Archive for December 13th, 2008



Everything goes down on Twitter these days, (memes happen, people, memes!) and now there’s another kid on the scene, literally. Lil’ @kickbee is hitting us from the womb, thanks to his / her nerdy father. Kickbee Sr. wrapped his expecting wife’s belly with some piezo sensors to detect baby kicks, with an Arduino Mini transmitting the info via Bluetooth to a MacBook Pro, which beams the info on up to Twitter, making him officially the dorkiest dad since Wayne Szalinski. Next step for this little A-lister? Gadget blogging.

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@kickbee OMG, this Twitter / baby-tracking hack is so great. Keep on kicking mommy! http://snipr.com/81153 originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 13 Dec 2008 22:32:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Remember last month when we reported on a company that had released a web browser that could be surfed while still playing a game? Well we think that program is about to be rendered obsolete. Valve’s newest beta client for Steam has just added their own in game web browser feature.

As you can see from the screenshot above it means you can play a game of Left 4 Dead and still check your favorite PC gaming news site. If you have Steam installed you can check out the beta release right now. Valve’s official message boards has the info on how to access it. The web browser apparently uses Internet Explorer (ugh) as its basis but a Valve team member on the forums suggests they may change the rendering engine for the browser in the future. Remember this is a beta release so there will be issues.

[Via Voodoo Extreme]

Steam beta adds in-game web browser support originally appeared on Big Download Blog on Sat, 13 Dec 2008 21:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Officially Official: 2010 BMW Z4

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Click above for high-res image gallery of the 2010 BMW Z4

BMW will unveil the all-new Z4 roadster at the Detroit Auto Show next month, but there’s no need to wait for the show in Motown to see the car in non-spyshot form, as all the Euro-spec details were officially released when the clock struck midnight in Munich. We’re into the new bodywork, which is pretty voluptuous compared to the preceding model, with a hint of 507 lineage evident in the car’s lines. Follow the jump for the rest of the skinny.

Gallery: 2010 BMW Z4

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Officially Official: 2010 BMW Z4 originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 13 Dec 2008 20:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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A recent offer on the official Guitar Hero: World Tour site has had us scratching our heads all day (much to the chagrin of our dandruff-covered keyboards). The oddly-worded promotion states that if you purchase (or have purchased) the 360 or PS3 versions of the Complete Guitar Game bundle of GH:WT before the end of the year, you’ll be able to “choose five free downloadable tracks.” The promotional site is currently adorned with a banner asking potential downloaders to “check back soon”.

We’re confused as to why they’re only extending the offer to purchasers of the $90 Complete Guitar Game bundle, which only includes a wireless guitar and the game disc, and not to owners of the $190 full band kit or standalone game — perhaps its a measure to boost sales of the guitar bundle? We also don’t know why Wii World Tour-ers are excluded from the deal. Also, from what pool will we be “choosing” our five free downloadable tracks? The pre-existing DLC? A new batch of track packs? The complete discography of Michael Bolton? Hopefully we’ll know more when the promotion goes live.

Activision to offer five free DLC tracks to GH: World Tour guitar bundle owners originally appeared on Joystiq on Sat, 13 Dec 2008 20:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

 

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Combining huge screens with usable keyboards in a pocketable package is the challenge phone manufacturers are eternally doomed to try to solve, leading to an endless stream of (mostly comical) patent applications for ridiculous form factors that will never see the light of day. That’s where we think — well, we hope — Nokia’s latest app comes into play, combining a portrait-oriented QWERTY keyboard with a wide display that somehow swivels behind the body of the phone when you only need a little bit of screen real estate. Looks cool on paper, but realistically, we think this thing would be the most unwieldy Frankenstein of a handset since the MPx were it ever to be produced. Tilt-slide on the N97 looks fine, guys. Seriously.

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Nokia patent app suggests N97’s form factor isn’t complicated enough originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 13 Dec 2008 20:16:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mercenaries 2 DLC set to Blow It Up Again

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If you’ve already gotten your hands on Pandemic Studios’ largely unsung Mercenaries 2: World in Flames, then logic would dictate that you’ve already done blowed it up a great many times. Still, it’s been our experience that one can never have too many explosions, which is why we’ve been looking forward to the Mercs 2 “Blow It Up Again” DLC pack that EA has been hinting at for some time. You know, the one with the president-elect and the Tina Fey-impersonating governor in it.

