Intel are preparing to axe the 65nm Core 2 Quad Q6600 processor, phasing it out in the first quarter of 2009. According to a Digitimes report, Intel will officially announce a discontinuance notice in Q1 2009, with the Q6600 going into end-of-lifecycle the following quarter. As a result, PC vendors are planning to cut prices on systems based on the chip by the end of 2008 so as to clear stock.
The Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland is all ready to be switched on September 10th, and while it could bring scientific breakthroughs, like proof of dark matter and other particles, some scientists and spectators are concerned that the device spells doomsday.
On launch day, the device will be turned on and the first proton will shoot down the collider. And even with the machine running at 450 GeV, which is under a tenth of the collider's full capacity, and with no collisions expected (the protons are only being fired in one direction), some scientists are receiving threatening emails, death threats and concerned phone calls from people wanting the project shut down. The reason? Why, it will cause the end of the world, of course.
I have to admit that my love for Metallica has been waning over the past several years. Not only has their music not been as great, but ever since they started promoting the suing of fans for downloading music, I've just not been as excited by their music. One place that I still enjoy hearing it is in both Guitar Hero and Rock Band. Well it looks like I might actually purchase their latest album, this time for Guitar Hero, marking the first time I've cared to obtain an entire Metallica album in a decade or so.
Every year around this time, we are bombarded with rumors. Does the summer heat give everyone an excuse to stay inside and pass rumors? Maybe, but it also nearly E3 time, which is when the rumor mill is in full swing. The latest we have is not one, but two different “leaked” Rock Band setlists. These come from “trusted sources”, which must mean that they are both completely accurate, despite being different. Read on for both versions.
I would sound very much like a broken record if I mentioned the fact that the Xbox 360 has a reputation of dying on people (surely not!). Unfortunately, it's a very real fact, one which keeps fellow 360 owners up at night. At least when you go to purchase a new console you have the option of getting a replacement plan which will net you a new console if it should ever die right? Not at GameStop.
If you have an Xbox 360, you likely live your day-to-day life in fear. Fear that one day you will be having a good time playing your favorite game, only to see the dreaded Red Ring of Death. I'm a 360 owner, and I breathe a sigh of relief every time I power it off. There has been much talk about a newer, more efficient 65nm chip to be used on future editions of the console that will be less prone to overheating. Apparently these have already hit stores.
A big problem that plagued many early models of the Xbox 360 was the fact that they were easily vulnerable to overheating, which more often than not resulted in the infamous "red ring of death." However, Microsoft has learned from this, and have included a self-regulating system in the Xbox One to prevent overheating.
Competition is usually great for consumers, especially in the gadget world. Competition among phone makers is the most obvious example, but even digital cameras, laptops and netbooks, and HDTVs are all part of a highly competitive electronics landscape. Buyers can now find these products at lower prices with more features than ever before. It's tough, perhaps even un-American, to argue against competition, but in the video games industry, a little less competition would do gamers a lot of good.
It looks like Microsoft isn't phasing away only one of their products, but this time the end result is a bit different. We aren't expecting a new Xbox any time soon, but we have all been hoping that the Xbox 360 Elite would get dropped in price, and it looks like that time is quickly coming upon us.
The Xbox 360 has seemingly been plagued with problems since it's release, and though Microsoft has worked to resolve these issues over time, it's been a bit slow going at points. However, the company posted a warranty extension today that now covers the E74 error message.
E74 is now considered the same thing as the 3-red-light issue, or as most people call it, the red ring of death. So, you can have this problem fixed by sending in your console to be repaired or replaced just as you would have with the 3-red-light problem.
The warranty has been extended to three years to accommodate for the problem. Also, if you have had the problem fixed before and paid for it, you'll now get a refund. Even though Microsoft has called the E74 error a small issue, it actually could affect all Xbox 360 models shipped prior to the end of 2008.