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Front-Facing Cameras for the Rest of Us

posted Sunday Dec 12, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Front-Facing Cameras for the Rest of Us

CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2011 is coming up quickly, January 5, and we are starting to see a lot of cool new devices that we may or may not see on the show floor. This week's exploration into the new is called OneMoreFace. It is an adapter you add to the top of your smartphone to add a forward-facing camera.

Right now the device is only a prototype and only designed for the HTC Google Nexus One, but the designer has promised commercial viability in the near future. I also expect to see this start showing up for other smartphones that are missing the popular Qik-enabling feature.

Want to know how this works? Hit the break.

Apache Leaves the Java Board

posted Sunday Dec 12, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Apache Leaves the Java Board

While the Apache Foundation may be taking over responsibility of Google Wave, they will be resigning their responsibilities on the Java SE/EE Executive Committee. They do so after 10 years on the board responsible for maintaining standards for Java across the software industry.

Before we get into the reasons they left, let's talk about their tenure. In the 10 years with the organization, Apache has been "Member of the Year" 4 times. They also were voted for another term by 95%, far more than needed. Obviously everyone liked them.

So, why are they leaving? Hit the break to find out.

Rivals Intel and AMD Declare in Unison, 'Death to VGA!'

posted Sunday Dec 12, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Rivals Intel and AMD Declare in Unison, 'Death to VGA!'

Hi, I'm an Intel. And I'm an AMD. We don't really get along, nor will we ever agree on nanoprocessors or being hardcore with hexacore. But one thing is for certain: we are sick of analog video display outputs; specifically, VGA!

This week Intel and AMD announced that they are teaming up with the help of Dell, Lenovo, Samsung and LG to completely remove VGA by 2015 and to focus only on HDMI and DisplayPort.

Want more news on the obsoletion? Click the break.

Blizzard Loses Their Data

posted Sunday Dec 12, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Blizzard Loses Their Data

It may seem impossible to steal Blizzard's title as Titan of the MMO world. It is however easy to steal their confidential documents revealing a new game titled Titan. Blizzard's plans for the next 5 years were leaked onto the Internet this week revealing lots of expansions, a movie and a new game.

The leaks seem to originate in the Activision Blizzard offices and China and shortly after general manager Ye Weilun left the company. There is no telling if he was the direct source of the leak or if he was the unfortunate director of someone who did but suffice it to say, this really solidifies the Chinese theory.

For details from the leaks, hit the break.

YouTube Blocked and Reblocked in Turkey + Some Users Get More Than 15 Minutes of Fame

posted Sunday Dec 12, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

YouTube Blocked and Reblocked in Turkey + Some Users Get More Than 15 Minutes of Fame

In an effort to combine two seemingly noteworthy bullet points into one small anecdote of news on your RSS feed, YouTube is in the news this week. Did you know that in Turkey you couldn't get on YouTube since 2008? That is until this week, when a Turkish court removed the two-year block on the site. However, shortly after the ruling and lifting of the ban, YouTube was blocked yet again in Turkey and users were seeing a blank screen along with some text informing them of the block that was part of the original May 2008 court ruling.

The reason? Apparently the Turkish republic founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, found four videos on the site very offensive and demanded them to be removed. The only issue here is that those videos were taken down two years ago. The Turkish userbase apparently caused enough ruckus that YouTube was unblocked again not soon after the reban. We've tried to contact the Turkish Telecommunications Transmission Directorate and Google for comment, but have been unsuccessful in receiving a response. We do know that the two parties will be meeting sometime soon to discuss the matter.

In other YouTubian news, Google has decided who gets to wear a gold star in the community. Starting this week, "selected users" will be allowed to go beyond the constraints of that pesky, yet newly-set time limit of 15 minutes for videos. Google has said, "as long as it's your original content, it's fair game regardless of length." That's what she said?

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