A Microsoft Handheld?

An Xbox executive addresses rumors of a portable gaming device

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Remember when it seemed like Nintendo owned the mobile gaming space?   Not anymore.  Though the Nintendo DS is still a top-seller, competition is heating up from Apple (via the increasingly popular iPhone apps) and Sony (which will introduce its follow-up to the PSP, the PSPgo, this October).  

Now add Microsoft to the mix.  In a story on Kikizo, Shane Kim of Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment and Devices says, "for us, it's a matter of focusing on 'when'" a mobile unit will come out. At the moment, the company is focusing on its Live service, which is building a system through which gamers can seamlessly compete and socialize over a variety of platforms.  Kim also suggest a possible iPhone killer on the horizon. "How do we enter into that market?" he said, "Do we do our own device, do we create our own phone--that's a question for the company itself--do we continue to go down the Windows Mobile path, which is the path that we're on today."

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How Nanotech Can Foil Counterfeiters

These tiny mechanical ID tags are unclonable, cheap, and invisible

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University of Florida

What's the largest criminal enterprise in the world? Narcotics? Gambling? Human trafficking?

Nope. The biggest racket is the production and trade of counterfeit goods, which is expected to exceed US $1 trillion next year. You've probably suffered from it more than once yourself, purchasing on Amazon or eBay what you thought was a brand-name item only to discover that it was an inferior-quality counterfeit.

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