Xbox is really sorry about that whole “spotty connections to LIVE after Christmas” thing. They promised a free game, and now its delivery time.

The game is Undertow.

Beginning next Wednesday at 2:00 a.m. PST through Sunday, 11:59 p.m. PST, all Xbox LIVE members worldwide (gold and silver) can download the full version of the award-winning Xbox LIVE Arcade game Undertow.

According to M’Soft: “Undertow redefines aquatic based shooters through a mix of high-definition graphics, intuitive controls and multiple modes of game play action. The game features a full story driven-single player campaign, on and offline co-op, and multiplayer for 2-16 players over Xbox LIVE for Gold subscribers. ”

Want to be an astronaut? Remember the plot of The Last Starfighter, in which recruits were trained using videogames? Then you will love this piece of news from NASA, who are developing an MMO that will allow students to learn all about NASA’s space exploration program, and eventually apply for jobs as a result.

The Agency aims to present scientifically accurate virtual worlds that will allow people to train to become astronauts without actually having to take on giant space bugs or eat space food while trying to get some space sleep. Thank God. We are tired of the archaic training systems used to determine which humans to stuff into a tube and shoot into space. This will make it much more skill-based.

There’s always been the theoretical idea in World of Warcraft that you could have more gold than you can carry, but no one had yet reached that amount of bling through legal means…until now. Several sources have revealed that they have reached their money cap in the world-famous MMO. That sum? That would be 214,748 gold, 36 silver, 48 copper. After you reach that lofty sum, you’ll no longer be able to receive money from any source in the game.

DirecTV has just launched an awesome service that will allow subscribers to schedule DVR recordings from their cell phones. If you have DirecTV and a cell data plan, point your device to m.directv.com to get started.

So far, the only reported compatible device is the HR20-700 DVR, but more support should be added in February.

I tend not to answer my iPhone if I don’t know who’s calling (i.e. they aren’t in my ‘contacts’ and their name doesn’t show up, just a number). And sometimes you look at the number calling and don’t even recognize the area code. Well, I discovered a nice little hidden feature today that will at least tell you where the call came from. If you ‘miss’ a call or don’t answer because you don’t recognize the number, you can go to the ‘Missed Calls’ screen, then tap the little arrow on the right side next to a number. The iPhone will automatically decipher the area code and fill in the city and state information to tell you where the call originated. Pretty nifty little feature.

Stephen Colbert was denied when he tried to run for president this year in South Carolina. Now the fake TV pundit is getting some love from the city of his birth.

His portrait was hung Wednesday at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington for a six-week showing in what the museum considers an “appropriate place” — right between the bathrooms near the “America’s Presidents” exhibit. Museum officials stress it’s only temporary.

“We agreed to go along with the joke and hang it for a short time in between the bathrooms,” said museum spokeswoman Bethany Bentley. “Let me tell you two key things here: His portrait is not coming into the collection, and it’s not hanging permanently.”

It’d be awesome to have a personal heads-up display! It could display all types of relevant information about your body like hunger level, temperature, and time since eating last.

Researchers at the University of Washington are developing a contact lens that has circuitry and lights that could theoretically superimpose a picture over a person’s view of the real world.

“People may find all sorts of applications for it that we have not thought about. Our goal is to demonstrate the basic technology and make sure it works and that it’s safe,” said Babak Parviz, assistant professor of electrical engineering at UW.

It’s never been easier to control a man strapped into a humanoid metal exoskeleton; thank you video games.

Sega will be releasing Iron Man, the game based on the upcoming movie, later this year. Developers The Secret Level will have it out on every single platform known to man, and they’ve just released some brand new screenshots from the title. Click the thumbnail for the full gallery.

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What looks like an innocent pink baby seal toy is actually a deadly tazer, providing you with an element of surprise when it comes to keeping creeps and other assailants away from you. Capable of delivering a 195 volt charge, this pink baby seal tazer upon contact will definitely expand your assailant’s vocabulary when it comes to the word pain. Pretty neat and small enough to double up as an ordinary keychain.

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