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Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones but Words Will Get You 10 to 20

posted Sunday Oct 18, 2009 by Jon Wurm

Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones but Words Will Get You 10 to 20

Anybody here agree with me when I say a little childhood drama builds character? It turns out a middle school in Troy, Missouri doesn't agree. A 9th grade boy at the school was recently arrested for taking his bullying into the digital age. The student created a website about a particular female that he was not particularly fond of because of the company the girl kept. The site had pictures of the girl and several anonymous posts referring to her as a "slut" and that she would be "better off dead." After the female student discovered the site and alerted the school principal the site was taken down but the name consisted of the female students name and "cunt.com"

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Winter Olympics' Medals are... Green?!

posted Sunday Oct 18, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

Winter Olympics' Medals are... Green?!

Go green! That seems to be the message on everybody's minds, including those who created the medals for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. These are certainly not your conventional medals, you know, the traditional circle with some sort of design on them, usually resembling medals the athletes have previously won, nothing too catchy. This bold new design gives competitors a new incentive to win and helps the environment at the same time. What could be better than that?

Every medallion is constructed, at least partly from recycled circuit boards. Weighing a whopping 500-576 grams, the medals have a unique design, due to the fact that the circuit boards were recycled beyond recognition.

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iDevice Doesn't. Droid Does!

posted Sunday Oct 18, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

iDevice Doesn't. Droid Does!

I was watching my beloved Yankees win in extra innings last night and saw this interesting new commercial by Verizon. They are further adding onto their rivalry with AT&T and really putting the iDevice, as they call it, on blast. I've seen the "there's a map for that" ad, but this one really takes the cake!

Check out the website to see a list of things that the iDoesn't along with a cool animation and major hype of the Android platform.

This makes me feel good for two ways. Android is coming in a big way to Verizon, and Android is always welcome on the CDMA side of the spectrum. And this is FINALLY going to kill all the rumors of iPhone coming to Verzion, regardless of how stupid some of the logic is behind it!

I had to stop and think and compile an extended version, if you will, of things the iDoesn't do. Check them out after the break.

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Nyko's Attempt at a Wiimote for Your Butt

posted Sunday Oct 18, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

Nyko's Attempt at a Wiimote for Your Butt

I know it's the NINTENDO Wii, but Nintendo isn't the only one to make controllers for this console. Nyko Technologies, which happen to be the premier video game accessories manufacturer, also have a controller compatible with the Wii, the Wii wand, which was previously available exclusively in white. This week, however, Nyko announced that it will be releasing this Wand in four exciting new colors: pink, blue, black, and purple.

Allowing customer access to more options to optimize their game play, the Marketing Director, Chris Arbogast, thought this was the right time to release the new Wands, stating,

We're rolling out new colors for the Wand just in time for the holidays.

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New Wiimote Controller Guns Down the Competition, H&K Style

posted Sunday Oct 18, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

New Wiimote Controller Guns Down the Competition, H&K Style

Nintendo Wii products appear to be eternally concocting, and the crazy things creators have conjured up in the past have been mind-blowing. But this new product, announced at a trade show in Hong Kong, takes the cake.

This new piece of merchandise for the Wii has escalated the amazing-ness with a 1:1 scale Heckler & Koch MP5 sub-machine gun.

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Play your PSP on your HDTV! How SWEET!

posted Sunday Oct 18, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

Play your PSP on your HDTV! How SWEET!

With the era of high definition gaming fully upon us, it was only a matter of time before someone would think of a way to take that technology to the portable gaming systems. It looks as though the folks over at Lenkeng, a Chinese retailer, have found a solution, at least for the PSP. For models 2000 and above, the LKV8000 PSP to HDMI Converter with Full Screen Display on HDTV will do exactly what the long item description says it will.

Before this box, when hooked up to an HDTV, the PSP would only display on part of the screen, transmitting in its native 480p. The LKV8000 takes advantage of your larger, widescreen display and comes with all the necessary cables and equipment to upconvert your output to 720p via an HDMI connection!

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