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Ebay Sells Skype

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 09:00 AM | Tuesday, September 1, 2009 | (url: http://www.comput...)

EBay plans to announce a deal to sell its Skype voice-over-IP service to a group of private investors, The New York Times reported on its Web site, citing people briefed on the company's plans.

The deal could be announced as early as Tuesday, the report said.

Several investment groups are likely involved in the purchase, including Andreessen Horowitz, Index Ventures and Silver Lake Partners, the report said. Andreessen Horowitz is run by partners Marc Andreessen, co-founder of Netscape, and Ben Horowitz. Andreessen is also a member of eBay's board of directors.


Tribes and InstantAction: Updated - March 17, 2009

Submitted by: abc @ 10:01 PM | Saturday, August 29, 2009 | (url: http://blog.insta...)

Remember Tribes? The original jetpack shooter? Yeah, you probably know what game I'm talking about.

Well Tribes is coming back! We have obtained the IP for the entire Starsiege Universe including Tribes 1. We'll be showing Tribes 1 off at GDC this next week in San Francisco, so if you will be there, be sure to stop by our booth and check it out.


You know you want to read it all ...
blog.instantaction.com/2009/03/tribes-and-instantaction.html


Man hurt by 'exploding iPhone'

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 01:33 PM | Tuesday, August 25, 2009 | (url: http://tech.yahoo...)

A French security guard said Tuesday he had received a faceful of glass when the screen of his iPhone exploded, the second such reported incident in France.

Yassine Bouhadi, a 26-year-old supermarket watchman from the southeastern town of Villevieille, said he was typing a text message on Monday afternoon when the screen exploded.

Bouhadi, who says he was hit in the eye with a glass shard, said he was "very angry" and planned to consult a doctor and file suit for damages.


Xbox 360 at 54.2 percent failure rate

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 10:44 AM | Tuesday, August 18, 2009 | (url: http://www.joysti...)

The latest issue of Game Informer contains a surprising statistic for anyone who's ever loved and lost their Microsoft-branded home console according to their survey, in which over 5,000 console owners participated, the Xbox 360's current failure rate due to the Red Ring of Death, E74 or other hardware failure is 54.2 percent. They also calculated the relative death toll for PS3s due to the Yellow Light of Death (10.3 percent) and Wiis, due to ... well, we're not actually sure what color the Wii's light turns to upon its demise (6.8 percent).


Sony announces specs for 2TB Memory Stick XC

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 09:19 AM | Wednesday, August 5, 2009 | (url: http://www.sonyin...)

Sony has finalized specifications of Memory Stick XC, which was also known back during CES 2009 as Memory Stick Format Series for Extended High Capacity. At that time, Sony had mentioned that this new Memory Stick would have 2TB maximum capacity, but details were rather scarce. A new page on Sonys oss-formats.org website has listed all of the details for the Memory Stick XC, which is really exciting especially considering that the form factor for these new flash cards are (on paper) the same as pre-existing memory sticks, which means that these high capacity juggernauts are most likely backwards compatible.

Category: Hardware | 6 Comments
Tags: memory sony

Microsoft and Yahoo: Search partners

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 08:06 AM | Wednesday, July 29, 2009 | (url: http://money.cnn....)

Microsoft and Yahoo reached a long-awaited partnership Wednesday in a bid to challenge Google's dominance in online search.

Under the 10-year deal, searches on Yahoo.com will be powered by Microsoft's new Bing search engine. Yahoo, in turn, will be responsible for attracting premium advertisers.

Microsoft will pay Yahoo 88% of the revenue it gains from searches on Yahoo's sites. Microsoft will also have the rights to integrate Yahoo search technology into its own existing Web search platforms.

Yahoo said the revenue sharing agreement will increase its operating income by about $500 million annually.


Apple Downplays Fiery iPod Incidents

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 09:57 AM | Wednesday, July 22, 2009 | (url: http://www.kirotv...)

An exclusive KIRO 7 Investigation reveals an alarming number of Apple brand iPod MP3 players have suddenly burst into flames and smoke, injuring people and damaging property.

Its an investigation that Apple has apparently been trying to keep out of the public eye.

It took more than 7-months for KIRO 7 Consumer Investigator Amy Clancy to get her hands on documents concerning Apples iPods from the Consumer Product Safety Commission because Apples lawyers filed exemption after exemption. In the end, the CPSC released more than 800 pages which reveal, for the very first time, a comprehensive look that shows, on a number of occasions, iPods have suddenly burst into flames, started to smoke, and even burned their owners.

