Red Alert 3 Officially Revealed

For Mother Russia!

Less than only 24 hours of EA Games announcing that there is a Red Alert 3 project in the works, screenshots and details have been sent to the press. There is yet to be a release date.

Red Alert 3 will debuet on PC, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3. Those who purchase the limited edition of Tiberium Wars or its Kane’s Wrath expansion pack will receive an invitation to the game’s beta test, which is scheduled for later this year.

The official Red Alert 3 home page can be seen here.

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General Tech Headlines

nVidia Promises PhysX on Your Next Graphics Card. This is shortly after the buyout of Ageia, developer of the first graphics card powered with a physics chip to greatly increase gaming performance. Speculation can be that physics support shall be the highlight of the GeForce 9 series.

Microsoft has released a complete list of fixes accompanying Vista Service Pack 1, totaling over 500 changes. Download the 55 page PDF explaining all present changes and fixes directly from Microsoft here. Microsoft has once again confirmed that Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) will not be available to the general public any sooner than mid-March.

Valve has released a Beta Steam Client which has a range of improvements and fixes, including improved download speeds and faster launch times. If you want to try this new client, start Steam and under the File>Settings menu go to the Account tab and click the Change button under Beta participation, then select ‘Steam Client Candidate’ and restart Steam.

Mozilla Firefox version 2.0.0.12 is released. Changes include security and stability issues.

Update 10.5.2 for Mac OS X Leopard has been released fixing stability, compatibility and security issues. This update delivers several improvements for both PowerPC and Intel based MacsSome resolved issues include

  • Improved performance of certain Apple Dashboard widgets (such as Dictionary)
  • AirPort 802.1X improvements as well as connection reliability and stability
  • Updated Stacks with a List view option, a Folder view option, and an updated background for Grid view in Dock
  • Back to my Mac adds support for more third-party routers
  • Addressed legibility issues with the menu bar with an option to turn off transparency in Desktop & Screen Saver
  • Addresses stability issues related to .Mac syncing of iCal calendars
  • Improved stability and performance during log in

With a slowing halt in game releases and development outlook for 2008, many developers have unveiled the following projects:

  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 3 (?), Star Wars MMO Project (BioWare / LucasArts)
  • Red Alert 3, Medal of Honor (EA)
  • Burnout, Black (Criterion)
  • Need for Speed, Skate (Black Box)
  • MySims
  • Lord of the Rings title (Pandemic)

TechTV Lives Alternatively

TechTV has been long replaced by G4, the syndicated cable network for gaming. The Screen Savers has been replaced by Attack of the Show, replacing intelligence and valued information with spoof and technical sloppiness. Call for Help has not been replaced by an equivalent substitute at all, which enabled everyday people to call in and ask for general help questions live on the air. From Wikipedia: TechTV (May 11, 1998 – May 28, 2004) was broadcast in 70 countries, reached 43 million households, and claimed 1.9 million unique visitors monthly to its website.

While many of the TechTV fans have restrained from finding any interests in G4 at all, they still follow the former anchors as they have ventured other projects on their own without support of any major network. In fact, the major support for all of the TechTV evolutions comes from the fans and the anchors themselves. While mostly Leo Laporte comes to mind, other TechTV leaders have also ventured successfully as freelance internet geeks promoting their efforts via podcasting, websites, communities, technologies, and more.

Leo Laporte has founded the TwIT Network that homes his weekly podcasts including The Tech Guy, This Week in Tech, Security Now, Windows Weekly, Mac Break, and more. TwIT is survived by several former TechTV hosts, and the community themselves. All episodes are owned through the Creative Commons License as noncommercial, meaning there is total liberty in opinion without the politics of commercial sponsorship.

TwIT has won several awards including #9 in Time Magazines Top Podcasts of The Year in 2006. TwIT has also been ranked as the #1 Podcast on iTunes, Yahoo Podcasts, and Podcast Alley. Laporte also hosts The Lab on G4TechTV Canada and hopes to market the title to an American network in HD.

