The New York Post, which is not the most accurate source in the world, is reporting that the Motion Picture Association of America might have possibly tipped of the NYPD to the locations of illegal street vendors selling pirated versions of their movies. Nothing wrong with that. The sticky part is that it is being reported that they then offered gratuities to officers if and when they made the arrests. That is the illegal part. Two officers are currently under investigation, and the MPAA is denying any wrongdoing.
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The Giga Vu Pro looks like a worthy contender in the PVP market, mainly due to its size. Our biggest complaint with most portable video players is that they are either too large to really be portable, or too small to watch a movie on. This one has a 3.8-inch transflexive, color LCD (320 x 240 pixel) touch-sensitive screen. For me touch screens are excellent on PVP’s, and the Archos AV400 was almost an annoyance because it didn’t have one. The Giga Vu Pro has a 60 GB internal drive, which is enough to hold quite a few movies, photos, and MP3 tracks. The unit also has a TV Out port, which is nice - but it lacks a video in port. This means that it will not act as a portable PVR. It can be had for about $530.
Tabwin.com has the new Xbox 2/360 MTV Ad on their “In Construction” page. Using some video editing effects, the commercial is definitely cool - the video brings goose bumps just watching the teaser. You will need Quicktime to view it. Check it out and tell us what you think.
Okay guys, we know how much you all love video games. It has gotten to the point where we decided, what the heck, let’s move it to its own dedicated spot on the interweb. The result? Gear Live and the I4U Network have launched a new site dedicated to video games - Playfeed. We plan to make Playfeed become to gaming news what Gear Live is to gadgets and technology. We kick it off big with a roundtable looking at what Nintendo needs to do at this years E3 Expo. We are also looking for a few good men (or women!) interested in being an editor on the new site. If it is something you are interested in, drop us a line at andru [at] gearlive.com. Either way, check out the new site.
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The E3 rumor mill has been buzzing quite loudly over the past few weeks. People are excited about what Microsoft is doing with the Xbox 2/360. People are curious about how Sony is going to use the PlayStation 3 to combat the hype machine that the next generation Xbox has been generating. And Nintendo…well…Nintendo has people buzzing for a different reason. We have been hearing that Nintendo may choose to play down the Revolution at E3 – and that is if they even choose to show it at all. Does it really matter if Nintendo shows the Revolution or not? Is Zelda enough for a successful show for Nintendo? The Playfeed editors take this issue to task in our Nintendo at E3 Roundtable.
Google will now remember all of your search history, and they advertise this as a good thing. I’ll admit we have wasted much time looking for a particular site again when we didn’t remember the specifics of the search. But is it a good thing to remember all of our searches? We don’t think so. There are some I wouldn’t want anyone to see. Possibly even some that I wouldn’t even want to see again. Luckily, the feature can be paused - but it remains on by default.
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The latest challenge from OurColony.net gave us an image of what looks to be a console as a reward. It is very possible this could be the next generation gaming console from Microsoft judging from what we already know of what they want to do with it. Let’s analyze the picture.
Sony and Toshiba are said to be as close to an agreement on the next gen DVD standard which could be announced as soon as the end of the month. This is great news for us technology hounds. Usually it’s the lack of an industry standard that keeps us waiting. The compromise will allow Sony to use it’s Blu-Ray structure on Toshiba’s HD-DVDs. Sony’s Blu-Ray discs hold 50GB vs Toshiba’s HD-DVD at 30GB. However, by using Toshiba’s HD-DVDs, DVD facilities won’t have to do as much retooling as Sony’s format would require. Don’t get your hopes up too high just yet, nothing is a done deal until it’s signed, sealed, and delivered. Here is a bit more on the issue.
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Assuming that you may not know what MIDI controller is, here’s a quick explanation:
MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) is a computer based musical language that has been expanded since it’s inception in the early 1980’s. MIDI controllers come in many forms - most of them keyboard format. They are used to “control” the respective software integrated with the host computer.
So what did Jeff Hoefs do that is so special? He made a cool mod using a Nintendo Power Pad and Power Glove, which he can now use as a MIDI controller. Nerds unite and check out this site.
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In today’s high tech world, when talking about hard drive space, we have become accustomed to the large amounts of data that hard drives can hold these days. Of course, it’s no wonder with music and video downloads becoming more popular every day. So why not carry around all those files on your laptop? In response to user demand for more space on their portable computers, Seagate has announced its new 120GB and 100GB hard drive will begin shipping. The 120 GB hard drives are the largest of their kind and will be available at 5400 RPM speeds. The 100 GB drive hits 7200 RPM. The company claims these new drives have more efficient power consumption over previous models and should also be a lot quieter. The drives are expected to hit the market in May. Check out the full press release after the jump.