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A DC Legend Dies

posted Saturday Mar 27, 2010 by Scott Ertz

A DC Legend Dies

This morning, Dick Giordano passed away at the age of 77. Mr. Giordano has had a long, distinguished career including time with Marvel, DC, Dell, Valiant and others. In addition to being a talented artist and all-around good guy, Giordano also held Executive-level positions in several art companies.

He spent time as the Executive Editorial Director for DC Comics as well as forming Future Entertainment, a multimedia company, with his creative partners Bob Layton and David Michelinie. He also helped setup two ad-art companies, Continuity Associates and Dik-Art, Inc., which he continued to manage until the end.

While at the helm of DC Comics, he helped to launch such revolutionary concepts as Alan Moore's Watchmen, Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns. He also spent time working on Batman: Dark Knight of the Roundtable and Batman: Hollywood Knight.

A former colleague of his, former DC President Paul Levitz, had a lot to say about Giordano's career, and said it better than I could, so I will end with this:

Fan-made Palm Pre Advertisement > Any Million Dollar Ad Campaign

posted Saturday Mar 27, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Fan-made Palm Pre Advertisement > Any Million Dollar Ad Campaign

This is much less an article and much more giving major kudos to the Internet community yet again!

Web-guy ThiesFX has shown that you don't need millions of dollars to come up with an exceptional advertising campaign. You can just do it for the love of your mobile device!

Verizon Wireless has screwed up the Palm Pre Plus by trying to target soccer moms when true techies are using this device, and Palm has caught major heat because of it, and has since relaunched the campaign for the wireless carrier. Because of that, however, the world forgot all about how cool the Palm Pre commercials were for Sprint. At any rate, this homemade ad kicks the pants off of any paid marketing group's ad that I've seen in the past few years!

So, we got the solution, Palm: Hire this guy. Check it out for yourself!

Hit the break to see the fan-made ad for the Palm WebOS

At the Movies Cancelled, Then Announced for a Relaunch Within One Week

posted Saturday Mar 27, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

<i>At the Movies</i> Cancelled, Then Announced for a Relaunch Within One Week

Earlier this week, the long-running show At the Movies was cancelled due to a number of reasons. In this day in age, we know that any twelve year-old with a laptop can become movie critic with the power of the Internet, and nobody reads reviews in the newspaper or on TV anymore. And although Roger Ebert had no problem accepting that the Internet exists, medical conditions caused him to leave the show in 2006 to be replaced by several different hosts. The good news is that Ebert seems like he's back on his feet and ready to give it another go - at least on the production side - because on his blog the other day he confirmed that he and his wife are collaborating to create a new movie review show. Even better is that he states it will have a strong presence online.

Thanks To RFIDs Long Lines Could Be So Last Mac World

posted Saturday Mar 27, 2010 by Jon Wurm

Thanks To RFIDs Long Lines Could Be So Last Mac World

Everyone knows what it's like to wait in long lines at the mall, convenience store or the DMV. Thankfully, researchers from Suncheon National University located in Suncheon, South Korea along with Rice University in Houston Texas have been working hard to make long lines something for the history books. The RFID tags they are developing consist of 3 layers filled with a special semi-conductive ink that contains carbon nano-tubes. This is important because the transistors have to be semi-conducting to store information.

Currently, the tags can only store 1 byte of information but with this proof of concept they can add more transistors to achieve a 96 bit memory capacity which would be enough to store SKUs for all items sold in large grocery stores. The RFID tags cost 3 cents per package to print which is considerably less than silicon tags that are around 50 cents per package. They can also do things that silicon tags can't like store and provide information about product freshness and how long it has been on the shelf. Researchers predict that the cost of their RFIDs if printed directly on the package would fall to 1 cent per package.

Lawsuit Against GameStop for Deceiving (Dumb) Customers

posted Friday Mar 26, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Lawsuit Against GameStop for Deceiving (Dumb) Customers

There are two worlds in the gaming industry: the gaming developers who work themselves to the bone (most of the time) to put out great games for consumers to purchase... and GameStop. The former works to make a paycheck and the latter makes a paycheck off of the work of the developers by selling used games at outrageous prices and profit margins. So of course another lawsuit has been filed against GameStop, stating that game boxes read that content is included, when more than likely the code was used or simply not included when the game was traded in. Shocking.

Gamestop's return policy is for seven days, but apparently the plaintiffs feel this is not enough time to realize that something doesn't come with a game, and that employees of GameStop should inform their customers of these circumstances. Do we really think a company who relies on used game revenue as their bread-maker is going to disclose these things?

Here's what the suit says:

CD's May Soon be Cheaper Than iTunes Downloads?

posted Sunday Mar 21, 2010 by Kyria Gianos

CD's May Soon be Cheaper Than iTunes Downloads?

Not too many of us out there actually purchase a physical CD anymore, unless we're interested in the cover art that is. Since it is currently cheaper to just download the whole album from iTunes, what's the point of having the physical disk right? Well, Universal Music Group is hoping to change your mind, by lowering CD prices to a $10.00 maximum.

Beginning in April, almost all of the company's CD's will be cut to a price between $6.00 and $10.00. The drop in price hopes to have an increasing effect on sales. For all those devoted fans out there, UMG has stated that they plan to generate more "deluxe" editions then they currently have, but it'll cost you a little more.

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