[ATTACH=RIGHT]17007[/ATTACH] Come with me if you want to rock. What is easily the greatest thing you’ve seen all week looks like an alternate ending to [I]Terminator 2: Judgment Day[/I], one that didn't leave me in tears and featured Ahhhnold rocking the main stage at Ozzfest, which isn't a far stretch this year with a leather-clad Rob Halford as a supporting act. The stainless steel stand, created by artist Christopher Conte, is a true marvel in every sense, much like the man behind the work. The Norwegian born illustration major earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art (BFA) from the Pratt …

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Thanks to a federal copyright law ruling on Monday by the Library of Congress, jailbreaking your iPhone doesn’t have to be kept to the underground forums like it's alcohol during a digital prohibition. The process is now completely legal under US law. Grab a glass of e-freedom![ATTACH]16137[/ATTACH]The resulting decision was part of a tri-yearly board review by the Library which discusses exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The legalization of jailbreaking comprised two of the six provisions agreed upon today by the Library. See “[URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story299581.html"][I]DMCA Changes: Copyright Rules Made More Flexible[/URL]”[/I]. The filing was brought forth by the …

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If you’ve ever checked out of a grocery store, you’ve seen [I]Cosmopolitan[/I], [I]Seventeen’s[/I] hussy mother, prominently on display in magazine racks next to packs of Juicy Fruit and 2-for-1 Heath Bars promising “7 New Ways to Satisfy Your Lover.” The editorials, which are laughable at best, have helped bring men from Mars and women from Venus past their relationship issues together on a mattress here on Earth. If you’re sick of paying for yearly subscriptions to the world’s leading estrogen journal to have to sift through 150 pages of perfume ads to learn "The Passion Pretzel" or the "Frolicking Fruit …

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Forget all that stuff your parents taught you about not talking to strangers. One lucky user brought Twitter to its 20 billionth tweet over the weekend, an award as prestigious as being swept away in the confetti and balloons of being the 10,000th grocery market shopper. The momentous tweet was made by user “GGGGGGo_Lets_Go”, a Japanese graphic designer on Saturday, July 31st. When translated, his post said, "So that means the barrage might come back later all at once." Riveting stuff. [ATTACH]16377[/ATTACH]Status updates of 140 characters known as “tweets” have broadcasted banalities worldwide since Twitter’s inception in 2006. The service, …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]16645[/ATTACH]Oracle announced Thursday evening (August 12) that they would be filing a lawsuit against Google, claiming that their Android phone software infringes upon patents and copyrights of their Java software, which they acquired when they purchased Sun Microsystems in January for $7.4 billion. "In developing Android, Google knowingly, directly and repeatedly infringed Oracle's Java-related intellectual property. This lawsuit seeks appropriate remedies for their infringement," Oracle spokeswoman Karen Tillman said in an official statement. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, alleges that Google “willfully and deliberately” infringed upon seven Java patents and has even gone so …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]16523[/ATTACH]Skype, the Luxemborg-based internet video phone service, filed for its initial public offering (IPO) on Monday (August 9) to list on the Nasdaq Stock Market. The value was tentatively set at $100 million, a number analysts suggest is merely a rough estimate set to help the Securities and Exchange Commission calculate a filing fee. They have yet to release a sales date or price. The filings reported that in 2010, Skype has already generated more than $406 million from its over 560 million registered users, up 41% year-over-year. These numbers are staggering considering that only 6% of its users actually …

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It came as a shock to many people that the “No Russian” mission in [I]Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2[/I] allowed players to act with such extreme malicious intent. The inclusion of the mission sparked a blazing controversy amongst pundits and critics alike, with its gratuitous depiction of terrorists mowing down innocent civilians at a crowded Russian airport. It was one of the most intimately morbid moments in recent gaming history. [ATTACH]17130[/ATTACH]It doesn’t come as any shock that after all the public scrutiny [I]Modern Warfare 2[/I] received, the soon-to-be released [I]Medal of Honor[/I] is being met with resistance before the …

