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The Apple event focused very much in music but also some other good things as well.

The IOS 4.1 will be coming for Ipod touch and Iphone only users and will be a free update. It will have the proximity bug fixed, bluetooth and Iphone 3g bugs corrected. It will also have an update for High Dynamic Range photos “HDR” included in the photo and camera application itself. It will also be able to send HD movies over wi-fi to YouTube and other different websites.

The IOS 4.1 will also include tv show rentals and something called game center. The game center is more or less like Xbox live for your Apple device.

Apple also gave a sneak peek of IOS 4.2 for the Ipad, Ihphone and Ipod touch but not for all models. It will give features that the Iphone have but also wi-fi printing from your Ipad, Airplay where you can start watching a movie from your Ipad but with a press of a button send the movie and watch it at your Apple tv instead as an example. IOS 4.2 will be coming in November.

All the new Ipods will also have a brand new design except for Ipod classic that wasn’t mentioned at all. I guess it will be around until all the stock have sold out.

The Ipod Shuffle is now square-shaped and now have buttons and 15 hours of battery life. It will cost $49 for the 2 gb version and it will come in a lot of colours.

The Ipod Nano is now a very small square with touchscreen with multitouch.   It is 46 % smaller and 42% lighter than the previous nano. It also have a FM radio, Nike+ and pedometer and comes in 29 different languages and in different colours. It will have 24 hours of battery life which is really good! The price is $149 for the 8 gb version and $179 for the 16 gb version. It is a bit expensive in my opinion but it will be interesting to see how this will sell compared to the other models.

The Ipod Touch is the most popular in the line-up. It is very slim and looks a bit like the Iphone 4 but it is not the same design. It has the Retina display for really good image quality, the Apple A4 chip, 3 axis gyro, Ios 4.1 with game center for multiplayer games and Facetime with a front camera. It also have a rear facing camera which can shoot hd 720p video as well. The ipod touch is now very much like the Iphone but without the phone function. It got 40 hours of battery life for music playback which is great!

The prices will be $229 for the 8 gb, $299 for the 32 gb and $399 for the 64 gb version. The prices are quite high in my opinion but is still a little cheaper than buying an Iphone separately without a contract. If you live in the US you can preorder today and the products will be launched this coming week!

Itunes 10 was released and they have included social interaction called Ping. With Ping people can see what songs you buy and follow  people like on Twitter.

The also released the new Apple tv. It is about 1/4 of the size of the previous one and got wi-fi, ethernet, hdmi. Also comes with a remote. The price is only $99 dollars and it will be streaming. Now you can’t buy things anymore just rent. $4.99 for renting hd movie and 99 cents for renting a tv show from ABC and Fox, you can also connect it with your Netflix account. It will be coming in the next four weeks.

Some of these products will probably not have the same functionality in Europe and same prices. Also there is also the delay of launching products in Europe which is quite stupid and more or less never mentioned by Apple in these events…

But for the coming months we can look forward to much coming Apple products and IOS updates and already a couple of million of people have connected to Ping and the future will tell how successfull it will be….

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Here is the opening cinematic for Fable 3! It is both comedic and tragic, but have you experienced kicking chickens or playing Fable you’ll like this!

Hello world!

I’ve launched two more Youtube videos. One is a Beta trailer for the ARATNE network but there is a lot of work to be done but trying out some different ways.

The second one is a great Youtube Easter egg on how to play the good ol’ game of Snake on Youtube!!

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A large multi-million £ project have started to discover how the landscape around Stonehenge looked like when the large monument was built.

It will require millions of measurements that needs to be analysed and also it will combined with gaming technology and the result will be 2D and 3D images. The whole project will take three years and this first year 4 kilometers will be covered this year and a total of 14 kilometers will be during the time of the project.

The project leader is Professor Vince Gaffney from the University in Birmingham and he says that the aim is to show people how the area around Stonehenge looked like when the monument was built.

Stonehenge is classified as a World Heritage Site and the whole site will be covered in this project! The money for this project is from the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology, in Vienna, and the University of Birmingham, and  the National Trust and English Heritage. The news is reported from the English BBC.

