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ICANN Use International Domain Names UCANT

posted Sunday Nov 1, 2009 by Jon Wurm

ICANN Use International Domain Names UCANT

Hold on to your tongues Latin based language lovers cause you're about to get culture shocked. ICANN, known for being the governing body on rules for net naming has decided to open up domains to other non-Latin based langues thus ending exclusivity to languages most people on earth speak. November 16 this year marks the start for IDNs (International Domain Names)to rise and the first should be live around the end of this year. Another big surprise is the allowance of limitless top level domains which will force companies to register countless more domains in languages they don't speak or understand in order to protect their brand image and make tons of new landing pages. This is good news for companies like GoDaddy and a lot of other people who will now be able to embrace the internet like never before. Which is the whole point of all of this. After the vote concluded in Seoul Korea ICANN released this statement,

This is only the first step, but it is an incredibly big one and an historic move toward the internationalization of the internet," said Rod Beckstrom, ICANN's President and CEO. "The first countries that participate will not only be providing valuable information of the operation of IDNs in the domain name system, they are also going to help to bring the first of billions more people online - people who never use Roman characters in their daily lives.

Hit the break to see the promotional video.

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2nd Class iPhone for 2nd Class Chinese Citizens at 1st Class Prices

posted Saturday Oct 31, 2009 by Jon Wurm

2nd Class iPhone for 2nd Class Chinese Citizens at 1st Class Prices

It's been a long time since the first release of the iPhone in June 2007. So why are we still talking about it? Despite all the time that has passed the 3rd generation "Jesus Phone" has made a glorious second coming in the Peoples Republic of China. O capital? Well no not really because the Chinese edition is somewhat lacking in the hardware division. It appears it will not be equipped with the ever so popular WiFi feature that we here in the U.S. have all grown to love because it allows us an outlet from the oppressive 5GB cap most major carriers have put into place. The stated reason for the lack of WiFi is that until May of this year the Chinese government placed a restrictive ban on WiFi as it was trying to push a state developed competitor to the technology and Apple hopes to put out iPhones that have the glorious feature by the end of the year. So how do Chinese consumers who have long awaited the coming of the Jesus Phone feel about the all this?

Yang Yi, a physician at the Chinese capital's Peking Union Hospital, said

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Large Judgement in Bad Radio Stunt

posted Saturday Oct 31, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Large Judgement in Bad Radio Stunt

American radio stations remind me of Japanese TV stations. They come up with these crazy endurance trials that people willingly go through, and award the winner with something trivial. Somehow, however, both groups actually get contestants to participate. The difference is that Japanese broadcasters do research before subjecting unsuspecting people to dangerous tasks.

A few years ago, a radio station in Cali held a radio contest where you had to drink as much water as possible in a very little amount of time. The winner of the contest would win a brand new Wii. As this was going on, people were calling into the station telling the DJs that they should stop this because it can be very dangerous. As any good american radio personality does, they belittled their listeners and made fun of the concept of being harmed by water on the air. Unfortunately for Jennifer Strange, the callers were right, and she died from water intoxication.

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'Terrorists Less Scary Than Zombies,' Says Australia

posted Saturday Oct 31, 2009 by Scott Ertz

'Terrorists Less Scary Than Zombies,' Says Australia

When I started writing for The UpStream, I always dreaded the Australian game stories, but I have come to love them, because you never really know what you're going to get. Today is no exception to that rule, for sure.

A recently leaked video from the much anticipated Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has stirred up the crazy pot with our kangaroo-loving friends down under. The scene depicts the player as the terrorists. A rather common-place game tactic, especially in a multiplayer game; the ability to play as both sides. The difference seems to be in that you actually get to play storyline as the bad guys. This teaser trailer for the game clearly contains the audio portion of the beginning of the scene in question.

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N-Gage is Dead... Again?

posted Saturday Oct 31, 2009 by Scott Ertz

N-Gage is Dead... Again?

Nokia, the makers of most of the annoying phones you have ever owned, has announce that they will be discontinuing the N-Gage brand. This news probably comes as a shock to most, who thought the brand was discontinued in 2005, but they would be wrong.

The original N-Gage, released in 2003, was a terribly designed little handset that looked like a combination of a Sega Game Gear and a T-Mobile Sidekick (pictured here). The theory was sound - one device for Internet, phone and gaming, but Nokia didn't seem to get any of the aspects right. It was a fairly large device, which made talking on the phone rather arduous. The cartridge slot for the games was lodged in with the battery, meaning you couldn't swap games while the device was on, instead you had to pop the battery off first.

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

posted Sunday Oct 25, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

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

Looks like Apple is going to have to call their lawyer after being served a lawsuit filed by Nokia with the Federal District Court in Delaware. Allegedly, the Apple iPhone infringes on Nokia patents for GSM, UMTS, and wireless LAN standards.

With one of the most extensive patent portfolios in the industry, Nokia has become the mastermind behind many discoveries in wireless communications, investing more than 40 billion Euro in research and development in the last twenty years. With license agreements (which include these patents) with almost 40 countries, the company has become one of the leading innovators in the wireless market.

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