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Apple Has Too Many Games?

posted Monday Jul 13, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Apple Has Too Many Games?

Sony's PSP has over 1700 games in its catalog. Nintendo's website currently lists 905 active games in its library (not including DS Download Play). That is a lot of stuff to do when you don't want to talk to your friends at dinner. However, Apple's Touch platform (the iPhone and iPod Touch) currently has over 13,000 titles available to it. That is 5 times as many games as Nintendo and Sony together.

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Spider-Man 4.3

posted Sunday Jul 12, 2009 by Scott Ertz

I think we can all agree that Spider-Man (the character) is awesome. Normal kid can swing through the streets of New York in a tight red suit and no one thinks it's weird. He has super-strength and can beat the crap out of just about anyone who gets in his way. Great stories almost write themselves for this guy, or so you would think.

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North Korea Attacks... (the Internet)

posted Saturday Jul 11, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Since North Korea isn't getting the attention they want by threatening to sink Hawaii (although they seem to be doing a good job in Tuvalu) they decided on another form of attack - cyber. The Koreans used a DDoS attack to take down websites, such as South Korea's national assembly, defense ministry and Shinhan bank. They also attempted to take down the New York Stock Exchange and White House, but were deflected by US Internet-defense forces.

John Bumgarner from the US Cyber Consequences Unit said,

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Sony Still Says "No Price Cut"

posted Saturday Jul 11, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Sony Still Says

Bobby Kotick, head of Activision, has been saying for weeks that Sony needs to cut the price on the PS3. He even suggested that they might stop developing for the PS3 if the price isn't cut saying "If we are being realistic, we might have to stop supporting Sony... When we look at 2010 and 2011, we might want to consider if we support the console - and the PSP too."

So far, this has not been a popular threat around the Sony water cooler. Sir Howard Stringer, Sony's CEO, called Kotick a blowhard.

He likes to make a lot of noise... He's putting pressure on me and I'm putting pressure on him. That's the nature of business.

Jack Tretton, President of Sony Computer Entertainment America, had a lot more to say on the issue:

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Google Chrome - Not Just a Browser

posted Saturday Jul 11, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Google Chrome - Not Just a Browser

Google announced this week that they will be taking on the giant that is Windows with the Google Chrome OS - a lightweight, open-source operating system aim at netbooks (at least initially). The Google Blog describes it thusly:

People want to get to their email instantly, without wasting time waiting for their computers to boot and browsers to start up. They want their computers to always run as fast as when they first bought them. They want their data to be accessible to them wherever they are and not have to worry about losing their computer or forgetting to back up files. Even more importantly, they don't want to spend hours configuring their computers to work with every new piece of hardware, or have to worry about constant software updates. And any time our users have a better computing experience, Google benefits as well by having happier users who are more likely to spend time on the Internet...

In other words, this isn't Windows. Do you think you would use the Google Chrome OS, or do you love Windows too much to switch?

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DDR For Your Sleepy Fingers

posted Saturday Jul 11, 2009 by Scott Ertz

DDR For Your Sleepy Fingers

Ever wondered what device is the easiest to destroy without feeling bad about it? Well, we now have an answer: The Finger Dance alarm. The alarm clock works like this: in the morning, the alarm goes off, and to make it stop, you must do a little DDR on the alarm clock itself with your fingers. Now you know why you could destroy this thing and not feel bad about it - it is EVIL. I have been a DDR player for 10 years now, and even I can see that this thing should not exist.

Yikes.

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