“Back To The Future” Trilogy Head To Blu-Ray.

Back To The Future trilogy

Back To The Future trilogy

“Back To The Future” Trilogy Head To Blu-Ray For 25th Anniversary.   Great Scott! The “Back to the Future” trilogy is finally hitting the present-day best way to view movies at home: on high-definition Blu-ray. The set, featuring all-new bonus materials, are set to hit stores October 26th for the film’s 25th anniversary. The “Back to the Future 25th Anniversary Trilogy” features all three “Back to the Future” films restored for the best quality picture and sound for the new Blu-ray set. The set also includes more than two hours of brand new bonus features, including an all-new retrospective featuring interviews with Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Steven Spielberg, and more. Other special features include deleted scenes, Q&A commentaries, storyboards, outtakes, behind-the-scenes featurettes, photo galleries, music videos, and more. It even features a look at “Back to the Future: The Ride,” the hit attraction at Universal Studios theme parks worldwide. Of course, the “Back to the Future 25th Anniversary Trilogy” will feature all the interactivity Blu-ray offers, including U-Control features like trivia while you watch the movie and storyboard comparisons. My Scenes allows viewers to bookmark their favorites, while pocketBlu gives iPhone, iTouch, Blackberry and other uses increased interactivity for using their Blu-ray.”Back to the Future” has been named one of the greatest movies of all-time by Empire readers, one of the Best High School Movies by Entertainment Weekly, and one of the Top 10 best Sci-fi Movies of all-time by the American Film Institute. The “Back to the Future 25th Anniversary Trilogy” will also be released on DVD.

NME Breakthrough to invest £1,000 in band with ‘most fans’ – join now

NME is a British weekly music magazine.

NME is a British weekly music magazine.

A grand will come for free for the band who sign up 500 fans the quickest.  The first band to sign up 500 fans to the new NME Breakthrough supported by Blackberry service before May 24 will win £1,000. NME Breakthrough supported by Blackberry is the new community where artists and fans unite. If you’re a music maker, it’s easy to create a profile, add music, videos and photos and then invite people to become your fans.   The new service allows bands and users to upload their music and videos onto profiles on NME.COM for other users to listen to.  Acts who upload their music will have the chance to feature in NME magazine’s Radar section and on the NME.COM Radar Blog, with Radar editor Jaimie Hodgson scouting the network for the best new musical talent. There will also be opportunities for acts on NME Breakthrough supported by Blackberry to play live at NME events, and also to bag a live slot at this year’s Lovebox festival in London, which takes place on July 16-18. Head to NME.COM/breakthrough to sign up 

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Arctic Monkeys, The Smiths, Klaxons and Oasis were all introduced to the world via the pages of NME, while in recent months we’ve given Pete Doherty a lift home from prison in our car, inadvertently made Noel Fielding cry in the middle of an interview, and exclusively broken the news of Blur’s reunion before anyone else.

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HTC Motion-Sensing Smartphones

The HTC Legend Performs Every Task at the Wave of a Finger

The HTC Legend Performs Every Task at the Wave of a Finger

The initial temptation is to compare the HTC Legend with the HTC Desire, after all, they were announced side-by-side at Mobile World Congress a month back and they share a very similar set of features. However, this would be terribly unfair, as the Desire occupies a different space in HTC’s range and would undoubtedly come out on top in terms of on-paper performance. No, when looking at the Legend, the thing to do is to compare it with the HTC Hero, the phone which it’s set to replace. The Hero is one of the best Android powered smartphones available, making it a tough act to follow, so does the Legend live up to its not-so-modest name? Becoming a Legend.

The Hero used a 528MHz Qualcomm processor and had 512MB ROM and 288MB of RAM to help it along its way, but the Legend hits the scene with a speedier 600MHz Qualcomm chip, the same 512MB ROM but 384MB RAM onboard. When you remember that the HTC Desire uses Qualcomm’s 1GHz Snapdragon chipset, you’ll begin to see why it wouldn’t have been a straight fight!The Legend also packs the latest v2.1 build of Google’s Android operating system, bringing with it Microsoft Exchange support, Bluetooth v2.1, those cool live wallpapers seen first on the Google Nexus One, plus a variety of performance tweaks too.

This is one area where the Legend is tough to beat, as this is one good-looking phone! The body is made from one piece of aluminium, with the addition of rubber/plastic endplates and a gorgeous 3.2″ capacitive touchscreen. It may have the same 320×480 pixel resolution as the Hero, but the Legend’s screen has been upgraded to become an AMOLED item. This returns stunning performance with bright colours, sharp detail and deep blacks.

