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Valve is Filled With Fanboys?

posted Saturday Nov 7, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Valve is Filled With Fanboys?

Ever since Valve started developing software for the new generation of gaming hardware, they have been very vocal about their dislike of the PS3. Their seemingly never ending list of one-line insults toward Sony hasn't slipped by us here at The UpStream, and it also hasn't slipped past Randy Pitchford, president and CEO of Gearbox Software.

Randy has done a lot of work with Valve, involved in a lot of the Half-Life titles, and felt he needed to speak up and bring even more attention to, what he believes is "childish and narrow minded" comments and views about the PS3. He said in an interview,

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Another Nintendo DS On Its Way

posted Sunday Nov 1, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Another Nintendo DS On Its Way

Nintendo is an interesting company. They talk about how perfect their stuff is, but continue to mess with it. Despite the relative newness of the Nintendo DSi, Nintendo wasn't content. They announced this week that a new handheld, the Nintendo DSi XL (or DSi LL in Japan) will be released sometime after the new year. The company, in its announcement statement, said,

A new iteration of the Nintendo DSi system will be introduced in Japan on November 21, 2009. To be known as Nintendo DSi LL in Japan, and as Nintendo DSi XL in North America and Europe, it will offer a screen 93% larger than the current Nintendo DS Lite with a better view angle, an additional longer touch screen stylus, and pre-installed Nintendo DSiWare software. The new version will arrive in North America and Europe in the first quarter of calendar year 2010.

No real explanation as to why they felt the need to alter the device already, but I hope that it will lower the cost of the current DSi. Maybe then I will consider getting one for myself. Any insight from you, the buying public? Are you excited about a bigger DSi, or are you upset that you bought the current one and it is now already obsolete?

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Part 2- First Imitating Fruits, Now Animals: Apple's a Bunch of Copy-Cats?

posted Sunday Nov 1, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

Part 2- First Imitating Fruits, Now Animals: Apple's a Bunch of Copy-Cats?

The intense debacle between Nokia and Apple has had some new developments. Last week we told you about the claim Nokia made against Apple regarding infringement on patents belonging to Nokia. Your first thought was probably something along the lines of, Nokia isn't able to keep up with the success of the iPhone, so to get revenge on the popular company, Nokia will sue them. A little extra cash from your competitor doesn't hurt right? Wrong.

It seems as if Nokia isn't even after a large amount of money. Although they would most likely be able to milk this lawsuit for billions of dollars, they are just looking to receive royalty rates for licensing patents considered "essential" to GSM, WiFi, and UMTS. In other words, Nokia wants to be credited for their hard work. Basically they believe that because they committed to license the patents in question under "fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory" terms (FRAND terms), Apple should pay a licensing fee, assuming these patents are actually essential to each standard's operation. And Nokia certainly feels they are.

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Why's It Gotta Be White? Because the Wii is Black!

posted Sunday Nov 1, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

Why's It Gotta Be White? Because the Wii is Black!

Here's something to be incredibly jealous about! Two words. Black Wii. Originally only planned to be released in Japan, the limited edition black Nintendo Wii will now hit Europe very soon. The console comes in a bundle which includes Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort, expected to be sold starting November 6th in the UK.

This news is very depressing to Americans, still waiting on word whether it will be released in the U.S. or not. But on the upside, Nintendo is releasing a black Wii Remote and Nunchuk in America on November 16th. The package will include a Wii Remote bundled with a Wii MotionPlus attachment for $49.99 and also comes with a black silicone sleeve. The Nunchuk will be sold separately for $19.99. We may not be lucky enough to get the cooler looking Wii, but at least we can get the accessories right?

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Dawn Delivery for Divine New Droid Device

posted Sunday Nov 1, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

Dawn Delivery for Divine New Droid Device

Verizon Wireless is really stepping up their game in the mobile phone industry. We reported to you that Verizon will be coming out with a phone that is expected to kick the iPhone's ass, but now it seems that it will be even better than anticipated. To heighten the promotion of the new device, Verizon will be opening doors early on launch day. The phone is set to come out on November 6th and if you want to be the first to purchase it, you better be there before the doors open at 6am.

For only $99, Verizon customers will also be able to purchase the Droid Eris on the same day. Seems like someone is trying to surpass Apple. On the release day of the iPhone 3GS (3G Suck), the 3G's price dropped to $99, and sales began early for the new phone. Is Verizon trying to make a statement or is it just me? The competition is certainly heating up between the two companies, and we'll be here to keep you updated on which company exceeds expectations.

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Wii Finally Have a Verdict, $16.5 Million for Tragic Death

posted Sunday Nov 1, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

Wii Finally Have a Verdict, $16.5 Million for Tragic Death

Everyone remembers the story of the mother who died for her kids a while back. But it wasn't the usual hero story of giving up a body part for her child, instead a tragic accident. And the culprit? A careless radio station in California.

Jennifer Strange, a wife and mother of three, participated in a radio contest hosted by KDND-FM, attempting to win a Nintendo Wii for her family in their "Hold Your Wee for a Wii" competition. During this contest she suffered from water intoxication and later died. After the unfortunate event, a lawsuit was filed against Entercom Sacramento LLC, subsidiary of Philadelphia-based Entercom Communications Corp., and after two years of waiting the family has been awarded 16.5 million dollars. This decision was reached by a California jury this week.

Although this can not replace a mother and wife, most people feel that some compensation was required for the company's ignorance, and it's about time they received it.

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