Specifications have been finalized on the 3D Blu-Ray player. First mentioned at CES, it has been decided that the Multiview Video Coding codec will be used to store the 3D movies. Although it will take up about 50% more space than a 2D Blu-Ray disc, you will now be able to view movies in full 1080p. All 3D discs will also be able to play in the 2D version. Some good news for those fan-boys out there, the PlayStation 3 will be fully compatible with the 3D Blu-Ray movies. However, you will still need a HDTV with IR emitters and special glasses. Expected next year, the combination between 3D and HD will be epic.
In an attempt to become more energy efficient, many states have decided to switch over to LED traffic lights. Turns out going green may not be the best solution in every situation, especially this one.
In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, these lights are under scrutiny for causing many accidents, and at least one death. The problem is that the lights don't get hot enough, so anywhere besides "beautiful Largo, Florida," the snow sitting on the traffic lights will not melt. To make matters worse, it often becomes crusted onto the light itself, especially in storms.
Pacific WebWorks and a few other unnamed companies received some shocking news this week, Google has taken out a lawsuit against them. Pacific WebWorks, has been scamming customers with fraudulent work-at-home schemes for some time now. Why is Google is involved? Well, the companies participating in these schemes used Google's name, as well as logo, to promote their illegal activity and scam customers out of a lot of money.
According to a blog posted by Google, "Thousands of people have been tricked into sending payment information and being charged hidden fees by questionable operations."
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.
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.
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?