311w ago - The incandescent light bulb, one of the most venerable inventions of its era but deemed too inefficient for our own, will be phased off the U.S. market beginning in 2012 under the new energy law just approved by Congress.
Although this will reduce electricity costs and minimize new bulb purchases in every household in America, you may be feeling in the dark about the loss of your old, relatively reliable source of light. Here's a primer on the light bulb phase-out and what will mean to you:
Why are they taking my light bulbs away? Moving to more efficient lighting is one of the lowest-cost ways for the nation to reduce electricity use and greenhouse gases. In fact, it actually will save households money because of lower utility bills. Ninety percent of the energy that an incandescent light bulb burns is wasted as heat. And yet, sales of the most common high-efficiency bulb available--the compact fluorescent (CFL)--amount to only 5 percent of the light bulb market. Earlier this year, Australia became the first country to announce an outright ban by 2010 on incandescent bulbs. The changeover in the United States will be more gradual, not mandated to begin until 2012 and phased out through 2014. However, don't be surprised if some manufacturers phase out earlier.
311w ago - Two things stand out in the FlatOut series - insane amounts of destruction and the rag-doll mini games, and these screens show both of those in full effect on the PSP sequel, FlatOut Head On.
It's no wonder it looks good - it's one of the few games lining up to take full advantage of the increased processing power of the PSP running in the new 333Mhz setting (which God of War will also use when it hits the portable).
The finished game promises "nine different game modes, including carnage challenges, full career, destruction derbies, multiplayer party mode and the bone-crunching ragdoll stunt mode". Sounds cool.
Look for it in stores in Q1 2008.
More screenshots at the link up top of this story!
316w ago - From the source linked above: GodzIvan strikes again (after releasing one wire diagrams to Pandorize PSP slim and fat), this time he uploaded a pin-out diagram along with signal info for the flat cable connecting the PS3 Blu-ray drive.
319w ago - EA has confirmed that Burnout Paradise will be available from January 22nd across North America. The game is due out on both the PS3 and X-Box 360 and promises to deliver a new standard where online social play is concerned.
To quote: "The next installment in Criterion's crash-heavy Burnout racing game series, Burnout Paradise, will ship to North American stores January 22, publisher Electronic Arts announced today.
Due out on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, the new Burnout features an open game world, set in the fictional Paradise City, with challenges available at any junction. EA also promises "a new standard for online social gameplay."
If you just can't wait until January, you'll be pleased to know that a demo will be available through the PlayStation Store and Xbox Live Marketplace in December. The demo will feature online support, and includes the new Stunt mode."