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Project Natal Release Date Confirmed

posted Thursday Jan 7, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Project Natal Release Date Confirmed

After months of speculation, Steve Balmer, CEO of Microsoft, announced tonight at his CES 2010 keynote address that Project Natal will be released this holiday season. Of course, no one is surprised by this, as everyone assumed that it would happen this holiday, but now we know for sure.

There had been an interview video leaked before the show where Robbie Bach, head of entertainment and devices for Microsoft, talked about the holiday release, but even that could have been false or an incorrect video. Business plans change, but now we have our proof.

Of course, Balmer had a lot more to say at his keynote, and we will cover that in-depth on Sunday's special 2 hour CES 2010 episode of PLuGHiTz Live! Radio this Sunday night at 9PM Eastern. Make sure to be there for all the news of the week!

Sony + Discovery + IMAX = 3D TV

posted Thursday Jan 7, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Sony + Discovery + IMAX = 3D TV

In preparation for CES 2010, Sony, Discovery Communications and IMAX have announced that they are partnering up to create the nation's first 24-hour 3D television network. While 3D televisions are not currently very common today, they are one of the biggest focuses at this year's CES event. These companies are betting a lot on the hopes that manufacturers can convince the population, through the media, that 3D is a viable evolution in televisions. Discovery CEO David Zaslav said,

By partnering with Sony and IMAX on 3D, Discovery will lead the way in revolutionizing the next-generation home viewing experience in the U.S. and around the world... Today's announcement is the next step in fulfilling Discovery's mission of providing groundbreaking content for our affiliate partners and enlightening viewers with the most immersive and realistic viewing experience available anywhere.

IE's Tower Comes Crumbling Down

posted Sunday Jan 3, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

IE's Tower Comes Crumbling Down

Internet Explorer has been reigning the kingdom for years as the top browser, but their reign may be crumbling down. Browsers like Opera, Chrome, and Safari- which is most likely accredited to the increase in MacBook sales, are on the rise! All three have even set new personal records this past quarter. Microsoft Internet Explorer towers above the rest with 62.69% market share, but that number is expected to drop by mid year. It is projected to dip below 50%. This is good news for other Internet browsers out there, like Chrome, which has risen to 4.63%, making it the third most used browser out there. Internet Explorer, which comes equipped on every Windows based computer, better look out! Firefox, Chrome, and Safari are looking to climb to the top.

iMacBookPhonePodTablet?

posted Sunday Jan 3, 2010 by Jon Wurm

iMacBookPhonePodTablet?

There has been a lot of speculation and contemplation leading up to the January 26th release of Apple's new tablet. Apple has kept a tide lid on its Jesus Tablet that could possibly purge the market of those pagan e-readers that Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Sony have flooded the market with. Will it stop with e-readers though? Tablet technology has come a long way and their capabilities extend far beyond e-books. Gladly for us Kaifu Lee, a computer scientist who headed the Apple R&D that led to the development of the Newton and developed Microsoft's Research Division in China then founded Google China, might be able to act as our flashlight app. Lee made a micro blog with his thoughts about the new tablet and translated by GadgetMix.

In China, Watching XXX on the WWW May Lead to Arrest

posted Sunday Jan 3, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

In China, Watching XXX on the WWW May Lead to Arrest

2009 was a big year for a lot of things, one of those being crime. In China, thousands of people were arrested in association with web pornography throughout the year, and many more are expected to be arrested in the new year. Although it's not something we consider criminal here in the United States, the Chinese government believes viewing porn is a crime and many are paying the price.

Over 5,000 arrests and 4,000 investigations have resulted from these "criminals" searching for x-rated images on the Internet. Not only is searching the internet for some nude pics outlawed, many other activities are prohibited in China, including social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. We may see nothing wrong with chatting with our friends through Facebook, but China's Ministry of Public Security plans to "intensify punishments for illegal Internet operations," in 2010. This could mean anything, especially considering the beating that resulted in the death of a child in an Internet addiction clinic not too long ago.

The government can try as hard as they want, but some are still able to slip through to gain access to websites like YouTube and Facebook, and also view porn, without consequence. Looks like Chinese citizens will never know what freedom really is.

Avatar Sequels

posted Sunday Jan 3, 2010 by Scott Ertz

<i>Avatar</i> Sequels

Now that Avatar has had two unbelievable weekends and is now in its third, it is time to start talking about a second one. Thank you Internet. The most recent interesting rumor involves the location of any further films. The blog Market Saw claims to have confirmation that the next films will not take place on Pandora, as this one did.

Their support seems to be coming from a round-table that director James Cameron was a part of. In response to a question about the moons seen in the film and their roles in the future, Cameron said,

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