Did you know there were still 300 Blockbuster stores across the United States? At least there will be until the end of the year, when owner Dish Network shutters its domestic retail and DVD by mail operations.
If you enjoyed Star Trek: Into Darkness, it's a good time to be an Apple aficionado. As reported by MacRumors, the iTunes Movie Store is making the film available a full three weeks ahead of its official September 10 release for DVD.
In-home Disc to Digital services were profiled in a recent issue of Mac|Life magazine, and while they're still in beta, one of the best services is now available to the public at large, and to Mac users for the first time.
The miniStack may have started life as a third-party companion for the Mac mini, but with each new iteration, it becomes a nice complement to any Mac -- especially now that an optical drive is part of the mix.
With fears of a Mayan apocalypse behind us, we can now get back to our hopes and dreams for the future -- such as an iTunes Match-like service to convert our DVDs into a cloud-based movie library. (It's not here quite yet, but CinemaNow has something pretty close.)
Apple may be turning its back on the DVD format, but developers are filling the gap with software for copying, converting, and creating discs. Unfortunately, this leads to buggy Mac apps of questionable quality. DVDFab is one such product, comprising 10 different apps, with access only to those you choose to pay for. The bizarre licensing scheme offers one- to four-year subscriptions or a non-expiring “lifetime” license for a few bucks more. (The “all-in-one lifetime” package is $299.)
With all of the recent chatter about new MacBook Pro models sans optical disc drive, it’s not hard to imagine that a discless future lies ahead. Apparently, Microsoft agrees, as they’ve let slip that Windows 8 will not only ship without Media Center but also without DVD player software as well.