Wal-Mart informed its customers that it will be shutting down its DRM
servers on October, which should be perceived as good news by
customers. But some users may be left with somewhat useless music files
that were purchased before February of this year: DRM-packed songs that
will not be backed up until October 9 cannot be transferred to another
PC thereafter and cannot be recovered in the case of a system crash of
a new installation of the PC.
SonyEricsson is getting into the unlimited music downloads arena with
the pending launch of its new PlayNow plus service. You'll have to wait
for it though in most markets, as it will initially be kicking off only
in Sweden with mobile operator Telenor by the end of the year.
There is little doubt that music downloads will take over most of the
audio CD sales volume sooner or later. The music industry seems to have
accepted that trend and while it may give up on the audio CD, it isn’t
ready to give up on physical media sales yet. Four major publishers
announced a new media format that will be compatible with PCs,
cellphones and other portable devices: Flash memory cards will soon be
sold with preloaded, DRM free music.
Electronic Arts and Crytek are set to deliver the next Crysis game to PC owners September 18. The new title is Crysis Warhead and will be available for around $30 in North America and Europe.
Crysis Warhead, according to EA, occurs alongside the events of last year's franchise title.
World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King
is a highly anticipated expansion pack for the most popular MMORPG of
all time. The big question on gamers' minds has been: when will it come
out? Blizzard Entertainment finally answered that question, saying
today the pack will be available November 13 in North America and other
global markets, followed by more world releases in the days immediately
Mythic Entertainment, a division of Electronics Arts acquired back in 2006, continued to say today all is set to roll with the upcoming MMORPG Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning. This title is now shipping to retail and will see a September 18 kickoff.
Rising energy and food prices may finally show their ugly face in the
retail space, as consumers are adjusting their spending, ChangeWave
suggests. It’s once again the time for discount retailers, which will
grab market share from established chains, the market research firm
said. Consumer electronics spending will be weak over the next 90 days,
according to the forecast, but it seems that Apple might see little
impact – and some of its products may actually see record sales.
Electronic Arts has dropped its hostile takeover
bid of Take-Two Interactive. The two companies have been going back
and forth on bids for nearly seven months with Take-Two saying that it
was being undervalued by EA. As you can expect, Take-Two’s stock price
has dropped nearly five dollars and is currently trading at just under
$17 a share.
The effort of making legal digital media available to consumers in
convenient ways across many devices has been an industry disaster
defined by piracy paranoia, lawsuits, exaggerated copy protection
policies, locked down technology platforms and corporate interests that
mostly ignored consumer interests. Now there is a new industry
organization that aims to come up with industry standards to enable
consumers to acquire and play content across a wide range of services
and devices. 16 key players from Hollywood and Silicon Valley are part
of this initiative. Notably absent is Apple, which obviously has not
much interest in creating an open media download spec.
The National Science Foundation has given $100,000 to the
University of California at Irvine for a study on World of Warcraft
players. Bonnie Nardi, a UCI informatics professor, will examine the
differences in play habits and culture between WoW players in the
United States and China. She already has some interesting observations.
Sony and Amazon, which a few months back announced plans to carry Amazon's Video on Demand service on Sony's BRAVIA Internet Video Link module,
said today this service is now live. It promises to bring "immediate
access to premium, commercial-free movies and television shows
purchased or rented by users."
We first took a very brief look
at the chilling video game F.E.A.R. For the Xbox 360 back at E3 in
2006. The popular title's sequel, now in development, has just spawned
a name from developer Monolith Productions – it will be called F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin.
Normally we'd ignore something like this but it feels too strange to
pass up on a brief mention of. Tom Cruise, that Scientology loving
actor who, despite some weirdness, is still a pretty major Hollywood
presence, has announced his official Web site is going iPhone friendly.
Following a previously announced price cut for the Xbox 360 in Japan,
Microsoft today said that it will reduce the price of the console for
U.S. customers as well. For the very first time, you will be able to
buy an Xbox 360 for less money than a Nintendo Wii and for half the
price of a PS3.
Sony’s Playstation Portable (PSP) will see its first major feature
update next month: Scheduled for an October 16 launch in Japan, the new
PSP-3000 is positioned to challenge Nintendo’s DS console, which
currently outsells the PSP by almost 3:1 and has a substantial lead in
total units sold.
Ok so NVISION was mostly about computers and games, but as is common
to most trade shows companies bring out their best booth babes to lure
in the crowd. Following in the great TG Daily tradition
of providing great booth babe coverage, here’s our gallery of the
finest girls at NVISION. We’ve also included a few shots of Tricia
Helfer, star of Battlestar Galactica, when she appeared at Jen-Hsun
While many of the case mods we saw at the NVISION conference and LAN
party were extraordinary, the “DayWalker” Blade-themed case - or more
accurately towering, human-sized, case – impressed us the most.
Created by Richard “DarthBeavis” Surroz, a computer maniac and noted
case modder, the DayWalker contains several radiators, dozens of fans
and six graphics cards.
Hundreds of very tired attendees at the GeForce LAN
party pumped their fists and gave a weary cheer when they broke a
Guinness World Record for the longest continuous LAN party. The event
was part of the NVISION conference hosted by NVIDIA and had hundreds of
people playing video games for 36 straight hours. For their efforts,
the “winners” – if you can call them that – received “gold medals”, had
their LAN party entrance fees refunded and their pictures taken for
Regular folks are just happy to own a working computer,
but the attendees at the NVISION GeForce LAN party aren’t regular
folks. From glowing LEDs, water cooling blocks to a Team Fortress 2
Sentry Gun case, these guys and gals love showing off their computers
while they blast each other in the latest first person shooter games.
Several hundred attendees are also trying to break the Guinness Book of
World Records for the most people at a lan party in a 36 hour period.
However it really doesn’t look good so far as many of the seats in the
world record section are empty.
Palit is showing off some serious graphic firepower at
the Nvidia NVISION conference and LAN party over the next couple days.
An upcoming Nvidia GTX 280 card will feature an integrated water block
so you don’t have to mess with those pesky cooling kits. Another card,
that’s available now, is a 9800 GTX+ with 512 MB of DDR3 RAM. While
the cards are certainly cool, Palit had some other toys that attracted
much more attention.