You’ve fought the flood in the game, now its time to fight it in the real world. Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past week, then you have seen the natural disaster our nation has faced with in Hurricane Katrina. Maybe you’ve helped in some shape or form in the last couple of days and we thank you for that - if you haven’t then here’s just one more reason for you to do so. Of course, if you already helped, please do so again. Bungie is now taking donations and giving you a T-Shirt for your generosity. For merely a $20 bill you will be donating to the Red Cross and getting a T-Shirt to show the world that gamers care about the victims of the devastating hurricane. At least $15 of those $20 dollars will go towards that donation. After you purchase one, be sure to tell everyone you know - the more people that buy the shirt, the more of a difference we can make.
Just so that we’re clear, of the $19.95 the shirt costs, about $15 in cleared funds will go straight to the Red Cross and directly to the disaster relief. Nobody, not Bungie, the Bungie store, or the distributor will clear a penny profit. That’s important. We basically want to get as much cash, as quickly as possible to those in dire need.
Read More | Bungie.net
Think Secret has been known to break news days before Apple breaks it with an eerie success rate (and a few lawsuits from Apple to boot). They are now reporting that the big announcement that Apple will be making on the 7th will include the following things:
iPod Phone - the iPod phone will come in a 256MB and 512MB capacity and will launch on Cingular in the US. The phone will be able to sync with a desktop computer as well as buy songs over the wireless data network - a handy feature for when you just have to hear the track a friend reminded you about. No word on battery life, or if you can increase the storage.
Flash-based iPod mini - a significant update to the iPod mini with flash based memory for a smaller size, along with a color screen. The new iPod mini Flash will also be available in 4GB, 6GB, and 8GB storage sizes with the physical device turning out to be 25% smaller. No word if the battery life will also be improved by the removal of the Microdrive.
iPod shuffle - getting a minor, but expected, update. The two existing models will get cheaper and there will be a new 2GB model in the $129-$149 range which will still lack a screen.
Read More | Think Secret
C-Flash software has produced a great application (although their choice of VB6 as a programming language is somewhat suspect) in their FlashShuffler software. FlashShuffler is a simple application that provides the functionality of an iPod shuffle to any UMS (USB Mass Storage) compliant device. It’s operation is simple: you select a number of megabytes that you want it to fill, the location of your music collection, and the location of your player once it’s plugged in and FlashShuffler will randomly select the correct amount of music and transfer it to your MP3 player. Every day when you plug in your device and run FlashShuffler it will change the selection of music for you automatically.
At the Architektur Forum in Linz, a video was being shown of an interesting new project: Kurt the tattoo-robot. Kurt is attached to a person’s arm, then uses a tattoo gun with 4 needles and Chinese tattoo ink to permanently affix a symbol of the
user’s choice into their skin. This really does seem to fulfill the artists goal of being the ultimate human-machine interface, but for now I personally will keep my beer cold, my tattoos colorful, and my tattoo artists human.
Om Malik has a great little write up on his blog about 10 ‘must have’ apps for the Mac. A while back Lockergnome had a great article that a lot the new killer apps were moving over to the Mac and Gear Live has to agree. This list includes most of the tools used day to day to write, communicate, and consume information needed to create Gear Live. The one tool that I was surprised to not see on the list is Photon - a great (now open source) plugin for iPhoto that lets you easily publish an image directly to your blog. If you have ‘made the switch’ you should check out this list of great applications. In additon, let us know which programs you consider to be hidden gems.
Read More | GigaOm
NTT DoCoMo has announced that their 4th generation wireless data technologies will reach speeds of 1Gbps while stationary, and 100Mbps while on the move. Speeds of this magnitude are faster than current wired broadband technologies, and paints a pretty picture for the future of mobile content. With technologies like HD video streams and next generation web content getting more and more bandwidth intensive, the consumer broadband revolution is just starting. If it can be driven by wireless technologies, then all the better. Wireless technologies have an advantage over solutions such as Verizon FIOS given that while they require similar amounts of back end infrastructure, they do not require actually running fiber or another medium to every single endpoint (your house, for instance).
Read More | New Scientist
Now this is a stroke of genius. Basically, this guy has taken a number of Apple IIe logic boards and packaged them together, minus the peripherals. He then put them into a wooden crate, and configured everything to run as one unit. Pretty impressive! The site is a bit technical, but it’s very fascinating if you’re into retro tech and innovative things people can do with it.
Read More | The AppleCrate Webpage
This is a cool mod to try out if you have an old hard drive laying around that doesn’t work anymore. Turn it into a fancy piece of wall art! Here are all the directions you need to recycle your dead drive into something slightly more useful - more useful, that is, than a dead hard drive, not more useful than having a drive that functions. Give it a try, this one looks awesome.
Read More | Alan Parekh
According to Reuters, hackers or modders that tinker with their Blu-ray players may be subject to their devices being remotely disabled. The feature, operated through a required connection between the player and the internet, could monitor the device and shut it down if any changes are made to hardware or internal firmware. While this may not affect the mainstream user, having an outside entity attempting to control and monitor yet another component of home entertainment is sure to cause waves in the tech-savvy community, especially for those used to tampering with regional coding in their current DVD players. In the battle against HD-DVD for format legitimacy, the mention of this feature will certainly put a damper on Blu-ray.
Read More | Reuters
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