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Bungie Unveils HD Halo/Halo2Bungie Unveils HD Halo/Halo2

They?re not only compatible, but they run in 720p. Bungie?s official site today revealed what any Xbox gamer would have guessed: Halo and Halo 2 will run correctly on the Xbox 360. The better news, however, is that not only does Halo 2?s Xbox Live functionality transfer intact, but both games on the X360 can render at widescreen, at 720p, with full-screen anti-aliasing.

News Posted by : DoDgEtHiS On : November 15, 2005, 2:18 pm
News Source : TVG



EA launches new digital music distribution serviceEA launches new digital music distribution service

EA has announced a new partnership with Nettwerk Music Group. Nettwerk Music Group is a Canadian record company. This will establish a brand new digital music distrubtion label under EA recordings. EA has built up a back catalogue of more than 3000 minutes of wholly-owned musical compositions over the last 20 years, with many of the publisher's games - including The Sims, Medal of Honor and SSX series - featuring original soundtracks.

Now music clips will be available as ringtones, mastertones or MP3s via download destinations such as Yahoo Music, iTunes, MSN, AOL Music, Rhapsody and others.

News Posted by : DoDgEtHiS On : November 15, 2005, 2:18 pm
News Source : GamesIndustry



AOL, Warner Bros. Form In2TV to Offer Free Online TV RerunsAOL, Warner Bros. Form In2TV to Offer Free Online TV Reruns

"Welcome Back Kotter" is just one of the dozens of old television shows that will soon be available for free online thanks to a deal announced on Monday between America Online Inc. and Warner Brothers. This joint venture creates a new broadband network, called In2TV, which will be launched in early 2006.

Joining the lineup of 30 series to be initially offered are "Sisters" and "Growing Pains". Shows will be grouped on channels by genre in categories such as comedy, drama, animation, science fiction and horror, action-adventure, and "vintage TV." Future In2TV plans include more than 100 television series and 300 episodes per month in the first year.

News Posted by : DoDgEtHiS On : November 15, 2005, 2:16 pm
News Source : Winona Daily News



Google offers Web Analysis Tools for freeGoogle offers Web Analysis Tools for free

Google is offering webmasters full-featured, powerful analytics package from Urchin to determine how many people are visiting their sites, to view the source of referrals to your site and what they're clicking on. In March, Google acquired Urchin Software and promptly lowered the monthly cost of the company's hosted Web analytics service, Urchin On Demand, from $495 to $199. Today, the search company is re-branding Urchin under the name Google Analytics and making it available to everyone for free.

Google Analytics has been updated to integrate with Google AdWords. It also includes new summary views of traffic and trends, pre-formatted for executives, marketers, and webmasters.

News Posted by : DoDgEtHiS On : November 14, 2005, 1:14 pm
News Source : Google Analytics



Microsoft to remove Sony DRM 'Rootkit'Microsoft to remove Sony DRM 'Rootkit'

Microsoft is cleaning up Sony's DRM mess amid fears that the rootkit could be used for malware purposes. The rootkit, a component of the controversial DRM scheme used by Sony BMG Music Entertainment, was discovered in October by Windows analyst Mark Russinovich who published his findings in his blog at SysInternals.com. Microsoft has taken the move of updating its Windows AntiSpyware application to add a detection and removal signature for the rootkit features used in the XCP digital rights management technology.

According to Jason Garms, group product manager in Microsoft's Anti-Malware Technology Team, the rootkit removal signature will be pushed out at Windows users through the anti-spyware application's weekly signature update process.

Detection and removal of the XCP rootkit will also appear in Windows Defender, the next version of Windows AntiSpyware when that makeover ships.
Microsoft plans to include this signature in the December monthly update to the Malicious Software Removal Tool.

News Posted by : DoDgEtHiS On : November 14, 2005, 1:13 pm
News Source : eWeek



Microsoft urges users to update Flash PlayerMicrosoft urges users to update Flash Player

In an unprecedented move, Microsoft has issued a critical advisory urging users to apply a critical update from Flash Player update from Macromedia.

The vulnerability first reported by eEye Digital Security and Sec Consult, can allow malicious parties to inject unauthorized code, using invalid array indexes, to be executed by Flash Player. This vulnerability is browser independent. Users who have already upgraded to Flash Player 8 are not affected by this issue. Macromedia recommends all Flash Player 7 and earlier users upgrade to this new version, which can be downloaded from the Macromedia Player Download Center.

Several forums including Neowin.net allow users to add flash files in their avatars or signatures. Therefore the impact of this issue is far reaching.

News Posted by : DoDgEtHiS On : November 14, 2005, 1:12 pm
News Source : Microsoft Security Advisory



Tweak MCE PowerToyTweak MCE PowerToy

Tweak MCE gives you access to systems settings and options not normally exposed in the Windows XP Media Center Edition user interface, including remote control settings, Skip and Replay time customizations, user interface options, and more. It also helps you to optimize Media Center Extender for plasma and non-CRT displays.

