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NEC develops MP3, AAC mobilechip

NEC Electronics will soon begin mass production of a new chip that will allow mobile telephone handset makers to integrate MP3 and AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) music player functions.

UDO replacing MO faster than expected

Sales of UDO (Ultra Density Optical) discs and drives are going well and the format is replacing MO (Magneto Optical) technology faster than expected, the president of technology developer Plasmon said in a recent interview.

BenQ to launch HDD media player this year

Taiwanese hardware maker BenQ is planning to launch a new hard-disk drive-based digital media player later this year, the company said at the Ceatec Japan 2004 exhibition on Friday.

Pioneer, JVC develop hybrid DVD-RW/ROM

Pioneer and Victor Co. of Japan (JVC) have developed a hybrid DVD disc that features both rewritable (RW) and read-only data storage areas, they said this week at the Ceatec Japan 2004 show.

Sanyo shows prototype HD-DVD player

Sanyo Electric unveiled a prototype player supporting the next-generation optical disc format HD-DVD at the Ceatec 2004 show as it got under way in Japan on Tuesday.

Sony shows multi-channel Tivo-like machine

Sony will begin selling in Japan in November a combination personal computer and video server that can record up to seven channels of television simultaneously, it said Tuesday at the Ceatec 2004 exhibition in Japan.

Microsoft, file phishing, spamming lawsuits

Microsoft and filed one joint and several separate lawsuits on Monday against companies and individuals accusing them variously of trying to defraud consumers by imitating Amazon and Microsoft, the companies said Tuesday.

Samsung sticks hard-disk drive in new phone

Samsung has stuck a hard-disk drive in its new mobile phone. The handset was unveiled at the ITU Telecom Asia event in South Korea and is the first mobile phone of its kind in the world, the company says.

MPEG4, Microsoft's VC1 added to Blu-ray Disc standard

The Blu-ray Disc Association has added the MPEG4 and VC1 video codecs to its specification for prerecorded Blu-ray Disc media, it said Wednesday. Blu-ray Disc is one of two formats vying to become the de facto optical disc standard for high-definitio...

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