Well, that festive time is nearly upon us once again. For me that means spending a lot less time in front of PCs and a lot more time in front of the log fire, glass of sherry in hand, with family and friends (and eyeing the gifts under the tree!
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Two items of hardware to make gamers salivate.
A few weeks ago the media were predicting the death of Microsoft's Zune portable media player based on the fact that the software wasn't yet Vista compatible. Well, now it is.
After a decent debut month, it seems that Microsoft's Zune has failed to gain much in the way of traction against the iPod.
Researchers from the University of Washington claim that joggers who make use the iPod Sport kit ($29) are putting their privacy at risk. The research was carried out by T. Scott Saponas, Jonathan Lester, Carl Hartung, and Tadayoshi Kohno of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington and centers around the Nike+iPod Sport Kit from Apple.
At a recent junket up in Redmond, Bill Gates told the audience of invited bloggers that DRM has "huge problems" and that people should "people should just buy a CD and rip it. You are legal then," (putting this in context, he said this is response to a question posed by Michael Arrington in relation to the long term viability of DRM). Does this signal a change in how Microsoft views DRM, or is it that Gates doesn't agree with the direction that Microsoft is taking with regards to DRM?
With all the talk about iPods and Zunes (not forgetting all the other portable media players out there) I'm surprised that there isn't more talk about quality earphones. After all, these are the business end for most of these devices!
This post is a follow-up to the problem I blogged about yesterday regarding graphics-related issues with PSone and PS2 games being played on the PS3.The problem is pretty serious and Sony are keeping users in the dark as to when they can expect a fix.
Actually, awful isn't a strong enough word. If you're trying to get your hands on a PlayStation 3 games console for the Holidays and you plan to use it to play PSone and PS2 games on it, you need to read this.
The other day the New York Times published a short article which attempted to draw some conclusions about iPod and iTunes sales based on a report published by Forrester Research. Instead of coming to any sensible conclusion, all the article did was highlight a total lack of statistical understanding at the NYT.