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Virtual Cornucopia this Weekend with Burning Life and Warhammer

Someone asked me at the last TechChat if I only participate in virtual environments for business reasons. It made me pause because I have found myself getting away from exploring purely for personal fulfillment since I spend more and more of my time in virtual environments for professional reasons now, all though I must admit that sometimes personal and professional can get blurry when you love your gig. That being said if you are into gaming, c…


Up Skill’ Education Puts the E Back in Effect

The education effect of Web 2.0 is creating many ground breaking initiatives in the rapidly growing Virtual World of Second Life. The premier media academy down under, The Australian Film TV and Radio School (AFTRS) offers the only diploma courses in the real world that explore the link between games or virtual worlds and the cinematic story. There expertise in computer animation and interactive writing has been coupled with their experience of…


Outstanding Innovators Under 35: Sundar Iyer

An engineer on Cisco’s data center team, Sundar Iyer, was recently recognized by Technology Review Magazine as an outstanding innovator under the age of 35 for his work on scaling router performance, a topic he first began exploring while an doctoral student at Stanford University. So what problem does Sundar’s work address? With the growth in real-time applications such as voice, video, distributed computing and gaming, there̵…


Virtual in the Cloud? Cinematic quality 3D rendering in a browser? For real?

…and what not I can’t help but wonder does this signal the beginning of the end for all those walled garden gaming consoles? Could I really be looking at reducing my power draw, and I mean significantly so, in the near future by reducing the stack of gaming machines I have to just the single PC? Now before you folks reading this get all crazy, I realize the PC takes up more power than my Wii and is comparable to my XBOX 360 and PS3 when comp…


Sony and Microsoft Include Online Movie Rental Feature in Gaming Consoles

…cast. Check out this video produced by CNet, “How to watch Netflix movies on your Xbox 360.” The gaming industry’s willingness to adapt to the rising trends of the consumer, makes me confident that a true integration of social networking and video may soon be enabled via gaming consoles. For example, Marc Whitten, General Manager of XBox Live, writes about new features of the XBox 360 in a direct letter to members, “We…