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UltraViolet: DRM by any other name still stinks

First major outing of Hollywood's UltraViolet digital streaming effort shows the scheme for what it really is: DRM all over again, and a way to make you pay for content over and over, too.

By March 16, 2012


How a Zune tablet could beat Apple and Android

Microsoft might be shelving the Zune player, but a well-executed Zune tablet could be a game changer.

By March 30, 2011


Report: Microsoft to nix Zune branding

New reports say the company is in the process of phasing out its Zune brand in favor of placing its parts into other ongoing company efforts.

By February 15, 2011


Will Hollywood's 'UltraViolet' plan replace the DVD?

A group of film studios, consumer electronics companies, software makers, and ISPs say they are offering consumers an easier way to store, view, and access content. Critics say it's PlaysForSure all over again.

By January 5, 2011


CES: Tablets, connectivity, and in 3D (week in review)

Going gaga for gadgets in the desert, while Facebook basks in new valuation. Also: are the DVD's days numbered?

By January 7, 2011


RIP: PlaysForSure 2004-2007

Microsoft concedes, as many predicted, that its Zune strategy can't happily coexist with a program designed to promote others' devices and services.

By December 13, 2007


PlaysForSure officially dead

Microsoft is getting rid of the PlaysForSure brand used to identify compatible digital media devices and services and is rolling the requirements into its Certified for Vista program.

By December 12, 2007


Jobs comes out swinging against Android, tablets

Steve Jobs makes a surprise appearance on Apple's earnings call and tries to answer critics and competitors regarding competition with Android, Google, and potential tablet makers.

By October 18, 2010


What should Ballmer do with Zune?

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is taking a more direct role overseeing consumer products. Here are some suggestions on how to turn the troubled Zune brand around.

By May 28, 2010


Hands on with Kia's new voice command

CNET Car Tech takes a look at Kia's new voice command feature.

By January 7, 2010