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Got Windows 7? Then You Don't Need No Stinkin' Help

posted Sunday Dec 20, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

Got Windows 7? Then You Don't Need No Stinkin' Help

Microsoft has always given several numbers to determine how successful their operating systems are. You can look at total sales, total upgrades and many other factors. If you're Apple, you attempt to ruin Microsoft's success by making silly commercials encouraging users to simply spend $3,000 and switch to a Mac to save the "troubles of upgrading to Windows 7." Turns out, however, that if you did in fact make the switch to 7, either by upgrading or buying a new machine, then you're beating the odds!

The measurement of success is in: the Microsoft service help line is receiving less calls from people with problems on their Windows 7 machines. VP of Customer Support, Barbara Gordon, had this to say:

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iPhone Syndrome : There's A Phone For That

posted Sunday Dec 20, 2009 by Jon Wurm

iPhone Syndrome : There's A Phone For That

I generally do not like to get sucked into the classic debates of PC vs. Mac or iPhone vs. whatever but there is an interesting study conducted by Strand Consult that may indirectly confirm my suspicions about Apple fanboys being a little too infatuated with the brand. For example, the iPhone is a very pretty and shiny device that looks great laying on your iDesk next to your iSofa where your iWife and iDog watch Apple TV. There are tons of apps for the phone and it is capable of doing some of the things a "smart phone" can do, even if only one at a time. It is far from perfect but in all fairness no phone is. If the iPhone works for you then great but if you read or hear something negative about Apple or the iPhone and immediately consider it blasphemy then you might want to take a minute and check this out. Below are some interesting questions, statements and responses from the Strand Consult publication.

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Brittany Murphy Dies at 32

posted Sunday Dec 20, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Brittany Murphy Dies at 32

Brittany Murphy died this morning after going into cardiac arrest at the age of 32. Although not a name everyone might recognize, she was certainly an actress most people knew. Despite appearing in Clueless and 8 Mile, Brittany Murphy is best known for her time as the lovably ditsy live-in niece of Hank Hill, Luanne Platter, on Fox's King of the Hill.

Without Brittany's unique voice and perspective on Luanne's life situation, she might have only been a stereotype that no one would have ever noticed, but instead was transformed into one of the most popular characters on the show, often seeming more real than and live-action character on a sitcom.

Partially because of the love of Luanne, King of the Hill ran an astounding 13 seasons, with Luanne appearing in 231 episodes, all voiced by the same talented actress. For more movies and shows Brittany appeared in, check the link below.

Her skills, voice and personality will be missed, both in the live action and animated business.

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Soccer in 3D? Sony Says Yes

posted Sunday Dec 20, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

Soccer in 3D? Sony Says Yes

Every single manufacturer is putting their money on the pony named "3D" for 2010, hoping that the technology breaks out into a worldwide phenomenon. A company that is taking a vital step forward to making this a global catch-on is Sony. The tech giant is planning to broadcast 25 World Cup matches using their 3D cameras. If you're in North America and want to view them, you will have to wait until either the 3D Film or Blu-Ray discs come out shortly after the World Cup concludes (or by checking out the Sony Stores). But eager fans in seven other cities around the world will have a chance to attend a special viewing event in which the games will be displayed to make you feel like you're really "in the game" (right, EA?).

What does this mean for 3D? Well, if the World Cup AND Sony see it as a viable viewing media, one can only hope it takes off. Hopefully to space. Do you think 3D TV or Blu-Ray will be popular in the future? We want to know!

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Sony Asking About Paid Content

posted Sunday Dec 20, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Sony Asking About Paid Content

Our friends over at Kotaku recently received a survey from Sony proposing a paid PlayStation Network subscription service, with 4 levels of service.

For $4.99 per month (or $29.99 per year), you get things like the Loyalty Program Rewards, Online Music and cross-game voice chat. The other three levels each run $9.99 per month (or $69.99 per year) and come with almost all of the available features, but there is no service that provides all. If you want free access to PSOne Classics, you are going to have to sacrifice user-to-user challenges. If you want Facebook, you don't get trophy alerts.

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Australia vs Aliens vs Predator

posted Saturday Dec 19, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Australia vs <i>Aliens vs Predator</i>

A few weeks ago we told you about Alien vs Predator being banned in Australia. Although ridiculous, not a terribly shocking story considering the string of games that have recently met similar fates (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Left 4 Dead 2). Here is where the story gets interesting: Australia's Ratings Board has retracted their ruling.

Why is this such a big deal, you may ask. The reason is this is the first time since F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origins that this has happened. Here is their explanation for the retraction:

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