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For the Answers to Tweeted Questions Check Your InboxQ

posted Saturday Aug 27, 2011 by Jon Wurm

For the Answers to Tweeted Questions Check Your InboxQ

Earlier this month we said hello to heello who intern said hello to Twitter. Now we're looking into InboxQ, a service that looks to help make Twitter useful instead of directly competing with it.

Some of you may be familiar with Answerly and the Q&A products they have produced over the past several years. The San Fransisco based company, now called InboxQ, managed to obtain funding from VC, Trinity Ventures and two Angel investors last year. As a result, on the 26th of August they debuted their newly focused Q&A product which is meant to link up "experts" who use Twitter and Twitter users who pose questions that are mostly ignored, according to InboxQ. I try to ignore most things that involve Twitter but you wouldn't know it because I write about them all the time.

To see if InboxQ will answer the cry of 100,000 daily ignored questions, hit the break.

Steve Jobs Resigns as CEO of Apple

posted Thursday Aug 25, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Steve Jobs Resigns as CEO of Apple

The past two weeks have been crazy in the tech world! One thing that shook up the industry was that the captain of the shiny Apple stepped down this week. Steve Jobs has left his position as CEO and has named Tim Cook as the next man to lead Apple into the future. We know that Jobs has had severe health issues as of late, yet he did not indicate the reason for leaving in his letter.

To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.


Apple's board did follow Jobs' recommendations and appointed Cook as new CEO and Jobs will remain on as chairman of the Apple board.

Regardless of where Apple has gone in the past few years, Jobs has always been a visionary and someone who definitely helped lead us into a new frontier in technology. From turning a product launch into a red carpet event to proving that shiny things can sell, regardless of the decade-old features and performance, he always did everything with flash, confidence and made things important even when they weren't. I don't foresee Apple's momentum slowing down (unfortunately), as he has been away from the ship's wheel multiple times lately.

We usually will take on and challenge any and everything Apple does, but for this one time, in this article (this article right here), we will remember Jobs' take on innovation. "Good artists copy. Great artists steal." Well said, my friend.

Xbox LIVE Gets Another Cool Upgrade for the ESPN Channel

posted Thursday Aug 25, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Xbox LIVE Gets Another Cool Upgrade for the ESPN Channel

At E3 2010, we saw the Xbox 360 really start to take its shape with all of the media additions that came to the console. One of the major sign-ons was ESPN and their ESPN3 video content. Sporting over 3,500 events per year after its late 2010 upgrade, the ESPN channel on Xbox 360 really was the place to be.

Now, after what felt like forever, more upgrades have made their way to the channel, making me wish Brighthouse would finally grant me full access to the service!

For details on what I'm missing out on, check after the break.

Anonymous Goes After BART, not Simpson

posted Sunday Aug 14, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Anonymous Goes After BART, not Simpson

Today, Anonymous has started a cyber attack against the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), after the company shut down cell phone service in downtown San Francisco to prevent a protest in the area on Friday. So far, they have taken user information, phone numbers and addresses from the website and have replaced the home page with their own version.

2,001 names of people along with passwords have also been taken from users that have used the service called myBART, which gives riders discounts and info on events and contests.

We have more on this after the break.

VALVe Locked and Loaded for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

posted Sunday Aug 14, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

VALVe Locked and Loaded for <i>Counter-Strike: Global Offensive</i>

Rumors have been flying around regarding a possible new Counter-Strike game. If anyone remembers, about twelve years ago, Counter-Strike revolutionized the way shooters are played, how one should design a shooter and how much fun you can have if you have awesome AWP skills. For those who were engaged in conversation about a new CS game on the Steam forums, they got to see Valve employee Cliffe lay down two words that had a lot of meaning behind them: Global Offensive. Shortly after that, the anti-cheat company ESEA's Facebook page had a message to share, saying "Counter-Strike: Global Offensive... More info in the morning."

Well, confirmation of a new game from VALVe hit this week as a press release was sent out talking about an early 2012 release for the correctly titled Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for the XBLA, PSN and Steam.

We have the press release and more news after the break.

AT&T's Real Reasons for Wanting T-Mobile

posted Sunday Aug 14, 2011 by Scott Ertz

AT&T's Real Reasons for Wanting T-Mobile

It's been a while now since AT&T announced their intention to purchase T-Mobile USA for $39 billion in March. The primary reason is nothing has really happened; until now, that is. This week, a document was leaked that calls into question AT&T's real reasoning for the buyout of T-Mobile.

So far, AT&T executives have been explaining it by claiming that it will allow them to increase their LTE network roll-out from 80% population coverage to 97%. The document, however, suggests that AT&T's actual motives are much more sinister and anti-competitive. Essentially, AT&T is willing to pay a massive upcharge to keep T-Mobile out of Sprint's hands.

So, how much are they paying to limit the field of competition? Hit the break to find out.

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