Okay, so Microsoft has been continually saying that we should expect about 20 games to be available on November 22 for Xbox 360 launch. At X05, we got a glimpse at what we could expect to see on store shelves. At X05Microsoft confirmed eight launch titles, five of which are from Electronic Arts: Project Gotham Racing 3, Kameo: Elements of Power, Perfect Dark Zero, Madden NFL 06, NBA Live 06, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06, FIFA 06, and Need for Speed Most Wanted. Activision went on to announce four of their own Xbox 360 launch titles: Call of Duty 2, Quake 4, Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland, and GUN (a brand new Western-themed action game). Furthermore, Take-Two announced that Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, NBA 2K6, NHL 2K6, Top Spin 2, and Amped 3 available at launch. Throw Dead or Alive 4 into this lineup and it doesn’t look too shabby at all.
So Google is demonstrating their latest product, Google Reader, right now at Web 2.0. This is Google’s foray into the RSS reader market, using a GMail-like web interface to display one’s various feeds. Being that the service just launched, it is moving at a snail’s pace, even on my 8.0Mbps cable line. However, feel free to give it a shot - go ahead and add our feed to your Google Reader list!
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Man, Apple just knows how to get the ol’ Internets all riled up, don’t they? Now it seems that, according to Think Secret, there will not be an iPod video unveiling at the October 12 press show. Instead, they think we can expect small upgrades to the current iPod line which would include an 80GB iPod, and a new silver color option. We should also expect updates Power Macs and PowerBooks. Now, call me crazy, but isn’t 80GB just a tad large for an iPod that is solely dedicated to music? Time will tell.
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The thing about Google is that they are perfectly happy releasing a product under the Beta tag, and leaving it there, right? Not so with Google Local and Google Maps. The services have been combined under the Google Local brand, with the maps now offering hours of operation, links to reviews, and other local business information under the “Details” tab of the address bubble. Pretty nifty.
Hold up, Oakley’s THUMP glasses did well enough to warrant a sequel? Lil’ John must have spent a pretty penny on these bad boys. Nonetheless, look for the Oakley THUMP 2 to hit retail by the end of October ‘05 with 1GB of storage for $449 USD, and 512MB for $349 USD. The THUMP 2 glasses and MP3 player hybrid will support MP3, WMA, WAV, and iTunes AAC. Users will use a USB 2.0 connection to move their music over to the THUMP 2 glasses.
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Interesting way to keep people from putting their hands on your data - store it in a faux lipstick case! The In The Pink USB flash drive provides 128MB of data storage in a pinkish, pearlish, girlish package. The pink also may be in part to the fact that £1 out of every purchased is donated to breast cancer research.
While we haven’t been at the pumpkin carving forefront over the past few years, we certainly welcome the opportunity to use a Dremel tool on something that, if ruined, we won’t cry about. That is what makes the Dremel Pumpkin Carving Kit such a draw. Complete with detailed instructions for carving elaborate designs into the squash, the Dremel tool sells for $30. Is there a happier way to get into Halloween? We think not.
We have finally got our hands on one of those new Vaja iVod DJ cases for the 4th generation iPod, and this one was made using the Vaja Choice service. Vaja has enabled us to dress our iPod to the nines in Gear Live colors as you can see from the image above. We took tons of images, and give our full impressions, after the jump.
Yesterday ATi officially launched the new Radeon X1000 family of 3D Graphics cards - be sure to check out the preview of the entire lineup at [H]ard|OCP. he new high-end flagship X1800 XT is still a 16 pixel pipe GPU, but now chugs along at a blistering 625MHz. Is it fast enough to catch nVIDIA’s 24 pipe GeForce 7800 GTX? nVIDIA’s GeForce 7800 GTX and GT have easily put them at the top of the gaming world by offering the best value for the dollar along with superior features. ATI is now ready to jump back on board with new architecture built from the ground up, which they like to quote as “Shader Model 3.0 Done Right.”
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This just may be the ultimate way to let others know you are a true geek, even when you are in a formal situation. The iKuffs Illuminated Cufflinks glow just like the standby button of your favorite home entertainment component, and show the world your true colors - that being one of the six available. The glowing LED is available in Fusion Red, Sunset Orange, Electric Yellow, Money Green, KuL Blue, and Winter White. The actual metal casing is available in stainless steel, brushed (for the Apple fans), and polished. At $200 a pair, here’s hoping you have somewhere to rock these.
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