You’ve got to give Sony full marks for effort: despite the fact that Betamax has been a running joke for about two decades, the company is only officially killing the dead format just now.
Remember a few years ago when Blu-ray battled HD-DVD in the high-def DVD format war? Sony and Blu-ray ultimately won out, but there was a time when the electronics giant wasn't as successful in getting its way.
Solar power in America is nothing new — Californians were heating water with it back in 1908 — we've just generally ignored it since WWII. Powering the Dream, by Alexis Madrigal explains how we managed to squander this energy for nearly 75 years.
Looking back on it now, the first time I truly felt the need for a note-taking app was when I started researching note-taking apps. I was just looking for a simple tool to save ideas about upcoming articles or jot down an occasional to-do list.
In January 1985, the phone rang. The caller announced that he was Orson Welles and that he wanted to have lunch with me. Thus began one of the most extraordinary and bittersweet adventures of my life.
You think you enjoyed Blu-ray vs HD DVD? Memory Stick vs SD? Pshaw! You haven't seen a format war until you've witnessed the betrayal and bloodbath that was Betamax vs VHS.
Formats never truly die, but their eras always have a few painful stages of decline. First, there's the arrival of a promising new competitor, then its steady rise, which is invariably followed by a mourning period and the final purging of last-gen products from the market. The last stage of obsolescence for of the…
Don't deny it: you love TV. In case you've forgotten how much, take a peek at this clip from a 1975 Sony promotional video for the very first Betamax, the LV-1901 (apparently, it came with the system). It will remind you how home video recording not only freed us from "the restrictions of time" but from houseguests…
Digital Playground, an adult movie producer (for those of you pretending not to know), claims that they can only release their features on HD DVD discs since Sony will not allow XXX content on Blu-ray.
LG officially announced it will develop a dual-format Blu-ray and HD DVD player, and analysts are saying that the company plans to launch the much-rumored device this fall. John Taylor, a US spokesman for LG, said