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Wwdc 2006 Keynote Coverage

Wwdc 2006 Keynote Coverage
Here’s the latest news from Steve Jobs’ keynote address at Apple’s 2006 Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) today… 9:50am (Pacific): The Apple Store is temporarily down for maintenance, so clearly something new will be released today… 10:03am: Steve Jobs has taken the stage.

Prototype Augmented Reality System From Msft

Prototype Augmented Reality System From Msft
Check out this cool video of Microsoft’s prototype for an augmented reality system known as “PlayAnywhere“. The system combines a video projector and a sensing device that can detect a user’s gestures and the position objects placed on a surface in real time, and utilize that data to create a highly interactive and intuitive user interface.
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This Chimp Plays Ms. Pac-Man Better Than Me

This Chimp Plays Ms. Pac-Man Better Than Me
This clip has been floating around for a couple of months, but it’s the first time I’ve seen it. The headline says it all:

Another Powerbook Bites the Dust…

Another Powerbook Bites the Dust…
Not that this is the first time we’ve heard of a laptop exploding due to defective LI-ION battery, but this is one of the more spectacular examples of devastation we’ve seen. Clearly, leaving your laptop on and unattended has its potential consequences.

Video of New Tony Hawk Title for Wii (Unimpressed)

Video of New Tony Hawk Title for Wii (Unimpressed)
There’s a video floating around on YouTube demoing Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam for the Nintendo Wii. While the game doesn’t look terrible, I have to say it’s time to retire this whole franchise. There’s really nothing innovative here, and the whole thing kinda smells like a poor cousin of the SSX franchise.

Dead Rising Demo on Xblm!

Dead Rising Demo on Xblm!
Capcom’s zombies-in-a-mall actioner, Dead Rising, is now available in demo form on Xbox Live Marketplace for your enjoyment. Since I haven’t gotten to check it out yet, here are some comments posted on Major Nelson’s blog that I thought would give a good idea of what to expect… “You can (get) 15 minutes of run about in the mall.

Ubisoft Announces Wii Launch Lineup

Ubisoft Announces Wii Launch Lineup
Publisher Ubisoft has announced that they will release seven titles for the Nintendo Wii when it launched this holiday season… Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WW II: As a squadron leader and ace fighter pilot, leverage the Wii controller to experience intense dog fighting in the famous air battles of WW II.

Super Cool Desktop Widget

Super Cool Desktop Widget
Russia’s Art Lebedev Studio has designed the Optimus Mini Three, a custom keyboard/display device that allows you to place “widgets” outside of your computer screen. The keyboard combines three soft-keys with three super cool, full color 96×96 pixel OLED screens and special software which lets you create your own display widgets and send them to the USB-connected device.

Gears of War Official Launch Date Announced

Gears of War Official Launch Date Announced
A couple of weeks back, I reported a rumored October 2 launch date for the eagerly anticipated Gears of War. Well today, Microsoft Game Studios announced an official launch date of November 12, 2006 at a retail price of $59.99 USD (A $69.95 “Special Edition” is also anticipated – no surprise there).

Nintendo Wii Games to Cost Less Than 360/PS3 Titles

Nintendo Wii Games to Cost Less Than 360/PS3 Titles
According to an article at gamesindustry.biz, Nintendo is likely to price its first party Wii titles at $49.99 USD, keeping their pricing in line with the GameCube, Xbox and PS2. This is in contrast to the $59.99 price points for most Xbox 360 games, and the $59.99+ price points that have been mentioned for PS3 titles.

And You Thought You Couldn’t have Your Flat Panel by the Pool…

And You Thought You Couldn’t have Your Flat Panel by the Pool…
If you’ve got the dough to spend, you can now have an flat panel multimedia audio/video system outdoors. Lux Entertainment has released the ARIIS-WFSSMCE outdoor entertainment center. Housed in a weather-resistant stainless steel armor shell, the system incorporates wi-fi (802.11 a/g) streaming of TV, FM and Internet Radio broadcasts as well as your own video or audio via an embedded Windows Media Center Extender.

Creative Announces Zen Neeon 2 Mp3 Players

Creative Announces Zen Neeon 2 Mp3 Players
Creative Labs has announced the release of a new version of their Zen Neeon music players, improving significantly on the original models by adding a color screen, video playback and greater memory capacity.With these specs, these players look poised to take on the Apple’s rival iPod Nano line: 1, 2, and 4GB options 1.5″ Color Display (128 x 128 pixels) Audio: MP3, WMA, and WAV Video: Transcoded AVI FM Tuner 5-band Equalizer Voice Recorder Line-In Recorder 20 hour battery life for audio, 8 hours for video 5 brushed-metal colors Dimensions: 81 x 42 x 12.5 mm; Weight: 50g Initial pricing has only been announced in Singapore, as follows: S$199.00 (appx.

Saints Row Demo Hits Xbox Live Marketplace

Saints Row Demo Hits Xbox Live Marketplace
Microsoft is coming fast and furious these days with additional content on the Xbox Live Marketplace. Earlier this week it was Ninety-Nine Nights, now the GTA-esque actioner, Saints Row is available for you to try out.

Head-to-Head Comparison Blu-ray Vs. HD DVD Titles

Head-to-Head Comparison Blu-ray Vs. HD DVD Titles
Hi-Def Digest has posted the first head-to-head reviews of three movies recently released in both Blu-Ray and HD DVD formats. While none of the three cross-platform titles is really deserving of the high-definition treatment, at least the comparison gives us some sens of the two formats in an apples-to-apples test.

It’sOfficial: E3 2007 Downsized

It’sOfficial: E3 2007 Downsized
The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) made an official announcement today in response to the rumors floating around that E3 2007 would be canceled. The show will go one but with a new, smaller format. According to the ESA the event “…is evolving into a more intimate event focused on targeted, personalized meetings and activities…” In addition, Gamespot is reporting that ESA President Douglas Lowenstein has stated that the show will be pushed back until July 2007 to “give publishers more time to polish their holiday releases.” (I’m betting that the ESA could use the extra time to get their act together as well.) Word has it that the exhibit hall, booth babes and schwag will be a thing of the past, and the show will be focused much more on industry insiders in private meeting rooms and conferences.

Classic Video Game and Computer Commercials

Classic Video Game and Computer Commercials
From the random video vault, I’ve compiled a bunch of great ancient video game and computer commercials from YouTube. It’s really amazing how far we’ve come. Enjoy the retro goodness… Apple II Computer:
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