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Sony has announced that they've discontinued production of the $500 20GB model of their Playstation 3 console, as had been rumored for a while now. With the Playstation 3 having fewer sales than the other next generation consoles in the past few months, demand for the 20GB model has been especially low. "My thoughts? The industry buzz had... Read more...
Nvidia has released version 97.94 of their Windows XP GeForce 8800 drivers. The update includes some game compatibility fixes, and a few PureVideo improvements. You can read the release notes here(pdf), and download the drivers here.... Read more...
The music industry's answer to music piracy is DRM(Digital Rights Management) software. While many record labels claim it's necessary to combat piracy, there's a growing number of consumers that feel it infringes on their rights as customers, keeping them from listening to their tunes on any device they wish. In an effort... Read more...
EA has announced a deal with Nettwerk One Music, establishing the Artwerk music label. The company is described as a "full-service music company", helping artists distribute their music. First up in their line of artists is Junkie XL who's contributed tracks to a couple different EA games.... Read more...
Microsoft sold 20 million copies of Windows Vista in February, a rather strong start according to them. In comparison, Windows XP sold 17 million copies in the two months follow its release. While the numbers are there, analysts warn it's still a little to early to gauge the OS's overall popularity, and it's also worth noting that... Read more...
Wikipedia is a great source of information, few would argue against that. The accuracy of the information is a whole different matter though, and it's a problem that's starting to trouble some teachers. The ability for anyone to edit almost any article is a double-edged sword for Wikipedia. It allows for massive amounts of information... Read more...
So, does the popular gaming magazine confirm the rumors of a new Xbox 360 version? According to some leaked scans, yes it does. The new Xbox 360 Elite is expected to come in black, with a 120GB Hard Drive, HDMI output, and a $479 price tag. It's also rumored that once the new Elite's sell out, the hardware will replace current... Read more...
PC and XBox 360 owners have been enjoying Oblivion for over a year now(especially me!), and now Playstation 3 gamers have the opportunity to save Tamriel as well. Bethesda has announced today that the PS3 version of the game has begun shipping to stores in North America. The PS3 version contains the full game, as well as the mini... Read more...
Starting today, Dell and Alienware(R) customers purchasing select XPSTM , AuroraTM and Area 51(R) gaming desktop computers can super-size their storage space by adding the world's first consumer one terabyte (TB) hard drive from Hitachi Global Storage Technologies. The extra hard drive capacity provides enough space to store an incredible... Read more...
GameSpy, originally QSpy has been around in the PC gaming world for some time now, helping to bring hours of joyful fragging to the masses. GameSpy's popularity hasn't escaped Nintendo's interest, and now Nintendo is looking to pair GameSpy with their WiFi multiplayer service. Things should go smoothly as Nintendo and... Read more...
A new report from technology research firm IDC have calculated that the world generated 161 exabytes of data last year. 161 billion gigabytes is a lot of data, and they had to add quite a few things into the equation to reach that number, but it gives you an idea of just how much information we're pushing around with current technology.... Read more...
CompUSA is expected to close over half their stores over the next couple of months, dumping their least profitable stores in favor of the top performing ones. Over the next 60 to 90 days, they plan to close 126 stores total, leaving 103 stores left in the US and Puerto Rico. "The company,... Read more...
The article is a little more constructive than the title implies, as most of the annoyances listed can be improved upon. While none of the next-gen consoles can be considered perfect, Sony's Playstation 3 has had its fair share of criticism, with it's price and lack of exclusive titles being some of the biggest complaints. Fortunately... Read more...
With YouTube.com being the most popular of the video sharing websites, it's pretty easy to become a celebrity on there, assuming you're interesting enough to warrant the viewers. Those who do reach celebrity status on YouTube are now finding themselves in hot demand from competing websites. Some have left the YouTube community to earn... Read more...
Well, not every gaming league will be shown on the air, but Major League Gaming its self as announced a deal that it hopes well help get competitive gaming into more of a mainstream market. MLG also plans to bring content to mobile phones, and should be bringing competitive gaming to the masses this year.... Read more...
PCI Express External Cabling Specification Completed by PCI-SIG Enables New Usage Models Such as Platform Disaggregated I/O, Chassis-Chassis Expansion I/O and Others BEAVERTON, Ore. - February 7, 2007 - PCI-SIG(R), the Special Interest Group responsible for PCI Express(R) industry-standard I/O technology, today announced the availability of... Read more...
Princeton has agreed to let Google digitize about 1 million public domain books which are no longer in copyright, into the enormous database that is Google Books. The project started two years ago, and aims to digitize many of the worlds books, allowing them to be searchable over the web.... Read more...
The battle between Blu-Ray and HD-DVD is still heating up, but so far Sony's Blu-Ray has the edge. Ending the week of January 14th, for every 100 Blu-Ray movies sold there were only 38.36 HD-DVDs sold. The numbers have slowly progressed in Sony's favor, thanks in part to their Playstation 3 sales. It's still early though, and we... Read more...
You know a technology is on its last breath when large retail chains stop supporting it. It was the case when major retailers stopped selling VHS tapes, and now it seems the floppy disk is going the same way. PC World as announced it will no longer support the format once it stock runs out, and you can expect many other retail... Read more...
Seen enough Vista news yet? Well we're still not done, and this time we bring news of Drivers! Yes, Nvidia has released some new Windows Vista drivers for their graphics chips. The drivers still need some work though, as SLI support is still a bit spotty. Stay tuned for a new driver release tomorrow, providing DX9 SLI support... Read more...
Microsoft's Windows Vista promises to revolutionize gaming with DirectX 10, but how does gaming performance stack up against Windows XP, using the DirectX 9 games we have available today? Well, some of you might be disappointed, but you're not exactly going to see a leap in performance. Vista has a greater hardware requirement... Read more...
Cyber crimes have been on the rise over the years, but so haven't the number of overall net users. While every society has its share of the not so decent, will the Internet, with it's ability to provide criminals easy access to money, merchandise, people, and privacy, eventually be overrun by them? If security and user knowledge don't... Read more...
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