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XBOX 360There are two new rumors floating around about Microsoft’s next generation gaming console. According to The Inquirer, the XBOX 360 will come standard with wireless controllers. Hopefully the battery life will be improved as well.  We can probably expect Sony to follow in the same path.  The next rumor involves the XBOX 360’s GPU. Of course this information, just like the rest, is not yet confirmed, but here are the specs:

  • 24 Pipelines
  • 32 Texture Units
  • 96 Arithmetic Logic Units (ALU)
  • 192 Shader Operations per Cycle
  • 700MHz Core
  • 134.4 Billion Shader Operations per Second (at 700MHz)
  • 256-bit 512MB 1.8GHz GDDR3 Memory
  • 57.6 GB/sec Bandwidth (at 1.8GHz)
  • 300-350 Million Transistors
  • 90nm Manufacturing
  • Shader Model 3.0
  • ATI HyperMemory
  • ATI Multi Rendering Technology (AMR)
  • Launch: Q2 2005
  • 16x stochastic FSAA
  • FP32 blending, texturing
  • Programmable Primitive Processor/Tesselator

As you can see, the next XBOX will have a very powerfull GPU.  With performance higher than a Radeon X800, we can assume the XBOX 360 to put a very big dent on our wallets - that is, of course, if the source that reported this information is correct.

Read More | Joystiq

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GBA Tuner  Finally someone has invented a way for us to continue using our GBA, in light of the DS and the upcoming PSP. It’s called the DTEC, by TurboXS. The DTEC plugs into your handheld and comes preloaded with software that lets you use your Gameboy to gauge exhaust gas temperature, air temperature, and vehicle boost, among other things. You can also purchase additional sensors and hardware to monitor other systems, like knock indication and vehicle acceleration (ie. G-Force). But check out the DTEC hardware that actually needs to plug into your GBA. Talk about unwieldly. Coming in October to an obsolete GBA near you.

Read More | TurboXS.com


Verizon Wireless Mobile Web HackCheck it out, you can now use Mobile Web on your Verizon Wireless phone, and not pay the $4.99 per month charge to Verizon to do so. In fact, this is a perfectly legal alternative, because you are simply using a different server than the one Verizon Wireless provides. This hack works for any Verizon Wireless phone that supports Mobile Web 1.0 - 2.0. All you need to do is go into the setup menu and make a couple of changes.

Read More | MobileWEB4U

EDIT: I should have been more clear. Use MobileWEB4U to find out how to access the appropriate menu on your phone where you change servers. Once you find the menu, enter a proxy server. You can find one at http://www.publicproxyservers.com.

You must also enter both the proxy server address as well as the port it uses. If you don’t have both, it won’t work.


Latest Gear Live Videos

iPod Mini Pink  CNET News has put up some interesting facts regarding MP3 player purchases in America.  According to a study carried out by the non-profit Pew Internet & American Life Project, those who are younger, wealthier and use the Internet are more likely to own such gadgets.  It also helps to if you’re a guy.  Here are the findings:  While one in five people under the age of 30 have an iPod or other MP3 player, the number drops to one in seven in the 30-to-48 age group.  Similarly, about 25% of people with household incomes of $75,000 or more owned such gadgets.  That figure dropped to 10% for those in the $30,000 to $74,999 range and to 6 percent among those earning less than $30,000.  The study also found that those who use the Internet are four times as likely as non-Internet users to have MP3 players.  Finally, men have a 50 percent greater chance than women of owning a digital media player.

Read More | CNET


Ancient Technology  Residential door hardware companies will soon be shifting to radio-signal devices, if it follows the trend in the automotive industry, experts say.  Consider the 2006 Lexus GS sport sedan, on sale next month.  USA Today reports that when a driver carrying an electronic fob steps within a few feet of the GS, the doors or trunk can be opened without a key. Of course, there are already naysayers that claim the system is hackable, though Texas Instruments claims that there has never been a security breach.  The article also cites the similar example of hotels, which now almost exclusively use electronic cards for room entry.  Yeah, except for when a magnetic device in your pocket renders the card useless and you’re stuck outside.  Still, the concept of electronic house keys may yet be an inevitable evolution of our way of life.

Read More | USA Today


Action Engine Mobile TV  While channels will initially be limited, Action Engine is taking some steps in providing on-the-go TV content - at least on Windows Mobile handsets - for the US.  Their service is basically Internet TV that streams video via a Windows Media Server, which is different from handsets that feature a built-in analogue tuner.  Currently, Windows Media is restricted to certain content providers, in this case Amazon.com, eBay, FOX Sports, and the Microsoft MapPoint Team.  Developer SmartVideo is looking to expand the content to include other national programmers like MSNBC and CNBC, ABC News and ABC News Now, The Weather Channel and DIC Entertainment.

Read More | MobileMag


Internet ExplorerMicrosoft plans to release a new version of Internet Explorer this summer as a beta edition. Bill Gates claims that this new version will have stronger built-in security features, but how many times have we heard that?  This announcement came after rumor on the web was that Microsoft would not upgrade IE before the release of . Sticking with the whole security thing, it looks like this beta will require XP SP2 in order to be installed. Can the software giant succeed in convincing ex-IE users to switch back? If Microsoft continues to shun tabbed browsing, I don’t care how far along they come in the security department. It’s a no.

Read More | IEBlog


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Corsair appears to have decided that there just aren’t enough things flashing and glowing inside of PC mod boxes these days. Their new XMS Xpert memory sticks have LED panels, which displays information and statistics about the memory in the box on a scrolling marquee and power meter. Aside from the glowing sign mounted on top of the sticks, the Corsair DDR400 memory that lurks below is familiar to us all. From its 2-2-2 ultra low latency timings to the Corsair lifetime warranty it all seems to be on the up and up. The 1 GB memory stick covers 2 DIMM slots,  but you can fit another non-Xpert stick underneath the LED panel.

Read More | Corsair


Pepsi Nintendo DS

Once again, the Japanese get all the fun when it comes to special edition products. This time, it comes in the form of a metallic blue Nintendo DS that is part of a co-promotion between Nintendo and Pepsi in conjunction with the Japanese launch of Pepsi Twist. What the hell, Pepsi? All we get here in the U.S. is free music that is DRM’d to the point that it can only be played on one portable device!


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I remember as a kid when the first under the cabinet clock radio was released and we got one for our kitchen. Years later they made an under the cabinet TV. We never got one because my mother hated television. Now I find myself explaining to my wife why I need an iCEBOX. No - this isn’t a new refrigerator - it’s a small LCD screen which is capable of being used as a TV, DVD player, CD player, radio, and touch screen computer. It has a wireless mouse and keyboard, and can also pick up wireless cameras so it makes an excellent way to watch the baby while cooking dinner. To top all that off, if has built in wireless internet as well as an ethernet port. I’m sure my wife will understand soon enough.

Read More | Salton Inc.


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