With the countdown to E3 at 2 weeks, more and more news will continue to come out regarding the event. The most recent news is Eidos has announced their slim 4 game main event line-up. The games being displayed will be Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend, Hitman: Blood Money, 25 to Life and Commandos Strike Force. Personally, I’m mainly looking forward to Hitman, with the others being secondary. The Hitman series has always been an entertaining one, with just the right amount of difficulty. The most recent Tomb Raider game was a disappointment, and the series can only go so far based off of Lara Croft’s figure. The game that will be interesting to see is 25 to Life. This was on display at E3 last year and it attracted a lot of attention. The game is mainly for online play for up to 16 players to attack and defend. The basic premise is you can either be a thug/gangsta/bad ass, or you could be every bad guys nightmare, a cop. It’s a modern day cops and robbers game which seems pretty interesting.
“E3 2005 marks the unveiling of the latest installments of three of the industry’s most successful franchises in addition to a first glimpse of two of the most iconic characters, Lara Croft and Agent 47,” said Paul Baldwin, Vice President of Marketing, Eidos. “The Tomb Raider, Hitman and Commandos franchises make highly anticipated returns featuring new engines and dramatically enhanced gameplay features. Additionally, Eidos will be presenting 25 To Life the first to market urban shooter featuring timeless Cops and Robbers gameplay.”
The iRiver H10 20GB seems to now be available for purchase via eCost.com. The product page is for the “Trance” red version of the MP3 player and is listed at $289.99. With a color screen, a company many have come to love and the ability to play WMA files, could this be the true contender to Apple’s coveted iPod? Hey, it’s cheaper than Apple’s 20 GB digital audio player, and it will hold your photos.
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Averatec has announced their new notebook computer lineup – the 1000 series feather lightweight notebooks. Designed for people on the go, these notebooks are one inch-thin and come with a 10.6-inch WXGA widescreen LCD. These nice little notebooks come powered by your choice of either an Intel Centrino 733 or an Intel Celeron M 373 processor, 512 MB DDR, and come with built in 802.11b/g connectivity. DVD+CD-RW combo drives and integrated 4-in-1 media readers which support SD, MC, MMC and MS Pro formats are also standard flair here. The 1000 series is available in a variety of colors to match the rest of your gear. Check out the full press release over at Mobile Tech Review.
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Seems as though everything having to do with technology is getting smaller and better. Now the same holds true for speakers. While you can’t expect to get extreme home theater quality sound from these speakers, they are extremely thin and can be placed anywhere. I can only imagine what crazy setups can come from people using these type of speakers in their homes when they become available. The speakers do not have a sub woofer, no tweeter, and no crossover. Instead, it utilizes a tiny magnet, a voice coil and a paper thin panel.
I think it is safe to say that we all love broadband Internet access. As connection speeds for home users continue to be upgraded, one question comes to mind, “Do we really need and have a use for all this speed?” Although any one’s initial answer may be, “Yes, give me more!” this is hardly the case – at least at this point in time. Sure it’s great to have a 20Mbps connection, but without websites providing content worthy of such speeds, what’s the point? No matter how fast your download speed, you will never be able to bring in the content faster than the server can serve it. Spencer Kelly of BBC News takes a look at this topic at an even greater depth – check it out.
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The story behind this paper camera is an interesting one dating back to the seventies. This site gives a brief synopsis of said history, and provides downloadable PDF templates which can be used to build your very own Dirkon camera out of paper.
The name Dirkon is a play on words based on the combination of the parts of two words: Dirk- is the beginning of the Czech word dírka – pinhole, and -kon is the end of the name of a well-known Japanese camera which needs no introduction.
For all you new-schoolers - sorry, no LCD viewfinder here.
No, Microsoft didn’t up their development cycle overnight in order to compete with Tiger. This copy of Windows Longhorn is actually available for purchase in Iran, including nice packaging and a CD Key. While they are pirated beta versions of the operating system, Microsoft really can’t do much about Iranian copyright law (or the lack thereof). Typically, this kind of software can be purchased there for prices ranging from $1 to $20 USD. Here in the states, we continue to wait.
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If you were still on the fence about whether that Xbox 360 logo we posted was actually something Microsoft has been considering, check out their press invitation for their E3 press briefing. It it about the size of a CD case, with the front featuring a mirrored background with the multiple green circles. The difference here is that there are about three times as many circles than were in the logo. This thing is so cool that I hope it isn’t something that needs to be turned in to gain access to the Xbox 360 E3 show. Of course, if I do have to part with it to get in, I will do so with glee.
The man who has been a huge part of Nintendo’s history, Hiroshi Yamauchi, has announced that he plans to retire from his management position within the company on June 29th. It is he who led Nintendo into the video game business in the 1970’s, however, in recent years he was lambasted by gaming fans for some of the decisions Nintendo made, including using cartridges with the Nintendo 64. In 2002, Yamauchi stepped out of his role as Nintendo President, allowing Satoru Iwata to step into the role. Yamauchi plans to migrate into a consultant role with Nintendo.
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Tom Bihn sent us a couple of their bags to review, and also one to give away to one of our readers. While we haven’t yet completed reviewing the bags (they will be put to the test in a couple of weeks at E3), I can say that people have stopped me to ask where I got the bag on the streets. We were able to sit down with Tom to discuss a few aspects of the company and what makes their bags unique. The questions are actually from you guys, as we received a bunch of email when we were running the bag giveaway.
What are a few things about a Tom Bihn bag that sets it apart from another?
All of our bags are completely American made. We are very proud of that. They are very streamlined, with appealing aesthetics with highly functional designs. Looking at them, you will also see that we use bold colors in our materials. One of the nicer things, though, is that the bags are extremely durable. We had one customer actually complain to us that his bag, after seven years, has yet to wear itself out!
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