Well, it appears that the first official PSP Beta Test has begun. This time it’s for SOCOM Fireteam Bravo. There isn’t much detail to give yet because the emails were just sent out tonight. People who were part of the SOCOM II beta test seem to have gotten the emails first, than it was sent to other members of Sony’s G.A.P. (Gamer Advisory Panel). Once I get my beta disc, I’ll post some screenshots and impressions. Until then, read more for information about the game.
Read More | IGN
The Music Genome Project is behind this service. It used to be an invitation only service, similar to Gmail, and its features that sound pretty impressive. It uses an end-user rating system where you rate whether you like what is playing or not.
A new service allowing you to create your own radio station, shareable with friends, and made up with as many, custom-created and personalized music-channels as you like has made its public debut in the last few hours.
Basically, it’s like Yahoo! Launch, except extremely customizable and sharable. This cool service costs $36 for a year or $12 for 3 months.
If you have never given the Opera web browser a spin, now is the perfect opportunity. In an effort to commemorate their 10 year anniversary, the folks at Opera are giving away the software for free for a full 24 hours. From 12 AM Tuesday, August 30 to 12 AM Wednesday, August 31 2005 (PDT), just drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and you will immediately recieve a response with a registration code. This removes the mandatory ad strip from the top of the Opera browser. Opera is an excellent tool t use when building a website, as it is fast and conforms to every standard out there.
The internet is abuzz with rumors and speculation. A number of iPod media sites have received an invitation to a special Apple event on September 7th with the tantalizing line “1,000 songs in your pocket changed everything. Here we go again.” included with each one. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has reached an agreement with Cingular to offer a Motorola cell phone capable of playing songs from the iTunes music store. With news like that from a reliable source like the WSJ, the iTunes phone (iPhone?) can’t be far off. Elsewhere speculation on a 2GB or 4GB iPod shuffle, possibly with a screen, will be launching at the same time. With a sassy line like “here we go again” Apple might even be dropping a video capable iPod line, thus completing their digital media trinity.
Read More | Wall Street Journal (Subscription required)
Opera’s award winning browser (now in version 8.02) is free for one day to celebrate their 10th anniversary. From 12 AM Tuesday, August 30 to 12 AM Wednesday, August 31 2005 (PDT), you can send an email to email@example.com to receive a free registration code for their professional quality and fully standards compliant browser - a $39 value. As a long time Opera fan I just have to say what a fantastic deal this is. Opera is the fastest, most stable browser I’ve ever used and with it’s consistent interface across Mac/Win/Linux/BSD/Solaris and great integrated feature set. Get your self on down to download.com and grab a copy - just do it before August is over or you will be out $39 for the pleasure.
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You really have to hand it to the designers over at NESBuckle - they have just released a new version of the awesome NES belt buckle, and now they are bringing us an Atari counterpart. Although the Atari belt is a bit too phallic for my taste, it really does have some old school geek appeal. This fashion accessory is perfect for that geeky old school gamer in your life.
When the Apple iPod first came out, the product was known for having batteries that didn’t seem to last too long. If you haven’t heard, someone actually took Apple to court over this and finally a settlement has been reached. Buyers have until September 30 to file the paperwork for battery replacement.
A preliminary settlement was reached in May. Under the terms of the deal, buyers of first- and second-generation iPods with battery issues who bought their iPods on or before May 31, 2004 can get either a $25 check or $50 in credit at an Apple Computer store.
Those who bought third-generation iPods on or before May 31, 2004 can either get a $50 credit or send their iPod back to Apple and have the battery fixed or get a replacement device.
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Boy, did this take me back to my childhood. Some of you may be too young to remember, but the Super Mario cartoon aired in the late 80’s/early 90’s and was terribly wonderful. The worst part has to be the live action Mario sitcom in between cartoons. I also recall that every Friday, which I highly anticipated, the Zelda cartoon would air. Is this enough to hold you us over until Twilight Princess is released? Sadly, no.
The San Diego Computer Museum officially closed on August 27th and will be packing its bags before November. Currently, this non-profit organization is seeking volunteers to pack up the exhibits and help them move. They are also asking for donations for boxes and bubble wrap. Up to now they don’t have a new fixed location, but they need to leave as their current building has been purchased and will be repurposed. On a lighter note, this exhibit totally rocks. You can tell it’s ancient since Macs haven’t carried floppy disks since the Clinton era.
Joystiq has an interesting post on the Xbox 360 and an interesting potential hack. With a 20gb HDD and triple core G5 based processor it is theoretically possible for the modder community to port the current PowerPC based version of OS X to the Xbox 360. Obviously doing anything like this to the yet-unreleased platform is still theoretical and would certainly void your warranty but with Apples open source initiatives and the legions of Xbox hardware hackers out there I almost think of this as inevitable. Obviously with the hit that console makers take on the hardware the Xbox 360 would pack a processing punch far greater than the Mac Mini at a fraction of the price - who wouldn’t want to get one for a great little Mac Media Center.
Read More | Joystiq
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