Archive for December 8th, 2008



We can’t count the number of times we’ve heard from one random source or another that Apple was about to pull the trigger on a subscription-based / 100% DRM-free music service, and given how those have worked out in the past, we’d highly recommend taking this one with a huge dose of salt. French site ElectronLibre has it that Apple will finally offer up all of its music in DRM-free form starting as early as tomorrow, specifically calling out Sony, Universal and Warner as outfits who would join the protection-free cause. Should this happen, it would obviously be a dream come true for ole Steve, but we’re still left to wonder what would happen to bitrates, prices and (potentially most important) all other iTMS content. Something tells us Hollywood isn’t quite as ready to release its death grip.

[Via AppleInsider]

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Apple rumored to be turning iTunes into a DRM-free music store originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 08 Dec 2008 23:11:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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How time flies — it was just a few weeks ago that the OpenCL spec was finalized and sent out for final legal review, and now it’s here and ready to go. Over 20 partner companies (including AMD, NVIDIA, and, somewhat surprisingly, Intel) have signed on to the parallel programming standard originally proposed by Apple as part of Snow Leopard, and the final spec should allow apps to tap into multi-core CPUs, GPUs, DSPs and even variants of the Cell chip for everything from raw number crunching to interfacing with OpenGL. Sounds hot — now we’ll just have to see how Microsoft counters with the GPU acceleration expected to be built into Windows 7.

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OpenCL 1.0 spec released, GPUs everywhere to get a workout originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 08 Dec 2008 22:51:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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After putting those nasty Bluetooth 2.2 rumors to bed, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group has directly informed Wireless Week that it will indeed look to come out with a “high-speed specification next summer.” Of course, we’ve been waiting on such a thing for, like, ever now, but Executive Director Mike Foley has asserted that when the spec arrives in summer 2009 it will likely be sitting at 3.0. What’s 3.0 promising? Faster overall transmission speeds and quicker connections, namely. So, what’s the over / under on the Bluetooth SIG actually delivering?

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Bluetooth SIG promises high-speed specification next summer, likely BT 3.0 originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 08 Dec 2008 21:52:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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8Dec 08

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While the PSP may be suffering from a drought of UMDs worth your holiday dollar, Atari’s Phil Harrison is convinced that Sony’s sexy portable remains a “very vibrant platform,” at least when it comes to downloadables. Despite a lack of PSP titles in its upcoming catalog, Eurogamer reports that the former Sony exec is “looking to explore” the platform’s digital goodies down the line.

Hardly a shock, especially given Harrison’s notion that kids of tomorrow will turn their noses up at the idea of owning physical media. However, without any of those big-budget, single-player games to fall back on we doubt we’ll be busting ghosts or assaulting Dark Athena while waiting for the bus any time soon.

Atari focused on downloadable PSP games originally appeared on Joystiq on Mon, 08 Dec 2008 21:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

 

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The German outfit Novoflex has just announced an adapter that will allow you to mount Leica lenses onto your Micro Four Thirds system cameras. Due out this month at €149 (about $193), the mount is one in a planned series, with adapters for Leica R, Nikon, Contax / Yashica, Olympus OM, Pentax and Minolta MD lenses expected in February. Of course, the only MFT camera out there is Panasonic’s Lumix G1, but with a new Olympus on the horizon and more sure to follow, this is certainly good news for all of you budget-conscious photographers out there.

[Via Wired]

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Adapter weds Leica lenses to Micro Four Thirds cameras — for real, Heidi originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 08 Dec 2008 20:48:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Download: A Vampyre Story Patch #1

Posted by Steven Wong
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8Dec 08

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This patch for the adventure game, A Vampyre Story, fixes a number of bugs. Continue reading for full patch notes. The demo can be downloaded here.

Download A Vampyre Story Patch #1 (19 MB)
Download the A Vampyre Story Demo (445 MB)

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Download: A Vampyre Story Patch #1 originally appeared on Big Download Blog on Mon, 08 Dec 2008 20:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Play it. Hear it. Wear it. Thanks to today’s Joystwag giveaway, not only could you win the PlayStation 3 version of Mirror’s Edge and the Still Alive: The Remixes album (more on this after the break), you could also win a swanky runner’s bag to carry them in. It’s modeled after Faith’s bag in the game, has multiple pockets, features Faith’s funky eye tattoo (the game logo) on the other side, and is perfect for lugging around a laptop, a console, or top-secret intel.

