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The Buzz Continues

posted Sunday Feb 28, 2010 by Kyria Gianos

The Buzz Continues

Everyone is buzzing about Google Buzz, just not in a positive way. Not too many Gmail users were thrilled to see that Google had automatically signed them up for and linked them with other Buzz users, but that was just the beginning.

Users were curious about the new social networking service but lost interest when linked with people automatically. Google claims that they plan to fix the auto-follow feature by using a suggestion box to add new friends, sound familiar?

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Total Music Sales are Down, but so is P2P Use

posted Sunday Feb 28, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Total Music Sales are Down, but so is P2P Use

Last week, the world held their breath during the opening ceremonies for the 2010 Winter Olympics while at the same time salivating over the announcement of Windows Phone 7 Series at MWC, so I guess the media had nothing better to do than to report on studies and researches. Here's another for you.

Marketing research firm NPD Group has reported that numbers have plummeted from '07 to '09 when it comes to how much music was legally purchased. Stating at the Digital Music Forum: East conference in New York, NPD analyst Russ Crupnick mentioned that 24 million fewer people bought music in the two year time frame, whether it be CD or online. However, total spending per user has increased, and more shockingly, P2P use has decreased in the same time.

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Ups and Downs for Palm

posted Sunday Feb 28, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Ups and Downs for Palm

This has been a bitter-sweet week for Palm fans. On the positive side, WebOS 1.4 hit this weekend (Saturday morning for Sprint and Sunday morning for Verizon), adding some much-needed feature enhancements. On the bad side, so did some preliminary numbers for this quarter.

WebOS 1.4 was a bit of an overhaul on what we think about when we think of the WebOS. Everything from the application load screen to the Memos application were altered. A lot of the changes involve adding interoperability to the apps, like clicking a phone number in a memo to call the number, etc. However, there are a few big changes to the way it works. A new application does not go full-screen until it finishes loading, so users know why they cannot use it yet. Also, you can change the alert sounds for each event, as opposed to one alert sound for all events. The most important addition, however, is video. You can now record video and then edit it right on the phone. The edit feature is similar to that on the iPhone, without the lag some users experience when the phone tries to re-render the preview images.

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Lonely? Talk to a Stranger

posted Sunday Feb 28, 2010 by Kyria Gianos

Lonely? Talk to a Stranger

As if trying to keep yourself and your children safe on the Internet wasn't difficult enough already, a new website known as Chatroulette takes risky to a whole new level. The chatroom allows you to hook up with complete strangers, communicating via text AND webcam. Once you get tired of talking to your new "friend," just click and begin a new conversation with another random stranger.

The site is completely unpredictable, you never know what may pop up in the little webcam box. Some users partake in the chatroom just for some entertainment, like a French man who has been known to wear a jester's hat and tell jokes in his native language, but there is always the possibility of partially to completely naked people appearing on the screen.

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DSi XL Coming Next Month

posted Sunday Feb 28, 2010 by Scott Ertz

DSi XL Coming Next Month

We here have all been excited about the release of the DSi XL, because who doesn't need a huge piece of technology in their pockets. Nintendo finally announced this week, at their day-long media summit in San Francisco, that the device will be released in the US on March 28th. Looks like we won't have to wait too much longer to get our hands on the latest in the DS family.

In case you don't remember, the DSi XL will sport a screen nearly double the size of the current DSi, offers a better viewing angle and longer stylus. But it also comes bundled with DSiWare pre-installed, so no work on your part.

You can look for the device to hit shelves with a price of $190 on March 28th. Are you guys going to get one for yourselves or did you buy the DSi when it came out? Let us know in the comments section below.

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When Our Powers Combine...

posted Saturday Feb 27, 2010 by Scott Ertz

When Our Powers Combine...

Last July I told you about Inspired Media Entertainment launching a Christian gaming portal. Well, the road to Damascus has been a little longer and harder than they thought, because since then their public name has changed to Left Behind Games and they have now merged with Digital Praise, creators of the rhythm games Guitar Praise and Dance Praise. I bet you can guess what type of company they are. Troy Lyndon, CEO of Left Behind Games, described it like this:

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