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CEA Recycled More Than 75 Percent of Material Used in Producing the International CES

posted Friday Apr 20, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

CEA Recycled More Than 75 Percent of Material Used in Producing the International CES

It's very rare that we simply come across a "feel good" story in the tech space. Somebody's always up to something mischievous or a company is under scrutiny for unethical practices. Seldom do we have an organization that is doing something good for the environment. This week, I am proud to say that we have some good news.

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) annually produces the International Consumer Electronics Show, which is the largest show in its space by a lot. As you would imagine, a lot goes into producing the show, especially a lot of materials. Tons of paper, loads of vinyl for the badges, light fixtures and other material are all used to make the show the best it can be. Every year the CEA works on trying to neutralize its carbon footprint and recycle as much of the material as possible.

This year we were told all of our badge material was recycled from last year's banners and we knew that there were more materials that were recycled but we didn't expect it to be on this sort of scale.

How far did the CEA go this year? We'll tell you after the break, complete with the press release.

Blockbuster Guarantees Your Hit Movies Will Be Available

posted Friday Apr 20, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

Blockbuster Guarantees Your Hit Movies Will Be Available

Since the Blockbuster auction last year, there was a lot of speculation on what the buyer, Dish Network, would do with all of the stores, employees and product. Back in July, Dish closed and liquidated almost half of the Blockbuster locations in order to consolidate their efforts. From there, we saw the company bring in the Blockbuster streaming service, which was specific to Dish Network customers only.

Now, after 500 more store closures two months ago we are seeing the next phase in what Dish is trying to do here. Blockbuster stores will now have "guaranteed rentals" in their stores.

Netflix Announced Original Programming at NAB in Vegas

posted Friday Apr 20, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

Netflix Announced Original Programming at NAB in Vegas

At the beginning of the month, Netflix came out of the shadows and decided to buy DVD.com. This comes after a long quiet period that followed what I have been dubbing The Great Netflix Debacle of Late 2011, where even though 800,000 customers left the company who at the last minute lost its backbone because of Facebook, it wasn't too concerned that it couldn't move forward and prosper.

What's in store for Big Red? A whole lot of good show! We have the details after the break.

Wordament on Xbox Live with New Updates on April 25th

posted Wednesday Apr 18, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

Wordament on Xbox Live with New Updates on April 25th

If you haven't had an opportunity yet to check out the wonderful new Microsoft toys like Windows Phone or the developer preview of Windows 8, you have surely missed out on some innovative happenings! More importantly, you've missed out on our favorite game, Wordament. The multiplayer, social version of the board game Boggle has taken off at a rapid pace and has seen millions of users since its launch in September 2011 on Windows Phone.

This week, Wordament has announced because the game hasn't seen much change since its inception, it is growing rapidly and is making some additions and alterations.

On This Week's Good Morning America, Porn

posted Sunday Apr 15, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

On This Week's Good Morning America, Porn

Comcast customers in Colorado Spring had a perky morning wake-up this week. If they turned on everybody's favorite morning show, Good Morning America, the good-natured residents were greeted with pornography showing on KRDO Channel 13.

Comcast has "sincerely apologized" for the issue and insertion of inappropriateness and says the problem occurred when the cable company was working on a technical issue. Several different channels appeared on the ABC station in error.

On other channels, such as ION channel 26, you could have viewed religious programming for two hours. Either fortunately or unfortunately depending on who you are, the porn only showed up for a couple of seconds on channel 13's flagship morning show. "The issue was a result of human error which has been resolved," Comcast spokesperson Cindy Parsons said.

As you would imagine, customers stormed to Facebook to KRDO's fan page to flame the station for putting up those images, as if 1) KRDO would do that or 2) they had control over the matter. The station was quick to respond and said they didn't have anything to do with the technical error.

Comcast has stated that they have put practices in place to make sure this does not happen again.

Nokia's Next Big Thing

posted Sunday Apr 15, 2012 by Scott Ertz

Nokia's Next Big Thing

Since its initial announcement at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, it has been clear that Nokia and Microsoft had put all of their Easter eggs in one basket, the Lumia 900. It has been a week since the official launch, so now is the time to look at how it has gone.

Laptop Magazine got to talk with Chris Weber, president of Nokia North America, about how important this launch was for Nokia and AT&T. AT&T, the exclusive handset partner, has said this is their most exciting handset launch ever, even bigger than the iPhone. That puts a lot of pressure on Nokia, but they believe that the unique design styling and the exclusive apps only available on Lumia devices is enough to differentiate it.

So, how has the Lumia done so far and how will they decide if it was a successful launch? Hit the break to find out.

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