Thursday, March 16, 2006

Microsoft has Mexico as the new Japan!

Ever think to yourself that nothing has really captured the hearts and minds (and gambling compulsions) of children since say....pokemon? Well, wonder no more. Microsoft is going to slap kids everywhere in the face with the old pinata stick later this year with Viva Pinata. Releasing both a television series on Fox, as well as an Xbox360 game to support it (or is it vice versa?), kids everywhere will be learning that its okay to beat your friends, feed your friends to your other friends (consequently engineering mad pinata disease), create words that don't exist like "candiocity " and "animbassidor", and get down with some crazy latin drum and bass. Anyway, the last one doesn't sound do bad. The promotional site is worth a look just to see what kind of sweet sensory overload truely appeals to kids.

Party over here!

Friday, March 10, 2006

Origami Unfolded into Triteness

I've been pretty drown out with all the tech hype lately spewing out of the major players. Last weeks Apple address announcing the new Intel Mac mini's and the iPod Hi-Fi was an utter disappointment. Given that the announcement letter to this keynote stated they they would be unveiling some "new fun products", and this sounds like you shouldn't expect too much, let's face it, Apple can't hiccup without everyone in the room noticing. So up until now I have declined to add to any of the hype regarding the "origami" project developed by Microsoft. Everyone was buzzing around wondering if it would be the next iPod killer (which it's certainly not), portable multimedia device (well...), or next phase of Tablet PC development (probably the closest). It ends up not being specifically a device at all, but rather a new platform, UMPC (ultra mobile pc), bound to herald the way for a slew of redundant devices. Basically Microsoft is trying to broaden it's Tablet PC market (which never really grew very large) by offering a more compact version of the Tablet PC with an entertainment aspect. A device (here come the specs!!) with a 7" diagnonal display, minimum 800x480 resolution, 2lbs., integrated touch screen, and Wi-Fi/ Bluetooth/ VOIP enabled may sound appetizing. But considering it still won't fit in your pocket, doesn't support its own internal cd/dvd drive, and still requires a headset for VOIP, I don't see it killing any piece of hardware on the market except for maybe itself. A nice advance in touchscreen integration, but ultimately another hype letdown.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

iPod AV: The Face of Things to Come?

Given that at this point, news has been speculative and peppered with photoshop wizardry, but there has been a lot of hype surrounding a supposed new video iPod with a fullside touchscreen. Is this a video of an actual working model? I certainly don't know, but if it is a fake, at least it's consistent with most of the other fakes out there.

Peek at the new "Medal of Honor"

This Video clip of the new Medal of Honor game, Medal of Honor: Airborne, has just emerged. This is the first glimpse we've gotten of the latest game in the highly praised series (European Assault, Frontline, Allied Assault, Rising Sun). The game is due out this winter for the PS3, PS2, XBOX, XBOX360, and PC.

Hope Soars on Mutant Wings

The new "X-Men 3 Last Stand" trailer hit last night and I have to admit that it is the first glimmer of hope for this movie that I have seen so far. This is the conclusion to the Marvel Comics trilogy, and the only one not to be directed by Bryan Singer (Usual Suspects, Superman). After Singer bowed out of the final installment, Fox made the decision to go with Brett Ratner (Money Talks, Red Dragon, Rush Hour 1&2) as the director even after being propositioned by director Joss Whedon (Firefly, Serenity). To date, this movie has looked like a nightmare for fans of the merry band of mutants. Previews of costume design, character make-up, script, etc. all seemed anything but that of the quality of the first two films. Does this trailer change that? Take a look and decide for yourself.

New X3 Trailer.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Biowarfare Taken To The Next Level With Sharks!

When you don't get that big fat refund check back this year from your tax returns, at least you can take comfort in knowing that your money was spent on turning sharks into remote controlled cars/weapons. DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) have successfully implanted electrodes in the brains of sharks and other fish enabling their movements to be controlled and their general behavior to be monitored. The military of course finds this interesting because it now has a virtually untraceable way to track ships, and also because it now allows them to genetically modify and control a new super shark breed that are roughly half the size of an aircraft carrier and do indeed have lasers. Oh yeah, and they mention something about this implant technology boosting research into tackling human paralysis. Hey! We're talking giant sharks with lasers here!


