Category Archive: Variety – Technotainment

Lost finale sets BitTorrent record

The “Lost” finale may not have set a ratings record, but pirates absolutely loved it. TorrentFreak, a news site that covers the file sharing industry, reports the May 23 finale has broken all… Continue reading

iTunes gets even stronger

Two years ago, Apple became the biggest retailer in the music industry, knocking Wal-Mart off its perch. Since then, there hasn’t been a lot of digging into how big the company has become.… Continue reading

What excites consumers when it comes to 3D?

3D is coming to the living room – we all know that. TV manufacturers are making certain of it. But what do consumers want from it? Software company Roxio asked over 2,000 consumers… Continue reading

Now Best Buy has a streaming media service, too

When Wal-Mart purchased Vudu in February, it was really just a matter of time before other big box stores launched their own streaming media services. Now Best Buy is joining the race.  The… Continue reading

Appeals court takes wind out of Tivo’s sails

Tivo’s March court victory over EchoStar may be short-lived. A U.S. Appeals Court has granted the parent company of Dish Network a rehearing on the battle over the long patent dispute between the… Continue reading

3D expands its broadcast footprint

Another broadcast outlet is adding a 3D channel – and this one’s big. Comcast has announced it will have ESPN 3D up and on the air in time for this year’s World Cup.… Continue reading

The Africa Channel goes high def

The Africa Channel, a five-year old cable channel that showcases Africa-centric and originated programming, is expanding its footprint. The cabler has announced plans to launch a high definition version of the network on… Continue reading

eReaders: And then there were three… or is that four?

Amazon has one. Barnes & Noble has one. Now it’s Borders’ turn. The Kobo eReader, which has the full backing of the Borders book chain, has set a release date. The device will… Continue reading

Analyst: No iPhone for Verizon this year

There were a lot of surprised gasps this year when Apple announced the iPad’s 3G service would be provided by AT&T. Then there were a few more when the low monthly cost of… Continue reading

So much for Microsoft’s tablet – and maybe HP’s, too

Want a sign of how strong the iPad is? The device, which releases its 3G version Friday, has caused Microsoft to blink – and cancel its plans for a tablet device of its… Continue reading