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Xbox LIVE Gets Another Cool Upgrade for the ESPN Channel

posted Thursday Aug 25, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Xbox LIVE Gets Another Cool Upgrade for the ESPN Channel

At E3 2010, we saw the Xbox 360 really start to take its shape with all of the media additions that came to the console. One of the major sign-ons was ESPN and their ESPN3 video content. Sporting over 3,500 events per year after its late 2010 upgrade, the ESPN channel on Xbox 360 really was the place to be.

Now, after what felt like forever, more upgrades have made their way to the channel, making me wish Brighthouse would finally grant me full access to the service!

For details on what I'm missing out on, check after the break.

Anonymous Goes After BART, not Simpson

posted Sunday Aug 14, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Anonymous Goes After BART, not Simpson

Today, Anonymous has started a cyber attack against the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), after the company shut down cell phone service in downtown San Francisco to prevent a protest in the area on Friday. So far, they have taken user information, phone numbers and addresses from the website and have replaced the home page with their own version.

2,001 names of people along with passwords have also been taken from users that have used the service called myBART, which gives riders discounts and info on events and contests.

We have more on this after the break.

VALVe Locked and Loaded for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

posted Sunday Aug 14, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

VALVe Locked and Loaded for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Rumors have been flying around regarding a possible new Counter-Strike game. If anyone remembers, about twelve years ago, Counter-Strike revolutionized the way shooters are played, how one should design a shooter and how much fun you can have if you have awesome AWP skills. For those who were engaged in conversation about a new CS game on the Steam forums, they got to see Valve employee Cliffe lay down two words that had a lot of meaning behind them: Global Offensive. Shortly after that, the anti-cheat company ESEA's Facebook page had a message to share, saying "Counter-Strike: Global Offensive... More info in the morning."

Well, confirmation of a new game from VALVe hit this week as a press release was sent out talking about an early 2012 release for the correctly titled Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for the XBLA, PSN and Steam.

We have the press release and more news after the break.

AT&T's Real Reasons for Wanting T-Mobile

posted Sunday Aug 14, 2011 by Scott Ertz

AT&T's Real Reasons for Wanting T-Mobile

It's been a while now since AT&T announced their intention to purchase T-Mobile USA for $39 billion in March. The primary reason is nothing has really happened; until now, that is. This week, a document was leaked that calls into question AT&T's real reasoning for the buyout of T-Mobile.

So far, AT&T executives have been explaining it by claiming that it will allow them to increase their LTE network roll-out from 80% population coverage to 97%. The document, however, suggests that AT&T's actual motives are much more sinister and anti-competitive. Essentially, AT&T is willing to pay a massive upcharge to keep T-Mobile out of Sprint's hands.

So, how much are they paying to limit the field of competition? Hit the break to find out.

HTC Acquires Majority Stake in Beats Audio for $300 Million

posted Sunday Aug 14, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

HTC Acquires Majority Stake in Beats Audio for $300 Million

A lot of people are writing this off, but I think this raises a lot of questions for all parties involved. This week, HTC has acquired a majority stake in Beats Electronics. Listeners and readers of our content will know that Beats Audio has been not only a headphone/earbud solution, but also a huge 24-bit digital technology enhancement that can, as of right now, only be found in HP machines, HP Touchpads and HP Pre3 as well as Chrysler cars.

Now that HTC has a huge stake in the company, should we expect to see Beats integrated more smartphones? HTC has said that it's paid $300 million for this acquisition, so we'd sure hope so.

Want more on this awesome news? We have the coverage after the break.

The Mothership is Shiny and Made by Apple

posted Sunday Aug 14, 2011 by Jon Wurm

The Mothership is Shiny and Made by Apple

Back in June we already talked about Apple's plans to build a new "campus" on the old 98 acre HP campus site. The building design takes the old Mothership joke about 1 Infinite Loop past the next level and several ones after that. Just recently Cupertino released some artistic renderings of what we can expect the Mothership to look like and they do not disappoint.

You can see what I'm talking about after the break.

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