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+ - Areae announces Metaplace->

Submitted by allaryin
allaryin (564427) writes "Raph Koster's company Areae has finally announced their new project, Metaplace. It's not a game, it's a platform for democratizing the development of virtual worlds. The project is committed to open standards and will eventually be releasing protocol specs to encourage others to build clients for the platform.

Gamasutra has a short article on the announcement, GigaOM has some more details, and Cuppycake (Areae's community manager) has some information on why gamers should care about the project."

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Online Storage 2.0: Six Sites Reviewed 142

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the who-needs-hard-drives dept.
mikemuch writes "Services like box.net, openomy, and eSnips are more than just places to access your files from the web. Some include media organization tools, Windows shell integration, drag-and-drop uploading, tagging, and social content sharing. ExtremeTech has a review up of six online storage services with Web 2.0 twists."
Portables

+ - Asus EcoBook -- Bamboo laptop

Submitted by
An anonymous reader writes "CNET.co.uk has a photo story of a bamboo laptop created by Asus. The Asus Ecobook looks a lot like a MacBook Pro, but is made of real bamboo. The wood above each of its ports is engraved, the keys on the keyboard are designed to mimic the look of bamboo joints, and best of all it's biodegradeable."
Programming

+ - Who still uses Smalltalk?

Submitted by
itsmeront
itsmeront writes "There has been a lot of talk about the future of Smalltalk. There are number of Object Oriented Languages that are candidates for replacing Smalltalk. Why has Smalltalk lasted so long? Why do business software suppliers still choose Smalltalk? Who are the people that still bet on the future of Smalltalk and how do they manage to succeed. http://weeklysqueak.wordpress.com/2007/02/27/mindi ng-your-business-with-smalltalk-part-1-of-4/"
Quickies

+ - Using Hardware to Clone Hardware

Submitted by
narramissic
narramissic writes "If you've ever been asked to install, configure, and deploy a number of servers as quickly and efficiently as possible, you know there are three main methods: build by hand, script part or all of the install and configuration, or image the hard drives. Here's a tip (a twist on hard drive imaging) for using hardware to clone hardware, instead of using software."
AMD

+ - New AMD Chipset Brings HDMI and ATI Graphics

Submitted by
Vigile
Vigile writes "Today AMD announced the new AMD 690 series of chipsets that feature integrated graphics based around the aging ATI Radeon X700 core architecture. It is the first AMD branded chipset in nearly 4 years and features some interesting features; one of which is the inclusion of integrated HDMI support. This should make for an interesting HTPC design though as PC Perspective reports, without support for decode acceleration of HD-DVD and Blu-ray, that HDMI is mostly just fluff. They also report that though the gaming performance is better than what NVIDIA's current 6150 chipset offers, it still doesn't impress as they'd hoped it would."
Graphics

+ - Linux Video Decoder

Submitted by rthornto
rthornto (1069486) writes "We need a PCI card that can decode the advanced video codecs in hardware, so I created a pledge here: http://www.pledgebank.com/1080p-linux, please pledge, this is for Linux or Windows. The pledge is as follows:

"I will pay $200USD for a PCI 1080p MPEG2/H.264/VC-1 decoder card with Windows/Linux drivers and HDCP support, it also needs to output video across the PCI bus but only if 1,000 other people will do the same."

The idea is to send this to the manufacturers to spur some interest, or maybe we could have one produced from a reference design."
Robotics

First Dynamically Balancing Biped Robot 155

Posted by kdawson
from the mister-rossum-on-line-1 dept.
damg writes "Anybots, which is three guys led by Trevor Blackwell, has developed the first robot that walks like we do, by dynamically balancing itself rather than being pre-programmed for walking like Asimo. The video shows the robot walking and being pushed by another 'bully' robot to demonstrate that it can't easily be pushed over."
Sony

+ - The $600 Stand-alone Blue-Ray Player

Submitted by Dr. Eggman
Dr. Eggman (932300) writes "PCWorld brings us news of a cheaper stand-alone Blu-Ray Player Sony will introduce this summer. Costing $600, the player will be a significant price reduction over the $1000 BDP-S1 Sony introduced just ahead of Christmas. The $600 player is designed with the same features as the S1, but at a price to compete with the $500 Toshiba HD DVD player. While it was originally speculated that the PS3's Blu-Ray player would essentially serve the role of the cheap Blu-Ray player, this new announcement raises questions about the PS3's place in the HD Format battle. Sony has managed to pull out a strange new twist in the Home Entertainment War, but will it pay off?"
AMD

+ - AMD2 Socket Lands on Mini-ITX

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A Taiwanese motherboard maker has unveiled what it is the first mini-ITX motherboard built around AMD's new AM2 processor socket. Mated with a low-power, small-form-factor AMD processor, Albatron's KI690-AM2 could suit a variety of space-constrained consumer and embedded applications that can benefit from 64-bit processing. The board is based on an ATI RS690 chipset and incorporates dual SODIMM slots, supporting up to 2GB of memory. Suggested apps include car PCs, home theater PCs, and retail and industrial systems."

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