"While 3DR is a much smaller studio now, we will continue to operate as a company and continue to license and co-create games based upon the Duke Nukem franchise," the developer said in a press release.
The way 3D Realms tells it, though, Duke Nukem Forever – finished or not – won’t be able to release until Take-Two and 3D Realms kiss and make up. Previous agreements between the two companies have put Duke in his current predicament, but according to 3D Realms, it’s not like Take-Two hasn’t broken an agreement before.
"Take-Two never paid 3DR advances or any signing bonus or any other funds related to DNF, up until July 2008, at which time they paid $2.5m in connection with another agreement for an unannounced game," added the company. "This is the sum total Take-Two has paid 3DR in connection with DNF."
That lack of funding effectively killed the game’s development cycle last week. Take-Two allegedly attempted to right the sinking ship by offering to acquire the Duke Nukem franchise and 3D Realms, but due to such stipulations as “no upfront money, no guarantee minimum payment, and no guarantee to complete the DNF game,” 3D Realms refused.
Now the two companies are gearing up for a long, painful court session, which at this point, just seems like Fate giving us a big middle finger for ever hoping Duke might see the light of day. Is some news better than 12 years of no news? In this case, we're not so sure.
Google recently announced that they have planned to retake all of their photographs for the Japanese version of Street View thanks to their cameras being too high for most resident’s fences.
The new images will be taken from 16 inches lower than before, and will blur out license plates to protect the privacy of those potentially in the camera’s view. Japan Probe argues that the height difference will make little to no difference, because many images that have been deemed inappropriate weren’t behind fences. Examples include a high school girl’s chest being touched, a man who has passed out in his own sick, and a couple entering a “love hotel.”
Given what passes for a game show over there, I’m surprised that this is what people are having issues with.
Just this quarter Acer beat out Dell for second place among laptop shipments worldwide thanks to the gigantic influence of netbooks on the PC market.
In the first quarter of this year HP continued to hold the number one spot with their market share growing to 24.1 percent (more than 7.3 million units shipped). But, the number two spot, which was previously held by Dell, was handed over to Acer thanks to their 18.8 percent market share. Much of this is comprised of netbook shipments, a market that Acer has 30.5 percent of.
31.6 percent of Acer’s shipments were netbooks, while others such as HP, Dell, Toshiba and Lenovo shipped out less than 10 percent of their volume as netbooks.
Google recognizes that there’s been a lot of talk about the energy needed to power the Internet, and they’ve decided to publicly throw in their two cents by boldly stating that the carbon emissions required to get a glass of orange juice is equivalent to 1,050 Google searches.
“Our engineers crunched the numbers and found that an average query uses about 1 kJ of energy and emits about 0.2 grams of carbon dioxide,” wrote Urs Hölze, Google’s Senior Vice President of Operations. “We have a team of dedicated engineers focused on designing and building the most efficient data centers in the world. In fact, through efficiency innovations, we have managed to cut energy usage in our data centers by over 50 percent, so we're using less than half the energy to run our data centers as the industry average. This efficiency means that in the time it takes to do a Google search, your own personal computer will likely use more energy than we will use to answer your query.”
The blog post also noted that to do one load of dishes in an EnergyStar compliant dishwasher was equivalent to 5,100 searches, a give mile trip in the average U.S. automobile was 10,000 searches, a cheeseburger would run you 15,000 searches and just one month’s worth of electricity used by the average U.S. household clocks in with 3,100,000 searches. Sure makes you think, doesn’t it?
In an ironic twist, Dell, who was the last major OEM to add AMD chips to its server line, will now be the first to give VIA a spin in select low-power servers, The New York Times reports.
"This one is a big, major win for us, said Epan Wu, senior director of chip marketing at VIA, about the Dell system.
The 'major win' consists of Dell outfitting 12 full servers powered by VIA's Nano processor in a single 3.5-inch high case dubbed the XS11-VX8. Each server will only consume from 15 watts to 30 watts, or about 10 percent that of a typical server, and run at 1.3GHz to 1.6GHz.
According to The New York Times, the XS11-VX8 isn't intended for the masses and will instead be sold as a specialized system targeting companies that buy in bulk to host websites. As such, the new server will only be offered through a special group within Dell responsible for creating custom hardware for its bigger customers.
Nevertheless, Wu has reason to be excited, as the deal puts VIA on the map with Dell, something that didn't come easy for AMD.
