Microsoft and Warner brothers have announced that they will be teaming up to streamline the retail release of high definition movies and TV shows. Warner Brothers will be producing HD-DVDs using Microsoft’s VC-1 Standard - Windows Media Player 9. VC-1 is the mandatory codec for HD DVD and Blu-Ray discs. Blair Westlake, the corporate vice president for Microsoft Media, says, “Warner Brothers plan to use VC-1 for the release of HD DVDs presents consumers with exciting new options for watching high-definition content.”
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After 2 million Nintendo DS units have been moved through retail, Nintendo has finally decided it was time to mix things up here in the US. Set to drop in June, he Electric Blue Nintendo DS will become a permanent fixture in the Nintendo DS line. For those wondering, this isn’t the same shade of blue used for the Japanese Pepsi Twist Nintendo DS promotion. The Electric Blue DS gives US gamers a choice between two colors, with the other being the original Titanium, while in Japan they will soon have a choice of five.
Over in Japan, they have no problems slapping RFID tags on the kids. Using these tags, the SECOM Security System can track a child’s whereabouts on, and off, school property. Parents can receive updates on their cell phones via SMS if they so prefer. These robots patrol school grounds, and can even scare
kids who are doing wrong with smoke, sudden movements, and lights. Check out the frightening video.
A new online payment service is set to launch this summer, and from what I am hearing, GreenZap has some big plans for their debut. While many have soured over how Paypal has treated them, there hasn’t really been an online payment service that has stepped up the the plate and become virtually universally accepted. This is what GreenZap aims to change. They state that they are here to take on Paypal, and lead the way for electronic payments. They will be accepted by eBay, Yahoo! Auctions, and many other online entities. Signing up for GreenZap is free, and if you sign up now, when you log in to your account on their June 15, 2005 launch date - you will find $25 deposited for your use. Take that, Paypal.
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Our Tom Bihn Brain Bag contest was a success - good to see so many of you have more gadgets than you know what to do with, yet can put out the cash to buy a good bag to carry it all in! Nonetheless, one of you walks away with a bag, so you can continue spending money on stuff to fill it with. Using random.org, the winner of the bag was Shamit, otherwise known as Plexi. Congrats. For the rest of you, look out for our next giveaway very soon.
Intel has announced today that their dual core chips have shipped to computer manufactures Alienware, Dell and Velocity Micro to be sold in their new computers. The new systems are powered by the Intel Pentium Processor Extreme Edition 840 running at 3.2 GHZ and the Intel 955X Express Chipset.
“With dual-core processor-based system availability, today is a historic date for the computer industry as PCs begin having “two brains” instead of one,” said Don MacDonald, vice president of Intel’s Digital Home Group.
The new dual core processor includes two full cores in a single processor and allows a system to process four software threads at the same time by using Intel’s Hyper-Threading technology. Granted, all this power does not come cheap – each processor is priced at $999 and the chipset is priced at $50 in 1,000 unit quantities. Prices will probably drop when AMD joins the dual core game. Check out the full press release after the jump.
Well, we at Gear Live felt it would be nice if we had a place where we could throw the video game news. Rather than putting it in the trash, we decided to make this its new home. Playfeed is our new video game news site. Check it out, bookmark it, and visit often. We know you want to. After all, who doesn’t like games?
We recently got a new toy to try out with our iPod Mini - the iPod Mini TuneBase from Belkin. The item looks a little odd at first, but don’t let the odd looks fool the value of this accessory. The TuneBase is a charger/dock and FM Modulator for your car. This item is easy to set-up and get working. You plug it right in to your cigarette lighter, attach your iPod Mini, and tune the TuneBase to the desired radio station using the digital tuner. That’s it! Now you can enjoy your iPod in the car. All in all the Belkin TuneBase is a good accessory for anyone who wants to listen to their iPod Mini through their car radio. The Belkin TuneBase cost $79.99 and is available now.
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Adobe has announced that they will be acquiring Macromedia by purchasing all of their stock for $3.4 billion. Adobe and Macromedia are two of the industries leading companies for creative software. By combining the two companies, Adobe wants to help businesses communicate more efficiently and create titles that will enhance the creative software industry. “This is not a consolidation play. This is all about growth,” said Bruce Chizen, Adobe’s chief executive. “We’re doing this because we believe the combined offerings will be even more compelling to our customers given the challenges they’re going to face in trying to communicate information in this very complex environment.”
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Tired of only having Spider-Man 2 to watch on your PSP? Well, come tomorrow you will have 5 more movies to choose from for your PSP viewing pleasure. The New Release UMD movies are House of Flying Daggers, Hellboy, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, and XXX. The price of the UMD’s are actually very close (if not equal to) their DVD counterpart, so choose wisely.
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