CNET News Daily Podcast: Mobile networks face logjam on Inauguration Day

More than 2 million people are expected to descend on Washington, D.C., this weekend for Barack Obama's inauguration as president. To prepare for the crush of traffic expected on the network from those in attendance, wireless-service providers have pulled out the stops.

CNET News' Maggie Reardon, who will be in D.C. for the event, joins us today to talk about what steps providers are taking to keep their networks up and running.

Also on today's podcast, Circuit City finally calls it quits, Nintendo continues to crush its competitors in video game console sales, another lawmaker asks … Read more

Cue sad music: LaserDisc format officially dead

Anyone still own one of these mammoth Laser Disc (LD) players and oversized optical discs at home? (Psst: I do.) Well, it's finally time to say goodbye as Pioneer--the last major electronics manufacturer to continue making LD players--has recently cut the lifeline of this antique video format.

According to Akihabara News, the company is halting production of all LD players. Victims include the versatile LD/DVD/VCD/CD DVL-919, the hybrid cassette tape-equipped DVK-900, and karaoke-oriented DVL-K88.

On a separate note, the manufacturers are not making disc players like they used to nowadays. Mine is still in pretty good … Read more

HD DVD: Just another brick in the wall of defunct formats

They're all born with the best of intentions, but only the strong survive.

Formats come and go. Some are barely noticed, and some die a slow, painful death. So now we can all breathe a sigh of relief that the format war between Blu-ray and HD DVD was comparatively brief--unless you're on the losing side, stuck with a slowpoke player and a collection of HD DVD discs. I've already heard from some angry HD DVD supporters. War is tough.

If you're over 35, you probably remember the Betamax vs. VHS wars, which raged from 1975 to … Read more