Stories by Martyn Williams

Porn industry poised for new HD video format

It is often said that the adult industry is at the forefront of new technologies. It was credited with driving initial consumer acceptance of VHS and DVD and was a pioneer in online video streaming. But in the battle over disc formats for high-defini...

Sony places its bet on SXRD projector technology

Sony is betting that a micro-display technology that it developed will give it the same edge in the projector TV market as its Trinitron technology has given it in the traditional CRT (cathode ray tube) market, one of the company's senior executives ...

Studios pledge high-definition movies by year-end

When it comes to high-definition video discs, movie fans finally have something more to look forward to than a format battle. Three major Hollywood studios and hardware makers backing the HD-DVD format committed on Thursday to releasing players and h...

SanDisk adds USB connection to SD Card

SanDisk has developed an SD (Secure Digital) memory card that includes a built-in USB connector so the card can be directly plugged into a computer, it said on Friday at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

Hitachi plans big boost for small drives

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Inc. (HGST) is planning to at least double the capacity of its 1-inch Microdrive hard-disk drive within this year, the company said Tuesday as events ahead of the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) began...

Thomson to back Blu-ray, HD-DVD formats

Thomson, one of the core backers of the Blu-ray Disc format for high-definition video discs, plans to offer players supporting the rival HD-DVD format and disc duplication services for both formats, it said Friday.

Update: Lenovo to buy IBM's PC business

China's Lenovo Group has signed a definitive agreement to acquire IBM's personal computing division. Lenovo will pay $US1.25 billion (AUD$1.6 billion) in cash for the business, which is expected to transform it into the world's number three PC maker...

Lenovo confirms talks with 'major' IT company

China's Lenovo Group has confirmed - in an announcement to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange - that it is in talks with a major international IT company regarding an acquisition. The other party was not named. The announcement comes amid reports that Leno...

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