Everyone in the world is probably now aware that the winter Olympics have begun in Vancouver, Canada. They opened Friday night at BC Place with one of the most interesting winter games opening ceremonies ever. After the Beijing Summer games and their opening ceremonies, which was the most expensive and elaborate in history, Canada had a lot to live up to. They hired a great executive producer, David Atkins, who is not afraid to think a little crazy to produce an unmatched presentation.
Atkins decided that thousands of participants, like the Beijing ceremonies, was not the way to show off Canada. Instead, he wowed the audience with the inclusion of A LOT of technology, including more than 100 projectors, and unique stage effects.
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The Pirate Bay and its legal nightmares. You probably are not familiar with a new web service called Flattr which is being developed by Mr. Sunde who was one of the top 3 admins for The Pirate Bay. Essentially, it is a micro payment system that members can subscribe to for a nominal monthly fee. Members who have Flattr buttons on their websites will receive a portion of the total membership fees collected for the month based on the number of clicks received though the Flattr button on their web pages. Sunde stated,
In the left corner weighing in at 10.3 ounces. The pride of the e-book reader industry. The Amazon Kindle! In the right corner, the challenger, weighing in at 1.5lbs., the Apple iPad! Wait a minute, this match up seems a little one sided. After all the iPad is more than just an e-book reader. Many of you may be wondering what in the world Amazon is thinking by directly competing with the iPad. Apple's new pride and joy turned up a little over two weeks ago and Amazon wasted no time releasing some impressive numbers regarding the Kindle in Q4 last year. There was a 42% increase in sales and a 71% increase in net income. Amazon execs are expecting a promising year for both versions of the Kindle, especially since 6 Kindle books are sold for every 10 physical books. Their CFO, Tom Szkutak stated, "We believe that readers deserve to have a dedicated device." That reasoning certainly has worked well for them but what do others think about the iPad as a competing e-book reader? Goldman Sachs analyst James Mitchell said,
Seems like everyone has a GPS these days. Who wouldn't want one? After all, it can lead you wherever you want to go with easy-to-view maps and directions. Well, what if they took the great idea of GPS and incorporated it into a device that allows doctors to navigate the body? Good news, they've done just that.
Fortunately, some new software announced by researchers this week will give doctors the capability of viewing 3-D images of their patient's coronary arteries. Although it is not fully developed, this may be a huge breakthrough for Cardiologists, and in the long run may prevent heart disease from being as serious as it is currently. Since it is the number one killer in America, Doctors are thrilled to hear about the software. Like a GPS system, the software will allow a more accurate view, much quicker. Technology has come far in the medical field and this will take the 2-D images cardiologists view now, to a whole new level. Although it was just recently tested on humans for the first time the development is on schedule and after being tested on many more patients in the U.S., then all over the world, the software should be released.
Sound the alarms! It looks like we've got more news on the Playstation 3 Motion Controller, this time about how it will give gamers a reason to actually utilize the Playstation Eye! According to a Nikkei report spotted by Andriasang, the device, which pairs with the Eye, will have "around 10 or so games" by year's end, including sports and pet raising titles. A title I think would be fun to see that would be compatible with the Playstation 3 Motion Controller would maybe be a hack and slash game or Rpg similar to
Elder Scrolls: Oblivion.
It's nice to hear that instead of us having to buy a big bulky attachment we only have to buy the controller. But at the same time, does that mean the Playstation Motion Controller (rumored to be called the Arc) will basically be a copy of the Nintendo Wii controller with its Wii Motion Plus adapter?
What do you think? Will this device be unique, or is it a Wii ripoff? Let us know in the comments section!
StarCraft 2 may still be a long ways off. On the bright side, Blizzard has been giving us patient few consistent updates on the long anticipated sequel. The latest bit of information involves platform support, as a Blizzard employee recently popped onto the game's forums to verify that SC2 will support PC and Mac right out of the box. Sounds all well and good, but what about those who like to keep our computer desk drawers clean and want to go with a digital download?
"Further details on digital download possibilities will be released as we get closer to the ship date," the forum post reads. While we'd like to speculate on what these "digital download possibilities" are, it would be just that: speculation. Maybe once the game is out we will be out of the recession and I'll be able to afford a new rig....that is if I even need one at this point.