In a surprising move, Internode has called a "cease fire" between gamers and the publishers of the Call of Duty franchise by setting up a deal with GameServers.com that will secure local services for the newest CoD venture, Black Ops (available in November).
If you remember, the last Call of Duty title, Modern Warfare 2 broke sales records, won an arm full of awards and gave gamers world wide wet dreams for months. But, for PC gamers - it was a change. Dedicated servers, which have been a staple of PC multiplayer gaming since the 90's was absent, instead a peer to peer network (where one players internet connection is the "host" and the others are "guests") was included.
The result was obviously heard world wide, where premier gaming network games.on.net and Internode have gone into partnership with GameServers.com
With Black Ops, Treyarch have confirmed the existence of dedicated servers, with Internode securing the GameServers.com deal last week.
The ISP issued a statement last week, "games.on.net and Internode are proud to partner with GameServers.com, exclusively offering Australian servers for 2010′s biggest game, Call of Duty: Black Ops". "By hosting these servers directly within Internode's award-winning, high-performance network, Aussie gamers can rest assured their Black Ops experience will have the lowest possible latency, and the smoothest connection available."
Foxtel are set to launch Australia's dedicated 3D channel.
Foxtel, in November, are starting a 3D channel as well as introducing a new range of high-definition channels.
The quick move into 3D gives Foxtel an advantage as the free-to-air networks only broadcast 3D in trial mode. The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) will limit the trial broadcasts of the AFL and NRL grand finals from the Seven and Nine networks to all major cities while it had "a review of certain spectrum, licensing and consumer policy issues associated with 3D TV".
Patrick Delany, the Foxtel executive director of sales and product development said that they had been trialling a 3D channel for a while now and had realised there was plenty of content to push such a channel. He also added "There's turning out to be quite a bit here, plenty of live stuff coming down the pipes".
Apple CEO Steve Jobs has long been known to personally respond to emails sent to his personal Apple email address. When a Long Island University journalism student sent an email to him after being repeatedly ignored by Apple's PR department requesting a quote for an assignment covering iPad use in public settings, she got an unfriendly response; being told by Jobs himself "Our goals do not include helping you get a good grade. Sorry" and "Please leave us alone."
After receiving the assignment from her professor to cover her school's new initiative to buy iPads for all incoming students, Long Island University senior Chelsea Kate Isaacs decided to try an speak with someone at Apple about their feelings on the use of iPads in academic settings. After sending six emails with no response from Apple, she took a friend's offhanded idea to email Jobs himself and ran with it and didn't exactly get the warmest of responses. Maybe she should have turned off the option that tags her emails "Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile?"
Sorry Verizon and Sprint fans; it seems that you are going to have to wait a little longer than the rest to get your hands on a Windows Phone 7 device. CDMA support for Windows Phone 7 has been pushed off until 2011. GSM networks are more prevalent worldwide and were therefore made a priority by Microsoft.
According to senior product manager Greg Sullivan, Microsoft "doesn't have unlimited resources" and "had to make some trade-offs" to meet their schedule. This leaves all of WP7's eggs in AT&T and T-Mobile's baskets for their U.S. launch, and even T-Mobile has not confirmed launch-day availability of WP7 enabled devices. Sullivan is "very confident" that a CDMA update will happen in the first half of 2011 and the rest of the carriers will be able to jump on the WP7 bandwagon.
It seems that Orange, T-Mobile, and Vodafone, the three "big boys" when it comes to European mobile carriers, may be working together to put together their own phone OS that would cover phones over all of their networks. This OS would reportedly be a VERY distant offshoot of Android without the Google code.
According the the French newspaper "Le Figaro," "Stephane Richard, chief executive officer of France Telecom-Orange, has invited the heads of Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica and Vodafone to discuss the possible creation of a common platform for mobile devices. The talks, which are scheduled to take place October 8th in Paris, are motivated by a view that Apple's iOS and Google's Android operating systems have become a "Trojan horse" for these companies to establish their own relationships with mobile customers, reducing the significance of the operators in the value chain."
Our Mobile App of the Day today is Justin.tv Live Streaming Video. Justin.tv is a site that allows users to share videos and live stream events using your Justin.tv account. While the app has been available for Android since September 1st, today is the first day it has been available as an iPhone app.
Video quality for both apps have been optimized for 3G and WiFi connections and quality is set up to adjust as the phone is moved to minimize stuttering. Users can watch your streams as they happen and make comments in a chat overlay that does not require a different screen as the stream. iPhone 4 users can switch between front and rear facing cameras if they wish. Have the need to share what you're doing as it happens? Grab the app for Android or iPhone for free.
MSI has added quite a few new notebooks to its line over the last few weeks. Today the company has unveiled two new machines that are slipping into the gaming/multimedia line up the company offers. The new notebooks are the GX660 and the GX660R. Both share some of the same features and should work well for multimedia and moderate gaming.
The GX660 has a 15.6-inch TFT LCD that is LED backlit. It uses an ATI Radeon HD 5870 video card with 1GB of GDDR5 RAM. It also has 4GB of RAM, 500GB of storage, WiFi, Bluetooth, and USB 3.0. The machine also gets a 720p HD webcam and HDMI output. The CPU is an Intel Core i5-450M and the price for the notebook starts at $1449.99.
Video goggles and glasses have been on the market for years now and universally they all have a few things in common. They all block your vision completely for anything going on around you and they all look really silly when you wear them. Brother is more known for printers than anything else, but the company has pulled the wraps off an interesting new product called the AirScouter.
Brother apparently leveraged tech it owns in the printer business to design the AirScouter unit. The device is a projector that is connected to a plain looking pair of clear glasses. Rather than having tiny LCDs like most video glasses today, that little projector shines images directly on the retina of the eye. That sounds very strange to me.
Apple's massive success with the iPad has shown that consumers are eager to buy tablet computers and there are hoards of makers rushing their offerings to market. The iPad continues to sell to the tune of millions each month all around the world. The holiday shopping season is coming up and that time is pivotal for many of the new tablets trying to come to market.
Motorola was expected to launch its first tablet in time for the holiday shopping season, but the maker has now announced that its tablet will not make it. According to Motorola co-CEO Sanjay Jha the Motorola tablet will not land until early 2011. Jha gave no specific reason the tablet would not make it this year other than to say that Motorola will not launch the tablet until it is competitive.
Dell has been shipping 30-inch LCDs for years now and I have been using one of the original 30-inch units and wouldn't give it up for anything. The new LCD is an improvement on the original LCD with a lot of nice new features and a big price tag. This may be the best LCD for gamers looking to play with high resolutions.
The screen has a 16:10 aspect ratio and uses IPS technology. The resolution for the LCD is 2560 x 1600 and it has a 1000:1 typical contrast ratio. The dynamic contrast ratio for the screen is 100,000:1 and the screen can display 1.07 billion colors, which is way more than my original 30-inch LCD can handle. The screen has a 7ms response time so ghosting should not be an issue.