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Top XBox 360 Games to Buy for Christmas

November 17, 2005

Wondering what XBox 360 games to buy your kid(s) for the Christmas holiday season? (ditto for Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, etc.) Well, IGN Entertainment's GamerMetrics has pulled consumer data from three leading video game sites (IGN.com, GameSpy.com and TeamXBox.com) to rank the most anticipated XBox 360 launch titles. GamerMetrics tracks the awareness and activity of over 25 million gamers across IGN Entertainment's network of video game news and information sites, with the largest audience of video gamers online. Check out the Top 18 XBox gaming titles list below.

Live TV on Motorola RAZR V3c

November 17, 2005


Alltel
, operator of one of the nation's largest wireless networks, and MobiTV, Inc., an up-and-coming provider in mobile television and digital radio services, will now offer live television broadcasts andmade-for-mobile content to wireless customers starting Monday. Customers can view the broadcasts initially on the new Motorola RAZR V3c, and the service will be available on additional handsets next month. <more...>

I previously wrote about MobiTV and how a friend of mine uses MobiTV to stream to his Treo 650. I'm in the market for a new phone, but will go going the low-end route <sigh> due to some other expenses coming up.

AOL Hi-Q DVD video format downloads

November 14, 2005

Nearly half of online consumers are watching video online, according to Forrester Research, and AOL.com is the first portal to introduce a trial for a new “AOL Hi-Q” high quality video format. The AOL.com trial will initially offer more than 100 "DVD quality" videos, providing a new way for consumers to enjoy video online. Content available in Hi-Q format will be free and on-demand at http://www.aol.com/video, and will include movie trailers, music videos, video game trailers, original
content and more. When I can download Raiders of the Lost Ark or the Star Wars Trilogy at $2.99 per movie, then I'll get more excited about this news.

Motorola Razr V3i launches

November 8, 2005

Leveraging the world-wide success of the Motorola RAZR, Motorola revealed two new colors and two new versions of the popular handset. The Motorola RAZR V3i, RAZR in pink and blue and RAZR for the CDMA network with EV-DO are expected to be available in various regions in Q4 2005. These new updates to the popular RAZR were widely expected but there is no mention of any features added to the Motorola V3i such as having iTunes support. No doubt Verizon and Cingular will be selling these puppies very soon.

AOL promotes AIM Triton

October 26, 2005

AOL is rolling out a multi-faceted advertising campaign for the new AIM Triton service. AOL is targeting folks aged 13 - 25 through online, print, indoor and outdoor placements (with a heavy focus on college campuses as well as sites like MySpaces.com, Facebook.com). Pretty amazing that AOL has turned to "advertising" their instant messaging client as opposed to "grass roots" or word-of-mouth methods that have traditionally brought IM software vendors more IM users. AOL obviously realizes that the Instant Messaging market is a high stakes game that they don't want to lose.

GIPS adds PCTEL to its growing portfolio

October 19, 2005

GIPS signs up yet another hardware manufacturer to use their remarkable voice engine used in Skype, Google Talk, and other VoIP solutions. PCTEL is going to use GIPS technology for to be used on mobile phones, PDAs, and PCs. PCTEL has licensed both the PPC and Symbian versions of GIPS VoiceEngine Mobile to be used in conjunction with PCTEL's Roaming Client family of products. My how far Global IP Sound has come since I did the first exclusive review of their GIPS voice engine on a Pocket PC back in 2003 - before most people even heard of GIPS.

"Our goal is always to provide the highest level of quality, ease of use and reliability available on the market-and GIPS's technology is clearly the best solution available today," said Biju Nair, vice president and general manager of PCTEL's Mobility Solutions Group."We are confident that GIPS VoiceEngine Mobile will allow us to provide the quality levels that our users have come to expect. GIPS and PCTEL have a long history together going back to PCTEL's modem days.

Cincom Synchrony meeting in 10

October 18, 2005

Windows Vista update

October 17, 2005

Microsoft released an update to the test version of Windows Vista, the next edition of its flagship operating system.

The Windows Vista release is is the first in a series of monthly updates to the Community Technology Preview (CTP). Unlike previous betas, Microsoft is releasing more releases on a monthly basis to garner more feedback from those partiipating in the CTP. The update includes a number of new features, including changes in Internet Explorer 7.

It will also include:
• a "Network Center," a central place for managing network connections, replacing the "My Network Places" and "Network Neighborhood" from Windows XP
• early version of Windows Media Player 11

I think I'll get my Windows Vista beta copy from BitTorrent since it'll probably download a heck of a lot faster than Microsoft's FTP servers, which are sure to be overloaded.







USRobotics Skype Phone

October 16, 2005

It seems to be a busy week for Skype phones coming to market. First, was my exclusive review of the Linksys CIT200 Skype phone and now as of Monday, USRobotics is offering a Skype-compatible phone. I should point out that this is an OEM'ed version of what appears to me to be the IPFones USB Skype phone that I reviewed a little while back. USRobotics confirmed it was indeed an OEM product, but they did not confirm if it was IPFones or not.

Interesting new VoIP product

October 10, 2005

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