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Apple Turns the Tables...Watch Out Nokia

posted Sunday Dec 13, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

Apple Turns the Tables...Watch Out Nokia

Looks like Apple is trying to get some revenge while salvaging their name in the process. A while back, we told you about a lawsuit filed against Apple, claiming that Apple imposed on patents owned by Nokia. The whole situation was very confusing, mostly because there were no set standards on the legal side of patents. For example, it was not stated whether or not usage of Nokia's patents required reparations. Well, now Apple has turned that tables counter suing Nokia for copying the iPhone.

The only company currently carrying the iPhone claims, "Nokia attempted to copy the iPhone and infringed 13 Apple patents in the process." Seems like a lot of finger pointing to me.

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24-Hour Podcast Marathon for Ronald McDonald House Charity

posted Saturday Dec 12, 2009 by Scott Ertz

PLuGHiTz Live! Radio had the opportunity to participate in the Geek News Central 24-Hour Podcast. The event is a charity fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House hosted by Todd Cochrane of the TechPodcasts Network and CEO of RawVoice.

Hit the break to see video of our participation (and partial takeover) in the event.

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PlayStation's Home for Mini-MMOs

posted Saturday Dec 12, 2009 by Scott Ertz

PlayStation's Home for Mini-MMOs

This week is the one year anniversary of the official launch of PlayStation Home - Sony's virtual advertising world. As a birthday present to themselves, Sony made an announcement about how they were going to make people care that Home had been out for a year.

Jack Buser, director of PlayStation Home told Kotaku that their intentions are to make Home their launching pad for 3D social games and mini-MMOs. What exactly does that mean, you might ask. We have no idea. Maybe more games like the Ratchet & Clank scavenger hunt?

What I am hearing, however, is that Home will become like the Xbox Dashboard. The question I pose to the gamer community is this - is the idea of walking around a virtual world to find games the way you are willing to do it? I suppose this might end the complaining from Xbox owners about the lack of a textual search feature, eh?

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Ghostbusters Dead?

posted Saturday Dec 12, 2009 by Scott Ertz

<i>Ghostbusters</i> Dead?

Sigourney Weaver recently had an interview with BBC Channel 4 while on tour promoting the new Avatar film. During the interview, the interviewer, who sounded like he was reading stock quotes or the phonebook, asked about Ghostbusters 3. I assume in an attempt to prevent the general population from enduring the sound of his voice, Channel 4 transcribed the interview. Here is the important part:

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AT&T's New iPhone App Lets You Report When You Lose Signal

posted Friday Dec 11, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

AT&T's New iPhone App Lets You Report When You Lose Signal

It's one of those typical cases of good idea, poor implementation. AT&T has released a new iPhone application called "Mark the Spot" that will allow you to send feedback to the wireless carrier whenever you experience a dropped call or sudden network outage. Good idea.

The only time a user would probably want to report said problems, however, is when they experience the problem. Not when they finally get to a location where the signal is high enough to send the data through the network back to AT&T (especially in places like New York City, where AT&T's monthly dropped call rate can sometimes exceed 30%). Poor implementation.

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Data Nerds In Space!

posted Friday Dec 11, 2009 by Jon Wurm

Data Nerds In Space!

Well, they aren't really in space but they do have something to do with NASA. A bunch of people commonly referred to as "Data Nerds" are gravitating together this weekend at a house in Cupertino, California known as the Rainbow Mansion. Host Cowan Sharp and co-host Robbie Schingier will start the event off with a quick introduction on how to get stuff done in a short amount of time. That makes sense considering that this gathering will only last for one day and who better to kick things off than two guys who run a website about developing microsoftware known as TinyApps.

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