Porsche Carrera 911 2009

The 2009 Porsche Carrera 911 S Cabriolet boasts a PDK transmission, which has the "ability to snap off shifts 60 percent faster than the Tiptronic and faster, in fact, than any human using a manual transmission, and those who relish pure performance will love this." Video after the break.
With $22,175 in options, this 2009 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet proves that Porsche makes much of its revenue from customers who like to check boxes on the order form. Including destination, this car rang up a price tag of $119,925.

Refer: techeblog

Full Chronicles Of Riddick Sequel In The Works

in Diesel's Tigon Studios has revealed that while Assault on Dark Athena is a nice little episodic update to The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay, a true sequel is being planned. Speaking to Eurogamer TV at the Atari Live event last week, Tigon head of production Ian Stevens called Dark Athena an episodic expansion, indicating that they've got a sequel to the original in mind should gamers react positively to the updated release.

Refer: kotaku

Homeade Asteroids Watch is Playable, Features Tilt Sensor

Building upon the success of the Pong watch, this Asteroids version features an "inbuilt tilt sensor so the wearer can control the action by simply tilting their wrist." Video after the break.

Microsoft Internet Explorer users told to switch browsers over flaw

Users of Microsoft's Internet Explorer have been warned of a flaw that could let hackers gain access to their computers and steal personal data, and told them to swap to a rival browser.
The flaw was spotted last week when hackers started attacking users of IE 7. The flaw, however, has also been found in earlier versions of Microsoft's browser, IE 5 and IE 6.
Because IE is used by seven out of every ten computers in the world, the flaw is potentially very serious. So far, however, it only seems to have been used to steal computer game code from rival gamers.
Microsoft is trying to put together a patch, but in the meantime computer users have been advised to update their security settings or switch to unaffected browsers such as Firefox or Opera.
The latter scored highest in a recent set of tests of how browsers deal with password security, by security consultants Chapin Information Services. Firefox came second with IE mid-table. Google's new browser, Chrome, and Safari 3.2 for Windows tied in last place.
The flaw in IE allows criminals to gain control of computers that have visited a website infected with malicious code designed to exploit it. While restricting web surfing to trusted sites should reduce the risk of infection, the malicious code can be injected into any website. Users do not have to click or download anything to become infected, merely visiting an infected website is sufficient.
Antivirus software specialists Trend Micro believe as many as 10,000 sites have been hacked to exploit the flaw. Sites that have been compromised so far, however, are mostly Chinese and the attackers seem intent on stealing people's computer game passwords in order to sell them on the black market rather than looking for personal details such as bank accounts.
It is known as a "zero-day" attack because it exploits a security vulnerability on the same day that the vulnerability became generally known. Usually there is a "window of vulnerability" between when the flaw is discovered and when the vendor issues a patch. The hope is that the vendor issues the patch before writers of so-called "malware" can exploit the flaw. If the malware writers have the flaw first, then the vendor has "zero days" to create a patch.
"Microsoft is continuing its investigation of public reports of attacks against a new vulnerability in IE," the company said in a security alert updated yesterday. "We are actively investigating the vulnerability that these attacks attempt to exploit. We will continue to monitor the threat environment and update this advisory if this situation changes."
"On completion of this investigation, Microsoft will take the appropriate action to protect our customers, which may include providing a solution through a service pack, our monthly security update release process, or an out-of-cycle security update, depending on customer needs."
refer: guardian.co.uk

Sony Releases New God of War III Trailer

Set for release next year on the PlayStation 3, God of War III continues where Sony's previous installment left off, with plenty of new enemies and refreshed graphics to top things off. Video after the break.

Leaked 2009 BMW Z4

Upgrades to the 2009 BMW Z4 include: a retractable hardtop and an exterior that "seems to pick up cues from the GINA Light Visionary concept in the front on a body which has gone from flame surfaced to flame broiled.

Home Open Beta (Finally) Arrives On December 11th

The perennially forthcoming PlayStation Home is finally entering open beta tomorrow, allowing those of us who weren't invited to the closed beta to figure out what all of the avatar-centric fuss is about.
It's an ambitious idea -- a sort of console-based Second Life, where players can create avatars that can walk around and do stuff, unlike those on Nintendo and Xbox 360.
While access to Home will be free of charge, prepare to swept up in a sea of advertising and microtransactions. Players will get their own apartment, and activities will include fraternizing with strangers in themed locales, playing social games, buying your digital self designer clothing, or picking out fancy furniture you couldn't hope to afford in meatspace.
Home will also be a place to gorge on all sorts of media, with content providers like Hexus TV, Eurogamer, and Paramount providing exclusive programming to watch, with trailers and merchandise from the upcoming film The Watchmen kicking everything off.
But it's still all about the games, right? A Far Cry 2 space will be one of the first available, where you can chat with other players about all things Far Cry. Uncharted, Warhawk, and Motorstorm spaces are set to follow shortly, and Sony is reportedly working with the likes of EA, Ubisoft, Sega and others to create even more environments for us to frolic in.
As for the new question on everyone's mind: will it all be worth the wait?
Image courtesy Sony.

OLPC XO Laptop

OLPC now famously stands for One Laptop Per Child. And while anyone can purchase the device, rest assured the emphasis is firmly on child. The iconic green-and-white machine is unlike any computer you've ever used, and it represents a first - if rocky - step toward a new vision for youth and technology.

