Creative launches Zen player based on new media processor

Austin (TX) - Creative today launched its latest Creative Zen player, the first to use Sigmatel's STMP3700 processor designed specifically for portable devices. The new credit card-sized Zen is available in 4 GB, 8 GB and 16 GB capacities.  An SD card slot is also included.  The 2.5-inch TFT display carries a resolution of 320x240.  The device can play back MJPEG, Windows Media, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4SP, Divx 4-5, and Xvid.  It also sports a USB connection for easy PC-to-device media transfer.

Xbox 360's Lost Odyssey falls back to 2008

Microsoft's first-party RPG Lost Odyssey was originally part of the company's touted holiday lineup, but now it won't hit stores until next year.

Guitar Hero moves to PC, Mac in third installment

Not everyone of us may be able to afford one of BMW's latest M3 sports cars. A newly released freeware game, however, allows car enthusiasts to take the M3 for a virtual drive – and participate in a racing series that promises real prizes.

BMW, 10tacle Studios launch 'BMW M3 Challenge' freeware game

Frankfurt (Germany) – Not everyone of us may be able to afford one of BMW's latest M3 sports cars. A newly released freeware game, however, allows car enthusiasts to take the M3 for a virtual drive – and participate in a racing series that promises real prizes.    

Walgreens to offer free inkjet refills tomorrow

Got an empty inkjet cartridge, but don’t want to spend a lot of money to refill it? You may be in luck because drugstore chain Walgrees will be offering free black or color cartridge refills tomorrow.

Disney prepping Tron sequel

Halo's Master Chief inaugurated at Madame Tussauds wax museum

The face of Halo, Master Chief, has been immortalized as a wax sculpture at the Madame Tussauds Las Vegas museum, beating icons like Mario and Sonic to the punch.

China creates rival to HD DVD, Blu-ray

As Blu-ray and HD DVD continue their second year in the market, the Chinese government has stepped in to create its own high definition disc format.

Sony may roll out $400 40 GB Playstation 3

A new version of the PS3 may be heading to the US for the holiday season.

Sandisk reveals Sansaview PMP devices

Milpitas (CA) - Sandisk has announced its newest portable media player, incorporating up to 16 GB just in time to compete with Apple's newest video-capable iPods. Sandisk's Sansaview plays back H.264, MPEG-4 and Windows Media format videos.  It also contains an FM radio, the ability for line-in recording, and measures in at just 0.35 inches thick.

Study says 'M' rated games garner more sales

A new study seems to go paradoxically against the Wii's success, claiming that "Mature" games sell better than less violent titles.

Wii Zapper gets a release date

Redmond (WA) – Nintendo announced that it will begin selling the Zapper controller shell on November 19, one year after the Wii's debut. The game will come packaged with a demonstration software title and will retail for $20.      

AMD's gamer website goes online

Santa Clara (CA) - Early this morning, AMD unveiled their gaming website.  Decked out in ATI red, it's targeted at the gaming enthusiasts and die-hards in the hopes of luring them in for some fast gaming action and talk-back.  There are links to games, forums, events and even drivers and related graphics utilities.  AMD is hoping to draw some of the enthusiast community toward their line of 3D graphics cards.  To bolster that position, AMD also demonstrated commitment to the Linux graphics and gaming communities by releasing a Catalyst 7.9 driver and support for ATI&

Dolby adopts video watermarking tech for use in movie theaters

Dolby said that it will incorporate Philips' CineFence technology into its professional products, which promises to put a stop to illegal in-theater camcorder copying.

Sunglasses with video camera for $1600

London (England) - A UK company has created a pair of sunglasses with a discreetly built-in digital video recorder. According to the UK's Spy Catcher Online store, the glasses contain a wired system to a personal video recorder device, but the camera lens is hidden in the frame of the glasses.

Limited PS2 compatibility site posted for 80 GB PS3

Sony has launched a website that allows users to check the backward compatibility of the 80 GB version of the PS3, which scraps the PS2 processor in favor of cheaper emulation.

Panasonic introduces new LCD front projector

Vudu service offers direct-to-set-top video downloads

Vudu, a new video download service, was announced this week, along with proprietary set-top boxes designed to deliver downloadable high definition movies.

A remote to go along with high-end home theaters

Arlington Heights (IL) - Bang & Olufsen announced a pricey remote control that not only works with home theaters, but, according to its manufacturer, can learn to wirelessly control any other device in your house that is equipped with remote control functionality.      

Mario Kart Wii to feature 16-player online battles

Nintendo may be ready to step up its online gaming presence, as it is reportedly working on a 16-player Wi-Fi mode in the upcoming Mario Kart game.