Hands-on SlotMusic: How not to introduce a new music format

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.

Wii, Xbox 360 leave the PS3 behind

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. Extra: CHARTS and SLIDESHOW

iTunes receives a truck load of HD shows

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 says 99.8% of gamers don’t care about Spore DRM

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 announces $15 SlotMusic albums, $20 player

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 cellphones.

Blizzcon multiboxers – dinner with the most hated people in World of Warcraft

“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 have girlfriends.

Videosite Joost reinvents itself to become a Hulu clone

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.

Blizzcon’s goodie bag and the insane prices it fetches

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 gallery.

World of Warcraft mouse pulses light and comes with Hot Pockets

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.

Blizzcon 08: Motorized turtle mount and rider win costume contest - gallery

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.

YouTube to play full-length TV shows

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.

Blizzcon - long lines, drooling fans and Diablo 3 playable demo

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.

Microsoft: No plans for a Blu-ray drive for the Xbox 360, really

Wal-Mart leaves DRM servers online

Will Microsoft's Xbox 360 kick the Apple TV out of your living room?

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.

The 20 most anticipated video games for the 2008 Christmas shopping season

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 upgrades Japanese PS3, confirms Home Beta

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.

Sony, Microsoft unveil virtual game worlds

Netflix draws ire with Blu-ray surcharge

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.

Warhammer Online chief bans thousands of gold farmers, tells them “go to hell”

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.