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A More Efficient Solar Panel Can Be Made With Old Blu-ray Discs 

Yes, a Blu-ray copy of Police Story 3: Supercop was destroyed for the sake of science. It turns out that the nanostructure of Blu-ray disc makes them especially well-suited to soaking up light — exactly what you’d want with a solar panel.


A Blu-ray Disc Player On Your Car's GPS Is Probably Not A Good Idea

There’s just one thing that could make your drive to work less agonizing when the GPS is telling you there’s no way around the endless traffic: access to your Criterion Collection Blu-ray discs. Or at least that’s the scenario Panasonic is envisioning now that it’s including Blu-ray players on its satellite navigation units.


Your X-Men Movie Collection Will Never Look As Good As This One

The traditional way to display one’s collection of DVDs and Blu-ray movies is to whack them on a conveniently-positioned bookshelf, preferably in a public space where friends can admire your dedication to the slowly-dying medium of physical discs. But movies aren’t books. They should be on a movie-shelf. Or if it happens to be your collection of X-Men films, this glorious contraption.


Sony Crams 3700 Blu-Rays' Worth Of Storage In A Single Cassette Tape

Stupid hipster 80s fetishism notwithstanding, cassette tapes don’t get much love. That’s a shame, because magnetic tape is still a surprisingly robust way to back up data. Especially now: Sony just unveiled tape that holds a whopping 148 GB per square inch, meaning a cassette could hold 185 TB of data. Prepare for the mixtape to end all mixtapes.


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…