for CD, DVD and Blu-ray readers, recorders and rewriters, the mainstay of swap-in-swap-out storage in notebook and desktop computers. At its simplest, an optical disc can load applications or play music or films, and at its most complex, in the form of a dual-layer, Blu-ray BD-RE disc, it …
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Sony outs Google TV set-top box

Update Sony's Google TV-based set-top box will go on sale next month. The NSZ-GS7 will be available to buy on 16 July. A version with a built-in Blu-ray player, the NSZ-GS9, will go on sale later in the year, Sony said, though it will arrive in the US first. Sony NSZ-GS7 Google TV box News of a European launch leaked in April in a …
Tony Smith, 25 Jun 2012
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The Beatles Yellow Submarine restored

Review Long absent from video stores, The Beatles' trippy 1968 animation Yellow Submarine has been painstakingly restored for its Blu-ray debut. With the original elements in a perilous state of decay, the movie has been meticulously cleaned and repaired frame by frame. The soundtrack has also had a 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio makeover. …
Steve May, 25 Jun 2012
Monty Python and the Holy Grail Blu-ray disc

Monty Python and the Holy Grail on Blu-ray

Review Round and round we go the video format bush. First you recorded it off the telly. Then you bought it on VHS. Finally, you acquired a perfectly brilliant version on DVD. And now, finally again, Sony Pictures has found yet another way for you to part with your money for the love of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Monty Python …
Alistair Dabbs, 11 May 2012
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Samsung outs Ivy Bridge notebooks

Two new 15.6in laptops are inbound from Samsung, each bearing an unannounced Intel Ivy Bridge processor, a third-gen Core i7 quad-core to be (a little) more precise. Samsung Series 5 550P Both members of the Series 5 550P family will also arrive with 8GB of memory, DVD-RW drives and 300Mbps (2x2) 2.4GHz and 5GHz 802.11n Wi- …
Hard Reg, 9 May 2012
Panasonic DMP-BDT320 3D Blu-ray player

Panasonic DMP-BDT320 3D Blu-ray player

Review Panasonic’s DMP-BDT320 is both fabulous and frustrating. Leading the brand’s mainstream Blu-ray brigade, and positioned as an understudy to the audiophile grade DMP-BDT500, it packs a towering performance into a chassis barely 27mm tall. It also comes with a new-style remote control that tries far too hard to be clever. …
Steve May, 25 Apr 2012
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Sony denies Netflix app to older Bravia smart TVs

Sony today heralded the arrival of Netflix on its Sony Entertainment Network, the content it provides through its smart TVs, Blu-ray Disc players, media streams and, of course, the PlayStation 3. That's good for Netflix subscribers with a PS3, but other fans of the video-on-demand service are stuffed unless they happen to own …
Tony Smith, 24 Apr 2012
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Sony whips out new optical mass storage format

Sony has seen commercial optical data archiving systems fail one after the other: from Blu-ray to DVD and HD DVD. But the firm is either learning from its mistakes or readying itself to make new ones as it launches yet another new proprietary optical disk archiving product and format. The announcement was made at NAB, the big …
Chris Mellor, 18 Apr 2012
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Lovefilm: video streaming outplays disc rentals

Lovefilm says it streamed more films and TV series than it rented DVDs and Blu-ray Discs during February. The Amazon-owned service even claimed that adding games into the mix failed to lift the rental tally above the number of videos streamed. With games included, the number of videos streamed topped the number of rentals by …
Tony Smith, 22 Mar 2012
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The Beatles' Yellow Submarine set to sail in 4K by 2K

The Beatles' Yellow Submarine is set to return in HD, with a digitally-restored Blu-ray Disc version of the 1968 animated classic set to hit the shelves this May. Pepperland will appear on screens like never before after specialists at Triage Motion Picture Services and Eque cleaned up the film's artwork by hand, frame by …
Caleb Cox, 21 Mar 2012
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High Court confirms 'cheap DVD' tax loophole will close

The English High Court has ruled that the government may close a tax loophole allowing online retailers to ship low-cost goods from the Channel Islands VAT free. Chancellor George Osborne said in November 2011 that the Low Value Consignment Relief (LVCR) provision would be abolished on 1 April 2012. The plan was challenged in …
Tony Smith, 16 Mar 2012
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Walmart offers $2 digital copies of your DVDs

US retail giant Walmart is to offer punters digital copies of each of their DVDs and Blu-rays for $2 (£1.27) a pop. Converting a standard definition title to HD will cost $5 (£3.18), the firm said. Every digital copy is delivered through Walmart's online streaming service, Vudu. Discs don't have to have been bought at Walmart …
Tony Smith, 14 Mar 2012
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Warner Bros boss moots 'disc-to-digital' scheme

Warner Bros wants you to trade in your DVDs for cloud-stored video files, the home entertainment's president has indicated - its latest method to persuade punters to buy rather than rent. Speaking at a Morgan Stanley tech confab in San Francisco this week, Warner Home Entertainment Group President Kevin Tsujihara outlined an …
Tony Smith, 2 Mar 2012
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Indiana Jones flicks out on Blu-ray this Fall

With Star Wars' Blu-ray and 3D conversions out of the way, Lucasfilm has turned to George's other creation: the Indiana Jones movies. All four will be coming to Blu-ray in the Autumn, distributor Paramount has said - a first for the first three films in the quartet and, some might say, the only ones worth watching. We …
Tony Smith, 1 Mar 2012
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Neat nanoparticles could bring 10TB disks

One of the Australian researchers behind a 2009 Nature paper outlining how optical media could reach 1.6 terabytes says Samsung has decided not to commercialise the technology, but has also published a new paper outlining how 12cm shinies could hit ten terabytes. Dr James Chon, Senior Lecturer at the Swinburne University of …

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