The Samsung F490 has been launched a wek ago, but not at CES. As expected, the touch-based phone from Samsung looks pretty. The cellphone has a 3.2-inch 262,000 color touchscreen, 5 megapixel camera and supports HSDPA at 3.6Mbps. No release date yet for the US, but it looks like it will reach Europe first for a whopping $734 without contract.
Tri band GSM (900/1800/1900), UMTS 2100, HSDPA 3.6 Mbps 3.2&Prime 262K Color 16:9 Wide Full Touch Display with Haptics feedback Croix interface 5 mpx camera, video recording (MPEG4, QVGA at 15 fps) Front camera for video calls Video playback at 30 fps 130 MB of Internal memory Built-in mobile Google apps microSD card slot standard 3.5 mm headphone jack Bluetooth 2.0 (A2DP+AVRCP), USB 2.0 Dimensions: 115 x53.5 x11.8 mm Weight: 102g
The information in this tip originally appeared in the HDTV 101 online class discussion.
If you’ve ever made or received a call using a calling card, you’ve probably noticed one of the side effects of these payment systems: instead of your number showing up on the recipient’s Caller ID screen, a number owned by the card’s issuer appears. Now a company called SpoofCard has decided to capitalize on this discrepancy by selling calling cards that are specifically designed to spoof Caller ID systems.
An interesting joint study conducted by GameSpot UK and the Internet Advertising Bureau has found that 73 percent of respondents do not have a negative opinion of in-game advertising as long as it is contextual, realistic and doesn’t interfere with the gaming experience.
Out of the 3575 UK-based gamers polled, 40 percent actually said that advertising added a dash of realism to the game. About a third admitted that they didn’t notice it and 14 percent thought that in-game ads spoil the gaming experience. But most importantly (for marketers at least), one third of respondents said that they would be very or quite likely to buy a product that they had seen advertised in game.
More and more companies these days are earmarking large portions of their ad budgets for brand advertising in video games with hopes of reaching young consumers, while developers see this as a new revenue stream, allowing them to make up for growing development costs. Despite some gamers consider it as a greedy and invasive move, the fact is in-game advertising is here to stay and some companies estimate it will grow to a more than $1 billion industry by 2010.
Source: Extra Technology News
You need the latest version of Google Earth, and I needed to be over the US to get the window to pop up. What you should see in that window is a choice of two planes – the F16 and the SR22. Once you’ve accessed it for the first time, you can return to the simulator by hitting Tools, then Enter Flight Simulator. The controls are keyboard and mouse, and while it’s limited in scope, it’s still a lot of fun.
Pete Cashmore thinks this one may qualify as the “Best Easter Egg Ever!”.
Most of us think of bus shelters as a place where the homeless sleep in night after night, and they aren’t exactly the most hygenic public place to be at in the first place. The Landmark bus shelter is part of the range of a uniform design concept for the city of Hamburg, featuring an advertising showcase that allows advertisers to store double-sided posters that brings in more revenue for the city council, along with a lighting system that lights up in a variety of colors at the right side. This makes the Landmark bus shelter design concept a pleasant place to wait for your transport, especially when dusk falls. I just hope that vandalism doesn’t rear it’s ugly head anytime soon.
The wait is over. No more speculation and no more rumors. Just a few hours ago, Blizzard announced Starcraft 2 at the Blizzard Worldwide Invitational in Seoul. This will be the first sequel to one of the most popular PC strategy games ever. The Terrans, Protoss, and Zerg are all coming back, each with their own unique style of play. The game’s trailer was already up on Youtube by midnight and got almost 27,000 views in just over four hours.
Starcraft 2′s release date hasn’t yet been announced, but it won’t be alone when it hits stores. Supreme Commander and Command and Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars have been out for a few months already, and both are very hot strategy games in their own rights. By the time Starcraft 2 comes around, these other two games might be getting stale, or they might be getting even more popular, perhaps with new expansions. Considering how long the original Starcraft stayed at the top of the charts, I wouldn’t discount either option. Blizzard has a lot of work to do if it wants to reclaim the title as king of the real-time strategy game. We’ll just have to watch what happens as the screenshots and preview videos come pouring in.