Former TechTV anchorman Kevin Rose has also evolved in other projects, most specifically development in Digg: the social bookmarking website. This has spawned Diggnation, a weekly podcast disscussing the top rated stories from the Digg network. He also developed another web innovation similar to Digg entitled Powence, a social bookmarking and micro-blogging engine. It has been refered to as a “Twitter on steroids”.

Morgan Webb now hosts the WebbAlert podcast, while still producing and co-hosting X-Play on G4.

Alternatively, the best of TechTV still survives after the destructive takeover by G4. The internet activities led by the former TechTV founders is also more direct to it’s fans than the television could ever be.

Vista SP1 Now Available

* Download Windows Vista Service Pack 1 *

I am sorry about the posting earlier as the first installer was removed by Major Geeks. Reasons for the removal have not been declared. The first installer came in ISO format almost totaling 2 GB.

Vista Service Pack 1 has returned… in a surprisingly new format dubbed as the Vista Automated Install Kit for IT Professionals.

Headlines for Gamers

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2 is due to hit retail shelves March 21 for PC, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3.

Rumor has leaked that Eminem almost closed a deal as lead star in the Grand Theft Auto film adaption. Many gamers world wide have expressed their thanks on forums, blogs, and other multimedia means that this project is now abandoned.

All MYST Online servers will be retired in 60 days, ending the long run for this MMO title.

Upcoming Game Release

  • Frontline: Fuels of War (PC, 360) 2.25.2008
  • Turning Point: Fall of Liberty (PC, 360, PS3) 2.26.2008
  • Devil May Cry 4 (PC, PS3, 360) 4.1.2008
  • Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3, 360, NO PC DAMMIT!) 4.28.2008

inSite: Web v2.0

Web v2.0 brings us interactivity we never dreamed of in the early days of internet. So today I highlight some interesting browser based applications to explore.

A. Web Based Desktops

Web based desktops can be described as websites that mimic personal computer applications, such as word processing, the spreadsheet, slide-show presentations, photo editors, instant messengers, and many more of various functionality.

  1. eyeOS brings us a fully functioning desktop featuring Calendar, Contact Manager, vCard integration, Email client with POP3 functionality, RSS reader, FTP client, full featured Office suite (with Word processing, Spreadsheet, and Presentations, all supporting Microsoft Office formats), File Uploading (similar to My Documents in Windows), Calculator, games, and more.
  2. YouOS is more for the interested developer type. YouOS integrates the tools to develop (command shell very similar to UNIX) and socialize (bulliten boards, buddy lists, chat) with other developers.

B. Web Based Applications

Web based applications substitute installed applications. They can be used on any operating system (Windows, Linux, Mac).

  1. Google was one of the first to attempt browser based applications and does a fine job of maintaining the ones that have been released. Opening a Google account will enable you to utilize Google Docs (A Word Processor with Creation and Importing options), Google Calendar, and Google Notebook (enables quick saving notes for reference or reminder purposes). Don’t forget Google’s other services like Blogger, Pages, Reader, and Picasa.
  2. iNet World is a browser based HTML editor. Create any document using point-level formatting, indents, margins, backgrounds, borders, choice ofbullets, numbering, spell check, pictures, and more. iNet supports one click publishing, sharing, collaboration,custom styles, and more.
  3. Think Free Office is a Microsoft Office alternative featuring 1 GB of free storage, useful for sharing and collaboration. TFO also enables publishing documents to their ThinkFree Docs, your web pages, blogs, or Internet application.

C. Web Based Chat

Web based chat clients are most useful when you are at school, work, the library, or any computer that is not your own. Most web based chat clients handle multiple protocols, meaning that you can connect to your Yahoo Messenger, MSN, ICQ, and more simultaneously.

  1. Meebo offers support of Yahoo Messenger, AIM, MSN, and Google Talk. Meebo evens supports Web cam interaction.
  2. eBuddy supports Yahoo Messenger, AIM, MSN, Google Talk, and My Space. The eBuddy interface is catered to imitate MSN Messenger.

D. Other Web 2.0 Innovations

  1. WidgeTop emulates the Mac OS X Widget Dock. Pretty snazzy if you have never seen the Widget engine used in Mac OS X.