This new take on optical drives comes from a collaborative relationship between Hitachi and LG. Like most optical drives we're used to, they function as CD, DVD, and Blu-Ray readers/writers but these drives also have the ability to store data in flash memory. More specifically, Micron's 25nm NAND flash memory which currently sits at 64GB or less. The physical size of the drive is 12.77mm making it a good fit for a slim tray.
Hit the break to decide is these new hybrid drives have any merit.
Most TV watched is still on TV but over the past several years we have seen significant growth in the Internet-based television programs and movies currently offered by services such as
Netfilx and Hulu. Hulu Plus is set to make its debut this fall but it stands at a few disadvantages that it must confront if the joint venture is to be a success.
Hit the break to find out more about Hulu Plus and Google TV.
No matter how good your cell service providers is, at some point in your relationship mistakes will be made. I have had wrongful charges from Sprint, some iPhone users had massive charges from AT&T and now 15 million Verizon Wireless customers are experiencing the same. That doesn't mean it's the end of the world however. Shockingly, companies make mistakes but how they remedy those mistakes is what really matters.
Hit the break to find out how Verizon Wireless might make amends.
T-Mobile's USA Chief Network Officer Neville Ray seems to think 4G networks are just not important, but if T-Mobile were do have to choose, they'd pick LTE.
We'll look towards LTE at the right point in time for us. That ecosystem is going to be much richer than the competing one from WiMax, which is really a niche play.
Fourth-generation networks promise average download speeds of about 10 megabits per second, compared with 1.7 megabits per second for 3G.
For why Ray thinks this way, follow the break.
Lawsuits are fun and if anyone knows that, it's the smartphone industry. This week we have Microsoft filing suit against Motorola for patent infringement. They are claiming 9 patents are infringed through Motorola's implementation of Android on their current line of smartphones.
Motorola and Microsoft were partners for many years, with Motorola making many second-tier Windows Mobile handsets, like the Motorola Q series. Motorola's love with WinMo has waned in recent years and their focus has shifted to second-tier Android phones instead.
Hit the break for more on the lawsuit.
Virgin Media announced this week that they will be launching the first ever commercially available 3D digital TV on-demand service and they are calling it "3D Movies on Demand". It will be available in the UK for those who are Virgin Media TV customers with a 3DTV and those users will be able to choose 3D movies from Virgin's already extensive range of programs.
For more on 3D Movied on Demand, hit the break.