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Viacom to Sell Off Harmonix

posted Sunday Nov 14, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Viacom to Sell Off Harmonix

With Rock Band 3 and Dance Central being extremely successful, it makes total sense for parent company Viacom to sell off game developer Harmonix, right? No? Well, that's what is happening in the world of Viacom.

Viacom purchased Harmonix for $175 million in 2006, back when the company was still making Guitar Hero games and before they went the way of Rock Band. Nobody in Harmonix had commented on why, other than a report saying that,

Viacom also announced that it plans to sell Harmonix, which developed the Rock Band music video game franchise. Accordingly, the Company reclassified the business as a discontinued operation.

But news since then has been discovered. For Viacom's stance on the matter, hit the break.

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New Hybrid Batteries To The Rescue?

posted Sunday Nov 14, 2010 by Jon Wurm

New Hybrid Batteries To The Rescue?

Some would agree that batteries have fallen a little behind the times. For example, we have seen considerable improvement in power consumption in most electronic devices like netbooks and cell phones but any portable electronic device that is capable of higher performance levels, like smart-phones and quad-core laptops, won't last more than a few hours if not plugged in. And who is ever near an outlet when they really need to be?

Hit the break to find out if these new hybrid batteries will ease our pain

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Chinese Are Good At Math and Supercomputing, Go Figure

posted Sunday Nov 14, 2010 by Jon Wurm

Chinese Are Good At Math and Supercomputing, Go Figure

The technology race doesn't just extend to companies. Just recently, the updated list of the world's 500 most powerful supercomputers was released and the U.S. has been moved to the #2 spot by none other than China. Their Tianhe-1A system, courtesy of China's National University of Defense Technology in Tianjin, is capable of performing 2.67 petaflops per second. Jaguar, the Cray XT5 system at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory is capable of 1.75 petaflops per second, which is still incredibly fast.

Hit the break to find out is we have anything to worry about.

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We Don't Believe It Either: Gran Turismo 5 Releasing November 24th

posted Sunday Nov 14, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

We Don't Believe It Either: <I>Gran Turismo 5</i> Releasing November 24th

I know, we didn't want to hear anymore Gran Turismo 5, 6 or 7 talk either, but this week Sony has pushed up the release date from November 30th to November 24th. The bigger news is that developer of the game, Polyphony, also is nodding in approval of this date switch.

Everybody is talking about this being a "final" release date, but we don't believe it. We never have and never will as this is worse than the hype about Spore. And we all remember that game taking twelve years to be released.

For quotes from Polyphony's President, hit the break.

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New Gran Turismo 5 Final Official Release Date Revealed: November 24th, 2010:About.com

Dallas Cowboys Domain Expires at Worst Time Ever

posted Sunday Nov 14, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Dallas Cowboys Domain Expires at Worst Time Ever

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was very busy last week. His beloved Cowboys, while having the biggest and most expensive stadium in the history of the NFL, is also having the biggest flop of a season in franchise history since the 70s. He just fired his long-term head coach Wade Philips for the debacle that he is, and worst of all, at the same time he was in his ranch house in Dallas cleaning house, his domain dallascowboys.com expired.

Apparently the domain was expired before their blowout loss to the Packers last Sunday, but wasn't put on sale until that night. Some users trying to access the site upon hearing the news the day after the loss, however, weren't able to. Others saw the parked domain. ESPN and other websites were reporting the Cowboys' website to be down because of high traffic after the firing, but we now know the real reason behind that.

For a picture of the site as it was during the downtime, hit the break.

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Google Internal Memo Leaks, Raises Given to All Employees

posted Sunday Nov 14, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Google Internal Memo Leaks, Raises Given to All Employees

Happy holidays, says Google! $1,000 in cash goes to all of you employees of the evil empire that is the Googleplex as a "holiday bonus" and you will also receive a 2011 salary raise of at least 10% starting January 1, 2011! Not only that, but you will also get an extra raise equal to your target bonus for the year and be eligible for bonus "merit increases" based on how awesome you do.

Think about this, $1,000 bonus. Google has about 20,000 employees, so that's over $20 million! How generous of them to do that as well as spend over another $20 billion - $1 billion a year - to offer the 10% or more raise. Granted, this cost will be decreased by bonuses and stock option grants. See, not all companies are seeing a recession. Intel and Google are doing pretty well!

How do we know all of this? Someone leaked a memo from Google about it! And it wasn't supposed to be sent out to anyone other than employees of the company. Oops. And Google is very mad about it.

Want to see the memo and see what's happened since the leak? Hit the break.

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