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Beatles Rock Band trailer, screenshots and drums unveiled at E3

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on June 1st, 2009

Today E3 was seriously rocked by Beatles Rock Band as they unleashed the awesomness that is the fab four upon the world. Turns out that you will be able to perform multiple vocals (harmonies). Harmonix showed off what you can expect in the game.

The Beatles: Rock Band will be released simultaneously for XBox 360, PS3 and the Wii in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and other territories. The trailer above is pretty awesome for Beatles fans.

Xbox Live: 1080p Zune video store, Netflix browsing, Twitter and Facebook

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on June 1st, 2009

Xbox Live: 1080p Zune video store, Netflix browsing, Twitter and Facebook integrationAt E3 today the big M announced a bunch of upgrades to Xbox Live. The biggest news is the relaunch of the video service, now Zune-branded with 1080p instant-on streaming content in 18 countries. XBL will also now integrate with Facebook, which is great news for all of you social butterflies out there. Your Facebook account can be linked to your Gamertag, and games will support Facebook Connect for sharing online content.

That’s not all. You’ll also be getting Twitter and Last.fm. Yes, these updates are huge. There’s more. Netflix users will now be able to browse the entire catalog instead of just loading their queue, and since Microsoft has gotten its Party Watch system down, you’ll be able to diss videos with your online friends.

Microsoft announces “Project Natal” motion controller for Xbox 360

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on June 1st, 2009

Microsoft announces "Project Natal" motion controller for Xbox 360The Xbox 360 motion controller is real. Today at E3, Microsoft unveiled the motion controller we’d been hearing about for awhile. The device is codenamed “Natal” and will allow for a very wide range of actions by using a group of sensors.

The accessory will even be capable of handling multiple users during single sessions. The demo Microsoft showed off at E3 included a skateboarding game and a family playing a racing game (tires were changed by the dad while the daughter handled the driving).

Dell Studio XPS 16 in Merlot Red

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on June 1st, 2009

Dell Studio XPS 16 in Merlot RedDell is now offering their Studio XPS 16 in the color of Merlot Red. So if you’ve been putting off your purchase to wait for just the right red, you can go ahead and order up. The XPS 16 isn’t the only model getting the Merlot treatment, the XPS 13 is getting it as well.

Pricing will be the same as with the other colors. Merlot Red will be available as an option on both models from today onwards for those in the US and Canada. Those in Brazil will get the Merlot Red option for only the Studio XPS 13.

Belkin intros new TuneBases

Posted in Belkin by Conner Flynn on June 1st, 2009

Belkin intros new TuneBasesBelkin has unveiled two more TuneBases for your Apple devices. The TuneBase Direct and TuneBase FM can route audio from your Apple devices to the vehicle stereo and charge simultaneously thanks to the 12-volt port.

It features a flexible neck so you can arrange your iPhone in the best viewing position. That way, you can make calls with just a tap. The $70 TuneBase Direct uses a 3.5mm port, while the $80 TuneBase FM does it’s thing through a free FM channel, automatically scanning the frequency with the least interference.

Google bringing BBC streaming TV to America

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on June 1st, 2009

Google bringing BBC streaming TV to AmericaThe British Broadcasting Corporation which brings us such cool programs as Top Gear, Doctor Who and Planet Earth, is said to be in talks with Google to bring their VOD service to America. Anyone who has ever watched and enjoyed the BBC’s programming knows that this is a good thing.

The BBC produces a bunch of channels that have a wide variety of content and many of these programs never make their way to BBC America, which pretty much just shows fluff. Good news indeed. Once you’ve seen enough English programming, you start to realize just how terrible our own shows are in the states.

Panasonic DMP-B15 Portable Blu-ray player shipping this month, $800

Posted in Blu-ray by Conner Flynn on June 1st, 2009

Panasonic DMP-B15 Portable Blu-ray player shipping this month, $800Panasonic has announced that their DMP-B15 portable Blu-ray player will be shipping this month for $800. It was first seen at CES. Yeah, that’s pretty pricey for a portable Blu-Ray player, but if you want the best at the highest price and find yourself on the road, the DMP-B15 will give you about 2.5 hours of entertainment on a single, with a crystal clear 8.9-inch WSVGA display.

For the price that you are paying, you’ll be glad to know that it also includes Panasonic’s VIERA CAST Internet accessibility and BD Live. Even an SD card slot.

Ford offers 2010 model vehicle owners free sync application

Posted in Ford by Shane McGlaun on June 1st, 2009

fordsync-abOne of the coolest options that Ford offers on most of its vehicles is the Sync Bluetooth system. Sync allows you to control your Bluetooth phone to make and receive calls and allows you to control your music collection as well.

Ford has announced that owners of 2010 Ford vehicles can now download a free Sync application called TDI (traffic, directions, information) that allows the Sync system to provide turn-by-turn driving directions using the drivers Bluetooth mobile phone.

Jay-Z and Eminem provide music for DJ Hero game

Posted in Activision by Shane McGlaun on June 1st, 2009

scratch-ultimate-sbGuitar Hero and Rock Band are a couple of popular music video games, but for some audiophiles rock music isn’t what they want. Some music fans are into hip-hop, electronic and other genres where DJs spin the tunes rather than rock bands jamming live.

Activision is set to add DJ Hero to its music game line up. We have already seen an aftermarket DJ Hero turntable from Numark and Activison has now announced a special edition DJ Hero game is coming.

Game On game console storage solution debuts

Posted in Games by Shane McGlaun on June 1st, 2009

gameon-sbI have several game consoles in my home and between the PS3, Wii, and Xbox my entertainment center is very cluttered. My kids always leave games lying around and controllers everywhere because there isn’t much room to put things up and they are little slobs.

Cambre Products has announced a new game console storage solution that will work with any console system called the Game On. The storage system can be hung on a wall and has an upper shelf that holds video games and a lower shelf designed to hold the console.

Alereon to unveil new iPhone Wireless USB accessory at Computex

Posted in Mobile Accessories by Shane McGlaun on June 1st, 2009

iphone3g-sbWhen I first heard about Wireless USB, I was excited that I could ditch all the cables behind my computer and go cable free. Unfortunately, my dreams of no cables in my office have not yet come true. One of the biggest companies pushing Wireless USB is Alereon and the firm is announcing a new accessory for the iPhone this month at Computex.

The accessory does two things for the iPhone and iPod touch. First, the gadget apparently has an internal battery that allows the iPhone or iPod to operate longer than possible on the internal battery alone. The accessory is based on low-power 90nm-LP AL5301 chip built in the 12-inch wafer plant owned by Samsung in Korea.