Archive for December 15th, 2008



Although Apple just posted some ridiculous quarterly numbers, it doesn’t seem like it’s going to escape the current economic conditions in the US unscathed — like pretty much everyone else, monthly sales are down in Cupertino, according to the NPD Group. The drop is only one percent total, but it’s against a two percent rise in overall PC sales, which could indicate that Apple’s premium pricing is hurting it as shoppers turn to netbooks and other bargain machines. That dovetails nicely with chatter we’re hearing today about updated Mac minis making a debut at Macworld — although Steve famously proclaimed that Apple doesn’t “know how to make a $500 machine that’s not a piece of junk” during the last earnings call, it sure sounds like he’s going to try, with a $499 2.0GHz mini in a new MacBook-esque unibody enclosure rumored to arrive onstage in January. If you believe Wired, it’ll be accompanied by a $700 2.3GHz version with NVIDIA graphics, and both models will feature mini DisplayPorts — nothing shocking there. We’ll see when we see — we’ve been waiting for the mini to be updated forever, and while Apple did just uncharacteristically slam rumors of a new model, times like these could lead to drastic measures.

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Mac mini update rumors flare as Apple sales dip originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 15 Dec 2008 23:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Commenting on the 40-odd seconds of God of War III shown during last night’s VGAs, series creator David Jaffe says that it looked good, but not as impressive as the game does in its most current form. You may recall that Jaffe had heaped some extremely high praise on the game’s visuals after he recently saw it in action.

Last night’s footage is only part of what he saw during an internal SCEA meeting, Jaffe revealed on his blog. “The stuff I saw that I raved about was probably finished 1-2 days before I got to the studios. The Spike stuff I saw had aleady been turned into Spike so it was 100% older,” he explained.

“To give you an idea, the stuff I saw that I raved about looked about 25-30% better [than the HD footage Spike broadcast],” he said of the closed meeting footage, adding, “It happened to blow me away and remains the best looking console game I’ve ever seen…beyond Gears 2 which so far is the best looking console game ever released.” As for what Jaffe had to say to those who questioned his likening of GOW3 to a painting, well, you’ll have to hit his blog to read that colorful prose (and watch a video of his thoughts on video game awards shows).

Jaffe: God of War 3 ‘looks 25-30% better’ than VGA trailer originally appeared on Joystiq on Mon, 15 Dec 2008 23:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

 

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Don’t get too excited: the Toasting Charger is merely a concept, at least for now. Still, it always brightens our day to see products that call to mind this most beloved human food. Simply pop in the battery, push the lever on the side and well, that’s the beauty of it… you already know how to use this little guy. There’s also a helpful LED on the front to indicate the progress of the charge for the hopelessly impatient. “Toasting” your lithium-ion batteries is, at first glance, a little weird, right? Nope. Pass the jam, please.

[Thanks, Tony]

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Toasting Charger: for batteries, not bagels originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 15 Dec 2008 22:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Kratos will be hanging up his swords after God of War III, though we hope he does something about those chains first. Sony has revealed that the upcoming sequel will be “the last installment” in the series, leaving the Ghost of Sparta to find creative ways to make beheadings and impalement look good on his resume.

According to Sony, the game will also boast four times the texture resolution seen in God of War II, as well as dynamic lighting and more on-screen enemies than before, which goes a long way explaining why David Jaffe’s jaw is still on the floor. Do something about that, will you?

Sony: God of War 3 will be the ‘last installment’ originally appeared on Joystiq on Mon, 15 Dec 2008 22:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

 

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The brainchild of designer Sang-Kyun Park, LightDrops is an umbrella that uses the piezoelectric effect of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) to transform falling rain into electricity, which is then used to light LEDs installed on the umbrella’s underside. The heavier the rain falls (and the harder it hits the umbrella), the brighter the light shines. Combine it with the solar tie, and who knows? This might someday become de rigueur for the stylish tech professional. Ella, ella, ella

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LightDrops umbrella classes up your act, generates electricity originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 15 Dec 2008 21:43:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple released two new Get a Mac ads, just in time for the holiday season. The two ads, entitled “I Can Do Anything,” and “Tree Trimming,” are animated, and very amusing.

