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PlayStation 3: Third Party Support

352w ago - With a $399 price tag and some heavy hitters like Burnout Paradise and Metal Gear Solid 4, now is the time to purchase a PS3!

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Windows XP SP3 RC Is Now Available For Download

352w ago - Microsoft had just added the much anticipated Service Pack 3 Release Candidate ( The closest stage of software development to the final version) for the Windows XP Operating System ( OS ) to their download center last night. The Windows XP SP3 RC is now available for all Windows XP users, and it seems that even those with ehem.... " Un-Genuine " Windows XP OS installed in their systems can also download and install the RC, but I'm not quite sure about that, since mine is genuine.

The SP3 RC was in private testing for quite sometime, and now that Microsoft had moved it to public testing, I think Microsoft is very confident with The RC's integrity, otherwise they wouldn't had released it to the public. And I also think that it is almost guaranteed that Microsoft will release the SP3's Final Version at the early next year.

During the SP3 RC's private testing, many testers claimed that the RC brought about 10% performance boost to their Windows XP systems, something that Microsoft still has not officially confirm and publicize. If you ask me, I would say that Microsoft does not want people to have a renewed interest on the last generation Windows XP, now that Microsoft is busy trying to get more people to use it's latest but not very well received Windows Vista.

Beside the performance...

Hands-On With PS3 Blu-ray Profile 1.1 and Resident Evil: Extinction

352w ago - This past Tuesday, Sony released the latest Playstation 3 firmware upgrade highlighted by much-coveted Blu-ray Profile 1.1. Rushing to download the firmware isn't of much use until January 1 when the first Profile 1.1 Blu-ray Discs arrive in stores. That is, unless you get one of the discs early. Which is exactly what we did with Resident Evil: Extinction.

I was a bit stressed for time last night so providing a full review of Resident Evil: Extinction is still a couple days off. I did watch the film, and it looks and sounds fantastic, as expected. But I was most interested in how the picture-in-picture Profile 1.1 functionality would work, both in terms of how it was presented and how Playstation 3 handled it.

Activating picture-in-picture on Resident Evil: Extinction is identical to turning on a commentary track; you simply click it on in the special features and then fire up the movie. The actual picture-in-picture window will appear intermittently in any one of the four screen corners displaying either sketches or full video and audio.

Unfortunately I don't think Sony took full advantage of the two separate audio and video streams. If they did, then they need to include an instruction manual in the future because I couldn't figure it out.

When the picture-in-picture turns...

Sony Gift: Free PS3 With Every Full-HD Bravia

352w ago - Update: This news article relates only to Australia. Though there are similar offers in other different regions.

Following their Bravia full-HD purchase, consumers should visit www.sony.com.au/bonusPS3 to register their purchase for redemption.

Sony is spruiking PlayStation 3 consoles with every Bravia full-HD 1080 LCD TV model bought between 21 December and 28 January, as part of a marketing campaign to encourage users to make the switch to HD.

The offer applies to current XBR, X and W series Bravia models, with a 40GB PS3 thrown in for added support - the PS3's Blu-ray Disc player works seamlessly with the full-HD panels.

"Our Full HD BRAVIA range shows the phenomenal detail possible with high definition, and what better way to experience this than through the Blu-ray-enabled PS3," said Sony Australia senior product manager, Graham Keogh.

"Sony is as much about content as we are about hardware. Now, consumers will get the best of both worlds with this Full High Definition combination."

Teens kill 7-year-old girl by using Mortal Kombat moves

352w ago - In Jamestown, Colorado, two teens have been charged with killing a 7-year-old girl by beating her with imitations of moves from the Mortal Kombat video games, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Lamar Roberts, 17, and Heather Trujillo, 16, were charged as adults on one count each of felony child abuse causing death, according to court documents obtained be the Associated Press.

A police affidavit states that the teens were babysitting Trujillo's half-sister, Zoe Garcia, on December 6. When the teens hit, kicked, and body-slammed her with moves imitating Mortal Kombat, the girl lost consciousness and stopped breathing.

The teens tried to revive the girl by running water in her mouth and attempting CPR. They then called her mother and 911, but the girl died at the hospital.

An autopsy revealed that the girl had a broken wrist, more than 20 bruises, swelling of the brain, and bleeding in her neck muscles and under her spine.

A witness reportedly told police that Roberts said that the girl told them to stop wrestling. When the witness asked why they didn't stop, he responded, "I don't know; I was drunk."

The teens are being held at the Weld County Jail and, if convicted, could be sentenced to 48 years in prison.
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