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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Sep 25, 2014 1 comments
Consider the humble headphone jack. Whether it welcomes a big quarter-inch plug or a mini-plug, it is the nearly universal analog interface for headphones great and small. Apple is trying to change that with an addition to its Made for iPhone spec. Apple-friendly headphones will use the company’s new Lightning connector to receive 48-kilohertz digital stereo input, or 48-kHz mono for headphones with integrated mikes. Lightning headphones dubbed Standard will include a DAC, while those dubbed Advanced will add DSP and features such as active noise cancellation.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Mar 31, 2008 0 comments
Blu-ray will take 29.4 million more homes by storm by the end of the year, say researchers. Blu-ray is doomed, says the chief scientist of THX. Who to believe?
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: May 22, 2007 0 comments
TV station owners are worried that a lack of convertors may let analog sets fade to black after the transition to digital television.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Feb 24, 2010 0 comments
One of LCD's key weapons in its competition against plasma is LED backlighting, which provides superior black level reproduction compared to old-school CCFL (fluorescent) backlighting. But don't count CCFL out just yet. A new type may enable it to hold onto the lower end of the LCD market.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Oct 05, 2009 0 comments
Comcast and NBC are in merger talks, according to The Wall Street Journal.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jun 24, 2008 0 comments
If Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) walks by, be sure to tip your hat and say "thank you!" She's the member of Congress who introduced the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (or CALM) Act in the House of Representatives. The law, if passed, would take aim at blaring TV ads that are noticeably louder than the programming in which they appear.
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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Jun 20, 2005 0 comments
A new bill introduced by Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.) entitled the "Spectrum Availability for Emergency-response and Law-enforcement to Improve Vital Emergency Services Act" - otherwise known as "The SAVE LIVES Act" - will, if passed, directly affect the on-going Digital TV transition and the impending analog broadcast cut-off date. The proposed legislation assigns a hard cut-off date of January 1, 2009 - the point in time when the nation's television over-the-air broadcasters will be required to begin using the digital TV spectrum which has been assigned to them and return the spectrum they've been using for analog broadcasts.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jul 30, 2007 0 comments
"Train wreck" and "digital disaster" were just a few of the words being flung at the DTV transition in Congress last week. Analog television broadcasting is scheduled to end on February 18, 2009. And elected representatives are fretting that some analog-TV viewers may not have gotten the memo. Since those who watch also vote, they deem this a problem.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Feb 09, 2009 0 comments
EchoStar, the owner of the Dish Network, is accumulating debt from the recently merged Sirius XM Satellite Radio Inc., according to The Wall Street Journal. The newspaper speculates that this "could be the first salvo in an attempt to take control of the battered company," either inside or outside of bankruptcy.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Oct 30, 2009 0 comments
It's been just three months since the completion of the DTV transition and the Federal Communications Commission is already thinking of violating the agreement it made with television broadcasters when they switched from analog to digital broadcasting. In a classic case of robbing Peter to pay Paul, the FCC is thinking of taking back some DTV spectrum and reallocating it to wireless broadband.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Apr 25, 2011 2 comments
A clash is shaping up between DTV broadcasters and other potential users of their spectrum. Broadcasters are getting ready to defend the spectrum they received in the DTV transition which concluded in 2009. But some in the federal government say much of that spectrum that would be better used for expanded cellphone networks and a new generation of wireless internet service.

What The New York Times describes as "an old media vs. new media lobbying battle" is now underway.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: May 28, 2010 0 comments
Now that the Federal Communications Commission has granted limited use of selectable output control to the entertainment industry, the "window" structure of video releases may be in for radical change. Video providers are more likely to offer hot movie titles via video on demand before disc release. But two clouds lurk on the horizon. The VOD will be very expensive to consumers. And it may antagonize theater owners.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: May 16, 2011 0 comments
Unnamed sources cited by a little-known publication assert that Apple's iPad 3 will be 3D capable. It would be totally irresponsible to pass on this kind of unsubstantiated rumor.

Mea culpa.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Apr 17, 2007 0 comments
The iPod may about to go wireless, if reports from Taiwanese component makers are to be believed.
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According to research just released by <A HREF="http://www.strategyanalytics.com">Strategy Analytics</A>, manufacturers will increase worldwide shipments of set-top DVD players by 300% this year, while retail revenues across the three major regions (US, Europe, Japan) will rise by 220%, to $7 billion. SA says that this year's market is being driven by the launch of DVD-based games consoles, and that DVD recorders will fuel the momentum from 2001 on.

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