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Apple Names New Chairman and Director

posted Sunday Nov 20, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Apple Names New Chairman and Director

For about a week or so, since the discovery that the latest iPhone had more problems than the Apple team knew about, the Cupertino camp has been relatively quiet. With the iPhone announcement event being a little lackluster after the untimely resignation of Steve Jobs, a lot of people were left wondering what else could go wrong for Apple. There were some holes that needed to be patched or filled and it seemed that they had no idea who was going to step in.

This week, Apple did state that they have decided on a new Director of Apple and a new non-executive Chairman of the Board.

Samsung Makes Microsoft Surface Available to Consumers...Finally

posted Sunday Nov 20, 2011 by Jon Wurm

Samsung Makes Microsoft Surface Available to Consumers...Finally

At the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year, the staff at PLuGHiTz Live! Radio was able to see Microsoft show off their new Microsoft Surface 2.0 technology which yielded major improvements over Surface 1.0. Their trademarked PixelSense technology allows the LCD display to recognize over 50 points of contact at once and the demonstration at the Microsoft Keynote ended with 20 fingers simultaneously bombarding the Samsung SUR40 LCD screen for about 30 seconds with seemingly no lag or response and rendering issues. They also made the announcement that Surface 2.0 would be available sometime late in 2011 which we had completely forgotten about until the recent announcement for the pre-order that is now open to 23 countries including the U.S. and Canada.

If you're a little curious as to the hardware involved:

4" thin

40" LCD screen with 1920x1080 (1080p) resolution

AMD Radeon HD 6700M Series GPU with DirectX 11 support

AMD Athlon II X2 Dual-Core Processor 2.9GHz

Windows 7 Professional OS

Never had a chance to see it in action? Check if your country is one of the 23 able to pre-order and how much you might expect to spend per unit after the break.

Xbox Greets You for the Holidays with LIVE Updates

posted Thursday Nov 17, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Xbox Greets You for the Holidays with LIVE Updates

We knew that the dashboard updates that rolled out just a couple of months ago were only the beginning. In October, Xbox announced their new video lineup, complete with content for just about everyone. So with the beta for the new dashboard update wrapping up, there had to be more features announced right around the corner.

For us, it's right after the break.

Huge Windows Phone Event in NYC Brings Us 4 Small Devices and One Giant WinPho

posted Sunday Nov 13, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Huge Windows Phone Event in NYC Brings Us 4 Small Devices and One Giant WinPho

Microsoft had a huge Windows Phone 7 event this week. It was enormous in both size of the event and size of one of the device they showed off, which puts the 4.3" screens to shame. The Microsoft team constructed and displayed a six-story model of a Windows Phone, smack in the middle of NYC's Herald Square for their launch event of four new phones.

The giant WinPho was also used as a stage, in which the tiles opened up to display performers such as the Far East Movement and showcased over 8 hours of live entertainment. Oh yeah, and all of the tiles on the Windows Phone were dynamic LED screens, and they changed and updated as the event went on into the evening.

Aside from the fun, as mentioned this was all for a launch of four new devices.

Adobe Closes Mobile Flash Development

posted Sunday Nov 13, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Adobe Closes Mobile Flash Development

It has been a hard fought war between Adobe and Apple, leading Adobe to throw in the towel. They have even gone farther than conceding to Apple, they have conceded to mobile, closing up shop on their Flash Player for mobile project.

Adobe won't let this set them back, however. They have committed to contributing to the HTLM5 standard and will continue to promote its AIR platform, allowing developers to build an app once and allow it to live natively on multiple OS platforms. This raises the question, however, if you are going to continue to deliver Flash to mobile devices to power AIR, why would you drop the browser support?

The answer is simple, and follows the break.

U.S. Air Force Wants a 'Floral Disruptor' to Eliminate Pesky Weeds

posted Sunday Nov 13, 2011 by Jon Wurm

U.S. Air Force Wants a 'Floral Disruptor' to Eliminate Pesky Weeds

It's not uncommon for the U.S. Air Force to contract out businesses for the development of technologies through their Air Force Small Business Innovation Research & Small Business Technology Transfer portal. However, there is one project titled "Floral Disruptor - Directed Energy Weed Abatement and Prevention Tool" that is particularly odd in about every single way. Yes indeed, 'Directed Energy' implies a technology similar to sound or energy weapons and all for the purpose of keeping the yard neat and trim, like the military traditionally likes things. The Air Force outlines the objective for the device as follows.

OBJECTIVE: Develop a device that uses directed energy technology to prevent and abate unwanted plants (weeds) in areas that require control or defoliation. The purpose of this system will be the removal of unwanted plants and keep seeds from germinating.

Maybe, touching down on an unkempt runway after a successful bombing run puts a damper on victory or maybe the government doesn't want to spend millions a year and waste their time keeping the yard in shape anymore. Either way, read on after the break to see the actual document and learn more, it won't be disappointing.

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