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Intel Copies EA, Makes You Pay for Stuff You Already Paid For

posted Sunday Sep 19, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Intel Copies EA, Makes You Pay for Stuff You Already Paid For

Have you been to a Best Buy recently? We haven't either. If you do happen to make that sad stroll into the price tagged store and venture your way over to the PC section (it's that tiny aisle behind the 17 foot Apple wall) you'll see a $50 prepaid Intel card. Intel calls it the Processor Performance Upgrade Card. We call it EA Has Infiltrated Our Beloved PC Manufacturers' Heads and Brainwashed Them.

What ever could this card be for? Hit the break to find out.

Halo: Reach Co-op Out of Reach for 4GB Xbox 360 Owners

posted Sunday Sep 19, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

<I>Halo: Reach</I> Co-op Out of Reach for 4GB Xbox 360 Owners

Hey, you there! Did you buy the new Xbox 360 4GB system so you could play your awesomely new cool game Halo: Reach? You did? That's so great! You didn't want to play the co-op mode though, the feature that drew so many new and old players alike to the latest Bungie title, right? Oh, you did? You won't be able to play. I'm so sorry.

What am I talking about? Follow the break for more!

Rumor Alert! Acer DSi Laptop In Development

posted Tuesday Sep 14, 2010 by Jon Wurm

Rumor Alert! Acer DSi Laptop In Development

Let me clarify by saying the actual model is probably not called DSi but I mean look at it...two identical touch screens, one on top and the other on the bottom. Enough said. There isn't much technical data at the moment but we do know the dual touch screen laptop is sporting a 15" display and the Intel Core i5 CPU which clocks in at 2.67GHz. The screens are swappable should you feel the need to shake things up but our first glimpse at this possibly awesome laptop leaves up with more questions than answers. According to the source it is still slow and buggy but will make it to market in fall 2011 if development continues smoothly.

I'm hesitant to say that I'm looking at the future of laptops here simply because laptops in general have fallen behind the curve over the past 7 years and they really need to catch up. For example, with anything but a netbook battery life is just plain sad even with high capacity batteries. No laptop can handle more than 8GB of RAM or support more than one monitor(or at least do it well). Hard drives, especially 5400rpm drives, bottle neck the entire system and last but not least where is USB 3.0? I don't want to sound too upset and dual screens do offer a possible and convenient solution to lack of screen area and multi-monitor support which would be a step in the right direction. What do you think?

Former Microsoft Exec A Spy At Nokia?

posted Sunday Sep 12, 2010 by Jon Wurm

Former Microsoft Exec A Spy At Nokia?

Stephen Elop, the former Microsoft exec who headed up the 18.6 billion dollar business division is now the current CEO for Nokia. This is a strategic move for Nokia to try and reverse some of the market erosion they are experiencing in the smartphone market. Blackberry, iPhone, and Android phones have been giving Nokia a hard time these past couple years and former CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo has been on the chopping block for 4 years now.

Despite a loss in market share, Nokia still remains the world's largest wireless phone company with 36% of the total global market at the end of the second quarter but it's down from its peak in 2007 at 46%. Most of that 46% comes from their dominance of the European and Asian markets but elsewhere their presence is relatively weak.

For more on Nokia and their CEO requirements, hit the break.

British Columbia Pirate Has Yarrrr Games for Cheap in a Mall

posted Sunday Sep 12, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

British Columbia Pirate Has Yarrrr Games for Cheap in a Mall

A 31 year old pirate has been arrested for selling pirated video games at a local mall in Canada. The trusty Mounties seized several pirated video titles and equipment from Penguin Village Hobbies and Entertainment in Richmond, British Columbia's Parker Place Mall and arrested the pirate.

The investigation into the issue started back in April after the Royal Canadian Mounted Police were informed of a piracy operation from private investigation firm IPSA International, who is a US-based firm that works for the software industry.

More on the craziness after the break.

Where is The Hobbit

posted Sunday Sep 12, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Where is <i>The Hobbit</i>

The big-budget movie adaptation of The Hobbit is a long way from coming out. For a while, it has seemed like it was a long way from starting production. Not surprising, however, when you consider the director has changed, the owner of the rights (MGM) is in bankruptcy and there is still no Bilbo Baggins. There may be some good news leading to production gearing up in the next few months.

The biggest problem is a lack of funding from a production company that has gotten so invaluable that Disney renamed one of their parks - Metro Goldwin Meyer, better known as MGM. Spyglass has been trying to figure out how to keep MGM afloat long enough to finish the movies and, according to TheOneRing, there might be a solution:

According to our spy, if things go well with MGM and Spyglass in the next few weeks, ‘The Hobbit’ will head to production in January, pending negotiations with Freeman and filming could tie up actors for a year. (January happens to be an excellent weather month to shoot at the Hobbiton set.)

For more on the production, follow the break.

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