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Super Mario Bros. Super Embarrassing?

posted Thursday Oct 14, 2010 by Jon Wurm

Super Mario Bros. Super Embarrassing?

Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo Entertainment System hit the quarter-century mark last month and with the advent of HD TVs the game is certainly starting to show its age. I was able to play the game on a 32" HD TV and saw first hand where Miyamoto and his development team cut some corners but seriously, who cares? We are talking about not just "a" game but "the" game that created and changed an entire industry.

Hit the break to find out why Miyamoto was embarrassed.

Foxconn Cons Employees Yet Again?

posted Thursday Oct 14, 2010 by Jon Wurm

Foxconn Cons Employees Yet Again?

One of China's largest electronics manufacturers can't seem to stay out of trouble and out of the news. They have a long history of alleged worker mistreatment, wage discrimination and facilitating poor working conditions. All of which came to a head earlier this year when 11 employees attempted suicide. Foxconn then responded by trying to force them into signing, "I promise not to kill myself pledges." However, the most recent controversy stems from recent independent surveys conducted by several universities in China.

Hit the break to find out what the not so clever Foxconn is under the gun for now.

WinPho 7 to Get WinMo 3.1 Feature - Copy and Paste

posted Wednesday Oct 13, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

WinPho 7 to Get WinMo 3.1 Feature - Copy and Paste

It appears as though Microsoft has come to the realization that their new WinPho 7 operating system might be compared to the iPhone 1, 3 and 3GS in terms of what it cannot do. It also appears that they were just kidding when they said people don't copy and paste anymore. That is because this week Microsoft announced that there will be a software update to include copy and paste into Windows Phone 7. You'll just have to wait until 'early 2011' to get it. So don't go opening large Word documents just yet!

For more on the update, hit the break.

Apple's Cover Flow May Cost Them Over $200 Million in Damages

posted Tuesday Oct 12, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Apple's Cover Flow May Cost Them Over $200 Million in Damages

By court order this week, Apple will have to fork over a little more than $200 million to Mirror Worlds, LLC after losing a case involving patent infringement. Apple was ruled to be in violation of "document streaming" patents that belonged to Mirror Worlds, which happen to be a little too similar to the design and implementation of Apple's Cover Flow and Time Machine.

This lawsuit came about in 2008 when Mirror Worlds accused Apple of infringing on four patents, one involving information management systems and the other three based on a "document stream operating system".

For more on the ruling, follow the break.

Firefox Trojan Virus Forces Browser to Save Your Passwords

posted Sunday Oct 10, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Firefox Trojan Virus Forces Browser to Save Your Passwords

If you needed yet another reason to switch from Firefox, I have one. A recent Trojan virus on Mozilla's browser forces Firefox to save user passwords and then use them to open a new user account on the computer that is infected.

As you should already know, most security advisors and people with common sense tell you to never have Firefox store your passwords since their security to protect them can easily be broken by simple malware.

For more on the recent Trojan, hit the break.

Harmonix Wants to Time Travel

posted Sunday Oct 10, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Harmonix Wants to Time Travel

Harmonix CEO Alex Rigopulos recently sat down with Edge Online for an interview about where they are and where they want to go (TO SPACE). With the changes they have made in Rock Band 3, it is clear they are ready to revisit their titles with new eyes. He said,

There's a lot of creative terrain to explore with Rock Band... new forms of interaction between the player and the music. We still have some very exciting things planned.

Hit the break for more of what Harmonix has in store for us.

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