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      DIGITAL DIGEST - http://www.digital-digest.com
      DIGITAL DIGEST | LiveUpdate Newsletter - Issue 53
      9 July, 2006

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      TOP NEWS SUMMARY:

      1. Introduction

      2. News in Brief

      3. Rant Away: THX

      4. Software Spotlight: RipIt4Me

      5. How to cancel/change your subscription email address/settings
      - how to maintain the subscription to this newsletter even
      if your email address has changed

      6. A simple thank-you and some concluding words

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      1. Introduction

      Welcome to another issue of Digital Digest's "LiveUpdate"
      newsletter. In this issue, I have a big rant about THX, and we
      spotlight a brand new software that is causing lots of interest in
      the DVD backup community, RipIt4Me.

      -- DVDGuy


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      2. News in Brief

      Apple wants to start selling movie downloads for 99 cents a piece.

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60039.html

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      A 14 year old girl sues MySpace cause a guy that she met there
      sexually assaulted her after he picked her up from school took her
      to dinner and a movie.

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60040.html

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      Microsoft releases Windows Live Messenger that sports all kinds of
      new features such as Sharing Folders, Free PC to PC VoIP, offline
      messaging support and more.

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60041.html

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      Benchmark your system, take screenshots, or capture real time video
      with Fraps software.

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60042.html

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      Toshiba announces the release date for their new HD-DVD recorder.

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60043.html

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      Taiyo Yuden has released some 8X DVD-R DL. Record up to 215 minutes
      on one DVD-R DL disc and burn it in about 15 min.

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60044.html

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      Yahoo! Mail Beta, Google GMail, and Windows Live Mail the top 3
      internet mail clients get a review.

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60045.html

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      BitTorrent gets updated to version 4.2.0., update will reduce the
      amount of internet congestion the servers will experience thus
      increasing your response time from the servers.

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60046.html

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      According to Sony the PS3 should be all you ever need in a game
      console and then some.

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60047.html

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      Ever wondered how piracy really works? How do these "pirates" get
      copies of the movie before the official release date?

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60048.html

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      WGA (Windows Genuine Advantage) tool from Microsoft, reports back to
      Microsoft every 2 weeks or so to give them your IP address and other
      information. If you don't like that, download this tool that will
      remove it from your PC.

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60049.html

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      Would you rather buy a DVD or download a DVD? According to Wall
      Street, price will decide between the two options.

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60051.html

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      Is XM Radio piracy? The RIAA thinks so and sued them for it.

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60053.html

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      Nero 7 updates to version 7.2.3.2b. Its had quite a few new features
      in burning and copying, audio, and DVD.

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60055.html

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      The ever popular BitTorrent has now decided to offer streaming video
      to its download section.

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60056.html

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      A comparison between the Toshiba HD-DVD player(s) and Samsung's Blu-
      Ray DVD player.

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60058.html

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      PSP firmware exploit revealed that sceKernelLoadExec takes advantage
      of a security check.

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60059.html

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      MTV starts selling TV shows and more on iTunes.

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60061.html

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      Microsoft sued over WGA tool. People are claiming its spyware.

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60062.html

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      Internet Explorer 7 is almost here! Third and last beta version
      here for download.

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60063.html

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      DVDReMake 3.5.3 is released!

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60064.html

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      New worm out that disguises itself as a WGA file and it going around
      thru AOL instant messenger.

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60079.html

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      BitTorrent is in financial trouble having a hard time paying for its
      server costs. Will they go under?

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60077.html

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      DVD Decrypter lives with the help from a small program called
      RipIt4Me.

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60073.html

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      Verbatim released Mini DVD+R DL disc's. Record double the amount of
      time on your camcorder when you use these discs.

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60072.html

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      Analyst say Sony is commiting suicide by pricing the PS3 so high.
      Consumers will pay the price to a certain extent but, Sony is
      pushing it!

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60070.html

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      AnyDVD Beta Update

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60068.html

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      According to Microsoft, this is your last chance to download a Beta
      edition of Windows Vista.

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60066.html

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      Police is keeping the PirateBay servers.

