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Playstation 3 PS3 Blu-Ray DiscBack to the next generation format wars, Sony has made it known that the PlayStation 3 will officially support the Blu-Ray disc format. What exactly does this mean? For starters, this gives Blu-Ray its own major corporate contender supporting it. This is good press for Blu-Ray, especially after Microsoft announced HD DVD capabilities will be natively supported in Windows Longhorn. Blu-Ray discs can hold about 27 GB of data per side, which means the PS3 will be capable of high-definition movie playback. This opens up a whole new playing field on the gaming front. Now let's see if Microsoft follows suit and announced HD DVD support for the next XBOX.

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Archos GMini 400
On the heels of our Archos GMini 200 review, the new (and seemingly much improved) Gmini 400 has been revealed for the first time. This time the digital audio player features a full color LCD screen - a much welcomed addition when compared to the grayscale screen of the previous model. In addition, the GMini 400 will also play video, displayed on its 2.2 inch LCD. Finally, the player will also display images. Obviously, Archos is coming in hard with this player. I would expect this one to be the one to watch, provided the advertising is there.

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Jakks TV Games ReviewRemember the good old days of gaming? When controllers didn't have a myriad of buttons, levers, and joysticks, but rather a simple handle and a red button? If not, then I must be getting old. Either way, Jakks Pacific / Jakks TV Games has been hard at work developing simple ways to get your retro game on. We review the Ms. Pac-Man TV Games unit - check it out by clicking the link below.

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BoomGear MP-800

BoomGear offers a variety of digital mp3 music players, and accessories. We recently had the chance to try out their 256Mb flash-based offering, the MP-800. How does it stack up in the crowded digital player arena? Find out in Hector's review by clicking the link below.

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ColorWare PC iPod Paint ReviewSo you have been staring at your plain old white iPod for months, and are jealous of those with the multi-colored iPod mini’s. Is there any hope for those of us who want to “Think Different” than Apple does regarding the iPod’s plain white body? Being that ColorWare PC is around, now there is. Check out out review of ColorWare PC’s iPod painting services by clicking the link below.

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Doom3 It took nearly fours years, but at long last we'll know what kind upgrade work our PC's really need. Sales for the title are projected to reach about 4 million. This year's iteration is supposed to focus on the single-player experience, guiding your marine through somewhat of a re-creation of the original, with upgraded graphics and incredible environmental lighting techniques. Sales begin tonight at midnight, kicking off what could be one of the greatest FPS seasons ever with Halo2, Half Life 2, and Metroid Prime 2 Echoes all slated for release this year. Read More | USA Today
Yahoo Photos ContestWhen someone mentions moblogging, one usually thinks of a site filled with pictures of random people, objects, places, sunsets, private parts, close-ups, and all the other miscellaneous things you find on people's moblog sites. Yahoo is trying to change that with their "Picture What Matters" contest. In a nutshell, Yahoo wants you to take a picture using your camera phone of something that matters - something that is important to you. You may submit up to five entries after signing up for an account, with the winner of the contest getting to choose a charity which Yahoo will donate $10,000 to. In addition, the winner gets the latest camera phone free.

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Hot Fuss ReviewGear Live Music Reporter Greg Norton checks in with his Mid-Week Music Roundup. This week, Greg gives us the low down on the latest from The Roots, Taking Back Sunday, and The Killers.

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Nintendo DS Final Design
Despite loving both the Nintendo DS and the Sony PSP, many people had a complaint about one galring difference between the systems - the design. The PSP was the sleek, ultra-hip console while the Nintendo DS looked blocky, chunky, and uncool. Nintendo stated they were close to the final design, but the E3 version was still going to be tweaked.

Wait no longer - the finalized Nintendo DS design has been release by Nintendo, and it almost bring a tear to my eye. This is definately something that can compete with the Sony PSP if you wanted to base it on looks alone. Nintendo also made it known that the final name of the machine is, in fact, Nintendo DS...so no more trying to sound like you are "in the know" by referring to it as the Nitro.

The console has a scheduled release date of November 4th in Japan, followed by a United States launch the week after.
Sony Clie TJ27

Although the worldwide handheld market shows a slight increase of 3.2% from first quarter to second quarter of 2004, it still posted a 2.2% drop from second quarter of 2003, according to research firm IDC's recent study. PalmOne showed a notable growth over the last quarter, while HP showed a loss of its market share during the same period. Sony continues to hold on to 7.8% of the market, though that is a much smaller percentage than last year. This is in part due to their announcement to discontinue its Clie line outside of Japan.

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