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Putting TV and the Internet Together

posted Sunday Nov 22, 2009 by Jon Wurm

Putting TV and the Internet Together

Good news everyone! TVs are still everywhere and most households have more than one but TVs are so last MacWorld. I want my TV in my computer without forcefully trying to insert it into my monitor. Will my dreams ever be realized in a manner that is efficient and practical? It does seem plausible. We covered the initial story a few weeks ago so feel free to fresh yourself and your screen here TV Is Everywhere, Hulu Is Not.

TV Everywhere is certainly an exciting prospect considering the fact that it takes an old business model and meshes it with a new medium and it's reasonable to expect some turbulence along the way. The most pertinent issues so far are related to advertising. "Channel conflict" happens when two ad sales teams sell the same product or brand. Restricting advertising right to one seller would solve the problem but is also a risk since it is unlikely they will be able to effectively reach a large target market.

The Week of Nintendo

posted Sunday Nov 22, 2009 by Scott Ertz

The Week of Nintendo

This is an important week in history for Nintendo. Their two major brands both launched this week: Nintendo DS on November 21, 2004 and the Wii on November 21, 2006. With that being said, it is only appropriate that we take a look back at all they have done.

Nintendo DS

It has been 5 long years since the DS launched, and the handheld market has changed a lot in that time. The PSP has continued to not perform for Sony since its launch, but the iPhone/iPod Touch and Android platforms have certainly made a play for Nintendo's marketshare.

In combat, and just for the hell of it, they have launched 2 upgraded models of the DS (DS Lite and DSi) with the DSi XL planned shortly after the new year. As new hardware has come out, we have seen significant price drops on the devices, leaving the DS Lite at only $129.99 right now.

Another Microsoft Class-Action

posted Sunday Nov 22, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Another Microsoft Class-Action

I love unsolicited class-action lawsuits. There is nothing that proves our legal system is broken more than a law firm filing a class-action lawsuit without actually having anyone come to them and claim damages. This time, Abington IP has decided to file suit against Microsoft on behalf of all banned Xbox Live accounts.

That's right, if you modded your Xbox 360 and were banned from Xbox Live, you might be in for some money. If you were banned because you went snooping through another 360 without permission, it turns out you were wronged. Why, you may ask, does this firm believe you were wronged? Because of the timing, apparently.

PS2 Released, Our Crew Now Asks, "Who Cares About Brazil?"

posted Sunday Nov 22, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

PS2 Released, Our Crew Now Asks,

Wow, seems like Brazil got the short of the stick when it comes to the video game industry. Not only does the government prohibit almost any kind of controversial game, but they are ages behind the United States in technology and because of this, piracy is a common occurrence.

In Brazil, the PS2, has just been released! Yes, I said PlayStation TWO, not three! And guess what? It costs more than the PS3. It will be sold for 799 BRL, that's 461 USD, at the Sony Style store.

So, residents may not have to smuggle systems anymore...well, at those prices, they still might.

Technology Has Hit a Whole New Level of Creativity in 2009

posted Friday Nov 20, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

Technology Has Hit a Whole New Level of Creativity in 2009

2009 has been a pretty newsworthy year, not only for events like the Kanye incident, but also for the epic creativity occurring in the tech world. Inventors this past year have come up with some pretty interesting inventions, to say the least.

Well, B. Cole may have a chance to actually play video games with this invention we came across. The researchers at MIT have discovered a partial solution to blindness, and no, it's not lasik surgery. The solution? A tiny microchip. Although those who use this chip wont have perfect 20/20 vision, it will allow them limited sight. A pair of special glasses with a built in camera will send the image appearing in front of them to the chip allowing the blind to potentially make out faces and even find their way around a room clearly. The only down side, it may be a few more years before they are ready to be tested by people, but a step in the right direction huh? Now we just need something for that darn diabetes...

California Consumers Cut Costs by Enforcing New Energy Efficient Standards

posted Friday Nov 20, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

California Consumers Cut Costs by Enforcing New Energy Efficient Standards

Need a way to save a few extra bucks on your energy bill? Well, it looks like California has come up with a way to do just that. A new plan concocted by the California Energy Commission plans to save the sinking state $1 billion a year by reducing energy use in large quantities.

Beginning in early 2011, California will be the first state to enforce energy efficiency standards on television sets. This could save a huge amount of money for consumers and put the state back on its feet. Televisions from rear-projection sets to plasma high definition sets will be included in this mandate, but it is NOT required that consumers buy a new television. "The real winners of these new TV energy efficiencies are California consumers," according to Karen Douglas, Energy Commission Chairman.

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