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Apple's Not Havin' The Tablet For Holiday '09

posted Saturday Aug 15, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

Apple's Not Havin' The Tablet For Holiday '09

For many years Apple has held a conference to announce products that will be released in the upcoming months. This year though, Apple is holding an unexpected, second conference and there has been much speculation around what will be announced. The second event has occurred before and was very effective in helping Apple transition from the iPod mini to the iPod nano.

iPhone Check Deposits

posted Saturday Aug 15, 2009 by Scott Ertz

iPhone Check Deposits

You hate banks, admit it. It is such a haste to go down there and wait in line, or deal with those terrible ATMs. Well, USAA Bank understands your frustration, and has found a way for some of you to avoid almost all of it. They have released an iPhone app to allow you to deposit checks into your account just by taking a picture of them. Wayne Peacock, EVP of the bank, told The New York Times:

THQ Picks up Midway San Diego

posted Saturday Aug 15, 2009 by Scott Ertz

THQ Picks up Midway San Diego

Last month we announced that most of Midway was purchased by Warner Brothers, and since, the Newcastle studio has been closed due to lack of a buyer. That left us with the question of what would become of San Diego. We now have an answer, and this one isn't the terrible result Newcastle faced.

THQ purchased the studio this week for $200,000 plus liabilities and employee expenses, including unpaid vacation time. The publisher has made 4o offers to studio employees to stay on as developers for THQ, with more to come. One thing that didn't seem to come with the deal was the franchise developed at the studio, TNA iMPACT!, although the game engine was included. There is no telling what this means for the future of the franchise, but we will keep an eye out and let you know when we hear.

Facebook Buys FriendFeed

posted Saturday Aug 15, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Facebook Buys FriendFeed

I haven't been using Facebook long, but I know it is the major player in social networking world. I remember a time when Friendster and mySpace were the major players, now most people don't even remember the first one. In the new world of social networking, companies like Facebook are always looking for ways to increase their market share, and the easiest way to do it is to buy the competition, and here we have another good example.

FriendFeed is a site that has been doing well as of late. It gives you the ability to combine status updates and microblogging, bringing the ideas of Facebook and Twitter together. They pioneered the idea of the "Like" button (now used on Facebook, Google Reader, etc.). They also give you the ability to combine your feeds from other sources into one place.

RUMOR: PS3 Slim - Enough Said

posted Saturday Aug 15, 2009 by Scott Ertz

RUMOR: PS3 Slim - Enough Said

I am almost tired of following the story of the PS3 Slim. Every day I am reading articles, speculations, sifting through photos and watching TERRIBLE videos on YouTube just so that I can find the things that are credible for you guys. Today I have some for you in the form of an interview with a European retailer who says he has received information through his wholesale channels about the PS3 Slim.

Halo 2 is Your Enemy

posted Saturday Aug 15, 2009 by Scott Ertz

<i>Halo 2</i> is Your Enemy

Have you ever wondered why Microsoft has limited your number of friends to 100? Is it because they figure gamers are loners who have no friends? Is it because technology is a mystery to them? Or is it because they are still nurturing an old system because people still want to use it? Obviously it is the second option... I mean, the third. Sorry.

According to TheFeed, an inside source at Microsoft has blamed the issue on Halo 2. Now, you're thinking "I haven't thought about that game in years!" You are not the only one, but there are a lot of people who still play, and still do it online.

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