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E-books turn the page on mobile requirements
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12/21/1999   Post a comment
As mobile computing de-vices such as electronic books proliferate, it quickly becomes apparent that the requirements for such devices differ greatly from those of traditional portables, such as notebook computers.
E-book vendors gird for technical challenges
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12/21/1999   Post a comment
Despite the ease and cost savings of electronic communications when compared with traditional publication methods, the computer revolution has failed to make a dent in the overwhelming predominance of paper document production. Indeed, as Robert Faber, senior vice president at Softbook Inc. (Menlo Park, Calif.), explains in his contribution to this week's focus section on electronic-book design, computer-generated text combined with low-cost printers has only increased the use of paper.
Encoders afford rich digital video
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12/7/1999   Post a comment
Digital video recording promises consumers a rich new entertainment experience. In addition to digital alternatives to VCRs, video codecs-MPEG encoders and decoders-deliver on-demand television with instant replay and slow motion of live broadcasts.
Digital advances boost speakers
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12/7/1999   Post a comment
Advanced digital technology has almost remade the audio industry, raising the expectations of consumers and computer users so that the requirements for all equipment are converging on high-quality sound.
DVD puts playback of digital streams to test
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12/7/1999   Post a comment
Understanding how a DVD digital video player works can help designers implement a design and select components. Typically, a DVD player consists of three functional blocks: DVD drive, DVD decoder and system controller.
Universal player spans DVD-A, SACD
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12/7/1999   Post a comment
These are exciting times in the audio business. Consumers are facing another major change in audio disk technology, now that they've survived the shift in the late 1970s to digital technology and compact disks and then the birth of the CD-ROM market for PCs.
Dolby Digital delivers 3-D sound
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Most consumers agree that "surround sound," or audio that encircles all sides, significantly enhances the listening experience.
Mixed signals light home-entertainment scene
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Improvements in codec technologies, such as data conversion combined with DSP compression, have produced dramatic new possibilities for PC and consumer audio and video.


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