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60065.html

      -- jmet


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      3. Rant Away: THX

      Just recently, THX requested that Digital Digest remove links to all
      of their THX DVD/VOB trailers. We have been linking to these
      trailers for several years now, so it was a surprise to see THX
      deciding finally that we shouldn't be allowed to have these
      trailers. To be fair, this is totally within their rights and I have
      no problem at all with complying with their demands.

      However, this brings up an interesting issue - should trailers be
      copyrighted? Trailers are really just a form of
      advertising/promotion, and I always thought the point of trailers is
      to get as many people to watch them as possible. Certainly, Dolby
      seems to take a less drastic approach to allowing its trailers to be
      made available to download. When someone downloads a THX trailer and
      use it to show off/test their home cinema setup or whatever, isn't
      THX benefiting from this exposure, it certainly doesn't hurt them.

      I guess THX is slightly different to Dolby, in that THX is a
      certification system. DVD producers have to get their products
      certified before they can carry the THX logo, and in this way I
      guess I understand why they wouldn't want their trailers to be made
      available so freely - if people start putting THX trailers onto DVDs
      that they've copied or made themselves, then it does harm THX's
      reputation. But this brings us to their certification system, which
      I think has been a subject of my rant sometime before.

      One of the biggest complaints about the THX certification system in
      the early days of DVD was that even non-Anamorphic widescreen DVDs
      can obtain a THX certification. The most notable example for me was
      The X-Files Movie (the original R1 release). The video on that disc
      can only be described as a shockingly poor non-anamorphic print with
      aliasing artifacts all over the place, and yet, it receives a THX
      certification. DVDs like that made me wonder if the THX
      certification program wasn't really just a cash-for-logo program
      after all. Later on, as most DVDs were anamorphic, this became less
      of an issue. THX's Optimizer calibration tool was also a nice
      addition, even though it's a bit too simplistic for the real Home
      Theatre enthusiast, and a little bit too complicated for the average
      Joe user.

      /Rant

      -- DVDGUy


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      4. Software Spotlight: RipIt4Me

      The software making all the buzz right is RipIt4Me. In the last two
      issues, we discussed the issue of ARccOS and RipGuard DVDs - these
      DVDs can't be ripped and shrinked normally in DVD Decrypter/DVD
      Shrink, requiring sometimes complicated methods to by pass these
      copy protection measures. With the release of RipIt4Me, these
      complicated steps can now be simplified to just one mouse click - no
      only will it do the ripping, it will even open up DVD Shrink, load
      the ripped files and run the analyzer for you by the time its done.
      Even on non protected DVDs, it will help to clean up some of the
      mess that bad DVD authoring can leave behind.

      In truth, you can't really call RipIt4Me a DVD ripper, as it relies
      on several other programs to do the "dirty work". It's more of a a
      GUI or a wizard that runs on top of DVD Decrypter, FixVTS and DVD
      Shrink and controls these programs to rip the DVD for you.
      Previously, if you wanted a simple solution such as this, you had to
      rely on the commercial AnyDVD tool or the problem prone (but free)
      DVD43 software.

      Experts who already know what they are doing will probably still use
      their previous methods, but RipIt4Me is really great for someone who
      doesn't know about ARccOS and doesn't really want to know about it.
      Just put the DVD in, start RipIt4Me, click the button and shrink
      away. Couldn't be easier, just like how DVD backup should be.

      RipIt4Me is a new software, and it will be a while before it becomes
      100% bug free, but the early versions already work quite
      brilliantly. I don't really know who designed and built this
      software, but whoever you are, you deserve a pat on the back for
      creating a 70 KB software that solves a lots of problems.

      -- DVDGuy

      RipIt4Me @ Digital Digest:
      http://www.digital-digest.com/software/ripit4me.html

      Official Guide:
      http://www.digital-digest.com/articles/ripit4me_guide_page1.html

      Animated (Wink) Guide:
      http://www.digital-digest.com/articles/ri4me_guide_page1.html

      Official Site:
      http://www.ripit4me.org


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      6. A simple thank-you and some concluding words

      Just a note to thank all the thousands of people, including you, who
      joined the Digital Digest LiveUpdate list. I've spent quite a bit of
      time developing this site, and making it what it is today, and
      really do appreciate your continued support.

      I hoped you enjoyed another issue of the LiveUpdate newsletter.

      Thanks!!

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