It seems that tough times are affecting everybody these days including Microsoft for they have announced that the price of Xbox Live Gold will be increasing to £5.99 per month from the current £4.99 per month.
These price increases are across the board in the UK, US and Canada, and will take place on the 1st November.
These price increases are justified by the added content and entertainment experience that are being added to the service. While the online gaming services from Nintendo and Sony are still free to use, although Sony does have a premium service available.
It was only a short while ago when RTL owned terrestrial channel Five was removed from Project Canvas, but now under new ownership, Five will now be rejoining the online digital television project.
It is all systems go at Canvas with the BBC Trust giving it the thumbs up, it’s just a matter of producing the right equipment with will be another set top box to connect to the television and getting enough partners involved in order to share the costs.
Current estimates are placing a £200 price tag on the new set top box and it will not only allow the user to access Freeview, but the HD channels and catch up TV services such as the BBC iPlayer too.
Source [Daily Mail]
The launch of the much awaited Xbox 360 motion camera, Kinect will be launching in November the only problem being that there will be no voice char or voice command included. This is a bit of a blow for all of the Xbox fans that was waiting for this to happen only to have it taken away from them at the last minute.
However, that will not be the end of it, because according to Robin Burrowes, the Xbox Live EMEA marketing man, has confirmed that the voice function will be turned on at a later date, just not yet! Therefore, user will be getting the chance to browse media and switch between dashboard and media functions by voice at some date in the future.
Source [Computer and Video Games]
It has become a scare tactic for solicitors to send internet user’s letters accusing them of illegally copying or sharing copyrighted material, but the firm behind these so called scareware letters, ACS:Law are being taken to the solicitor’s disciplinary tribunal.
This follows over one hundred and fifty complaints just from members of Which? They had received a letter from the firm saying that they would be taking legal action against them unless they paid £500 immediately.
ACS:Law claim that they collect IP addresses from users of BitTorrent, they then get the users information from the ISP. However, they have been contacting internet users in who are in their seventies and eighties of file sharing etc.
Source [The Register]
The use of facial recognition is something that you would normally associate with government departments and security conscious multi national companies. However, technology marches on and waits for nobody.
Now it seems that the facial recognition will be available for all, soon with the launch of face.com, who claim that over five thousand developers are already working on this.
According to Gil Hirsch the chief executive of Face.com, the system scans the facial features and can then search the internet for similar images, some of which may not have been seen before by the people in the images!
It may interesting to hear if the iPhone is eco friendly, some people like to know this sort of thing and with the UK’s first green ranking scheme for mobile phones being announced it is a chance to see what phones are green and which ones are not so green.
However, the scheme that has been launched by mobile phone service provider O2 with the help of the Forum for the Future is only voluntary and as such, phone makers are under no obligation to release details.
So the answer to the question are Apple’s green? Will not be known because the company have opted not to provide this information and have refused to allow the iPhone a mention on the list.
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned its TV adverts that claim its 20 Mbps broadband service is consistently faster than the other leading broadband providers in the UK.
The advert is the long running “Adam and Jane” story that is supposed to be coming to an end, but the complaints were for the advert where Adam was looking at new houses and the estate agent is forced to wait for WebPages to load.
ASA received seventeen complaints about the advert and came to the decision that BT had made unrealistic claims over the speed of its broadband service.
Source [Channel Four]
Only a couple days to go before the much awaited Apple Event starts, so what does September 1st have in store for us? Basically much of the same of what we already know, there will be an announcement of fourth generation iPod Touch, this will include FaceTime and the best of all the possibility of 3G networking!
There is the possible launch of the iTV unit, which was due for an autumn launch so its close enough and then there is the rumour of the six generation iPod Nano, with a 3 cm x 3 cm touch screen, so we have plenty to look for or not whatever the case maybe.
One thing is for sure we will be keeping eye on Cupertino central for announcement.
