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July 14, 2008

Xbox Live just got way more awesome

Microsoft giving the Xbox 360 a totally new Dashboard - Engadget

It's E3 week folks, and the San Diego Comic Con this weekend, so look forward to a heavy dose of nerds news here on the Newswire. So, yeah, business as usual.

Microsoft revealed today at E3 that they have a massive revamp of Xbox Live dropping this fall. It's going to feature personal avatars (like the Wii), a slicker interface that doesn't look like a marketer vomited on a Geocities site, expanded Live rentals from Universal, and the ability to stream Netflix rentals.

Microsoft just announced at E3 that they'll be giving the Xbox 360 a total software overhaul this fall. "When people turn on their Xbox 360s this fall, they'll get an entirely new interface and Dashboard, an entirely new Xbox through the magic of software," said John Schappert, head of Live services. New features will include those fancy new Mii-like 3D Avatars, a new emphasis on community with IM, video chat, and photo sharing, along with a brand new 3D slide interface for the main Dashboard screen. Avatars will be integrated into your GamerCard, but you can also create a "Live party" and invite your friends, with as many as 8 of your three dimensional homies hanging out at once -- though you're not hanging out in an actual 3D environment. You can use your avatar in certain Live Arcade games like Uno, and even in third party titles such as the upcoming Scene It? title.

Rock Band 2 setlist officially revealed

Breaking: Official Rock Band 2 Tracklist Revealed

Here are the tracks I am stoked for:

3. Alanis Morissette “You Oughta Know” 1990’s
4. Alice in Chains “Man in the Box” 1990’s
11. Billy Idol “White Wedding Pt. I” 1980’s
12. Blondie “One Way or Another” 1970’s
13. Bob Dylan “Tangled Up in Blue” 1970’s
14. Bon Jovi “Livin’ on a Prayer” 1980’s
17. Dinosaur Jr. “Feel the Pain” 1990’s
29. Joan Jett “Bad Reputation” 1980’s
32. Kansas “Carry On Wayward Son” 1970’s
33. L7 “Pretend We’re Dead” 1990’s
41. Mighty Mighty Bosstones “Where’d You Go” 1990’s
42. Modest Mouse “Float On” 2000’s
43. Motorhead “Ace of Spades” 1980’s
44. Nirvana “Drain You” 1990’s
45. Norman Greenbaum “Spirit in the Sky” 1960’s
48. Pearl Jam “Alive” 1990’s
49. Presidents of the USA “Lump” 1990’s
63. Survivor “Eye of the Tiger” 1980’s
69. The Go-Go’s “We Got the Beat” 1980’s
72. The Muffs “Kids in America” 1990’s
73. The Offspring “Come Out & Play (Keep ‘em Separated)” 1990’s

Click through for the whole list. What are YOU excited about?

This is what parking looks like in the future

grinding.be � Blog Archive � Smart Parking in San Fransico, CA

This fall, San Francisco will test 6,000 of its 24,000 metered parking spaces in the nation’s most ambitious trial of a wireless sensor network that will announce which of the spaces are free at any moment.

Drivers will be alerted to empty parking places either by displays on street signs, or by looking at maps on screens of their smartphones. They may even be able to pay for parking by cellphone, and add to the parking meter from their phones without returning to the car.