Too much fun today hanging around with the Halo Warthog, which was on Sydney's Cockatoo Island as part of promotions for Halo 3: ODST. This is the one Weta built for the abandoned Halo movie project. Tonight I take a tour, go for a spin, and see all the tricks they've built into this lovingly created recreation of the classic Halo transport vehicle.
Halo Warthog hits Sydney this week; Coolest Mum Ever builds 98-inch HD screen into kid's bedroom roof; Microsoft and Yahoo! become BFFs, but in Australia they're already in bed with bitter rivals -- this could get ugly; MiFi 3G router looks great -- can we have it down under please?; plus some thoughts on Symantec's Norton Internet Security 2010 and the HTC Hero.
Lots of geeky goodness tonight. AT-AT bunk beds; Camaro's with Bumblebee options packs; Android Donut gets multitouch; Cute mice are getting cloned from skin cells; James May is building real houses from Lego; and I'm testing iPhone data speeds on 3 and Vodafone around the Sydney CBD and North Sydney. Add a few new product mentions too and this is quite the jam packed episode.
Two more interviews from E3, this time focused on two games for the Wii that look like a hell of a lot of fun -- even for the serious gamer (at least, when they've got some friends around). First up Tatsunoko vs Capcom, and then Marvel Super Heroes Squad.
Telstra wants to keep hold of Foxtel stake - but do we want them to?; Guess what? Electroshock therapy doesn't help Internet addicts... Surprise!; Apple gets upset over Microsoft's latest ads; Senator Conroy wins Internet Villain of the Year; and Japan's brain-powered wheelchair shows a path to our doom.
Under 18s in New Zealand have been locked out of downloadable content on Xbox Live by Microsoft. It's to protect them from mature content. But Xbox can already protect kids from mature content - if parents choose to block it. What is really going on with this?; Sam Raimi is set to direct a Warcraft movie. What role will Bruce Campbell play?; Good Game breaks news that Valve could consider crowdsourced funding for game development as something in the future of the Steam platform; Harmonix set to launch the Rock Band Network for independent artists to create and sell their music as Rock Band tracks; Bioshock 2 delayed until first half 2010; Australia will get a shot at the Modern Warfare nightvision goggles in the Prestige Edition. That'll be $200 thanks.
More interviews from gaming's show of shows. Tonight it's a chat with the developers behind two big titles from Ubisoft — the new real-time strategy title RUSE, and Assassin's Creed II. Plus some news on Playstation's PlayTV and the critic's award winners from E3.
Is it just me or does that title sound like a Harry Potter novel? I've got a quick review of the HTC Magic, plus some more coverage from E3. This time an interview with the inventor of a clever new glove interface called the Peregrine, and some clips of me making a fool of myself in the Nintendo booth. Oh, and this ep was shot a while ago but never quite went live. So here it is tonight!
Tonight features coverage from a recent Sony press event, showing off the latest gear hitting store shelves. Products include the new 22-inch LCD TVs; the doof-tastic Super Muteki sound system; the new laptop range; and the latest compact HD camcorders.
Hubble gets some classic tech support, Aussie boffins entangle some quantums, and we take a look around Nokia Connection 09 in Singapore, complete with hands on time with the new Nokia flagship, the N97.
There might be news like Windows 7 and Snow Leopard getting launch timings, and the new iPhone 3GS. But what we really want to know is whether you've changed your password during E-Security Awareness Week?
It's a wrap! Lots of interviews, but only so much time in a show so we'll be delivering clips regularly in the coming days / weeks. Tonight, we talk with David Cage, the visionary behind Heavy Rain, and Matt Cox, Lead Designer of the buzziest little game of the show, Scribblenauts.
Day 2! A lot of closed door sessions today, so we've got a wrap of the highlights. Pick of today includes 2K's Borderlands, Activision's Singularity, Quantic Dream's Heavy Rain, and Sega's Alpha Protocol.
Vodafone and 3 won't cancel your phone plan -- at least until 2011; Windows 7 is perfect for your netbook -- right now! Gizmodo has details on how to install it; Foxtel drops the copper line tether from your fibre cable TV service; Sol's gone; and Wolfram Alpha is not a search engine, so people should stop comparing it to Google!
The day before the official first shots are fired for E3 2009, but still plenty of meat on the bone. Coverage of Microsoft's E3 press conference, as well as EA's. Full festival of fun starts tomorrow!
Taking a look at some of the latest consumer camcorders: Canon Legria HV40; Sony XR520; Panasonic SD20; Sanyo Xacti CG10; and the impending Australian arrival of the Flip?
Nokia Ovi Store goes live; Vodafone gets the first iPhone Visual Voicemail in Australia; HTC Magic gets ready for launch on Vodafone and 3, and 3 gets ActivSync on theirs too; Does the Palm Pre actually lack serious 3G? Isn't that a kind of death sentence?; Windows 7 free upgrade program set to kick off June 26.
News round up for 3rd February, 2009.
- NSW Government adds teachers to school netbooks program
- Teen girls 'sexting' could see humiliation accompanied by gaol time
- Mitsubishi's new electric to be Australia's first? Say what?
- Virgin's Velocity Rewards gives chance to win a seat on Virgin Galactic
- Link love: Dealdump****.au
- SBS signal causing a digital fuss? Retune it, you'll feel better.