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 Wednesday, 26-September-2007  08:24:22 (GMT +10) - by Rational

Bit-Tech have posted a preview of the highly anticipated game, Portal. That said, there are a handful of things which concern us. The first is replayability, which looks like it may be incredibly limited. After all, when you ignore the cool factor of the portal gun we’re essentially left with a simple, short puzzle game which some suspect may have been added on merely to bulk up the value-for-money appeal of The Orange Box.

Amazon has launched a DRM free music store which undercuts the popular iTunes store. Amazon MP3 has begun offering over two million songs in the DRM-free MP3 format, at the same time undercutting Apple's iTunes Store. The catalogue includes material from EMI and Universal, plus more than 20,000 smaller labels. Artists include 50 Cent, Alison Krauss, Amy Winehouse, Coldplay, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Ella Fitzgerald, Keith Urban, Lily Allen, Marvin Gaye, Miles Davis, Nelly, Nirvana, Norah Jones, Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Ray Charles, Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder, and The Rolling Stones.

DriverHeaven have taken a look at the performance of Bioshock. The moment Bioshock was released it was abundantly clear that it would mark the face of gaming forever. The spiritual successor of the famous System Shock 2 delivered an equally amazing experience in the underwater city of Rapture. And the gameplay is not the only good quality Bioshock has. Using the Unreal 3.0 engine the game is a technical marvel, pushing the Xbox360 to its limits. On personal computers the game looks just as good, and with a high end computer system even better. With the help of higher resolutions and DX10 effects nothing less should be expected.

Dell are set to sell PC's in China. Dell has announced today that it will partner with Chinese retailer Gome. The company plans to deploy Dell products and services in 50 Gome major metropolitan locations, followed by significant expansion early next year. With nearly 1,000 stores across China, Gome is one of the company's largest retailers.

DriverHeaven also have interviewed the CEO of Crytek, Cevat Yeril. Gaming Heaven: With all the recent DX10 games released gamers can't help but be a bit disappointed with the overall situation. Is this due to limitations of the DX10 architecture or were the developers simply lazy, not putting enough emphasis on DX10?

A commercial MagLev railway is set to be built in Germany. Germany has come up with the funds to launch its first magnetic levitation - or maglev - rail service. The state of Bavaria is to build the high-speed railway line from Munich city centre to its airport, making it Europe's first commercial track. Maglev trains use electric-powered magnets that enable them to float above their tracks, allowing for much faster speeds than traditional rail services. The 1.85bn-euro ($2.6bn; £1.3bn) project had faced financing problems.

OCModShop have posted about using checkboxes to select files in Windows Vista. Have you ever been confused about which files you're selecting in Windows Explorer? Has your mouse been so sensitive that you accidentally select more files than you meant to? What about moving files to the wrong directory? The intuitive drag-and-dropability in today's User Interfaces can make it very easy to manage your files, and can just as easily wreak havoc on your hard drive!

A group has dismissed Apple's claim that unlocking the iPhone damages it. A distributor of software that lets Apple Inc.'s ( AAPL) iPhone use an array of cellphone networks on Tuesday rebutted Apple's recent warning that so-called "unlocking software" damages the device. The entity, known as the iPhone Dev Team, said in a statement issued Tuesday that its freely available software "does not cause 'damage' as they (Apple) wants us to believe."

Due to tight privacy laws in Canada, Google Street View photographs may be blurred. Google is considering a Canadian launch of its Street View map feature, which offers street-level close-ups of city centres, but would blur people's faces and vehicle licence plates to respect tougher Canadian privacy laws, the web search firm said on Monday. Canada's privacy commissioner told Google in August that the feature - which offers a series of panoramic, 360-degree images of nine US cities - could violate Canadian laws if it were introduced without alterations.

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