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Loaded: The return of EvilWe have a preview of the new Resident Evil and the Nintendo DSi, plus Google news and cookies online--Girl Scout cookies, that is.
^B00:00:00 >> We have a preview of Resident Evil, and the new Nintendo DSI, plus plenty of Google news, and how to buy cookies online -- real cookies, not browser cookies. It's Thursday, March 12. I'm Natali Del Conte, and it's time to get loaded. ^M00:00:13 [ Music ] ^M00:00:21 We have several Google announcements today, so let's get to it. Most notably is Google Voice, which will allow you to store transcripts of your voice mail messages in an email or SMS. >> Hey, give me a call when you get a chance. >> You can sort through your voicemails the same way you sort through your Gmail, but as far as I can tell, this is a separate email. It's not an integration with Gmail, but that would be nice. This is an extension of Grand Central, so it involves picking a new number, and then having it direct to any number of phone numbers that you select. Also, Google launched image search for Android, iPhone, iPod Touch in the US, UK, and Japan. This lets you scan up to 20 images on a results page and filter the images further to get the pictures that you really want. You'll find this on Google.com from participating phones. The company also launched a new advertising method to deliver you ads based on your browser history instead of based on your key word searches. It takes history from the cookies in your browser, so if you visit a lot of websites about hubcaps, you'll get ads about hubcaps when you're on a Google site. You can opt out or add interests that you want to be advertised on by going to google.com/ads/preferences. Google also added the option to comment on shared items in Google reader, which gives sharing items more of a conversational feel. They also added a new feature to maps that lets you write directions. A few months back, Google launched Map Maker, which lets users contribute to the maps by adding, deleting, or changing information. Now you can take that one step further by contributing to driving directions. You can change street names or provide details like "right turn only." Of course, if you try to vandalize maps the way jokesters vandalize street signs; the community will probably go in and change it. Probably -- we're hoping. But just in case, don't vandalize Google maps. It's bad karma. [ Sound effect ] There's a new version of iTunes on the loose, version 8.1 supports the new Shuffle that just came out on Wednesday. There's also a new feature in Genus that lets you put songs together in your library that you think go great together, really good for lovers of the slow jam. It also allows friends to request songs for iTunes DJ as the Genus bar for movies and TV shows and allows iTunes U and iTunes Store to be disabled separately using parental controls. [ Sound effect ] Resident Evil 5 comes out tomorrow. Jeff Bakalar took a look at the M rated game. [ Sound effect ] >> Thanks Natalie. I'm here with a quick look at Resident Evil 5. Now, this marks the franchises debut on a next generation system. And with that comes a brand new story, incredible graphics, and a whole new inventory system. Now, long time fans of the series are in for a bit of a change as the game is much more action oriented than in the past. We've had a few days to play the game, and we really love the new two-player co-op system Capcom has introduced that you can play over Xbox Live or PlayStation network. We definitely recommend playing some, if not all, of the game with a friend. Now, while it's certainly not the Resident Evil you might be familiar with, we think there's enough in here for fans of the title, old and new. Watch out, though. Resident Evil 5 has an "M" rating, and it is definitely not for kids. [ Sound effect ] >> Jeff also took a first look at the new Nintendo DSI, which comes out next month. Take a look. >> Today we have a First Look at the brand new Nintendo DSI. Most notable are the 2.3-megapixel cameras, one on the front of the device, one when you open it up. Also, the screen is a bit brighter and the size of the two screens has been bumped up a little bit. Also, overall the device is a bit thinner than the original. Now, the DSI's new online store is called "The Nintendo DSI Shop." And it'll allow you to download games to the device's internal 256 megabytes of storage, or to an SD card. Also exclusive to the DSI are a series of media players. You can record and edit audio and photos you've recorded yourself, even draw on any pictures you've taken, and share them with your friends. Nintendo has also removed a feature or two. There's no more Game Boy Advance slots. Now, the DSI goes on sale April 5th for $170.00. It's available in either black or blue. And we'd imagine Nintendo will eventually release new colors as time goes by. [ Sound effect ] France is poised to launch the world's toughest law about illegal file sharing. It states that if you are caught illegally using a P to P network three times you will kicked off the Internet for anywhere between three months and a year. Furthermore, the law holds you responsible for any illegal activity on your IP address. So no more of this oh, I just had an open network, and someone was using it, so it wasn't me. The law has a good chance of passing, and if it does, the entire world will be watching to see how it works. I'd call this zero tolerance. [ Sound effect ] The New York Times is experimenting with local news. The company launched "The Local," which is a mix of local and regional news based on New York Times professional writers and citizen journalists. For now, it's only live in select areas in New York and New Jersey. It's pretty minimalist. It looks more like a blog at this point than a news site, but I suspect it will evolve. To see for yourself, go to nytimes.com/marketing/thelocal. [ Sound effect ] Don't you think it's slightly weird and anachronistic that you can't buy Girl Scout cookies online? Well, I think it is, but that won't be changing anytime soon. Newsweek profiled the Girl Scouts this week and found that the organization is not looking to make any sudden moves in e-commerce. A spokesperson for the organization said that they're still trying to figure how to do this in regards to selling cookies online. The girls are allowed to market their sales online, but they can't actually sell anything over the Internet. But going to door-to-door can't be better or safer. Get those cookies online, pronto. Actually, it's probably better for me if they don't. [ Sound effect ] Those are all your headlines for today, but before I go, I want to wish a happy birthday to Francine in Hawaii, Robert, Eddie, Nathan, LaDitra [assumed spelling], and a feliz cumpleanos to Elliot. Be sure to tune in to Buzz Out Loud tomorrow and Saturday because we'll be recording from South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. You can find more information at bol.cnet.com. I'll see you then. Thank you for watching. I'm Natali Del Conte with CNET TV, and you've just been Loaded. ^M00:06:22 [ Music ]