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October Debut for Microsoft ‘Zune’?

October Debut for Microsoft ‘Zune’?
Microsoft’s so-called “iPod killer”, currently known as “Zune” could be unveiled as early as late next month, with the company preparing to build momentum towards an October launch, sources close to the situation have told BetaNews.

103″ Plasma Price Announced: Time to Mortgage the House

103″ Plasma Price Announced: Time to Mortgage the House
Set to ship just in time for the 2006 holidays, Panasonic has finally announced it’s pricing on its massive 103″ TH-103PZ600U Plasma TV. The set features 1080p resolution and a 4000:1 contrast ratio. With a display area of 89.3″ wide by over 50.2″ high, it’s as large as four 50″ Plasma screens.
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Create Your Own Video Game Bitmap Art

Create Your Own Video Game Bitmap Art
Japanese gadget importer Audiocubes these really nifty kits from Tomy that let you make your own desktop video game art using “bitmap” pegs. Comes with 520 pegs and available in Mario Brothers Red & Green, Pac-Man, Dig-Dug, and Space Invaders versions.

10-Megapixel Widescreen Digital Camera and HDTV Playback Interface

10-Megapixel Widescreen Digital Camera and HDTV Playback Interface
Panasonic announced a September release date for its new Lumix DMC-LX2 digital camera (MSRP $499.95). Featuring a whopping 10.2 megapixel, 16:9 aspect ratio CCD, I can’t imagine anyone needing more resolution. The camera also features 4x optical zoom, optical image stabilization, a 300 picture battery-life and an updated ISO control unit which is said to improve light sensitivity even at the highest resolution.

Samsung Announces First Unlicensed Mobile Access Phone

Samsung Announces First Unlicensed Mobile Access Phone
This new phone from Samsung, the SGH-P200, supports a new feature called UMA (Unlicensed Mobile Access, not Thurman). This allows the phone to freely switch between cellular networks such as GSM, GPRS, EDGE and WiFi (802.11 b/g) for connectivity.

More Details Emerge on Msft Portable “Zune”

More Details Emerge on Msft Portable “Zune”
Rumor has it that Microsoft’s “iPod killer” / portable gaming device, known as “Zune” will integrate the social networking (aka “friends list” from Xbox Live) features of the previously announced Live Anywhere system. The Zune, developed by Xbox 360 guru J.

Sing Along With the Ultimate iPod Dock

Sing Along With the Ultimate iPod Dock
This nifty gadget is one of the most flexible, compact karaoke devices I’ve seen. It includes docking capabilities for pretty much every iPod model since the 3G, and can also pull its data from files on USB storage devices.

Gears of War Release Date Leaked by Microsoft?

Gears of War Release Date Leaked by Microsoft?
This screen capture grabbed from xbox.com today is either a slip-up or Cliffy B’s much-anticipated Xbox 360 shooter Gears of War has an official date of October 2, 2006. It wouldn’t be the first time that a date was posted for a game that isn’t accurate, but I’m marking my calendar just in case.

Why Didn’t They Make One of These on Gilligan’s Island?

Why Didn’t They Make One of These on Gilligan’s Island?
The folks over at PlayEngine are offering a 19″ widescreen LCD with a case made from Bamboo. Perfect for your tropical or jungle-themed room (are you listening Elvis?), the set actually has fairly decent specs, with a 1440 x 900 resolution and 8ms refresh rate.

Sony and Samsung Team to Build Larger Lcds

Sony and Samsung Team to Build Larger Lcds
Display-makers Sony Corporation and Samsung Electronics announced today that they have signed a deal to build a massive new LCD production facility capable of manufacturing 46 and 50 inch LCD displays. The new facility can crank out up to six 50″ or eight 46″ LCD panels from a single glass sheet.

iPod FM Transmitter Broadcaststrack Info to Your Car Stereo

iPod FM Transmitter Broadcaststrack Info to Your Car Stereo
This week, Kensington Computer Products announced a very cool new FM transmitter for iPods. What’s unique about this model is that it’s the first to use the Radio Data System (RDS) to transmit and display song titles and artist information to car stereos that support this technology.

HD DVD Recorder Delayed

HD DVD Recorder Delayed
Toshiba has delayed the release of the first HD DVD recorder until the end of July as a result of inventory shortages of some components. The launch was originally slated for release in Japan on July 14 and is now set for July 27.

Microsoft Offers Free Pizza, Gamer Points, and 80’s Music Downloads to XBL Members

Microsoft Offers Free Pizza, Gamer Points, and 80’s Music Downloads to XBL Members
Microsoft wants you to have an 80’s style arcade party for free, complete with Pizza, free arcade game downloads and free 80’s tunes. Simply send an e-mail with your Xbox Live Gamertag to xlmail@microsoft.com, subject: “Arcade Party,” and Microsoft will get you your free stuff including a Papa Johns pizza, 1000 Xbox Live gamer points (for downloading Live!

Is Another Format Ready to Die?

Is Another Format Ready to Die?
According to this post at Kotaku, UMD format movies have been pulled from the shelves at Target stores this week. The format has struggled for acceptance amid sluggish sales of the only device that can currently play the format, the Sony PSP.

Chromehounds Ships for Xbox 360

Chromehounds Ships for Xbox 360
Sega of America has announced the release of it’s mech-combat game, Chromehounds for the Xbox 360. The game features 13 multiplayer modes and Xbox Live support for up to 20 players. In addition, the game has a single player mode where players experience “an alternate future where the Cold War never ended…” (now that’s a premise we’ve never heard before!) Developer From Software’s early previews of the game looked quite promising when it was first shown back in 2005, but early reviews are mixed.

Device to Allow Both Blu-ray and HD DVD on Same Hardware

Device to Allow Both Blu-ray and HD DVD on Same Hardware
This could be a huge breakthrough (if the manufacturers will adopt it, that is…) The Nikkei Net Interactive reported over the weekend that Ricoh is working on a single device which can play both Blu-Ray and HD DVD disks.
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