PLuGHiTz Live! Radio, we certainly like to push the envelope and we certainly appreciate those who like to do the same with design concepts, especially when it comes to cell phones. This year at CEATEC, the Japanese equivalent to our Consumer Electronics Show, there were many interesting phone designs unveiled and yes they were everything you would expect to see from companies like Fujitsu who were responsible for many of the new designs this year but other such as NTT, DoCoMo and KDDI also contributed.
Chamelephone - This is a cool concept idea that you can pretty much guess from the name what it is. This phone designed by Hiroyuki Tabuchi would use something like OLED technology to mimic its surroundings and blend in. Don't get excited yet though. Science does not currently enable this to become a reality but I give it another 5 years and it might be fee sable. On the bright side it wont be any harder to lose your phone... for now.
Uh oh! Somebody at a college bookstore is going to get fired! Looks like a copy of an education version of Windows 7 was sold. Not only that, but the system didn't reject the order due to the hard street date restriction of October 22nd. Let's not forget to mention the fact that one of the associates had to physically hand this to the customer, totally disregarding the big yellow or orange stickers placed on the box to prevent the literate bunch of bookstores employees (or so you would hope) from selling it early. To make matters worse, the copy, according to our source, was successfully activated!
Now I'm sure this won't be the only copy leaked before street date, but it's definitely earlier than some of the other debacles like the DS Lite and the revamped original Zune.
If you guys happen to see or hear about something like this occuring in your neck of the woods, feel free to
drop us a line, and maybe even a picture of it! We'd love to hear from you!
There usually are several recalls that come across our desks per week and we typically don't report on them. However, when a big name like Acer issues one, we have to relay the information, especially due to Acer's usually safe and strict standards. The following is the memo straight from Acer:
It has come to our attention that certain Acer Aspire Notebooks may overheat under specific conditions. Acer is therefore voluntarily instituting a safety recall for these products.
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Some of my favorite movies as a child were the
National Lampoon's Vacation films. Back when Chevy Case was funny and National Lampoon was creative, they did a series of films that started a trend of trip disaster movies, like RV and Little Miss Sunshine. The Hollywood Reporter has some details about the plot, and they are actually pretty exciting:
The story focuses on Rusty Griswold, the son of Clark Griswold, the protagonist of the initial movies and portrayed by Chevy Chase. The younger Griswold is now a father in his own right and takes his family on a road trip vacation.
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Oh, Australia. What an interesting cultural paradigm you have created. A nation founded by British criminals who loves pot is afraid of blood and gore. Our most recent example is the classification board's refusal to accept Valve's upcoming sequel
Left 4 Dead 2.
Valve ad EA worked with the board to create a version of the game that they believe will satisfy the board, but certainly not the players in Australia. According to the board's report,
No wound detail is shown and the implicitly dead bodies and blood splatter disappear as they touch the ground. The game no longer contains pictures of decapitation, dismemberment, wound detail or piles of bodies lying about the environment.
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PLuGHiTz Live! Radio has been following the events in this love circle between Apple, AT&T and Google for a while now. Since we were at Florida's Animation Supercon last weekend here's a short recap of what's been going on.
It all started with Apple "denying" the Google Voice application but Apple denies denying the app saying that it's still undergoing the review process because it duplicates features already available on the iPhone, which has been continuing for months now. So Google and Apple got the FCC involved to hopefully reach a conclusion. Well, while the tattle tailing and name calling was being mediated by the FCC the plot began to thicken. AT&T wasn't as innocent in all of this as everyone might think. They don't like the Google Voice app for a variety of reasons. Mostly they think Google Voice has an unfair competitive advantage over their services because Google Voice can block numbers and services like adult chat lines and conference calling services that generate high connection fees driving up traditional phone carriers costs. They are not able to block these services due to new regulations set in place by the FCC in 2007 stating that customers have the right to call whoever they want whenever they want. In light of all this AT&T wrote a letter to the FCC asking them to investigate Google Voice and that brings us to where we left off.