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What Piracy? Music Industry on the Rise in 2009

posted Saturday May 1, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

What Piracy? Music Industry on the Rise in 2009

We covered a couple months ago about how total music sales were down as well as piracy use from 2007 to 2009 but that was only for the United States. Here's a global stat: 13 markets worldwide saw an increase in music revenue for the year of 2009, including Australia, Mexico, South Korea, Sweden, the UK and Brazil. They all claim, however, that this means there needs to be more stringent anti-piracy laws.

IFPI, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, said, "South Korea and Sweden in particular saw striking returns to growth...showing how an improved legal environment can help impact on legitimate music sales."

This may be true, but the data doesn't show that. Sweden did approve a new law in 2009 that gave rights holders a court-dictated way to get named of accused piracy infringers, which caused The Pirate Bay admins to go on trial. But we've used those tactics here in the States for years. So why did we suffer but Sweden didn't?

Leonary Nemoy's Final Voyage

posted Saturday May 1, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Leonary Nemoy's Final Voyage

Everyone on the planet seems to know who Lenoard Nemoy is, and it is entirely thanks to the success of Star Trek and everything involved with it. It is a career setting that has been constant since the premiere in 1966, but after 44 years in Star Trek and 60 years in the industry, Nimoy is calling it quits.

In an interview with the Toronto Sun, Nimoy said,

Activision and Bungie Link-up for Ten Years

posted Saturday May 1, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Activision and Bungie Link-up for Ten Years

Activision just lost all the important people from their Infinity Ward studio, so it only makes sense that they announced to the world this week that they will be teaming up with Bungie on a ten-year publishing deal. Bungie will be bringing games to platforms of the unknown apparently, because they really didn't announce anything else other than the fact that they will not be exclusive developers for the Xbox 360 and that the deal was in the works for about nine months.

Rest assure though, that even after all the dust settles from the Infinity Ward fallout, the announcement mentioned that Bungie will remain in total control of all of its upcoming titles.

Microsoft Admits the Courier is Real, Then Destroys Our Hopes and Dreams

posted Saturday May 1, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Microsoft Admits the Courier is Real, Then Destroys Our Hopes and Dreams

Our visions of a future where there could be a DSi-type device with an operating system, that was larger, faster and more useful were acknowledged, then very quickly dashed as Microsoft finally opened their tight-lipped mouths about the Courier project. The dual-screen tablet has been something we have been longing for Microsoft to actually manufacture, however, it seems that won't be happening anytime soon.

Frank Shaw, Microsoft's Vice President of corporate communications released this in a statement:

Flash 10.1 for Android in June

posted Friday Apr 30, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Flash 10.1 for Android in June

I know, you saw the word Flash and thought that I was going to mention Apple. I can promise I'm not going to talk about Apple vs the tech world right now. Instead, I'm going to tell you about how Google and Adobe are trying to become best friends in the e-sandbox.

Last week, Adobe's Chief Technical Officer Kevin Lynch confirmed in his blog that Flash will be heading to the Android platform in June. He also mentioned about Adobe's tactic to move away from Apple and their devices, and instead plan to bring Flash to any and everything non-Apple, such as Google, RIM, HP/Palm, Microsoft, Nokia and several others.

The Force is Strong With This Game

posted Sunday Apr 25, 2010 by Josh Henry

The Force is Strong With This Game

Another week means another update from our friends at Bioware concerning their MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic, and this week they pulled out the big guns.. quite literally. We received yet another video documentary, not on the game being the first fully voiced MMO or the actual integration of the fourth pillar but on something we are actually interested in... combat!

So far it seem that the forum community has people running in the streets for joy and others shivering in fear at the footage we all witnessed. It seems the consensus for the skeptics is that it just looks to much like World of Warcraft's combats. My reply to said skeptics is you are all morons. The video speaks for itself; it looks like you are actually in the movies, choreographed saber fights, blocking blasterbolts, using jetpacks, shooting around corners, you name it and it's there. Some of the more exciting footage contains a bounty hunter charging at an opponent with assistance from their jetpack, or seeing a couple Jedi blocking blaster bolts left and right like there is nothing to it.

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