In the I Can Do Anything ad [direct video link], PC shows off what he can do because he is animated. He then talks to a rabbit that is on its way to the Apple Store.

In the Tree Trimming ad [direct video link], Mac and PC are decorating a tree. When PC plugs in the tree, Mac discovers that the lights actually say… well, we don’t want to spoil it (sorry!).

You can watch both of the ads by visiting the Get a Mac ad website.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

TUAWApple debuts two Holiday Get a Mac Ads originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Mon, 15 Dec 2008 21:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Bethesda has released a patch for the PlayStation 3 version of Fallout 3 that not only adds Trophies, but manages to fix a particularly irksome bug that caused the game to hiccup whenever you received a PSN Notification (i.e. “SnakeFan292 signed off”). Our Sony-centric friends at PS3 Fanboy have a list of Trophies for your perusal. Seeing as Operation Anchorage is destined for Xbox 360 and PC only, this is probably the only Fallout 3 download PS3 owners can expect to receive for some time.

Fallout 3 PS3 patch adds Trophies, squashes bugs originally appeared on Joystiq on Mon, 15 Dec 2008 21:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

 

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Can’t believe we didn’t think to ask of this before Namco gave it to us, but here it is — there is already an official version of I Love Katamari (otherwise known as Katamari Damacy) right there on the App Store and playable on the iPhone. What a perfect game to put on the iPhone — it’s casual, it’s easy to pick up but tough to master, and the analog controls, while perfect for a pair of analog sticks, work great on a touchscreen as well.

Unfortunately, it’s not quite perfect yet — the game slows down fast, and quickly becomes unplayable with all the stuff on the screen. But lots of people are hoping for an update from Namco, and while that hope might not quite be justified (is Namco really going to commit to making this game great, or are they just taking advantage of a hot property?), you never know. Pac Man has been a winner for the company for sure, so maybe they will make sure that Katamari plays as well as its console versions. As much as we appreciate original games on the iPhone, there’s nothing wrong with quality ports of console gems as well, and if Namco can patch out the bugs to everyone’s satisfaction, there’s no question that’s what this will be.

TUAWI Love Katamari in the App Store, optimization not included originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Mon, 15 Dec 2008 21:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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We all know how the British hate lagging behind the French, so it’s no shock to see bmi following Air France in the in-flight communications game. The airline has just announced that it will soon launch a six month trial of the OnAir service, though not surprisingly, voice calls will not be a part of said run. Instead, users in a single A320 making loops from London to Moscow will be able to send text messages whilst airborne, and in case that’s too boring, users with GSM data cards will also be able to hop online. There’s no mention of a VoIP ban, but given the clear anti-voice stance, we doubt the kind attendants would let you chatter long before giving you the evil eye.

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bmi launches in-flight communications trial, voice gratefully excluded originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 15 Dec 2008 20:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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iPhone Alley is reporting that the Mac OS X 10.5.6 update is causing problems for the jailbreaking community. According to a recent post at the site, if you place the iPhone in DFU mode (similar to a restore mode), your iPhone will be unrecognized by a Mac running 10.5.6.

DFU mode is required to jailbreak your iPhone using many of the popular tools such as Pwnage or QuickPwn. So far there is no word from the iPhone Dev group on this finding. In doing our own research, we discovered that the problem does, in fact, exist. So, if you need to jailbreak your iPhone/iPod touch, you might want to hold off on updating your Mac.

Could this be Apple’s way of combating owners who jailbreak their iPhones? Has this happened to you since upgrading your Mac to 10.5.6? Let us know in the comments!

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TUAWMac OS X 10.5.6 update breaks DFU Mode for iPhone? originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Mon, 15 Dec 2008 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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