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TECHNOLOGY by Marauder
November 9, 2009, 11:37 AM
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Theatres equipped with RealD’s 3D cinema technology brought in over half of the total box office or nearly $16 million for “Disney’s A Christmas Carol” shot in Disney Digital 3D, according to the company. The movie, which stars Jim Carrey as Scrooge, earned an estimated $31 million during its opening weekend. (Cynopsis 11/9)

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In a bid to sell living room electronics and spur buzz for “Cloudy with A Chance of Meatballs,” Sony Corp. is offering the movie for free to U.S. buyers of its Internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players starting Monday. (AP11/8)

The studios have put the screws to Redbox and Netflix in order to get them to take new releases at a later date. Redbox has sued many of the big studios but Netflix is taking a different tack. During the company’s most recent earnings call, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings acknowledged the impact that cheap rentals were having on DVD sales and said that “if we can agree on low enough pricing for delayed rental, it could potentially increase profits for everyone.” (Paidcontent11/6)

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Retailers are offering huge discounts to entice holiday shoppers as demand for PCs falls amid a global economic slump. Some companies are offering as much as 30% off some models in a sudden panic that follows months of steady growth. The Wall Street Journal (11/14)

Reed Hastings says versatile controllers like the one used by the Nintendo Wii are pointing the way for next-generation TVs. Speaking at the NewTeeVee Live conference, Hastings said better, more engaging interfaces were needed to help make Internet-powered video an integral part of home-entertainment systems. CNET (11/13)

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Netflix customers purchased all of its set-top boxes for streaming movies from the Internet to television sets on stronger-than-forecast demand, says CEO Reed Hastings. Netflix, the largest U.S. mail-order movie service, is pressing supplier Roku to increase production. (Iwantmedia 6/10, http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601204&sid=a5AgcGMmW1z4 6/9)

GameStop recently announced that the company will stop selling Microsoft Zune digital music players. Brookstone and CarToys also have stopped selling the devices, or will do so once their inventories run out. (MSNBC/American City Business Journal/Puget Sound 6/8)

Microsoft‘s Robby Bach described Windows Mobile as the dominant smart phone platform saying 20 million compatible devices should ship using the software this year alone. He also defended the Zune and its new playlist-sharing site Zune Social, which has grown to 2 million members. Regarding the Xbox 360, one of Toshiba’s charter partners in now defunct HD DVD, he said there was “no plans” to switch to the Blu-Ray platform anytime soon. (Cynopsis 6/10)

With its second version of a home-theater audio system, Sony has added two-zone with wireless as well as optional wireless surround-sound speakers, 1080p HDMI inputs and other new features. Sony plans to ship the HT-IS100 Bravia Theater Micro System next month at $699. (TWICE 6/9)

Sony’s HT-IS100 consists of five “golf-ball-size” speakers and a hideaway floorstanding subwoofer/electronics module.

Hewlett-Packard has taken the wraps off the Voodoo Envy 133 laptop, which measures just a bit more than half an inch thick and weighs in at under 3.5 pounds. The laptop, which starts at $2,099, features a removable battery and the ability to boot up in less than five seconds. (CNET 6/10, The Wall Street Journal 6/10)

H-P’s new Voodoo Envy 133 laptop is taking on Apple’s MacBook Air.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against LG Electronics in its fight to force third-party users of its technology to obtain a license of their own. The court said LG did not have the legal right to exhibit control over the “downstream” use of a patent that has previously been licensed to a manufacturer. (ClipSyndicate/Bloomberg 6/9, The Wall Street Journal 6/10, Los Angeles Times/Associated Press 6/10)

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