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Micro Computers Emerging Everywhere

posted Sunday May 20, 2012 by Scott Ertz

Micro Computers Emerging Everywhere

Over the past few months, the interest in micro computers has grown. For users, the ability to bring a computer with them everywhere they go and use it on any screen and have their environment stay exactly the same is useful. For developers, it is even better - no need to have your development environment installed on different computers and hope the settings are the same (which they NEVER are). Even The Pirate Bay has an intriguing way to use them.

The only real problem has been availability. The Raspberry Pi has been on back-order with every retailer since it launched, and the Cotton Candy, after taking pre-orders, have incredibly limited availability. What is the solution to this problem? How about a white label, no name Chinese company launching a similar device for only $74!

The device has a 1.5GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, a microSD slot, built-in WiFi, full 1080p HDMI output and Android 4.0. Being based on an ARM processor means that it can run other operating systems as well, including Windows 8 eventually. It is missing things like wireless controls (for using the computer as a media player) and no SATA capabilities, so the price difference is understandable, but it is still a fully-functional, self-contained computer for only $74.

If you had one of these bad boys today, what would you use it for? Tell us in the comments section.

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HP Laying Off 30,000 Employees Beginning Next Week

posted Sunday May 20, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

HP Laying Off 30,000 Employees Beginning Next Week

While HP's future may be a little less confusing now that they've figured out what to do with webOS, the company is still having to deal with problems. Executives have been leaving since last year and it is now in the hands of CEO Meg Whitman to turn this ship around.

Unfortunately, this week we learned a little more trouble for the new CEO, in the single word no company employee ever wants to hear: restructuring. Hewlett-Packard will start reshaping its form starting next Wednesday when they will be reporting the quarterly earnings. In that same call, we are told that Whitman will be speaking on potentially cutting somewhere around 30,000 jobs from the workforce.

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Facebook's IPO - NASDAQ's Biggest Bust?

posted Saturday May 19, 2012 by Scott Ertz

Facebook's IPO - NASDAQ's Biggest Bust?

The road to an initial public offering (IPO) has not been an easy or straight-forward one for Facebook. With a lawsuit from Yahoo!, purchasing Instagram for $1 billion, then patents from Microsoft, all requiring them to miss their target date, the road as been a little rocky.

The road did not get any smoother when the IPO went live Friday morning. The NASDAQ, preparing for their largest IPO ever, had system failures early in the day, causing Facebook's trading to begin a full half-hour late. At least Zuckerberg got to ring the opening bell at the exchange. All of that said, there were two ways an IPO from the social giant could have gone: a failure like Groupon, or a success like LinkedIn.

So, how did it actually go? Hit the break to find out.

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Virgin Atlantic to Start Offering Cell Phone Service In-Flight

posted Friday May 18, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

Virgin Atlantic to Start Offering Cell Phone Service In-Flight

Virgin Atlantic has always been known to find new, creative ways to market and promote the brand. With the boss Sir Richard Branson leading the way (sometimes in his Zulu warrior costume), an occasional April Fool's joke will usually end up coming from his mind. More recently, the airline has started to offer ice cubes shaped like his head. Virgin Atlantic CEO Steve Ridgway said it was so Branson could be with his guests "in spirit."

However, this week, the airline did something less comedic and a little more serious. For those flying on select Virgin Atlantic aircraft, you'll be able to do a little something special while coasting 30k+ feet in the air: call your friends.

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Manga Entertainment Gets Added to Xbox LIVE, Finally

posted Friday May 18, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

Manga Entertainment Gets Added to Xbox LIVE, Finally

If you haven't been keeping up with what the Xbox has to offer, you've been missing out on some quality entertainment options. After all, Xbox has been all about entertainment since E3 of last year. Back in October, Xbox LIVE announced a new video lineup and we couldn't wait to get all of the 40 world-class TV and entertainment providers on our consoles. Unfortunately, it took a long time to get all of the channels actually added to LIVE. Up until December, we were missing over half of the providers and we had to wait all the way through April to get all of them except two, those two being Bravo and Manga Entertainment. For those keeping score at home, the guys here at the show have been very excited to get Manga on Xbox LIVE and it felt as though Microsoft was listening to our show, noticing our excitement and were just simply playing with our emotions by delaying its launch.

This week, however, we can all rejoice as Manga Entertainment finally steps foot onto the Xbox 360 consoles. When the email arrived in my inbox, even I shed a slight tear of joy.

Manga Entertainment on Xbox LIVE enables fans to watch full length episodes, movies, and clips of their favorite anime from the Manga Entertainment catalog included with their Xbox LIVE Gold membership at no additional cost.

Did you smell that sweet price of $Free.99, too?

Manga's joining of Microsoft's entertainment family comes after MUZU.TV and IGN both made quieter appearances onto LIVE in the past month. This brings the total number of different channels to 25. For my Bravo fans though, you all are still waiting for your weekly editions of Pregnant in Heels and Tabatha's Salong Takeover to become available for Xbox LIVE Gold Members. It's okay, from what I hear the shows are emotionally draining.

I, for one, am just pleased that almost every one of the channels finally showed up on the Xbox just shy of eight months since the announcement. I don't know what happened between Microsoft and the partners but I think to announce something like that and have us expect it by the holiday season only to have to wait until the following summer doesn't bolster much confidence in the company. It comes down to Microsoft having to lay out a deadline and if it's not met, then the content doesn't show up, ever. Of course, that's just my take on the matter.

At any rate, I'm excited now and am off to go watch some Street Fighter Alpha. Who's with me? I've heard that more and more people are watching shows and movies on Xbox lately.

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Valve: No New Hardware or Software Announcement at E3

posted Sunday May 6, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

Valve: No New Hardware or Software Announcement at E3

Being so close to E3 2012, it wouldn't be right if there wasn't any gaming talk. Unfortunately, Valve says there won't be product announcement talk at E3. I guess we have to wait some more to hear more news about the Steam Box, as expected. We had hopes though and now I have to return the disco ball I rented for the celebration of new products being announced as Valve confirmed the news this week.

Valve rep Doug Lombardi said this week that, "We have no product announcements planned for this year's show."

While we shouldn't be too surprised by this, it still is unfortunate that they aren't a huge player at E3. Last year, they were seemingly nowhere to be found and the year prior was used only to show us another glimpse of Portal 2. We have to trek back to 2009 and the Left 4 Dead sequel in order to see Valve in the limelight.

For now, any hope of Half-Life news also goes down the drain. Valve will maintain the silent treatment about anything regarding the title which is apparently still going through "twists and turns."

There is a glimmer of good news, though. Valve did confirm they will be presenting some of their known projects like DOTA 2, Counterstrike: Global Offensive and Steam's living room project, Big Picture Mode. I'm personally excited about Counterstrike and I really hope Valve makes their presence felt this year. Now if you'll excuse me, I have some Left 4 Dead game-playing to do.

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