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Portal 2 Co-op

posted Sunday Sep 5, 2010 by Josh Henry

Portal 2 Co-op

Portal is a game that all of us here at the show are extremely fond of and a game that we've dedicated hours upon hours to in order to perfect our portal throwing skills. After watching this video, it seems as though we will be learning the game all over again. The video features four levels showing only the BASICS of what's to come with Portal 2's newly added Co-op feature.

If you thought that keeping track of two portals at a time was confusing, you are going to be in a world of pain while trying to keep track of FOUR portals (but the fun kind of pain). As we were watching the footage, you could hear have hear a pin drop because we were THAT awestruck and excited about what we were seeing. Just to put it into perspective, Portal 2, including its co-op features, is four times longer than the original game and that in itself is an impressive feat to accomplish.

I would describe the video to you in more detail but, you should really just see it with your own two eyes...SO GET TO IT....You monster.

Former HP CEO Mark Hurd Might Join Oracle

posted Sunday Sep 5, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Former HP CEO Mark Hurd Might Join Oracle

Remember HP CEO Mark Hurd? We talked about his forced "resignation" a couple weeks ago after HP found out he was involved with a female contractor in more than just computer sales. (Guess that means they were having printer-talk?) We learned this week from the Wall Street Journal that Hurd is talking to Oracle, the world's largest enterprise software company. Hurd apparently knows Oracle founder and CEO Larry Ellison quite well and Ellison was one of the first to bash HP when they let Hurd go. The report says Ellison will remain CEO of Oracle, but the roles of Oracle's two co-presidents, Safra Catz and Charles Phillips, could be affected if Hurd were to come aboard. Oracle just recently purchased Sun Microsystems, so this puts them in direct competition with HP.

Achievement Unlocked: Final Fantasy Open Beta

posted Sunday Sep 5, 2010 by Josh Henry

Achievement Unlocked: Final Fantasy Open Beta

This Tuesday Jon and I were sitting in our homes waiting in anticipation to finally get our hands on Final Fantasy XIV. The good people at Square Enix, however, had other plans in mind. They had decided that the game needed to undergo "emergency maintenance" and postponed open beta until the following day at 10PM ET. This came as no surprise to me as the majority of open betas end up getting pushed back for the same reason.

The next day we watched our clocks once again and found that Square Enix apparently didn't plan for such a big turn out for their new MMO's open beta. I say this because as Jon and I tried to apply for the open beta, the traffic was so heavy that it brought the Square Enix servers to their proverbial knees, begging for mercy. Attempt after attempt to try and sign into our accounts ended in failure and if we were lucky enough to log in, we still had error messages of every sort crowding the space of our monitors.

Even so, we persisted and tried getting my hands on an open beta key all night, getting as close as having the terms of agreement page right before our eyes, to have the submit button on the page not work. But worry not my friends, after hours upon hours of trying to not only get my key but also downloading the game at the same time, I, or we, rather, arose victorious.

Google Moves Wave From The Cloud To The Box

posted Sunday Sep 5, 2010 by Jon Wurm

Google Moves Wave From The Cloud To The Box

About a month ago Google waved Good-bye to Google Wave, but it hasn't actually gone anywhere, until now. They seem to have taken the Microsoft approach to product development here by emphasizing on developers, developers, developers, developers. Google is counting on future developer contributions to define a new generation of communication and collaboration tools partially by riding the wave from the clouds, into a box.

Hit the break to find out what's really going on!

Apple Pinged by Spammers

posted Sunday Sep 5, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Apple Pinged by Spammers

We have talked before about how Apple has security problems and aren't interested in fixing them. Our newest example of this is Apple's new social networking venture, Ping. Ping is a social network built into iTunes 10 that is designed to connect you with your favorite artists. According to Apple,

True fans know it all: What their favorite artists are playing — and when and where they’re playing it. Set your inner groupie free by following your favorite artists on Ping.

However, because of Apple's lack of security or forethought about security, the only thing you can really do through Ping is get scammed.

How can you get scammed through Ping? Hit the break.

Xbox LIVE Gold Subscription Price Change

posted Sunday Sep 5, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Xbox LIVE Gold Subscription Price Change

This week, Microsoft was in the news a lot, as another announcement came out of the Xbox 360 camp that we knew was coming for a long time. November 1st, 2010 marks the date where Xbox LIVE Gold subscription prices will be going up. This will affect users in Canada, Mexico, the UK and the US. The new prices for here in the States will be $9.99/month, $24.99/3 months and $59.99 for the year. Not all plans were affected, however, as the UK one-year package remains the same price.

Why the hike in price? Find out after the break.

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