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At Taipei University, Remote Is You!

posted Saturday Jan 22, 2011 by Jon Wurm

At Taipei University, Remote Is You!

The gaming/entertainment industry has enjoyed a much wanted transformation thanks to technology like Kinect for the Xbox 360 which has taken an exciting step toward phasing out the need for an external physical device, such as a remote, to conveniently use another device. Personally, the thought of never having to locate, replace batteries and reprogram any remote again gives me hope for the future.

Think about how the crew of the USS Enterprise communicates with the ship through voice commands as well as body language and you will have a good idea where this is headed, to the final frontier, or rather the next frontier, but you know what I mean.

Hit the break to find out what I actually mean.

Batman's Villains Revealed

posted Friday Jan 21, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Batman's Villains Revealed

It was just a matter of time before Warner Bros. would finally reveal who will play the villain/villains in the upcoming Christopher Nolan The Dark Knight Rises. Oh, and who they will be playing. This week finally brought those hopes to life. Here is what WB had to say,

Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Anne Hathaway has been cast as Selina Kyle in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises." She will be starring alongside Christian Bale, who returns in the title role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. Christopher Nolan stated, "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Anne Hathaway, who will be a fantastic addition to our ensemble as we complete our story."

In addition, Tom Hardy has been set to play Bane. Nolan said, "I am delighted to be working with Tom again and excited to watch him bring to life our new interpretation of one of Batman's most formidable enemies."

Nolan will direct the film from a screenplay he wrote with Jonathan Nolan, from a story by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer. Nolan will also produce the film with his longtime producing partner, Emma Thomas, and Charles Roven. "The Dark Knight Rises" is slated for release on July 20, 2012. The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

I know I am intrigued to see how Hathaway does as Catwoman. Let's hope it goes better than some of the past, and I won't mention any names...

FAA Warns of DoD GPS Tests

posted Friday Jan 21, 2011 by Scott Ertz

FAA Warns of DoD GPS Tests

Do you live in the southeast US and plan to use your GPS any time soon? Well, you're in a bit of bad luck as the FAA has warned that the Department of Defense will be running tests on the GPS system in the southeast. According to the FAA,

GPS testing is scheduled on January 20th through February 11th, 2011 from 0000-0245 UTC daily and February 15th through February 22nd, 2011 from 0000-0245 UTC daily. These tests may not be concurrent so pilots are advised to check NOTAMS frequently for possible changes prior to operating in the area... Several test events will be conducted and will be active for 45 minutes followed by 15 minutes of off time.

While this is fairly annoying information for anyone wanting to use GPS, it is really interesting as well. What might the Department of Defense be testing? Are they trying to increase accuracy? Strain? Hopefully they will tell us what they are testing after the tests are complete. We'll keep you posted.

Oracle Might Want to Read This - Google Might Not

posted Friday Jan 21, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Oracle Might Want to Read This - Google Might Not

Google seems to be a disaster lately. Between nearly useless search results, the failure of Google Wave, their interactions with China and Android's Java lawsuit, Google is quickly becoming the joke of the tech world. Today, Google's defense against Oracle's copyright infringement suit was severely damaged when blogger Florian Miller published an article revealing somewhere between 37 and 44 files copied directly from Oracle with only the licensing altered.

So far, the evidence seems to suggest that the files are merely test code and probably never shipped on a handset. In theory, that would mean that there was no copyright infringement involved. The problem is, this code WAS distributed at the very least in test versions of the operating system. Add to that the fact that Google replaced the Java GPL licensing documentation with the Apache Open Source License, which is not compatible licensing, and you have a major problem for Google.

To read how this might play out down the road, hit the break.

Epic Mickey Sales Not Epic, But Still Pretty Good

posted Thursday Jan 20, 2011 by Jon Wurm

<i>Epic Mickey</i> Sales Not Epic, But Still Pretty Good

If we dare to think back to 2010 for a moment, some of us will remember one of the happy times called E3, which is where Disney first debuted Epic Mickey, a game that had been in development for almost 6 years. For those of you who don't own a Wii console then odds are you don't remember what I'm talking about so here's a refresh for you.

The premise is that a terrible tragedy has befallen the Disney universe and left it in shambles. It is Mickey's duty to travel around the befuddled world assisting other familiar characters in reshaping things by completing quests. Oh yes, I almost forgot, besides helping characters, Mickey has a paint brush and an endless supply of "paint thinner" to reshape the broken universe as he sees fit. One unique feature of the game is the "transitory zones," which connect you to various parts of the universe. The zones themselves are modeled after old black and white Disney cartoons they have adapted for you to play as a 2D level. This game is also good for multiple playthroughs as there are so many combinations of actions and resulting consequences it would be impossible to have the same experience twice.

To find out exactly how much cheddar Mickey made, hit the break.

GameStop Lets You Buy Products from Them That You Could Buy from Home

posted Sunday Jan 16, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

GameStop Lets You Buy Products from Them That You Could Buy from Home

We mentioned over a year ago about GameStop hiring an executive to manage digital distribution and followed up with an article about DLC being sold in their stores, but now GameStop wants to link to your Xbox Live account to bring you content that you can already download from the comfort of your home.

GameStop is still hanging onto the fact that a store strictly for games is still a viable and necessary option and numbers back that up, with the fact that Xbox Live Arcade point cards are usually the number one selling accessory in gaming every month as of late.

Why would customers buy digital products in a physical store? Click the break to find out.

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