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  • Vudu offices burglarized and customer info stolen

    Usually when customer info is snatched up by a ne’er-do-well, it’s done digitally. Video streaming service Vudu, however, was the victim of an old fashioned burglary on March 24th of this year when someone broke into its offices and stole hard drives with customer data on them. According to an e-mail sent out to users today, those HDDs “contained customer information, including names, email addresses, postal addresses, phone numbers, account activity, dates of birth and the last four digits of some credit card numbers.” Thankfully, the full CC numbers aren’t kept by Vudu, but all the same, the service is giving affected accounts AllClear ID protection for free for one year. Vudu’s also requiring users to reset their passwords today — despite the fact that the passwords on the stolen drives are encrypted — to ensure that everything will be safe and sound moving forward.

    [Thanks, @steveymacjr and everyone who sent this in]

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    Source: Vudu forum, Vudu

  • Akamai demos Hyperconnected Living Room second-screen concept at NAB

    Companion apps are nothing new, but while they can serve up bonus material for a TV show or medal counts for the Olympics, they can’t see exactly what you’re watching and display relevant information in realtime. Akamai’s Hyperconnected Living Room concept demoed here at NAB aims to enhance the dual-screen experience by both pushing out on-demand movies and other streaming content and bringing related info to your slate, exactly when you’d expect to see it.

    Akamai says it cooked up this demo especially for NAB “to get people thinking about the possibilities” of a second-screen experience. Those possibilities, if you haven’t guessed, generally require you to open up your wallet. When Mission Impossible was playing on the big screen, pricing for a character’s sunglasses popped up on the tablet. During a basketball game, we were prompted to buy tickets for an upcoming game. Depending on what you’re watching, you may also see trivia from IMDB or links to players’ stats.

    To connect an iPad to the service, an Akamai rep simply signed into the web-based interface on both the TV and the tablet (though the service is generally compatible with any web-connected device). Once linked, the tablet can function as a remote for pausing and selecting content to stream, and users can personalize what ads and info they receive by providing details such as age, location and even clothing size. If you can’t watch Mad Men without wondering where to buy Don Draper’s fedora, you’ll be all over the video demo below.

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  • Crucial M500 SSD review round-up: 960GB at $600 is cheapest in class, available now

    DNP Crucial M500 SSD review roundup 960GB at $600 is cheapest among peers, available now

    Crucial‘s budget-friendly yet high-capacity 2.5-inch M500 SSD has finally cropped up for sale today, as have the reviews of it from the usual enthusiast sites. While it’s still not exactly low-cost, many applaud the fact that the company’s $600 960GB drive is the cheapest near-1TB model you can get on the market. It uses Micron’s 20nm MLC NAND flash, a SATA 6 Gb/s controller and is the first to implement the new 128Gb MLC NAND die. According to Benchmark Reviews, it certainly bests its m4 predecessor with peak speeds that reach 500 MB/s read and 400 MB/s write, with 80,000 IOPS in operational performance.

    Both TweakTown and Anandtech concur that it’s not quite as fast as its closest competitor, the Samsung 840 Pro, but as Anand Lai Shimpi said in his review: “If you need the capacity and plan on using all of it [960GB], the M500 is really the only game in town.” TechnologyX, however, gives the nod to the 480GB model, if only because it’s about $200 cheaper if you’re willing to compromise on space. Crucial also offers the M500 in 120GB and 240GB for $130 and $220 for those with smaller wallets. If you’re keen to see the full breakdown on this tiny wonder, head on over to the sources to judge for yourself, or just click on the Crucial link below to get your own.

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    Source: Benchmark Reviews, Tweaktown, Anandtech, TechnologyX, Crucial

  • Panasonic prices and ships its first media streamers, newest Blu-ray Disc players

    Panasonic prices and ships its first media streamers, newest Bluray Disc players

    Don’t look now, but Panasonic has just gone public with pricing and availability information for its inaugural line of streaming media players. Announced a few months back at CES, the 3D-capable DMP-MS10 is shipping today for $79.99, offering up VIERA Connect (for easy integration with older Panny HDTVs), inbuilt WiFi, external HDD playback and access to Netflix, Hulu Plus, CinemaNow, Vudu and YouTube. An extra $20 gets you the DMP-MST60, which is also shipping today while adding 2D-to-3D conversion and Miracast functionality.

    Over on the BD side, the DMP-BD79 is moving out now for $79.99, while the BD89 is going for $10 more; these two are 2D-only models, with the latter being equipped with WiFi out of the box. For those still (somehow) enamored with the third dimension, the DMP-BBT01 ($269.99), BDT500 ($349.99), BDT330 ($199.99) and BDT230 ($129.999) are also hitting store shelves within the next few moments. The full releases are just past the break — you know, if you’re into such things.

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    Source: Panasonic

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