It’s that time again, already! What time? You know – yes, even you, snarky guy who’s checking his watch, face scrunched quizzically – it’s time for another Gaming Roundup! A veritable avalanche of news hit today, so let’s get right on it. Otherwise, the sacrifices of the bloggers who bore the brunt of the news will be in vain.
Although trustworthy subscription figures are still awaited, Second Life undoubtedly is the most populated virtual world. It was launched five years ago on June 23, 2003. Second Life’s developers have planned a fest to mark its 5th anniversary. The celebrations will be confined to the Second Life world only.
The extended birthday bash is scheduled to last for two weeks from June 23rd to July 7. Obviously, there will be self-laudatory speeches from the Linden Labs top brass detailing exactly how Second Life has changed the world. Anyways, the fest is being plugged as a cultural event.
Second Life’s developers are trying to churn out a clean event with a PG rating and have expressly proscribed mature content in any of the exhibits.
TippingPoint's Zero Day Initiative rewards researchers for discovering vulnerabilities - but the timing of a report on a Firefox vulnerability seems suspicious. Learn how to protect yourself - now.
Just five hours after Firefox 3 was released to a waiting world, TippingPoint's Zero Day Initiative was informed of a serious vulnerability in the brand-new browser, IDG News Service reports. That's fast work, but some are wondering about the timing of the information...
The days of tax-free purchases for online shoppers are numbered, feel
many experts. A new law in New York has made sales tax mandatory on
internet purchases. This has widened the grin on the faces of offline
store managers in the state, who expect some internet shoppers to turn
their attention and wallets towards them. New York might have just
shown the way to other states that are deliberating upon ways to tax
Read on to see why this is happening, and whether you'll be affected.
We've become all too accustomed to watching release dates go by the wayside, only to wait weeks (or even months!) until a released product appears on store shelves. These paper launches are the bane of system builders anxiously anticipating an upcoming upgrade, and major kudos goes to AMD for releasing its HD 4850 almost a full week ahead of schedule! First run batches come equipped with GDDR3 RAM with GDDR5 expected later this year, along with all the requisite goodies (CrossFire, PCI-E 2.0, DirectX 10.1). Mail-in-rebates have already started popping up, pushing pricing down to into $170ish territory. The ahead-of-schedule release comes just one day after Nvidia announced its 9800GTX+ refresh, which the company claims will outperform the HD 4850.
Social networking Netizens are flocking to Facebook in record numbers, helping the site claim more unique visitors in May than its closet competitor, MySpace. Facebook also enjoyed a slight edge in April at 116.4 million visitors compared to MySpace's 115.7, but a 6 percent increase in unique hits in May pushed the disparity even further to a 123.9 million versus 114.6 million advantage. This comes less than a year after Microsoft bought a 1.6 percent stake in Facebook, valuing the company at a staggering $15 billion. But for all that it's gained globally, Facebook still trails MySpace in the US where the majority of advertising dollars are to be won.
While we may not see a Duke Nukem Forever
build anytime soon, WINE (Wine Is Not an Emulator) -- now preferably
written simply as Wine -- has gone gold after a decade and a half in
The 1.0 release of this Windows compatibility layer for Linux allows
non-Windows (x86 based Unixes including Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OSX and
Solaris) users to run their Windows apps without having to install a
Steady vibrations can spell doom for the delicate moving parts inside a hard drive, and for this reason HDD manufacturers employ several technologies aimed at reducing these menacing motions. One such technology involves "Shaping Command Inputs to Minimize Unwanted Dynamics," for which engineering company Convolve holds the patent. The technology can be used to limit vibrations of a hard drive's actuator arm, and according to a recent court complaint, Convolve believes Dell, Western Digital, and Hitachi are all infringing on its patent. Going for the legal hat trick, Convolve is suing for monetary damages, attorney fees, and compensatory damages.
may or may not be aware that Saturday, June 21 is World Music Day -- or Fête de la Musique, as it was first named when it started in Paris in 1982. Today it's a
festival celebrated on the summer solstice -- sometimes all night long
-- in over 100 countries.
And while musicians are celebrating -- as musicians so often do -- the analysts at IBISWorld are noting continued declines in the traditional recorded music industry.
If you already own an R2D2 droid, then move along. For everyone else, be prepared to beam 3D images to and fro in the not too distant future. That is, if you're drinking the same Kool-Aid as Infosys. The ambitious tech company promises a holographic handset by 2010. With it, you'll be able to capture and send 3D snapshots by taking a series of 2D shots and using an algorithm to transform and calculate the extra third dimension. Infosys also envisions the technology being used in games, movies, and more.