SmartGUARD’s WallFly software aims to do for PC gaming what the V-chip has done for TV, which seems to be not much at all. Basically, the software is installed on a PC, and a parent can create profiles for each member of the family that might want to play a PC game. The parent can then configure which options are and are not allowed (blood and gore, for example), what hours children are allowed to play the games, and - most importantly - what ratings they may or may not play. My thing is, I know so many people that can get around so many different kinds of software that is supposed to restrict them from doing something. I haven’t tried WallFly out yet, but it is hard for me to believe that it will be any different.
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Microsoft is ready to take Windows further into the digital lifestyle and they want you to do the work for them. They have announced a PC Design competition and if you are the creative type, you could walk away with $125,000.
Rethink the Windows-based PC experience today and the role it plays in people’s lives. Envision how the digital lifestyle—from personal productivity at work or home, to entertainment, mobility, lifestyle and form—all play a part in development. Think big, be bold, and inspiring, but pay attention to sustainable technologies, and ecological and environmental innovation.
Check out the trailer for the competition - good stuff.
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Griffin has started shipping the AirClickUSB remote control for PC’s and Macs for $39.99 USD. The remote works from within a 60 foot range, and does not require a line of sight for operation. The AirClickUSB ships with the ability to control a number of popular applications, including: iTunes (Mac/PC), Windows Media Player (PC), PowerPoint (Mac/PC), Keynote (Mac), QuickTime (Mac/PC) and DVD Player (Mac). Future software updates will provide support for additional applications.
As you can imagine, Apple isn’t too happy about the fact that their latest OS X update, Tiger, is making the rounds on the Internet via BitTorrent. In fact, Apple has had their lawyers send cease and desist letters to a few known torrent distribution sites linking to the 8A428 Tiger release.
“Apple also demands all information related to the identity of the persons who created such torrent files and/or who uploaded the software referenced by those torrent files, as well as the identities of all individuals who participated in the uploading and downloading of Apple’s software.”
Apple says they will not support these illegally obtained versions of the Tiger software - nor will they support those versions that were accidentally shipped out a week early from resellers. My question is, how will they know which version you are using since they don’t have any sort of activation protection?
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You gotta love it when someone is creative and dedicated enough to bring together two things which they love. The team over at Project Torlan have been hard at work bringing the worlds of Halo and Unreal Tournament 2004 together through the development of a Halo mod for UT. Simply put, “Project Torlan is a full-scale Total Conversion mod aimed at porting HaloPC into the Unreal Tournament 2004 engine. This port will be known as HaloUT”.
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These days privacy is king, especially when it comes to the Internet. Simply put, we don’t like bring tracked. This is why sites like goproxing.com put a smile on our faces. Basically, it is a site that displays websites you wish to visit within its own interface. It may not look pretty, but when browsing through GoProxing’s free site, you are hidden from prying eyes as you surf through anonymous proxy servers. No downloads needed, just visit and type in the web address you wish to visit. There are a few tweaks you can make as well, such as deciding to show/hide images, accept/decline cookies, as well as a few others.
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Olympus has announced a new digital still camera for the Japanese market, set to hit retail in May. The Olympus CAMEDIA X-600 seems to be your basic digicam with a 3x optical zoom along with a 4x digital zoom. As far as size goes, the camera is a mere 18.3mm in thick with a 2-inch LCD screen. There is 14 MB of onboard memory, which is really virtually nothing these days. Luckily, it also supports XD cards up to 1 GB.
Another strange twist on the everyday alarm clock has emerged. This time it comes in the form of a rumbling sea anemone shaped device. Similar to the Clocky which rolls away when it goes off, Aaron Tang’s Sea Anemone clock does the same. The difference here is that the Sea Anemone clock rumbles much like that of a child’s toy. Due to its shape, it moves in random directions which means you must chase it down to turn it off. Once you find it, the device continues to rumble until you find the hidden button to turn it off.
Sony’s recent announcement of their new MMORPG Auction site seems to have upset another MMORPG maker, Mythic Entertainment. Mythic Entertainment is the creator of Dark Age of Camelot MMORPG. Mythic’s CEO Mark Jacobs had this to say about the decision, “I’m disappointed with the decision from a leader in the MMO industry to go down a path which in the past, has been an anathema to them and remains so to just about every other MMORPG company in the industry. I think that not only supporting the sale of in-game characters, items and currency, but also taking a ‘cut’ of those sales, is not only a mistake but one of the worst decisions in the history of the MMORPG industry.” Jacobs also goes into discussion about how if you were to buy an item on StationExchange and Sony had to delete that item from the game, users would be pretty upset.
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Sony has announced a new site for Everquest II fans/players. Station Exchange is now the official online auction site for Everquest. The benefit for users using this service is that when an item or character/account is in an auction it is removed from the game until the item is sold. So no more worries about bidding on your High-Level Elvan Mage with the possibility of losing it once you win the auction. This is a great thing for EverQuest II players the world over.
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