News Posted by : DoDgEtHiS On : November 11, 2005, 10:51 am
News Source : Neowin
Download : Tweak MCE



Windows Vista Beta 2 DelayedWindows Vista Beta 2 Delayed

Windows Vista, scheduled for release late next year, is about to be delayed once again. Sources inside Microsoft are telling Paul Thurrott that Vista Beta 2 will be delayed from December 7 to sometime early next year, possibly as late as February. However, instead of pushing the final release date back further due to time constraints, they plan to eliminate one of the planned release candidates.

Thurrott?s sources also noted that the company is still on track for shipping Vista late 2006 stating, ?We are on schedule and committed to shipping on time and ensuring a high-quality product. Microsoft sets internal targets for the development team around milestones, but these are not commitments to specific dates. We do not comment on these internal milestones and we have not announced a specific timeframe for our next major Windows Vista milestone.?

There is no current information whether the delay will affect related products, expected to be released around the same time as Windows Vista Beta 2, Internet Explorer (IE) 7 Beta 2 and Windows Media Player 11 Beta 1, both of which were originally scheduled for a December 7 public release.

News Posted by : DoDgEtHiS On : November 11, 2005, 10:50 am
News Source : Neowin



Security Updates for IE7 and Vista Beta 1 Available NowSecurity Updates for IE7 and Vista Beta 1 Available Now

Security updates for Internet Explorer 7 Beta 1 and Internet Explorer in Windows Vista Beta 1 are now available from the Windows Vista/IE 7 beta downloads page on the Connect site. Direct links to these updates are also provided below. These security updates resolve a vulnerability in IE 7 Beta 1 and IE in Windows Vista Beta 1 that has already been addressed for released/supported versions of Internet Explorer by Microsoft Security Bulletin MS05-052.

These security updates apply only to the official Internet Explorer 7 Beta 1 and Windows Vista Beta 1 builds (build version 5112 for each). You do not need to install this update if you have already installed one of the more recent Windows Vista builds that are available from the Windows Vista/IE 7 beta downloads page on the Connect site (the latest is build 5231). More specific details on the issue and fix, as well as detailed installation instructions, can be found in the release notes that are included in the downloads for these security updates.

Note: Both updates requre you to be an official tester with access to connect.microsoft.com.

News Posted by : DoDgEtHiS On : November 10, 2005, 4:01 pm
News Source : Neowin



AMD Outsells Intel in Retail StoresAMD Outsells Intel in Retail Stores

According to market researcher Current Analysis, AMD processor based notebooks and desktops outsold Intel 49.8 percent to 48.5 percent in the month of October. Matt Sargent, Current Analysis research director, said that by outselling Intel, AMD had done "the unthinkable" and that holding such a lead through the holiday season would be a huge win for the company.

Intel, while behind in total units sold, still accounted for 57.6 percent of retail revenues thanks to the higher average selling price of its chips. AMD lagged behind at 40.1 percent. Despite the gains, AMD's overall market share still hovers around 17 percent, displaying the dominance of direct order suppliers such as Dell, who exclusively uses Intel processors in its PCs.

Nonetheless, these gains are important to AMD's goal of reaching 30 percent total market share. Intel's recent slips can likely be attributed to its struggles with foreign antitrust agencies and ongoing legal battle with AMD.

News Posted by : DoDgEtHiS On : November 10, 2005, 4:00 pm
News Source : CNet



ATI X1300 and X1600 Won't Need Master CardsATI X1300 and X1600 Won't Need Master Cards

According to AnandTech, ATI will release a driver which will enable CrossFire multi-GPU configurations on X1300 and X1600 products without the need for a "master" card. Alternatively, all data will be handled by the PCI Express bus.

CrossFire, ATI's answer to NVIDIA's SLI multi-GPU setups, has since its inception needed a master X850 or X1800 series card in conjunction with a standard card to allow both cards to render simultaneously. Data transfer was handled via an external connection. Conversely, lower end NVIDIA cards have been able to run in SLI configurations without any sort of internal connector for quite some time. Even higher end cards were capable of doing so without the bridge connector, but at a performance hit. With this sort of "plug and play" ability, CrossFire setups with X1300 and X1600 series cards may become more appealing. Add-in partners have not been able to confirm if users will be able to mix and match card families in CrossFire mode.

The X1300 has been filtering into retail markets over the past few weeks, but the X1600 is not expected until December.

