Microsoft and Samsung are working on a new hybrid hard drive that will use 1Gbit NAND flash memory as a buffer. The goal here is to take part of the load off the spinning drive and to lower loading times and boot times. Longhorn will fully support this technology once it ships. However, the question remains about how the two companies plan on addressing the flash memory’s erasure endurance. Knowing Microsoft, they will give us an answer next year along with a big marketing technique. If this comes into fruition, we have heard that bootup times can be sped up to mere seconds.
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I have been messing around with the new iChat AV messaging client for a couple of hours, and it is impressive. AOL, and many of the other IM client suppliers in fact, has seen their AIM client become antiquated. They are currently at work on Tritan, their new messaging client which plans to improve upon the experience currently enjoyed by AIM users of today. Moving ahead into the 21st century, AOL plans to add more than just textual improvements. Look for audio, video, and file transfers to be vastly improved and simplified. Also look for a “spam catcher” that will put any messages received from those not on your Buddy List into a specified tab for your review.
While I’m not the biggest poker player in the world, I do think this is the start of something that can prove to be very successful. At E3, Yahoo! Games is going to show their new poker game which will allow people accessing the service either from a PC or a mobile phone to play against each other. If Yahoo! decides to develop this technology, which makes perfect sense for them to do, we can expect to see even more of a blurring of the line between PC gaming and mobile gaming.
“Our goal at Yahoo! Games is to provide a dynamic, thriving online community that unites and connects gamers of all ages and tastes,” said Geoff Graber, general manager of Yahoo! Games. “We’re excited to lead the industry in building the best multiplayer games and deliver a multiplayer mobile game, Yahoo! Poker, which lets people play friends anytime, anywhere and on any device.”
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We have seen the images of the actual console, and now we have what we think will end up being the official logo. The logo looks similar to the current Xbox graphic, replacing the large green “X” with the green “ring of light” circles.
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I am thinking that, while only 5% of computers sold are Mac’s, today’s Tiger release is going to be a big deal. Despite the efforts of some to see that it didn’t happen, Apple is going to be launching Tiger in a big way. Be sure to hit your local Apple Store to be a part of the festivities.
I have come to learn that Peter Molyneux’s team over at Lionhead Studios can tend to me more flash than substance. I remember buying the original Black and White years ago at launch because of all that I had read about it for years prior to that. As it turned out, the game was just okay. Now, a trailer for the sequel has hit the Internet, and while it looks good, to me it seems a bit too close to the original. Take a look and decide for yourself.
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If your iPod seems to be running out of steam at the most inopportune moments, then the Griffin TuneJuice might be your kind of thing. Simply put, it is a backup battery for dockable iPod/iPod mini units which is powered by a 9 volt battery. I can’t even name the last time that I actually purchased a 9 volt battery, but maybe that’s just me. The TuneJuice will provide another 8 hours of life to a partially charged iPod, but only 4 hours if the iPod is completely drained. You can pick one up for $20 bucks.
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Time for another weekly column, Gear Live style. Our new columnist, Devin Roberson, will be bringing you the latest from the entertainment world each week in her column, The Final Cut. Why Devin? Well, for starters she is into movies and television. Secondly, she jives with our steelo. This week she gives us a bit of background on The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy:
This Friday gives us the release of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, a movie based on a 1978 radio comedy series by Doug Adams, who also wrote the screenplay(along with Karey Kirkpatrick) for this film. Many fans of the Guide may also remember Adams’ “trilogy” of 5 books(the series was first dubbed a trilogy after the release of the 3rd book, and the title has stuck ever since) that he began writing shortly after the radio series: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1979), The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (1980), Life, the Universe, and Everything (1982), So Long and Thanks For All the Fish (1984), and Mostly Harmless (1992).
I love stupid lawsuits - they put a smile on my face. This is why I chuckled with glee as I read the email telling me of how Tiger Direct - one of the worst IT resellers around - has decided to sue Apple over the Tiger moniker. Apparently, they don’t like how Apple has been referring to their new operating system as “Tiger”, and go on to say that the suit is meant “to stop further damage to Tiger Direct’s well-known Tiger brand.” Wow. Good thing they waited until the day before Tiger is set to be released to drop that one on us. Good show.
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For those not keeping track, today marks the two year anniversary of Apple’s launch of the iTunes Music Store, accompanied by its proprietary DRM format which would only play on an iPod. Sure, Real has tried and tried again with Harmony to get onto Apple’s popular little player, but Apple doesn’t like it. Alas, I await the day that iTunes offers a choice of format to download, so the tracks can be played on any player I want. Bah, who am I kidding? Ever since I discovered sites like this, I haven’t had a need for iTunes.
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