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New Motorola Social Phone, You Are Their Last Hope

posted Sunday Sep 13, 2009 by Jon Wurm

New Motorola Social Phone, You Are Their Last Hope

The competition in the smart phone market is fierce. Apple with its iPhone (not as "smart" as the others), Google has its G1 with Android and Palms very successful Pre are giant contenders in this market right now but Motorola is looking to get its piece of the pie and they aren't just hungry for it, they need it.

It's no secret that Motorola has been teetering on the edge of financial meltdown for a long, long time now and they are finding themselves in a position that isn't all too different from Palms before the successful Pre released that raised their stock from $4 to $14. Motorola hasn't put out a popular handset since the RAZR (yikes) and if you are familiar with some of their previous smart phones like the Motorola Q then they have a long way to go in order to break the mold and make it in this market. In an effort to achieve this and save themselves Motorola would like to introduce us to the Cliq.

Windows7: Three Times Longer Than Its Name to Install

posted Sunday Sep 13, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

Windows7: Three Times Longer Than Its Name to Install

With Windows7 expecting to be released in just over a month, many are looking forward to the upgrade with all new features, like a new taskbar, new netbook edition, and speeds faster than Vista. But there may be a downside to this program which originally appeared to have no flaws.

The creators of Windows7 set out to make the operating system download 5 percent faster than Windows Vista, and in some cases this is true. That is, if you have optimal conditions (1-2 programs and an amazingly fast computer.) So, best case scenario, you may download this upgrade 5 percent faster. But the shocking news? In some instances it took up to 1,220 minutes to download, that's just under 21 hours!

802.11n Officially Ratified

posted Sunday Sep 13, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

802.11n Officially Ratified

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or IEEE, has officially ratified the 802.11n wireless standard! This is very exciting news as it takes the spectrum out of the draft status that it was placed in since 2006. This also allows manufacturers and companies alike to create more hardware, with the assurance that it will work correctly with any and all devices that contain or support the technology. IEEE looks to publish the standard and finalize it in mid-October.

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!

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