Archive for Jul 28, 2008

Rumor – Vader and Yoda to appear in both versions of Soul Calibur IV

I've been excited about Soul Calibur IV for a while now, mostly since the inclusion of Darth Vader and Yoda was announced. Of course the fact that each character was only going to appear on a single console (Yoda for the 360 and Vader for PS3) dampened my spirits a little. However, there is hope that we may yet be allowed to battle the tiny Jedi Master against the Dark Lord of the Sith.

Dead Space Trailer not approved for the US

Some girls have a thing for sweet little video games like Barbie Horse Adventures or NintenDogs, me, I go all gooey in the head when I see a nice cryptic game. This Dead Space trailer was so gruesome that it wasn't approved to be played in the US.

SlashGear Week in Review – July 27th

It's become somewhat traditional to start the week's review with what's happening in the netbook world, a niche that's arguably the fastest developing right now in consumer tech.  Fujitsu kicked things off with the proclamation that budget ultraportables "don't add up" and that the current race to the bottom line doesn't give manufacturers enough room to make profit; Fujitsu were rumored the week before to be planning a netbook of their own, only with the emphasis on build quality rather than solely the price tag.  Sony also picked up a few netbook-in-progress rumors, tipped for Q4 2008, and HP revealed that they're working on a follow-up to the 2133 Mini-Note that will be less sturdy but also less expensive.

LG, too, are said to have a netbook in the works, with a model tentatively named X110 running Intel's Atom CPU and made for them by MSI.  It's uncertain whether, if this turns out to be true, the X110 would be a rebadge of the MSI Wind or a whole new design.  Finally, ASUS confirmed they wouldn't be letting up the pressure as firm most associated with the segment; there's talk of an "all day" battery and cloud storage option for release later on in 2008.

Commentary: Technology Has Gone High Fashion

Commentary: Technology Has Gone High Fashion

What's the first thing you notice when looking to buy a new piece of technology? Do you see if it falls within your budget? What about the spec list? Do you go over that in detail? And though these aspects are an important part of any technological buying decision, there's one that beats them all. You ask yourself one question and if the answer is no, you won't buy it. That question is: "Is it pretty?"

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You Can Be Green and Tech

You Can Be Green and Tech

Will all the talk going around about how "going green" is a fad due to media saturation and its status as pretty much a buzz word, I started thinking about how environmentalism affects technology. Are they mutually exclusive? While the very essence of the green lifestyle is natural, technology is its polar opposite. It is man made, created and unnatural.

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Portwell PCS-8230 Atom powered in-car PC

Atom has already jumped from the netbook to the desktop, and now it's set to cross out to your car, too.  Portwell has announced the PCS-8230, a single-DIN sized PC running Intel's 1.1GHz Z510 mobile processor with 1GB of RAM and three SDIO slots for expansion modules.


PlanOn PRINTSTIK reviewed: small printer, big price

If you've ever been out and wished you could give someone a print of something from your notebook or BlackBerry, PlanOn might have the printer for you.  The PRINTSTIK is a 10.75 x 1.9 x 1-inch battery-powered thermal printer that can connect either via USB or Bluetooth; they've had it in over at TabletPCReview and, if you fit the niche, it could be your mobile salvation.

Fujitsu Amilo Pi3540 notebook promises 90% faster HD encoding

Fujitsu-Siemens have revealed another notebook in the company's Amilo 3000-series.  The Pi3540 uses Intel's new Centrino 2 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM, and is apparently optimized for dealing with high-definition media.  Compared to previous models, the Pi3540 can encode a HD video more than 90-percent faster.


OLPC Windows XP version in production for September launch

Microsoft has released to the OLPC project the specially tweaked version of Windows XP that will be offered on the XO notebook.  The new version of the machine should be available in September, according to James Utzschneider, General Manager of Marketing and Communications for the Unlimited Potential Group.

Yahoo! Music closing shop, suggests bypassing DRM to users

Yahoo! Music have announced that their online store will close as of September 30th 2008.  In an email to subscribers, the company also confirmed that on that date their DRM-authentication server would go offline, meaning that anybody who had bought tracks from the store would be unable to transfer them to another computer:

"After the Store closes, Yahoo! will no longer be able to support the retrieval of license keys for music purchased from Yahoo! Music Unlimited, and Yahoo! will no longer be able to authorize song playback on additional computers.
After September 30, 2008, you will not be able to transfer songs to unauthorized computers or re-license these songs after changing operating systems. Please note that your purchased tracks will generally continue to play on your existing authorized computers unless there is a change to the computer's operating system" Yahoo! Music email

Stan Lee comments on video games at ComicCon

I have to say, Stan Lee is definitely the coolest guy on the planet. I lost the slightest bit of faith in them after that really horrible TV series. Actually, I thought he'd finally gone completely nuts. However, he has officially redeemed himself by making a quick statement about video games.

When you talk about games evolving over the years and becoming more like movies, in many ways, they've gone beyond movies. To do a movie is difficult, but it's linear. There's a beginning, a middle and an end, and that's it - you write a story. In a videogame, you're writing many stories within the story. It's a totally different structure and a totally different philosophy of writing and, I think, a much, much more difficult one. I get the feeling more work goes into these videogames than even goes into the movies I marvel at the fact the games look as good, and in some cases better, as the most expensive movies . . . Now you watch one of these games and it's like watching the greatest superhero movie, except you're part of it. It's indescribable. And you know it takes a lot to impress me.

There you have it, proof that Stan Lee is indeed still badass. This quote is from an interview he did at ComicCon. It's nice to know Stan Lee has a love for all things geeky and doesn't just stick to his love for comics.

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Sony’s Fat Princess causes angry feminists to lash out

Recently at E3 a game was announced called Fat Princess as an upcoming PSN title. It apparently has a Zelda type feel and is basically a capture the flag type game. Only instead of flags there is a princess. The princess is then fattened up by the opposing team feeding her, making it difficult for the team to save their own princess. A seemingly harmless game, however, there are a few feminists that seem to be a bit pissed off.