Category: Technology | 3 Comments
Tags: apple ipod lol

The Speed Gamers take on the Final Fantasy series

Submitted by: g0ds gReeN @ 01:34 AM | Saturday, July 18, 2009 | (url: http://www.thespe...)

Group of guys are throwing down the gauntlet for a week, trying to take down (almost) every Final Fantasy game in the name of charity. They're trying to raise money for ACT Today, Autism Care and Treatment. All donations go straight to the charity that goes to help families affected by autism. If you're a Final Fantasy fan or just like it when people do things for good causes, tune into their live stream now. The marathon is already under way, having been kicked off around 6:00PM CST Friday.


Windows 7 "Family Pack" price revealed

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 12:05 PM | Friday, July 10, 2009 | (url: http://www.comput...)

Microsoft Corp. will price a multi-license "family pack" for Windows 7 at $149.99, according to at least one online retailer that has posted pricing details prematurely.

Fadfusion.com, a Missouri-based online seller of computers, electronics and office supplies, lists something called "W7 Family Pack - Home Prem Upg" on its site for $138.99, an $11 discount from the $149.99 it claims is the package's suggested retail price.

The software, which will purportedly let users upgrade as many as three PCs in a single household to Windows 7 Home Premium, is listed as "discontinued" by Fadfusion.

At $149.99, the Family Pack would save a buyer $210 over three separate Home Premium Upgrades.


Mechwarrior 4 + expansions free distribution coming

Submitted by: Ratz @ 07:12 PM | Thursday, July 9, 2009 | (url: http://www.smitha...)

In honor of BattleTech's 25th anniversary, Smith & Tinker has authorized MekTek.net and MekTek Studios to distribute MechWarrior 4 (along with its expansion packs) completely free. For years, MekTek.net has been the central point for online distribution of MechWarrior 4 expansion packs. Now they can provide the core game free to the fans as well. Keep an eye on BattleTech.com the free download will be available soon!

Category: PC Gaming | 16 Comments
Tags: mechwarrior

NEOTOKYO Half-Life 2 Mod Released!

Submitted by: OtakuMark @ 01:06 AM | Saturday, July 4, 2009 | (url: http://planethalf...)

"The much anticipated release of NEOTOKYO, the Source total conversion set in a realistic future of Japan, is finally here!"

"NEOTOKYO takes place in and around a fictionalized Tokyo approximately 30 years in the future. Mankind has begun to fuse with technology. Government and corporate corruption have transformed Tokyo into a deadly dystopian nightmare. After a near-successful military coup by ranking members of Jinrai, the National Security Force (NSF) is formed - answering directly to the Prime Minister, it's mission is to investigate and eliminate all threats to Japan, both abroad and at home. The initial core of the NSF is made from an exodus from within the intelligence branch of the military. With this betrayal begins the war in the shadows between the NSF and Jinrai. "


Firefox 3.5 is Out

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 10:10 AM | Tuesday, June 30, 2009 | (url: http://www.mozill...)

Firefox 3 is faster, smarter and most importantly much safer than your version. Download it today!

Category: Software | 0 Comments
Tags: firefox

Australias Net Will Filter MA15+ Games

Submitted by: SINep @ 02:12 AM | Sunday, June 28, 2009 | (url: http://www.gossip...)

The Australian government has set their eyes on gamers, promising to user its internet censorship regime to block websites hosting and selling video games that are not suitable for 15 year olds. Can you imagine the number of games that will be included?


Battlefield Heros Covertly Launches

Submitted by: DudeofDeath @ 03:09 PM | Thursday, June 25, 2009 | (url: http://kotaku.com...)


EA has finally launched Battlefield Heroes, the free-to-play, ad-supported, cartoon online shooter. Although it missed a summer 2008 launch, the games been out in beta form for some time.

DICE designed Battlefield Heroes to be accessible to anyone, opting for cartoon visuals that can scale well on most old hardware. The game client is small and runs through the EA online website. Players can use real-world currency to purchase a variety of in-game items and bonuses, including the ability to "level up faster [or] get Valor Points (VP) faster," new clothes, "ultra exclusive limited-edition items," and special emotes.


ArmA II Demo Released

Submitted by: DudeofDeath @ 02:19 PM | Thursday, June 25, 2009 | (url: http://www.firing...)


Bohemia Interactive has released a demo of the military simulation Arma II.

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