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According to Todd Hollenshead, id Software's Rage will not be shipping in 2009. The multiplatform game (PC, Mac, PS3, Xbox 360) will be the first to use id's new graphics engine, id Tech 5.

Todd Hollenshead Presents Rage at Leipzig 2008

 

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The game, however, is expected to release before 2011. So I guess we can say that Rage is set for a 2010 release.

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It's Internets rumor time! Today's edition: Apple is potentially working on a new multi-touch netbook. Rumors suggest that it would not include any keyboard and it would bridge the gap between the iPhone and a laptop. Om Malik believes that this one is true and cites some evidence that this could be Apple's next project.

Netbook Concept

The rumors originate from Chinese sources surrounding the parts that would be produced for this product and the contracts to produce parts for a currently unknown product. Take it with a grain of salt, but rumors of the iPhone were started in the same manner.

Apple's COO Tim Cook said that the company was "watching the [Netbook] space," but wouldn't release a product line with “smaller screens [and a] cramped keyboard.”

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Elevation Partners co-founder Roger McNamee thinks that the upcoming Palm Pre will cause legions of iPhone users to switch to Sprint. Gamers will remember that Elevation Partners as the investment company that infused BioWare and Pandemic with 300-million dollars. The company is also a huge backer of Palm, so take his words with a giant cube of salt. In an interview with Bloomberg, McNamee said:

"You know the beautiful thing: June 29, 2009, is the two-year anniversary of the first shipment of the iPhone. Not one of those people will still be using an iPhone a month later.Think about it -- If you bought the first iPhone, you bought it because you wanted the coolest product on the market. Your two-year contract has just expired. Look around. Tell me what they’re going to buy."
 

While I'm sure the Palm Pre will do really well, I don't think it'll put a major dent into the iPhone's installed base. It's an exciting product, no doubt, but I see it as a more attractive option for business users. If anything, RIM (with its BlackBerry devices) has more to worry about than Apple. As cool as the Pre appears to be, its entertainment options are limited. The iPhone's superior graphics capabilities and iTunes integration make it a more appealing device for most consumers. And before you accuse me of being an Apple fanboy -- just stop it. Among TheFeed writers, I'm the one that loves Android, Symbian, and WebOS the most.

What do you think America (and other countries)? Is McNamee just blowing smoke? Or can the Pre do some damage to the iPhone?

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Bill Clinton Autographed iPod Nano And Playlist Being Auctioned On eBay For CharityTonic Auction Series is auctioning off an 8GB Apple iPod Nano autographed by Bill Clinton. The proceeds will go to the Gibson Foundation, which "is the administering body for Music Rising Phase II, founded by Gibson CEO Henry Juszkiewicz, producer Bob Ezrin and U2's The Edge, to help rebuild Gulf Coast music programs in schools and churches that were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina." According to the eBay listing:

"The popular 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton presided over one of the greatest periods of peace and economic well-being in American history and today remains active in the fights against AIDS and global warming. Mr. Clinton has carefully signed his name in black marker at the back near the top of this fittingly Special Edition (PRODUCT) RED iPod. Featuring Mr. Clinton’s playlist, one lucky fan has the chance to own this one-of-a-kind iPod with his favorite tunes!"

The Clinton iPod comes loaded with 11 of his favorite songs. The list includes:

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Wired has posted an interesting article on why Apple's iPhone is floundering in Japan. While the iPhone is a global phenomenon, part of its success is due to the fact that competing handsets in North America aren't nearly as advanced or elegant. The same is true, to a muchlesser extent, in Europe. In Japan, however, some of the iPhone's features are downright archaic. Add that to the customary Japanese xenophobia and you get something like this:

"What's wrong with the iPhone, from a Japanese perspective? Almost everything: The high monthly data plans that go with it, its paucity of features, the low-quality camera, the unfashionable design and the fact that it's not Japanese. Japanese handset users are extremely into video and photos -- and the iPhone has neither a video camera nor multimedia text messaging. And a highlight feature many in Japan enjoy on their handset is a TV tuner."

