Nintendo DSi News, Plus another solar phone

Nintendo DSi is scheduled to hit stores on April 5th. The system will launch for $169.99, will include all the goodies you’ve been reading about. The DSi has two cameras — an outward-aiming camera for taking pictures of others, as well as an internal one for taking pictures of the person holding the system.

An SD card slot allows for additional picture storage beyond the internal memory and for digital music files (iTunes’ standard AAC format) that can be played back on the system. An audio player lets you tinker with speed and pitch of songs and of recorded sounds (using the built-in microphone). Songs can be broken down into vocals and instrumentation for use in karaoke games.

Downloadable games will be available through a DSi Ware shop, similar to the current Wii Ware game store.

DSi will not include a slot for inserting Game Boy Advance games.

When the DSi launched in Japan last November, it came in both a “matte black” and “matte white” color scheme. But we’re hearing it will be available in blue as well.



Samsung wasn’t the only company showing a solar-powered cell phone at the GSMA World Congress. On Wednesday, Chinese manufacturer ZTE launched a green model of its own.

Created with Digicel and Intivation, the Coral-200-Solar is designed for emerging markets where electricity may not be readily available. And, of course, it’s Earth-friendly.

It should be available in June.


Pentagon boffinry chiefs have announced that they would like some self-aware computer systems capable of “meta-reasoning” and “introspection”. The plan is to place these machine intelligences in command of heavily armed, well-nigh invulnerable robotic tanks.

This latest plan for humanity’s subjugation comes, of course, from DARPA – the agency believed to harbour the largest known group of lifelike people-simulant robots piloted from within by tiny, malevolent space lizard infiltrators in the entire US federal government.

The plan is called Self-Explanation Learning Framework (SELF). It is being handled by Dr Mike Cox of DARPA’s renowned Information Processing Technology Office.


Amid user revolt Facebook backed away from a newly implemented terms of service that many considered a privacy violation. Last night Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said the company would reverted back to its previous version of its terms of service that “everybody can understand.”

(I think I’m slightly insulted by that remark.)

Zuckerberg explained in a blog post: “Over the past few days, we have received a lot of feedback about the new terms we posted two weeks ago. Because of this response, we have decided to return to our previous Terms of Use while we resolve the issues that people have raised.”