News Posted by : DoDgEtHiS On : November 10, 2005, 3:59 pm
News Source : Anandtech



Intel-Based Macintosh Computers May Be Released in JanuaryIntel-Based Macintosh Computers May Be Released in January

The first commercial Apple Macintosh computers running on Intel processors may be released a bit earlier than expected, believes UBS Investment Research analyst Ben Reitzes. He claims that Apple will have new products and content to announced at the Macworld Expo scheduled for early January and notes that Intel is expected to unveil its dual-core Yonah processor for mobiles also early next year. The analyst, excepts from whose research notes were published by AppleInsider web-site, believes that early January, 2006, is a possible timeframe for the first Intel-based Apple computers to debut. UBS researchers suppose that the first of Apple?s computers to use Intel processor, in particular, Intel?s next-generation Pentium M flavour code-named Yonah, will be Mac Mini. The firm claims that Apple?s strategy will be to equip its computers with Intel processors starting from the most affordable models.

?We continue to believe that both the PowerMac and PowerBook will be introduced at a later date (late 2006 or early 2007) ? with the possible use of the Intel?s Merom processor for the PowerBook and Conroe processor for the PowerMac,? Mr. Reitzes is reported to have said.

News Posted by : DoDgEtHiS On : November 10, 2005, 3:58 pm
News Source : Xbit Labs



Apple iPod Nano lawsuit spreadsApple iPod Nano lawsuit spreads

The class-action lawsuit brought against Apple following the iPod Nano 'scratch scandal' has crossed the Atlantic. Seattle-based lawyers Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro (HBSS) said yesterday they had filed a parallel complaint from UK resident Ben Jennings. The lawsuit was filed with the US District Court for Northern California.

Jennings claims he bought a Nano in September but despite treating the screen "extremely cautiously" it became "so marred with scratches it became hard to read", according to HBSS. How long did it this take? Within a week, the plaintiff claims. "If I had known the truth about the problem, I never would have purchased a Nano," said Jennings via his legal representative.

News Posted by : DoDgEtHiS On : November 10, 2005, 3:57 pm
News Source : The Register



Samsung Denies Plans for Music ServiceSamsung Denies Plans for Music Service

Samsung Electronics isn't planning an online music store to compete with existing services, the company has announced. The statement clarifies remarks made just over a week ago by a senior executive to Korean reporters, and subsequently confirmed by the company, that Samsung is looking to start up such a service. "Samsung Electronics is interested in how we can improve the customer experience with our products but have no intention to challenge Apple's iTunes Music Store," said Kwon Hyosun, a spokesperson for Samsung in Seoul.

News Posted by : DoDgEtHiS On : November 10, 2005, 3:57 pm
News Source : PCWorld



Survey: Security concerns over IP convergenceSurvey: Security concerns over IP convergence

As viruses and malicious software bloom, senior executives across a range of industries see security as their top concern in implementing converged IP (Internet Protocol) networks, according to a joint study released Tuesday by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and AT&T. It's the second year in a row that the survey, which polled 236 executives in 50 countries, put security ahead of cost, their second greatest concern, said Denis McCauley, director of global technology research for the EIU. Security was ranked first at 26 percent, followed by implementation costs at 23 percent and the cost of new equipment at 19 percent, the study said.

Nonetheless, 62 percent of the respondents expect to implement IP networks in the next three years, although 63 percent felt that processing consumer data online put them at risk of security breaches. McCauley said the study's results were not surprising so much as noteworthy in the respect that the greatest advantages of converged IP networks -- openness across the enterprise to customer and company data -- are also its greatest vulnerability. Companies are also using more mobile devices, creating more possible entry points into networks, he said. Executives, however, believe the biggest threat comes from people. The study showed that executives think most attacks come from inside their company as part of internal sabotage, spying by employees or simply unintentional mistakes.

News Posted by : DoDgEtHiS On : November 10, 2005, 3:56 pm
News Source : InfoWorld



Developers Want Google to Open WiderDevelopers Want Google to Open Wider

There is new debate whether Google Inc. and other leading search engines should standardize the way computer programmers get at their storehouses of information. Also at issue is how often a developer's application is entitled to dip into a search engine's Internet catalogs. The discussion focuses on a common API, a way in which computer programs interact. Companies don't have to release an API, yet many do because it's an inexpensive way to expose products and services to a wider audience.

Google, Yahoo and Microsoft Corp.'s MSN, the three leading search engines, each have different APIs. Each allows computer programmers to create services that use material that the search engine collected. In the search, Google limits computer programs to 1,000 inquiries a day. Microsoft's cap is 10,000, while Yahoo Inc. allows 50,000 queries a day. Ideally, software writers say, queries should be unlimited. Web pioneer Dave Winer suggested last week in a widely read Weblog posting that Yahoo and Microsoft should copy Google's API and adopt it as their own, and also lift the cap on inquiries.

