Microsoft has been tight-lipped about the "Albany" product that it has just started testing, but ZDNet blogger Mary Jo Foley hears it might be a consumer bundle that includes Windows Live OneCare, Office Live Workspace, and Office Home and Student Edition.
The product, which apparently also goes by the name "ValueBox" may be an attempt to beef up the consumer version of Office amid stepped-up competition from Google Docs and other free and online competitors.
It strikes me, though, that Microsoft may be looking at ways to protect the Home and Student version of Office, a … Read more
For some reason, the only TV cabinets that aren't black or silver are often limited editions that come at a premium price even when they're just white. And more often than not, they come only in pink.
That makes no sense when there are outfits that will do custom paint jobs on just about anything for a fraction of the cost. A service called "Hu" from the Home Technology Store is trying to fill that need not just for custom-color TV sets but all their home theater accessories, including speakers, amps, and even brackets, according to … Read more
Jeremy Kipnis' $6 million home theater caused quite a stir back in February; so much so that he's now proposing guidelines for others to build a dream home theater for a mere 1 percent of his original price. Kipnis didn't recommend much in the way of specific brands or models of equipment, just the design goals for a $60,000 ultimate home theater.
Here's a brief rundown of what you would need to get close to the performance of Kipnis Studio Standard:
All of the speakers must be identical.
The six or seven-channel layout must be completely … Read more
Pandigital, which is making a name for itself in the digital photo frame market, is branching out into kitchen televisions. As part of the upcoming International Home and Housewares Show in Chicago, the company will be showing off a new 15-inch LCD HDTV that can display digital photos and act as a digital cookbook.
Here are the highlights and specs from the news release:TV's resolution is 1280x720. Preloaded recipes are included. Plus, additional recipes can be copied onto the frame's internal memory. Copy digital photos onto the frame's memory via the memory card reader or by … Read more
Back in December, Microsoft dutifully notified the (few) people using its Windows Home Server software that a bug in the product could corrupt files.
Typically, when Microsoft posts a bulletin outlining specific problems in its products, as it did in this case, a fix is usually right around the corner.
Not so for Windows Home Server. According to a bulletin posted this week, the bug will not be fixed until June, when the company posts a patch. That means, in essence, Windows Home Server will be on the market for a year before the fix comes.
When certain programs such … Read more
If we hadn't just ruined it in the title, we could have made a snappy joke out of the Denon AVP/POA-A1HD. "What has two boxes, takes two people to lift and costs as much as a car?" But the AVP/POA-A1HD is no joke--it's Denon's outrageously high-end home theater system, and we really want one.
The A1HD comes in two exceptionally substantial components. The first is simply a pre-amp that costs 5,000 pounds, or about $10,025, and the second part is a a power-amp that goes for the same amount. The pre-amp … Read more
HD DVD is dead. But does that mean Blu-ray is the one and only high-def option? If so, what's the best Blu-ray player to buy? Or will HD downloads be the next big thing?
Don't have the answers? No worries: I'll be taking all of your Blu-ray and HD home theater questions during our weekly CNET Ask the Editors chat session. To take part, bookmark the link below and drop by on Thursday, March 6 at 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET: