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Konami Replacing Bad MGO BETA Codes

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332w ago - According to reports, some of you who have placed a pre-order for Metal Gear Solid 4 are receiving incomplete Metal Gear Online UPVC codes.

Don't fret, though, as Konami is on top of the issue. To receive the full code, you'll have to send a message over to their support team with your partial code and a return e-mail address.

To quote: To start, we have been getting reports that some of you are receiving partial digit UPVC's Metal Gear Online Beta on the "Metal Gear Saga Vol. 2? DVD inserts. We are aware of this issue and are working hard to remedy.

If you've been affected by this issue, please contact us at http://www.konami-data.com/support/. Please be sure to include your partial code, and any other pertinent details (like a return email address, etc).

We thank you for your patience.
 

Self-healing rubber bounces back

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341w ago - A material that is able to self-repair even when it is sliced in two has been invented by French researchers.

The as-yet-unnamed material - a form of artificial rubber - is made from vegetable oil and a component of urine.

The substance, described in the journal Nature, produces surfaces when cut that retain a strong chemical attraction to each other.

Pieces of the material join together again as if never parted without the need for glue or a special treatment.

This remarkable property comes from careful engineering of the molecules in the material.

The French researchers are already making kilogramme quantities in their Paris laboratories and say the process is almost completely green, and could be completely so with a few adjustments.

'Tiny hands'

The secret of the substance lies in how the molecules are held together.

A piece of normal rubber, says Dr Ludwik Leibler, who headed the research, is actually a single molecule with billion upon billions of smaller units chemically welded together to form a giant tangled network.

The elasticity comes from the fact that the strands within the network are buckled like a concertina: pull on them and they straighten and elongate; let go and the buckles reappear.
 

PSW: Konami rep confirmed MGS 4 demo may hit in February

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345w ago - Update: I e-mailed the editor of PSW and asked him to confirm that this is true, and he replied that a Konami Rep confirmed that the build they played will be on PSN sometime in relation to the games release. If the game stays on track as Konami has said so far then it should arrive around Feb as the magazine states.

A journalist decided to e-mail the PSW magazine editor who indicated that a MGS 4 demo will hit PSN next month. The editor replied by stating that at the time of writing the article a Konami rep told PSW that the demo they played in the office would be appearing on the PSN store.

However the release of the demo could depend on the game's actual final sale date but February is very possible.

To quote: At the time of writing the article a Konami rep told us a demo, the demo we played in our office for the magazine article, would be on the PSN Store.

It's finished, we played it, so something should be appearing this month. It could all depend on the game's final on sale date, if it has moved to May then a demo could appear later, possibly February.
 

PlayTV: Watch, record and replay digital tv on your PS3!

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345w ago - Sony have released a video of PlayTV in action. Watch, record and replay digital tv on your PlayStation 3!

Video below, courtesy of Dolphgb:




 

Apple set to ship Macs with Blu-ray support

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348w ago - Apple Inc. at this month's Macworld Expo will will outline a high-definition video strategy that will see its weight thrown further behind Sony Corp's Blu-ray DVD format as opposed to Toshiba's HD-DVD, according to one Wall Street analyst.

In a report issued to clients early Thursday morning, American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu cited sources who say the Cupertino-based Mac maker, which already occupies a seat on the Blu-ray consortium, is set to begin shipping some of its computers with support for the next-generation DVD format.

"We believe this is a key announcement as current Macs ship with the DVD format and Sony gains a strong ally in Blu-ray," the analyst told clients. He added that Disney, for which Apple chief executive Steve Jobs is a Director, is a firm supporter of Blu-ray, while rival Microsoft Corp. has placed most of its eggs in the HD-DVD basket.

However, Wu hedged his bets somewhat, saying there is "a smaller chance Apple may use a combo Blu-ray/HD-DVD drive to ensure full compatibility and not get involved in the format wars."

Apple, which markets a complete line of HD content creation tools for consumers and professionals, announced in March of 2005 that it had joined Blu-ray Disc Association. Since then, however, the company has observed much of the...
 
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