from the at-least-they're-trying dept.
Engadget is running a preview of Microsoft's attempt to bring Xbox Live to upcoming Windows Phone 7 devices. Launch titles will include Guitar Hero, Castlevania, and Halo: Waypoint, and many of the features from the console version of Xbox Live will make the transition intact. Quoting:
"Live on WP7 will allow for full avatar integration (we're talking fully rendered, interactive avatars) along with customization (clothes, accessories, and more). The company has even crafted an avatar-centric version of familiar phone utilities like flashlight apps and levels, adding some whimsy to what would normally be pretty staid affairs. Additionally, messaging, friend lists / status, achievements, and leaderboards (with friend comparisons) are all here as well, making for a pretty complete mobile Xbox Live experience. And also just like the console, every game will have a try-before-you buy demo to check out before spending your hard-earned cash."
coondoggie writes: Air Force researchers will next summer test out a unique wave-powered system that could harness the ocean for limitless power. Known as a cycloidal wave energy converter, the system is based on the large propellers typically used on ferries and tugboats that can remove energy from any flow perpendicular to the propeller shaft; using what researchers called lift-based instead of drag-based energy conversion to shaft power.
Sandrina writes: On the heels of the latest Android phone, the Sprint HTC EVO, and as we approach iPhone 4, it seems like mobile devices and platforms are innovating at about five times the pace of personal computers.
snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Neil McAllister takes a look at the future of IT evolving in today's academic and R&D labs. From stochastic chips, to 'racetrack memory,' to proofs of the 'memristor' concept, to flexible LCD screens, ideas under development in these labs are pushing every facet of IT into revolutionary directions."