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+ - Blue Laser Costs Coming Down; Could PS3 Price Cut

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njkid1 writes "Sony is ramping up blue laser diode capacity for its Blu-ray players much faster than we anticipated, and the costs are coming down. A price drop on the PS3 this year is starting to seem more and more likely. Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter tells GameDaily BIZ that PS3 could cost 100 dollars less by mid-year. The Blu-ray drive in the PlayStation 3 has been a source of much contention among industry observers. The inclusion of Blu-ray in the PS3 is one of the main reasons the console is being sold for $600. But as with any product, economies of scale should help to eventually bring costs down. 1&ncid=AOLGAM000500000000025"

+ - Controlling Microsoft Office from Java, seamlessly

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sbohmann (921713) writes "Widely ignored, but still fully functional, I recently discovered IBM / Rational's good old Java-COM-bridge. I had long been searching for a way to control Microsoft Office and other Windows Applications from Java, and it turned out that with just minimal effort, doing that is not much more sophisticated than doing it from .Net, because unlike with other solutions, Java classes and packages are created that reflect the bridged COM API, so there is no need to pass method and parameter names as strings.

I was immediately able to start MS Word, create a new document, fill it with text and tables and save it to a file, all from Java code. And, unlike some proprietary tools, this Java-COM-bridge seems to be free to use and integrates excellently with recent versions of Eclipse, despite its age.

Does this support the idea of doing virtually anything in Java, including Desktop Applications, even with COM support?"

Apple's iPod Shuffle: the next great appetizer?->

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Filed under: Portable Audio

Although this won't go down as the first restaurant to mix in a little iPod action with the meal, it's fairly safe to say that Fat Duck chef Heston Blumenthal has melded portable audio with dining like no other. Apparently, the culinary guru "wanted to experiment with using sound to enhance a dining experience," which landed a person with a plate full of silver electronics and tangled white cord to compliment the rest of the Sound of the Sea dish. Aside from the food itself, the iPod was pre-loaded with "soothing sounds of the sea breeze and waves gently caressing the seashore," presumably to further enhance the eating experience. Still, we can't really envision how listening to sounds related to our meal would make things more appetizing -- you know, unless deafening moos just jazz up your taste buds when rolling by a burger joint.

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Duke Nukem Forever Reviewed 80

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from the future-of-gaming dept.
Aranth writes "The staff at Ars Technica has gotten its hands on a demo of Duke Nukem Forever, and has written up a review. It seems the game is near ready for release! As the article explains, the reason it has taken so long to develop is because this is the first real Web 3.0 application- it has 'been rewritten as an Ajax application written using the Ruby on Rails framework' and runs in any web browser, although some seem to have difficulties." Sadly, the game looks to be deficient in the area of ponies. :(((( But, it's playable from my hiptop!! :))))

Oh, so there you are!