Now that the movie has been finished, will Darabont at last get to see his name on the big screen for an Indiana Jones adventure? “Nope. Not on this one,” Darabont said last week. “I know there are some common elements to what I gave Steven [Spielberg] and what was eventually shot, but I guess not enough to warrant credit. It’s clearly a disappointment, especially after Steven loved my script.”

Thanks to some very dedicated nerds, we might have more clues regarding the beta for World of Warcraft’s next expansion, the Wrath of the Lich King. See, up until recently, the web address beta.worldofwarcraft.com didn’t exist, and you would get an error page informing you of this. However if you go to the same address now you will be redirected to beta.worldofwarcraft.com/game/character-copy.html where you are informed you don’t have access to the content on that page. Interesting…

If you thought your iPod touch was expensive, then you might be in for a surprise when you learn about this gold-plated touch. David Beckham of soccer (or football as it is known in the rest of the world) fame received a golden iPod touch from his teammates after participating in his 100th national club appearance. Engadget is reporting that this iPod touch is worth over 600 English pounds (or $1,188 US dollars). Of course they didn’t skimp on the iPod itself, as you can see it is the 32 GB model.

Gizmodo posted on an interesting topic that came up during a lunch with AT&T’s Mobility CEO, Ralph de la Vega, regarding the iPhone and 3G support. He said that AT&T expected to have all of the smartphones on their network integrated with 3G. PC Mag’s Sascha Segan asked whether or not this would include iPhones, that’s when Vega said, “Let me repeat what I said: I think that you’re going to see our integrated devices be 3G devices in the not-too-distant future, and I mean months. That should be clear enough.”

Ars Technica managed to get access to unreleased data from NPD MusicWatch that shows that Apple is now the leading music retailer in the US, passing Walmart. Apparently the news was sent in an internal Apple email and Cupertino now controls 19% of retail music sales, against Walmart’s 15% and number three Best Buy’s 13%.

Adobe’s announcement that Photoshop CS4 will be 32-bit only on OS X has the Mac web buzzing today. Accusations of blame are being shot at both Adobe and Apple by various pundits (though notably not by the companies themselves). Fortunately, some of the better Mac pundits are also weighing in with interesting opinions on this development.Over at Ars, John Siracusa has penned an interesting historical account of the relationship of Adobe and Apple, and the Carbon API which is at the center of the controversy. He somewhat grimly sees this Photoshop development as the furthering of bad blood between the two companies and suggests that “the real storm may be yet to come” as Adobe and Apple clash over Flash and Air, etc. (witness the Flash on iPhone kerfuffle).

Right after announcing the release of 64-bit support in the Lightroom 2 beta, Photoshop Senior Project Manager John Nack dropped a little bombshell on his blog, announcing that the next version of Photoshop (CS4) will be available in both 32- and 64-bit versions for Windows, but only a 32-bit version for OS X. The reason: Photoshop on OS X is written with the Carbon API. Last June Apple decided to kill 64-bit Carbon, forcing all future 64-bit application development on the Mac to Cocoa. Adobe had originally planned to ship a 64-bit CS4 as a Carbon app and port to Cocoa for CS5, but now the 64-bit version will have to wait for the CS5 Cocoa build.

Today, David Hambling over at Wired posted about surviving a Zombie Apocalypse through best practices. What’s missing from this article, however, is the IT spin on things. As you know, zombies are primarily Wintel users, formed from the primordial ooze of Enterprise computing and minimal IT support as much as from Voudou curses and spiritual possession.Mac users are naturally resistant to Zombie attacks despite lower per capita conventional firearm ownership due to their reliable computing environment. Fewer trips to IT support means limited exposure to a transformed city-scape where maddened zombie hordes roam for victims. Plus, Apple users can listen to their own portable lifestyle soundtrack on their iPods while watching the walking dead rampage through the streets. Safety + entertainment = win, win.

With its sunny weather, scenic coastline and sumptuous villas, Provence could almost be California.

The similarity hasn’t escaped a growing number of French animators who have ankled well-paying jobs in Hollywood to return home — but can’t face the idea of life back in cold, gray Paris.

“It’s about quality of life,” says Erwan Maigret, a former R&D technical lead at DreamWorks Animation, who spent 10 years Stateside working on films such as “Shrek 2,” “Madagascar,” “Over the Hedge” and “Shrek the Third” before returning to his native land.

LucasArts today announced that its highly anticipated video game ‘Star Wars: The Force Unleashed’ will be released on September 16, 2008 in the United States, September 17 in Southeast Asia and Australia, and September 19 in Europe.

An entirely new chapter in the STAR WARS saga, STAR WARS: THE FORCE UNLEASHED casts players as Darth Vader’s “Secret Apprentice” and promises to unveil new revelations about the Star Wars galaxy.

The game’s expansive story is set during the largely unexplored era between STAR WARS: EPISODE III REVENGE OF THE SITH and STAR WARS: EPISODE IV A NEW HOPE. In it, players will assist Vader in his quest to rid the universe of Jedi — and face decisions that could change the course of their destiny.

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