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Daily News Round #1 for February 19, 2005

Daily News Round #1 news post from TweakTown's online news computing and technology content pages for February 19, 2005
By: Steve Dougherty | Posted: Feb 20, 2005 2:33 am

- Pepperoni, anchovies and dragon's tail

Ever find yourself getting hungry as you're doing battle in-game but the challenge to stop playing for 2 mins whilst you plan dins dins is too difficult? No problem so long as you're playing Everquest II, CNN/Money have reported that Sony have set up a new system in the 325,000 player world with which a simple "/pizza" command leads to a hot pizza at your doorstep a short time later. Crikey.. what next eh?!, seems advertising as a whole is starting to become more apparent in the video gaming world these days.


Need a sword? A couple of gold pieces will fetch you a sturdy one. Hungry? That can be remedied for a silver piece or two. Of course, both the merchandise and the currency are worthless outside of the game.


Changes are on the way to the world of Norrath, though. Starting mid-next week, players will be able to order a real world pizza (with real world pepperoni, even) by simply typing "/pizza" in the game. It's an interesting experiment on Sony's behalf. Can the publisher introduce advertising to its game world in a way that doesn't seem obtrusive - but still generates a response among some of its 325,000 active players?


- X-Micro Launches Video MP3 Player


Aaah, I love technology! - Check out this cool little video/mp3 player from X-Micro of which they've just announced to the public today. The pocket-sized Video MP3 plays videos or displays photos on a crystal clear color OLED display. This device also plays MP3 files, displays lyrics, receives and records FM radio, offers digital voice recording, and serves as a USB flash drive. You've a choice of picking one up with either 256MB, 512MB, or 1GB flash capacity. Battery life 'aint too shabby either, with a said playtime of 10 hrs / 4 hrs for MP3 and video playback respectively.


Full details in X-Micro's Press Release.


The X-Micro Video MP3 lets users play music videos, home videos or other video clips, and display personal photos all on a device that slips easily into a pocket. Exceptionally lightweight, the Video MP3 can also be worn as a necklace or pendant. The device lets users watch their favorite music videos or share home movies and photos with friends wherever they go. Easy-to-use software to convert video and photo files is bundled with the Video MP3. Supported audio files include MP3, WMA, and WAV.


"The Video MP3 begins an entirely new era for portable MP3 players," said Luis Lin, president of X-Micro. "We believe this product will have tremendous appeal to the youth market. This is such a portable device that users can enjoy their favorite music videos no matter where they are. The Video MP3 can also be worn as a necklace or pendant, and with a video loop or photo slide show playing it makes a unique and eye-catching personal statement."

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