Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Online Movie Pioneer Sues Apple, Google!!

A U.S. pioneer in online movie distribution is suing Apple, Google and Napster, charging they infringed on its on-demand online-movie patent.The Santa Monica, Calif., company, founded in 1996 to distribute movies on demand through cable and phone lines for viewing on televisions and personal computers, shut down operations in 2002, but still has Taplin and a secretary on staff.Taplin, a former film and TV producer, wants unspecified damages for the Web sites' alleged infringing on his August 2005 patent that covers commercial distribution of audio and video over the Internet, court papers say.Intertainer claims irreparable harm and also asks the court to prevent Apple Inc., Google Inc. and Napster from using Intertainer's technology.The three companies declined to comment on the lawsuit.

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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

VIA Announces EPIA Mini-ITX Plx86 Consumer Electrical!!

VIA Technologies announced the VIA EPIA EX-Series Mini-ITX mainboards, the first of VIA's compact platforms to feature the new VIA CX700M2 system media processor. Powered by the highly efficient 1.5GHz or fanless 1.0GHz VIA C7 processor, the VIA EPIA EX has an average operating power consumption of just 13.6 watts.

Specifically designed for the fast-growing x86-based consumer electronics market, the VIA EPIA EX mainboard features full consumer I/O, including ports for composite, component and S-Video, S/PDIF audio, and onboard connectors for LVDS and DVI displays, with USB2.0 and IEEE1394 peripheral connectivity, full featured SATA II RAID, and 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet for seamless broadband connectivity, with a Gigabit Ethernet option.

The VIA EPIA EX also boasts the VIA CX700M2 advanced system media processor, an all-in-one digital media IGP chipset integrating the VIA UniChrome™ Pro II 2D/3D graphics core and an extended array of high end video and audio technologies, including hardware decoding acceleration of MPEG-2/-4 and WMV9 video, a built-in HDTV encoder up to 1080i, 720p output, and VIA Vinyl Multi-channel HD audio for a richer listening experience.

Combining such a range of leading-edge features and the richly integrated VIA silicon platform onto an ultra compact mainboard reduces the need for add-in cards and compatibility testing, greatly reducing time to market and significantly lowering the total cost of development for SIs and OEMs.

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