Home Briefs: SanDisk, IGI2: Covert Strike

Home Briefs: SanDisk, IGI2: Covert Strike

SanDisk introduces new flash memory cards

SAN FRANCISCO: SanDisk has announcing two new storage cards for multimedia mobile phones, and widened availability of its MiniSD card. The company’s new Reduced Size-MultiMediaCard (RS-MMC) is a removable flash memory card that is half the size of a standard Secure Digital (SD) card and can be used in any MMC slot or SD card slot. The company also refreshed its line of Memory Stick Pro Duo cards, which will now be offered to device makers in capacities ranging from 32MB to 128MB. SanDisk’s MiniSD card is also set to be sold through retailers worldwide. Introduced at last year’s CeBit, it provides flash memory storage in capacities ranging from 64MB to 256MB. Previously, the products were available only through Japanese retailers and device makers who bundled the flash memory cards.

Game banned for giving China a bad name

HANOVER: Chinese regulators have banned a computer game for containing anti-Chinese content, according to the official Xinhua News Agency. The game, IGI2: Covert Strike, depicts a mercenary fighting three campaigns in the former Soviet Union, Libya and China. In the Chinese campaign, the mercenary stole intelligence, engaged in sabotage and shot at Chinese soldiers while images of China’s national flag were occasionally displayed on screen, Xinhua said. China’s State Press and Publication Administration (SPAA), which regulates the computer gaming industry, was apparently not amused. SPAA had banned the game, claiming it intentionally smeared the image of China and its armed forces, Xinhua said. All copies of the game were now illegal and would be recovered by authorities. The Administration also planned to punish the developers, producers and sellers of the game “according to the law”, the report said. IGI2: Covert Strike was developed by Innerloop Studios AS in Oslo, Norway, and distributed by English company, The Codemasters Software.

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