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Eternity II Offers $2 Million to Puzzle Solver

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Design, Misc. Tech, Toys

Eternity II

For those who were into the puzzle Eternity I, it’s time to get excited. For those of you not familiar with the game, $1 million went to a UK student who successfully solved the first one in five months. This time there is a $2 million prize at stake, and it could be yours if you are the first to figure it out. Once you find the answers to the Clue Puzzles, you receive key locations for the 256 piece main puzzle, which has more than one solution. All entries will be locked in a vault until December 31, 2008, and the first correct answer wins.

The only catch is that you have to buy Eternity II, so we are just not sure if the hype is worth the AUD $39.95 (US $34.76) price with all that competition. Check out the test game with 16 pieces, which is not as simple as it looks, and if you ace that, it might be worth the investment.

 

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Up Close and Personal with the AMD Vanishing Point Chip

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Features, Internet, PC / Laptop

So, remember all that Vanishing Point hoopla that was going on earlier this year, which included Loki throwing out puzzle after puzzle (heck, and even taking over the Bellagio)? Well, the final puzzle was the task of figuring out exactly who Loki was, and the person who did that first would get their name inscribed into a limited run of AMD Athlon processors. Audrey Murphy came out on top in this one, as you saw in our video coverage of the announcement, and won the right to have her name become a part of technology history. We got our hands on one of the chips, and have put up a gallery that features a sample of what the chips might look like. As you can see, she put her name on there along with her husband’s, and then thanked a couple of sites that gave them support during the content. Check out the gallery for a few more shots. Congratulations, Audrey!

Read More | AMD Vanishing Point Chip Gallery

Sudoku + Rubik’s Cube= Sudokube!

Posted by Lolita Beckwith Categories: Toys

SudokubeWe’re betting many of you are looking at the image and headline of this story, smacking your head and saying, “Now why didn’t I think of that?”. Yes, it’s Sudokube, a combo of two of the most popular puzzles of the modern era: Rubik’s Cube and Sudoku. For the unfamiliar, Sudokube is basically a Rubik’s Cube, but with numbers. Instead of matching colors, you align the numbers from 1-9 on each side. As with Sudoku, we’re betting it’s a lot harder than it sounds, but tons of fun. Sudokube measures 2.16 x 2.16” and is available for just under $10 USD.

Read More | Sudoku Cube Product Page via Tracing Gadget


Microsoft Goes Viral With The Vanishing Point, And We Are In It

Okay guys, something is definitely up at Microsoft as far as it pertains to the launch of Windows Vista. It looks like they are putting quite a bit of their marketing budget behind a very “outside the box” way of spreading the buzz - and we aren’t talking about full-page spreads in PC Magazine. Earlier today, DHL dropped off a ridiculously large box at the Gear Live headquarters in Seattle, WA. We opened it up, and found a brand new, Windows Vista-based Media Center PC. This particular one is made by Velocity Micro, and it’s loaded to the max.

Now, normally, this is nothing out of the ordinary, as we tend to get a multitude of deliveries each and every week that we review, unbox, and give our overall impressions on - but this was different, as a fairly cryptic note was included in the box that read:

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Bleeding Edge 067: Vanishing Point - Loki Sends Us A Vista Media Center PC

So this Vanishing Point thing that Microsoft has going on is in full swing. Some think it’s silly, others are intrigued. Us? We think it’s an extremely ingenious way for them to get the buzz out there about Windows Vista, and we think that whoever wins is going to get a nice, big prize. We mean, like, really big. Nonetheless, Microsoft sent us a Windows Media Center PC loaded with Windows Vista Ultimate and Office 2007. This thing is the real deal with an AMD Athlon FX 5000+ dual core processor, 2 GB DDR-800 RAM, two 400 GB hard drives in a RAID 1 configuration, and a bunch of other extras. It seems most everyone else we know got a Ferrari laptop.

For all the info on what we know so far, check out this episode of the show. So see everything laid out, you can check the post we made specifically regarding the Vanishing Point clues.

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