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Thursday, April 28, 2005 Delivers Possible Xbox 360 In-Game Image

Viral/marketing campaign website has yet another teaser image for us, this time an image that may, or may not, be an in-game snap from a forthcoming Xbox 360 title. It may of course simply be taken from some kind of tech demo designed to show off the graphical grunt of the console. Either way here it is:

We have to say that the scene is certainly vibrant with lush flora and impressive lighting effects, and if a legit in-game snap gives us a new indication of what to expect in visual terms from titles gracing Microsoft's next-gen console. Nope, no brains splattering on walls in this one, but we can definitely imagine our level 50 warrior stalking through that forest on a quest for riches, fame and glory.

Also check out the possible Project Gotham Racing 3 (Xbox 360) screen:

(Click image for Hi-Res version).

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Yahoo Launches 'My Web'

Yahoo announced earlier today that its personal search engine was released for testing earlier today. Similar to Google's 'My Search History', the Yahoo service allows users to share their favorite websites via e-mail, IM, or a new tool called Yahoo 360. Yahoo said its service will also enable registered users to create their own search archive by saving their favorite webpages as well as search results and history.

Users can also annotate webpages and publish them via RSS feeds in order to share the information to a wide audience. Yahoo said 'My Web', which is available at, is a new product that uses ideas from technology rolled out six months ago in the company's personalized search portion of My Yahoo.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Nokia Adds Yahoo! Services

Nokia and Yahoo today announced an agreement that will pre-install a set of services into Nokia smartphone running Symbian OS. You will be able to check your email, use yahoo search for mobile and download ringtone, wallpaper and games.

The first Nokia devices with Yahoo! internet services are the Nokia 6680, Nokia 6681 and the Nokia 6630. More devices will be announced on April 27. The existing Nokia 6680, Nokia 6681 and Nokia 6630 owners will be able to download similar applications over-the-air in the same markets starting from the second half of 2005.

NEC to supply embedded DRAM for Xbox 360

NEC’s embedded DRAM technology will be incorporated in Microsoft's next-generation Xbox platform, the companies said today.

NEC’s eDRAM graphics chips are manufactured in the company’s 300mm wafer fabrication facility and are to play a key role in the Xbox graphics subsystem, the companies said today, promising to deliver stunning high-definition graphics to the gamer's experience.

“The next-generation Xbox platform will provide gamers with a highly advanced graphics experience,” said Todd Holmdahl, corporate VP of Microsoft’s Xbox product group, in a statement.

“NEC Electronics’ cutting-edge embedded DRAM technology plays a vital role in enabling our graphics engine's performance, while its manufacturing process provides a reliable resource that can deliver the volumes required to support what will be an extremely popular gaming platform,” he added.

Microsoft To Add A Black Box To Windows

"According to ZDNet, Microsoft plans to add the software equivalent of a 'black box' flight recorder to Windows. According to the article, 'The tool will build on the existing Watson error-reporting tool in Windows but will provide Microsoft with much deeper information, including what programs were running at the time of the error and even the contents of documents that were being created."

Monday, April 25, 2005

First 500 Terabytes Transmitted via LHCGlobal Grid

"When the LHC Computer Grid starts operating in 2007, it will be the most data-intensive physics instrument on the planet. Today eight major computing centers successfully completed a challenge to sustain a continuous data flow of 600 megabytes per second on average for 10 days from CERN in Geneva, Switzerland to seven sites in Europe and the US. The total amount of data transmitted during this challenge -- 500 terabytes -- would take about 250 years to download using a typical 512 kilobit per second household broadband connection."