Microsoft plans to release its next operating system, codenamed Longhorn, sometime within the next year or two. This operating system’s beta version will be released in June and includes many improvements since the last time Microsoft showed off their newest addition to the Windows family. Microsoft claims Longhorn will be more stable the the current Windows operating system. New additions include a presentation engine called Avalon, a Web services architecture called Indigo, and a reworking of the Windows files system known as WinFS (but who knows when this feature will be finished?). Microsoft has not released much information about all the features the beta version will offer, but it is nice to see Longhorn move closer to going gold. Can Microsoft really develop a stable operating system with less security flaws?
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We’ve had a tremendous response to our last article on the PSP…so much so that we had to write about Sony’s upcoming handeld again. But in the spirit of objectivity, we’re obligated to show you the other side of the coin…the side Sony doesn’t want you to see. As much as the PSP has been praised, we’re not blind to its faults. In fact, people may have more reasons to hate it than to love it come March 24th.
By the way, do you have thoughts on whether the DS or PSP is the better platform? If so, chime in on the forums.
This one is for all you Nintendo fans out there - it looks like the company is planning to open up a Nintendo branded concept store at Rockeffeller Center, NY. A quick look at Nintendo’s jobs page at their corporate website confirms this, as they are seeking a Retail Store Manager to oversee the new project. Obviously, if this goes well, we may see more NIntendo Stores open across the country similar to the way Apple Stores caught on. This is a bold move by Nintendo, as the company has certainly lost some ground in the United States videogame arena to Microsoft and Sony.
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Researchers at Hewlett-Packard have invented a new type of microcomputing technology known as the crossbar latch that could potentially replace the transistor used in computers today. Transistors, which are the basic element of computing, have reached the limit on size that can be fit on a single chip. This new crossbar latch would be mere nanometers in size. If computers are going to get any smaller while still getting faster, new ways such as this need to be found. These new relays could potentially allow computers to be thousands of times faster than today’s computers. “This could someday replace transistors in computers, just as transistors replaced vacuum tubes and vacuum tubes replaced electromagnetic relays before them.” As a student studying Electrical Engineering, it kinda makes me wonder why I’m still taking all these Analog Electronics classes! Luckily, HP says that transistors will still be used for decades to come in silicon embedded chips.
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Do we even need to explain how cool this thing is? Guess so. As if gunning down your friends in a hail of hard paint pellets wasn’t fun enough, now you can do it Halo-style in a rugged military off-road vehicle. The Razorback, used by Team SpecOps in their simulated missions, is built on the chassis of an actual Israeli reconnassance vehicle. It features built-in air tanks used for two door gunners, and a low-level rocket launcher for Nerf and shotgun rounds. It’s not invincible though: the team is gracious enough to mark a “kill zone” for the tank, which can be found on the front passenger fender, marked by an orange bulls eye. And if you’re lucky enough to win a raffle at one of their skirmishes, you can be eligible for a “tour-of-duty” at the main gunner or side gunner positions.
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Okay, here is the skinny on the Olympus m:robe 500 that you saw insanely odd commercials for during last nights Superbowl - so you can stop emailing me about it now! Anyway, as you saw, the m:robe is basically a digital camera with an MP3 player built in (or an MP3 player with a camera built in if you prefer it that way). It has a 3.7” touch-screen, which probably isn’t the best interface in the world. The camera is 1.3 megapixels, with no flash or zoom. The supposed draw here is that you can synchronize pictures to your music to create futuristic remixes. It should be PlaysForSure compatible, and the battery lasts for about 12 hours. You can grab the 20 GB m:robe 500 for $499.99 USD or less.
It’s already hard enough for geeks to score with the chicks, but these Username Password Boy Short Panties aim to make it downright impossible. After all, who knows what kind of odd passwords women come up with? Plus, with these, bruteforce tactics aren’t allowed - and I hear the network crashes quite often.
Girls, send a clear message to that special geek in your life with these boy short panties. Access is denied until the proper credentials have been supplied. You can never be too careful around those smooth-talking hackers and social engineers…
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Sony has announced that more than 24 games will launch on March 24th with its latest handheld, Playstation Portable. An additional 23 titles are being developed. At prices as low as $39.99, there something for everyone in this line up.
- Ape Escape®: On the Loose, Sony Computer Entertainment America
- ATV Offroad Fury®: Blazin’ Trails, Sony Computer Entertainment America
- Darkstalkers Chronicle™: The Chaos Tower, Capcom
- Dynasty Warriors®, KOEI
- FIFA 2005, Electronic Arts
- Gretzky™ NHL ®, Sony Computer Entertainment America
- Lumines™, Ubisoft
- Metal Gear Acid™, Konami
- MLB™, Sony Computer Entertainment America
- MVP Baseball, Electronic Arts
- NBA, Sony Computer Entertainment America
- NBA Street Showdown, E lectronic Arts
- Need for Speed™ Rivals, Electronic Arts
- NFL Street 2 Unleashed, Electronic Arts
- Rengoku™: Tower of Purgatory, Konami
- Ridge Racer™, Namco
- Smartbomb, Eidos Interactive
- Spider-Man 2™, Activision
- Tiger Woods PGA TOUR®, Electronic Arts
- Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 Remix , Activision
- Twisted Metal: Head On™, Sony Computer Entertainment America
- Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade , Sony Online Entertainment
- Wipeout® Pure, Sony Computer Entertainment America
- World Tour Soccer, Sony Computer Entertainment America
Full press release after the jump.
Mozilla has just released one of their newer projects in the Sunbird stand=alone calendar. Sunbird allows you to keep your life organized without having to deal with program suites such as Outlook. Sunbird is also compatible across the PC, Mac, and Linux platforms - a nice touch. You can download a copy here. This is the initial release, so expect many improvements in the months to come. For now, the program looks great and works great. Give it a try and let us know what you think.
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Good news for all you Family Guy fanatics. Twentieth Century Fox announced today that they will allow Take-Two Interactive Software and Airborne Entertainment to produce new Family Guy video games. Take-Two will produce multiple platform video games while Airborne Entertainment will introduce new mobile phone content for enjoyment of the Griffins on the go. The new video game will be a third person action/adventure where players take the role of characters such as Stewie, Brian the Dog, and Peter as they interact with the citizens of Quahog. The expected release will be in 2006. Until we see some updates, we can only assume this will be something like The Simpsons video games as it is a third-person adventure.
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