The Future of Gaming: Big Threats from Small Places

ouyaThe current and one of the longest running game console generations in history has faced many challenges. This generation of consoles has seen a high cost of entry, oversaturation of the market and lack of exclusive content to really set the industry players apart.  The new generation that we’ll be seeing soon faces all of the same challenges, plus a few more.  The most obvious hurdles are the inability to justify new and more powerful hardware when the current generation does everything we need it to as well as the distinct lack of innovation and new features. Continue reading

Review: iTunes Match

itunes-match-logoJust recently I had the chance to sit down and use iTunes Match, Apple’s cloud-based music service that was launched a little over a year ago. The concept behind iTunes Match is pretty simple, for $25 per year iTunes will scan your entire music library (up to 25,000 songs), allow you to download high-quality versions of any music it matches to the iTunes store and upload your anything it can’t match for your listening pleasure on other devices. Yes, that’s right – your CD rips and Napster collection from 2000 can be converted to high-quality 256 kbit/s DRM-free AAC audio and you can even keep anything you’ve downloaded once the subscription expires.

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Article: Windows 8 and the Home Theater PC

With the official consumer launch of Windows 8 just a few days away, there will no doubtbe a deluge of media bashing the release and some of the more controversial changes that have been made. Whether it’s justified or not, it has always happened with every new OS launch for as long as I can remember. Rather than critiquing the new OS as a whole, I’m more interested in what it means for a somewhat neglected and niche product – Windows Media Center and the Home Theater PC in general.

In my first article on Vintech, I’m doing to dive into that very topic and hopefully provide some insight on what I feel will be the future of Media Center and the Home Theater PC.

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