News Posted by : DoDgEtHiS On : November 10, 2005, 3:54 pm
News Source : eWeek



Dungeon Siege 2 reviewedDungeon Siege 2 reviewed

In Dungeon Siege II, the sequel to the best-selling RPG from Gas Powered Games, you will be called on to again wield sword and spell to save the world from a growing abomination many years in the making.

Back in July, we brought you our hands-on impressions on the Dungeon Siege II beta, and now we are back to give you our thoughts on the full game. We understand that many of the Dungeon Siege fans have already purchased a copy of the game or are planning on buying it in the near future. For those of you that are still sitting on the fence about whether you should purchase the game or not, hopefully this review will help you make that decision.

News Posted by : DoDgEtHiS On : November 8, 2005, 12:25 pm
News Source : TechSpot



Ziff-Davis buys FilefrontZiff-Davis buys Filefront

Ziff Davis Media Game Group today announced that it has acquired FileFront.com, the leading destination site for videogame downloads. The acquisition immediately adds substantial new audience and reach to the Game Group's growing online portfolio and enables Ziff Davis to offer the strongest cross-media advertising solution for marketers seeking to reach gamers and young men.

The acquisition of FileFront expands the size and reach of the 1UP Network to over 10 million monthly unique visitors and over 120 million monthly page views. In addition, the Ziff Davis Media Game Group expects continued strong traffic growth for its online assets. FileFront's audience has grown rapidly during 2005 as it has successfully addressed users' desire to quickly find and download gaming content. Similarly, 1UP.com has seen traffic more than double since the beginning of the year with greatly enhanced editorial content and strong community elements.

FileFront brings important new functionality to Ziff Davis Media Game Group's offerings. FileFront currently hosts over 600,000 files and generates over 30 million downloads per month. It gives visitors to the 1UP Network instant access to virtually every type of file related to gaming -- including demos, videos, game trailers, patches, drivers, and game downloads. FileFront also fits well with 1UP.com's leadership position in social networking, providing the means for users to upload and store content and access user- generated content.

News Posted by : DoDgEtHiS On : November 8, 2005, 12:25 pm
News Source : Yahoo Biz



X3 enters retail orbitX3 enters retail orbit

Enlight Interactive announced today that it has begun shipping X3: Reunion. X3 is the latest attempt at combining intergalactic economics, diplomacy, space combat and exploration in one game. Picking up where X2: The Threat left off, X3 features a new 3D engine with a new physics model, new ships, and a new dynamic economy that allows players to corner markets and monopolize industries. Adding to the economic complexity are non-player characters that can build factories and trade freely.

Enlight also paid more attention to the story than in previous installments of the series. While the gameplay is still open-ended, where a galaxy-scale war serves as a backdrop for the discovery of a mysterious disappearing ship, an ancient relic, and ruthless space pirate attacks.

X3: Reunion on the PC is Rated T for Teen and retails for $39.99. An Xbox version of the game was originally planned, but has since been canceled.

News Posted by : DoDgEtHiS On : November 8, 2005, 12:25 pm
News Source : GameSpot



Nintendo announces Wi-Fi Connection plans for EuropeNintendo announces Wi-Fi Connection plans for Europe

15,000 Wi-Fi Connection hotspots will be active in time for the European launch of the service says Nintendo. More than half of the hotspots will be in the UK alone, thanks to deals with BT Openzone and The Cloud. Piggybacking their infrastructure, Wi-Fi Connection will allow gamers to play Wi-Fi-enabled multiplayer games like Tony Hawk's American Sk8land (Nov 18) and Mario Kart DS (Nov 25) from a vast number of locations.

These will include branches such as Coffee Republic, Hilton and Ramada Jarvis hotels, Road Shef, Welcome Break service stations, McDonald?s, First Great Western railway stations, 25+ student unions, city center BT payphones, football stadiums, British Library, Canary Wharf and airports.

NintendoWi-Fi.com has been launched by nintendo and visitors can input a postcode and find their nearest hotspot. The site will also give gamers the chance to see how their high scores compare with other players, and will offer technical support - those with wireless networks at home will be able to search a database of more than 200 routers for advice on configuration.

Those who don't have a home wireless network will be able to purchase the Wi-Fi USB Connector dongle, which attaches to a PC, to get their DS online. It will retail for around GBP 30. Nintendo is keen to stress that there are no fees or subscription costs for playing, and no risk of harassment as players do not directly communicate with each other. Instead of entering a name and password, each DS owner has a unique identifier number entered into the DS's memory. Users can swap numbers offline to build up a friends list, or play anonymously against gamers from all around the world.

Wi-Fi Connection will launch in Europe on November 25. Nintendo has confirmed that its next-generation console, codenamed Revolution, will also make use of the service.

News Posted by : DoDgEtHiS On : November 8, 2005, 12:15 pm
News Source : Games Industry


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