We have a schizophrenic Playlist this time, with rappers and beach bums, with soul singers and pop bands. 50 Cent is back, as is Jack Johnson, both trying to improve over their last successful releases. Sage Francis furthers the cause of underground hip-hop, and Sam Cooke is our collection essential, putting a little soul in this dreary winter. Enjoy the Playlist, and let me know what you think in our forums or by emailing me.
At the moment when people were still taking in some of the newest Bluetooth cameraphones, the newest Bluetooth network, comprised of a herd of cattle, is now the latest on the Bluetooth front. Danish vendor Blip Systems has developed a system where you can put a Bluetooth device onto members of a herd, and monitor the location of each cow remotely. In addition, you can even keep track of the cows health. The technology was developed in conjunction with the Danish Cattle Research Centre and the Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences. Blip says the technology would be profitable for those with 100 or more cattle, and plan to sell the mesh networks for under 100 euros.
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At a time when privacy on the Internet is of the utmost importance to many people, AOL has added a new provision to their AIM Terms of Service contract. Of course, there is rarely a person that ever even reads these things, so here is the text:
...by posting Content on an AIM Product, you grant AOL, its parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, assigns, agents and licensees the irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide right to reproduce, display, perform, distribute, adapt and promote this Content in any medium. You waive any right to privacy.
That is straight from AOL themselves, my friends. You waive any right to privacy. That is as clear as day. I recommend anyone using AIM to switch to something a bit more sensible, and a lot more user friendly - like Skype - available in both Windows and Mac/Linux flavors.
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Totalvideogames.com has obtained a great deal of information and media on RockStar Games’ upcoming title, Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition. The title not only looks great, but also seems to live up to the hype. The game starts by placing you on the streets of San Diego to start your career of an illegal street racer and fulfill some other challenges. With the money you earn from street races, you are able to go back to your garage and either customize your ride or buy another one. With over 60 licensed cars and a deep customization interface, there is no doubt the online world will be filled with unique cars and competition starting April 15th.
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Want your very own portable G5 Mac? YS Designs has come up with an accessory which helps you customize your iPod Shuffle to look like a G5. Okay, so it’s not quite the G5 Powerbook many have been waiting for, but it’s a start. They also have other casings, which are an alternative to decal skins.
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If you have never been in need of a file you forgot while on the go, you are a liar. The fact of the matter is, we have all forgotten/deleted/thrown away something important at one time or another. Box.net is all about making these kinds of things less stressful. Their goal is simply to provide you with an online file storage bin that is always available. Their standard box size is 1 GB, which is more than enough to hold images, Word documents, and a few other things. Accounts can be shared, or kept all to your lonesome. We are going to be giving away three 1 GB accounts, which will be yours for one year, over the next few days. In order to win, be sure to check back daily. We will be putting a box.net hyperlink into one story per day, for three days, starting on Monday. If you see it, be the first to post your findings in the comments area of that news item and the 1 year 1 GB account is yours. In the meantime, read up on their service (which you can also opt to purchase yourself for $2.99 per month) in their “How It Works” section.
Looks like Blu-Ray has another supporter in the HD format wars, and it’s a biggie. Yesterday Apple announced that it will be the latest member in the Blu-Ray Disc Association, following a bimonthly meeting in South Korea hosted by electronics maker Samsung. Proponents of Blu Ray say that the format holds more data, while companies favoring the HD-DVD format say that they are cheaper to manufacture. The upcoming players for each format are both backward-compatible with existing DVD’s. Since Sony and Apple are now behind Blu-Ray, some of you might think that the war is just about over now. Well, take a look at the upcoming HD-DVD releases and you might think twice.
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Star Wars and Lego make such a good combination it’s not even funny. Witness the new Death Star II, coming this September for $300. Sure it’s a tad expensive, but just look at the complexity of this thing. Plus it comes with a stand, and measures 25 inches high and 19 inches wide. I would just hate to accidentally knock this thing over.
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Alright, here’s the deal. Gear Live is going to be at E3 in full force. A couple of us are going to be roaming the showroom floor like nobody’s business, capturing all the video and stills that would make any gamer scream like a schoolgirl. We will also be talking to a few influential people relevant to the gaming and consumer electronics world. However, while we will have all this data, we have no way of getting it to you in real time. Why is this? We do not have a laptop. This is where you come in:
Our favorite incentive network, OfferCentric, has a free notebook website that they run. If you help us in achieving our goal by signing up for the site as one of our referrals, you will be entered to win one of a bunch of prizes. I am talking about things like Pod Shields, DecalGirl iPod and Gamecube skins, a PDA Panache custom Nintendo DS stylus, and a Logitech Harmony 688 Universal Remote. One winner will also be the proud recipient of an E3 Bag-o-Stuff - that being a bunch of miscellaneous free items that companies give out at E3, and it is usually tons. As you can see, we have a bunch of stuff to give away to a bunch of people for bringing us to the point where we can get the laptop, and report live from the showroom floor. All that is required for entry is for you to sign up at Notebooks4Free and complete an offer. We will update in a few days with a status report. Any questions, contact us here.
One thing of interest mentioned at the Game Developers Conference regarding the Nintendo DS is that Nintendo is going to be launching a free WiFi online gaming service for the portable console. This will allow DS gamers to not only find and play against each other at Internet hotspots, but they will also be able to use their home WiFi network to jump online as well. Many have faulted Nintendo for their lack of vision in the online gaming department, as they have continued to say that they needed to wait until it was a viable investment. I now wonder if that meant that they wanted to wait until it was cheap enough to run an online gaming service that gamers would not have to pay for. With the Revolution also slated to be WiFi compliant, this is certainly an interesting turn of events.
In other DS news, you folks over in Europe can now pick one up at your local game store. The Nintendo DS made its European debut today at a price of £99 in the UK and €149 in other countries.
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