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 Sunday, 14-December-2008  01:14:30 (GMT +10) - by BlaYde

G5, G9, G11 and G15 are Logitech's well known input devices aimed at gamers and recently Logitech has introduced yet another "G" product known as...wait for it.................. G13 - Logitech advanced keypad. Logitech took the wraps off a new PC game accessory Wednesday morning, the $80 G13 Advanced Game board. Similar to products from Saitek and Belkin, the idea of the secondary keypads is to provide gamers with more fully featured controls with a better layout than you'd find on a traditional keyboard.

And while we're on the subject of gaming input devices, here's a Christmas gift idea for that hardcore World of Warcraft gamer; a WoW Gaming Mouse from Steel Series. With 15 programmable buttons, 3200 dpi, 16 million different colors this officially Blizzard-licensed product will shine brighter than your Christmas tree!

Staying with the gaming theme, it seems that global financial crisis have done little to dent the sales of games and gaming related hardware in the US, with reports that the Americans have spent $3 billion dollars on games in November. The availability of a broad range of games is one reason for the industry's ongoing solid performance, said NPD analyst Anita Frazier. Games also provide a relatively cheap form of stay-at-home entertainment. The industry, Frazier said, is still on track to rack up $22 billion in U.S. sales this year.

According to a story on Fudzilla, Wall Street Journal is reporting that Walt Disney might be taking a hard look at making a bid to purchase Electronic Arts. While Disney isn’t saying anything, they did leave the door open to the possibility that it might be possible to acquire EA for around $4 billion given their current situation. Still, it is too early to say if the mouse really thinks that a bid for EA would be in the long term best interest for Disney.

Meanwhile the word on the street is that EA might be finally putting an end to the Need for Speed series with some reports suggesting that future NFS developments have been cancelled. EA is largely blaming the declining economy for poor sales of NFS; however, I have a feeling that NFS poor sales are more to do with the quality of the game itself rather than the economy. Like many gaming corporations, EA has been hit with the reality of a declining economy, and is bit-by-bit cutting back on their expenses. News has emerged across the net, claiming that EA’s Black Box division will be eventually shut down, meaning that future Need For Speed titles may soon see no light of day.

Force Feedback technology has been around for a long time now in products such as joysticks, steering wheels and many other gaming peripherals, however, this new product from TN Games called; Force Feedback Helmet, is sure to be a hit with FPS gamers. The HTX helmet is designed to deliver “blows to the head when you are fired upon.” TN Games promises players a level of immersion in their games never before felt. The ability to feel bullets whiz by your head or the feeling of a “headshot” would certainly bring a new level of fear to your games.

Ericsson and Telstra have unveiled their latest mobile broadband service, an HSPA Network offering peak network speeds up to 21 Mbps. With an imminent battle for dominance between the bodies backing a number of mobile broadband standards increasingly likely for 2009, especially between LTE and WiMAX, Ericsson and Telstra have upped the stakes with the worldwide debut of a commercial HSPA network offering up to 21 Mbps.

US National Research Council (NRC) says that Nanotechnology could pose a risk. At present there are many products on the market that include nanomaterials and, although not a lot is known about them, this has not yet caused enough concern for anything to be done about it. Yet the worry that the NRC has is that during the next decade or so, nanotechnology is going to creep its way into our food and our medicines. If these materials are dangerous, this poses a huge risk.

ExtremeTech is wondering whether Microsoft is finally getting Vista OS right. Is Microsoft finally getting Vista right? The recent release of the Service Pack 2 beta is a step in the right direction. This update not only installs cumulative security and compatibility fixes, but also adds a few goodies like simplified wireless network setup, Bluetooth 2.1 support, and the ability to burn Blu-ray discs.

If you're an ATI fanboi then you might be interested in the latest from the rumour mill which talks about the ATI HD 49xx and 58xx series of cards. WITH NVIDIA'S GTX 295 announcement just around the corner, the satanic rumour mill - as Nick fondly puts it - is in overdrive once again, fuelled by leaked specs and a vivid imagination, it seems. What are we talking about? Well, several Chinese forums were a-buzz today with talk of a RV775XT and RV775Pro, alleged derivatives of the current RV770 micro architecture...

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