Cameron Hints Debut of 3-D 'Avatar' Blu-Ray, Euro Windows 7 Gives Browser Choice
Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines....
- 3-D TVs definitely sound appealing, but consumers have to wonder if replacing their still relatively new flat screens is truly worthwhile, or, for that matter, monetarily feasible. James Cameron has supplied some incentive for those wary, potential 3-D TV shoppers with his recent announcement that a 3-D Blu-ray version of 'Avatar' should be released in November. The over/under on how long before it becomes the highest grossing 3-D Blu-ray of all time has been set for 30 seconds. [From: Engadget]
- Because of a European antitrust ruling, Microsoft was forbidden from including Internet Explorer as the default European browser for Windows 7. The company has now revealed its resulting "browser choice" screen, an aesthetically impressive page that includes a variety of assorted competitors from which to choose. The offerings listed on the released screen shot include Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera. [From: Engadget]
- Comcast subscribers are now automatically eligible for a sweet deal that provides 2 gigabytes of free storage space in order to prevent data loss from crashed drives or other errors. To initiate the program, Comcast high speed Internet users just need to sign in to their accounts, and then activate the online backup option. [From: CNET]
- Wordpress.com crashed yesterday, taking down almost 10 million blogs, including major ones produced by Tech Crunch and Technologizer. The site has fixed the issues, though, so millions of lonely, critical bloggers are now once again snarking comfortably in their socks and underwear [Edit. Note: Pot, meet Kettle.]. [From: The Next Web and The Telegraph]
- An overflowing crowd of proponents and detractors crammed into a New York federal courthouse yesterday to witness a hearing over Google's quest to create a universal, digital library. U.S. District Judge Denny Chin is presiding over the hearing, which is focusing on copyright issues, rights of ownership, and whether or not Google's proposed settlement with publishers and authors is fair. [From: CNET]