To enter the giveaway:

  • Leave a comment telling us what you’d carry around in a bright yellow messenger bag (paying special attention to those multiple little pockets, of course)
  • You must be 18 years or older and a resident of the US or Canada (excluding Quebec)
  • Limit 1 entry per person per calendar day
  • This entry period ends at 12:00pm ET on Monday, December 15th. We’ll randomly select 1 winner at that time to receive one copy of Mirror’s Edge for the PlayStation 3 (ARV: $59.99), one Mirror’s Edge runner’s bag, (ARV: $10.00), and one Mirror’s Edge Still Alive: The Remixes CD (ARV: $5.99). Please check your e-mail!
  • For a list of complete rules, click here

Is the end of 2008 approaching already? In honor of another year of gaming gone by, Joystiq is hosting five straight days (that’s a full work week!) of Joyswag giveaways. Check back every day for new prizes, new chances to win, and the possibility to keep more money in your own pocket.

Continue reading Joyswag Holidaze: Mirror’s Edge game, album and messenger bag

Joyswag Holidaze: Mirror’s Edge game, album and messenger bag originally appeared on Joystiq on Mon, 08 Dec 2008 20:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

 

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With Mirror’s Edge’s PC release now set for mid-January we are getting more info on what type of rig you will need to run Digital Illusions‘ first person action game. The fan site On-Mirrors-Edge got some info on the system requirements for the game via DICE’s Fredrik Thylander:

Operating System Microsoft Windows XP SP2/Vista
Processor Intel Pentium 4 3.0GHz or 100% compatible equivalent
Memory 1GB RAM
Video Card 256MB memory with Shader Model 3.0
HDD Space 8GB
DVD Drive 1x DVD Drive
Soundcard DirectX 9.0c compatibility
DirectX DirectX 9.0c
Network An online connection is required for access to Leaderboards

Of course, if you want all those cool Nvidia PhysX game physics effects that has been promoted for the PC version you have to have a compatible Nvidia video card as well.

Gallery: Mirror’s Edge

Mirror’s Edge PC system requirements released originally appeared on Big Download Blog on Mon, 08 Dec 2008 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Top 10 Most Stolen Vehicles in 2008

Posted by Frank Filipponio
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8Dec 08

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Drumroll please! The 2008 Top 10 most popular cars among car thieves are… The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and Highway Loss Data Institute recently released their list of the top 10 most stolen vehicles for 2008, and trucks and SUVs are the biggest target. We wonder if this might reflect some people finding a nefarious way to dispose of their gas-guzzler and collect the insurance money. Hopefully that’s not the case, but seriously, if you were a car thief, would you want a land yacht instead of a canyon carver?

For whatever reasons, the most targeted vehicles aren’t necessarily the most drool-worthy ones on the road. Thieves tend to go after vehicles that easily blend in with traffic, can be sold for parts or are popular in foreign markets where they can be dumped quickly. Big vehicles also tend to spend more time parked in driveways or on the street rather than in garages, so they’re more easily accessible by naydoers. The IIHS looks at insurance-claim reports to determine theft-frequency rates and compile the Most Stolen Vehicle list. The figures are reported in number of claims filed for every 1,000 vehicles insured each year, and this most recent report covers vehicles made and sold between 2005 and 2007.

Top 10 Most Stolen Vehicles in 2008 originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 08 Dec 2008 19:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Contract-laden 3G Acer Aspire One hitting US at just $99?

These days most people wouldn’t think of buying a new phone without getting a couple hundies off in exchange for their wireless free will. But netbooks? Internationally such deals aren’t altogether uncommon, but we haven’t seen one here yet. That changes next week if the above image turns out to be legit (and we kinda think it is), with Radio Shack set to offer an Acer Aspire One for just $99 so long as you sign up for a $60/month (or more) data plan through AT&T. (If you squint you can see it’s a rather less enticing $499 without.) That comes to something north of $1,500 over the life of the contract, which is hardly a steal — but then again your average sub-$200 smartphone doesn’t seem like such a bargain after two years of $35/month, either.

[Thanks, A RadioShack Guy]

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Contract-laden 3G Acer Aspire One hitting US at just $99? originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 08 Dec 2008 19:42:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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