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80GB GameBoy

posted Sunday Sep 13, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

80GB GameBoy

Yes, we're taking it back to the old school. This is something I ran across that I just have to share with everyone. A user on one of the thousands of gaming forums by the name of _n3o_ decided one day that he needed a new, cool looking case for his 80GB SATA drive.

So, instead of letting the old consoles that he owned collect dust on a shelf in his back closet, he decided to break out the GameBoy, gut it, remove the reflective film under the screen, print a modified background to make it look like it's "playing" the HDD, and he's got a totally badass looking external hard drive! Now that my friends is a way to make use of old technology! And check out the back of this thing!

Is it just me? Or would you like to learn how to do this to a GameGear?

EA Says Madden Sales Suck

posted Saturday Sep 12, 2009 by Scott Ertz

EA Says <i>Madden</i> Sales Suck

We all know that Microsoft and Sony dropped the prices of their consoles. We all knew what this meant for hardware sales - more consoles. What we didn't know about was how it would affect software sales. Well, EA knows - they suck. This year's headline title, Collinsworth Madden NFL 10 sold 400,000 less copies than last year's version.

Now, what is really interesting about these numbers, however, is not that sales are down. All sales of everything are down right now. What is really interesting is that sales for the 360 and PS3 are pretty much even year-over-year. The biggest losses came on the Wii and PS2. In fact, the PS2 had almost 75% of the total loss itself, with 265,000 less units this year.

New iPod Nano: Now With Zune Features!

posted Saturday Sep 12, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

New iPod Nano: Now With Zune Features!

It's that time of year again! Apple has produced their new line of iPod Nanos. Not only can you listen to your favorite music, but you can also download your favorite videos, pictures, and TV shows. Once again this iPod Nano features the Genius Mixes, which analyzes the song you are listening to and compiles a playlist for you based on the genre and BMP.

But you may wonder, what makes this iPod better than the last Nano? Well, do you remember when Apple bought millions of cameras and we weren't sure why? Here's your answer! This is the first iPod to contain a camera inside the equipment. You can take photos and bring them with you everywhere, in a slim, convenient device. And the camera also films video!

Cocaine is a Hell of a Drug

posted Saturday Sep 12, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Cocaine is a Hell of a Drug

When you think of Courtney Love, what do you think? Is it a woman who could have been attractive had it not been for the decades of drug abuse? Or is it the crazy wife of Kurt Cobain? This week, my perception has changed, and all I think when I hear her name is sentences like this:

well they need to realise this is the result of years of f***ng fraud and liquidation and i never ever signed of on thisthin

Samsung Continues Production of LED TVs, Still Leading in Market Share

posted Saturday Sep 12, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

Samsung Continues Production of LED TVs, Still Leading in Market Share

This week, Samsung has revealed a full set of LED televisions in Germany. At this IFA event, they announced that they will continue the production of this very slender TV, and I'm sure we could all agree that this news is very exciting. This LED is the best on the market but Samsung hopes to continue sweeping away the competition by being the first to release the AMOLED (Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode.)

The company is doing well even without the AMOLED TV, selling more than 700,000 LED units worldwide since they were first plucked off the production lines. And it was only out for four months! Samsung is anticipating to ship out 2 millions units in 2009, and is expecting to be responsible for 35% of the global LCD market by 2010.

Do You Want to be T-Pain? I Don't!

posted Sunday Sep 6, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

Do You Want to be T-Pain? I Don't!

There are two things I despise: an overabundance iPhone users and the overabundance of Auto-Tune users. Fortunately, media company Smule has teamed up with Antares and T-Pain to create a duet from hell with the new app, I Am T-Pain. The app allows you to plug in your iPhone to a set of speakers and sing along to your favorite T-Pain hits and then send the sorry excuse for a song to your friends. Sounds exciting, right? It gets better! It comes with several of the Top 40 hits along with 3 original beats for you to get your off-keyness on.

For those who are unaware, Auto-Tune is a feature that corrects, or tunes, your voice to the correct pitch if you wind up flat or sharp during singing. The more corrections you hear on a song typically correlates with the talent of the artist. Currently there are thousands of young artists with aspirations to make it big who are using this software thinking it will launch them to the top just because T-Pain did it. However, they fail to realize that a singing ability is still required to not make the correction software overwork itself into oblivion on the track.

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