Netflix UK Inks Deal with Miramax

According the Guardian Netflix has inked a deal with Miramax films to exclusively stream films such as Pulp Fiction, Shakespeare In Love,  Gangs of New York and No Country For Old Men alongside some other dubious treats such as In Bed with Madonna and Godzilla vs. Biollante. Content deals like this are as much about [...]

Ubuntu 9.10 Desktop Edition Puts the User At the Heart of Its New Design

Canonical announced today the release of Ubuntu 9.10 Desktop Edition [Feature Tour], the latest version of the popular Linux desktop distribution. Ubuntu 9.10 brings changes small and large that all have a common purpose - to make Ubuntu the most user-friendly operating system available. Ubuntu 9.10 features a redesigned, faster boot and login experience, a [...]

Microsoft Simplifies the PC with Windows 7

Today Microsoft Corp. announced the worldwide availability of its new Windows 7 operating system. Windows 7 delivers on a simple premise: make it easier for people to do the things they want on a PC. The new operating system offers a streamlined user interface and significant new features that make everyday tasks easier and allow [...]

Microsoft Announces Availability of Internet Explorer 8

[youtube=] Today Microsoft Corp. announced the availability of Windows Internet Explorer 8, the new Web browser that offers the best solution for how people use the Web today. It can be downloaded in 25 languages at starting at noon EDT on March 19. Internet Explorer 8 is easier to use, faster and offers leading-edge security [...]

UPnP Specifications Named International Standard for Device Interoperability for IP-based Network Devices

UPnP Forum, the industry initiative designed to provide simple and robust connectivity among consumer electronics, intelligent appliances, computers and mobile devices from different vendors, announces that UPnP™ technology has attained worldwide recognition by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). In December 2008, ISO and IEC published an international standard [...]

TV Media Browsing Demand to Rise with Internet Video as Default TV Feature

A US consumer study into High Definition TV purchase drivers carried out by Oregan Networks™, an Internet TV software company and Micronas®, a leading supplier of innovative TV application-specific IC system solutions, has revealed that the ability to access the Internet from the comfort of the living room in parallel or in addition to watching [...]

U.S. Consumer Interest in Home Networking Migrates to Mobile and Portable Devices

A new study from international research firm Parks Associates finds consumer demand for networking features will drive the next wave of consumer electronics purchasing, particularly for imaging and mobile devices such as digital cameras, photo frames, and mobile phones. Digital Media Evolution, a new survey from Parks Associates, finds nearly 50% of U.S. broadband households [...]

As the Web Enters the Living Room, Consumer Electronics Browser Shipments to Reach 214 Million

The rise of IP-enabled consumer electronics products is fueling increasing demand for browsers and web-based user interfaces in these devices. ABI Research expects the number of web browsers embedded in consumer electronics devices such as digital TVs, game consoles, and set top boxes to grow from 60 million shipped in 2008 to 214 million by [...]