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Al Griffin Posted: Feb 10, 2003 0 comments
Competition in the computer business has heated up over the past few years, with companies slashing prices to the bone in order to move product. You can now get a PC with a speedy processor and huge hard drive for only $399, and they'll undoubtedly cost less than that by this time next year. What's a forward-thinking computer company to do?
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Greg Tarr Posted: Feb 10, 2003 0 comments
Illustrations by Jack Gallagher Whether you think the transition to digital television (DTV) broadcasting made a lot of progress in 2002 will depend on whether you tend to see water glasses as half empty or half full. Sales of high-definition digital televisions (HDTVs) gained momentum as prices dropped.
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HT Staff Posted: Feb 10, 2003 0 comments
Long known as a leader in digital audio and video technologies, Meridian Audio Limited has taken digital signal processing (DSP) into a new realm with the introduction of the DSP420, an "architectural" in-wall speaker that applies the British manufacturer's expertise to the problems of built-in designs.
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Posted: Feb 09, 2003 0 comments

Michael Fremer wires up the <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/showarchives.cgi?87">Cambridge SoundWorks Newton Series T500 surround speaker system</A> and sits down to a full schedule of movies and music. MF reveals that the Cambridge engineers had their audio hearts in <I>most</I> of the right places.

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Barry Willis Posted: Feb 09, 2003 0 comments

Telecommunications conglomerate SBC Communications may be next in line to attempt an acquisition of Hughes Electronics' DirecTV satellite television service, according to several reports the first week of February.

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HT Staff Posted: Feb 09, 2003 0 comments
Showtime Networks has announced that it will "substantially increase" its high-definition programming for 2003, with sports events, movies and many of its original series airing in the digital format.
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Feb 09, 2003 0 comments

As noted in a number of British journals in early February, including <A HREF="http://www.newscientist.com">New Scientist</A> (February 6, 2003)&mdash;reports brought to our attention by <I>SGHT</I> contributor J. Gordon Holt&mdash;scientists at the UK's National Physical Laboratory (NPL) have developed a new super-black coating that is said to reflect less the 0.35% of the light that strikes it, an absorption efficiency about seven times better than black paint. The coating can be put on materials ranging from metals to ceramics.

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Executives from four major television networks are backing a legislative tax proposal that would help minority companies first entering the broadcasting arena.

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Feb 08, 2003 0 comments

<I>Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Max von Sydow, Lois Smith, Peter Stormare, Tim Blake Nelson. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 (English, French), DTS 5.1, Dolby Surround 2.0. Two discs. 146 minutes. 2002. DreamWorks Home Entertainment 89989. PG-13. $29.99.</I>

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Steven Stone Posted: Feb 08, 2003 0 comments

For such a tiny projector, the new Plus Piano Avanti HE-3200 has an absurdly long name. The HE-3200 is the next step up the Plus line from the Piano HE-3100, which I reviewed in the December 2001 Guide. For an additional $600, you get more features, greater setup flexibility, and maybe even a better picture.

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