deadmantyping writes: Ars Technica reports on a survey of 6,260 responses which indicates that only 40 percent of PS3 owners knew that their console included Bluray. Apparently a large portion of gamers aren't aware of the non-gaming capabilities of their systems. Ars speculates that this might help explain Nintendo's apparent dominance in the console market since their introduction of the Wii.
deadmantyping writes: The first modchip for the Wii, dubbed "WiiNinja", allowing the playing of backups has been announced. This comes shortly after the announcement of a method to backup Wii games. Photos of the modchip and videos of it in action were also made available by the developers. Installation requires dismantling the Wii (of course) and soldering 5 wires to the Wii's motherboard. The WiiNinja modchip will be available soon for purchase according to the developers.
deadmantyping writes: A Japanese research group published a paper [PhysOrg] describing a method to detect explosives in luggage using radio waves. The method relies upon nitrogen nuclear quadrapole resonance (NQR) and is able to distinguish between different white powders, whereas currently used x-ray technology is not. The article [IOP] was published in Superconductor Science and Technology.
From the article: For although many educators scoff at the idea of video games in schools, the U.S. military has titles that train soldiers, teenagers with cancer use a game to battle their illness virtually and physically and some surgeons use video games to keep their hands nimble. David Williamson Shaffer, an education science professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, says schools should use games to prepare children to compete in the work force, where juggling technology is a daily requirement. [...] For this reason, children should be given the chance to use their innate skills of simultaneously listening to music while playing games, watching videos, surfing the Web and messaging friends from computers or cell phones, while learning about things like biology, history or physics.
deadmantyping writes: At the MacWorld expo Apple revealed its set-top box, the Apple TV. It had been rumored that the Apple TV would not be making an appearance at this MacWorld expo due to operating system quality concerns. From the article: "At its core, the Apple TV is a self-contained hardware solution for Apple's Front Row software that comes with all of the company's 2006-released Macs. The system is very intuitive and easy to use and the actual interface is gorgeous to look at as well, especially on a high-definition display."
deadmantyping writes: The Playstation 3 SIXAXIS controller has won itself an Emmy for Technology and Engineering. From the article: "Sony Computer Entertainment America today announced that it has been recognized by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a Technology and Engineering Emmy Award for the PlayStation 3's SIXAXIS wireless controller. SCEA will receive the honor at an awards presentation being held tonight at CES 2007 in Las Vegas. [...] That's not the only award that the PS3 is garnering for the company. SCEA will be honored with several other awards at CES for the engineering behind PS3."