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Xbox LIVE to Show Up on More Than Just WinPho 7

posted Sunday Jun 26, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Xbox LIVE to Show Up on More Than Just WinPho 7

Since the inception of WinPho 7 we knew that Xbox LIVE would play a huge role and integrate easily into the new mobile devices. What we also guessed is that we would see LIVE show up on PCs in some capacity. As it would turn out, we have learned Xbox LIVE will be built into Windows 8.

Mike Delman, VP of global marketing for Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business revealed it all in an interview.

We have parts of the interview and thoughts on the integration after the break.

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PS3 Slim, Meet PS3 Green

posted Sunday Jun 26, 2011 by Jon Wurm

PS3 Slim, Meet PS3 Green

To be fair, the next version of the PS3 is still in the 'Slim' family and Sony has managed to trim off almost another pound from the CECH-3000B, 6.6 pounds in the previous model down to 5.7 pounds now, but more efficient power usage is where most consumers will find value. The CECH-2500B, Sony's last version, was rated at 230W which has been reduced to 200W with the CECH-3000B. Fortunately, the 'less is more' mentality for the PS3 Slim hasn't translated over into the included accessories that still consists of a Dualshock 3 controller, power cord, AV cable and USB cable. The 320GB console and accessories can all be yours for the low low price of 34,980 yen or $436 USD but there's still more noticeable changes discussed after the break. Don't go rushing over to Japan just yet.

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Hackers Didn't Pass Up on Sega Pass Online

posted Sunday Jun 26, 2011 by Jon Wurm

Hackers Didn't Pass Up on Sega Pass Online

Coming off the heals of the PSN attacks that happened in April this year it's not just Sony that found itself under siege by hackers.

This month Sega experienced what the PSN did to a much smaller degree but the consequences were still devastating. Sega Europe is responsible for the Sega Pass online service that was breached, which resulted in the names, birth dates, encrypted passwords and e-mails of 1.3 million users being compromised. Luckily no credit card information had been stolen but the Sega Pass service has been shutdown since June 16th, probably to revamp security measures, and there is currently no tentative date for resuming the service. Sega representative, Yoko Nagasawa delivered the following statement on behalf of the company,

We are deeply sorry for causing trouble to our customers. We want to work on strengthening security.

Guess which hacker organization has some involvement in this incident and hit the break to see why it might not be who you think.

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Google in Hot Water With the Government

posted Saturday Jun 25, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Google in Hot Water With the Government

This is a bad week for Google. Seemingly every government regulatory agency in the world is currently investigating Google for anti-trust and unfair business practices. As of right now, the Federal Trade Commission, the Justice Department, the Senate's antitrust subcommittee, the European Commission, several state attorneys general, plus other agencies are all investigating the same ideas but all separately.

Google is everywhere - what exactly might they be investigating? Well, almost all of their actual business is search and advertising. They currently have around 66% of the US search business and around 80% of the European. When an organization gets that kind of popularity, the temptation to prioritize your own stuff gets very strong; that is what is currently being investigated.

For example, let's use video search. When you do a Google search for anything and there is a video that matches your search terms, whose results will be first? Usually YouTube. In fact, you will almost never see a Vimeo result in your search unless there are no YouTube results. Is it because YouTube just has better results or is it because Google owns YouTube and wants people using their service instead of Video?

For more complaints against Google and how this could all end, hit the break.

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10 Brands That Will Not Survive

posted Saturday Jun 25, 2011 by Scott Ertz

For the last few years, the guys over at 24/7 Wall St. compile a list of brands that they believe will not make it out of the next year. While we see lists like this often and ignore them, the reason I'm talking about this list is because of how accurate they usually are. In 2010, they listed Blockbuster Video (joined EcoStar/DISH Network), T-Mobile USA (joining AT&T Mobility) and Merrill Lynch (joined Bank of America Corporation).

Now, that being said, why is their 2011 list so important? Well, it's the guys on the list that make it important to those of us in the electronics world. There are some large, long-time names on the list and if the list is as accurate as last year, the technology landscape will be changing a lot in the next 18 months.

Hit the break to see the list and our thoughts on the members.

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Tennessee Bans Offensiveness

posted Saturday Jun 25, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Tennessee Bans Offensiveness

The Internet has become a place for the craziest stuff to live and be happy. Where else can you find Jesus floating in a pool or cups being used for that. All of the craziness has been gravitating to the Internet for years now. If you live in Tennessee, however, you are officially on notice not to enjoy any of it.

A new was passed last week in Tennessee prevents online distribution of any image that can "frighten, intimidate or cause emotional distress" the viewer. Now, while the intent of the law might be to prevent others having to see some of the terrible things I wish I could unsee in my years on the web, the implementation just won't do. This will not just prevent people from seeing decapitations but also anything else. There is someone out there who has a panic attack over a waste of water and would find this video distressing.

Is this the end of WrongNumberTexts.com? Hit the break to find out.

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