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Xbox Live Pricing To Go Up To $60 Per Year 199

Posted by Soulskill
from the nickles-and-dimes dept.
donniebaseball23 writes "Microsoft has raised the annual price of Xbox Live Gold to $60, which is a price hike of $10. The new price goes into effect on November 1, but gamers can lock in the current Xbox Live price by renewing now. EEDAR analyst Jesse Divnich is not surprised by the move, nor does he think it will really have much impact on the Xbox momentum."

Comment: Kind of useless for most.. (Score 1) 273

by vondiggity (#32659312) Attached to: Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Arrives For Android
I have a Nexus One that I purchased straight from Google on ATT. I have no idea when the Android 2.2 update will land. I'd much rather have the Apple System where it is relatively straight forward to update the iPhone OS and you know when it will be released. As far as I can tell, some people on T-Mobile had theirs upgraded, but it seems kind of random.
Idle

Want a Body Piercing With That Server? 19

Posted by samzenpus
from the this-will-only-hurt-for-a-little-while dept.
1sockchuck writes "The web hosting business is known for promotional gimmicks. But here's an unusual one: ServerBeach UK is offering a free body piercing with every new server ordered on April 1st. 'We were tired of the typical boring giveaways that have been done to death' said ServerBeach's Dominic Monkhouse. The stunt revives memories of earlier guerrilla marketing efforts by web hosts, like the 'human billboard' who was paid $7,000 to tattoo a hosting company's logo on the back of his head."

Comment: Re:Lenovo (Score 2, Informative) 583

by vondiggity (#29914525) Attached to: Who Installs the Most Crapware?
Nope, Sony has them beat by a long shot. I too work in IT at a university. I ordered a Sony because a Faculty member really liked the looks of the computer and had to have it. Man, the start menu went halfway across the screen from all of the crap installed. Most of it was all of these useless multimedia stuff from Sony itself. Now I just order the Dell Latitudes, and they have a fairly clean image, but I always wipe and reimage them with our own University provided software.

Comment: Is is just me? (Score 1) 440

by vondiggity (#27286101) Attached to: Did the Netbook Improve Windows 7's Performance?
Or is Windows 7 really not that different in terms of performance than Vista SP2? I tried the Beta on a machine of mine, and really saw no differnce. Well, Windows 7 booted faster, but after that they seemed pretty much the same in terms of the overall feel. The memory after bootup was essentially the same too, hovering right around 700MB.
Windows

More Indications Windows 7 Is Coming In 2009 369

Posted by kdawson
from the can't-hardly-wait dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Following on the news that Microsoft was going straight to a RC for Windows 7, the One Microsoft Way blog has put together some dates on the upcoming roadmap for Vista's successor. Microsoft has always said 'three years after the general availability of Windows Vista,' which was released on January 30, 2007, and that the release date was also dependent on quality. Internally though, Microsoft is saying other things. It looks like we'll see the RC coming in April, and a final RTM version before October 3. Yes, that means Redmond is currently hoping to get Windows 7 out the door in 2009."

Comment: Windows 7 (Score 1) 864

by vondiggity (#26507569) Attached to: Windows 7's Media Hype Having the Opposite Effect As Vista's
I have used Windows 7 and for the most part it *is* the same as Windows Vista. Now you can tone down UAC, but under the hood I am pretty sure that not much has changed. On the system that I tested it on, after a fresh install, the system was eating up about 739MB of RAM, same as with Vista. So once again, if you don't have a dual core machine with 2GB of RAM and a decent video card, windows 7 will feel just like Vista.
NES (Games)

Nintendo Already Anticipating Holiday Wii Shortages 246

Posted by Soulskill
from the demand-and-supply dept.
As we approach the holiday season, Nintendo has already said that they don't expect to keep up with demand for the Wii console. In an interview with the LA Times, Nintendo president Reggie Fils-Aime said they're ramping up production by 33% already, with further increases planned. They're hoping to avoid the scarcity of Wii's that occurred last year, which cost them a great deal of money in potential sales. "We're now producing 2.4 million units a month worldwide. Last year, we made 1.6 million a month. So we've made a 33% increase. One of our competitors projects they will sell 10 million consoles worldwide this year. For us, that's three months of production. We're producing an unprecedented level of hardware to try to meet demand."
Power

Nanoparticles Could Make Hydrogen Cheaper Than Gasoline 442

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the at-this-rate-gold-will-be-cheaper-soon dept.
Roland Piquepaille writes "According to EE Times, a California-based company called QuantumSphere has developed nanoparticles that could make hydrogen cheaper than gasoline. The company says its reactive catalytic nanoparticle coatings can boost the efficiency of electrolysis (the technique that generates hydrogen from water) to 85% today, exceeding the Department of Energy's goal for 2010 by 10%. The company says its process could be improved to reach an efficiency of 96% in a few years. The most interesting part of the story is that the existing gas stations would not need to be modified to distribute hydrogen. With these nanoparticle coatings, car owners could make their own hydrogen, either in their garage or even when driving."

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