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Sony finally decides it's time to kill Betamax

Father Time has claimed another victim as Sony recently revealed plans to cease production of Betamax cassette tapes next year. For most, the news here isn’t that Sony is pulling the plug on Betamax media but that there’s still a…

Get with the Times: These 9 Devices Might Be a Waste of Your Money

Sometimes it pays to buy slightly older devices in place of tempting deals on newly released tech. But that approach to buying electronics can only take you so far. As today's gadgets become ever more powerful and multi-purpose, there are some product categories that are nearing outright extinction and would make for silly purchases. Before you consider buying any of the items on this list, think long and hard about whether such a device is not a waste of your money.

Researchers convert DVD drive into blood analysis machine

A group of researchers from the School of Biotechnology at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm have converted a standard DVD drive into a laser-based microscope that can perform blood analysis. The optical drive can be used to analyze…

Redbox raising DVD rental fees by 20 percent

Daily DVD rentals from Redbox will soon cost users 20 percent more per day. Starting Monday, the price for a single day DVD rental will be increased to $1.20, up from the even dollar that they have been at for…

DVDs, Blu-rays still more popular than streaming

Consumers are still choosing DVDs and Blu-ray Discs (BDs) to watch movies over all other digital video options combined. Over the past three months, 77 percent of consumers reported watching a movie on a DVD or BD and they did…

Updated DMCA legalizes jailbreaking, DVD ripping and more

In a landmark decision, the US Library of Congress has added several critical exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), legalizing cell phone jailbreaking and more. The changes come at the behest of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and…