I've always been jealous of high-end Japanese and Korean mobile phones. They're just years ahead of what's readily available in America (especially so, if you want a subsidy from your carrier). It's fascinating that the iPhone is an iFlop in Japan. I wonder how much of it has to do with old technology and how much of it has to do with it being a dirty gaijin product. Any thoughts?

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Tired of creating your high-tech alien race of mass destruction with no chance of getting up close and personal planetside on other worlds?

Stop arbitrarily adding another mouth in a questionable position to your creature for a minute, and check out this trailer for EA's Spore: Galactic Adventures. The Maxis minds featured in the trailer go over the unique planet-based missions that you'll be able to experience in the latest the Spore expansion will have to offer.

Get ready to stretch your space legs from the confines of your space cruiser next month for your PC or Mac.

Spore: Galactic Adventures Missions Trailer

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Blizzard gives us the first peek into it's latest World of Warcraft raid dungeon with this preview teaser for Ulduar coming in the anticipated 3.1 patch. Also, be sure to check out the latest patch notes after the cut.

Labeled to be the most unique raid experience yet, the new dungeon will utilize seige weapons and the raid difficulty settings as never before. Plus, the dual spec feature and class modifications will add a great deal of new ways you can slaughter your foes in Azeroth.

World of Warcraft Ulduar Raid Dungeon Preview Teaser

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During their latest earnings call to stockholders, Activision Blizzard hinted that the beta for StarCraft II would begin in the "months ahead."

The comments were made by Blizzard COO Paul Sams, who also revealed that the beta keys handed out at BlizzCon 2008 will be used for the StarCraft II beta.

All Access Preview: StarCraft II

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Furthermore, the beta will include an early look at the new & improved Battle.net architecture that will ship with the game (whenever that may be).

N'Gai Croal, in his Twitter coverage of the call, spoke of Blizzard's plan to release "one frontline title a year; its numbers show this, says Sams. He won't say whether it's Starcraft or Diablo." I will officially believe this when it happens.

Personally, I cannot wait for the beta of StarCraft II, but Dawn of War 2 should hold me over nicely. What about you?

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Marvel has announced that it will be releasing "in-motion" comics that will be sold on Apple's iTunes. According to Geeks of Doom, the comics will "feature panels that animate scenes and add spoken dialog from voice actors". Marvel writer Brian Michael Bendis said:

"With [any] new medium comes a new storytelling language. It’s more than just taking the images and moving them around the screen. There’s a new storytelling language that’s emerging every time we work on it and we’re really excited for where that takes us."

Marvel editor-in-chief Joe Quesada added:

"Sure you’ve seen the origin of Fantastic Four in the movies and in cartoons, but we’re giving it to you with Jack Kirby’s art, come to life. That to me, ultimately, is the coolest part of this. I’m not saying that we’re there yet but, those are the possibilities."

Part of me is super excited about the new comics, the other part is scared. I've never been overly impressed with Web comics and I wonder if these in-motion books will be more of the same. I'm also concerned about the voice actors. If Marvel doesn't spend enough on quality voice acting, then it doesn't matter if it's doing new things with Jack Kirby's classic art -- the experience will be tarnished.

What do you think of these "in-motion" comics? Will they take off? Would you buy them? What characters and series would you like to see?

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Newsweek's N'Gai Croal strangled a juicy bit of information out of Todd Howard, executive producer and game director at Bethesda, during a panel at NY Comic Con. Apparently Todd and the Bethesda crew are working on an iPhone game!

The iPhone/iPod Touch platform is getting more and more interesting. Metal Gear Solid is hitting the platform in spring 2009. The possibility of a Fallout-related game coming to the iPhone makes it even more appealing to enthusiasts gamers.

What do you think of the announcement? Do you think it will be a Fallout game? Or another Bethesda franchise?

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EA would like to remind you that you can achieve anything you set your mind to with the latest video for The Sims 3. May that be the clichè astronaut, god-like rockstar or criminal mastermind... the world is your gibberish-spouting virtual oyster. Also included is the wide array of personalities and customization for this life simulation threequel for the PC coming this June with the iPhone, iPod Touch, mobile and Mac versions coming later in this summer.

Hopefully your Sims won't be too upset this time out when you corner them into a single-tile, walled-off room where they wet their pants and expire from hunger. Don't give me the stinkeye you know you're guilty.