They say that there is an iPhone app for every occasion and that would appear to be right as now you can even open up a bottle of beer, yes that is right amaze your friends by taking the top off a bottle of beer with your iPhone.
However, do not let them see how you do it, because your secret will be out and they will know that you have a special attachment built into your new iPhone case that cost you only about £15!
Source [Nerd Approved]
The World Cup may be over, but you and your friends can still experience the excitement of the game with these remote controlled football boots will help get over the football blues by bringing all of this excitement into your home or office where mini tournaments can take place.
These are the features and details for the remote controlled football boots:
The set of two boots is perfect for exciting “one-on-one” competitions. In addition, thrilling tournaments. Driven by an electric motor, the boots whiz around on four wheels: Forwards, backwards, to the left and right. Controlled by two levers on the remote control. Colour coded in red or blue with orange, the boots transmit at different frequencies (27/40 MHz). Scoops (supplied) can be attached to the boots’ toe section to give beginners a fair chance, too. Four AA batteries provide enough power for about 2 hours of football. In sturdy plastic. Football boot measures 23 x 8 x 11cm (9″ x 3 1?10″ x 4 1?3″), weighs 285g (10 oz). Remote control measures 8.5 x 9 x 5cm (3 2?5″ x 3 1?2″ x 2″), weighs 56g (2 oz); requires two AA batteries. Batteries separately available. Each boot is supplied with a goal and plastic ball measuring 7cm (3″) in diameter.
Source [Nerd Approved]
Tired of the same old colour for your Apple stuff, well there is a place where all of that can be changed at a price of course, but the Apple Magic Trackpad will never be looking the same again.
This service comes courtesy of ColourWare the people who take laptops and other devices and change their appearance by giving them a fresh coat of paint.
You can buy a Magic Trackpad complete with new paintjob for around £100, or alternatively you could send your own one off for a new makeover at around £50.
Source [Geeky Gadgets]
The iPad has been on high ever since its launch and now its time to cover it up, because something as thin and light being carried under your arm along a busy street you just know that something is going to go wrong.
However, place it in one of these Boog Boa Push iPad Bag and that changes the outlook, these bags are made from Nappa leather and soft Twylon, with enough pockets for all of those accessories and all covered with a flap.
Here are the features and specs of the Boa Push iPad bag:
The Boa push iPad messenger provides one of the most compact ways to carry your iPad, iPhone, credit cards, a notepad and pens wherever you need to go. Crafted from durable Twylon and genuine Nappa leather, the slim Boa push is equipped with a wide, super-comfy seatbelt nylon shoulder strap and a sturdy snap button flap closure. Each Boa push is tagged with a gunmetal-framed Terralinq serial number. Once registered, the booq Terralinq service may help reunite you with your lost and found bag.
Priced at around £60
Source [Cool Material]
It looks as if Sony could be thinking about introducing a online pass, whereas at the moment Sony are approving third party publishers such as EA and THQ who charge their own users to buy games online.
It is this pattern that Sony are looking to copy, its success is simply too good for Sony to overlook and in these days of tight budgets no firm is going to overlook a revenue stream such as this.
However, it is still not that east to set up even for Sony, so it may be happening anytime soon if it ever happens at all!
How often do you think that you have got that perfect video only to find that it is all shaky and not very professional at all. Well you could use a stand, but carrying that around is a pain, unless there is one that is small enough to fit into your pocket, well there is always the readySTEADY video camera stand.
It’s small and compact, but offers the user the chance to produce some pro looking videos with earth moving shaking going on.
These are the details covering the readySTEADY steady video camera stand:
readySTEADY is portable, sleek and tough. It fits easily into your pocket (or purse), making it just as portable as your pocket video camera. It is durable, made of sturdy aluminium, not plastic. Most importantly, it puts an end to the impossible task of trying to hold your pocket video camera steady for more than 10 seconds.
Priced at around £20
Source [Oh Gizmo]