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OnLive Going Online Slowly

posted Sunday Jul 11, 2010 by Scott Ertz

OnLive Going Online Slowly

We have spoken about creative online gaming solutions many times over the 3 years we have been here at PLuGHiTz Live! From BringIt to Virgin Games to OnLive, there have been a lof of ideas. This week, I am going to revive the OnLive topic because their service is getting closer to being a full reality.

OnLive is a service that allows you to play games (like Assassin's Creed II) without having to download or install the game. It, in essence, is trying to give Steam and our sponsor Direct2Drive a run for their money, claiming the model is out-dated. The problem is that their model doesn't seem to work right.

Hit the link for details on what is wrong and a video of the evidence.

NASDAQ Shows Some Silver in Times Square

posted Sunday Jul 11, 2010 by Scott Ertz

NASDAQ Shows Some Silver in Times Square

Everyone has seen the NASDAQ ticker display. It is the backdrop for all NASDAQ news throughout the world and it is hard to miss at the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square. Well, the screen we all know and love is getting a visual and technological makeover with the help of Microsoft Silverlight.

Brad Vopni, Senior VP at NASDAQ OMX said,

At NASDAQ OMX, we take pride in the speed and reliability of our products. That's why we were delighted to see how quickly and easily we could use Silverlight to build powerful and rock-solid applications. With Microsoft's Silverlight technology, we were able to create graphics that reflect the real-time changes that happen in the stock market and we redesigned the stock ticker at the NASDAQ MarketSite with higher-quality graphics. The technology is nimble and extensible, giving us a platform upon which to build future products while taking advantage of existing Microsoft software already in place at the NASDAQ MarketSite.

Microsoft Searching for Next of Kin

posted Sunday Jul 11, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Microsoft Searching for Next of Kin

It was an astonishing 48 days of nonstop advertising from Microsoft, Sharp and Verizon for their newest media baby, the Kin One and Kin Two. At the end of the 48 days, however, Microsoft has pulled the plug on its project citing poor sales. With over 2 years of development and million and millions of dollars in marketing, how could Microsoft kill its creation in just 6 weeks?

A Microsoft rep said in a statement,

We have made the decision to focus exclusively on Windows Phone 7 and we will not ship KIN in Europe this fall as planned. Additionally, we are integrating our KIN team with the Windows Phone 7 team, incorporating valuable ideas and technologies from KIN into future Windows Phone releases. We will continue to work with Verizon in the U.S. to sell current KIN phones.

Hit the break for what went wrong.

There's Nothing (four)square About Google's New Parking App

posted Sunday Jul 11, 2010 by Cody Bailey

There's Nothing (four)square About Google's New Parking App

It seems Google just never knows enough about you. Well now they seem to be trying to build a list of your commonly visited places through their new Android app, Open Spot.

When you leave a parking lot, you run the Open Spot app and log the spot as open, then a nearby user can run the app and see the location on their map, thus finding a parking place. For each spot you mark you get awarded "karma points" which you can use to keep score against your friends. Of course with points being introduced, people are always going to find some way to cheat the system. Google is marking these people as "griefers" and they "have a couple of mechanisms available to make sure someone can't leave a bunch of fake parking spots."

AT&T and iPhone Exclusivity Lawsuit now Certified as Class-Action to Include Every AT&T iPhone Customer

posted Saturday Jul 10, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

AT&T and iPhone Exclusivity Lawsuit now Certified as Class-Action to Include Every AT&T iPhone Customer

A couple months ago we heard some rumors about Apple lawyers confirming that the manufacturer really did have a five year exclusivity agreement with AT&T but didn't hear much more about it. It looks as though this is just the tip of the iceberg now, as the judge in the case has officially certified the case as a class action, which means it now will include every person who has ever bought an iPhone on AT&T.

Hit the break to see what the terms of the lawsuit are.

WinPho 7 Launch Still Months Away

posted Saturday Jul 10, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

WinPho 7 Launch Still Months Away

We have been keeping you up to date with news of Windows Phone 7 Series comes to light, with exclusive chats on app development and gaming with Microsoft's team leaders on the project. Microsoft has always said that WinPho 7 would be launched around the holidays and has never given any specific information beyond that until a couple weeks ago, when a Microsoft rep mistakenly let slip that the launch would be around October.

More speculation and rumors started flying when we learned that AT&T stores were receiving marketing materials with WinPho 7 on it, which meant launch time could be when the stores were to refresh their signage - anywhere from July 24th to September.

Check after the break to see if Microsoft can launch WinPho 7 in time!

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