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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A couple of days ago, TRUSTe made it known to the internet community that for the first time in two years they were going to suspend a sites status as a TRUSTe sealbearer. Gratis Network was to be the one to garner that dubious acheivement, but today the companies announced they have come to an agreement. If you read the release, you basically see that Gratis has decided to comply and go through corporate training. This basically tells us that they are admitting to wrongdoing. Regardless of what kind of training they go through and compliance they follow from here forward, what about all the damage already done? Multitudes of Gratis members have complained about all the spam they get just from signing up to any Gratis Internet site looking to gain free electronics. Check out the full press release after the jump.
Those of you without a Valentine this year can’t possibly be this desperate. In a publicity stunt sponsored by Match.com, a 29 year old man has enclosed himself in a bubble at a Sydney, Australia shopping mall until Valentines Day, where he hopes to come out and meet his new girlfriend. May not be considered much of a stunt since it looks like he has all that he needs (read: a laptop and a broadband connection). While I’ve always wondered what it would be like to meet a girl that’s as into technology as I am, something tells me there’s some good to having “opposites attract”. For example, I can help her with free tech support while she can help teach me about personal hygiene. Oh well. We hope you all have a decent Valentine’s Day, whether alone or with another.
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University of Bremen researcher Frank Kirchner has developed a creepy-moving scorpion-like robot, which is now being evaluated by NASA for use on Mars and other planets. Apparently walker-type bots like this one are able to get into the deep crevices that conventional wheel-based vehicles aren’t able to reach. It looks like something assembled from the scraps of a Terminator machine. But don’t just take my word for it, click here to see a movie with the robot in action.
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Night spying would be so much more fun if you could do it in color instead of grainy green. The TNO research lab in Soesterberg, Netherlands thought the same thing too. Their new night vision goggles produce natural-looking color by sampling daytime images in the landscapes where the system is expected to be used. Stored in memory, those colors are then mapped to the various shades of grey/green detected through existing technology, producing an image that allows better clarity and depth perception. Those episodes of Cheaters and the Surreal Life may never be the same.
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