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New Monopoly Game to Lose Paper Money

New Monopoly Game to Lose Paper Money
As a reflection of changing state of paper currency in the real world, a new version of the Parker Brothers board game Monopoly does away with all the pieces of color-coded play money, and replaces them with a mock Visa Debit Card. The new Here & Now Electronic Banking edition of the game will allow players to store and retrieve their account balance using an electronic reader of some sort.

iPod Next Gen Details Start to Emerge

iPod Next Gen Details Start to Emerge
According to an industry analyst with American Technology Research, features planned for some next generation video iPods will include widescreen video playback, including an advanced video processor said to be supplied by Nvidia. The rumors that the chip supports 3D puzzles me, and unless Apple is planning on adding gaming capabilities to iPods, it doesn’t make much sense to me. The image above is a mockup that’s been circulating around the web lately.
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Retro Gaming: Toilet Kids

Retro Gaming: Toilet Kids
I believe this old NEC TurboGrafx 16 game qualifies as one of strangest games I’ve ever seen. I’ll simply let the images speak for themselves… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_ASh8zrG90

Amd Buys Ati

Amd Buys Ati
It’s official. After many months of rumors and false starts, it’s been announced that chip maker AMD has plans to purchase top graphics chip maker ATI for appx. $5.4 billion. Pending shareholder and regulatory approval, the deal should close in Q4 2006.

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″

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

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.
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