oglsmm writes: Sony Corp. plans to lower the production cost of its PlayStation 3 (PS3) game consoles by using less expensive chips, aiming to turn these operations profitable between September and March of next year, the Nikkei business daily reported on Friday. Starting with the European version of the PS3 that is set to debut on March 23, the paper said Sony plans to use a chip that can handle only the graphics of predecessor PlayStation 2 instead of the current chips that can handle both the computing and graphics functions for the PS2. Sony's game unit, Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE), will distribute compatibility software on the Internet so that users can play PS2 games on the PS3, it said. Officials at SCE were not immediately available for comment. http://www.thestar.com/Business/article/189899
Rob writes: A leaked memo has confirmed that the US Department of Transportation has placed a ban on the deployment of Microsoft Corp's Windows Vista, Office 2007 and Internet Explorer 7 on the grounds there are good reasons to avoid an upgrade. In fact, as the memo explains, "there appears to be specific reasons not to upgrade". Those include upgrade costs, compatibility concerns, limited funding, and a forthcoming move to a new headquarters.
micronicos writes: "Philipp Lenssen of Google Blogoscoped has details showing how it's possible to zoom-in beyond the normal limit for the satellite views of certain areas in Google Maps. http://blog.outer-court.com/archive/2007-03-07-n1
Looks like Google (and others) are seeing more of us than we thought!"