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After [I]Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2[/I] set the bar as to what the franchise could achieve, nobody envied the shoes that Treyarch had been asked to fill with producing the next installment. Their previous involvement and lackluster contributions to the franchise were what Aquaman brought to the table for the Justice League of America. Not anymore, as the studio embarks on the largest launch in Activision history with guns a blazing. [ATTACH]17027[/ATTACH]Treyarch is upping the ante with Black Ops, literally. The studio just released a video highlighting their four new free-for-all modes which will make matches that much more …

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VIZIO has long been the bargain shopper’s HDTV brand of choice. Peppered across shelves in Wal-Mart, Costco, and Target electronics department, the displays—albeit not the most advanced in terms of picture quality—have always been reliably, affordable, and completely viable options for people wanting to achieve the new American dream of owning a HDTV and Dolby Surround setup to come home to after another laborious 9-to-5. For a company that started with three employees and $600,000, VIZIO has gone on to become one of the leading LCD television manufacturers, just a fraction of a percent behind Samsung in 2010 sales. Their …

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Xbox Live is a breeding ground for hateful, inflammatory remarks of all genders, races, creeds, and sexualities, where aimless insecurities are flung around like rocks at street signs. Who would have thought that it would be Microsoft doing the discriminating for once? [ATTACH]17108[/ATTACH] A 26-year-old gamer from Fort Gay, West Virginia was banned momentarily from his monthly membership when Microsoft enforcement officials deemed his profile inappropriate. His crime? Listing himself as a proud resident of "fort gay WV." "At first I thought, 'Wow, somebody's thinking I live in the gayest town in West Virginia or something.' I was mad. ... …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]17038[/ATTACH]Goonies aren’t the only ones that never say die. [I]Duke Nukem Forever[/I] has finally seen the light of day after what will be 14 years coming upon its newly anticipated 2011 release date and 923859023 jokes later about how the game has taken “forever”. And in local news, pigs are flying over yetis parading on unicorns at the Loch Ness Monster's birthday party, while Satan pulls off a triple Lutz in hell. The long-awaited title made its debut earlier today in front of attendees at this year’s Penny Arcade Expo (PAX), taking place from September 3-5 at the Washington State …

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[ATTACH=LEFT]16935[/ATTACH]Used video games sales are a booming business. When it released last week that GameStop’s earnings had risen 4.2 percent to $40.3 million, up from $38.7 million from 2009--numbers which accounted for 31.7 percent of their annual sales--analysts weren’t the only ones eagerly awaiting the figures. After it was announced yesterday (August 25th) that Target was launching its new consumer electronics services program, including a tech support line, expanded availability of its Target Mobile centers at store branches, and highlighted by the launch of an in-store electronics trade-in program at 850 of its locations throughout September, Best Buy followed suit …

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If the woman with the British accent suggests you turn left to find a fire hydrant, heed to her warning. [ATTACH]16904[/ATTACH]Earlier today (August 25th), GPS maker Garmin announced a voluntarily recall of 1.25 million nüvi GPS systems worldwide due to a faulty third-party battery which causes certain models to overheat when interacting with the circuitry. Roughly 800,000 of these recalled units were purchased in the U.S. From the Garmin site regarding the issue: [INDENT][I]Garmin is voluntarily recalling certain nüvi devices that contain a specific battery that was manufactured by the battery supplier within a limited date code range. Garmin has …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]16788[/ATTACH]If you’re a petty thief, an iPhone must look like a mobile Mona Lisa. Their sleek design, variety of features, portability, coveted ownership, and lofty price make for an appealing and readily available target. But scum of the earth pay heed: Apple filed for a patent yesterday (August 19th) to undermine iPhone theft by remote disabling of the stolen devices and sending you to the clink for your tomfoolery. The patent, titled "Systems and Methods for Identifying Unauthorized Users of an Electronic Device”, provides lost or stolen iPhone owners with peace of mind and employs a variety of methods to …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]16752[/ATTACH]Intel announced on Thursday their agreement to purchase all of McAfee’s common stocks at $48 a share, a deal approximately worth $7.68 billion. McAfee will act as a wholly-owned subsidiary and report to Intel’s Software and Services Group. The endeavor marks what is sure to be a harmonious relationship for two of the world’s leading hardware and software companies at a time when mobile markets are booming, a sector which remains untapped from a securities standpoint. "Our view is that everywhere we sell a microprocessor, there is an opportunity to sell security software with it," said Paul Otellini, Intel president …

