davidmcg (796487) writes "BBC News reports that UK games magazine, PC Zone, is to close after 17 years of publication. This seems like the end of an era for people who's first encounter with PC games was in the 90s with hits such as 'Syndicate' and 'Doom' etc. PC Zone will be a sadly missed magazine with it's quirky reviews and sometimes irreverent and off-beat humour." Link to Original Source top
davidmcg writes "There has been speculation on who will provide the service for iPhone in the UK. Now, the answer has been provided. It seems that O2 have been offered the contract to provide telephony services in the UK for the iPhone. It seems that the iPhone should be available in the UK in time for Christmas. O2 have refused to confirm or deny these reports, so is it yet another unconfirmed iPhone rumour or is it fact? We can only wait to find out." top
davidmcg writes "Finally, Microsoft has made steps to make testing IE6 and IE7 easier for Windows users. Previously, you had to pay for an additional Windows licence to legally run both versions of IE for testing purposes. Now Microsoft is making available free Windows XP/IE6 images available for VirtualPC (also free as MS is competing with VMWare). This means that you can run IE6 in a virtual machine while running IE7 on your host machine. The drawback is that the download is set to expire April 2007 although we are promised new versions will be released.
What Microsoft doesn't mention is that Virtual PC also runs on Windows 2000 (and IE7 doesn't), therefore it's possible to install this Windows XP VPC image on your Win2k machine, update IE6 on the XP image to IE7 and then it means you can test IE7 without upgrading from Win2k, this is excellent news for web developers." top
davidmcg writes "Browserden.co.uk is covering the story of an individual who spent a week using nothing but IE7.
"As a long time Firefox user I decided to spend a week using IE7 as much as possible to see if it could convince me to switch back to IE when using Windows. I usually use a number of platforms including Mac OS X, Ubuntu Linux, Windows 2000 and Windows XP. As IE7.0 is only available for Windows XP and above I've tried to restrict web usage to this platform wherever possible for this week."
Makes for interesting reading." top
davidmcg writes "Overclockers.com.au inform us about a bizarre bit of info about what seems to be borderline in-game spyware in EA's Battlefield 2142. People are reporting a slip of paper in the retail box which advises "When you use the Software while connected to the Internet, the Advertising Technology may record your Internet Protocol address and other anonymous information ("Advertising Data"). The Advertising Data is temporarily used by IGA to enable the presentation and measurement of in-game advertising and other in-game objects which are uploaded temporarily to your personal computer or game console and changed during online game play."" top
davidmcg writes "Macworld are reporting that Apple is hosting a special media event on Tuesday, September 12th 2006 in San Francisco, CA at 10AM Pacific. The event will also be simulcast to a location in London where journalists have also been invited.
The invitation to the media was entitled It's Showtime — suggesting Movie-related announcements. Rumors sites had originally expected iMac updates during the event, but Apple surprised everyone with iMac and Mac mini updates last week.
This leaves iPods, a Movie Store and the possibility of a new streaming Media device for the Tuesday event."