The network of computers used to generate the special effects wizardry behind the Lord of the Rings trilogy is still being used today, on a work-for-hire basis, for a variety of purposes. One project is the design of a super yacht, while another is around the testing of gene sequencing algorithms. Doesn’t get much more varied than that. Not to fear though, as film companies are still using the supercomputer for their effects, including Peter Jackson’s King Kong remake. Able to crunch more than 2.8 trillion calculations per second, it is now 104th most powerful supercomputer on the planet.
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Last month there was a rumor about Sony’s latest flash memory based MP3 player. Sony officially launched the beautiful MP3 player to challenge Apple’s iPod Shuffle. The MP3 player is available in three flavors, 256MB, 512MB or 1GB and sports a 3 line OLED screen. Sony claims that some of its newer models can generate three hours of playback on a three minute charge! You can expect a 256MB version to set you back $133.84 (100 euros) and the 1GB to run about $321.22 (200 euros).
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It’s pretty amazing what a good color job will do to an ordinary looking device. Not that the Mac mini was ordinary to begin with, but still, with one of 20 custom color jobs from Colorware, you will be the envy of Apple fans everywhere. You can pimp out your mini for $99, and they are also planning to offer matching keyboards and mice. Check out the jobs that ColorWare did on our iPod, and Xbox - they are a class act.
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Yes, you read that right. This is the world’s first 7 megapixel camera phone. Of course you’re going to need to carry the optical zoom separately, but just think about how sharp those prints are going to be. The SCH-V770’s has a 1/1.8 inch type CCD image sensor, 3x optical zoom lens, flash and manual focus control. It also has 32 megabytes of internal memory, enough to store what, like 2 pictures at this resolution?
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I don’t know about you, but I know that when I am in the midst of the wilderness, I want nothing more than a nicely blended smoothie. Of course, being that there are no electric outlets in said wilderness, I usually have to resort to something less appealing - but no more! This gas powered blender will have you making margaritas using only the power of propane. Oh, please keep it away from open flames.
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I am going to make this quick, and easy. You all want a PSP. You may not want to pay $249 for a Value Pack that may be bundled with things you don’t even want, but you still want one. This is where we come in. We are going to give away two Sony PSP Value Packs in this contest. To enter, all you need to do is tell us which PSP launch game has you the most stoked - without using Ridge Racers as your answer. Just let us know which game it is, and why, in the comments area. In a week, we will randomly pick two people who met the requirements, and their PSP’s will be shipped when the product launches. As a friendly reminder, anyone is allowed to leave a comment, but only U.S. residents are eligible to win the prize. Thanks again to PrizeCube for sponsoring our giveaways.
The cool thing about the Gameboy Advance is that, aside from playing games, you can use it to do all sorts of other things. One devoted person modded theirs into a fully functional GPS unit. It turns out that all you need is a GBA, a GPS device with a serial out, and a flash cartridge for the Gameboy Advance. The software used to do the mod is all free. Nice!
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Sony Ericsson continues hitting us with the hot ish in the cell phone category. Case in point, the K751i camera phone. As you can see, it is has the candy bar look, with a 262,000 color 176x220 display. The 2.0 megapixel camera functionality on this phone includes a most welcome auto focus feature. This means that people looking at your moblog will no longer have the sudden urge to rip their eyes out after a minute or two. The K751i also introduces VideoDJ and PhotoDJ apps, allowing users to mess around with animations and photos stored on the phone. It also supports Java games, MP3’s, and has a built-in FM tuner. Throw in Bluetooth, 32 MB of onboard memory (plus an included 64 MB Memory Stick DUO), and a speaker phone and you have a very respectable GSM unit.
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We love video game gossip, especially when it relates to any details about the next generation in console gaming. Last month we told you that the PS3 was rumored to be released before E3 - turns out we got that partially right. According to GameIndustry, Sony will unveil its Playstation 3 to key Sony executives next week at an internal meeting. Sadly, the meeting is exclusive to Sony executives. Sony has stated that the first time the console will be unveiled will be at May’s E3.
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The Big Apple never looked this good in any other game - believe that. Check out these screen shots of New York City from the upcoming Xbox exclusive Forza MotorSport. The pictures even include avenues and district names for reference. However, there is a flaw that comes to mind in terms of accuracy – where is the traffic? This title will be released on May 3, 2005, aiming to compete with the Playstation exclusive Grand Turismo 4.
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