A New DVD Format WarWritten by Roger Faraway
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are two competing high capacity DVD technologies, HD-DVD (High Definition DVD) and Blu-Ray. HD-DVD works by using multiple layers on a single disk, and its main advantage is its low production costs. Blu-Ray is technically superior – it uses blue laser light instead of red light used by existing players. This blue light has a smaller wavelength, and so pits that it creates on surface of DVD to encode data, are smaller. Smaller pits means more pits in same space, which means higher capacity. Blu-Ray can store more information than HD-DVD, but presently is more expensive to implement. When Blu-Ray is combined with multi-layering technology behind competing format, it will see capacities rise to as much as 200 Gigabytes. Existing DVDs hold only 4.7 Gigabytes.
The battle will most likely be won by format that gets most support from big Hollywood studios – nobody is going to opt for a DVD standard with a small catalogue of titles. With Blu-Ray being backed by likes of Hitachi, HP, and Sony (who own MGM studios), it would appear to have edge. Hollywood however, is remaining non-committal, afraid of backing a losing horse. For now then at least, formats are caught in something of a chicken-and-egg situation. As has been case so many times in past, only time will tell which format will come out on top.
Roger Faraway is the Technical Director at http://www.dvdgopher.co.uk - a popular site offering more than 25,000 DVD titles and a large selection of DVD hardware.
NextWest NextMobility Delivers PBX Extension Features to Remote Cell Phones AnywhereWritten by NextWest Phone Systems
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Components of NextMobility solution include connecting a 30, 60 or 90 port NextIPS server chassis to PCXi PBX, NextMobility software and either T1, PRI or E1 board (s). The NextMobility solution is ideal for field salespeople or field service personnel that want to ensure they never miss a customer call via their cell phone and can still utilize features of PCXi PBX such as conferencing, voice mail access, or using extension dialing to reach other workers in headquarters PBX or anywhere in VoIP connected network.
NextWest’s PCXi IP PBX delivers a fully-integrated solution whose standard features is considered options on other systems and may be unavailable altogether on many VoIP systems. Standard features include auto attendant, automatic call distribution, caller ID, interactive voice response, fax on demand, voice and fax over IP, unified messaging, least cost routing, voicemail, conferencing, built-in music on hold and call and message screening.
About NextWest, Inc.
NextWest, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of IP-based business telecommunications and contact center systems. The company’s fully-integrated, IP and converged communications systems help small to mid-sized businesses, government agencies and other organizations to meet their changing telecommunications needs. With cost-effective solutions that are flexible, scalable, reliable and easy to manage, NextWest delivers uncompromising quality and features resulting in fast and quantifiable ROI. NextWest, Inc. is headquartered in Tucson, AZ., with offices in Dallas, TX and Atlanta, GA. For more information please call 1-877-446-6398 or visit our web site at www.nextwest.com
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