Archive for August, 2010

The Art of the Game of War

The Art of the Game of War

There's a sequence in the game "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2" that you don't have to play if you don't want to. I haven't finished the entire game yet. My Xbox broke while I was working through it, and I haven't had time to get it repaired. But I did get to this sequence, or level, and I was anticipating it. The game doesn't offer a specific warning about its content, but you do get a warning before you start playing the game from the beginning that something is coming you might want to skip, especially if you're a sensitive viewer.

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Qualcomm Searching for iPhone Developer Guru

Qualcomm Searching for iPhone Developer Guru

Here's a new article to throw into the CDMA iPhone debate. Qualcomm, who happens to be the inventor of the wireless CDMA standard, has just posted a new open job position, and it entails working on a "secret" project. Sure, there's a lot of secrets floating around the technology industry today, but we imagine that if there is indeed an iPhone/Verizon deal going down at some point, that's one of the biggest ones. Qualcomm's role in supplying the CDMA technology in the rumored Verizon iPhone has been mentioned off and on through the last few months (if not years), and this new job posting only aides those beliefs.

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Genius Navigator 905BT Wireless Bluetooth Mouse Available Now for $32.99

Genius Navigator 905BT Wireless Bluetooth Mouse Available Now for $32.99

Considering some of you out there are probably heading back to school around this time (or if you're already there), you might be looking for a new electronic toy to buy. And hey, if you can write it off as a school-related purchase, why not, right? That's what Genius is hoping to rope you in with, as they've just announced their new Navigator 905BT wireless mouse, featuring Bluetooth technology inside.

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Sony PlayStation 4 Will Use Physical Media Says Kaz Hirai

Sony PlayStation 4 Will Use Physical Media Says Kaz Hirai

For those out there in the world who are clinging to the old principles of consumption, like how to buy and read a book or purchase and watch a movie, the future is a pretty bleak place. With our out-reach into digital content, people can't help but wonder when everything will be digital, and there won't be any type of physical media left in the world. Well, according to Kaz Hirai, Sony Computer Entertainment's CEO, you don't have to worry about the next iteration of the PlayStation home console going completely digital.

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Microsoft Surface Used to Control Swarm of Robots [Video]

Microsoft Surface Used to Control Swarm of Robots [Video]

Using a remote control, in the sense of some old-fashioned RC car, may be a great way to control the robots of today, but what about tomorrow? Sure, the military's got some pretty impressive computer equipment out there to make sure their UAVs aren't flown into a mountain or something, but what about the general public? When robots become like pets in just a few years (it's going to happen...), we're going to need a brand new way to control them that's far easier than today's methods. That's right where Microsoft's Surface and Robot Developer Studio come in.

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SmartDevices’ $289 SmartQ T7 3G Android tablet gets video unboxing

SmartDevices’ $289 SmartQ T7 3G Android tablet gets video unboxing

We have to admit, we didn't expect SmartDevices' SmartQ T7 tablet to make it to a launch outside of China, so the news that the 7-inch slate has dropped at Carrypad's German HQ is quite surprising.  They've wasted no time in unboxing the Android 2.1 tablet, and considering the $289 price tag ($249 if you don't mind missing out on 3G) they're impressed.

Video hands-on after the cut

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Apple to unveil iTunes online at next week’s iPod event?

Apple to unveil iTunes online at next week’s iPod event?

With Apple's annual iPod event just a week away, will it just be a camera-blessed iPod touch on stage with Steve Jobs or has the Cupertino company got something exciting in streaming to offer us?  Rumors from the past 6-12 months about a potential iTunes streaming or sharing service are beginning to coalesce; All Things D's sources in the music industry are suggesting that, rather than an outright streaming system, Apple will launch a web-based iTunes branch which can be easily linked to from social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook.

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Apple’s Liquidmetal tech potential vast tips insider

Apple’s Liquidmetal tech potential vast tips insider

Apple's collaborations with Liquidmetal to date has only produced one (public) component, the iPhone SIM removal tool, but don't assume the Cupertino's investment in the injection molding IP will be limited to paperclip alternatives.  Cult of Mac has been talking to Drew Merkel, a $1m investor in Liquidmetal, about what the technology is capable of, and to be frank it sounds tailor made for the sort of hardware Apple has been putting out over the past couple of years.  According to Merkel, the custom Liquidmetal prototype "is the most advanced injection-molding machine ever made," capable of casting complex, fingerprint resistant components in a single shot.

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Kindle 3′s Webkit browser bests Kindle 2 in video head-to-head

Kindle 3′s Webkit browser bests Kindle 2 in video head-to-head

The third-gen Kindle's smaller chassis and brighter E Ink display may have been the main selling points for most users, but it was the new, Webkit-based browser that got the true Kindle-geeks excited.  The "experimental" browser on previous models was sufficient, in a pinch, to check a Wikipedia entry, but anything more ambitious was a recipe for headaches.  A video comparison between Kindle 2 and Kindle 3 by The Kindle Chronicles, though, shows what a step up there's been.

Video head-to-head testing after the cut

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