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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.

Sony Slices Jobs, Moves HQ to Atlanta

posted Thursday Nov 19, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

Sony Slices Jobs, Moves HQ to Atlanta

Looks like Sony Ericsson is planning another string of job cuts in the next year. The culprit, struggling sales. After already eliminating nearly 400 jobs, another 1,600 employees will be unemployed by August 2010.

The company plans to close offices from Seattle, to Miami, to Sweden and even India. Sony announced that their work force would be cut by 20 percent in April of this year and we are seeing this to be the case.

Another Story of Unnecessary Government Spending...

posted Thursday Nov 19, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

Another Story of Unnecessary Government Spending...

Once again, billions of American dollars wasted. Unesscessary government spending is at an all time high in the United States, and the reasons for this misuse are apalling. You would think with all the debt we have already piled up, the government would stop acting as if there were an endless supply of cash right? Wrong. In 2009, the government made a shocking $98 billion in improper payments! I guess wasting $72 billion last year just wasn't enough, the "leaders" of our country really wanted to outdo themselves in 2009.

We all know that doctor's signatures have always been difficult to read, but you never thought that would be the cause of your wasted tax dollars. That's right, misdirected reinbursements from the illegible signatures along with utter fraud are two leading causes of this big bucks being flushed down the drain, according to figures provided by the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, Peter Orszag.

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