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Bilkent Tech to Make DVDs with 1,000 Times More Capacity

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297w ago - The Bilkent University Nanotechnology Research Center (NANOTAM) has developed a new technology that enables DVDs to store more than a thousand times as much data as those currently on the market.

Developed by Dr. Ekmel Ă-zbay, the head of NANOTAM, and students Ă-zgĂĽr Attila Çakmak and Koray Aydın, the new nano-materials will pave the way for production of the next era of DVDs, which will be able to store thousands of movies on a single disc.

The invention by the Turkish scientists was published in one of the most prestigious physics journals, the Physical Review Letters. Dr. Ă-zbay said they focused their studies on concentrating rays on a point that covers as small a space as possible.

"We have developed a new technology that enhances the number of rays passing through a small dot by thousands of times. With this technology more data will be stored on DVDs in a smaller area," he said.

Ă-zbay said a normal DVD has a maximum capacity of 50 to 100 gigabytes and that they will increase this by at least a thousand times. "We have created a magical material which enables rays to pass through a very small point," the NANOTAM head noted.

The new technology permits a far smaller notch to be etched on the DVD surface with a wider wavelength. It is expected...
 

More Fallout 3 DLC Announced for XBox 360, No Mention of PS3

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299w ago - Fallout 3 lead designer Emil Pagliarulo has recently revealed that more downloadable content is on the way for Fallout 3 on the Xbox 360 and PC, but there was no mention of any content appearing for the Sony PS3.

Xbox 360 and PC owners have just been treated to 'The Pitt', the 2nd pack so far for the popular game.

When speaking at GDC 09, Pagliarulo stated: "I can say we're working on lots of DLC, lots of stuff brewing up here. God only knows where that may go. What famous landmarks can we destroy next?"

As reported from [Register or Login to view links], a third DLC pack titled "Broken Steel," will arrive next month and will continue from where the main game ended.

Let us know what you think of the announcement. Even though they have not come out and said it directly, it looks as if Microsoft have once again secured some exclusive content from Bethesda and PS3 owners are left waiting in the cold.
 

Confirmed: Final Fantasy IV: The After Years on WiiWare & More!

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300w ago - At GDC '09 today Square Enix confirmed that Final Fantasy IV: The After Years is heading to Nintendo's WiiWare as well as Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King.

Press Release: SQUARE ENIX ANNOUNCES NEW DOWNLOADABLE TITLES FOR Wii

Line-up includes Two WiiWare titles and Final Fantasy series for Wii Virtual Console

GAME DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA (25th March, 2009) - Square Enix Co., Ltd. (Square Enix) announced today at the Game Developers Conference (GDC), the forthcoming releases of new downloadable titles including Final Fantasy IV: THE AFTER YEARS™ and Final Fantasy CRYSTAL CHRONICLES®: My Life as a Darklord™ for WiiWare™, as well as the FINAL FANTASY® series for the Virtual Console™ for Wii™.

The release of these new downloadable titles represent Square Enix's recognition of the growing demand for online distribution of content/services, and the commitment they have made to provide content/services that match the needs of their customers.

Square Enix will be offering two new releases for WiiWare: Final Fantasy IV: THE AFTER YEARS and Final Fantasy CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: My Life as a Darklord.

FINAL FANTASY IV: THE AFTER YEARS, is an RPG that continues...
 

Video: Pandora Devboard: MPlayer, PicoDrive, Quake 1 and More!

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300w ago - A new video of the Pandora Devboard is available which demonstrates MPlayer, PicoDrive, Quake 1 and Battle for Wesnoth.

Courtesy of EvilDragon1717, the video's caption simply reads as follows:

A small video showing the Pandora Devboard playing a video with MPlayer, some game with PicoDrive (DPad-Support), Quake 1 (DPad-Support) and Battle for Wesnoth.

Those interested can check it out below, via YouTube. Enjoy!




 

Rumored Sony PlayStation 3 Price Cut Will Not Happen

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300w ago - For those of you wishing for a price cut with the PS3 think again.

Sony says that it is losing $50 on every PS3 it sells right now. If they were to reduce the cost $100 they would go from losing 11% to 33%.

This is why it will never happen and why XBOX360 will always out selling ahead. The fact that Microsoft can support losing 33% is why the XBOX360 can get a big price cut.

When Sony has a new console ready then the price will drop, but I believe they need to spend more time on their firmware and extending their warranties than cutting the price of the console. Sony, are you listening?

To quote: In late February an analyst with Janco Partners claimed a price drop announcement from Sony was due "in the next couple days." Nearly a month later, no word on so much as a sales snip.

But Sony's still losing about $50 per PS3, according to Business Week, which pegged Sony's costs at $448.73 per system as recently as December 2008. If Sony dropped the retail price of the PS3 by $100, they'd increase their per unit losses by nearly a quarter ? from 11 to 33 percent.

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