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CES 2011 - Welcome to the Show

posted Wednesday Jan 5, 2011 by Scott Ertz

CES 2011 - Welcome to the Show

It's been nice having the last 2 weeks off, but it's time for us to get back to the grindstone and what better way to do that than a trip to Las Vegas, Nevada for the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2011.

Our crew is currently sitting in the press area of The Venetian taking in the sights of the first unofficial official day of the show. There are people from all aspects of the industry around us, from press, bloggers and analysts to executives from small start-up companies and large, international conglomerates. Everyone is running around preparing for the beginning of the full show.

The real thing kicks off tonight here at the Las Vegas Hilton where Steve Balmer, CEO of Microsoft, will give his opening keynote speech. Following the keynote, PLuGHiTz Live! Radio will be broadcasting live for our CES 2011 Pre-Show. You'll want to follow our Facebook page for the exact time because everything is up in the air.

As the convention continues, keep following us here on The UpStream as well as Facebook for breaking news from the tech industry!

CES 2011 - Salutations from Las Vegas

posted Wednesday Jan 5, 2011 by Jon Wurm

CES 2011 - Salutations from Las Vegas

I'm sitting here in the Venetian for Press Day at CES with Scott and Nick and I've got to say there are a lot more MacBooks here than anticipated but the PC and mobile platforms are here in full force along with so many other things that literally I don't have enough hard drive capacity in my brain to write all the data. With over 20 Tech Zones and tons of industry makers here we will have a lot of content coming at you. You also won't want to miss our semi-exclusive interviews with industry leading companies and professionals. What's that? You want to know who? Then you better pay attention to our Facebook page and The UpStream.

A New Way to Watch Movies on Your Phone

posted Sunday Dec 19, 2010 by Scott Ertz

A New Way to Watch Movies on Your Phone

Windows Phone 7 might be the new kid on the block, but some pretty big partners have already gotten on-board to produce exclusive applications for the platform. Most notably is the new series of Paramount movie apps. Since WinPho7 is entirely Silverlight based, it gives Paramount a perfect platform to produce video applications.

The first of 10 planned titles is Jack Black's School of Rock. Included in the application is the ability to watch the full movie, cut out clips, see the special features, get movie trivia and play Scene It? based on the particular title.

For more of the titles and the details, hit the break.

ESRB Gives Parents Peace Of Mind With Mobile App

posted Sunday Dec 19, 2010 by Jon Wurm

ESRB Gives Parents Peace Of Mind With Mobile App

The Entertainment Software Rating Board, ESRB, stepped up their game by entering the mobile world last December with an iPhone app that allowed the user to search for games by title only. And this year they have added a major feature which will allow users, or in most cases, concerned parents, to take a picture of the box art and get detailed information on the game.

According to the ESRB the kind of detailed information made available will include,

detailed, straight-forward explanation--including specific examples--of the content that factored into a game's rating. The goal is to ensure parents can make truly informed game choices for their children.

Hit the break to watch the PR video the ESRB released for the new app.

DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket to Web-Connected TVs, Blu-rays, Roku, Boxee and Apple TV? Yes, Please!!

posted Sunday Dec 19, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket to Web-Connected TVs, Blu-rays, Roku, Boxee and Apple TV? Yes, Please!!

Oh man, I may have to jump up and down and rejoice if all of this turns out to me true. Break out the party streamers, the pi├▒ata, the lemonade, party hats and of course, the rumor alert siren as I have stumbled across an image that would make any NFL fan who doesn't have DirecTV lose their mind! DirecTV sent out a marketing research survey asking customers if they'd prefer to watch their NFL Sunday Ticket over the Internet instead of satellite.

As you may or may not know, to receive any out-of-market NFL game, the only way to do it is either the illegal online stream route, or by subscribing to NFL Sunday Ticket as a premium add-on to DirecTV's satellite service. There are a lot of circumstances that prohibit signing up for DirecTV, such as trees, building placement or local laws. So, in essence, it only furthers the frustrations of many fans in the country.

If you want to see the survey and have more info on this and why this is important, follow the break.

MetroPCS Brings REAL 4G Network to Boston, Sacramento and NYC

posted Sunday Dec 19, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

MetroPCS Brings REAL 4G Network to Boston, Sacramento and NYC

Under normal circumstances, I'd be inclined to make fun of, downplay or otherwise have MetroPCS look foolish. With no contract, prepaid carriers, most of the time you get a service that is lackluster at best, relies on outdated technology and devices and gets placed last on the queue for connectivity to the towers, in which they do not own, only borrow when needed from the major carriers.

However, the tide has turned, as T-Mobile has been in my crosshairs for over a month. I mentioned in November how T-Mobile has lied about having a true 4G network and that MetroPCS has had a real 4G device on a real 4G network for a while now.

If you want to know how this all plays together, click the break.

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