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Blu-Ray Xbox 360 Coming soon, maybe

Blu-Ray Xbox 360 Coming soon, maybe

The real headline was that such a system might sell at a loss, but looking back its been Microsoft’s strategy to sell their systems at a loss just to be the cheapest in hopes that game sales would eventually push them back into the black, and they always have, as far as I know. Problem is that Microsoft is being quoted between $95-$100 per drive, OEM, for the BD-ROM drives; a price they couldn’t really make up without raising the price of the system by a lot, especially considering they are only putting out $18-$20 per drive for the DVD-ROMs.

Qualcomm Android Phone – it even runs Quake!

Qualcomm Android Phone – it even runs Quake!

Qualcomm is at CTIA these year showing off the incredible functionality of some of their chips. One way they decided to show off this functionality was throwing together an Android phone. Then they put Quake on it.

Quake, a Doom-Like FPS from the good old days of PC gaming, is a fairly demanding game, especially considering they had it running, in full, in 3D, at 30 frames per second at a VGA resolution. This just goes to show that not only is Android a freaking amazing platform to be able to pull this off on the software side, but Qualcomms silicon chips are equally amazing for being able to pull it off on the hardware side of things.

Sprint Instinct – when backed into a corner Sprint unleashes their primal Instincts

Sprint Instinct – when backed into a corner Sprint unleashes their primal Instincts

The Instinct is a device that Sprint partnered with Samsung to come up with. It has a 3.1-inch touchscreen with haptic feedback and there are also three hard keys below the screen, one for home, one for back, and one for phone functionality.

The phone has EV-DO Rev. A, GPS, and a Sprint/Samsung customized UI for near iPhone-like ease of use. There are other iPhone similarities including the Sprint Music Store, Navigation, TV, Visual Voicemail and a full HTML web browser, all of which, save for the a la carte music downloads, included in Sprint’s new Simply Everything $100 a month plan.

The home screen is customizable, kind of like the iPhone, it also has Bluetooth, with audible caller ID, expandable memory up to 8GB, a 2MP camera/camcorder, voice activated functions galore, threaded text messages, Mobile Sync, and the ability to operate as a modem. The dimensions of the device are a slim 2.17x4.57x.49 inches with a weight of 4.4 ounces, it also has a Li-Ion battery that provides up to 5.75 hours of continuous talk time. More pics after the jump!

Mio and ATX partnering to bring you real time info you can use

Mio and ATX partnering to bring you real time info you can use

Mio, long time manufacturer of GPS devices, is partnering with ATX, a major provider of telematics services in both the US and Europe. The types of things this partnership will bring you include lots of location-aware types of data including local weather, weather for your planned destination, in-depth traffic info, and business directories that change as the respective businesses open and close.

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Guitar Hero III Mobile coming to BlackBerry – For Those About to Rock!

Guitar Hero III Mobile coming to BlackBerry – For Those About to Rock!

Hands-on Mobile and Magmic Games are the two companies that are partnered up in an effort to bring one of the best mobile games of all time to your BlackBerry. Being a primarily business oriented device the BlackBerry has been passed up on a lot of really cool mobile games, but this is one that you can mark off the list.

Personally I am just wondering if you’ll have access to all 5 frets or if they are sticking with the three frets that previous mobile versions have offered up. When you first download the game you’ll get 15 tracks including “Cherub Rock”, “Miss Murder”, “Monsters”, “Suck My Kiss”, and “Trippin On A Hole”.