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Media is the New Gaming

posted Saturday Dec 18, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Media is the New Gaming

Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony have planted multimedia Trojan horses in our living rooms in the form of videogame consoles. Until recently, these devices have been mainly used for gaming, but the winds are changing in video's favor.

Nielsen released some statistics recently that show video usage on the consoles is definitely on the rise. 20% of all time spent on a Wii is spent with streaming video, mostly Netflix. Xbox users spend 10% and PS3 users spend 9% of their overall time streaming video. Some of these numbers are surprising and some not so much.

To see which is which, hit the break.

Chrome Enterprise By Google, Not Starfleet

posted Saturday Dec 18, 2010 by Jon Wurm

Chrome Enterprise By Google, Not Starfleet

Cloud: the final frontier. Well, probably not. However, Google CEO Eric Schmidt has big plans for Chrome OS as we noted last week. Their goals to increase ad revenue through a simple web based OS that will effectively move your everyday computing tasks completely to "the cloud," making the user more likely to search for things, is one goal. But the most notable is Google offering MSI for Chrome enterprise deployment. To clarify, a MSI is simply an installation engine that manages the maintenance and removal of software as well.

Hit the break to see if the Chrome MSI can help Google boldly go where only really Microsoft has gone before.

Next iPad To Be More 'i' And Less 'Pad'

posted Tuesday Dec 14, 2010 by Jon Wurm

Next iPad To Be More 'i' And Less 'Pad'

The first generation of the iPad has been credited for launching the tablet market and is expected to sell 13 million units by the end of 2010, which is difficult to believe since I have only ever seen 1 out in the wild. I have even gone into various trendy places where this device would be likely to appear. The other ones were tethered to a Best Buy display. However, current part manufacturers for the iPad have been suggesting that a new version will be in the works and on shelves around April 2011.

To find out more about Apple's next up and coming "revolutionary" device, hit the break.

Netflix and Disney - A Piece of Heaven

posted Sunday Dec 12, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Netflix and Disney - A Piece of Heaven

Netflix is always looking for new ways to do what their users want - add more content. Their newest way of doing this is to strike a deal with Disney-ABC to allow for streaming of their content through their various streaming partners and website.

While NBC, CBS and Fox all participate in Hulu, because they are all shareholders in the company, the Disney brands (not the ones used to mark their employees) has lacked behind in streaming options. Teaming up with Netflix seems to be the perfect pairing for them.

What will be available? Hit the break to find out.

Douche-bag Steals Video Game Systems From Cancer Patients

posted Sunday Dec 12, 2010 by Jon Wurm

Douche-bag Steals Video Game Systems From Cancer Patients

On December 9th a man broke into Carolinas Medical Center located in Charlotte, North Carolina. He preceded to make his way through the building up to a sixth floor office, stopping to glare at a security camera along the way. He then broke into the office, taking 5 video game systems with him, most of which were Xbox 360s. Of course many people are upset about this heinous crime. The local police force released a statement saying,

We are definitely making every attempt to get these gaming systems back to the young patients at Carolinas Medical Center so that they won't be deprived much longer from playing their favorite video game while enduring treatment for their illnesses.

For more on this story take a look at the surveillance video and still pictures from the footage.

The culprit is clearly a loser that brings shame to the human race by stealing from cancer patients. And to add insult to injury most of the consoles taken were Xbox 360s. Really? He could have at least given them a break and stole more PS3s instead.

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Exploring Uncharted Territory, The Desert

posted Sunday Dec 12, 2010 by Jon Wurm

<i>Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception</i> Exploring Uncharted Territory, The Desert

Naughty Dog Software recently announced a November 1st, 2011 release date for the much anticipated third installment of the series. It is going to be a PS3 exclusive title so I retract my previous "much anticipated" statement and replace it with just "anticipated".

This time around, players will guide our "hero," Nathan, through the Arabian Desert in search of the "Atlantis of the Sands." Players can also expect stunning graphics and game play on par with previous games in the series. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception will also release in Stereoscopic 3D.

Hit the break to to see the teaser trailer and a screen shot.

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