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GTA IV Delayed, Zune Dogfighting Ad, PGR4 Ferrari Crash, Copy To Folder, 69,203 Prize Tropicana/Xbox Promo

Catching up: I had a crazy week, with me and my wife going on a short wedding anniversary vacation, one of my best friends getting married, and my aunt and her family moving forever to another continent. There’s a lot of stuff filling up the queue, so we’re going to go through it double time

Grand Theft Auto IV Delayed To 2008

In what is terrible news for many people and several companies, Take Two announced that it was going to miss the planned ship date for Grand Theft Auto IV, and that the game will not hit stores until their second fiscal quarter, January-March 2008. Not only does Take Two miss the all-important holiday shopping season at a time their financial problems continue to mount, but Microsoft loses its “holy trinity” blockbuster lineup, with Halo 3 and Madden not being joined by the top-selling franchise.

While you wait the next six months, you can enjoy this detailed preview of the gameplay. You buy guns out of the trunks of cars, every building has a street address, resumes, and in-game cracks about violent video games, it’s all there.

Though pre-ordering seems stupid now, it is interesting that 60% of GTA IV pre-orders were for the Xbox 360 version.

Latest Zune Ad Features Chaos In The Sky

Check out one of the latest Zune ads, this one featuring the good kind of dogfighting (the planes and missles kind, not the Michael Vick kind):

Zune Airplane commercial
(via Gizmodo)

Ferrari F430 Crashes During PGR4 Commercial

A Project Gotham Racing 4 commercial was being shot with a Ferrari F430, a $227,000 Italian sports car, when the racer hit the wall. It’s not the worst crash, but knowing the repair bill, it isn’t pretty:

The damage:

Add “Copy To Folder” To Explorer


How To Geek has a really cool registry hack for Windows Vista/XP that adds “Copy To Folder” and “Move To Folder” to right-click context menus. You right-click on any file or folder and click the new menu item to get a dialog which lets you select where you want to copy or move the file to with a simple click.
(via Download Squad)

69,203 Prizes Available From Tropicana and Xbox Promotion

Xbox 360 and Tropicana Twister are running a promotional giveaway, with just under 70,000 prizes to be won. The three Grand Prizes, trips for two to Xbox headquarters in Seattle, are dwarfed by the sheer number of other prizes. 200 first prizes get an Xbox 360, extra wireless controller, Play & Charge Kit, Vision camera, Quick Charge Kit, remote, wireless adapter, wireless headset, memory unit and two games. 4,500 second prizes get two games; 9,500 third prizes get a 360 Twisted Faceplate; and 55,000 fourth prizes get 100 Microsoft Points. So many prizes to win, so enter now

August 7th, 2007 Posted by | Marketing, Vista, Windows, Windows Media, Xbox, Xbox 360, XP, Zune | one comment

aQuantive Deal Passes FTC, Live Maps Gets Huge Update, Live Search Preview, iPhone Keyboard On Windows Mobile, Another 360 Compatibility Update

Catching up: I had a crazy week, with me and my wife going on a short wedding anniversary vacation, one of my best friends getting married, and my aunt and her family moving forever to another continent. There’s a lot of stuff filling up the queue, so we’re going to go through it double time

Microsoft’s aQuantive Deal Clears Federal Review

Microsoft’s $6 billion purchase of aQuantive has passed the Federal Trade Commission’s waiting period for antitrust considerations without objections, leaving Microsoft free to continue the acquisiton without worry. Meanwhile, the U.S. House of Representatives is launching an inquiry into Google’s DoubleClick deal, meaning Microsoft will almost assuredly complete its acquisition well ahead of Google. Google’s deal is hitting some serious roadblocks, while Microsoft has been given the nod to go forward.