Well, the wait for said DLC is officially over for PS3 owners — it’s available to download on the PSN right this hot second. Fret not, Three-Sixtyites; it’ll land on the Marketplace this coming Tuesday, December 16. In addition to the new political havoc-wreakers, the pack adds four new game types, and based off of the trailer for the DLC which we’ve posted after the break, it includes a veritable cornucopia of detonations — and all for the low, low price of free.

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Mercenaries 2 DLC set to Blow It Up Again originally appeared on Joystiq on Sat, 13 Dec 2008 18:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

 

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Chet Czaplicka doesn’t own one of the Big 3’s suppliers or run a car dealership. Instead, he is the chief executive of a blood-processing firm in the Detroit suburb of Livonia, Michigan. But like most people in that part of the country, he has several autoworkers in his family. And, perhaps more importantly, he understands how extensively the overall US. economy is enmeshed with the production of automobiles.

“I live here. My business is here. My Ma draws a pension from Ford,” Czaplicka says in a recent Detroit News article. “If these companies go down, I’m screwed.”

But instead of just bitching about it, Czaplicka is doing something. He’s offering each of his employees $1,000 if they’ll buy a Ford, GM or Chrysler vehicle. He’s looking at a $92,000 payout if every one of his workers take him up on the deal before it expires Jan. 5.

At least one of Czaplicka’s company’s employees has been inspired to go shopping for a Ford. The story says Sean Murtha is considering a new Ford Edge for his wife. “A thousand bucks, that’s like three months of payments,” says Murtha, who is with the company’s Fort Lauderdale office. “We’re a bit removed from the Detroit scene but it’s nice we can contribute.”

[Source: The Detroit News]

Would you buy American if your boss gave you $1,000? originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 13 Dec 2008 18:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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The been-there-done-that competition of the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii are a total yawn this holiday season, so we thought we’d give you a console war with a few more interlocking plastic building blocks mixed in to keep things interesting. These two otherwise-unrelated case mods each bring their own strengths to the competition: while the Lego PSX mod might be more technically impressive, it looks totally amateurish next to the classy Lego NES stylings. But, like with all things in life, there can only be one winner. This is America, after all.

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Lego console wars: NES vs. PSX… fight! originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 13 Dec 2008 17:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Roger Ebert’s feelings towards video games have been publicized in the gaming community as much as they have been criticized. That’s why we feel that every time this cinematic adjudicator takes a step in our direction, its worth noting. Responding to a comment on his blog that references the second annual meeting of the Slate Year-End Gaming Club, in which New York Times’ game reporter Seth Schiesel cited Ebert as an evaluational inspiration, Ebert conceded that he is “convinced that [video games] are getting a lot better.”

Before you start planning the first annual “Roger Ebert Thinks Video Games Are Art” parade, you might want to check out the first part of his response, in which he says that video games aren’t art. In fact, you may want to read the end of his response, in which he suggests that if he’d been told to review video games instead of films during his long, industrious career, he “would have taken up professional knitting.” We’d typically take a supercilious jab at this type of dismissal — but we’ve spent more than a few evenings debating between a round of Left 4 Dead or finishing up that half-completed tea cozy.

Ebert thinks games are ‘getting a lot better’, prefers knitting to gaming originally appeared on Joystiq on Sat, 13 Dec 2008 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

 

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Electronic Arts‘ latest version of their long running Need For Speed racing series, Need For Speed Undercover, has gotten poor reviews and also apparently not been selling nearly as well as previous titles in the franchise. So its not a shock to hear rumors that financially troubled EA may be retiring the Need For Speed series.

The Electric Underground web site is reporting through unnamed sources that EA has “cancelled the development of new titles in the once popular racing series.” For the past several years EA’s Black Box studio in Vancouver has handled the development of the Need For Speed series. It was recently revealed that EA has decided not to move ahead with plans for a new Vancouver dev studio because of the publisher’s recent economic woes.

Rumor: Has the Need For Speed series come to an end? originally appeared on Big Download Blog on Sat, 13 Dec 2008 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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