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Guitar Hero: The Band is Getting Back Together

posted Saturday Jul 23, 2011 by Jon Wurm

 <i>Guitar Hero</i>: The Band is Getting Back Together

Activision pulled an Apple by announcing one thing and doing the opposite. Of course I'm talking about the Guitar Hero franchise being disbanded due to waning sales caused by releasing titles too frequently and not enough continuous innovation. Bobby Kotick, Activision Blizzard's CEO made a statement in Forbes about bringing the franchise back, if indeed it was ever really dead.

...we're going to take the products out of the market, and we're not going to tell anybody what we're doing for awhile... we're going to use new studios and reinvent Guitar Hero. And so that's what we're doing with it now.

How they plan on bringing the franchise back better than ever is a mystery but at least we can add the actual death of the Guitar Hero franchise to the list of things that will never actually happen. Whether or not that's a good thing. Only time will tell but I've never heard of a reunion tour being better just because the band got back together.

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Insurance Might NOT Cover Sony Breach

posted Saturday Jul 23, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Insurance Might NOT Cover Sony Breach

For PlayStation Network members, the data breach might have seemed to end with the 3 arrests, but for Sony it is only the beginning. As time passes, the prospects of class-action lawsuits seems more and more likely and the legal fees continue to mount. Thank goodness Sony has insurance, right?

Well, it might turn out that insurance will not matter in this case. One of Sony's insurers, Zurich American Insurance Co, has asked a New York state court to rule that it is not responsible for paying for Sony's upcoming legal fees. If this ruling is made, it would be a huge blow to Sony's already disastrous financial outlook. Not only that, but it would also set a possible precedent that could be applied to Sony's other insurers, including AIG and ACE Ltd, who have already asked the courts for clarifications on their possible responsibilities under their currently written terms.

How is this playing out so far? Hit the break to find out.

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Google Places Reviews on Hold

posted Saturday Jul 23, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Google Places Reviews on Hold

Thursday, Google announced, via their blog, that they were making an alteration to Google Places. Effective immediately, outside reviews have been removed from Google Places. For those who don't know what Places is, it is a service that allows people to find local restaurants, cafes, bars, etc. You can also get and give reviews on the locations you visit.

This service, originally called Hotspot, is not an original concept from Google. In fact, there are several competitors in the market, including Yelp and TripAdvisor. The unique thing about Places is that it collected the reviews from these other sites and showed them on their own pages as part of the reviews and ratings.

So, why did Google remove this information? Hit the break to find out.

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War and Twitter, 140 Characters at a Time

posted Saturday Jul 23, 2011 by Jon Wurm

War and Twitter, 140 Characters at a Time

Just last week we were finally able to report that Twitter does intend to become a profitable business and this week CEO Dick Costolo took it a little further at Fortune Brainstorm Tech. Adam Lashinsky fired off some questions at Costolo about Google+, Promoted Tweets and the like, some of which Costolo answered and others he responded to.

Not surprisingly the first question asked was in regards to the Fortune cover titled "Trouble at Twitter." Costolo responded with some stats like Twitter's website getting 400 million unique hits per month and that their users generate 1 billion tweets every 5 days, which is an improvement from June, where it took seven days to reach 1 billion tweets. Costolo also mentioned that their mobile usage is growing 40% every quarter.

That's not all the Twitter CEO had to say. Hit the break to find out else was said.

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Capcom Strikes Yet Again!

posted Friday Jul 22, 2011 by Allante Sparks

Capcom Strikes Yet Again!

First Capcom re-releases Street Fighter 2 in full-HD, then they remastered Street Fighter 3 two times (soon to be a third released on XBL and PSN later this year) with Street Fighter 3, Street Fighter 3: 2nd Impact, and Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike. Let's not even begin to mention the number of games they have re-mastered two to three times over the years.

Capcom's most recent attempt to re-release a game three times was Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition but apparently that is not where it ends... Marvel vs. Capcom 3 was a smash hit from even before it's release date and has X-Factored it's way into fighting game fans hearts. Well now my duckies here come Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3!

For a list of features and even some video from the game, hit the break.

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Amazon Gears Up for War with Netflix and Hulu

posted Wednesday Jul 20, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Amazon Gears Up for War with Netflix and Hulu

With big events like Hulu going up for sale and Netflix raising their prices, sometimes it's easy to lose sight of the rest of the pack. This week, Amazon Prime took it upon themselves to stand out from the crowd.

If you don't remember what Amazon Prime is, it started off as a shipping service on Amazon that would cost a customer $79 a year, but would give you free two-day shipping on almost every item in the Amazon.com inventory. It grew from there, adding new features, but it really took off when Amazon announced that their Prime service would also include their Instant Video services, only repackaged.

As the months have progressed from their announcement, Amazon Prime's video side of the fence has seen an improved interface, smoother and quicker video streaming and a list of new videos to stream while you wait for your Amazon.com orders.

This week, Amazon expanded their video library, directly targeting Netflix and Hulu. Could Amazon Prime take them down? We'll discuss after the break.

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