Not only is there still a market for DDR2 modules, but there are even new products still coming down the pipeline. Take for example OCZ's just-announced Blade and Platinum Series Low Voltage kits, which the company says have been qualified to excel at low voltages.
"Though enthusiasts are known for applying increased voltage to modules in order to obtain higher performance, our newest modules offer exceptional speeds at lower voltages improving overall performance and stability," commented Eugene Chang, Vice President of Product Management at the OCZ Technology Group.
The new series comes in 4GB kits with speeds ranging from DDR2-1066 to DDR2-1200. Regardless of stock frequency, each kit comes rated at 5-5-5-18 latency timings and consumes just 1.8V. Giving the stock frequency ceiling, 1.8V is pretty impressive when you consider some enthusiast kits have required up to an uncomfortable 2.3V.
Citing "legal issues," EMI nixed plans to release Danger Mouse's new CD, Dark Night of the Soul, a collaboration with rock group Sparklehorse that also features Iggy Pop and The Flaming Lips. But that doesn't mean fans of the mashup artist are completely out of luck, depending on how far they're willing to go. 'Just pirate the music,' is the message essentially being sent.
Since EMI refuses to release the project, Danger Mouse has decided to sell the album as a "100+ page book" of David Lynch photographs inspired by the music, and will toss in a blank CD-R.
'For Legal Reasons, enclosed CD-R contains no music. Use it as you will."
The idea, of course, is for fans to illegally download the music via P2P/torrent and fill the CD themselves, and though EMI hasn't said yet said anything, it can't be too happy about the move.
Let the streaming music wars begin. Just last week Microsoft went on the offensive and attacked Apple's iTunes service over its pricing model compared to the Zune Pass unlimited subscription service, which serves up all-you-can-listen-to tunes plus 10 free tracks for $14.99/month. Looking to leapfrog ahead of them both, Napster, now a Best Buy commodity, is planning to relaunch its subscription music service with a $5 deal that includes 5 free tracks every month.
"There's no need to settle for 30-second clips to decide if you want to buy a song," said Chris Gorog, CEO of Napster. "For five bucks now you can have access to our entire music catalog and get five MP3s to add to your permanent collection."
The new pricing model, which goes into effect tonight, could put Napster in contention with more popular music services and put the one-time P2P pioneer back on top. Napster's catalog sits at over 7 million strong and includes more than 60 commercial-free radio stations, which seems like an obscene amount of content for the same price as a Subway footlong.
Anyone plan on giving Napster a second look? Hit the jump and sound off.
Fast, stable (so far), and nearing release, it seems everyone is looking forward to Windows 7, Microsoft's upcoming operating system that looks to be superior to Vista in almost every way. But there's one area in which Vista has the upper hand, and it could prove to be an important one, Dell says.
"If there's one thing that may influence adoption, make things slower, or cause customers to pause, it's that generally the ASPs (average selling price) of the operating systems are higher than they were for Vista and XP," Darrel Ward, director of product management for Dell's business client product group, said in a phone interview with CNet.
Ward was referring to the multiple flavors of Windows 7 that are sure to appear, and in light of the tough economic times, he said it's "naive" for Microsoft increase its prices on average and still see higher sales.
"I can tell you that the licensing tiers at retail are more expensive than they were for Vista," Ward added.
Ward did note that the momentum behind Windows 7 is noticeably bigger than it was with Vista, and save for a few hiccups, driver readiness looks "pretty healthy." But will it be enough to justify higher price points?
Acer, who sits as the global market share leader in the netbook category with a 30.5 percent share of the pie (1.8 million units shipped), has just released an 11.6-inch netbook it believes is just what you're looking for.
"We predict that the larger display and keyboard will be a game-changer for mobile consumers looking to take it to the next level with the ultimate mobile device," said Sumit Agnihotry, vice president of product management for Acer America.
The new AO751h sports a full size keyboard and is "thinner than previous generations" at 1-inch high. Acer says it will be available in several configurations, with a baseline model boasting an Intel Atom Z520 processor (1.22GHz, 490MHz frontside bus, 512KB L2 cache), 1GB of DDR2-533 memory, a 160GB hard drive, integrated Intel GMA950 graphics, built-in media card reader, three USB 2.0 ports, and Windows XP Home with SP3.
As configured above, the AO751h carries and MSRP of $350, or $380 with a 6-cell battery.