US movie industry denies TorrentSpy.com theft claims
The US movie industry has denied claims that it paid a hacker to steal information from TorrentSpy.com, a prominent BitTorrent search engine.
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) described the allegation that it offered $15,000 for information stolen from the website as 'baseless'. ...more
CeBIT 2007 video: Lamborghini laptops, Asus smartphones
Asus might be known for supplying a huge range of systems, components and peripherals, but even so, seeing it all in one place is still a surprise.
Not only was Asus exhibiting its well-known range of Lamboughini-branded laptops, a huge number of motherboards and a new, watercooled 8800 GTX graphics card, but PC Pro also has a sneak peek at its new range of Windows Mobile 6 smartphones.
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Labels pressure eMusic to increase prices
A number of independent record labels are threatening to withdraw their music from the eMusic download store unless it rethinks its pricing model.
According to US industry magazine Billboard, at least six labels plan to either pull their entire repertoire or limit content to back-catalogue recordings.
'We've been partners with eMusic since the very beginning, and it is a great way for our customers to discover music,' the head of one of the labels, who asked not to be identified, told Billboard. ...more
Comment: Apple switch to Intel a smart decision
Apple Computer's decision to switch its PC and server product lines from IBM's PowerPC to Intel's x86 microprocessor family is a smart decision that will allow the company to improve the competitiveness of its mobile computing products, iSuppli believes.
The company said it will begin introducing Intel x86-based Macintosh PCs and servers in 2006, and will migrate its entire line to Intel microprocessors by 2007. Apple did not divulge whether it will continue to design its own PC core-logic chipsets or if it will employ Intel chipsets along with Intel processors. ...more
World Cup spurs BBC's HDTV schedule
The BBC is scheduling high-definition television (HDTV) broadcasts to begin mid-2006 - make that 'just in time for the World Cup'.
The corporation has announced that 'highlights of its schedule' will be made available in high-definition format to selected digital satellite and cable viewers. It will also be tested on digital terrestrial TV in London. ...more