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TotalGaming is reporting that a recall on Xbox power cables now has been issued for all units made prior to January 14, 2005. The article and link included cite UK phone numbers and the UK replacement cord program.

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mrsmiley over at Halo Babies notes that H2Press has released a Halo Toolbar for Internet Explorer that features Halo-related RSS feeds. A version for Firefox is forthcoming in August.

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Rampancy's roots lie next to Bungie's, which is to say, in an Apple orchard. Halo was originally announced at MacWorld in 1999 as a game that was supposed to ship on Macs (and PCs, of course) in early 2000. Of course, lots has changed since then, and for those who still have an interest in Macs at all, as I do, this week was full of discussion about the interesting news that Apple will begin making computers with Intel CPUs next year and conclude 2007 by converting their entire line.

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Not even a week has elapsed since what was a rumor picked up as a scoop by News.com became confirmed truth by the power of Steve Jobs' renowned Reality Distortion Field.

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Newsweek seems to think that Sony's strong-but-silent approach won over E3 attendees, opposed to Microsoft's MTV extravaganza. Thanks Major Nelson.

Worth pointing out is one major gaffe in the article, in the following quote:

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  • Frankie's What's What Update for May 27 still doesn't answer the questions on everyone's minds, namely if and when Bungie is making Halo 3. It does say that Marathon for the Xbox is "next door to impossible" and that Bungie is busy on its next project.
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A few Xbox 360-related notes for today:

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Ryan "Mhaddy" Matthews of The Junkyard writes that Dan Chosich of 2070Films (who is clearly trying to make this Dan Choisch Day) inquired with the makers of Monster Cables about whether they'd be making DVI or HDMI cables for the hi-def, next-gen consoles. So far the answer seems to be that there are no such plans. Thanks vector40 for the link.

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The Halo CE section of Gearbox Game Zone is hosting the 1.07 update for Halo Custom Edition, bringing the same vulnerability patches as included in the same patch for PC Halo. Only Mac Halo remains unpatched at this point. Thanks Louis Wu at HBO.

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Microsoft programmer and Mac user Michael Brundage is working on making the Xbox 360 backwards compatible. He's opened something he says is not a blog, but does contain some information about Xbox 360 backwards compatibility. Thanks Kiziko.

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Ars Technica has put up part one of their Inside the Xbox 360 series, called Procedural Synthesis and Dynamic Worlds. The six-page article contains a lot of technical information for those interested in the console's inner workings.

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RTX Telecom has announced that Microsoft has chosen them to help develop the wireless interface for the Xbox 360's controllers. Thanks BDGamer.

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Short of time today, so just a few quick Halo news notes:

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Wired has a piece up on the "patch" that Bungie provided for Halo 2, known to most of us as the 1.1 AutoUpdate. Not much new here for anyone who has followed the cheat fixes so far, but it's worth pointing out that they've covered it.

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