Looks like Blu-Ray has another supporter in the HD format wars, and it’s a biggie. Yesterday Apple announced that it will be the latest member in the Blu-Ray Disc Association, following a bimonthly meeting in South Korea hosted by electronics maker Samsung. Proponents of Blu Ray say that the format holds more data, while companies favoring the HD-DVD format say that they are cheaper to manufacture. The upcoming players for each format are both backward-compatible with existing DVD’s. Since Sony and Apple are now behind Blu-Ray, some of you might think that the war is just about over now. Well, take a look at the upcoming HD-DVD releases and you might think twice.
Read More | CNet
Star Wars and Lego make such a good combination it’s not even funny. Witness the new Death Star II, coming this September for $300. Sure it’s a tad expensive, but just look at the complexity of this thing. Plus it comes with a stand, and measures 25 inches high and 19 inches wide. I would just hate to accidentally knock this thing over.
Read More | Gadget Madness
Alright, here’s the deal. Gear Live is going to be at E3 in full force. A couple of us are going to be roaming the showroom floor like nobody’s business, capturing all the video and stills that would make any gamer scream like a schoolgirl. We will also be talking to a few influential people relevant to the gaming and consumer electronics world. However, while we will have all this data, we have no way of getting it to you in real time. Why is this? We do not have a laptop. This is where you come in:
Our favorite incentive network, OfferCentric, has a free notebook website that they run. If you help us in achieving our goal by signing up for the site as one of our referrals, you will be entered to win one of a bunch of prizes. I am talking about things like Pod Shields, DecalGirl iPod and Gamecube skins, a PDA Panache custom Nintendo DS stylus, and a Logitech Harmony 688 Universal Remote. One winner will also be the proud recipient of an E3 Bag-o-Stuff - that being a bunch of miscellaneous free items that companies give out at E3, and it is usually tons. As you can see, we have a bunch of stuff to give away to a bunch of people for bringing us to the point where we can get the laptop, and report live from the showroom floor. All that is required for entry is for you to sign up at Notebooks4Free and complete an offer. We will update in a few days with a status report. Any questions, contact us here.
One thing of interest mentioned at the Game Developers Conference regarding the Nintendo DS is that Nintendo is going to be launching a free WiFi online gaming service for the portable console. This will allow DS gamers to not only find and play against each other at Internet hotspots, but they will also be able to use their home WiFi network to jump online as well. Many have faulted Nintendo for their lack of vision in the online gaming department, as they have continued to say that they needed to wait until it was a viable investment. I now wonder if that meant that they wanted to wait until it was cheap enough to run an online gaming service that gamers would not have to pay for. With the Revolution also slated to be WiFi compliant, this is certainly an interesting turn of events.
In other DS news, you folks over in Europe can now pick one up at your local game store. The Nintendo DS made its European debut today at a price of £99 in the UK and €149 in other countries.
Read More | IGN
Logitech has announced a new line of accessories for Sony’s Playstation Portable – PlayGear. The accessories include a protective case, portable speakers, earphones, and an earphone jack splitter. All the accessories are black to complete the portable. Probably the most useful accessory and possibly a must have for all mobile gamers is the protective case. Not only will it protect your expensive gadget but it is able to tilt 270° to block the sun or any other glare and can be used as a stand to watch movies or pictures hands free. No word yet on when they will be available for purchase.
- Logitech PlayGear Pocket case ($19.99)
- Logitech PlayGear Stealth earphones ($19.99)
- Logitech PlayGear Amp portable speakers ($79.99)
- Logitech PlayGear Share audio splitter ($9.99)
Read More | SonyPSPreview
Check out these two SLVR phone versions from Motorola. The Motorola SLVRcam V280 and SLVRlite V270 are both stylish and, from the looks of the specs, functional too. Here is the breakdown: The SLVRcam V280 has some very nice photo and video options. It has a VGA camera with 4x zoom, with built-in auto-timer and multimedia photo album creator. In addition, it can capture and playback MPEG-4, .3gpp, and H.263 video. It also has integrated Bluetooth, MP3 ringtone support, SCREEN3, and all the other standards. The SLVRlite V270 also has Bluetooth support, the ability to play video clips, GPRS, MP3 ringtone support, and a few other basic features. Both these phones should be available in the second half of 2005.
In news that makes me smile with glee, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced that the companies next-generation console - codenamed “Revolution” - will be backwards compatible with Nintendo Gamecube games. This move adds a lot of power to Nintendo as the next generation race begins to heat up. Microsoft has been trying to tie this feature into the Xbox 2/360 feature set, and has been having difficulty doing so. Having a system be backwards compatible immediately makes it more appealing, as it has hundreds of titles available to play right out of the gate. Iwata also confirmed that the Revolution will come with integrated WiFi capabilities. From the way he was talking at the Game Developers Conference, it seems that Nintendo is finally going to get on board with the online gaming world.
Read More | 1Up
From the “Can You Please Just Let It Die?” department, Nokia plans to continue throwing millions away by backing the N-Gage cell phone/video game console hybrid. The latest from them is that they plan to bring an updated version of the N-Gage QD to the market, hoping that will breathe new life (or really, initial life?) into the device.
“We’re looking at new colors, a new look and feel for the QD in the next few months,” said Gerard Wiener, director and general manager of the games business program at Nokia.
Hey Nokia, I know technology moves really fast and all, and I know how forgettable it was. However, you did have an N-Gage before the QD, and no one bought it. Then you said you would bring a redesigned version to market, in the hopes that it would spark sales. It really didn’t happen for ya. Now you can stop wondering why you guys have that sense of deja vu. You’re welcome.
AMD’s answer to Intel’s Centrino has finally launched. The Turion 64 features AMD64 performance, HyperTransport technology, and AMD PowerNow! technology that allows you to play or work longer on a single charge. Much like the Centrino, the Turion also provides wireless compatibility to support most popular wireless interfaces for connectivity wherever the road may take you. With performance that rivals the Centrino, the Turion 64 is sure to be a popular choice for people looking for light weight mobile computers with a low price tag without sacrificing performance.
Read More | Reuters
Looks like we’ve found the ultimate conversation piece, though I suspect it will frighten the women away moreso than attract them. This real-life tarantula comes encased in hardened acrylic so that you can check out all the creepy details without getting bit. I’ve actually seen something like this at my brother’s house, who took the molten skin from his pet tarantula, framed it, and placed it on an end table. This venom-free item retails for $22.95.
Read More | Scientifics Online
© Gear Live Inc. – User-posted content, unless source is quoted, is licensed under a Creative Commons Public Domain License. Gear Live graphics, logos, designs, page headers, button icons, videos, articles, blogs, forums, scripts and other service names are the trademarks of Gear Live Inc.