Mark Fleischmann

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Oct 29, 2009 0 comments
Nintendo's Wii video game console has become the latest platform to get video streaming service from Netflix.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jun 27, 2011 0 comments
When Apple extended iOS from the iPhone and iPod touch to the iPad, skeptics scoffed at the idea of porting the operating system for handheld devices to a tablet computer. Now Apple practically owns the tablet market. Rumor has it that the next step will be an iOS-powered TV.

Granted, this is only the latest prediction among many that Apple would move into the TV set market.

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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: Jun 29, 2006 3 comments
"Unlike pressed original CDs, burned CDs have a relatively short life span of between two to five years, depending on the quality of the CD," said Kurt Gerecke, a storage expert at IBM's German outpost, in an interview with Computerworld. Closer to two for off-brand cheapies, he added. Other estimates vary. I regularly use a CD-R of test tracks burned in 1999. Whatever their validity may be, these warnings apply only to dye-based recordable CDs. Prerecorded CDs are more durable (if they weren't there'd be riots) though no one really knows how long they will last. More bad news: Hard drives are also vulnerable. Their Achilles heel is the disc bearing, a mechanical part that wears out over time. Magnetic tape can last 30 to 100 years, according to Gerecke, though I recall some audiocassettes that didn't last a decade. Fortunately there's a hot new medium that freezes music forever in unchanging grooves of black plastic. The disc is read with a diamond stylus suspended in a web of magnets and can last a lifetime (or more) if treated carefully. It plays on all devices in the format, completely free of DRM. This format of the future is called VINYL. See tomorrow's blog for more details!
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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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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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