Standards, formats, protocols. There are thousands of them! Probably! I've never counted, I've always been too buys slamming my head against a wall. But you know what? Even the road to gadget compatibility hell is paved with good intentions. Right before it's repaved with terrible, pigheaded greed. [xkcd]
Need further proof Microsoft will never adopt Blu-ray, as you clutch your HD DVD drive to your chest and sob for Microsoft's halcyon HD format days? Xbox 360's UK director Stephen McGill has reiterated the future is digital downloads.
VHS, floppy disks, cassettes, laserdiscs—they're all included in these brilliantly hipster posters and t-shirts. Wear your ironic love for a dead format on your Helvetica-laden chest!
Earlier this week, Steve Jobs said quite confidently that alternatives like H.264 have already made the lion's share of web video available to devices that don't support Flash. This chart shows why he's probably right.
Blu-ray Discs are getting a step-up, after the Blu-ray Disc Association announced two new specs for the format—BDXL, and IH-BD. There's bad news however—you'll need to buy a new player/recorder to use the 128GB discs.
Fighting back against the downloaders, a new music file format by the name of MusicDNA has been introduced by the people who created the MP3, which will bundle a heap of bonus content with the music file.
The most interesting about the iMovie update that dropped yesterday is that "improves compatibility" with camcorders using the iFrame video format. The iFrame video format, you say? Why yes, it's a new video format from Apple.
Technology always helped bring the listener closer to the music. Progressing from wax tubes, to records, to cassettes, to CDs, each jump has benefited the music fan. But maybe it's gone a bit too far.
Click to viewThe bad news is, we have discovered a Leopard-related issue that may very well throw a monkey wrench into your Time Machine. Anyone trying to use Time Machine with a previously PC-formatted drive could be at risk. The good news is, there is an easy—albeit none-too-obvious—fix. Here's the dilly-o:
With an easy mod to your Zune software, you can hack the suite so it will recognize all kinds of different video and audio formats. Why would you want to do this? Because even though you can pre-convert, say, DivX to WMV for your Zune, the suite re-converts them again for optimization before syncing.
Oho! Sony's finally let fly with what formats the 1080p-capable PlayStation 3 will be able to support. Will it play the bare minimum of MP3s? Will it go above and beyond and play back DivX? Can you watch your iTunes movies on it?