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RUMOR: iPod + Camera

posted Saturday Jul 11, 2009 by Scott Ertz

RUMOR: iPod + Camera

It's a lot of fun to watch the buying habits of large companies and speculate what they are doing with the products. In today's installment, Apple has purchased cameras. Lot of them. A lot more then they need to fulfill the manufacturing needs of the iPhone. What could this mean? Spying on competitors like in Antitrust? Probably not. More likely is the inclusion of a camera in the next generation of the iPods.

While it is not financially feasible to add a camera to the Nano, it is very likely we will see a camera added to the iPod Touch. In fact, we here at The Upstream are pretty shocked that it has taken them this long to do it. The Touch runs the same OS as the iPhone, which has a camera (granted they just started actually letting you use it for something), so it isn't a matter of technology standing in their way. They just never did.

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iPhone Hacking - One of the New Features on the iPhone 3GS

posted Saturday Jul 11, 2009 by Scott Ertz

iPhone Hacking - One of the New Features on the iPhone 3GS

Isn't it nice how Apple computers don't get viruses or malicious code? It's because there aren't enough of them out there for anyone to care. On the other hand, there are a lot of iPhones, and now we know there are things that can be done to an iPhone to make them really interesting. Charlie Miller, a security researcher had this to say:

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Microsoft Full of Tricksy Hobbitses

posted Saturday Jul 11, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Microsoft Full of Tricksy Hobbitses

Microsoft's legal team has taken an interesting tactic in their most interesting lawsuit (to me... right now...). The lawsuit in question is over patent infringement (what's new) for "communicating live while playing the same video game in separate locations." Obviously this is all about Xbox Live and the Live chat option.

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Sony Never Liked UMD

posted Saturday Jul 11, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Sony Never Liked UMD

Remember when Sony lost the lawsuit over the rumble feature in their controllers, and they said that they didn't plan on having a DualShock3 controller, and then when the lawsuit was finalized they brought it out anyway? Well, Sony is having another "we were just kidding" moment with UMD. Naoya Matsui, product planning leader for Sony, said in an interview:

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"Videogames AREN'T Evil" - God

posted Wednesday Jul 8, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Are you guilty of the 8th Deadly Sin - gaming? If you are, Inspired Media Entertainment has offered you the chance to repent, via the Left Behind RTS and other family-friendly games. They are in the process of building a Christian game portal, AKA "The Arcade on the Mount." Through this portal, Christian gamers will be able to purchase family-friendly games such as the Left Behind and Charlie Church Mouse series.

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Midway Buyout Official

posted Wednesday Jul 8, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Midway Buyout Official

It is a sad time for videogame companies. We have seen so many legendary companies get gobbled up by other companies (BioWare and Mythic, Zenimax's buyout of id Software), and that was just last week. This week, we get confirmation that Warner Bros. has legal clearance to purchase Midway Games for $33 million, according to the Chicago Tribune.

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