Epic gallery of (almost) everyone who makes World of Warcraft

Making video games is serious business, but creating the world’s most popular MMO, World of Warcraft, is a monumental feat requiring hundreds of developers, programmers, artists and videographers.  It’s easy to forget these people because they usually aren’t publically recognized, but today you’re getting a special treat that we’re pretty sure has never been done before.  During last night’s launch of the World of Warcraft expansion: Wrath of the Lich King at the Electronic Fry’s store in Anaheim, we snapped photos of 140 WoW developers and you can see all of them in the three slideshows below.

Google Earth brings ancient Rome to life - in 3D

Google Earth remains one of the most impressive 3D applications available today. A new highlight for Earth is a layer visualizes ancient Rome as it is believed to have looked like in 320  A.D. It includes buildings that have withstood test of time, like the famous Coliseum, in addition to objects that no longer exist, as well as roads and terrain. Users can experience a breathtaking Rome in 360 degrees, fly though streets and even see the detailed interior of some buildings.

Lite-On IT offers digital photo frame with built-in scanner

We (barely) survived the Wrath of the Lich King launch

My thumb is numb from taking hundreds of photos and I can't even feel my feet anymore.  But that doesn’t matter because I own the newest World of Warcraft expansion pack Wrath of the Lich King.  After interviewing the first people waiting in line at the Anaheim Electronic Fry’s store on Tuesday, I headed back Wednesday afternoon to capture the launch. 

Gallery - WoW fans camp out at Anaheim Fry’s

We knew people were going to line up for the next World of Warcraft expansion, but we didn’t think it was going to be this early.  On Tuesday November 11th, we headed over to the Anaheim Fry’s Electronics and saw several people already in line.  In fact, these folks are pros at this sort of thing and were also one of the first people in line for the initial launch of World of Warcraft and the Burning Crusade expansion pack.

Sandisk upgrades Sansa Clip to 8 GB

Musicians concerned that white spaces devices will interfere with microphones

Better late than never: YouTube to host full-length MGM films

YouTube may be the world’s most popular video sharing site and it even may be the world’s second largest site in terms of search traffic, but there is no doubt that YouTube completely missed the boat on hosting full-length movies. Now, the service seems to be catching up with ad-supported movies and TV episodes. Just don’t expect current blockbusters.

Gears of War 2 hits 2.1 million units on day 1 – report

It appears that Microsoft had a blockbuster title in stores just in time for Christmas once again. Gears of War 2 could not quite match Halo 3, but 2.1 million boxes sold on day 1 means that Microsoft’s game studios and Epic received an early Christmas present and the Xbox 360 should see a nice bump in unit sales.

YouTube filters estimated to be 75-85% effective

About a year ago, Google implemented video filtering on YouTube in an effort to prevent the uploading of unauthorized content and to aid in the monetization of videos. ZDNet reflects on this anniversary with a 15 page PDF (available only to registered users), in which Rick Cotton, NBC Universal Chief Counsel, discusses the filters on YouTube. Cotton states that monthly the filters are improving and are now capable of capturing 75-80% of all of the uploads that are not legal.

YouTube to offer full length movies

In its seemingly never ending quest to make YouTube profitable, it appears that Google has landed a deal to start offering feature films on the site. According to an executive at a major entertainment company, we could see movies appearing within the next months.

Microsoft counts on Gears of War 2 as Xbox 360 blockbuster

Microsoft seems to have a real good handle on introducing critical features and content for the Xbox 360 when it counts. Gears of War 2 will be released to 20,000 retailers this week and should also have a positive impact on Xbox 360 and should help jumpstart Christmas sales.

Netflix to stop selling DVDs

Steam takes off into the cloud

Entertainment is going to make its first careful steps in cloud computing as Half-Life creator Valve is rolling out a free cloud-based extension to its Steam network that will enable players to store their game settings and controller configurations online.

Netflix opens Silverlight streaming beta

Chicago (IL) - Netflix has begun the first phase of what appears to be a carefully orchestrated roll-out of a major movies streaming service called “Watch Instantly”. Paired with Microsoft's Silverlight technology, Netflix aims to deliver a next-gen platform for HD video rentals over the Internet. If it succeeds, it may give Apple's iTunes a serious run for its money.   

Nissan hooks Up With Google Maps to upgrade navigation system

Netflix and Tivo teaming up for movie partnership

Netflix appears to be unstoppable these days: Following recent additions of Netflix streaming to Blu-ray players, Mac Computers and the Xbox 360, the company is expected to announce a long awaited partnership with Tivo today.

Beatles songs to return to stage in new video game

Apple Corps is not quite ready to release the song catalog of The Beatles as digital downloads as we had hoped for yesterday, but announced a significant step into this direction nevertheless: MTV and Rock Band developer Harmonix are working on a new music video game title that intends to leverage “the entire span” of Beatles songs ranging from the first album Please, Please me, released in 1963, to Abbey Road, released in 1969.

MTV and Apple Corps to launch global music ‘project’

Viacom’s MTV Networks as well as Apple Corps, a company formed by The Beatles in 1968, will unveil a global music “project” on Thursday, the two companies announced today.

Xbox 360 to stream Netflix movies in HD

Starting November 19, Microsoft will be coming a lot closer to its goal to turn the Xbox 360 into the universal home entertainment most of us will ever need. Microsoft’s deal will open up the Xbox 360 to an all-you-can-eat video streaming fest that covers more than 10,000 movies and TV shows. What is unique about the Xbox-Netflix relationship is the fact that the console will get HD content, which not only pitches it against Apple’s hobby project Apple TV, but also against Blu-ray.