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Rivals Intel and AMD Declare in Unison, 'Death to VGA!'

posted Sunday Dec 12, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Rivals Intel and AMD Declare in Unison, 'Death to VGA!'

Hi, I'm an Intel. And I'm an AMD. We don't really get along, nor will we ever agree on nanoprocessors or being hardcore with hexacore. But one thing is for certain: we are sick of analog video display outputs; specifically, VGA!

This week Intel and AMD announced that they are teaming up with the help of Dell, Lenovo, Samsung and LG to completely remove VGA by 2015 and to focus only on HDMI and DisplayPort.

Want more news on the obsoletion? Click the break.

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Blizzard Loses Their Data

posted Sunday Dec 12, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Blizzard Loses Their Data

It may seem impossible to steal Blizzard's title as Titan of the MMO world. It is however easy to steal their confidential documents revealing a new game titled Titan. Blizzard's plans for the next 5 years were leaked onto the Internet this week revealing lots of expansions, a movie and a new game.

The leaks seem to originate in the Activision Blizzard offices and China and shortly after general manager Ye Weilun left the company. There is no telling if he was the direct source of the leak or if he was the unfortunate director of someone who did but suffice it to say, this really solidifies the Chinese theory.

For details from the leaks, hit the break.

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YouTube Blocked and Reblocked in Turkey + Some Users Get More Than 15 Minutes of Fame

posted Sunday Dec 12, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

YouTube Blocked and Reblocked in Turkey + Some Users Get More Than 15 Minutes of Fame

In an effort to combine two seemingly noteworthy bullet points into one small anecdote of news on your RSS feed, YouTube is in the news this week. Did you know that in Turkey you couldn't get on YouTube since 2008? That is until this week, when a Turkish court removed the two-year block on the site. However, shortly after the ruling and lifting of the ban, YouTube was blocked yet again in Turkey and users were seeing a blank screen along with some text informing them of the block that was part of the original May 2008 court ruling.

The reason? Apparently the Turkish republic founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, found four videos on the site very offensive and demanded them to be removed. The only issue here is that those videos were taken down two years ago. The Turkish userbase apparently caused enough ruckus that YouTube was unblocked again not soon after the reban. We've tried to contact the Turkish Telecommunications Transmission Directorate and Google for comment, but have been unsuccessful in receiving a response. We do know that the two parties will be meeting sometime soon to discuss the matter.

In other YouTubian news, Google has decided who gets to wear a gold star in the community. Starting this week, "selected users" will be allowed to go beyond the constraints of that pesky, yet newly-set time limit of 15 minutes for videos. Google has said, "as long as it's your original content, it's fair game regardless of length." That's what she said?

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T-Mobile Lies Some More: 4G Tablets Coming in 2011

posted Saturday Dec 11, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

T-Mobile Lies Some More: 4G Tablets Coming in 2011

Okay, enough, T-Mobile. Just because Sprint is announcing a 4G tablet in 2011 doesn't mean you have to do the same, especially since you don't even have a 4G network. We haven't heard anything of the platform or even the brand that the tablet will be on, only the fact that T-Mobile is still trying to fit in with the cool kids by using all these fancy buzzwords. I think it's because everybody except pre-teens and grannies have moved on to better carriers with more reliable and faster networks.

Here's what T-Mobile has to say about it.

T-Mobile is working closely with the majority of our OEM partners to deliver 4G products by integrating HSPA+ into roadmaps in 2011 as the dominant global standard. Consumers will continue to see HSPA+ fuel future innovation in a variety of mobile consumer electronics from smartphones and tablets to emerging devices. T-Mobile will continue to be at the forefront of wireless innovation, delivering an aggressive 4G product lineup in 2011, including 4G tablets.

I can't believe they used the terms '4G' and 'HSPA+' in the same sentence only separated by a few words and thought that people wouldn't notice. So expect a 3G+ tablet in 2011, folks.

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Xbox 360 Still on the Success Train

posted Saturday Dec 11, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Xbox 360 Still on the Success Train

As we reported last month, media group NPD has changed the way they report on gaming hardware and software sales but that didn't stop Microsoft from boasting how awesome they did. This month turned out to be no different than the last, as Microsoft yet again rained down heavy droplets of success unto their competition and danced in the praise that NPD gave them, adding some of their own sentences of superiority in the process.

Want to see how well they did? Follow the break.

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Sue Google, Then Visit The Dollar Menu

posted Sunday Dec 5, 2010 by Jon Wurm

Sue Google, Then Visit The Dollar Menu

Google Street View is no stranger to scandal or bad publicity but no matter how hated it is, it just can't seem to take a hint. Sure you can opt out of Street View rather easily but it's just not as fun as a lawsuit, which is exactly how the Boring family felt after taking Google to court in 2008.

Ultimately, a Pennsylvania district judge threw the case out in 2009 but in February 2010 the appeals court allowed Aaron and Christine Boring to pursue compensation for the charges of privacy violation, trespassing, and negligence. After, 2 years of annoying Google as well as the courts they did finally prevail and were justly compensated for their efforts in the amount of $1. That's right, $1, and this is what the courts had to say about it.

Of course, it may well be that, when it comes to proving damages from the alleged trespass, the Borings are left to collect one dollar and whatever sense of vindication that may bring.

Google got owned....well not really, but at least this lawsuit wasn't boring.

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