This will hopefully lead to something good and having hopefully a model of the area around Stonehenge will enable people to visit the site in their computer. Since the many people visiting Stonehenge each year damage the monument a virtual model with the surrounding landscape will both benefit the archaeologists, scientists as well as the public.

In the future models like this could maybe be done to apps both for the Apple products like the Ipad and Iphone but as well released on Xbox live. One possibility would be to use the Kinect (former Project Natal) to navigate and get a feeling of space and move around inside the model!

There are great potential in technology in combination  with archaeology and that haven’t been explored. One reason behind this network and homepage is increasing awareness about technology and archaeology in new ways and see new possibilities.

I will have a lot more posts about this in the future, there are much to investigate, test, build and above all see which technology could be useful for archaeology and to create a pipeline for it!

Today the information came about how much the new model of Xbox 360 will cost.

In the US the price tag will be $199.99 and it will start to ship the 3d of August this year!

The Kinect or previously known as Project Natal will in a standalone version be priced $ 149.99 or together with the new 360 model replacing the Xbox arcade model will be $ 299.99 and will come out this Holiday.

The Brittish will pay £ 129.99 for the Kinect.

The console wars is still going on and it seems like this console generation will be a long one. What do you think about new releases but more or less the same console except for some changes like hard drive space, quieter fans and other smaller hardware changes. Is it worth to upgrade or should the companies like Microsoft and Sony start producing the next generation instead?

This one is getting old!

At the Microsoft event yesterday the X10 more information about the upcoming Xbox 360 game Fable 3 was shown.

Peter Molyneux had earlier said that he would reveal something that would upset people. Internet was buzzing about it would be a Natal-only game which I didn’t really believe in see my earlier post about Fable 3.

That would upset people was that the game doesn’t have any on-screen interface! And because of that no such thing as a health bar and no experience points. Peter Molyneux said that the inspiration came a lot of First-Person Shooter games which often today use the world and looks of the character to show damage etc.

“You will start the game as the 18-year old [child] of your Fable II character,” Molyneux said. “You’ll find that Albion is being ruled by a tyrant. You are going to storm the castle with all of the people who follow you you’re going to take him down and then people are going to come to you and say, ‘You promised you would eradicate slavery.You promised turn factories into orphanages. You promised to stop childhood labor’. “We are going to make your time as a ruler a little bit tough.”

The game will heavily rely on context. The player will guide the Fable 3’s hero and maybe with a wife children and a dog. Yes the dog returns and is promised to be a lot more dog-like than it was in Fable 2. “The dog is much more dog-like… make sure your dog never sees a rabbit. The dog in Fable III hates rabbits.” During the demonstration at X10 Molyneux was looking for the characters missing daughter. The dog felt the scent and could lead to the daughter. The hero then held hands with his daugheter to bring her back home. The game will adopt like this in different kinds of situation. Fable have done this a bit before but will now be much more developed.

As before your character will change it looks depending on what gear you use like swords, axes or if you use a lot of magic as well if you do good or evil deeds. But now your weapon is adapted into this system as well. Do you kill innocent people your weapon will be dripping of blood or it will start glowing if you do good with it. Fable 3 will also include more gore than previous title.

The third thing is to be the king of the world of Albion. In Fable 1 it was mostly getting to know the world and get training, with Fable 2 you became a bit more of a hero. In Fable 3 you will start as an 18 year old child and your first purpose is to attract followers by promising them things like close all factories which has child labour and stuff like that. The later part of the game you will be the king and now people will hold you for what you promise. And it won’t be as easy as it sounds.

And about the Natal? Nothing was said about Fable 3 even having the slightest Natal support. Having no on-screen interface is quite a good idea and probably make the player more immersed in the world. Only problem with that as I can see it now is you can get lost without a map in larger areas.

But hopefully the have some kind of map if the game is big, probably solved like in Elder Scrolls: Oblivion where you access a menu to see the map.

I’m really looking forward to Fable 3 and I really have to finish Fable 2 first. But as it seems now Fable 3 will probably be released at the end of this year.

You can read more about it here and watch a video here