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Nay? No, Horsie Goes "Wii!"

posted Tuesday Aug 11, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

Nay? No, Horsie Goes

Here's the scenario. You were one of the lucky few who, within the first three months of the Wii's release, managed to snag a console for yourself. You've reached Pro status on all of the Wii Sports games, sent shells flying at Wario in Mario Kart Wii and even gotten your Wii Fit age all the way down to 14! Is that even possible? So what else can you do on a night when you're bored and there's nothing on TV besides reruns of Wings (I love Wings) on your local broadcast channel? You think up other ways the Wii can be awesome of course! Yes, the Wii's racing wheel and sports accessories are cool and I'm sure you've already conjured up being able to sit in an actual race car or ride Epona around the Lon Lon Ranch. You may have even considered the fun you could have if you could hop on the back of Spyro and go nuts! Unfortunately, the Balance Board isn't too cozy to sit on, and the WiiMote just isn't intended for your butt! Well put aside all your worries, because one of Nintendo's lead research developers, Genyo Takeda, has come up with the solution to your posterior problems: The Wii Horseback Riding Saddle! I can't make this stuff up!

Siliconera had some extra time this week to dig through some European patents to find this product from Nintendo. It's an inflatable seat, from what seems to be a similar design of an inflatable exercise ball. It can be compacted to store it away or, more importantly, get it to the retailer for sale. This rendition of a Richard Simmons exercise aid also has a pocket for the Wii remote, which will be able to sense movement from the accelerometers in it. Users can hold the nunchuck in their hand, which was described by the patent as "a raised hand for balance as in Bronco riding, a lasso, a sword or other weapon, etc."

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Xbox 360 with PayPal

posted Monday Aug 10, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Xbox 360 with PayPal

Were you afraid that there were not enough ways to give Microsoft your hard earned cash? Well, guess what - your wish is granted! You can now send they money via PayPal.

The good news is that it is incredibly easy to attach your PayPal account to your Xbox account. The bad news is that it is incredibly easy to attach your PayPal account to your Xbox account. Either way, all you have to do is go to Xbox.com and head over to your account settings and go to payments, and add yourself some PayPal. Unfortunately, or possibly fortunately, you can only purchase Microsoft points this way.

What do you think? Is this a positive development, or is this just making it easier to spend money that isn't really real? Let us know in the comments section!

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Natal and Milo are Waiting for You

posted Sunday Aug 9, 2009 by Jon Wurm

Natal and Milo are Waiting for You

Many Xbox 360 owners are still salivating over Project Natal that Microsoft unveiled at this years E3. There certainly is something interesting about the interface (except Milo, who gives me a budding serial killer kind of vibe) and what it has to offer. We can't expect to see Natal on a grand scale anytime soon but alas there is hope for a lucky person. Microsoft is giving you a chance to get your hands on Natal at Gamescom 2009 in Cologne, Germany.

Hit the break for the contest details:

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Apple Censors the Dictionary

posted Sunday Aug 9, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Apple Censors the Dictionary

We all know Apple's app approval process is a little less than straightforward. We see apps all the time that are declined for sometimes no reason at all. For example, the Google Voice app, which was declined with no reason stated. Today, I bring you Ninjawords, a dictionary app. Simple, harmless, educational; all these words can be used to describe Ninjawords. That, and vulgar!

Apple actually rejected the dictionary because it contained "objectionable material." Now, there are a few things to consider here. First of all, these are words. Words are in the dictionary. Period. Second, Apple has its own dictionary built into its MacOS, and a quick search pulls up all of the "objectionable content" that made this app so unpleasant. Third, did I mention it is a DICTIONARY?!

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Netflix > Pay-Per-Download

posted Saturday Aug 8, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

Netflix > Pay-Per-Download

With such a competitive market for home movie-viewing, subscription services, such as Netflix, seem to be outshining them all. There were many doubts originally about streaming videos, but as we have seen, this method is creating the most revenue and is very economical is this unstable economy, for consumers. Fees can get expensive for these subscription services due to monthly charges, but overall, Netflix is doing much better, with 25 times more downloads then pay-per-download customers and producing 20 times the revenue. Obviously something must be working for them.

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Their Friends Call Them The Shack

posted Saturday Aug 8, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Their Friends Call Them The Shack

We all know RadioShack. Most of us in the technology world have even worked there at some point in our careers. In the PLuGHiTz World, that is how most of us ended up working together here (in fact, all current hosts of PLuGHiTz Live! Radio once worked together at a RadioShack). The image of the company has stagnated over the past decade or so. Despite several branding attempts, RadioShack still conjures up images of batteries, cordless phones and resistors to most people.

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