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Radiation Threat? Risky or Ridiculous?

posted Saturday Dec 26, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

Radiation Threat? Risky or Ridiculous?

Ever wonder the level of radiation in your cell phone? I'd imagine probably not. Well, the San Francisco Department of the Environment thinks otherwise.

Next month, cell phones may be required to display the radiation level pertaining to the particular phone next to the price tag. This is pretty outrageous, considering there is no proof that cell phone radiation is actually harmful and the FCC insures that mobile devices are safe.

Although completely ridiculous, Mayor Gavin Newsom is supporting it entirely. Anyone who actually cares about the radiation probably shouldn't be using a cell phone in the first place.

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It'll Be A Blu Christmas Without You

posted Wednesday Dec 23, 2009 by Jon Wurm

It'll Be A Blu Christmas Without You

It's been a while since we have mentioned Blu-Ray around here but I'm glad to bring it back with promising news from this year and positive speculation moving into 2010. It was a struggle from the beginning with high initial prices circling $1,000 and a format war with HD DVD but 3.5 years later things are anything but blue for Blu-Ray. Over the Black Friday week sales for the standard and new wave Blu-Ray players were up 53% according to NDP Group Inc., an independent market research company.

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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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