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Sony Paid Warner Bros. $400 Million to Go Blu-Ray? 487

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the beats-having-to-say-hd-dvd-all-the-time dept.
eldavojohn writes "How much would you pay to be the leading video media technology right now? Is $400 million too much? Sony didn't think so and this article speculates that's how they won the Hi-Def format war. 'With billions of dollars in global sales at stake, experts had predicted the Toshiba-Sony battle would go on for years - not unlike the 1980s battle of videotape formats between VHS (Matsushita) and Betamax (Sony). That war lasted a decade, leaving Sony battered and humiliated. So how did this epic battle come to such an abrupt end? The answer lies in part with the bruising Sony experienced with Betamax, which, like Blu-ray, was also the better product on paper.'"
Programming

Do You Recommend Google Maps API or Microsoft Live Maps? 252

Posted by Zonk
from the two-options-many-permutations dept.
KSobby writes "The organization that I work for is going to be redoing our website in .Net/AJAX. On the site, our members will have profile pages listing where their organizations are located (our members are scattered throughout the world) as well as other pertinent information for the general public. It is a non-profit organization, so funds are tight. My question to you: If we include maps, which API do we go with: Google or Microsoft? We're in a Microsoft environment (we're non-profit and Microsoft basically gives us everything for free) but the ubiquity of Google may be enough to sway us. Has anyone used either extensively? Used them in conjunction with .Net?"

Koster's Areae Unveils Metaplace 84

Posted by Zonk
from the mega-pocket-sized-mmogs dept.
Some nine months ago veteran MMOG designer Raph Koster announced his new game company, called Areae ... but not what they were making. To go along with the TechCrunch40 Conference, the company has finally taken the wraps off of their project: Metaplace. Essentially, Metaplace is going to be a virtual world toolkit. The whole thing is built on open standards, and attempt to 'bring virtual worlds to the web', instead of keeping them boxed away in a separate little garden. As the site puts it: "We knew it was all coming together when one of our team made a game in a day and a half. And then stuck that game on a private MySpace profile. You can inherit someone else's world (if they let you) and use it as a starting point. You can slurp whole directories of art and use them as building blocks. Cut and paste a movement system or a health bar from one world to another. Use an RSS feed for your NPCs. We made puzzle games, RPGs, action games... and set up doorways from one to the other." Virtual World News and GigaOM have writeups of the presentation at the TechCrunch Conference, while Areae's Community Manager Tami Baribeau writes in a post why gamers should care. Over at his site Areae President Raph Koster just breaths a sigh of relief.
The Matrix

+ - 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

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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?

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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

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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

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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."

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