The old trackball seen on the Hero and the Nexus One has been replaced with the same optical trackpad as on the Desire, plus there are four hardware buttons below the screen for Home, Menu, Back and Search control. On the left side is the volume rocker and on the top, the on/off/sleep key, but other than that, nothing spoils the sleek finish of the Legend.

HTC’s Sense plays a big part in the Legend’s visual impact, as the homescreens pop out at you as soon as you wake the phone up from sleeping, plus in addition to being considerable eye-candy, Sense is very practical too. This latest version adds Friend Stream, a program which collects all your social networking updates into one handy stream, and Leap, which offers an expanded overview of all your homescreens, plus all the varied widgets and homescreen additions found on previous versions.

What Else Can it Do?

•Connectivity. This is a top-end smartphone, so we have 3G with 7.2Mbps HSDPA and 2Mbps HSUPA, along with Wi-Fi, A2DP Bluetooth v2.1 and Assisted GPS.  The Legend uses the newly approved universal microUSB connection for charging and there is a 3.5mm headphone port on the top edge. •Widgets. HTC have given a generous helping of standard widgets including an alternative analogue clock, a photo album, a picture frame, bookmarks for quick browser access to your favourite websites, a Facebook and Twitter widget, an RSS news widget, HTC’s own Footprints app, a handy calendar and many more. •Scenes. These allow further customisation of your homescreens, allowing you to create different homescreen setups depending on what you’re doing i.e. a work-specific Scene may have multiple clocks, a comprehensive calendar and email close to hand, all laid over the least intrusive wallpaper, while a weekend Scene will have a small calender, Friend Stream, live wallpaper and your music player. •Web Browser. The fast browser is really fantastic! The WebKit-based program handles Flash video as standard, with the 10.1 update coming soon too, plus speed-dial style bookmarks and details on your most visited sites. Also take a look at the text reflow, which changes the formatting of text when you zoom in to match the screen orientation, so you have to do the minimum of scrolling to read the screen. •Social Networking. Aside from the aforementioned Friend Stream, you have widgets for Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Google-related networks.
•Messaging. SMS and MMS messages are present and correct, plus Microsoft Exchange support, Gmail and most other webmail accounts too.

This is a 5megapixel camera with its lens found top-centre on the rear of the phone, next to an LED flash. Both autofocus and geo-tagging are supported, along with VGA video shooting.
•Application Store. Where would an operating system be without an app store!  Android users can access the Android Market, where there are many free and pay apps ready for download.
•Multimedia. The standard MP3 player handles your music, the video player is happy with MP4 and AVI videos, plus there is a YouTube application too.
•Memory and Power. Underneath the removable base panel you’ll find access to the battery, SIM card and a microSD card slot.  Anything up to 16GB is accepted by the microSD card port, while the battery is quoted as returning around 560 hours standby and 6 hours talktime in 3G mode.
•Any Other Differences with the Hero? The Legend is lighter at 126 grams and slimmer at a touch over 11mm, plus it has an FM radio.

Any Downsides?
•Multi-touch. The HTC Legend supports multi-touch and uses it in several different areas, including Leap, but it doesn’t work in the mapping software yet.
•The Chin. Love it or hate it, the Legend’s chin may be smaller than the Hero’s, but it’s the one part of the design which will split opinion.

The Desire may grab the headlines thanks to its processor and massive screen, but it’s the Legend that we can see being used as an everyday phone by every type of person.  It’s just so customisable that it won’t matter whether you want to use it for business or pleasure, as it can adapt to either in a moment. We loved the Hero, but the Legend’s aluminium body, Android 2.1 and AMOLED screen may just have won over our fickle heart.

NME launches new music community Breakthrough

Featured Artists at NME Breakthrough The

Featured Artists at NME Breakthrough The

NME Breakthrough supported by Blackberry –  The new service allows bands and users to upload their music and videos onto profiles on NME.COM for other users to listen to. Acts who upload their music will have the chance to feature in NME magazine’s Radar section and on the NME.COM Radar Blog, with Radar editor Jaimie Hodgson scouting the new service for hot new musical talent. There will also be opportunities for acts on NME Breakthrough supported by Blackberry to play live at NME events, and a live slot at this year’s Lovebox festival in London, which takes place on July 16-18. David Moynihan, NME.COM editor, said: “NME Breakthrough supported by Blackberry is a step for us in providing a channel for artists and our users to connect with each other. Our website and magazine play a key role in keeping our audience informed with the latest news and expert reviews, and this new social networking platform is giving our users direct interaction with bands.  “It also acts as an important medium for bands to listen to what their fans want, through a simple rating feature. In addition, we are going to offer amazing opportunities on the site; the rewarded artists will perform at an NME Radar event as well as a key festival this summer.” See NME.COM/breakthrough for more information and to sign up.

