Saitek Launches Obsidian Mouse

I4U News – Saitek Launches Obsidian Mouse

Saitek has some pretty cool gaming peripherals including some rather interesting mice. The supermodel of their mouse lineup is certainly their new Obsidian wireless mouse. This little mouse takes a page from the Logitech G7 book and gives you two battery packs so you can mouse on and on and on.

Windows XP to be phased out by year’s end

Windows XP to be phased out by year’s end despite customer demand | APC Magazine

Computer makers have been told they’ll no longer be able to get Windows XP OEM by the end of this year, despite consumer resistance to Vista and its compatibility problems.

By early 2008, Microsoft’s contracts with computer makers will require companies to only sell Vista-loaded machines. “The OEM version of XP Professional goes next January,” said Frank Luburic, senior ThinkPad product manager for Lenovo. “At that point, they’ll have no choice.”

EMI to offer music without DRM through iTunes

Update: EMI to offer music without DRM through iTunes | InfoWorld | News | 2007-04-02 | By James Niccolai and Martyn Williams, IDG News Service

EMI Group has announced a plan to sell its music online without copy protection technologies, a significant step that will give consumers greater freedom in the way they can listen to music purchased online.

The music without DRM (digital rights management) technology will also have a higher audio quality, offering a sound close to that of the original recordings, according to EMI. But it will also come at a higher price, with each DRM-free song costing about 20 percent more than current downloads.

The announcement was made at EMI’s headquarters in London on Monday by EMI Group Chairman Eric Nicoli. He was joined by Steve Jobs, chief executive officer of Apple Inc., whose iTunes music store will become the first online retailer to offer the DRM-free music.