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Carmack On AMD Vs Intel, iOS Vs Android

Tom’s Guide has an excellent (and very lengthy) interview with John Carmack that avoids simply spruiking the upcoming Rage running on iD’s new iD Tech 5 game engine and instead discusses more general computing topics. Carmack’s not pulling too many punches, either.

The iPhone Now Officially Runs Doom

id’s classic shooter has finally been (officially) ported to the iPhone. And with oversight from John Carmack himself, there are a number of improvements that make it worth a purchase even for Jailbreakers.

Doom Resurrection For IPhone Hits App Store, Costs $10

Doom Resurrection, the first properly new title in the Doom franchise since Doom III, has finally landed in the App Store, and it’s not cheap. But is it sufficiently Doom-y? Dark? Graphically lush? Good?

A Whole Lotta Quake Will Be Blowing Up Your IPhone

John Carmack says that not one, but three Quake games are coming to the iPhone—1, 2, and Arena—though his involvement will mostly be to “make sure certain specific things are done the way I want them to be.”

Doom Resurrection For IPhone Due Next Week; Here's The Trailer

Doom Resurrection, the first full title in the series since Doom III, will be coming to the App Store next week, and iD has cut a trailer. (Spoiler: It looks great.)

UK Spends Billions On High Tech IDs, Has No Way To Read Them

Kudos to the British government for spending the equivalent of $US6.6 billion US on a biometric National Identity Card program without budgeting for a single card reader. Truly, they operate like a finely-tuned machine.

Brando's ID Pass Spycam is For, Uh... Industrial Espionage?

I know spy tech is interesting stuff, but this ID-pass holder spycam from Brando has me pondering. I mean… it’s all very clever and such, able to record 1.2-megapixel photos, audio and CIF-resolution video onto its 4GB internal storage and is USB rechargeable. But its likely use is for genuine industrial espionage, which really isn’t very nice. Or am I being overly sensitive? Still, it’s a meaty $US174, so you’re going to have to really want to snoop on your office operations, and bore a hole in your genuine ID before you stick it on the top of this. [Brando via i4u]

PC Manufacturers See Piracy As A Hidden Benefit, Says id Software

Todd Hollenshead, CEO of id Software (think Doom and Quake), accuses PC hardware manufacturers of implicitly supporting piracy of all kinds because they see it as a “hidden benefit” when you buy a PC. This came up in an interview with, and was part of a larger point aimed at answer the question of why PC manufacturers aren’t doing more to stop piracy with hardware measures. When asked if these companies are secretly happy about piracy, Todd says:

John Carmack Says iPhone As Powerful as Dreamcast, More Powerful Than DS and PSP Combined

We’re all for making hyperbolic statements about how powerful the iPhone is as a gaming system, but John Carmack’s taking things to the next level. As you remember, Sega has previously said that the iPhone is as powerful as their Dreamcast system, and EA has previously said that it’s more powerful than the DS, but less than the PSP. Carmack, on the other hand, is having none of this. He says that it’s more powerful than “a Nintendo DS and PSP combined.” Combined! Like, if you taped the two together and had them working simultaneously, he’s saying it won’t be as good as an iPhone!

Doom 2 and Wolfenstein RPGs May Be Heading to the iPhone

I don’t think John Carmack had a version of the Doom 2 and Wolfenstein RPGs in mind when he recently said that id Software was bringing something “very special” to the iPhone, but CEO Todd Hollenshead has revealed that he would like to bring both of these games to the device, which he claims is more powerful than a DS and PSP combined. The software is already being worked on for other platforms, but Hollenshead admits that it is too early to tell whether the games will be ported to the iPhone.

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