Geoff Duncan

Geoff Duncan

Geoff Duncan writes, programs, edits, plays music, and delights in making software misbehave. He's probably the only member of the Digital Trends staff who's played on hit records and had code running in space. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

Microsoft: Base Xbox 360 Price is $299

Microsoft has revealed its forthcoming Xbox 360 video game system will be priced at US$299; in Europe, the system will debut at 299 euros, and cost 209 pounds in Britain.

Gaming

Report: Broadband Users Rarely Back Up

Broadband users want data fast, but don't really care about keeping it: The Diffusion Group finds less than half back up their home data more than a couple times a year.

Home

Dell Customer Service Drops; Apple’s Shines

The American Consumer Satisfaction Index finds that Dell's once-lauded customer service has declined to match the industry average, while Apple's support stands out.

Computing

Nintendo Drops DS Portable Video Game Price

Nintendo announced that as of August 21, it's dropping the U.S. price of the portable Nintendo DS video game device about 13 percent, from $150 to about $130.

Gaming

Gateway Posts Q2 Profit But Cuts Estimates

Number three computer maker Gateway posted a $17.2 million profit for its second quarter of 2005, but sent shares tumbling by cutting revenue estimates for the year.

Computing

Trend Micro: Windows Worm ZOTOB a Threat

Trend Micro reports that a new Windows worm, dubbed ZOTOB, exploits "critical" security issues Microsoft patched just last week.

Computing

TiVo Testing Internet-delivered Television

TiVo has rolled out a trial program with the Independent Film Channel to transmit several of the channels shows to TiVo customers via broadband Internet connections.

Home Theater

Intel to Outline Low-Power, Multicore CPUs

Chipmaker Intel is getting ready to take the wraps off its "next-generation architecture"; at this month's Intel Developer Forum.

Computing

Report: iPod Trumps Music-Enabled Mobiles

Strategy Analytics reports that Apple's iPod blows away music-enabled mobile challengers, handily beating them in both usability and perceived sound quality.

Mobile

Microsoft Patches Cover 3 Critical Flaws

Microsoft has released security patches for Windows and Internet Explorer which mend eight vulnerabilities, three of which are rated "critical."

Computing

The Fat Lady Rings: Opera for Cell Phones

Norway's Opera Software has announced Opera Mini, a lightweight Java program which it claims can bring Web surfing to more than 700 million low-to-medium cost cell phones.

Mobile

Game Over: Man Dies After Online Marathon

Save up your extra lives! A 28 year-old South Korean man has died after playing Starcraft for nearly 50 hours in a Taegu Internet cafe.

Gaming

Yahoo Claims Largest Search Catalog

Leading Internet portal Yahoo! now claims its Web, image, and media search feature encompasses over 20 billion items, substantially more than the 11.4 billion managed by Google.

Computing

Spammer Settles with Microsoft for $7 Mln

Microsoft announced today it has settled a lawsuit against former "spam king" Scott Richter for $7 million.

Computing

AOL Wild on Wildseed

America Online continues its new acquisition-splurge by buying Wildseed Ltd. to leverage AOL's content and services into wireless devices.

Mobile