Follow-up from last week
- Computer Telephone Industry of America (CTIA) calling for universal cell phone charger.
News This Week
- The 1 Billionth application has been downloaded from the iTunes app store. Big prizes for the winner.
- 37 million iPhone/iPod Touches have been sold to date.
- To iPhone or not to iPhone? Discussing the merits of waiting for iPhone 3.
- What’s the origin of the iPod name? You’d be surprised.
Main Topic: Death of Blu-Ray
Is this really worth it? With the emergence of movies-on-demand, how long will optical discs be around?
Devices that stream movies-on-demand to your home that are available now include:
- Mac Mini or Apple TV?
- XBOX 360 w/NetFlix
- Roku Digital Video Player w/NetFlix and Amazon Video-on-Demand
- PlayStation 3 w/PlayStation Network for movies and TV shows
THX says Blu-Ray is dead. Does that mean no Star Wars in HD? Spinning disc may need to go the way of flash memory before most consumers contemplate replacing their DVDs with their HD equivalents.
What’s the future of the optical disc for music? When’s the last time you bought a CD at a record store?
Did you ever play Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon while watching The Wizard of Oz? This was not just a coincidence.
Nerd Word of the Week
- Triskaidekaphobia – people afraid of the number 13.
Movie Quote of the week
- Okay no problem. Here’s my second plan. Back in the 60’s, I had a weather changing machine that was, in essence, a sophisticated heat beam which we called a “laser.” Using these “lasers,” we punch a hole in the protective layer around the Earth, which we scientists call the “Ozone Layer.” Slowly but surely, ultraviolet rays would pour in, increasing the risk of skin cancer. That is unless the world pays us a hefty ransom. – Dr. Evil, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery