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Droid Does... Explode in Your Ear

posted Sunday Dec 5, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Droid Does... Explode in Your Ear

Only in Texas. Cedar Hill resident Aron Embry was using his new Motorola Droid 2 phone when suddenly he heard a pop and then, after pulling the phone from his ear, he noticed his ear was bleeding.

I heard a pop. I didn't feel any pain initially. I pulled the phone down. I felt something dripping. I realized that it probably was blood. I went into the house and as I got into the bathroom and once I got to the mirror and saw it, it was only then I kinda looked at my phone and noticed the screen had appeared to burst outward.

The man, 30, was rushed to the hospital to get stitches and luckily did not have any hearing loss.

This isn't the first time a user has had problems with a mobile device. We all know about Apple's hot pants situation.

Motorola has stated it is not aware of other issues like this and stands firm on saying this is an isolated incident. The company will be speaking with Embry and plans to fully investigate the matter. From what I understand, Bluetooth devices haven't exploded as of yet.

OnLive PlayPack Offers Monthly Subscription for Unlimited Gaming

posted Sunday Dec 5, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

OnLive PlayPack Offers Monthly Subscription for Unlimited Gaming

It looks like OnLive is getting their act together. Coming off of the heels of their OnLive Game System release, the company has announced a new service for its customers, the OnLive PlayPack (BETA).

With OnLive PlayPack, consumers can play all the games that they so desire, for as long as they want to, instantly without needing to download, insert a disc or update the game. At only $9.99/mo and with no contract, OnLive now has a very Netflix or Hulu-like promotion, not to mention it already has over fifteen titles available and it's only in BETA.

The coolest part about this is the fact that until January 14th, the service is FREE to anyone who has the $99 OnLive Game System. So head over to the source link, pickup the console, sign up to the service and start gaming until your fingers explode!

Kinect sells 2.5M in 25 Days, Beats Move and iPad

posted Sunday Dec 5, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Kinect sells 2.5M in 25 Days, Beats Move and iPad

I shall silence the individuals who claim motion gaming will ruin the gaming industry forever, that they will miss their buttons and that motion gaming will never be popular and refute them by saying 2.5 million people disagree. That is because Microsoft announced this week that the Kinect for Xbox 360 sold 2.5 million units in just 25 days! It should be noted that this number indicates units sold to consumers, not shipped to stores.

This paragraph left intentionally separate to specifically inform that 2.5 million units sold is twice as fast as the Sony Move, which sold 1 million in its first month and it is double that of the iPad which took two months to hit 2 million. Boosh.

Microsoft's president of Interactive Entertainment Business, Dan Mattrick, said this in a press statement,

We are thrilled about the consumer response to Kinect, and are working hard with our retail and manufacturing partners to expedite production and shipments of Kinect to restock shelves as fast as possible to keep up with demand. With sales already exceeding two and a half million units in just 25 days, we are on pace to reach our forecast of 5 million units sold to consumers this holiday.

5 million by January? That's an awesome number to reach if they do indeed get there. Some analysts and fanboys are claiming that Microsoft got to cheat by releasing the Kinect right before Black Friday. My response to that is that Sony and Apple had the same right to the day and that release dates are not owned by certain companies.

My hat is off to Microsoft and to the consumers for getting behind this new gaming enhancement. Now it's up to the developers to come up with some more exciting games for the platform. Please, do not makes a Dodecahedron Sports Delta Plus.

Google To Open Shiniest Store Ever On December 7th?

posted Sunday Dec 5, 2010 by Jon Wurm

Google To Open Shiniest Store Ever On December 7th?

Last Friday Google sent out a bunch of e-mails that quickly circulated through the tech community about a "Chrome-centric" event taking place on December 7th, and for everyone (who got the invite) to come to Dogpatch Studios and check it out. There is plenty of speculation about what exactly Google might be up to this time but we can narrow the possibilities down to two.

In order to find out what those are you have to hit the break.

Microsoft Presents Xbox LIVE Rewards Program

posted Sunday Dec 5, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Microsoft Presents Xbox LIVE Rewards Program

All my PlayStation Network fans can take yet another step back and maybe bring themselves closer to admitting that Xbox Live is the superior online gaming network. This week, Microsoft brought to life a way to reward its Xbox Live users by simply using the service and spending tons of Microsoft Points. They call it the Xbox Live Rewards Program.

As soon as I received the email about it from Xbox, I immediately signed up, long before the news outlets got hold of the story. Why? Its perks far outweigh the two minutes it took to fill out the simple form.

What all does this new program give you? Follow the break to reward your brain with that knowledge.

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