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PS3 price cut this month say Japan analysts

sony ps3 cheaper in july analysts forecastA price cut is 'likely' for Sony's PlayStation 3 games console this month, say leading analysts in Tokyo.

'Surgery without scars' possible with new magnetic technology, scientists say

Surgeons could perform operations without cutting the skin by using a new magnetic manipulation technique, the scientists who invented it say. They hit upon the idea after seeing teenagers use strong magnets to attach jewelery to their lips without piercing them.

In animal tests, the researchers were able to remove a kidney using the technology. Magnets outside the body were used to position a camera and surgical tools within. More details at EurekaAlert.

Can Silverbrook's amazing 60 page per minute inkjet actually work?

While revolutionary new inkjet printing technology from Silverbrook Research has set the printer industry abuzz, few outsiders have been permitted to closely examine the print quality of the prototypes.

Can $200 inkjet printers working at more than twice the speed of anything else on the market actually print clearly, without smudging the ink? And even if this breakthrough technology really works, how can a tiny company like Silverbrook survive in an industry dominated by giants like HP, Canon and Epson?

EMI to distribute fan-created music videos

EMI will publish music videos created by fans for the first time under a new scheme being tested in Japan. Under the plan, fan-created videos, such as 'The Back Dorm boys' will be distributed through EMI's website alongside official video releases, according to Japanese press reports.

Asia turned into a Battlefield by Electronic Arts

Electronics Arts (EA) will cooperate with a Korean games developer to release a new online version of its Battlefield series of games in Asia. While they have sold millions worldwide, the Battlefield games do not appear to have been especially popular in Asia's multiplayer games market, particularly compared to massive hits like Starcraft and Counterstrike.

Microsoft hands out free Windows 7 keys after servers fail

cracked windows seven logoMicrosoft has begun handing out unlimited free license keys for the Windows 7 beta, after its license servers were unable to handle a huge surge in applications.

Eidos kills journalist firing discussions

kane and lynch concept art from eidos and io interactive Games publisher Eidos has deleted hundreds of user complaints from its forums following claims that a journalist was fired for his negative review of its new game, Kane and Lynch. “There will be no further discussion”, an Eidos forum administrator bluntly warned visitors, describing the complaints, some of which were abusive, as “ugly spam”.

Farmers' homemade helicopter poised for take off

Updated April 25: Vietnamese farmers who built their own helicopter may take to the air within a week, local press reports say. Officials inspected the craft on Wednesday, and are considering approving a limited flight test.

If official approval comes, it will be the end of a 5 year battle for Tran Quoc Hai and Le Van Danh, who have faced arrest and heavy financial losses in their quest to soar aloft in the boxy red chopper they built in Hai's tractor workshop.

Youtube now ordered to identify users who insulted Thai King - case not closed

Thailand's government is demanding that YouTube help identify the users who posted insulting videos of the country's king. The demands from Thailand's Communications Minister, quoted in local press, reopen a controversy that has been widely reported as over.

YouTube, a Google subsidiary, earlier agreed to remove four video clips that clearly insulted Thailand's King, in a letter to Thai Communications Minister Sitthichai Pookaiyaudom.

China shuts down more than 4800 pornographic websites

China has closed more than 4,800 pornographic websites in little over a month, the government has claimed.

More than 270 website operators have already been arrested, and police had been called in to investigate possible illegality in 1,170 cases, according to the public security ministry. The ministry began a new campaign against online porn on April 15.