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 Friday, 22-June-2007  21:03:09 (GMT +10) - by Rational

The Americal Medical Association is voting on making video game addiction a psychiatric disorder making it able to be claimed on insurance. A leading council of the USA's largest doctors' group wants to have this behavior officially classified as a psychiatric disorder, to raise awareness and enable sufferers to get insurance coverage for treatment. In a report prepared for the American Medical Association's annual policy meeting in Chicago this weekend, the council asked the group to lobby for the disorder to be included in a widely used mental illness manual created and published by the American Psychiatric Association.

IGN have interviewed Colin Berry about the PSP game Wipeout Pulse. Interestingly Kraftwerk have been confirmed to be doing some of the in game music for it. Wipeout Pure was easily one of the highlights of the early PSP catalogue. An excellent addition to one of funkiest racing series' of the 3D era, and a fantastic handheld racer in its own right, Wipeout Pure hit the PSP scene with speed, serious challenge and a great soundtrack.

TrustedReviews have taken a look at the Safari public beta for Windows. The benighted PC manikin played by Dave Mitchell in Apple's recent ads must be thinking Robert Webb’s Mac is having yet another coy giggle. Having bubbled on about how much better the software is that's supplied with a Mac, Apple has decided to offer some of it on the platform of its market-leading rival; it has released the Safari Internet browser for Windows.

Levi's (yes, the jeans manufacturer) are making their own mobile phone. In tune with its young consumers, the Levi's® brand is adding a fashionable, steel mobile phone to its range of lifestyle accessories. The Levi's® phone embraces mobile technology and enables young people to connect, enjoy music, exchange images and videos whilst on the go.

DigitalTrends have posted some thoughts on iPhone revision 1.0. With the first generation of the iPhone, Apple has turned this market on its ear, but much like the blond heiress who is cooling her heels in jail this month, the phone - while good-looking - lacks the critical features that make for a great phone. This isn't inconsistent with other generation-one products, but does reflect on the fact that Apple has a unique spin on what is a common industry problem and why most of us who buy a lot of technology tend to avoid first generation offerings.

Phoronix have examined the NVIDIA 100.14.11 Display Driver. It was just two weeks ago that NVIDIA had introduced the 100.14.09 display driver, but today we have another new Linux, Solaris, and FreeBSD driver out from the green binary camp. The NVIDIA 100.14.11 display driver adds support for their new GeForce 7 integrated graphics, fixes console restoration problems, and improves some other areas of their Linux (as well as FreeBSD and Solaris) driver.

An American lawyer pointed out copyright violations made by President Bush's daughters and is encouraging the RIAA to pursue it with the same vigor that they pursue other piracy cases. As you will see from the attached article from today’s The Miami Herald, President George W. Bush’s daughters made him a presumably illegal compilation CD, a so-called “mix CD,” as a Father’s Day present. As the article, states, “[President] Bush's twin daughters, gave him [as a Father’s Day present] a CD they had made for him to listen to while exercising.” This is a serious violation of copyright. As you know, whichever of your member organizations that are right-holders for the copied musical works may be entitled to statutory damages of $150,000.00 per musical work copied.

Todays timewaster is Starshine where you need to send your shooting star in the right direction to hit all of the stars on the screen.



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