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Archive: August 2007

Wii Sales Catch Up To The Xbox 360

According to a Web site that tracks this sort of thing, sales of the Nintendo Wii console have now edged past sales of the Microsoft Xbox 360. According to VG Chartz, Wii sales across the globe are at 10.57 million, compared to 10.51 million for the Xbox 360. The Nintendo...

By Mike Musgrove | August 24, 2007; 6:12 AM ET | Comments (6)

iPhone: The Scratch Test

I've made a serious effort to keep my iPhone in my pocket without change or keys over the last month or so -- but dang, if the screen doesn't have a few light scratches already. Early reviews of the iPhone emphasized how damage-resistant the screen is supposed to be. One...

By Mike Musgrove | August 23, 2007; 6:52 AM ET | Comments (15)

BioShock: Rave Reviews at Metacritic

The new Xbox 360 title BioShock looks to have grabbed the new high review score record over at aggregate site, where the game is scoring a 97 out of 100 among critics. I mentioned last week that my launch-era Xbox 360 recently up and died on me just when...

By Mike Musgrove | August 22, 2007; 12:20 PM ET | Comments (12)

Google CEO Says Company Likely to Bid on Wireless Spectrum

Google will "probably" participate in the federal auction of valuable airwaves early next year, chief executive Eric Schmidt told a group of telecom and technology executives last night. After flying his own twin-engine jet into Aspen to give the keynote speech at a conference held by Washington think tank Progress...

By Kim Hart | August 21, 2007; 11:53 PM ET | Comments (1)

DRM Diaries

Wal-Mart today announced it would sell digital music downloads with no anticopying software. The mega-retailer is offering songs released by record labels EMI Group and Universal Music Group, which are both experimenting with offering music without copy-protection software. Such software, or DRM (digital rights management) software, prevents consumers from copying...

By Kim Hart | August 21, 2007; 3:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Battles Over Patents a Top Concern for Tech Companies

About 150 executives and policy experts from the largest technology and telecom companies convened in Aspen this week to talk about some of the most pressing issues in the industry. In addition to the debate over the 700 megahertz spectrum auction and online privacy, patent reform was a hot topic....

By Kim Hart | August 21, 2007; 9:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

Skype Outage Continues Today

Internet phone service Skype has been down since yesterday for many users. The company is blaming a software glitch, though it isn't being very specific about the cause. The service claims some 220 million users, though I don't seem to know any. Have you been experiencing frustration or lost productivity...

By Mike Musgrove | August 17, 2007; 2:12 PM ET | Comments (27)

My Ex-Box 360

Well, for whatever it's worth, it finally happened to me: My Xbox 360 flashed the dreaded red ring of death last night, meaning I am now in possession of a deceased game console. Mike's XBox 360. I can't say that it was a surprise. Xbox 360 failure rates have been...

By Mike Musgrove | August 17, 2007; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (22)

AOL Revamps Game Site

AOL rolled out a reinvention of its game news site today. The new version of GameDaily offers more free downloads and high resolution video, according to the company, along with tighter integration with partner game blogs like Joystiq and Engadget. Following the rest of the Web, the new version of...

By Mike Musgrove | August 15, 2007; 12:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Discovery Tries to Curb Junk Food Marketing

Discovery Communications today announced that it would not allow the characters of its popular Discovery Kids channel to be associated with junk food. The decision is part of the network's battle against childhood obesity, according to to a press release. The characters of the kid-friendly programming can only be used...

By Kim Hart | August 13, 2007; 6:05 PM ET | Comments (3)

More Space For Gmail

A few months back, I wrote a story about storage limits on free Web mail. The story focused around Google's Gmail, which offered an "Archive, Don't Delete" message when it launched service with a whopping 1-gigabyte capacity back in 2004. Today, Google offers 2.8 gigabytes of storage but some power...

By Sam Diaz | August 10, 2007; 10:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

Pearl Jam Stirs Up Net Neutrality Debate

A Pearl Jam performance seems to have stirred up the debate over Net Neutrality, or the effort underway in Washington that would bar Internet providers from giving preferential treatment to certain content on their networks. Last weekend, an AT&T-sponsored webcast of Pearl Jam's Lollapolooza performance cut out some politically-charged lyrics...

By Kim Hart | August 10, 2007; 7:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Making Room For HD Recordings

Anyone who's ever recorded a sporting event on a DVR knows that the four or five hours of a game can eat up quite a bit of hard drive space. Record that game in high-definition and you'll quickly realize how valuable the space on that internal hard drive can be....

By Sam Diaz | August 9, 2007; 2:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Google Gives Voice to the Quoted

Being a blogger in this digital age of citizen journalism and social networking, I've become thick-skinned about criticism some of you post. Anyway, I like that many of you challenge what I have to say. Google has taken it a step further yesterday by introducing a feature that allows comments...

By Sam Diaz | August 9, 2007; 6:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Summer News Diversions

The dog days of summer have arrived - people are on vacation, the heat index is on the rise, Congress has gone on summer recess and generally, all seems to be quiet. Sure, there's news - but nothing that's really rising to the level of debates over wireless spectrum auctions,...

By Sam Diaz | August 8, 2007; 1:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

New Xbox 360 Price: Thank Madden

Microsoft is cutting the price of the Xbox 360, starting tomorrow. The announcement comes on the eve of one of the big events of the video game industry's year: The new version of Madden comes out next week. The new prices on the Xbox 360 are: $280, $350 and $450....

By Mike Musgrove | August 7, 2007; 11:50 AM ET | Comments (4)

Black Is The New "Green"

Earlier this year, a blogger from Boston mixed some science with some math and came up with a theory that a black background on the main Google search engine page could save 3,000 megawatt-hours every year, assuming Google gets 200 million queries a day and its page is displayed for...

By Sam Diaz | August 3, 2007; 9:25 AM ET | Comments (8)

A Startup Hits Reality TV

Internet startups are back in the spotlight - and as proof, I point no further than reality television. The up-and-coming MOJO Network - which is available on a number of cable TV systems - today announced plans for a new high-definition show called "Startup Junkies." Scheduled to premiere in January,...

By Sam Diaz | August 1, 2007; 3:55 PM ET | Comments (0)


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