SIRIUS XM Radio Now Available on BlackBerry

Scott Greenstein,

Scott Greenstein,

SIRIUS Satellite RadioSIRIUS XM Radio Now Available on BlackBerry . SIRIUS XM Radio (Nasdaq: SIRI) today announced the availability of a free application for BlackBerry(R) smartphones, giving consumers access to over 120 channels of sports, talk, entertainment, news, comedy and commercial-free music on compatible models of the popular BlackBerry devices –the BlackBerry Storm(TM), Bold(TM), Tour(TM) and Curve(TM). The free SIRIUS XM App for BlackBerry gives mobile consumers the freedom to listen to SIRIUS XM’s Premium Online content on the go on their BlackBerry smartphones over cellular and WiFi networks.  “SIRIUS XM makes it easy for BlackBerry users to discover entirely commercial-free music and enjoy audio entertainment they will not find anywhere else,” said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SIRIUS XM. “We are truly excited to launch the SIRIUS XM App for BlackBerry, giving millions of discerning mobile consumers the ability to take our superior Premium Online programming with them on the go.”   SIRIUS XM App for BlackBerry provides subscribers to SIRIUS or XM Premium Online who own compatible BlackBerry devices the ability to access exclusive sports talk and entertainment programming from SIRIUS XM’s satellite radio service. Exclusive programming includes MLB Home Plate, SIRIUS NFL Radio, NHL Home Ice, PGA TOUR, Mad Dog Radio with Chris Russo, CNN, Fox News Talk, NPR, The Foxxhole channel presented by Jamie Foxx, Blue Collar Comedy Radio, The Virus featuring Opie & Anthony, Playboy Radio, Rosie Radio, Oprah Radio, and Martha Stewart Living Radio.

SIRIUS and XM Premium Online subscribers can listen to commercial-free music featuring exclusive programming from SIRIUS XM’s satellite radio service, such as Bob Dylan’s Theme Time Radio Hour and Tom Petty’s Buried Treasure. Premium Online subscribers can also hear a broad array of 24/7 artist-branded music channels such as The Grateful Dead Channel, Eminem’s Shade 45, Jimmy Buffett’s Radio Margaritaville, “Little Steven” Van Zandt’s Underground Garage and Outlaw Country channels,

B.B. King’s Bluesville, Willie Nelson’s Willie’s Place, Elvis Radio, Siriusly Sinatra, and Metropolitan Opera Radio. In addition, Premium Online subscribers have access to more than 70 commercial-free music channels, such as, dance channel BPM, new country music channel The Highway, and indie rock channel SIRIUS XMU.
Also available to Premium Online subscribers are exclusive showcase channels that feature multiple plays of exclusive programming from SIRIUS XM’s satellite radio service, including such acclaimed shows as Rosie Radio, The Jamie Foxx Show, specials from Blue Collar Comedy and Raw Dog Comedy, selections from the Artist Confidential series, and selections from exclusive live SIRIUS XM music performances, including pop, rock, hip-hop, country, jazz, and more, available for the first time on compatible BlackBerry models. Click Here to get SIRIUS merchandise

Google Voice is headed for Blackberry and Android handsets

iphone_googlevoiceGoogle Voice is headed for Blackberry and Android handsets, potentially turning smart phones into your hub for managing voice mail, all your contacts, and making low-cost phone calls, according to reports surfacing on the Web today.  The news, which by early this morning hadn’t yet officially been posted on Google’s own Voice blog, could be huge for mobile phone users who will be able to take advantage of all the cool features included in the Google Voice service. It also has the potential to irk wireless carriers by turning them into essentially “dumb pipe” providers, as Om Malik points out in a blog post. The Blackberry and Android applications were privately demonstrated yesterday by the creator of the original mobile application, which was originally called GrandCentral before being acquired in 2007 by Google, according to the GigaOM blog. The imminent release of the new applications was also reported on Google Voice’s Twitter page early this morning, promising that more details about the releases would come today. The Google Voice application for Blackberry and Android handsets will reportedly allow you to:

