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Final Fantasy XIII Demo and Special Edition PS3, Acer's New Products, Starcraft II Beta

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I'd really love to live in Japan right now because this upcoming news just is not fair. "The Final Fantasy XIII demo is hitting Japan on April 16 packaged with the Blu-ray Final Fantasy flick, Advent Children Complete." They go on saying, "Sony will commemorate the release with a new 160GB Playstation 3 bundle for $550 USD that includes the movie, demo and specially marked console." Talk about long quotations and juicy news. Oh yeah, i forgot to mention that there are no plans for the Final Fantasy XIII demo for consumers overseas. Great news, Square Enix. Way to go. Crush all of our damned souls, why don't you? Well, looks like we'll have to wait until 2010 to get our first hands on the next Final Fantasy. I don't really know what the art on the Playstation 3 is right now, so if anyone knows what it is, get back to me please. I could probably figure it out with some research, but i'm in a rush right now, since i have to study for exams.

Acer will be releasing a couple of new products. I'll start with their new 23-inch LCD monitor (see left picture). It will support 1080p picture and will have an overwhelming 40,000:1 contrast ratio. It will have "both HDMI input and a 3W stereo speaker array to take in video from Blu-ray players and consoles." This new monitor also has a mere 5ms response time and is on sale today for around $300 USD. This is pretty cheap, after taking a good look at the specifications. Next up is the new Acer X1700 desktop computer. It will have a 2.4GHz dual-core Pentium chip, 4GB of RAM, a 640GB hard drive and a DVD burner for only $410 USD. That's also really cheap, considering that it also has HDMI output. This will also be available today. "Acer has also provided a minor but significant upgrade to its Predator gaming PC, the G7710 switches to Core i7 and comes with a 2.93GHz Core i7 four-core processor as well as 6GB or DDR3 memory." This will go for $2,300 USD. I only have 2GB of RAM in my PC, but right now i don't feel that i need too much more, since i haven't played games on it in a while. Anyways, 6GB in a PC is just downright insane. It's incredible to see how fast technology evolves though, i love it.

Last, but definitely not least, some Starcraft 2 news. Blizzard has a "fixed date" for the beta, but they are going to keep it secret. Damn you Blizzard! I hope it's in the summertime and that it'll be an open beta. This is probably wishful thinking, but it would be nice to play the game that everyone has been waiting for.

Playstation 3 Bundle (and picture): http://www.joystiq.com/2009/01/19/ffxiii-demo-special-edition-160gb-ps3-coming-april-16-to-japan/
New Acer Products (and picture): http://www.electronista.com/articles/09/01/19/acer.h233h.and.x1700/
Starcraft II Beta: http://www.starcraftwire.net/n/1792/starcraft-ii-beta-release-date

8 Year Old Microsoft Certified IT Professional, Nokia N97 Release Date, New Samsung 8MP Phone

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An 8 year old from Macedonia has "dethroned little M Lavinashree of India, who at 9 years old was the previous MS certification for tykes record holder." The new record holder's name is Marko. After hearing about this great news, the Macedonian Prime Minister, Nikola Gruevski, gave him a 15-machine computer lab to toy around with. Looks like this little, but smart, kid is loaded now. In his spare time, he "practices Thai boxing and is also an avid astronomy and physics enthusiast." Man... kids nowadays.

The amazing, sexy, wonderful and magnificent N97 now has a UK release date and a rumoured price. It was scheduled to ship out to consumers in Q1 2009. Well, at least Nokia didn't let down on their promise. They will be releasing the Nokia N97 on March 31, which is the last day of Q1. The rumoured pricing for this phone will be around $720 USD, which is much lower than i expected. We'll see if this Nokia N97 (with a 5MP camera, possible 48GB of storage and a 3.5 inch touchscreen) lives up to its hype. My favourite phone now, sorry HTC Touch HD. =D

A new 8MP camera touchscreen phone from Samsung has been recently leaked. Samsung currently sells 2 different kinds of 8MP phones: the Samsung INNOV8 (that my friend has not gotten yet) and the Pixon. Obviously, with a little bit of math, i figured out that this will be Samsung's third 8MP phone. The screen will sport an 800 x 480 resolution and will use a newer version of Samsung's TouchWiz UI. Hopefully, this new TouchWiz UI will be better than the Omnia's because it is pretty slow at times. "The phone is expected to be officially unveiled at the upcoming Mobile World Congress at Barcelona." I can't wait to see more of this phone and the rest of the phones that are going to be unveiled at this year's upcoming MWC (Mobile World Congress).

8 Year Old MS Certified IT Professional (and picture): http://i.gizmodo.com/5134468/8+year+old-macedonian-boy-becomes-youngest-microsoft+certified-it-professional
Nokia N97 (and picture): http://www.gsmarena.com/nokia_n97_will_be_unleashed_on_the_31_march_in_uk_at_480_gbp-news-739.php
Samsung's new 8MP camera (and picture): http://www.techtree.com/India/News/Samsung_Pixon_Innov8_Get_New_8MP_Sibling/551-97943-893.html