It’s nice to have a change from the regular listing of albums and singles Billboard is normally known for. USA Today reports that the company has actually been tabulating downloads, using Nielsen SoundScan, since 2003. Now that they’ve ironed out all the kinks and feel more comfortable they’ve begun publishing the lists. They are only tracking songs that have been legally purchased though, for obvious reasons. For top song swaps, you might want to check out BigChampagne.
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Wires on our devices are still a pain. Just last week, someone accidentally snatched my headphones right out my ear when they walked too close to me. If that wasn’t enough, people who wear sunglasses are even more limited, because generally only one device can loop around your ear at any one time. Today at 3GSM Motorola and Oakley announced their new line of premium Bluetooth wireless technology, sure to keep you connected and cool at the same time. The Oakley RAZRWire is simply a pair of Oakley’s that have an earpiece attached to the frame, allowing you to talk on your cell phone wirelessly. The device is expected in the second half of 2005, and will be available in three different frame colors. No word on the pricing, but the word “premium” should hint to that.
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The 3GSM is going on today, and that means there are a crapload of new cell phone announcements to talk about - one of which is the new Motorola PEBL V6. What’s so exciting about it? Before we get into the specs, Motorola continues pushing the cool factor of their new phones with this one with its double-hinged mechanism which enables you to open the phone easily and stylishly with one hand. The phone has integrated Bluetooth, EDGE support, a 262k color display, 5 MB on board memory, an MPEG4 VGA video camera, a POP3/IMAP email program, MP3 ringtone support, and it measures 49mm x 86.5mm x 20mm. Look for the 110 gram stone-shaped PEBL V6 in the second half of 2K5 (that’s 2005 for the layperson).
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Prepared to be terrified this coming April when one of 2004’s most popular titles gets an update and a port. id and Activision have now confirmed the rumors that have been traveling cyberspace for quite some time now: Doom 3 will be released for the Xbox and Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil will be the first expansion pack for the PC game. Both of these titles will be released on the week of April 4th. Doom 3 for Xbox is a port of the popular FPS game for the PC with a couple notable differences: a new co-op mode and Xbox Live game play. The PC expansion pack will put you against a new invasion of demons from hell (where else?) and will take place two years after the events of the original game.
New trademarks are always great fodder for the old rumor mill, and this one is no different. Nintendo has trademarked the name “Nintendo V-Pocket”, with an emphasis on the “V” as you can se in the logo. Now, what exactly is it? Some think it may be related to the plan Nintendo may have to put the Palm OS on the Nintendo DS. Others believe it may have to do with the much talked about Nintendo DS wireless network that the Big N is supposedly cooking up. It could simply be the name of the GBA/Nintendo DS video player add-on. Whatever it is, I am 99% sure it is DS related, as the logo uses the DS style font. Of course, being that it is now February, prepare to hear the words “we’ll see at E3” quite a bit.
If you ever wished you could stuff your iPod with more music, here’s your answer: Thanks to G4TechTV, you can “cram your ‘Pod” with up to 30 percent more songs. There are two methods of doing this. First, if you remove the album art from your tracks, you can grab up to a 10% increase in space. This allows you to go from 80 full albums on an iPod mini to 88. Or you can invest some time converting your tracks to 96kbps AAC format, increasing your storage capacity to 100 full albums on the mini.
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Ever wonder what a computer thinks as you play chess against it? Now you can see exactly what computations the program checks through the use of Thinking Machine 4. This program allows you to play chess against a computer and see the machine’s thought process visually on your screen. Watch thousands or possibilities shown on your screen as the program chooses the best move.
“The artwork is an artificial intelligence program, ready to play chess with the viewer. If the viewer confronts the program, the computer’s thought process is sketched on screen as it plays. A map is created from the traces of literally thousands of possible futures as the program tries to decide its best move. Those traces become a key to the invisible lines of force in the game as well as a window into the spirit of a thinking machine.”
Check it out here.
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According to Eurogamer, Microsoft’s next generation gaming system which rumored to be called XBOX 360, will be released in the fourth quarter 2005 in the UK. What does that mean for the States? The U.S. launch date will most likely be on target with this launch window. Of course, we have been saying this for months. Expect retailers to start taking pre-orders shortly after E3, so start saving up now.
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If you are like most iPod owners, you hate seeing fingerprints on the back of your super chic device. What can you do to solve this problem? Simple! Grab some Brillo and give it a brushed metal look. As you can see in the image, the brushed metal look actually fits all the rest of Apple’s designs. Not only will you have eliminated finger prints on your shiny iPod, but it looks great! NewSlang.org has an article detailing the simple steps to achieving great results. Of course, you can also just use a Pod Shield and keep the luster.
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