Live Maps July Update Adds Rendered Maps, 26 Terabytes Of New Data

The Virtual Earth team pushed out a huge update to the tech that powers Windows Live Maps, adding a new style that shows elevation in the regular road view. They call it “hill shading”, giving you an idea of hills, mountains and just plain ol’ inclines on maps you view in your browser or print out. They also added expanded aerial imagery (and in most cases, 3D buildings) to these cities:

Canada: Hamilton, Quebec, Toronto

Europe: Toulouse France, Eastbourne UK

United States: Birmingham, Huntsville, Montgomery, Mobile, Phoenix (expanded), Arden, Denver (expanded), Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Tallahassee, Fort Myers, Tampa West, St Petersburg, Coral Gables, Cape Coral West, Pembroke Pines, Orlando, Hialea, Columbus GA, Jackson, Oak Park IL, Rockford IL, Ohare IL, Baton Rouge, Shreveport New Orleans, Metarie, Jersey City, Elizabeth, East Ruth, Newark, Paterson, Brooklyn, Niagara Falls, Portland (expanded), Nashville, Chattanooga, Milwaukee

Windows Live Search Has Special Preview View

This website has details on a special view that Windows Live Search has in some countries and regions (not the U.S., far as I can tell) that shows the top six search results as thumbnail image previews of the website. A Site Owner FAQ on MSN Singapore confirms the feature, and gives instructions on how to tell the search crawler not to create a thumbnail for your site (for bandwidth concerns, I assume). You can see a screenshot of the Search Preview thumnails at the original post.
(via Digg)

Get the iPhone Keyboard on Windows Mobile Devices


Someone’s released a program that replaces the Windows Mobile on-screen keyboard with one that looks more like the iPhone’s. Besides enjoying a bolder look, it has bigger, easier-to-hit buttons, though they don’t grow in size while typing, and they use Windows Mobile’s form of predictive text input, not Apple’s. If you’re like me, and you’re still wondering how the hell Microsoft thought the current WinMobile keyboard was okay, this app is a required install.
(via jkOnTheRun)

Xbox 360 Gets Yet Another Backwards Compatibility Update

The Xbox 360 got yet another backwards compatibility update, letting it run a good number more original Xbox games. Are there any important old games that still won’t run on a 360? If you’ve got one that’s driving you nuts, leave a comment. The newly compatible games:

  • America’s Army
  • Auto Modellista
  • Bass Pro Shops Trophy Hunter 2007
  • Blinx 2
  • Bloodrayne 2
  • Burnout
  • Crash Bandicoot 4
  • Crash Bandicoot 5: Wrath of Cortex
  • Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil
  • Drive to Survive
  • Drive to Survive (EM)
  • ESPN College Hoops
  • ESPN NHL 2K5
  • Evil Dead Regeneration
  • Exaskeleton
  • FIFA Street 2
  • Full Spectrum Warrior: 10 Hammers
  • Harry Potter: And the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter: And the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Hot Wheels: Stunt Track Challenge
  • Jet Set Radio Future
  • Justice League: Heroes
  • King Arthur
  • Kingdom Under Fire: The Crusaders
  • Magic: The Gathering: Battlegrounds
  • Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects
  • Marvel vs. Capcom 2
  • Mech Assault 2
  • MLB Slug Fest 2003
  • Morrowind
  • MotoGP2
  • Myst III: Exile
  • NBA Live 2002
  • NCAA Football 06
  • Nobunaga no Yabou Ranseiki
  • Outlaw Golf 9 More Holes of X-mas
  • Outlaw Volleyball: Red Hot
  • Outrun 2
  • Outrun 2006: Coast to Coast
  • Pac Man World 3
  • Panzer Elite Action: Fields of Glory
  • Pro Cast Sports Fishing
  • Project Gotham Racing
  • Project Gotham Racing 2
  • RoadKill
  • Rogue Ops
  • Sega GT 2002
  • Sega GT Online
  • Shadow Ops
  • Showdown: Legends of Wrestling
  • Silent Hill 2: Dreams
  • Sponge Bob Square Pants: Lights, Camera, Pants!
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Melee
  • The DaVinci Code
  • The Sims 2
  • The Urbz: Sims in the City
  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2X
  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3
  • Transworld Surf
  • Trivial Pursuit Unhinged
  • Winning Eleven 8
  • Without Warning
  • WWF Raw
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dawn of Destiny

The SpongeBob game now works? Huzzah!

August 7th, 2007 Posted by | Advertising, Corporate, General, Live, Maps, Search, Virtual Earth, Windows, Windows Mobile, Xbox, Xbox 360 | 5 comments