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Though it seems like a bit of a strange headline to lead with, it would appear that VUDU’s upgrade of their Disc to Digital software from Beta to full-fledged release may have hit a hiccup. That shouldn’t be too much of deterrent from users working with this system, on the other hand, as the details remain the same: conversion of your DVD and Blu-ray disks into digital editions accessible from wherever you’ve got an internet connection. For a fee, of course.
This service allows users to convert the video from their already owned disks into SD or HD formats for $ 2.00 apiece or $ 5.00 if they’re HD DVD. SD from DVDs costs the standard $ 2, as does the only format available for Blu-ray disks, HD. This system works with the UltraViolet video system so users will be able to watch on devices such as Roku, PlayStation 3 (and 4, we must assume), tablets, smartphones, Xbox 360 (and 720, more than likely), as well as your connected TV – and through the web, of course.
This system is currently working with mostly streaming services, allowing VUDU apps to stream via the web, but also with updates to iOS and Android in recent months making offline downloading a reality as well.
So what you’ve got here is a system where you put your DVD or Blu-ray into your computer, hit the “go” button, and allow this system to scan it. Once it’s scanned, you’ll have a virtual copy of that disk anywhere you can access VUDU’s webpage and/or app. This system uses Gracenote technology to recognize the contents of the disk and UltraViolet for video in cloud web storage.
UPDATE: The system has now left Beta for real – make with the converting!
This system will immediately (if not soon) be working on both Windows and Mac OS X machines and requires an internet connection as well as a DVD / Blu-ray drive to scan.
VUDU Disc to Digital meant to leave Beta today [UPDATE] is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Eleven year all-pro safety Ed Reed, is set to become the newest member of the Houston Texans organization. Reed sent a text to NFL Netwok’s Albert Breer saying that he’s going to the Texans.
“Nothing official, but unless something changes, yes.” Report that Reed’s contract could give him about $ 7 million a year on a two-year deal. Reed coming off of a season where he racked up 58 tackles and 4 interceptions.
Over Reed’s eleven year career with the Baltimore Ravens, he has racked up 61 interceptions, 504 tackles, 109 pass deflections, and 7 defensive touchdowns.
As for the Ravens, they have remained in contact with Reed through the process, but as Baltimore Sun’s Aaron Wilson reports on Twitter, they were not aggressive enough to keep Reed.
As the Ravens lose yet another key player that has been on their roster for years and helped their Super Bowl run, they plan to meet with former Raiders’ safety Michael Huff.
The Ravens have had to say goodbye to a lot of key players on their team, but now perhaps the two biggest defensive leaders on the team over the past decade in Reed and Ray Lewis. The deal has not been reported official yet, but is expected to be very soon.
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BARCELONA, Spain–With another 2 billion people hooking up to the Internet in the next five years, there’s plenty of room for another mobile operating system, Mozilla Chief Executive Gary Kovacs said today in a sales pitch for his new Firefox OSFirefox OS.
Apple and Google have led the way in the smartphone market but can’t cover the whole thing, he said in a speech to thousands at the Mobile World Congress show here, though he didn’t mention the companies by name.
“I find it impossible to understand how 3, 4, 5, or 6 billion people are going to get their diverse needs satisfied by one or two or five companies, no matter how delicious those companies are,” Kovacs said. “Is the farmer in the Indian countryside going to have the same needs and requirements as a lawyer sitting in New York?”
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Steven Jackson is one of the toughest running backs in the NFL, and he’s been so since the St. Louis Rams selected him in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft. Through several down years for the Rams franchise, he’s often been the only elite offensive player opposing defenses have to worry about, which makes his current status as the Rams’ all-time leading rusher all the more impressive.
Now that there’s a new upswing for the team with head coach Jeff Fisher, the on-field news is better for Jackson, but the veteran is just as concerned with what he’s doing off the field — and the legacy he leaves over time.
Jackson’s passions for art, architecture, and world travel keep him very busy when he’s not playing the game, but that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t cherish every carry. In his ninth NFL season, the three-time Pro Bowler knows that every opportunity means more as the clock keeps ticking.
“Each and every day, I focus on my job, but I also take in living in the moment,” Jackson recently told Yahoo! Sports. “I won’t always be here.”
Where will he be? All over the world, apparently, Jackson has traveled to 21 different countries, which has led him to confront an unexpected fear.
“I was putting off a lot of my trips, because I was afraid of traveling alone,” he said. “I was terrified. For some reason, I thought I would have a language barrier, or I wouldn’t be able to communicate and get around. But I used the World Cup as one of my first experiences traveling abroad alone. Once I learned how easy it was, and how many people you get to meet and socialize with, I’ve actually prefer to travel alone now.”
That trip, which took Jackson around the 2010 World Cup, triggered a new passion in photography.
“I didn’t have a functional camera that would let me catch what I saw, so I invested in one. Didn’t take any classes — I just walked right into it.”
Jackson became interested in architecture when he took a drafting class in high school, and his continued fascination with that vocation has him thinking about his life and legacy off the field and after the cheering has stopped. He’s also thought about opening an architecture firm once his NFL career is a thing of the past.
“What will people say about me once I leave this Earth? I mean, architecture’s one of those examples where, centuries later, we go back and visit.
“I’ve been blessed with a talent, and it’s let me live life to the fullest and influence others while I do so. But I really view myself as someone who can motivate others, and inspire those who are going through challenging times.”
On the field or off, there’s no question that Steven Jackson will continue to inspire.
“I don’t think football defines me; I’m just fortunate enough to play the game at a high level,” he concluded. “I’m just trying to better myself each and every day.”