Call of Duty 4: Fastest Airstrike Ever

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310w ago - Air support in 3 seconds? It's easy! See the carnage in our chaotic video, and find out how to do it yourself!

Want to call in air support in under 10 seconds? Want to level up your character in the least amount of time? You don't need to bother with lame aim bots that'll get you banned from your favorite servers. In fact, you don't even need to be that good at Call of Duty 4.

Racking up ridiculous kill streaks can be easy if you're playing under the right conditions. Head to the server "=OG= 24/7 Shipment SlaughterHouse" (their IP address is 69.3115.39:29460). This server supports up to 53 players on CoD 4's tiniest map, Shipment.




There'll be lots of incoming fire and grenades flying at you from the second you hop in, so expect to die a lot. Get out of harm's way as soon as possible and grab a sweet spot where you can crouch near cover or lie prone with a clear view of any of the map's spawn points. For a brief moment, even the clumsiest player can rack up an impressive kill streak in no time.

Is it cheesy to blast away at a spawn point with a steady stream of helpless traffic? Most definitely. But it's also a blast - especially if you're in the mood for a break from the usual rotations of maps...
 

Lair patch now available in Europe for PS3

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313w ago - According to reports, a 150MB Lair patch is now available to download bringing analog flight controls to the game, a targeting icon and Dual Shock 3 rumble support.

It apparently is only currently available in Europe.

To quote: It's true, we didn't like Lair but that doesn't mean that we're not excited about the analog patch (calling itself 2.10) which is up now for download, and weighs in at 150-ish MB.

Update: wow, that was fast. Cool, Lair now has 'analog flight controls' and crosshairs in the options menu. Note that this appears to just be for European versions of the game at the moment.

Update 2: this is much better. Much. Might be time to re-review the game. Note that dash and u-turn are now mapped to the d-pad, too.
 

Thin Intel Netbook to vie with MacBook Air?

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314w ago - During a keynote speech at the Intel Developer Forum in Shanghai, an Intel executive brandished a Netbook that looked Air-thin. Will inexpensive Linux Netbooks be a poor man's MacBook Air?

Most of the photos to date of upcoming Netbooks are ho-hum designs, engineered to be inexpensive yet practical for users such as young schoolchildren. But some upcoming designs look intriguing--and extremely thin. (See close-up photo here--PC Watch.)

"This Netbook is running Linux...As you see, this doesn't mean an ugly design. It's a really nice-looking, stylish design," said Dadi Perlmutter, executive vice president and general manager of Intel's Mobility Group, when waving a very-thin-looking Netbook (photo) at the audience during his keynote at IDF.

Consider the typical specifications for a Netbook (best exemplified by the tiny Eee PC) and it's not a stretch to design an ultraportable, ultrathin Netbook:

Power-sipping Atom processor: This chip will draw as little as 0.65 watt, much less than the Air's Core 2 Duo chip which has a TDP (Thermal Design Power, or thermal envelope) of 20 watts. This means less heat dissipation.

Solid-state drive: Netbooks (Eee PC, Intel Classmate) will typically use SSDs, not hard-disk drives--another power- and space-saving feature. (There will...
 

Hydrogen-powered plane takes off

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315w ago - The first manned, hydrogen-powered plane has been successfully tested in the skies above Spain, its makers say.

The small, propeller-driven craft, developed by aviation giant Boeing, made three short flights at an airfield south of Madrid, the company said.

It was powered by hydrogen fuel cells, which produce only heat and water as exhaust products.

The tests could pave the way for a new generation of greener aircraft, the company said.

Boeing's chief technology officer John Tracy said the flights were "a historical technological success" and "full of promises for a greener future".

Small future

Three test flights of the two-seater aircraft took place in February and March at an airfield at Ocana, south of Madrid. The plane was modified to include a hybrid battery and fuel cell system developed by UK firm Intelligent Energy.

The fuel cells, which create electricity by combining oxygen and hydrogen, were used to power an electric motor coupled to a propeller.

During take-off the plane's batteries were used to provide an additional boost, but whilst in the air, the plane relied entirely on the cells.

Boeing said the plane has a flying time of 45 minutes but tests were limited to around half that time.
 

Mobile calls on Emirates flights

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317w ago - Dubai-based airline Emirates has become the first commercial airline to allow passengers to make mobile phone calls during flights.

Emirates said the first permitted mobile phone call was made on a flight between Dubai and Casablanca.

The aircraft, an Airbus A340, is fitted with a system which stops mobiles from interfering with a plane's electronics.

Emirates plans to extend the system to more aircraft and later this year add BlackBerry and other data services.

According to the airline, the mobile service will only be activated when the aircraft is at cruising altitude and the cabin crew will be able to monitor and control the use of the system.

Passengers will be able to receive and send text messages, but the crew will be able to prevent voice calls at certain times, such as during night flights.

Passengers will also be requested to keep their phones on "silent" mode, said the airline.

High demand

Emirates said it decided to introduce the use of mobile phones in its fleet after experiencing high demand for the phones already installed in aircraft seats.

The airline had to obtain approval from international air safety organisations before adopting the system, which was developed by the AeroMobile company....
 







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