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It was only a matter of time before Hollywood's depiction of "the future" started to grow strikingly similar to something one would find in Best Buy's Sunday flyer. The Philips Fluid Smartphone was unveiled earlier today (August 18th), the first device since Doc Brown used banana peels and Miller beer in the Mr. Fusion Home Energy Reactor to get to the future that has made me laugh. Conceptualized by Brazilian designer Dinard da Mata, the phone is as every bit as pliable as the title suggests. With the use of an organic light emitting diode (OLED) screen, the phone can …

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[ATTACH=LEFT]16727[/ATTACH]With the release of[I]Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock[/I] on September 28th, Acitivision has a tall order when it comes to winning back fans of the once coveted trail blazing rhythm guitar phenomenon. The franchise has been stagnant as of late, a redundant vessel too busy with its hands on all utters of the cash cow to realize that it has steadily grown light years behind [I]Rock Band[/I]. [I]Guitar Hero: Van Halen[/I] was an inexcusably lazy mess, so much so that Activision had to bundle it with [I]Guitar Hero 5[/I] to offload its supply. Released on December 22, 2009 and February …

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[ATTACH=LEFT]16647[/ATTACH]On Friday, the world’s largest online marketplace announced the launch of its U.S. exclusive eBay Bucks Rewards Program. The cashback incentive gives the consumer a 2% return on most items available for sale on the site. "We're giving eBay's most loyal shoppers something special in return -- money to spend on eBay," said Lorrie Norrington, president of eBay Marketplaces. "eBay Bucks Rewards Program is free to join and easy to use, providing customers with even greater value when they shop the great selection and deals on eBay. With redemption rates well above industry average for comparable loyalty programs, eBay Bucks …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]16444[/ATTACH]Japanese mobile social gaming company DeNA, traded publicly on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, is reported massive first quarter profits yesterday (August 5th), with heavy implications that there may soon be a new social sheriff in town. Revenue for their first fiscal quarter reached $279 million, up 175% year-over-year. In comparison with leading U.S. competitor Zynga, who’s first [I][I]half[/I][/I] of 2010 saw $350 million in revenue, DeNA is well on track to not only topple their empire, but to see $1 billion in sales before the year’s end. “Becoming the premier social gaming company appears extremely feasible,” said Tomoko Namba, DeNA …

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Porn—it’s a multi-billion dollar industry fueled by mankind’s innate notions of lust and desire. iPhone 4—a smartphone device with millions of users worldwide connected through FaceTime videoconferencing. Porn+iPhone 4=iPorn, the shameless new venture of the adult-entertainment industry as it improves upon its limitless digital expanses. [ATTACH]16323[/ATTACH]In truth, it was only a matter of time before porn companies began utilizing FaceTime for the lucrative, virgin market behind this new wave technology, albeit for anything but showing the face. This will be the first time video sex chat services have allowed customers the opportunity to watch and be watched concurrently. "We've been …

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As is a custom now with the video game pre-orders, Activision released the first pictures today of their Hardened and Prestige collector editions of [I]Call of Duty: Black Ops[/I] today (August 12th). The $79.99 [I]Hardened Edition[/I] includes a copy of the game, a limited edition Black Ops Collector’s Medal with matching display case, four extra co-op maps, an exclusive Black Ops Xbox Live or PS Home avatar outfit, and comes enclosed in a premium SteelBook case. [ATTACH]16635[/ATTACH]The $149.99 [I]Prestige Edition[/I] is great for all the player’s sitting around in fatigues speaking to their friends in the phonetic alphabet. It includes …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]16601[/ATTACH]According to a report released by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) yesterday (August 10), the video game industry put $4.9 billion dollars in the U.S. economy’s back pocket in 2009, laughing in the face of its financial ruin. The statistics, featured in [I]Video Games in the 21st Century: The 2010 Report[/I], show the gaming industry growing at a rate of 10% from 2005 to 2009, which was more than seven times the entire U.S. economy combined. Total sales were at $7 billion in 2005, raising to an industry high of $11.7 billion in 2008, before declining back down to $10.5 …

