Physics for The Ant Bully

Video game developer A2M said that it has used Havok's physics engine to create collision detection and rigid bodies in the upcoming videogames The Ant Bully and Monster House.

Slim Devices wants in on high-end networked audio

Slim Devices today introduced a networked audio system aimed squarely at the audiophile market.

Samsung announces two monitors with embedded Windows XP OS

Samsung has released two new monitors that can display pictures, movies and documents without an additional computer. The 46" Syncmaster 460pn and 40" Syncmaster 400pn LCD monitors integrate an embedded version of the Windows XP operating system that can show JPGs, Adobe PDFs and play video files.

Chrysler to install hard drive-based infotainment systems

Chrysler announced that it will offer hard drive infotainment systems into cars of its Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge brand by the end of this year. Initially, the "MyGig" system will be offered in the restyled Chrysler Sebring, the upcoming Dodge Nitro and the Jeep Wrangler, but other vehicles such as the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Commander as well as the Chrysler Town&Country minivan, the Chrysler Pacifica cross-over and the Chrysler Aspen, a rebadged Dodge Durango, will get the system as well.

Panasonic to offer $70,000 plasma TV for Christmas

Christmas is less than half a year away and some of us may already setting up their wish list for their parents and spouses. If you are looking for something different this year, ditch that Porsche and consider the world's largest plasma HDTV.

Sony BMG releases customized song without copy-protection

For the first time in legal music download history, there is a song from a major artists that actually sells without digital rights management (DRM).

PlayStation 3 production has already begun

According to Chinese business newspaper The Commercial Times, production has already begun on the PlayStation 3 as Sony gears up for the next-gen console's November launch.

Sony's new camcorders record high-def to mini-DVDs and hard drive

Sony has introduced two camcorders capable of recording 1080i resolution video to miniature DVDs. Both the HDR-UX1 and HDR-SR1 models will record 1920 by 1080 pixels and Dolby 5.1 surround sound using the new AVCHD codec (Advanced Video Codec High Definition). The UX1 model will record to 3" DVD discs, while the SR1 version will record to a built-in 30GB hard-drive.

Infinium changes name to Phantom Entertainment

Infinium today announced that it will change its name to Phantom Entertainment. The company made headlines when it announced the "Phantom" game console back in 2004, but since then has been unable to ship and sell such a device.

Blizzard tests new World of Warcraft cross-realm battlegrounds

World of Warcraft fans can now backstab, bash, fireball, face-melt and frost-shock their cross-server foes. Players can log into test servers that have been configured with an upcoming patch - an update that allows battles against other servers.

ArenaNet offers public beta of new Guild Wars game

Guild Wars fans will get another chance to battleeach other in an upcoming beta test of Guild Wars Nightfall. ArenaNet will offer a public beta test of the game between 28 July and 31 July.

Movielink to offer DVD burning - if Hollywood plays along

Novato (CA) - It's hard to justify more than $25 for a movie that you download and then is stuck on your hard drive. A new deal between Movielink and Sonic that allows users to burn a movie onto a DVD however may drive download services finally into the mainstream. But while the technology is already available, it is ultimately up to the movie studios to unlock the feature.

Team Fortress 2 and the Resurgence of Class-Based Gaming

Yaknow considering how much we in the tech press like to have a go at 3D Realms over Duke Nukem (it'll take) Forever, I think that Half-Life creators Valve get off extremely easy for their own vaporware transgressions - namely Team Fortress 2.

Gaming Heaven at Howie's Game Shack

Mission Viejo (CA) - Looking for a really large gaming center? Here you go: We first talked about Howie's Game Shack back in May, but you only saw the 250 PCs and Xbox consoles in pictures. TG Daily is following up with an interview with the owner. Get a glimpse of what it takes to run what is most likely the largest game center in the U.S.

AUO and CMO to roll out new 42" LCD TV panels

Both AU Optronics (AUO) and Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO) will introduce more 42" LCD TV panels in the second half of 2006, with AUO to use 7.5-generation (7.5G) substrate-made panels and CMO to use 5G substrates, according to sources.

Valve to ship Half-Life 2, extensions for PS3 and Xbox 360

Valve will be jumping on the Playstation 3 train by recycling its Half-Life 2 story. The package for Sony's next-generation game console will include "enhanced" versions of Half-Life 2 and Episode One - the first part of a Half-Life 2 related trilogy Valve is rolling out - as well Episode 2, which will also include the games Team Fortress and Portal.

EA unveils six games for the Wii

Up until today, EA's strategy for the Nintendo's new gaming platform called Wii, was a little murky.

Jessica Simpson sings for you with new customized songs

Ever wanted Jessica Simpson to shout out your name in one her songs? Now you can rejoice because next week you will be able to order customized songs where she will yell out your name three times. People with the 500 most common first names will be able to purchase the songs immediately, while those with more unique names will have their songs delivered in one to three weeks.

Atari sells 'Driver' franchise to Ubisoft to raise cash

The Atari unit of French game publisher Infogrames announced to the surprise of many that it is selling the property rights to, as well as the studio behind, one of its most lucrative game franchises, Driver , to competitor Ubisoft, for $26 million in cash.

Toshiba delays HD DVD-based DV-R in Japan

Tokyo (Japan) - Reuters is reporting that Toshiba has delayed the introduction of its HD DVD-based high-definition video recorder, the RD-A1 - originally scheduled for tomorrow - to the Japanese market, by about two weeks. The reason, the company says, is to allow inventory to build up, since procurement has run at a slower rate than expected.