Warhammer finally has its Age of Reckoning on September 18

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.

Mac sales may hit record highs despite decline in consumer spending

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. 

EA withdraws Take-Two bid, stock tanks

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.

A new try of buy once, play anywhere – without Apple

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.

Sony could be cutting their Blu-ray player prices by $100

UC Irvine given $100,000 to study WoW players

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.

Microsoft and RIM partner up on search

Bluetooth hides deep down in new iPod touch

Not that Bluetooth is a sensational new feature. But it is noteworthy that this feature, which has long been requested by iPod touch users, has finally made it into the iPod touch. And interestingly, Steve Jobs did not announce this new feature during the launch event and Apple’s iPod touch product page does not list Bluetooth as a feature of the device.

Sony, Amazon kick off VOD service to Sony TVs

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."

Sony offers up new HDV prosumer handycam

Sony's got a couple of new HDV cameras it is announcing today. The one of interest to prosumers like you and I is the HDR-FX1000, priced at around $3200. Sony says the HDR-FX1000 is its first Handycam camcorder to feature progressive scan at 1080/24p and 30p. The 24p image, using a two to three pull down, can be converted to 60i for editing.

Get Ready For F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin

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.

Philips adds new Pronto uber touchscreen remote

One of the remotes considered in the uber category by hardcore home theater owners is the Philips Pronto. Philips, according to CEPro, has just unveiled its latest Pronto – the TSU9800 touchscreen.

Apple refreshes its iPod touch

Apple used its Let’s Rock event today to update its touch-based media player. The new iPod touch comes with a more rounded stainless steel design that resembles the appearance of the iPhone 3G, side volume controls and a built-in speaker. It also comes pre-loaded with a new software package that adds Apple’s new Genius music recommendation option and out-of-the-box support for Nike+ sports gear.

Sony showcases 24.6-megapixel full frame DSLR

Sony's got itself a new α (alpha) DSLR today which the company says is its first full-frame model. It is called the DSLR-A900 and the body alone will cost you around $3000 with related accessories. It will hit store shelves in November.

Apple announces new iPod nano, 120 GB classic

Apple unveiled its fourth-generation iPod nano as well as a new 120 GB iPod Classic at its “Let’s Rock” event today. The 160 GB iPod is gone.

Microsoft updates Zune players ahead of Apple event

Microsoft unveiled its new Zune media players just hours before the Apple’s annual iPod event. The refreshed media player family offers more storage capacity and the updated software adds new interesting options, some of them unique to the Zune. Microsoft hopes these benefits might convince iPod users to switch, while serving as a reminder to others that Zune is still in the game.

Mitsubishi's laser TV goes on sale for $7000

Mitsubishi’s LaserVue LCD, according to the company the world’s first laser-powered TV, will be on store shelves at the end of this month and will sell in its 65” version for pretty much what the company promised – the price of an average 65” LCD TV. It is not cheap, but it may one of most technologically advanced televisions on the market many enthusiasts can afford.

Will Microsoft crash Apple’s iPod party?

Apple may not be the only one dominating tech headlines tomorrow. Apparently, Microsoft is set to refresh its Zune family tomorrow as well and may use the media frenzy to piggy back on Apple. The company is expected to also apply a "redesign-storage upgrade-new colors-price cut" formula for this new product generation. However, behind that shiny new surface Microsoft is said to be offering upgraded Zune software and an updated Zune Marketplace service that may include exclusive interactive video programming, wireless access to the online store, games, and other content.

Gyration Unveils Air Motion Friendly Remote

Movea, a company known for motion-sensing technology in products such as its M2000 Travel Air-Mouse, took the wraps today off its new Gyration Air Music Remote which combines "a universal remote control with the functions of a PC mouse." This motion-sensing remote can be yours to twirl around in the air for around $180 standalone, or $230 if you want a wireless keyboard tossed in.

Tom Cruise says his web site now iPhone friendly – huh?

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.