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New Line to Reboot Police Academy

posted Sunday Mar 7, 2010 by Scott Ertz

New Line to Reboot <i>Police Academy</i>

Are you as tired of reboots as we are? Well, get ready for another 80s franchise making a return from the dead: Police Academy. You guys remember the films, right? A city is in danger and there aren't enough police, so they bring in anyone who is interested in joining and most of them are nuts? After they joined they seemed to not be able to get rid of them because there were 5 more films after? Good, you'll need that information to prepare for even more films in the series!

The good news is that Paul Maslansky, the producer who brought us the original comedy gold (and the rest of the series as well) is back to oversee the project. Hopefully New Line will let him do what he wants like the first movie and not try and make it something it's not, such as a family movie, like Warner Bros. did with the last 5. Maslansky seems to think they will, saying,

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A Prius Kills

posted Sunday Mar 7, 2010 by Scott Ertz

A Prius Kills

I know what you're all thinking - another Toyota car fails? Big surprise. Well, this story is not at all what you're expecting. In Asia there is a free-to-play MMO called Prius in which you take care and raise "Anima" children. A couple allegedly let their real life baby starve so they could focus their energy on their virtual child instead.

Apparently these "parents" were spending up to 12 hours each day in Internet cafes playing this game, all the while leaving their 3-month old baby at home by itself. Now, if it were a 3-month old poodle, there would have been little to no problem, but baby humans tend to need a little more attention and food than their canine counterparts at this point.

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WinPho + Xbox Live + Games for Windows = Awesomeness

posted Sunday Mar 7, 2010 by Scott Ertz

WinPho + Xbox Live + Games for Windows = Awesomeness

Apparently Microsoft couldn't wait until the next major conference to whip out their new little friend, Windows Phone 7 Series. This week, it peeked its head out at TechEd Middle East in a surprising new way: a demo of a three-way cross-platform gaming experience, all held together with Xbox Live.

Microsoft's Eric Rudder got the chance to keynote the conference and decided this would be the best place to show the world what gaming on all devices would look like. While the game itself was simple, the technology was not. Built in Microsoft Visual Studio with the capability of 90% code sharing, a team designed an Indiana Jones game that could be played on the PC with a mouse and keyboard, the Xbox with a controller and the ASUS WinPho device with accelerometers and multi-touch.

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Xbox Live Rules We Are The World

posted Sunday Mar 7, 2010 by Jon Wurm

Xbox Live Rules We Are The World

If we can think back to 2009 for a moment then some of us remember Microsoft got itself into a pickle after banning gamertags that were found objectionable because they expressed the sexual orientation of the user. After consulting with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLADD) Microsoft is moving forward with opening up expression of race, religion, sexual orientation, nationality and religion. Marc Whitten posted a letter on Xbox.com saying that the terms of service,

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Google 's DocVerse Takes On Microsoft Office

posted Saturday Mar 6, 2010 by Jon Wurm

Google 's DocVerse Takes On Microsoft Office

DocVerse is the latest company or victim in the recent Google acquisition. The details of the acquisition are not known however according to unnamed sources in an article from AllThingsDigital blog the final sale my between 25 and 30 million. This is by far not a large amount for Google to spend on acquisition but they fell in love with them and see DocVerse as an exciting and important component in competing with software giant Microsoft. Last Friday Google announced the news on their company blog.

DocVerse is a small company of 20 employees that was founded back in 2007 by former Microsoft mangers. Google also has Google Docs which they use to try and convert loyal Microsoft Office users away from but with DocVerse Google seemingly intends to create a more formal office program that uses both PC and cloud computing to the user's advantage. Microsoft stated in an e-mail that,

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Another Open Source Operating System Opens Its Doors to Severe Problems

posted Saturday Mar 6, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Another Open Source Operating System Opens Its Doors to Severe Problems

Android has come a long way since it launched its first device November 5, 2008. In fact, it has come 1.1 versions since then. This advancement in technology seems to be a great thing, until you think that there are still devices running the original Android OS, which seems just as strange to me as the idea that there are still people using Internet Explorer 6.

This fragmentation in the Android community is a huge problem for Google and their plans to keep the platform viable. It is incredibly difficult for a software designer to make software when they have no idea what version of Android is being used. Imagine if you had to write software for only one version of Windows and it was your responsibility to pick which one. You would only be able to market to the elite early adopters or the people who have had their computers a while, but never both.

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