* Play voice mail messages from your Google Voice account

* Send and receive SMS messages, bypassing wireless carrier fees

* Read and store transcripts of voice mails

* Allow you to save money on long distance phone calls

Calls initiated from your cell phone using Google Voice are carried over your wireless carrier’s network and are not VoIP calls, according to reports. Late last month, Google began sending out a limited number of invitations for users to sign up and try Google Voice. You can still send in a request for the service.  So How Does it Work? The details of how Google’s Voice app will work on a mobile device are still unclear. Here is how I think it will likely work. First, let me outline how Google Voice works on the desktop.  To initiate a call using Google’s desktop Google Voice service, you have to visit your Google Voice account page and punch in a number you want to call. Next, your phone rings and then the second party’s phone rings and you’re both connected. The phone call is free and carried over a PSTN network connection (not over the Internet). With Google Voice’s mobile apps, all you do is launch the Google Voice app on your phone and use program’s keypad to dial the phone number you want and Google automatically connects the call from your handset to the call recipient. The call is seen as an inbound call to your phone by your wireless provider, so you still have to pay for airtime (depending on your contract) but you would not have to pay extra for a long distance wireless call. Check out what Verizon Wireless charges for long distance calls to get an idea on the potential savings.Google Become Your Personal Switchboard Operator These pending new developments certainly make Google a potentially bigger player in the wireless marketplace, on top of its inroads into search, operating systems, online office suites and more. Will we soon see an electric car from Google? When will we see a Google sponsorship decal on the next manned NASA space mission? Never say never. Yes, details are sketchy so far. But the implications are very interesting for users. This will have money and technology behind it, and if it works as planned, the big mobile phone carriers will likely want to ink some deals with Google so they can stay in the game. If Google shuts them out — wireless carriers may thwart Google’s mobile app aspirations. For consumers, a wireless turf war on the handset for functionality spells competition, innovation, and (fingers crossed) lower prices for services. This could be very cool.

New music services wow cellphone users

mobile20phone20userAfter Apple’s hit iPhone revolutionized the mobile music scene, a slew of new services are being rolled out around the world by major cellphone makers who believe there are huge possibilities on the horizon.
Mobile phone giants Nokia, Blackberry and Sony Ericsson all turned out in force at this year’s MIDEM, the music industry’s biggest annual event, to promote their latest offers in hopes of cutting a slice from Apple’s dominant share of the music market.

Nokia’s user-friendly “Comes With Music” (CWM) service, which the world’s premier handset giant launched in Britain in October 2008, was one of the first out of the starting blocks.

With unlimited use and downloads of the service’s four million tracks, it sets the bar high.

“2009 will be a very, very big investment for us in music,” Nokia senior executive Tero Ojanpera told a MIDEM conference this week, saying the group planned to launch the new service in Singapore and Australia in first quarter 2009, then in Europe.

Sony Ericsson was quick to follow with three key new improvements to its latest mobile music offer, PlayNow, which the group claims can help fight the massive problem of illegal downloads.

Blackberry, whose recently launched its Blackberry Storm is proving a hit with users, is also determined not to be left behind. The US smartphone leader is adding a host of new applications, including music and links to social online communities attractive to younger users.

With one billion handsets sold every year, industry leaders at MIDEM highlighted the crucial role that music downloads play.

“You only have to look at Japan, where 90 percent of all digital music sold is downloaded on to phones to see what a mobile download market can be,” said former chairman and CEO of the EMI Group, Eric Nicoli.

But aside from Asia, mobile phones have failed to deliver the promised riches that both the telecom and music industries hoped for a few years ago.

“The mobile market has not broken through as everyone expected,” Elizabeth Schimel of Nokia told a workshop organized by the Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF) here.

MEF values the global entertainment market at around 25 billion dollars in 2008 and estimates half of all digital music sold goes via mobile phones.

Up until now, the high cost of music-enabled phones has been an obstacle but now Nokia hopes its new models are priced to match the pockets of the key 18-35 market.

In Britain, for example, customers can choose between a 40-pound (58 dollars, 42 euros) monthly subscription to its new music service, or buy a Nokia phone that comes with a free 12-or 18-month music subscription included in the price, depending on the telecom operator.

While early consumer feedback in Britain to the new Nokia service has been upbeat, “it’s also a good learning curve for Nokia,” Nokia’s Dave Williams told AFP.

Sony Ericsson, which launched its Walkman phone a few years ago, brought its “Play Now Plus” unlimited subscription service to Sweden before Christmas.

This new service, along with the group’s new “a la carte” “Play Now Arena” music download service, will also be gradually rolled out across other markets around the world, Sony Ericsson’s Victor Fredell told AFP.

Sony Ericsson includes a track recognition feature that means users can identify a song and download

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