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If you haven’t taken a look at our Xbox 360 Sneak Peek article yet, now is a good time to see what Microsoft has in store for your living room. Trust me, it isn’t just about “games” anymore. ShackNews is hosting a 30MB Xbox 360 movie that gives you some really good info on the console, that is waaaay better than anything you saw on MTV last night. If you are quick with the pause button you can get a few sneak peeks at the inside of the console. Definitely worth the download. There are also a handful of screenshots from games like DOA 4 and Full Auto to get you all revved up. Also, the Official Xbox 360 website went live with interactive pics of the console and controller. The official press release has all the standard info you’d expect in a press release but it also listed a bunch of Xbox 360 titles:

2K Sports’ "NBA 2K6"; Activision Publishing Inc.’s "Call of Duty® 2" and "Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland™", along with id Software’s "QUAKE 4™"; Electronic Arts’ "Madden NFL 06," "Need for Speed™ Most Wanted" and "Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 06"; Majesco Entertainment’s "The Darkness"; Microsoft Game Studios’ "Perfect Dark: Zero™," "Kameo™: Elements of Power™," "Project Gotham Racing™ 3" and "Gears of War"; THQ Inc.’s "Saint’s Row"; and Ubisoft Entertainment’s "Ghost Recon 3."
 
 
 
NVIDIA Corporation today reported financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2006 ended May 1, 2005. For the first quarter of fiscal 2006, revenue increased to a record $583.8 million, compared to $471.9 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2005, an increase of 24 percent. Net income for the first quarter of fiscal 2006 was $64.4 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, compared to net income of $21.3 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2005.
 
 
Creative claims audio chip breakthrough 51 million transistors X-Fi Audio Processor
51 million transistors. That’s a lot, isn’t it?
INQUIRER staff: Friday 13 May 2005, 13:19
GIANT sound card player Creative Technology said its has made a chip which will bring better quality to the electronic audio market.
The X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity audio processor brings a lot more audio performance to recording and playing MP3 music, claimed Creative.
The 51 million transistor chip runs at over 10,000 MIPS, said Creative. It also has a multiple engine, and the firm said it was 24 times more powerful than the previous revision.
The firm will show off the type of applications using the audio processor at E3, which starts next week.
 
 
 
 
Down the pan, like the Apple Mac
By Paul Hales: Thursday 12 May 2005, 15:34
WILLIAM GATES III reckons the iPod is doomed, set to be trashed by the new generation of music-playing mobile phones.
Gates told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung he doesn’t believe the success of the iPod, "is sustainable in the long run."
"You can make parallels with computers," he said, "Apple was once very strong in this field, with its Macintosh and its graphical user interface — like the iPod today — and then lost its position."
"If you were to ask me which mobile device will take top place for listening to music, I’d bet on the mobile phone, for sure," he said in the interview with the German daily.
Microsoft, of course, is getting into phones big time. The FAZ’s interview came on the back of its launch of Windows Mobile 5.0, as Microsoft claimed to be set to deliver its smartphone software to 40 mobile phone manufacturers.
Gates did have a good word to say about BlackBerry. "Great," was the word, but he added: "we’re bringing a new approach. With BlackBerry you need to link to a separate server and that costs extra. Our e-mail function will already be part of the server software. It’s easer and cheaper."
So it will be Microsoft that brings email to the handset, along with tunes and the like: "I’d venture to predict," said Gates, that Microsoft will make wireless e-mail ubiquitous."
In further musings, Gates reckons the telephone number will be consigned to history, replaced with an email address or something similar – probably the revamped Passport system Microsoft intends to introduce with Longhorn.
"Basically," Gates told the paper, "my most important job is to recognise the big technological trends and bet on which is the best way to direct the company, for example in the realm of voice recognition or artificial intelligence."
Gates has been banging on about such for over a decade now, along with his plan – now being realised – for Windows Everywhere.
The software guru admitted that as he approaches 50, he may be losing touch with the younger gaming generation. "When someone gets to 60 years old he should perhaps leave it to someone else to follow trends in technology. But, until then," he said, "there’s still a lot to do."
 
 
How do you sleep while your beds are burning?
By Nick Farrell: Friday 13 May 2005, 07:03
AN AUSTRALIAN kid got the fright of his life when his reassuringly expensive, and jolly nice to look at iPod exploded, filled his lungs with toxic chemicals and burnt a hole in his bed.
Firefighters had to be called to the teen’s Melbourne home and the kid had to be carted off suffering from breathing difficulties after breathing in toxic fumes.
However, there were some additional circumstances, which will probably save Apple from having to do the biggest product recall in history. The kid left the iPod in his jeans, which were lovingly washed by his mum in an iwashing machine.
When the ijeans were pulled out of the machine, it surprisingly didn’t play anymore, so he tried to fix it with a screwdriver.
Apparently the iPod exploded and chucked out an awful lot of toxic smoke. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Metropolitan Ambulance spokeswoman Lirije Memishi said it was unclear what the teenager had breathed in.
Boom bang a bang.
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