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XBOX Silver LogoIn what has got to be seen as an amazing feat, the XBOX Live service has reached 1 Million subscribers. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I dont like the service. What is amazing to me is how quickly Microsoft was able to garner 1,000,000 subscribers to its service. It usually takes a while to get 1 Million people to do ANYTHING, let alone play video games together. As Microsoft noted in the announcement, they reached this milestone faster than the AOL, HBO, and TiVo services did. It appears that the slogan must be true: “It’s Good to Play Together”.


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Samsung SCH-A670 PhoneGear Live contributing reporter Hector Martinez was able to spend some time testing the Samsing SCH-A670 mobile phone. While it appears stylish on the outside, you can never judge a book by its cover. Hector gives us the down low on how it performs.

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If you haven’t heard, freeiPods.com is a site that rewards you with either a 15 GB iPod, an iPod mini, or a $250 iTunes Gift Certificate - whichever you choose. All you need to do is sign up for one of the offers on the site, and then refer five friends. You are free to cancel the offer at any time, thus, you get an iPod for absolutely nothing.



We have gotten reports from several sources that the site is legit, and just the other day I met someone that got their Pink iPod mini through the site. I am now here to share the wealth. Click the link below to get started with freeIpods.com.



We also set up a thread on the Gear Live Boards dedicated to helping readers sign up and gain referals.


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ChillowAs a technology enthusiast, when I first heard of the Chillow on the Oprah show a while back, I have to admit I was interested to say the least. The Chillow apparently used some sort of cooling technology to keep its internal material cool to the touch at all times. It is meant to stop one from
“pillow flipping” to find the cool spot. Well, after using it for a few weeks, I am here with the results.

Click to continue reading SoothSoft Chillow Review


Black iPodJaguar has a unique giveaway happening at it’s X-Type website. If you sign up for the newsletter, you will be entered in a drawing to win a black X-Type iPod. Just by the looks of it, it does look stylish. You will also be entered for an opportunity to see Zero 7 perform on tour in your area.



As a side note, if you don’t win you can still get one of these. Apparently, Jaguar got these iPods customized at ColorWare.



Read More | The X-Type


Sony PSPAs a follow up to the previous story, it appears there was a misunderstanding regarding Sony’s announcement. To clear it all up, the new Sony handheld console, the PlayStation Portable (PSP) will be the console to launch in March 2005.



At the same press conference, it was also revealed that the PlayStation 3 (PS3) will be on display in full working, playable form at E3 in May 2005.



Read More | Reuters


XBOX Media CenterTurn your Xbox into a media center with XBMC. What is XBMC?



XboxMediaCenter is a free open source (GPL) multimedia player for the Xbox from Microsoft. Currently XboxMediaCenter can be used to play/view most popular video/audio/picture formats such as MPEG-1/2/4, DivX, XviD, MP3, AAC, JPG, GIF plus many more less known formats directly from a CD/DVD in Xbox DVD-ROM drive or of the Xbox harddrive, XBMC can also play files from a PC over a local network and even stream media streams directly from the internet. XBMC has playlist and slideshow functions, a weather forecast and many audio visualizations. All these features enable the Xbox running XboxMediaCenter to fully function as a multimedia jukebox.



Download Here | XBOX Media Center


PlayStation 3In what has to be considered a bombshell announcement, Sony Computers President Takeshi Kutaragi revealed to the press that the next version of the PlayStation videogame console is targeted to launch by the end of the fiscal year. What this means is that Sony plans to have the PlayStation 3 on store shelves by the end of March 2005, two months before the 2005 Electronics Entertainment Expo. If the announcement serves to be true, then Sony just changed the game in a major way.



Microsoft has begun making noise about launching the successor to the XBOX sometime in 2005 as well, though no specific date has been set. Meanwhile, Nintendo has sworn up and down that they will not be the last one’s out of the gate this time, and are reportedly hard at work on the “Revolution”, which is the follow up to the Gamecube.



Read More | Seattle PI


iTunes 100 Million Contest

We knew it would be just a short period of time between the announcement of the contest, and the 100 Millionth download. The 100,000,000th (that’s a lot of zero’s!) song, “Somersault (Dangermouse remix)” by Zero7 was purchased by Kevin Britten, 20, of Hays, Kansas on Sunday, July 11, according to Apple.



So what does this mean? For Apple, it cements their status as the premier online music store as they have reached a place that their competition may take years to reach. For Kevin Britten, it means a 40GB iPod, 10,000 free songs from iTunes, his own Celebrity Playlist, and a 17” Powerbook. Nice.


With all the recent web exploits, now is the time to update your browsers. Here are the links for the latest updates:



Microsoft Internet Explorer: Use Windows Update to Patch the latest flaws.



A recent exploit was found in Mozilla and Firefox browsers on Windows PC’s. Update to the latest versions below.

Firefox 0.9.2

Mozilla 1.7.1



The web is starting to become a dangerous place - here is a good spyware killer:



SpywareBlaster 3.2


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