According to a Goldman Sachs analyst, Microsoft could be aiming to bring the Xbox 360 to the market for a lot less than the rumored $399 price tag. If they are to be believed, it appears that the next Xbox will hit the market within the $249-299 price range. What’s more, they expect the console to drop in October or November for the holiday season. Another note of interest is that they are saying that Microsoft will continue shipping the current Xbox console to support the lower end of the market. This could explain why they expect to continue developing current-gen games after the 360 launches.
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Back in January we discovered that George Bush is trendy enough to carry around an iPod. Today, we are happy to bring you a bit more info on the President’s digital audio listening preferences. Apparently, Dubya appreciates the country flair - no surprise being that he hails from Texas, right? As Rolling Stone’s Joe Levy puts it, “What we’re talking about is a lot of great artists from the ‘60s and ‘70s and more modern artists who sound like great artists from the ‘60s and ‘70s. This is basically boomer rock ‘n’ roll and more recent music out of Nashville made for boomers. It’s safe, it’s reliable, it’s loving. What I mean to say is, it’s feel-good music.” The unfortunate thing about all this is that Bush apparently has about 250 songs on his iPod. Why even own an iPod if that is all you plan to store on it? Just get a shuffle.
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Amazon has a couple of good deals where Mac OS X Tiger is concerned. You can pre-order Apple OS X Tiger for $94.99 after a $35 savings. If you have multiple Macs in the house, the OS X Tiger Family Pack covers five computers, and comes out to $150 after a $50 savings. You will need to fill out this form to get your money back. We know, rebates suck - but you just can’t beat this pricing, unless you qualify for the Mac OS X Up-to-Date program.
If the few games that come preloaded onto the Apple iPod have worn thin in your eyes, iPod Arcade provides free game downloads for use exclusively on the Apple iPod. The downer here is that the coolest games like Pong, Othello, and Tetris are only available for third generation units. If you have a fourth generation iPod, you aren’t left out in the cold, but you are relegated to text games and stories. Still cool nonetheless. Hey Apple, how about some official iPod game updates?
Google once again brings another tool which aims to better the lives of its users. Google Local is now available for mobile browsers, and its interface is very simple. You enter what you are searching for in the “What” field, and then enter a zip code or city/state combination in the “Where” field. Your search will end up a Google map showing the physical location of all the search results. The project is currently in beta - but isn’t everything else Google does as well?
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It appears that students at universities that use the Internet2 ultra-high speed infrastructure have become targets of both the RIAA and MPAA. The RIAA has even gone so far as to say that they have 405 lawsuits against individuals at 18 different college campuses which they plan to file tomorrow. Those in question have been using a file-sharing application called i2hub, which allows for songs to be downloaded within 20 seconds and movies to be downloaded within five minutes. The MPAA hasn’t started to file any lawsuits yet, but they have made it known that they are watching.
Read More | Wired
All of you salivating Mac fanatics can now stop the constant refreshing of Apple’s homepage. Today it was announced by the company that the next version of their Mac operating system, OS X Tiger, will be launching in just 17 days. April 29, 2005, will be a big day in the computer world. With Apple making more and more mainstream headway, this one could be a blow to Microsoft who is still working on getting their next OS out of the door on time. As for me, I am just upset that because I got my PowerBook four days ago, I am now ineligible for the $9.95 Tiger upgrade. That, my friends, sucks.
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Twelve is this week’s number with this week’s DVD release list. The sequel to the hit, Ocean’s Eleven, builds more in to the story of the original with our favorite heist characters and witty situations. Fans of the first installment are sure to love this entertaining sequel. If drama is what you’re looking for, then Hotel Rwanda is what you want to check out. Based on a true story, Hotel Rwanda tells the story of a hotel manager who saved 1,200 Rwandan guests in 1994 during the genocidal conflict between the Hutus and the Tutsis. This one is a must have on your DVD collection.
Ocean’s Twelve (Widescreen Edition) ~ Brad Pitt
Hotel Rwanda ~ Terry George
The Bob Newhart Show - The Complete First Season ~ Bob Newhart
Bad Education (Original Uncut NC-17 Edition) ~ Pedro Almodóvar
Magnum, P.I. - The Complete Second Season ~ Sidney Hayers
All in the Family - The Complete Fourth Season ~ Carroll O’Connor
Sledge Hammer! - Season Two ~ Linda Mcgill
MTV - Viva La Bam - The Complete 2nd and 3rd Seasons ~ Bam Margera
Harvey Birdman Attorney at Law, Vol. 1 ~ Vincent Waller
Knight Rider - Season Two ~ Peter Crane
Round Two is one of several companies involved in the Mozilla Development Business Ecosystem Group. On Monday, they announced that in about one month they will be releasing at least 4 newly upgraded Firefox extensions:
- FlashGot is the most popular Firefox add-on. FlashGot allows Firefox to function with popular third party download managers.
- Bandwidth Tester allows users to test the speed of their Internet connection.
- SwitchProxy allows users to configure Firefox to function in environments with multiple web proxy servers and lets users surf the Net anonymously.
- ExtensionsMirror.nl is a community web site that offers the largest selection of extensions for Firefox and Mozilla’s Thunderbird.
These new exiting features and more are in development - even an integrated anti-virus is planned.
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Intel has begun to ship the first of their newest microprocessors which feature dual-core technology. This technology allows the power of two chips to be used with only one chip to deliver exceptional performance when multi-tasking or while enjoying gaming action. “We just passed an important milestone,” said Intel’s Abhi Talwalkar. “Intel is shipping the Intel Pentium Processor Extreme Edition 840 running at 3.2 GHz and Intel(r) 955X Express Chipsets, Intel’s first dual-core processor-based platform, to our customers.” AMD has also announced they plan on releasing their own version of dual-core processors some time next week. Competition - isn’t it great?
Read More | Reuters
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