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Scientists Hack Blu-ray Player To Test For Salmonella

As much of the world migrates its movie needs from optical disks to hard drives, a team of chemists from Spain found a new use for a regular old Blu-ray player. They turned it into a cheap but functional medical device that could help the third world.


Holy Cow, $US200 Off Every Single James Bond Film On Blu-Ray, Today Only

Hang on to your martinis, Bond fans. Amazon has a completely wackadoo 67 per cent off sale on the Bond 50th Anniversary Blu-Ray box set. That’s all 23 Bond movies for $US99. But it’s today only, so get moving!


A Wireless Blu-ray Drive For Those With Ultra-Thin Laptops

They say you can’t have your cake and eat it too, and if you want an ultra-thin lightweight laptop, you have to say goodbye to a built-in optical drive. It’s a minor sacrifice made even easier to tolerate now that Pioneer is introducing an external Blu-ray/DVD/CD burner that connects to your Mac or Windows computers over Wi-Fi.


Researchers Find Way To Cram 1000TB Onto A Single DVD

Now that its bigger brother Blu-ray has stolen the spotlight, paltry 4.7GB DVDs have slowly started to fade into obscurity. But could they be poised for a comeback? A trio of Chinese scientists have discovered a breakthrough process that could, at least in theory, allow a DVD to store a whopping 1000TB — or a full petabyte — of data. Suck on that, Blu-ray.


Blu-ray Disc That Lasts 1000 Years Guarantees Caddyshack Lives On

They last a lot longer than the tape-based storage of yesteryear, but optical discs, particularly the type you burn at home, aren’t guaranteed to survive even a decade. So if you want to pass on that wedding video/holiday photos/copy of Caddyshack to your great-great grandkids, you’ll want to opt for Millenniata’s new 25GB Blu-ray compatible M-DISCs which are guaranteed to last at least 1000 years.


Samsung Australia 2013 Home Audio: Wireless Sound Bar, 7.1 Surround And Powerful Portable Speakers

It’s a strange feeling to spend the night in a hotel when you’re looking out over your own city. But there I was listening to the new digital audio line-up that Samsung first previewed at CES in January. The HT-F9750W 7.1 channel home theatre system; the HW-F751 vacuum tube Sound Bar; and the $299 DA-F61 portable Bluetooth speaker. Updated industrial design, warm sound and a distinct lack of wires are this year’s audio hooks. Here’s why that’s fine by me…


UltraViolet In Australia: Everything You Need To Know

The UltraViolet movie download service has been live in the US for almost two years now, and after all that time it’s finally coming to Australia. Here’s what you need to know.


Panasonic: Personal TVs, NFC Compacts And 4K Blu-ray Hands-On

Panasonic Australia’s 2013 Home Entertainment lineup includes even smarter TVs, wirelessly connected cameras and camcorders and quite a bit more.


Lunchtime Deal: Movie Sales At JB Hi-Fi, Big W And Target

Looks like a good week to update and expand your movie collection. There are Blu-ray and DVD specials happening at JB Hi-Fi, Big W and Target.


Will We Finally See A 1TB Optical Disc In 2015?

Compared to a CD’s meagre 700MB storage space and a DVD’s 5GB-ish capacity, a Blu-ray’s 25GB allowance is pretty impressive. But it doesn’t come close to a whole terabyte, and that’s what FujiFilm is planning to pack on an optical disc arriving in 2015.