New Sony digital cameras get HD link

Sony announced three new mainstream digital cameras that come standard with a high-definition component output interface

51 GB HD DVD disc rivals Blu-ray capacity

Further blurring the line of which format is technically superior, Toshiba has announced that it has successfully created a triple-layer HD DVD disc that holds 51 GB of data.

Second Life tests out voice chat

San Francisco (CA) - The virtual denizens of Second Life will be getting a new way to communicate, namely voice chat. Starting next week, 1000 lucky people will be able to beta test voice chat technology. Linden Labs, the owners of Second Life, say this isn't just any voice chat because character animations will match speech volumes - talk louder and your character goes nuts. Characters can chat privately in addition to joining larger "chats" for concerts and public gatherings.

Sony Bravia IPTV link gets priced, dated

Sony's Bravia Internet Video Link, which was the company's main attraction at this year's CES, has been given a finalized price and street date.

Apple TV gets pushed back to March

The Apple TV is not yet ripe for picking, as the manufacturer recently confirmed that the release date has been pushed back a few weeks.

Marriott hotel rooms get gadget connectivity

To meet the increased demand for technology during travel, Marriott announced today that it has developed a new technology that allows guests to link various devices to in-room television sets.

Ocarina of Time arrives on Wii Virtual Console

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, regarded as the best installment in the long-running Zelda series, has made its anticipated arrival on the Wii's Virtual Console as part of the digital store's weekly update.

Sony ready to drop Blu-ray entry-level player to $600

There is a good chance that Blu-ray will be shedding its image to be the more expensive option among the two high-definition media formats. According to media reports, Sony will release a new Blu-ray player that will cost only half as much as the current BDP-S1, while offering an improved feature set.

Electronic Arts Riccitiello returns as CEO

Former Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello will return as the company's CEO in April.

China electrocutes the WoW out of Internet addicts

Shanghai (China) - Locked cells, electrocution and freezing temperatures, no this isn't a military torture chamber, but China's new way of dealing with Internet addicts. In the past year, several clinics have opened up that treat people who are addicted to online games, chatting and web surfing. Some of the patients come willing, but most have been forced to attend by their parents or even government officials. 

Burning DVD remote prompts Best Buy recall

Minneapolis (MN) - Best Buy has issued a voluntary recall of nearly 10,000 remotes that came bundled in its DVD players after it was reported that the remote could overheat, causing a burning hazard. The remote in question comes packed in with an Insignia DVD player/100W shelf system.  Insignia is Best Buy's licensed brand for low-end electronics.  The affected model number is NS-A1113, which is printed on the front of the player.

Wing Commander makes a comeback on Xbox Live Arcade

Old-time gamers who remember EGA graphics and tweaking expanded memory settings are sure to rejoice the comeback of Wing Commander.

Nintendo officially ends Gamecube support

With Wii sales bringing Nintendo back into the limelight, the company has now stopped working on new titles for the Gamecube.

Euro PS3 to cut PS2 Emotion Engine

In an effort to scale back the prohibitive cost of the PS3, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe is removing a key part of the PS2 that will hinder its backward compatibility

EA, Pandemic to bring Mercenaries 2 to four platforms

Under a newly minted co-publishing deal, EA and Pandemic Studios today announced release details for Mercenaries 2: World in Flames, the sequel to 2005's Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction.

First DVDs with HD capability produced

High definition home video does not necessarily translate into HD DVD or Blu-ray. As the two formats continue to battle each other, another high definition format has quietly surfaced. Sonopress announced that it has replicated the first 3x DVDs with HD capability last week.

Crackdown for Xbox 360 debuts, comes with access to Halo 3 beta

The most anticipated Xbox 360 title since December's Gears of War, Crackdown made its way to stores today. The action racing title also comes with access to the Halo 3 beta program.

Sony planning video downloads for PS3

Sony is working on a video download service for the PS3, similar to what the Xbox introduced in November.

Opinion: Who needs DRM?

I am not a big fan of Apple and not of Steve Jobs in particular. Yes, Apple products look nice, but they are for people who drive to the grocery store in a Lexus rather than a Toyota. And Steve Jobs still doesn't blush when pocketing all those standing ovations for a new product, although there may be hundreds of other Apple employees who would deserve that recognition much more.

Crytek to demonstrate Crysis game engine at GDC

Frankfurt (Germany) – Crytek, developer of the first person shooter “FarCry”, today said that it will demonstrate the middleware of the upcoming “Crysis” game at the 2007 Game Developers Conference (GDC), which will open its doors in San Francisco on March 5.