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[center][B]Ban and ye shall receive![/B][/center] “Hello, recently, your Steam account was erroneously banned from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. This was our mistake, and I apologize for any frustration or angst it may have caused you. We have reversed the ban, restoring your access to the game. In addition, we have given you a free copy of Left 4 Dead 2 to give as a gift on Steam, plus a free copy for yourself if you didn’t already own the game.” [ATTACH]16217[/ATTACH] You read that right. After Valve’s anti-cheat software made the egregious error of progressively banning 12,000 Modern …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]16533[/ATTACH]George Washington once said he never told a lie. Abraham Lincoln eloquently addressed, "With malice toward none, with charity toward all." John F. Kennedy once exhorted, "Ask not what your country can do for you--ask what you can do for your country." Basil Marceaux once stoically exclaimed, “Vote for me and I will immune you from all state crimes for the rest of you [sic] life.” Wait, what? It all started on WSMV-Nashville earlier in July, as an evening news segment for the Tennessee GOP governor’s race prepared to introduce the runners. The nervous co-host explained, "We have given all …

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[ATTACH=LEFT]16558[/ATTACH]Netflix users becoming growingly accustomed to stagnant queues of movies can breathe a sigh of relief. It was announced earlier today (August 10) that Netflix would embark on an estimated $1 billion deal over the course of the next five years with Epix, the premium pay-TV and video on demand (VOD) subscription service, beginning on September 1. Under the agreement, new releases and library titles available to stream instantly will make their way over to Netflix 90 days after they premier on Epix, to honor previous contracts with current cable and satellite companies. Historically, the rights to these theatrical releases …

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A city known for its liberal views and progressive trends has just blazed another trail for the country to follow. The San Francisco Metro Transit Authority (SFMTA) has begun testing a new supply and demand based parking meter system at 6,000 of its 25,000 metered parking spots in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Urban Partnership Congestion Initiative. Phase one of the SF[I]park[/I] project, a two-year, $27 million federally funded program, is currently underway in Hayes Valley, with the installation of the first 190 meters over the past two weeks. [ATTACH]16454[/ATTACH] The project is designed with the San Fran …

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Remember back in 2001 when that 56k chorus of screeches meant you were connecting to the newfangled internet and you screamed at anyone who would pick up the phone? AOL felt pretty good about the stranglehold they had on the online market then. However, it was released yesterday morning (August 4th) that the service provider which helped herd us to the digital renaissance where dot-coms roam, in an ironic turn of events, is getting beat down by the same monster it helped create. [ATTACH]16396[/ATTACH]AOL posted massive $1.41 billion second quarter losses in writedowns after recent sales of both their Bebo …

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For those of you living with sheets over your windows for the better half of the last year, the record-setting opening day release of Modern Warfare 2 would only be a sign of things to come for a game that would go on to gross over $1 billion dollars since its release back in November of 2009, setting all the industry bars in its wake. Regardless of Modern Warfare’s success, as of June 2010, industry-wide software sales were at $531 million, a 15% decline from last year’s $627 million. In his latest investor report, Michael Pachter, consumer analyst at Wedbush …

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Soundgarden, one of Seattle’s seminal grunge acts, is breaking new ground in the midst of a comeback, and I’m not talking about headlining the main stage at Lollapalooza this Sunday. With the release of their first album in over 10 years on Oct. 5--[I]Telephantasm: A Retrospective[/I]--the grizzled 90s vets are smashing video game industry guitars on their way back to center stage. [ATTACH]16372[/ATTACH]In conjunction with Activision’s new [I]Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock[/I], due out on Sept. 28, Soundgarden will be bundling their latest album with the initial million shipments of the game, marking the first time a retail CD has …

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The world’s leading productivity suite is coming to a Mac near you late October and it will surprisingly save you an arm or a leg. Three editions will be available upon its venture onto store shelves: Mac Home and Business, Mac Home and Student, and Mac Academic 2011. [ATTACH]16318[/ATTACH]Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Business 2011 includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Messenger, and Outlook, the most notable addition to the productivity software, which replaces the current Entourage mail client. Not to be outdone though by itself is the price at $199, down substantially from its $399.95 forerunner. A two-installation license will …

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