Back in December I briefly mentioned
Sony's announcement to take the FIFA World Cup to 3D, along with a brief overview on how they intended to do that. Well, this week brought more details for us to get excited about!
The original topic told us that North America would have to wait for the Blu-ray disc to see it in 3D, but Sony's press release (link is at the bottom) told us that our good friends over at ESPN are going to handle the good ol' US of A. Cable giant Sogecable was also announced to handle the broadcasts for Spain, and more partners are going to be named soon, and eight matches will also be televised in 3D cinemas around the world.
This week has brought a lot of revelations for the Apple world. We'll start with what we learned from the iPad launch - 2 new iPhones coming soon. Someone with too much time on their hands went searching through the iPad firmware and discovered a series of new hardware models. iPhone3,2, iPhone3,3, iPod4,1 and iProd2,1. A new iPod Touch is not unexpected, especially with one of the next announcements we will discuss and an upgrade to the iPad is not surprising as Apple never keeps their first model anything on the market too long. The double iPhones, however, is a bit more of a surprise. We would definitely expect to hear about a new model soon, but 2 new models indicates to me that we will see AT&T's exclusivity ending soon, and a new CDMA version could be around the corner. I have heard rumors from an Apple employee that there is a CDMA device in the works, but it wasn't expected to carry the iPhone branding.
Sprint has had a long history with sports. Many years ago, ESPN launched their own mobile offering - ESPN Mobile - that was run on Sprint's mobile network using rebranded Sprint phones, most notably the Samsung A900. Later, Sprint gained an exclusive deal with the NFL to provide Sprint NFL Live, an app available on almost all of their handsets, that provided streaming of live content as well as news stories, special announcements and exclusive videos. Recently, however, Sprint NFL Live was shut down because Verizon Wireless offered almost double, a total of $720 million, to take the exclusivity away from Sprint.
Rumor alert, rumor alert! There was talk earlier this week that the YouTube outage was caused by outside tampering, but the rumor has been put to rest.
As we know, Google has pulled the plug on censorship in China earlier this week, leaving room for speculation surrounding the YouTube outage. Technical problems caused the site to be down for only about an hour on Thursday morning, and in no way is related to Google's recent move.
Here at PLuGHiTz Live! Radio, we have been forcing ourselves to keep pace with the ever growing and quickly changing world of Twitter. It's been a while so feel free to catch up on what's happened so far with
Twitter Gets Another Cool $100 Million....Seriously? and Twitter Is Worth One Billion? Why?. Otherwise this is what has been going on since we last reported Twitter's exploits, or lack there of. Biz Stone and Evan Williams finally presented a business model at the South by Southwest interactive festival in March as promised.
Wait. What's that? I'm sorry, this just came in that in fact that didn't happen.
The problem with the Easter weekend is that it's one of the many holidays celebrated the world over in which we don't get presents. Don't get me wrong, peeps are delicious and extremely satisfying but not as satisfying as getting a brand new game half off. Thanks to Toys R Us that has been made possibility.
On April 2nd and 3rd, stores nationwide, as well as the retailer's site, will offer the sale on its entire stock of video games, among other non-gaming goods. You could pick up two MW2's for you and a friend who just haven't had the money to afford shooting up terrorists. Or you could pick yourself up copies of
Skate and Skate 2, so you can catch yourself up on the franchise in anticipation for Skate 3.
What games have you been waiting for a deal on to purchase and are you going to take advantage of this sale to buy it?