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 Saturday, 1-November-2008  18:10:35 (GMT +10) - by Rezin

World economic crisis seems to have claimed another victim, with Sun Microsystems reporting a $1.67 billion loss in the last quarter. "Sun will be feeling the heat after the Santa Clara based firm posted just $2.99 billion in total sales in this last quarter, down by 7.1 per cent from the same time last year."

I personally can't say that I have even seen one electric or hybrid car on the streets (maybe I should get out more) but according to a story on Cnet, the increase in production of such cars, which use lithium batteries, may put a strain on lithium battery supply. "That swelling demand has some industry observers concerned that there will be a shortage of the metal lithium, the material used to make the batteries."

Looking at buying a new digital camera or a camcorder? Digital Trends posted a short Digital Camera and Camcorder Buying Guide. " Fancy yourself ready to start preserving all those heart warming fireside chats and festive dinners for future generations to come? Snap those shutter buttons or hit record and let these great gadgets do the rest."

If you're in the market for an iPod dock station then why not take a look at Jean Michel Jarre's Aerosystem? "The futuristic audio system literally puts the iPod on a pedestal by building its speakers into a tower of glass tubing, upon which Jobs' jewel sits perched like a museum piece."

The new Nintendo DSi handheld gaming system goes on sale today in Japan but what about the rest of the world? According to Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, Nintendo DSi will be launching overseas in mid-2009. "The Nintendo DS handheld has been a very strong seller for the company over the years, dominating the handheld gaming market since its launch.

For some time now there have been rumours floating around the net about a new "break-apart" PS controller and now thanks to a patent application filed by Sony, which shows what appears to be the much rumoured about break-apart controller, the rumour mill is going into overdrive. "Through images included in a patent application, Sony has provided us with the first look at what they could be planning for their much rumoured break-apart control that keeps getting mentioned every few months."

Yesterday we posted a link to a story where EA apparently had plans to ban misbehaving users on their forums as well as lock them out of EA's online games, however, this has now been denied by EA's representative who says; "Players who have been banned from EA Forums are not automatically banned from online access to their other EA games," the rep stated. "Posting in EA Forums is enabled by an EA Nucleus account—but access to the forums and access to the games are separate."

From reading our games forum you will know that there is a large number of people who just shiver at the thought of DRM. Some even go as far as refusing to buy a game if they believe that a particular publisher has installed draconian DRM measures. Having said that, DRM seems to be here to stay and the latest PC release to have DRM included is none other than Fallout 3. However, Fallout's 3 producers, Bethesda Studios wants you to know that their DRM technology is less draconian than that of BioShock, Mass Effect and Far Cry 2.

Now this is surely going to get the hardcore fans of Star Craft 2 hot under the collar with the news that Blizzard's Star Craft 2 producer Chris Sigaty is "trying to make "Star Craft II" playable for his mom." "It's definitely a very challenging tight rope walk," he said of trying to make the game for both e-sports players and a broader audience. "We've trying to make sure that it's perfectly balanced for e-sport, but look — I'm going to try to get my mom to play this game.



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