For adults, however, the experience is something different. Everything about the OLPC XO is designed with students in mind: The keyboard, wrapped in a rubberized membrane, is built for tiny, food-encrusted fingers. Touch typing? Don't even dream of it. And once you open the device you'll immediately find yourself faced with over a dozen unfamiliar buttons which you'll largely have to figure out through trial and error. The heavily-modded Fedora Linux core offers an entirely new way of doing things, deep-sixing any notions you might have about desktops, icons, and even file management. Again, kids in a classroom setting will probably grok this quickly, but grown-ups will wrestle with OLPC's software as much as they do its hardware.

Kogan launches Agora, the first Aussie Google Android mobile phone

A SMALL electronics company has beaten the big mobile manufacturers to launch the first Google Android phone in Australia — but it won't ship until 2009.
Kogan Technologies, run by 25-year-old Melbourne entrepreneur Ruslan Kogan, today unveiled the Agora touchscreen handset – the second of its kind in the world.
The phone uses Google's Android mobile phone operating system, a software platform that defines how the user interacts with the handset.
The first phone to use Android, the T-Mobile G1, was launched in the US in September with the search company's co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
Google hopes to establish Android as the standard operating system for mobile phones and to improve the quality of web-browsing for handset users.
Last month, Kogan Technologies beat major mobile manufacturers by announcing its Android handset would be available for $199 outright by December 15th.
Now Kogan has begun selling the Agora online – but it is more expensive than expected at $299 and won't ship until next year.
The Agora is a 3G mobile with a touchscreen, QWERTY keyboard, and microSD card slot. A "Pro" model with Wi-Fi, a 2 megapixel camera and GPS costs an extra $100.
"The Kogan team have been working very hard to bring out the exciting new phones powered by Google's Android operating system at the right mix of price and specifications," Kogan said.
"We’ve been listening to customers through our blog, and crammed in all the features we possibly could."
Kogan had earlier asked customers to suggest a name for the new mobile, but "Agora" wasn't among the responses.
Google is developing Android as an open source project, meaning anyone can alter the software to suit their needs or to make it compatible with different carriers.
The company is also hoping to bring its expertise in web search technology to mobile users, in anticipation of more people surfing the web on their phones.
However Google will face stiff competition from established players in the market such as Nokia, Microsoft, Apple and Research In Motion, makers of the BlackBerry.

New Batman: Arkham Asylum trailer is deceptively good

Being able to tell if a game is going to be good or not from an exquisitely edited trailer is a tough skill to hone, like picking out the faint hints of chestnut in a fine wine. That said, we like to think we're fairly good at it, and this new trailer for Batman: Arkham Asylum actually has us a little concerned about the game.

There's no one single thing we can point to; heck, we might just be sad this isn't The Dark Knight. It's possible we're completely wrong, in fact, we hope we are. But, all things considered, it's tough to blame us for being cautious.

Help us out guys. Let us know what you think, so we can rip off your opinions and sound really smart the next time we post about it.


Foldable GrassHopper Bike Generates Electricity

Not your average bike, the GrassHopper is designed "to satisfy those who like to bicycle in normal everyday life but live in places/cities where the configuration of the terrain is too severe (cough: hills)
Fuente: techeblog.com

Feature: Amazing Robot Skillfully Assembles Camera in Minutes

In addition to being able to cook, Motoman can also assemble a camera in minutes, as you'll see after the break. Unfortunately, no release date has yet been set.
Equipped with two industrial-grade robotic arms (15 points of articulation in each), Motoman stands 4.5-feet tall and understands voice commands. Allowing it took cook, assemble a camera, or complete just about any task you can think of that involves two arms.

Valve Unveils Half-Life, Counter-Strike Sales Figures

Valve, creator of such popular titles as Portal, Half-Life and the recent Left 4 Dead, recently granted Game Developer magazine a list of lifetime sales data for their most popular titles.

The list, reprinted by Gamasutra, demonstrates succinctly just how successful Valve has been over the years. The original Half-Life alone has moved nearly 10 million copies -- and that's only including retail sales.

Valve remains tight-lipped on exactly how many copies their digital distribution platform, dubbed Steam, has sold over the last few years of its existence.

Though the Gamasutra piece examines the numbers and offers commentary on their significance, Shacknews was kind enough to boil the figures down to a simple bullet list. You can find the details below.

Nikon GP-1 Dongle for Geotagging

Nikon presents the GP-1 dongle, a device for geotagging images, for its DLSR cameras. The Nikon GP-1 add geotag to the images for recording latitude, longitude, altitude and time information. Users attach the GP-1 to camera using the hotshoe. It take up to 45 seconds or 5 seconds for GP-1 to acquire satellite signal, on cold start and hot start, respectively.

Nikon GP-1 dongle is compatible with D200, D300, D700, D90, D3 and D3X.

MEDION GoPal P5235, P5435 and X5535 GPS Navigators

Median announced three new personal navigation devices (PNDs),including GoPal P5235, P5435 and X5535. All the three navigators utilize AuthenTec’s small form factor AES1510 fingerprint sensor for user identification. They all get a 5-inch touchscreen display, live traffic info and speech recognition.

MEDION’s GoPal P5235 comes with FM transmitter while the GoPal P5435 has Bluetooth for handsfree calling. The GoPal X5535 is top-of-the-line model offering built-in gyrometer technology to compensate for temporary GPS signal loss.