The Virgin company seems to be everywhere you look. From music to books, cell phones to airlines. One of the newer brands, V Australia, is one of the Virgin airlines. They are running an interesting promotion involving two of the strangest things to combine: Sydney, Australia, one of the coolest places on the planet, and Twitter, the bane of our existence.
Here's how it works: 3 friends will be spending 3 days and 3 nights in Sydney and must send 4320 Tweets, one for every minute of the day. Definitely a challenging way to see Sydney, but for a chance to win a trip around the world it is definitely worth a shot.
My fear would be I would get 4250 Tweets in, get slightly distracted and miss one by a few seconds and be out both the prize and 3 days in Australia. We will see how it all goes starting in 4 days.
Would you be interested in a contest like this or would you rather find a better way?
As I was writing this article I couldn't help but drift back in time a little bit and remember the good old days when everyone was united in their hatred for one reason. They didn't like what Microsoft was selling. Now-a-days it appears the tables are turning as Microsoft is now the rebel with a cause. They and other companies who feel the pain of Google parsing away their market shares have all started to band together and have even hired the help of third parties in an effort to discredit them. Some anonymous sources had this to say about the lynching parties agenda, "Microsoft is at the center of a group of companies who see Google as a threat to them in some combination of business and policy," said a source who requested anonymity to avoid retribution. "The effort is designed to make Google look like the big high-tech bad guy here."
posted Saturday Aug 29, 2009 by
People let's be honest here. Anyone who has been on the web more than a few times is familiar with Hentai and other forms of animated crazy Japanese sexual acts which I can't really describe in this article. This stuff has been around for a long time and has been one of those things that everyone knows about and has probably seen at some point but no one likes to admit it or talk about it. There is a U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women who are bringing this into the light by stating. "The sale of video games or cartoons involving rape and sexual violence against women which normalize and promote sexual violence against women and girls" must be legislated against at once. Their reasoning is that violence and sex in games, which is fake by the way, will promote real violence against women.
The Green Lantern was set to get going in Australia, lured there by a lot of tax incentives from the Australian government. Martin Campbell (director) had already scouted out locations in Sydney and Melbourne. Then, the unexpected happened. Australia's economy got stronger and their dollar rose in value. This means that filming in the exact same locations is going to cost the studio between $15 and 25 million more. Eek. According to InsideFilm:
It's official. This week, Microsoft confirmed
rumors that the 360 would be getting a price cut, just hours before it happened. And, just as I predicted, the 360 Pro is no more. Xbox 360 Elite will be replacing the Pro in the $299 price point, and the Pro will be at $249 until the console is sold out, at which time it is done.
I do understand that Microsoft has seen the need for more internal storage and therefore the Elite is much better suited for today's gaming needs, but it seems odd to me that the Pro is the model leaving us, not the Arcade, and it is for the very same reason. The Arcade has very little internal storage, whereas the Pro at least has 60GB (which is better than the Premium that only had 20GB and was replaced by the Pro). If it had been my decision, I would have replaced the Arcade with the Pro, and the Pro with the Elite and nixed the Arcade.
What do you think about all this? Good move for Microsoft, or should the days of the Arcade be over?
The FCC believes that there might be a problem in the wireless industry. There are 4 wireless companies (Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile) that own over 90% of the market. Handset manufacturers setup exclusive deals with those carriers (such as the Palm Pre with Sprint or the iPhone with AT&T). The FCC feels that these setups might be inhibiting both innovation and consumer choice.
There are two sides to every story. The Media Access Project believes,
This investigation is long overdue... The country's four major wireless providers have enjoyed the fruits of market power for too many years, at the expense of the public's ability to gain widespread access to low-cost mobile broadband services.
On the other hand, the wireless trade group, CTIA, believes,