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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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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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