Blue Microphones unveil the Snowball USB mic

Gerald Lynch Digital Music, Home audio, Musical Instruments, Peripherals, Tech Digest news 2 Comments

Blue Microphones have today announced the release of their Snowball USB mic. Ideal for podcasts, Skype conversations or home recording, the microphone costs £89.95, available from Solutions-Inc. Thanks to a dual capsule design and three-pattern switch (cardioid, cardioid with -10db…

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Final of Intel Studio fast approaching

Duncan Geere Digital Music Leave a Comment

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For the past six months or so, Intel, in conjunction with record label KIDS, has been running an unsigned bands competition. The site, at www.intel.co.uk/studio, allows bands to upload their songs, and people to rate the music that bands have already uploaded.

The top bands each month have been be invited to play live in Camden at the (lovely but expensive for drinks) Proud Galleries. The winning band each month is entered into the final, which takes place at Proud Galleries on the 3rd December. The prize is a record deal with KIDS.

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Dell launches Studio 15 and Studio 17 notebooks – cheap and very cheerful

Daniel Sung Computers, Laptops / Notebooks 3 Comments

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Dell has launched a new range of notebooks to continue its progress with reasonably priced products that also have style in mind. “Studio” laptops are designed to sit between the advanced XPS and more basic Inspiron machines and have borrowed features of both.

They come with either a 15.4″ or 17″ screens…

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Paramount and Dreamworks go exclusively HD DVD: Disney, Fox, MGM try hitting back for Blu-ray

Andy Merrett Blu-ray, HD DVD

blurayhddvd.jpegTwo Hollywood studios who had previously been supporting both Blu-ray and HD DVD high definition disc formats yesterday announced that they’ll support HD DVD exclusively from now on.

The decision was made based on “extensive evaluation” of the current market offerings, plumping for HD DVD because of its “market-ready technology” and lower manufacturing costs.

CEO of Paramount Pictures, Brad Grey, said that this decision by the two studios would bring a critical mass of current box office hits to consumers, with a line-up perfect for HD DVD.

Though no other studio has swapped format, Disney, Twentieth Century Fox, and MGM, all reaffirmed their commitment to Blu-ray, promising many more titles with greater interactivity — something that the format still lags behind HD DVD on thanks to technical limitations of the original Blu-ray specification.

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