Tuesday, February 28, 2006

New iPod Hi-Fi and Mac Mini

Steve Jobs anounced at the Apple Keynote today the arrival of the iPod Hi-Fi. According to Jobs, this will be the unit that replaces your livingroom stereo system. Along with dispensing high quality sound, it is tranportable via D-cell batteries. Get all the specs on it here. In addition to the iPod Hi-Fi (and some supposedly nifty new iPod cases), the new Mac Mini's were debuted. The Mac Mini's are sporting the new Intel core chips and are the next step in Apple's complete product conversion to the Intel chips (marking about 50% of Apple's product line now). The new Mac Mini comes in two flavors:1.5GHz Intel Core Solo, 512MB RAM, 60GB hard drive, Combo Drive at $599, and 1.67GHz Core Duo, 512MB RAM, 80GB drive Super Drive at $799. Both have added USB 2.0 ports as well and, according to Jobs, are 5x faster than the recently deceased G4 Mac Mini's. So that's it. I guess it's something. I know i can't wait to see those new iPod cases in action!

Apple Keynote. Wait for it........Wait for it!

In a couple hours, Steve Jobs will be making yet another Apple Keynote address. There have been a lot of rumors and speculation flying around over this one. The only thing solid anyone has to go on is that Apple will be showing off a "fun new product". And trust me, people have broken down and over analyzed "fun new product" to the point of nausea. Some are claiming to have inside information regarding a new iPod that will have a much larger screen as well as it being a touchscreen. Some are claiming that it will be the announcment of iTunes carrying purchasable movies. Some are saying it's going to be a Hi-Fi iPod boombox. Last night while listening to a podcast I heard Kevin Rose, founder of, throw out a from-the-hip prediction of an Airport Express capable of streaming video from your PC to your television (honestly, my most wanted pick). Does it really even matter what it's going to be at this point? The hype itself has already gotten bigger than whatever the product could possibly be. Personally, I hope it's Apple's announcement to offer marketing solutions to small businesses. Go ahead and clear your throat, Apple. You've obviously got our attention.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Damacy Dominancy!

Katamari Damacy, a game for the PS2 that exploits the inherent human need to see a ball roll around and get bigger by absorbing things like cows and skyscrapers, continues to develope more real world examples of itself. Not long ago, BoingBoing reported on the LEGO damacy, and now we have the magnetic damacy (brought to us by both Katamu and BoingBoing). Katamari Damacy is a game playing cultural phenom that has obviously infected the editors of both these sites since it seems they can't help but bring us every variation on the theme. What's next? Well , antiGEN is going to try and get some exposure on these sites by taking LEGO figurines and taping them to a kitten. We'll then teach the kitten to roll around on the ground while we stand shouting, Kitty Damacy!! Get ready BoingBoing and Katamu, and make sure you get that link right!

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Back in Black

So with all the talk recently of the next gen consoles, there hasn't been much talk of new games. Well here's the one that's going to kick everyones ass while they're not even looking. Black, which is coming out for Xbox and PS2 on Feb. 28th is meant to be the new big thing in FPS (thats "first person shooters" for you non-gamer types). No set routes (sort of like GTA), destructible environments, better than good AI, squad command, intense graphics, and a story line that entails....well...who cares? Look at everything else it has to offer! If you don't believe me, then read the full review. But mark my words: this game will be awesome. You all know Halo 2 and GTA San Andreas, now know Black.

A New Self Loathing Windows

Ok, so I really wanted to try and pull an image from somewhere else other than gizmodo for this one, but nothing else really captured the irony of the situation like this. Now i'm sure that a lot of you know by now that Windows Vista (the new Windows operating system) is in its beta testing phase. It has been showcased on the podcast and can be found on just about every torrent search engine known. In all fairness, a beta test IS a beta test. But for those of you who don't know, all operations seen here in this picture as a hindrance are absolutely essential operations. It's sort of like your body saying it's going to shut down your lungs because they're asking too much. So it seems like we've got a ways to go before this OS is ready for the mainstream consumer. Let's hope they work out the bugs, because otherwise it looks like huge step in the right direction.