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Facebook Gets a Facelift

posted Saturday Oct 24, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Facebook Gets a Facelift

This Friday, to the dismay of many users, Facebook launched a tweaked interface without any real announcement or even warning or training. Mid-day, a quick refresh of the homepage landed you with different news results, plus a filter option at the top. I asked for peoples' reactions to the new Facebook, and the reaction was about what I expected:

"it is way too confusing ... the news feed has "popular" feeds while the live feed has everything ... why create such confusion?" - Shaun B.

For more, hit the break.

Justice League Film Coming?

posted Saturday Oct 24, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Justice League Film Coming?

We all thought that the upcoming Green Lantern film, although seemingly cursed, was still an isolated film. It would appear we might have been wrong. Despite the existing links, none of us came up with the idea that DC might be assembling The Justice League to combat The Avengers.

It would appear that The Green Lantern is just the first of three films. NOLA, reports,

The Turtles are Back

posted Saturday Oct 24, 2009 by Scott Ertz

The Turtles are Back

I remember as a kid, anything that was worth watching was on Nickelodeon... except the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Well, that all changes now, as the wavering Nickelodeon brand has purchased full rights to the TMNT brand, including airing rights and merchandising. What remains to be seen here is whether this will be a good thing or a bad.

Nick has joined the ranks of other specialty networks losing ground lately, such as the Cartoon Network. In this case, it is all about Disney taking market share from anyone who markets programming to kids. Ever since the creation of a new generation of kids' brands, such as Hannah Montana and High School Musical, the creators of Doug and Rugrats hasn't really been doing all that well.

President of the network, Cyma Zarghami, thinks this will all get better with TMNT.

Windows 7 - Vista Proper

posted Saturday Oct 24, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Windows 7 - Vista Proper

This week was the big week for Microsoft, with the launch of Windows 7, the much anticipated successor for Windows Vista - the most under appreciated member of the Windows family. Win7 adds some new performance and visual improvements that Vista didn't offer. There are some pretty major feature enhancements, however, and they are what make Windows 7 so exciting.

The gaming enhancement that was made is in DirectX. Windows 7 natively supports DirectX 11 without any downloads or updates. In fairness, Vista will also support it after Service Pack 3 is released. Currently, few games run on DX11, but Windows 7 isn't really about looking at now, it is about being ready for the future.

Microsoft's Profit Down 18%

posted Saturday Oct 24, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Microsoft's Profit Down 18%

Microsoft's fiscal year is a little weird, but Quarter 1 has ended for them, and they announced their earning for Q1. There is some good news and bad news. The bad news is Microsoft lost 18% net profit compared to last year. The good news is Entertainment and Devices (Xbox, Zune and hardware) doubled its income from last year.

The major source of loss for the company was lower than usual computer and Windows sales in high anticipation of Windows 7. Now that Win7 has launched, that number will surely rise again. On the other hand, the launch of the ZuneHD and the new lower price on the Xbox 360 clearly led to a great quarter for that department.

Microsoft to Disable Unauthorized Memory

posted Saturday Oct 24, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Microsoft to Disable Unauthorized Memory

Here is a story to get the weekend going. Microsoft announced this week, via Major Nelson, that in the next dashboard update, the Xbox 360 will no longer recognize unauthorized memory units. Now, for most of us, this is no big deal, but for anyone who has purchased a Datel memory card from, say, Amazon, you are out of luck.. According to a Microsoft spokesperson,

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