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Aluratek Libre eBook Reader PRO sports monochrome reflective LCD, $179 pricetag (Engadget)

Dec 9th 2009 4:58AM The Albertsons supermarket chain has the Jetbook for $150 right now.

I'm hoping they'll blow them out like seasonal candy after New Years.

Iwata: Nintendo passed on camera technology (Joystiq)

Jun 10th 2009 4:31PM To be accurate, motion tracking was first demonstrated back in the early 70s. The first consumers products were offered as add-ons to the Commodore Amiga in the 80s.

So it isn't surprising that the passage of time, as with so much in digital electronics, has allowed for the technology to become more sophisticated, yet at a very low cost.

The Natal has buttons readily available. The camera will track a hand holding a controller just as readily as an empty hand. Additionally, it is trivial to produce a controller variant, a baton for example, better suited to generating button presses while gesturing. It's just another set of buttons and sticks to the console.

The better question is whether it is worth the additional cost to accurately track the position/attitude of the controller in addition to the camera tracking of bodily movements. Sony already has this function in their PS3 controller but it hasn't been applied well yet, as seen in the failed 'Lair.' The payoff may be realized in combination with the motion tracking camera. Microsoft could easily add this but it does represent new investment in R&D and in the price of the final product.

WinSuperMaximize strips the title bar from app windows (Download Squad)

Jun 3rd 2009 6:47PM I trust everyone realizes his has been built into IE for about ten years. It's called kiosk mode.

Windows 7 release date: October 22nd (Download Squad)

Jun 3rd 2009 6:43PM I suspect system will have vouchers for a free Win7 upgrade in time for back to school sales. This is the traditional pattern for major new Windows releases.

Bungie: Game companies should pocket money from used sales (Joystiq)

Sep 26th 2008 9:16PM Of course, this is one big reason many publishers would be completely happy to go entirely to sales by download. No costly excess inventory to discount and no easy means of transfer to a new owner.

Atleast until such a case goes before the Supreme Court.

Bungie: Game companies should pocket money from used sales (Joystiq)

Sep 26th 2008 9:12PM It's Game Dude! My favorite used game outlet in the universe, conveniently located at the corner of Laurel Cyn. and Sherman Way in scenic North Hollywood, CA.

I've spent a lot of money at the place but I believe they paid me a lot more for all of the games I brought them. It used to be very easy to find games being blown out by a clueless retailer for half of what Game Dude would pay for the game used. Ah, memories...

Is HP building a custom Linux distro for home computers? (Download Squad)

Sep 12th 2008 6:44PM This is really dubious reasoning. If HP is going to brand their own Linux (A collaboration with Canonical would make sense in terms of maximizing investment value) it will be as an addition to selling Vista, not as a replacement. HP already sells plenty of Vista licenses on a daily basis. The online whinefest creates an illusion of a rebellion that simply doesn't exist. Vista adoption is moving along at a good pace among the clients I visit.

What is holding back using Vista on new systems in the majority of cases I've witnessed is the incompatibility of some horrible but mission critical apps. There are numerous fields where one vertical app has no real competition and so the vendor can get away with terrible coding standards and dragging their feet for years before fixing the problems. I have one client that would happily deploy Vista on new systems tomorrow if not for this kind of situation.

To give you an idea how badly this app is written, if you enter certain portions of it without a printer (even a virtual PDF printer will do the job) installed, the app blows up and dumps the user back at the desktop. I suppose we can be grateful it doesn't manage to take down the whole OS. In Vista, their problem is that they do stuff in the registry that Microsoft said should never be done back when XP first launched. Since so many companies did it anyways (Intuit is one of the biggest offenders) Microsoft made this recommendation an enforced law under Vista. So, no more registry trashing but a lot of stuff stops running until a new version ships.

Anyway, the idea that consumers are going to switch to an HP Linux and then switch back when Windows 7 arrives is just silly. For one, other than incorporating the performance upgrades that have already been released for Vista, there is nothing to suggest that Win7, which is building on the Vista base, is going to be radically different.

Second, customers whose mission critical app cannot be run under Vista are not going to be any better off under a Linux derivative. If anything, they'll lose access to yet more apps. A few things will run under WINE but we're talking about thousands of vertical market apps to get running to make this viable for mainstream desktop use. A big difference between rolling your dedicated app suite for a net book and replacing the immense infrastructure the corporate market relies upon.

The vertical app vendors will fix their Vista problems or find themselves against competition for the first time. The speed with they deliver their updated version will determine that.

Ubisoft sued by Yourself!Fitness dev for at least $26 million (Joystiq)

Aug 15th 2008 3:56AM Aren't these the same people who were sued by Roger Avary, the co-writer of 'Pulp Fiction', becuase he claimed to have had the idea first, despite variations on the theme going back to the 8-bit era? And didn't this series already tank on the previous generation of hardware?

Vista, OS X updates could bring significant SSD speed gains (Engadget)

Aug 11th 2008 3:41AM Actually, the problem here is not in any major OS or file system. They already have all they need to use setor and cluster arrangements to best accomodate SSD specs.

The real problem is that the current gen of SSD devices look like run of the mill SATA/PATA drives tot he systems. They were designed this way so they'd work with no special support required. The downside is that what works best for spining platter drives isn't the best use of flash memory.

The major newthing to arise from this is an industry standard for the recognition of SSD devices conencted where a hard drive or optical drive is currently expected. The OS support on the file system level will be a minor patch once the system knows about the difference.

Beijing National Stadium no longer just a stadium, now also a crappy MP3 player (Engadget)

Aug 11th 2008 3:26AM So, no warning in large letters on the box, saying: WARNING! Lark's Vomit!