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MizuCon - Small But Mighty

posted Sunday Aug 22, 2010 by Scott Ertz

MizuCon - Small But Mighty

Another week, another convention. This one was unlike any I have attended before. MizuCon is in its third year and doing very well for itself. While remaining small, the con feels bigger than it is.

Part of what made the con feel so much bigger was the presence of TATE'S Comics+Toys+Videos+More and the 3000 Brigade. With a team of over 30 people, this pairing certainly gives the feeling of the larger cons. And anywhere the 3000 Brigade goes you have fun and feel at home.

For more about MizuCon and their entertainment, hit the break.

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Play Too Much StarCraft? Take Some Pills!

posted Sunday Aug 22, 2010 by Josh Henry

Play Too Much <i>StarCraft</i>? Take Some Pills!

A study recently conducted by the Department of Psychiatry at South Korea's Chung Ang University has found that StarCraft "addiction" can be treated with Bupropion, an antidepressant and anti-smoking aid. Yes thats right...StarCraft "addiction." The study found that individuals who took the drug for six weeks saw their average StarCraft playtime decrease by 35.5 percent. In addition-- and this is honest to god no joke-- MRI scans showed that participant's brains reacted less strongly to pictures of Zerglings after the treatment. It's studies like this that make me think, "Why does North Korea want them back?"

For those of you that don't know what StarCraft is North Korea helpfully summarized StarCraft for people just like you:

As a military leader for one of three species, players must gather resources for training and expanding their species’ forces. Utilizing various strategies and alliances with other species, players attempt to lead their own species to victory.

Treating someone's obsessive behavior towards a video game with real-life pharmaceuticals is a fairly heavy prescription. Then again, out of the survey's eleven participants, six had dropped out of school for two months due to the amount of time they put into StarCraft every day. Two participants were divorced due to their demanding StarCraft schedules. Now I have never had an addiction to a specific game but I know how much of a hassle it is too keep up with things like raids or guild functions. One minute you are just playing a game, having fun, and all of a sudden it feels like a job that you have to do. I wonder what game addiction they plan to tackle next. World of Warcraft, Aion, or StarCraft 2 perhaps? Only time will tell, but one things for sure I am looking forward to whatever whacky study South Korea comes up with next.

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Apple Patent Could Lock Out Unauthorized Users

posted Sunday Aug 22, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Apple Patent Could Lock Out Unauthorized Users

Apple has decided that remotely removing applications you have downloaded is a thing of the past. The more important issue is those pesky unauthorized iOS users. So, this week, Apple has decided to apply for a patent on a new method to tell the difference between authorized and unauthorized users of a specific iOS device. Once one is detected, the device would be able to shut off certain features or send notifications to services about the disallowed use.

The patent, titled "Systems and Methods for Identifying Unauthorized Users of an Electronic Device," describes many ways the device could sense who is using an iPhone or iPad. Included are voice print analysis, photo analysis, heartbeat analysis (what!?), hacking attempts or even "noting particular activities that can indicate suspicious behavior."

Want to know more about this scary, Big Brother-esque operation? Follow the break.

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Intel Buys McAfee, Decides That Security Matters

posted Sunday Aug 22, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Intel Buys McAfee, Decides That Security Matters

Intel has purchased security and antivirus company McAfee for $7.68 billion. The processing giant will pay 60% over the closing price from Wednesday, $48 a share, making this the largest deal in Intel's history.

Intel's President and CEO Paul Otellini stressed that security is becoming an increasing importance in the company.

In the past, energy-efficient performance and connectivity have defined computing requirements. Looking forward, security will join those as a third pillar of what people demand from all computing experiences.

More on the deal after the break.

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Star Wars: Celebration V - The Man, The Myth, The Total Beast, Ray Park!

posted Sunday Aug 15, 2010 by Josh Henry

Ray Park is a name you may have heard if you are a fan of NBC's Heroes, or movies like Mortal Kombat, Sleepy Hollow, X-Men and of course Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Essentially he is a Caucasian version of Jackie Chan, but with a British accent. While I was in the line to see an interview of him once again hosted by the hilarious Jay Lag'aia, I kept hearing about what a great person Ray Park was and how he would go around to people not getting any attention in the autograph lines and sign their stuff, or how he was such a positive person and a ball of energy. So needless to say I was really excited to see this man in person and evaluate just how great of a guy he really was.

How great is he? Hit the break to find out.

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One Bad Apple... Gets Arrested in Kickback Scheme

posted Sunday Aug 15, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

One Bad Apple... Gets Arrested in Kickback Scheme

Do you know Paul Shin Devine? We didn't either until this week. Paul is 37, is a global supply manager for Apple, lives in Sunnyvale, CA and apparently loves to accept kickbacks from Asian suppliers. So much, in fact, that in return, he would provide confidential information that allows those suppliers to negotiate more advantageous contracts with Apple. In the real world, those extracurricular activities are against the law and the FBI will arrest you for it. And that's exactly what happened.

More on this bad apple after the break.

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