Windows 7 Might Block Third-Party Video Codecs

Something we love about Windows 7 is that it has much better native codec support, like H.264 and AAC. But the price might be high: It looks like Windows 7 might block third-party video decoders. » 3/26/09 3:20pm 3/26/09 3:20pm

Giz Explains: Everything You Wanted to Know About DRM

Condensed explanation: Digital rights management is a corporate pain in the ass that stops you from doing whatever you want with music and movies in the name of fighting piracy. But there's more to it. » 12/19/08 12:00pm 12/19/08 12:00pm

Windows Media Player 11 Is Useful: It Cuts WoW Load Times By Up to 50…

Windows Media Player 11 discovers a purpose in life—how awesome is that? (Seriously, who actually uses it for anything?) Apparently, European forums started reporting last month that running WMP 11 in the background noticeably cuts World of Warcraft load times, especially in stickier areas, though American slackjaws… » 12/21/07 1:20am 12/21/07 1:20am

Venzero LINQ mini Has Wi-Fi Streaming From Windows Media Player 11

Never mind that the LINQ mini has only 1GB of flash memory—the thing can stream music directly from Windows Media Player 11, giving it essentially unlimited (or at least PC-levels of) storage if you're hooked up to Wi-Fi...on the LAN. Why is this cool, again? » 9/20/07 7:20pm 9/20/07 7:20pm

Venzero Linq Combines Wi-Fi Internet Radio With Video Playback

Venzero's black-sheened players have always looked good, which is why the Venzero Linq looks so promising. Besides having the standard MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC, OGG, JPEG and MPEG4 playback, it also supports Wi-Fi streaming from internet radio stations and your Windows Media Player 11 on a PC. That means you don't need to… » 8/23/07 3:00pm 8/23/07 3:00pm