This is bad news for anyone who wants to get their hands on one.
"I believe the Wii will continue strong growth although supply continues to be a problem. I'd like to see Wii hardware shipping in larger quantities or mass market consumers may cool on it. Having said that, I don't believe supply will meet demand for the Wii until 2009. Xbox 360 and PS3 need system-selling games ASAP. Halo 3 will help, as will Lair and Heavenly Sword, but that leaves a hole in Q2 which will be filled by Wii, DS and PSP hardware and software. We'll also see more PC and PS2 software picking up the slack."
Technology | Canadian, UK Scientists Uncover 'Kryptonite'
"Unlike kryptonite, the new mineral is white, powdery and not radioactive. And, rather than originating from outer space, the real kryptonite was found in Serbia by mining firm Rio Tinto. Unable to identify the unusual mineral's composition, Rio Tinto enlisted the help of mineralogist Chris Stanley of London's Natural History Museum.
Before a mineral can be classifed as new and distinct, it must first go through rigorous analysis so that its chemical and optical properties, including its crystal structure, can be determined. Typically, a mineral sample contains crystals large enough so that techniques such as single crystal x-ray diffraction (XRD) can be used to determine crystal structure and composition. In the case of this new material, the sample's crystals were too small. Stanley called upon the sophisticated analytical facilities of Canada's National Research Council (NRC), and on the expertise of NRC researchers Pamela Whitfield and Yvon Le Page, to analyze and validate the mineral's crystal structure."
Security | Microsoft Warns About Bogus Vista Service Pack Site
It looks like there were some user built service packs created that Microsoft didn't like.
"Microsoft may have said no to large service packs for Vista, but that hasn’t stopped some from compiling their own. Last week a HotFix.net blogger posted a collection of individual Windows Vista hotfixes as a supposed Windows Vista Service Pack 1, raising the ire of Microsoft who responded with the cease-and-desist letter.
HotFix complied with the letter and the so-called service pack has now been removed.
Ethan Allen, who runs the HotFix site and frequently blogs about Microsoft patches, claims that his so-called service pack is based on things likely to be contained in a Vista service pack, but of course his assumptions are largely based on smoke and mirrors like file naming conventions in Microsoft’s Knowledge Base."
"The Core 2 Extreme QX6800 runs at 2.93GHz, the fastest speed yet of the 12 designs of quad-core processors the company has launched since it announced the "Clovertown" Xeon server chip in November. That speed makes the chip a good fit for gamers and digital designers, the company said.
Multi-core chips can speed up computers that run multi-threaded software, dividing large jobs into several parallel parts. Until now, that software has been available mostly for server applications, but software developers have announced an increasing number of multi-threaded games, including Supreme Commander from Gas Powered Games Corp. and Hellgate London from Flagship Studios. Microsoft Corp. is scheduled to join that group later this month when it releases a multi-threaded version of its venerable Flight Simulator."
"Since introducing the iPod in November 2001, the company has unveiled more than 10 new iPod models. The music player has also sparked an ecosystem of more than 4,000 accessories, ranging from fashionable cases to speaker systems. More than 70 percent of 2007 model cars in the United States currently offer iPod connectivity.
Apple's iTunes Store has seen comparable success in selling items from its catalog of more than 5 million songs, 350 television shows and 400 movies. The company says it has sold more than 2.5 billion songs, 50 million TV shows and 1.3 million movies, making it the world's most popular online store of the digital media."
Black Xbox 360 with larger drive is coming! HDMI too!
"Over the course of the weekend it would appear that Microsoft has provided the most direct confirmation that an HDMI equipped Xbox 360 will indeed be coming to market. While the product is all but officially announced after the months of rumor that seem to have covered most aspects of the new version's price and features (story), Microsoft has maintained a steady stance of offering no comment on rumor and speculation."
Technology | IBM to unveil chip with optical connections
It's stated that an HD movie can be transferred over a short distance in just a fraction of a second.
"NEW YORK (Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp. (IBM.N) scientists plan to unveil a prototype chip on Monday that uses optical connections to increase the speed of moving data among chips to eight times that of previous technologies, The Wall Street Journal reported.
The chip's speed, clocked at 160 billion bits of data a second, would allow a high-definition movie to be transmitted over a short distance in a fraction of a second, compared with the half-hour it takes over home broadband connections, IBM said in the Journal.
The technology could pave the way for devices that almost instantly transmit a digital X-ray to a doctor's hand-held screen, a seismic analysis to an oil engineer's workstation or movies around home networks, the Journal reported."
At the cost of a new rig, this new keyboard from Russia comes in at a whopping $1490
"Russian studio behind Optimus OLED keyboard unveils name, photos of much delayed keyboard
The Art.Lebedev Studio, the company responsible for the vaporous Optimus keyboard, unveiled press shots of the Optimus Maximus, the newly re-named $1,490 keyboard featuring OLED keys.
The Maximus will have 114 keys, some of them featuring 32x32 pixel full-color OLED displays that are replaceable and customizable by users. Production of the keyboards began on February 7, 2007, the company announced."
Commodore is getting a second chance with some new gaming PCs that are coming out with some painted options.
"Commodore Gaming - which bought up the venerable "Commodore" brand in 2005 - has launched its range of gaming PCs at the CeBIT technology show in Germany today, and, thanks to a flexible new case-painting process, is inviting gamers to customise the exterior of their machines as well as the core components.
The range consists of four models (the entry level Cg, the Cgs, Cgx and "extreme level" Cxx), each of which is built from high quality components. For example, the Commodore Cxx uses an Intel quad-core processor (the GX6700) on an ASUS nForce 680i motherboard with 4GB of Corsair Dominator memory and a pair of NVIDIA 8800 GTX graphics cards running in SLI configuration. (Crikey.) As you'd expect from a system builder, you'll be able to customise that configuration and have it thoroughly tested prior to shipment."
Looks like Microsoft is extending it's services to the PC world!
"Microsoft announced yesterday that it was extending the online gaming service for its Xbox consoles to the millions of people who use Windows PCs to play games over the Internet, a move that could bolster the popularity — and profits — of video gaming.
Xbox Live, Microsoft’s online gaming network that serves some six million Xbox users, is scheduled on May 8 to open its basic and premium features to online PC gamers under the rubric of Games for Windows — Live, Microsoft executives said.
The service coincides with the much-anticipated release of a Windows Vista version of Microsoft’s best-selling combat game, Halo 2."