Review – Sandisk has been capturing headlines with a new music format
called SlotMusic, pitched as a microSD card-based replacement for audio
CDs. I have been patiently waiting for the first SlotMusic and today
found it at a local BestBuy. I had no reason to believe that it would
not work just like any other digital music, but I was wondering how far
the “No DRM” promise goes. Read my first impressions here.
Market research NPD firm released its latest game console shipment estimate
for the U.S. Both the Nintendo Wii and Microsoft Xbox 360 showed sharp
upticks, while the PS3 gained significantly less – and has not gained
any ground on Microsoft Xbox 360 since its launch almost two years ago.
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Following several content deals that significantly expanded the iTunes
movie and TV catalog, Apple said it is now offering popular television
shows from all four major networks in HD. The company accelerates its
efforts to move Tunes Store video content to HD to push its broader
living room initiative centered around its Apple TV set-top box.
EA Games CEO John Riccitiello, speaking in a Q&A session at the Dow
Jones/Nielsen Media and Money Conference, noted that 99.8% of gamers
really don’t care about DRM.
Sandisk today revealed more details about the upcoming SlotMusic, which
appears to be an attempt to replace the traditional audio CD as a
physical music storage format. Stored on 1 GB microSD cards without
DRM, SlotMusic is an option for those who do not want to download their
music, but purchase entire albums and play them in devices such as
“I hate you guys!” “You people have no life!” – When
it comes to being hated, World of Warcraft multiboxers are in their own
league. These players, who control more than one character at a time,
face criticism heaped upon them from online forums to slurs uttered in
person. How do these multiboxers deal with the criticism? Quite
easily actually and many of them simply don’t care. And after having
dinner with the multiboxers from the dual-boxing.net forums, I can
happily report that these people do indeed have lives, heck they even
Opinion - The Internet probably could have gone without another website
designed to do nothing more than play old reruns of “Mary Tyler Moore”,
clips from “The Steve Colbert Show”, and recaps of “The Hills”.
Unfortunately, that is exactly what Joost, the overly hyped up Internet
video service is ready to deliver.
If you missed this past weekend’s Blizzcon convention in
Anaheim, then you not only missed out on a great show, but also an
awesome goodie bag. Unlike other conventions, you don’t get a
worthless backpack and carrying back at Blizzcon, in fact the show is
known for giving out perhaps the best and most valuable attendee bags
around. Want to know what was inside? Take a look in our picture
SteelSeries demoed its upcoming World of Warcraft mouse at this past
weekend’s Blizzcon convention in Anaheim. The rugged-looking, scaly,
mouse has more than a dozen buttons and can pulse light in more than 16
million colors. Hard-core WoW players can create macros of up to 160
characters for each button. To ease macro creation, SteelSeries has
included 130 predefined commands.
Female night elves, an orc warrior and even Rick Astley
couldn’t defeat a very blue Draenei female and her motorized turtle at
the 2008 Blizzcon costume contest. Dozens of attendees competed for a
replica Frostmourne sword and the costumes were impressive. Most of
the contestants tried to replicate their favorite World of Warcraft
characters by manufacturing their own clothes and weapons, but in the
end a huge green turtle named, “Speedy” stole the show.
In the most recent attempt to squeeze money out of YouTube traffic,
Google unveiled full-length episodes of some fan favorite TV shows. "We
are starting to test full-length programming on YouTube, beginning with
some fan favorites requested by you," the YouTube blog announced.
More than 15000 crazed Blizzard Entertainment fans
packed will pack into the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend for
the 3rd Blizzcon convention. Attendees braved long lines to grab their
badges, but they didn’t seem to mind as a playable demo of Diablo 3
awaited them inside. Content teases of the upcoming Starcraft II and
World of Warcraft Wrath of the Lich King also soothed the savage fans.
Apple TV could be in big trouble when Microsoft unveils its new Xbox
LIVE service in six weeks - with a revamped UI and a much broader focus
on Hollywood. The software maker is betting on entertainment content in
an effort to push Xbox 360 sales. And it seems that the Xbox 360 is the
currently best-positioned gadget to become an all purpose gaming and
entertainment platform for the living room.
Feature - The holiday season is approaching quickly: If you have children or if
you are an avid gamer yourself then you know there are tons of video
games you could buy. This Christmas season is jam-packed with a few
very interesting titles and sequels to some of the most popular games
already on the market for both the PC and console game systems. Here
are our recommendations as a guideline which games you can expect to
appear on most wishlists of gamers. Be sure to check out our slideshow
to see screenshots of the games listed below.
Sony will begin offering the 80 GB Playstation 3 with a rumble pack
wireless controller this month in Japan. The 40 GB version will be
transitioned into “open” pricing.
By now, most of us are used to surcharges that are often justified to
“make up for extra cost” caused by external factors. Netflix has been
talking about potential price increases for Blu-ray rentals for some
time and revealed today that it will be charging customers who want
access to Blu-ray movies an extra $1 per month – which translates into
an increase of at least 6% for subscribers who choose this option.
EA/Mythic’s General Manager Mark Jacobs says gold
farmers aren’t welcome in Warhammer Online and adds quite forcefully
that they can, “go to hell”. Jacobs recently posted in a blog that
he’s instructed his staff to immediately and publically ban all gold
farmers. To add insult to injury, he says Warhammer Online has a
strike team devoted to exterminating gold farmers from the game.