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E3 2011 - Microsoft Keynote Liveblog

posted Sunday Jun 5, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

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Soon-to-be Apple Store Gets Some Window Pains

posted Sunday Jun 5, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Soon-to-be Apple Store Gets Some Window Pains

What can you do if you wear an orange construction worker vest? Apparently anything you want to! The world's soon-to-be largest Apple Store in Hamburg, Germany fell victim to a team called the .WAV Collective.

The group went to the construction site, with the storefront draped in the customary black covers, set up a safety fence, propped up a ladder and drilled pre-made Windows logo panels to the exterior wall of the store. Oh, by the way, it was in the middle of the day.

You call it vandalism, I call it working for a cure. The cure to rid the world of anything Apple, including its potential customers, at least temporarily. I would also call it creativity at its finest. A piece that could even rival Da Vinci himself. Okay, I could also call it vandalism.

Whatever color you want to paint it (hopefully Windows blue, yellow, red and green and not metallic Apple silver), we have the video after the break.

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AMD Decides to Go Mobile, Finally

posted Sunday Jun 5, 2011 by Jon Wurm

AMD Decides to Go Mobile, Finally

Yes, finally an article about a chips manufacturer that doesn't start with an 'I' and end with 'ntel'. Most of us have been wondering if AMD would ever make an appearance in the mobile market so it was a delight to get some information on the Z-series chips that AMD plans on making a debut with. Better late than never, hopefully it's not too late.

They call the architecture for this chip family 'Fusion' and it is meant to transplant the full PC experience to tablets. They are also doing something interesting by designing the Fusion chips to support Windows 7 and Android. The reasoning for this is that Android has a wide variety of applications and basically dominates the mobile space. On the other end of the spectrum you have Windows 7 which is a must for business. By focusing on the two they intend to cover their bases. According to Chris Cloran, Vice President and General Manager of the computing solutions group, the transition between both operating systems is seamless.

Get ready for some specs after the break.

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Microsoft Says, 'Xbox = Entertainment'

posted Sunday Jun 5, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Microsoft Says, 'Xbox = Entertainment'

Since its inception, the Xbox and Xbox 360 have seen flocks of hardcore gamers flooding the Xbox LIVE network to play the latest Triple A FPS title. A couple of years ago at E3 '09, after millions of frags were logged and countless hours of hailing Master Chief, Microsoft took the stage to say that while the gamers are the core of its existence, they wanted the Xbox 360 to be the center of your family entertainment and they wanted a console in every living room. With that came the announcement of Project Natal and good things to come in the future.

At E3 '10, we saw the unveiling of the Kinect, Project Natal's permanent name, which proved to be the thing that accelerated Microsoft and the Xbox 360 beyond anyone's expectations, outselling the Move and even the iPad. We also saw an updated Xbox 360 Dashboard that contained several media-centric features. With the existing add-ons of Facebook, Twitter, last.fm and Netflix, everyone was excited to see what was next.

What came next happened in November, with another Dashboard refresh that included ESPN3, Netflix and Zune enhancements. Then last month we saw the addition of the long-awaited Hulu Plus tile on Xbox LIVE.

All of these things are important because it is proof of Microsoft standing by the ideas and goals they want to set for themselves. After all of the updates and improvements, the Xbox 360 really has made itself the center for all of your family's entertainment.

Where does this bring us to? Frank Shaw, the VP of Corporate Communications for Microsoft, posted a blog entry this week that indicated Microsoft's mission to further push the entertainment part of the console.

We have what he said and what we expect to be the next phase of this plan after the break.

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Spotify Teams Up with Facebook, We're Still Waiting on the US Launch

posted Sunday Jun 5, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Spotify Teams Up with Facebook, We're Still Waiting on the US Launch

Spotify has shacked up with Facebook in a move that could launch a Facebook integrated music-streaming service on the social network in as little as two weeks. Word has it that the service is currently undergoing heavy testing, but once it goes live, Facebook's users in Finland, France, Norway, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the UK will see the green Spotify logo along the left of their newsfeed, with the familiar photos and events pages as well.

Why just those countries? Well, as we know, Spotify has yet to launch in the US, despite the deal signings with Sony and EMI. Warner has still not come to their senses and Universal hasn't been talking to the European-based streaming service very much. However, negotiations are continuing and Spotify is trying to surround the US by getting in with its popular websites in hopes that the attention will give them some deals. For now, the service on Facebook will only be available in areas where Spotify exists, and there's still no word on whether it will be called Facebook Music or Spotify on Facebook.

However, there's still more to discuss on the Facebook front. Click the break to see how this partnership will play out.

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A Kidney for an iPad

posted Saturday Jun 4, 2011 by Scott Ertz

A Kidney for an iPad

Apple fanboys are willing to trade all kinds of crazy things for an iPad - tons of money, their integrity, but one Chinese boy was willing to trade even more - one of his kidneys. The boy, 17-year-old "Zheng," was searching for a way to raise enough money to purchase an iPad 2 but could not find a viable source. That is, until he met a broker online who offered to pay 22,000 yuan, or about $3,000, for one of his kidneys.

The operation took place totally without his parents' knowledge or, obviously, consent. The only way they knew what had happened was when his mother realized her son had both an iPad and an iPhone and knew there was no way he could have afforded them. She questioned him and he folded and told her the whole story. She reported it and the cops are investigating.

This really goes to prove the theory that Jon presented that Apple users are delusional, but this is a definite exaggeration of the theory. I hope this is an isolated incident and more people don't start doing this.

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