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On the move!

Over the next few days we are going to be moving our site to a new home. There maybe be some down time during the move but we’ll aim to keep this to a minimum.

Once we are back up and running on our new server we’ll let you know. Please bear with us until then. We will still be posting regular news and reviews.

Let us know if you see any problems!

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DivX, Inc. Names Kevin Hell as CEO

Following on from our earlier post regarding DivX support for PS3 here is some more DivX news:

DivX, Inc. today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Kevin Hell as DivX’s new Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board, effective October 31, 2007.

Commenting on the CEO appointment, Jordan Greenhall, the Company’s Chairman of the Board, stated, “Kevin is a strong leader with a distinguished track record who has been leading our consumer electronics licensing business for over five years. Coupled with 20 years in the industry, Kevin is the logical choice as CEO for DivX as it refocuses on opportunities in several key product markets. The entire Board looks forward to working with Kevin as he moves into his new role.”

“DivX is a great company, and I believe we are in a strong position to emerge as the de facto standard for high-quality digital video across any device,” commented Hell. “I appreciate the vote of confidence from our Board of Directors, and I am excited to lead our team forward as we focus on three key market opportunities: growing our licensing business, launching our new DivX Connected platform, and expanding our content solutions.”

Hell, 43, has served as the Company’s Acting Chief Executive Officer since July 2007. Between 2002 and 2007, Hell held a number of management positions within DivX including Chief Marketing Officer and Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer, the Company’s CXO for Partners and Licensing, and President. Before joining DivX in 2002, Hell served as Senior Vice President of Product Management for Palm Solutions Group, a handheld solutions company, as well as Vice President of the Connected Home division and Vice President of Corporate Strategy at Gateway, a personal computer manufacturing company. Prior to Gateway, Hell worked with the Boston Consulting Group in Los Angeles focused on high-technology and entertainment. Hell received an M.B.A. from The Wharton School, and a master’s degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

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DivX Technology to be Added to PS3

The rumoured DivX support within the PS3 is now official. Check out the press release:

DivX, Inc. today announced that DivX® video technology will be integrated into PLAYSTATION 3 (PS3) from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE). The popular computer entertainment system will be added to the ecosystem of devices that currently support DivX video playback. To date, over 100 million DivX Certified products have been shipped into the market, and it is anticipated PS3 will significantly expand that number.

“We are excited to work with Sony Computer Entertainment to bring DivX to PS3,” said Kevin Hell, CEO of DivX, Inc. “Our technology will expand the multimedia functionality of PS3 by enabling users to enjoy access to the broad library of content in the DivX digital media format.”

Products that bear the DivX Certified logo have undergone a rigorous testing program to ensure a high-quality DivX media experience that includes reliable video playback and excellent visual quality. DivX is working currently to certify PS3 and deliver a superior digital media technology to consumers in the near future. Current PS3 end users will be able to add DivX functionality to their systems via a seperate system software update at a forthcoming date. PS3 game title developers will be able to utilize DivX’s decoder technology by updating the system software of PS3’s Software Development Kit to version 2.00, which was released by SCE on November 2nd.

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Asus M530w (Aries) unboxed

The Asus M530w (aka Asus Aries) is another attractive looking device from Asus. This is a Wondows Mobile 6 standard (Smartphone) device, so no touchscreen, but is backed by a powerful 416Mhz CPU, and 256MB ROM! You’ll also notice 3G and HSDPA standards are supported and there’s even a front-facing VGA camera for video conferencing.

Despite that impressive feature set the Asus M530w wont break the bank costing just Price: £195.74 (Ex. VAT) at Devicewire.

Once again I’m in the middle of reviewing this device and will have something online for you soon. Here’s the unboxing video for you:

Asus M530w unboxed

Asus M530w Specification:

  • Windows Mobile 6.0 standard
  • 416Mhz 32bit Intel XScale PXA270
  • GSM900, GSM1800, GSM1900, UMTS2100
  • 2.4″ LCD screen with backlight, 320 x 240
  • 64MB RAM, 256MB ROM
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • 2.0mp camera
  • Front-facing VGA camera
  • Wifi: 802.11b, 802.11g
  • Built-in QWERTY keyboard
  • microSD card slot
  • WiFi: 802.11b/g
  • Dimensions: 65 x 117 x 13.8mm
  • Weight: 135g with battery
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