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Splinter Cell Double Agent Release Date Announced

Splinter Cell Double Agent Release Date Announced
A official post on the UbiSoft community forums confirms the the anxiously awaited Splinter Cell Double Agent for the Xbox 360 and PC will be released on October 19th, 2006. Also revealed was an Xbox 360 multiplayer demo in the works for the Xbox Live Marketplace, and single/multiplayer demos for the PC both to be available around the end of September or so.

Sony “Pearl” Sxrd Projector Details Start to Emerge

Sony “Pearl” Sxrd Projector Details Start to Emerge
Details in a Japanese press release give insight into a new SXRD front projector from Sony, codenamed “Pearl”. The VPL-VW50 projector will be 1080p native (1920×1080) with a contrast ratio of 5,000:1. The projector features a 200-watt mercury lamp, a low noise fan system claimed to run at just 22dB, a 1.8x zoom lens and dual HDMI inputs.
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New Sony “Mylo” Wifi Media Player – Should We Care?

New Sony “Mylo” Wifi Media Player – Should We Care?
The new Sony “Mylo” media player supports MPEG-4 video, audio and photos. It also has a built-in wireless connection that supports wireless music streaming to other mylo players and it works as a wireless Skype phone.

PS3 Idiocy Du Jour – Backwards Compatibility Woes

PS3 Idiocy Du Jour – Backwards Compatibility Woes
The folks at TrustedReviews have learned that the Playstation 3 will require a special adapter in order to load saved games from PS1/PS2 memory cards. This quote is pulled directly from Sony’s Website: To use saved data on a PlayStation 2 memory card, you must copy the data onto a virtual memory card within the hard disk.

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.

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.
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