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New Xbox 360 Wireless Controller to Feature Shape-Shifting D-Pad

posted Sunday Sep 5, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

New Xbox 360 Wireless Controller to Feature Shape-Shifting D-Pad

Major Nelson's blog was busy this week, as he announced that there will be a brand new version of the Xbox 360 Wireless controller. The slightly altered newest edition will showcase a transforming D-pad that can go from a "plus to a disc with the twist of the wrist." Not only that, but the controller will sport a matte silver body, concave analog sticks and gray A,B,X,Y buttons for that extra flavor.

The good news is that these will ship November 9th and are available for pre-order right now over on Amazon. The bad news is that you have to pay $64.99 for it as it comes with the Play & Charge Kit. That's okay though, because you were at PAX Prime and got a free one, right? No? Oh. Well, then go get the pre-order!

Video with Major Nelson showing off the new hardware after the break.

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To Infineon And Beyond For Intel

posted Sunday Sep 5, 2010 by Jon Wurm

To Infineon And Beyond For Intel

Last week there were rumors that Infineon, Europe's second largest mobile chip manufacturer, was in talks with technology giant Intel about possible merger possibilities. Recently, the deal was sealed for 1.4 billion USD which Intel will drop in cash the way only Intel can. The WLS, Wireless Solutions, unit of Infineon that Intel purchased will operate as a stand alone company. Peter Bauer, Infineon CEO, had this to say:

We can now fully concentrate our resources towards strong growth in our core segments. The automotive, industrial and chip card and security divisions. We all stand to benefit enormously from this deal.

Intel seems to be excited as well. Paul Otellini said,

The global demand for wireless solutions continues to grow at an extraordinary rate. As more devices compute and connect to the Internet, we are committed to making certain that Intel is well positioned to take advantage of the growth potential in every computing segment, from laptops to handhelds.

Hopefully the market and, consequently, the entire developed world will benefit from here on out. Let us know what you think.

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It's a Dirty, Dirty World, LLC

posted Sunday Sep 5, 2010 by Scott Ertz

It's a Dirty, Dirty World, LLC

We here at The UpStream really enjoy a good lawsuit story as any of our regular readers will tell you. This one, however, is going to be a little different from normal. It's not a tech company suing for patent infringement or Microsoft patenting the Page Up key, this involved a cheerleader for the Cincinnati Bengals.

Sarah Jones, who is an English teacher and Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader, was incredibly upset when she was told that TheDirty.com had published a story about her entitled "The Dirty Bengals Cheerleader" which suggested that she was the team mattress and, as such, had acquired a collection of STDs. She was so upset that she contacted her lawyer and sued California-based Dirty World Entertainment Recordings LLC. After failing to respond to the lawsuit, a judge awarded Sarah Jones $11 million in default. Unfortunately, Sarah will not see a penny of that money.

Why will she not see the money she won? Hit the break to find out.

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Mysterious New Phone Service Added To Gmail

posted Sunday Aug 29, 2010 by Jon Wurm

Mysterious New Phone Service Added To Gmail

With the advent of Internet-based communications those old fashioned land-line phones have been getting hit pretty hard and Google has recently added their new phone service to Gmail helping to reassure that the beating will continue.

Gmail is evolving into an all-in-one communications that is increasing their competitiveness between traditional land-line services and other Internet based communication services like Skype and Oovoo. 25% of U.S. homes have already replaced land-lines with mobile phone and Internet communication alternatives. Skype has also proven that there is a potential for their phone service to become a huge success. In the first day alone, 1 million Google calls had already been placed. The service is available nationwide as of right now and Google does intend to make this feature available internationally but there is no release date at the moment.

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Huxley: The Dystopia Changing Distributors

posted Sunday Aug 29, 2010 by Josh Henry

<i>Huxley: The Dystopia</i> Changing Distributors

Back in the day when I actually had the time to keep up with upcoming games, one of the titles that caught my eye was Huxley. For those of you that are not familiar with the title, Huxley is a massively multiplayer first-person shooter set in a post-apocalyptic world where humans and mutants are at war.

Now that you're caught up, it seems NHN USA, or ijji.com, the company that has been the responsible for publishing Huxley: The Dystopia internationally, have announced that they're passing it back to developer Webzen.

Webzen will be self-publishing Huxley, but don't get your panties in a bunch, because this really isn't that big of a deal. NHN USA and Webzen are separate divisions of the same company, NHN Corporation, and the two divisions will continue partnering with one another to publish other projects.

Now, if you've purchased G Coin Cards for the game, don't worry about losing out. "G Coin Cards branded with Huxley imaging will remain valid as long as they're purchased through an authorized retailer." So no need to worry about wasting your cash.

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FFXIV Open Beta Is Here!

posted Sunday Aug 29, 2010 by Josh Henry

<i>FFXIV</i> Open Beta Is Here!

If you, like me, were not lucky enough to get your hands (digitally speaking, of course) on Final Fantasy XIV closed beta invite, our first chance to log a few hours on the game will come next week! Square Enix announced through the game's official forums that open beta servers will go live next Tuesday, August 31 at 7 p.m. Pacific, or 10 p.m. Eastern.

Though the forum post explains that servers will be live 24 hours a day, only a set number of players will be able to log on at one time. This number will gradually increase as Square Enix tests out its server loads, but in the mean time, players who get turned away will be placed on a waiting list. Just think of it as being put on the waiting list for the college, both things are eventually going to rid you of all your money, and will suck away your social life.

I Know Jon and I are excited so if you are interested, and perhaps want to meet up with us in game, I suggest that you head to FFXIV's website and cross your fingers hoping that you get in the que. The game itself is coming out on the 30th of September, so if you are interested in investing time and money into this game, I suggest you take this great opportunity to try it before you buy it. Just a side note, if you preorder the game you will gain access to the game on the 22nd of September, so if you want to get a head start, that would be the path to take.

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