The Sims 3 Personalities Trailer

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Is Apple working on a tablet computer? The fine folks at Gizmodo seem to think so. The site has examined an Apple patent and has come to the conclusion that the company has a tablet computer in the works.

"The patent describes several forms for these displays -- most of them already in use in current Apple laptops --, describing displays attached to portable computers. However, one of the claims describes the display as a 'housing for a computer device', which would include the computer electronics within the display housing, sandwiched between front and back shells."


I was a proud Newton user in the '90s. I loved the device's handwriting recognition, especially when watching my friends struggle with Graffiti on their Palm IIIs. I'd love for Apple to reenter the market with an elegant, portable-computing device that features the company's lauded user interface.

Do you think Gizmodo is on the money here? Would you be interested in an Apple tablet? Or do you think such a device is too niche?

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The latest Apple iPhone news has people focusing on possible legal action the company might take against Palm. While experts squabble over Apple's patent and whether it has the right to block products like the Palm Pre, one journalists says that everyone is missing a vital point: the patent could lead to a video iPhone. InformationWeek's Alexander Wolfe noted:

"Apple is considering adding a video record feature to the iPhone -- an omission users have long complained about -- and it may soon become a handheld videophone platform, with support for mobile video-conferencing calls. Those are the inferences you can make if you believe that the claims Apple has put into its patent relates to stuff it intends to turn into products."

I have no doubt that video conferencing is a feature that will become standard soon (especially outside the U.S.) and I'm sure it's something Apple has in the works, but the question is how soon? Having a patent and having an actual product are worlds apart. Then again, Apple might have to accelerate things if video conferencing is a prevalent feature in upcoming phones shown at the Mobile World Conference in February and CTIA in March.

Are you guys interested in a video-conferencing iPhone? Would you drop your current phone (iPhone or not) for some video-calling hotness?

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The technology in the iPhone's touchscreen and interface -- which Apple has been granted a patent for -- may make things difficult for the Palm Pre, as well as the rumored multi-touch PSP2 from Sony.

If you recall, both Raymond Padilla and I picked the Palm Pre in our informal Best of CES lists and I was very impressed with its similarity to the iPhone. Maybe it is a bit too similar!

Apple's acting CEO Tim Cook, who is currently holding down the fort while Steve Jobs deals with his health problems, has said that "[Apple] will not stand for having [its] IP ripped off, and [they'll] use whatever weapons that [they] have at our disposal."

The patent that Apple holds covers "touch screen device, method, and graphical user interface for determining commands by applying heuristics." It's that heuristics part that could be troublesome for other companies. The gesture of pinching to zoom could be covered under this patent.

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AT&T has announced that it will be releasing the 3G MicroCell, a device that uses a broadband Internet connection to boost 3G mobile-phone signals for up to four users at a time. This device is a godsend for people that live in areas with poor AT&T coverage. The 3G MicroCell means that all of America's "big four" mobile providers have or will have a device that uses broadband connections to improve mobile-phone service. According to AT&T's web site:

"AT&T 3G MicroCell acts like a mini cellular tower in your home or small business environment. It connects to AT&T's network via your existing broadband Internet service (such as DSL or cable) and is designed to support up to 10 3G capable wireless phones in a home or small business setting. With AT&T 3G MicroCell, you receive improved cellular signal performance for both voice calls and cellular data applications, like picture messaging and surfing the web for up to 4 simultaneous users."

Sprint and Verizon offer devices that use femtocell technology to boost signal, while T-Mobile uses regular WiFi. As an international traveller, I'm partial to T-Mobile's @Home service, since it can be used through any WiFi signal, even in other countries. The limitation with @Home is that it can only be used with UMA (unlicensed mobile access) phones. Sprint's and Verizon's solutions can be used with any of their phones. but the improved service is limited to the femtocell box's range and can only be used domestically. The 3G MicroCell also falls into the same category, but is limited to 3G phones.

I know some of you live in the boonies. Anyone out there use T-Mobile @Home, Sprint's Airave, or Verizon's Wireless Network Extender? If so, how has your experience been? Any AT&T customers out there interested in the 3G MicroCell?

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