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.
Slingbox announced that its SlingCatcher television set-top box is now
available through online and offline retail stores. The box connects
TVs to online video sites such as Hulu and YouTube as well as the movie
streaming service offered by Netflix.
Microsoft still denies that it will be offering a Blu-ray extension for
its Xbox 360 game console and gave every indication that it might skip
the Blu-ray trend altogether and focus on movie downloads. Not so fast,
says Xbit Labs, which learned that an external Blu-ray drive for the
Xbox 360 is ready to ship. Guess which company allegedly manufactures
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.
Opinion - With Nintendo’s recent announcement that it has developed a
new and better version of the already successful DS handheld, I decided
I might do a little research. I enjoy keeping up on game consoles and
try to get my hands on new technology early. So, is this new system
something I should purchase? Is this the new face of mobile gaming?
Let’s look - I can’t be left behind in the technology world.
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.
a developer of wearable bio-sensors, is showing off a
brainwave-controlled video game as a concept being jointly developed
with Square Enix. It is being displayed at the Tokyo Game Show 2008 in
Makuhari, Japan, on October 9 and 10.
With the new National Basketball Association (NBA) upon us it also
means it is time for another round of NBA basketball games to light up
our video game consoles.
Photographing car shows is great… not only do you
have good looking cars, but you also have plenty of attractive models
who are more than willing to pose for the camera. At these shows,
you’re jostling against dozens of other photographers trying to get the
perfect shot – in short it’s a friendly battleground where getting the
perfect shot requires a technique, patience and the right gear. In
this multiple part series, we’ll show you all the secrets behind
getting all the best pictures possible and we’ll start it off with this
article about gear.
Video game accessories manufacturer dreamGear has unveiled a new
lightsaber accessory for Star Wars fans who own a Nintendo Wii. It is
called Dual Glow Sabers and you'll find it pricing around around $25 for a pair.
Music industry giants show more and more effort in supporting digital
music download services that compete with Apple’s iTunes. Universal
Music Group this morning announced that it will be supplying its music
catalog to Dada.net, which plans to be offering over-the-air DRM-free
MP3 tracks. The cost per song is well below iTunes pricing: A 15 song
package is sold for $10.
It appears that Boy Genius Report is first to be out with a number of
pictures that provide a first impression what Amazon’s new Kindle ebook
reader may look like. It is obvious that the Kindle is much nicer, but
its design is a far cry from the most recent products we have seen and
it does not look like there will be a touchscreen.
1080p is yesterday: Sony gets more aggressive in promoting
next-generation movie theater technologies, including 4K resolution
movies as well as a new 3D adaptor for its high-end 4K projectors,
which should provide crystal clear 3D movie experiences.
There has been lots of activity in the ebook reader segment lately.
Following Amazon’s Kindle, we recently saw the Plastic Logic’s stunning
device and it appears that Sony will also try to take another shot at
this market. The company will soon be selling an updated version of its
Reader Digital Book, which now includes a touchscreen.
Apple today updated MobileMe, the iTunes jukebox software and the Apple
TV firmware. The updates fix several annoying bugs and bring new
features like Genius and On-The-Go playlists for Apple TV, in addition
to a new standby mode, performance and reliability improvements in
iTunes 8 and support for syncing more than 2000 contacts in MobileMe.
Opinion - On Wednesday, Slide, the Widget start-up primarily
responsible for delivering individuals photo slideshows and videos
announced that it would be hosting video from CBS, Warner Brothers, and
Hulu on Facebook. This is the beginning of a new Facebook application
that is being worked on in partnership with FunSpace Channels that will
open today. Facebook and TV? Does that go together?