The 404 Digest for Episode 786 Jeff spent all weekend making socially awkward penguin memes. A picture tour of the CNET office. Everything you need to know about Firefox 4. Setting the record straight costs celebrities $1,000 a year. European Union proposes legislation for "right to be forgotten." New app shields you from annoying celebrity news. Morgan Freeman gaming box art from Eddy and Jason. The Oatmeal comic submissions by Justin, Attariq, and Cameron (pictured). Episode 786 Subscribe in iTunes (audio) | Subscribe in iTunes (video) | Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video… Read more
Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days is a complete reboot of the series. Set in gritty Shanghai, the game tells the story of an ordinary deal gone terribly wrong. Dog Days boasts a unique handheld-camera visual style, but does the gameplay live up to the styling? Read on to find out.
Kane & Lynch 2 is available now for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.
Jeff: While we jest a bit with our headline, Io Interactive's latest take on the Kane & Lynch franchise propels the game into stylistically uncharted territory. It's by far the title's most attractive feature and easily the most impressive. Anyone who has shot on a budget MiniDV camera in low-light situations will instantly identify with the graininess and imperfections that are deliberately inserted into gameplay. Between the intentional pixelation, rough cuts, and dropped frames, Dog Days creates a consistent uneasy feeling throughout.
It's clear the developers spent a lot of time in Shanghai for research purposes, but we're not sure they did the city any service in terms of generating tourism. Dog Days is an ultra-violent and dark tale, with a healthy amount of scenes that include pretty graphic imagery. At times the content borders on campiness (something we actually enjoyed) whether intentional or not.
Gameplay doesn't quite live up to the unique visual style we're treated to. The vast majority of action is cover-based gun play, and we found a lot of the weapons to be underpowered. Enemies seemed to be able to take an awful lot of damage before defeat, and occasionally their AI would throw them into vulnerable cover.
Negatives aside, we really enjoyed the amount of environmental destructibility in the world. Most wood, paneling, and furniture disappears quickly, which kept us on our toes, adding to the chaotic atmosphere. … Read more
We were unable to sleep for nights after seeing the giant robot baby that's set to rampage at the 2010 Expo in Shanghai, China. It turns out there are a number of robots at the event, so many that they're literally climbing the walls.
Humanoid robots in silver suits have been seen scaling the walls of the Japan Industry Pavilion, a private-sector showcase for Japanese technology. Never ones to pass up an opportunity to show off their robotics chops, Japanese participants designed humanoids that can climb the 50-foot walls by hooking onto the ladder-like structure, which is composed … Read more
Spain has built a giant robot baby and unleashed it on millions of unsuspecting visitors to the 2010 Expo in Shanghai, China. So far the baby's been peaceful, but organizers are hoping it doesn't have a tantrum.
Named Miguelin, the 21-foot tot is an electronically controlled terror that can move its eyes and head, blink, and breathe. It was designed by Spanish film director Isabel Coixet, whose films include "Map of the Sounds of Tokyo." Her child seems to be a nod to Japanese artist Kenji Yanobe's Giant Torayan baby robot, except that it doesn'… Read more
Two days after a New York Times report linked two Chinese schools to hack attacks on Google and other Silicon Valley companies, both schools are denying those claims.
Security experts traced the attacks to computers at Shanghai Jiaotong University and Lanxiang Vocational School, The New York Times reported Thursday. But on Saturday, according to the Associated Press, China's official Xinhua News Agency cited a representative of the university calling the accusations "baseless" and an official from the vocational school saying its investigation turned up no evidence the intrusions originated on school machines.
Shanghai Jiaotong University is known … Read more
Shanghai Mahjong is a free version of the classic game Mahjong, in which you clear the board by matching pairs of colorfully illustrated tiles. Adults and kids alike will enjoy this fun game.
Shanghai Mahjong is attractively designed and simple to use. We've played many versions of this type of game over the years, and it never gets old. Lots of PCs come with some type of Mahjong preinstalled, but if your computer didn't, you can download this game for free. The software comes with no Help file that we could find. We did find brief instructions on … Read more
The Chinese have found that reviving old British sports cars is a tough business.
Limited production of the MG TF roadster at the former MG Rover factory near Birmingham, England, has stopped again.
Just 265 MG TFs have been sold this year. The car, available only in Great Britain, once was the United Kingdom's top-selling small roadster. After MG Rover collapsed in 2005, much of the company's production equipment was sold to Nanjing Automobile Group, which since has been absorbed by Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp.
The TF, styled by Gerry McGovern, now director of advanced design at Land … Read more
Intel said Thursday it is consolidating its manufacturing operations in China and moving 2,000 jobs out of Shanghai.
"We are consolidating our manufacturing operations in China consistent with actions we announced a couple of weeks ago," Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy said Thursday.
Intel said on January 21 that it would close chip plants to align its manufacturing capacity to current market conditions. At that time, Intel said between 5,000 and 6,000 employees would be affected.
"Assembly and testing facilities will be closed in in Pudong outside of Shanghai. This will take place between now … Read more
Intel is planning price cuts to its lower-end mainstream quad-core processors on January 18.
Barron's Tech Trader Daily first reported the news, citing Pacific Crest analyst Michael McConnell.
These cuts are happening because of the recent introduction of Advanced Micro Devices' 45-nanometer Phenom II and "Shanghai" Opteron processors.
AMD's quad-core Phenom II "Dragon" processor platform has been garnering solid reviews and its Shanghai server chip has been adopted by top-tier server suppliers including Hewlett-Packard, Sun, Dell, IBM, and Fujitsu.
Cuts are expected mainly on quad-core processors, though other processors may also receive cuts.