XM has announced a price increase for their satellite radio service effective April 2, 2005. The increase will raise the now current rate for their basic service of $9.95, to $12.95 per month. They are also going to include two premium services free of charge. Those two premium services are XM’s online radio access, and the show “High Voltage”. These two services are currently offered at a price of $3.95 and $1.95 respectively. What seems to be a good deal deserves a second look. Sirius, XM’s competitor, offers online satellite radio free of charge on its basic plan of $12.95 and states it will allow subscribers to listen to Howard Stern free of charge when his program launches next year. If you are a current subscriber, you may lock in the rate of $9.95 for the next 5 years. Now that these two services will be the same price, the decision on what service to purchase will be based on what truly matters – hardware price and quality. Expect to see hardware price cuts in the coming months.
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Man, this would totally suck. Imagine Apple releasing a firmware update for current iPods (with new iPods coming with the firmware by default) that made the gadget display ads on its screen at various times. Or better yet, 15-20 second audio ads between songs. Even shuffle owners aren’t safe! Luckily, this is just a gag. Let’s hope Big Steve doesn’t get any ideas.
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You know, I have been playing around with Napster To Go for about a day or so, and I must say it is growing on me. The interface could use a little work, but the fact that I can pull up and listen to just about any song at any time is the real draw (and, the point actually) of Napster To Go. You can queue music up to play tracks one after another, or download the music to be transferred to a portable audio device. The price here is very minimal as well - you pay less for Napster To Go than you would buying one CD per month. I am going to continue messing around with it, and let you know what I think after the trial is over.
With its 8.4-inch LCD screen, stylus, and ability to play most games designed for the PC, the Rogue prototype gaming pad would run circles around every other handlheld gaming device. It also features an ergonomically designed joystick, a track ball, and trigger buttons. The two Tucsonian creators behind the upgradeable device are looking at a mid-2006 release. Time will tell though, if gamers are willing to pay this kind of money to seriously get their portable game on.
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Who wouldn’t love to have one of these at their office? While launching rubber bands at pesky coworkers is nothing new, this bad boy can load up to ten rubber bands at once. You can then shoot off all at once, “shotgun” style or in small bursts. Highly accurate, painful, and hilarious all at the same time.
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When you’re as addicted to the Internet as I am, you can go for hours without getting out of your PC chair. The drawback to this, of course, is the bladder busting pain from not using the bathroom as often as you should. Kiss all that goodbye now, because with the new Internet Urinal, you can surf, play Quake, post in forums, and pee all without getting up from your chair. Perfect for LAN parties, where you can’t afford to take a break. It even comes with a female adapter.
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We’re all for free stuff on the web…spam, pop-up ads, and viruses aside. One of my favorite past-times, java-based games, continues to give me something to do while I’m bored at work. The best part about this one is that you can download and keep it on your hard drive for those times your laptop isn’t around a WiFi connection. This game reminds me a lot of Bejeweled, only the board is more three dimensional, and you have special pieces with different abilities. Post your high score!
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Everyone wants to know what Hironobu Sakaguchi has in store for us in his initial endeavor at Microsoft. The Japanese version of Xbox.com published an interview with Sakaguchi, and now thanks to Xboxyde English readers may take a gander as well. His visions for the two games he is producing and writing can only be described as astounding. Sakaguchi says in the interview:
“Also, as I said before I want to get away from coming-of-age stories, and create comical or tragic scenes unlike any seen in games before. I’m trying to make something that will feel fresh, and explores the possibilities of interactivity.”
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No, your eyes are not playing tricks on you – that is an iPod upside down on a tripod which consistst of speakers. We can’t imagine how much would sound on this device, which is powered by a single AAA battery, but it certainly can’t be good for the neck having to turn your head virtually upside down to read the ID3 tags. This speaker system may not be very practical, but it will be a good conversation starter when set up on an office desk or coffee shop table.
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New meets old with this retro controller from Sega. The company has announced a new controller for the Sony Playstation 2 – a Sega Saturn controller reconfigured to work with the PS2. The controller does not have any analog control sticks, and the L1/R1 buttons are relocated to the Z and C button positions. This black controller brings back memories of classic Sega consoles – where much of our time was spent alongside Sonic the Hedgehog. If you miss the Sega Saturn, be sure to pick one of these controllers on March 24th for the cool price of $22. Now bring on the NiGHTS sequel!
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