Done. 2 million units - that's roughly 1 in every 10 people in this country own a Wii. Considering the average family has say 3 - 4 people, that's a very large amount of families, or people, who own a Wii.
Nintendo announced the news yesterday - that it had reached the milestone and achieved it in 47 months - establishing the Wii "as the fastest selling home console". Previously, the Nintendo DS held this record - selling two million units in 52 months.
Microsoft are launching Windows Phone 7 a little differently than other manufacturers - it goes on sale today across the USA in AT&T and T-Mobile stores. At the time time Microsoft are showing off the results of a survey where it shows surprising ways mobile phones have become a part of the fabric of Americans' lifestyles.
This point is made by showing 55 percent of all phone owners surveyed aged between 18 and 35 have used their phone in a bathroom. To commemorate the US launch of Windows Phone 7, Microsoft is challenging consumers to get a grip on their mobile phone habits.
There are some very tiny and thin profile devices on the market today like the new MacBook Air notebooks that Apple launched a few weeks ago. The thinner portable devices get, the thinner the hardware that goes inside has to be as well. Toshiba has unveiled a new type of SSD called the Blade X-Gale series. These SSDs look more like sticks of RAM than a SSD we typically think of.
The new SSDs are aimed at use in mini-mobile and netbook computers and give more flexibility in the design of computers thanks to their small form factor. The new SSD comes in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities. All of the SSDs need 3.3V to operate and use the SATA 2.6 interface. The data speed of the drives is 220MB/s read and 180MB/s write. This is the style of drive Apple uses in the MacBook Air
The latest happenings from around the web - November 8th, 2010
- YOYOTech XDNA 760 System @ Kitguru
- Gigabyte T1005 10.1¡å Dual Core Netvertible Unboxing @ Netbooknews
- VIA Nano DC and VN1000 Preview - Dual Core Nanos Finally in the Pipe @ PC Perspective
- EXCLUSIVE Intel P67 Chipset Sandy Bridge Preview (ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme) @ Vortez UK
- ECS Elitegroup P55H-AK @ Overclockers Club
- Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD6 Motherboard @ HiTechLegion
- Gigabyte X58A-UD5 Intel X58 Motherboard @ ThinkComputers
- ASUS Crosshair IV Extreme @ Overclockers.com
I don't travel much these days, but the worst thing about traveling when I have to is that for several hours while in the air, I am typically without access to the web and I get bored easily. I am sure that lots of geeks are the same way. You can only read or play video games or so long before you need to get online to check email or work. Google has announced that it is offering holiday season travelers a free gift.
Google is offering travelers on all domestic flights with AirTran, Delta, and Virgin American free Gogo WiFi while in the sky. Gogo is an inflight WiFi service that allows you to surf the web, work, and check email or anything else you can think of while in the air. Having web service will make it much easier to put up with long flights. Farmville fans won't have to worry about crops withering and connected types can IM and Tweet from 35,000 feet.
Today marks the official launch of smartphones running Windows Phone 7 all around the country. To celebrate the launch of the phone, Microsoft is sharing the results of a survey that it commissioned from Harris Interactive. The survey looked at ways that the mobile phone has become a part of the daily lives of Americans of all types.
According to the survey, 72% of Americans list bad cell phone behavior as a top ten pet peeve. However, only 18% of those people will admit to having bad cell phone behavior. Other key findings from the survey include factoids like 19% of all owners between 18 and 24 have dropped their phone into a toilet. The survey also found that 49% of adults between 18 and 24 have tripped or run into something thanks to texting and walking.
You can say what you like about Microsoft and the way it runs its business and competes in the technology market, but the company knows how to market its wares. My kids are going bonkers over the Kinect technology for the Xbox 360 after seeing commercials for Kinectimals on TV. I am a bit torn on the tech; we rarely play the Xbox 360 in our house leaning more towards the PS3 and Wii. If you are on the fence about the Kinect as well, a new hack that has surfaced may help push you over the edge towards purchase.
The Kinect has been hacked to run with Windows 7 computers already. A New York-based firm called Adafruit offered up a bounty of $2000 for the group or individual who could come up with an open source driver for the Kinect that would let it work for things other than the Xbox 360. According to reports, that bounty has now been collected and a video has been posted on YouTube showing someone using Kinect with a Windows PC.
One of the great things about the Xbox 360 and other gaming consoles is that they are expanding beyond the realm of simple gaming consoles. For a long time once you got tired of gaming or didn't want to watch a DVD you were done with the console. Today we can watch TV shows we like on the consoles and watch streaming movies as well thanks to new entertainment choices. Many of the streaming options that we have in the US are not available in other countries.
If you are an Aussie Xbox 360 owner that likes to watch FOXTEL, you are in for some really good news. FOXTEL has announced that as of today the FOXTEL service is starting to rollout to Xbox 360 users. The new Xbox 360 service was announced in October, but just starting to go live today. Xbox 360 owners will be able to choose from different packages on the console starting at $19.50 monthly.
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