You've got to hand it to Samsung's marketing people. When it comes to selling stuff on the Internet, cute animals seem to work, and that's exactly what the company's loaded its latest viral vid with. It's several little fluffies taking part in day-to-day activities using the large screens of Samsung phones as support. They use them as a PC monitor, a movie screen, and even to play back an image of a romantic fireplace, though the inference of the one kitten making the sexy moves on the other kind of creeps me out. I'm … Read more
Updated 4:30 p.m. PST with latest Microsoft comment.
Some Xbox Live players are finding that winning has its drawbacks.
Microsoft said it is investigating reports that people are using malicious software to disrupt Xbox Live players' Internet connections in malicious attacks.
"In our continued effort to help provide a safer and more secure experience for our community of more than 17 million members, we are investigating reports of a malicious Web site that attempts to lure Xbox LIVE members into providing personal information," Microsoft said in a statement on Friday.
"Phishing is an unfortunate and … Read more
With estimated unit sales approaching 100 million worldwide, Nintendo has proven itself time and time again as the industry ruler of the portable console market. With the DSi--the second refresh of the Nintendo DS--we're starting to see the company move in an evolutionary direction with its flagship handheld.
The DSi takes with it most of the features the DS Lite had to offer, but adds new multimedia capabilities. The DSi has been on sale in Japan since November 1 of last year and has already sold well over an astonishing 1 million units. Now that Nintendo has announced that the DSi will go on sale April 5 in North America, it certainly leaves everyone asking one big question, "Should I buy one?"
First, let's look at what exactly separates the new DSi from the DS Lite. In terms of actual form-factor, the difference between the two portables is negligible. The DSi is slightly slimmer, but you're not going to see the massive change in size like we saw when Nintendo upgraded the original DS to the DS Lite. What you may notice is that both screens are a quarter of an inch larger. The DSi hardware also actually eliminates the Game Boy Advance slot found on the Lite, so you won't be able to play older Game Boy Advance games or DS titles that make use of the port, such as "Guitar Hero: On Tour." … Read more
It's a nice-looking cable with a heavy-gauge feel, high-end tapered connectors, and a generous 6-foot length. The cable uses a composite-video connection, however, so keep your video quality expectations low. Also, don't get any funny ideas about running iPhone games and Apps to your TV, because this is only going to output videos (cue sad trombone).
Trendwatching gets it right (again): "Giving is the new taking, and sharing is the new giving." That's the key assertion in this month's trend briefing, which describes the characteristics of Generation G (for generosity) and offers eight ways for brands to join: from Tryvertising to Brand Butlers to Random Acts of Kindness (RAK).… Read more
All-Star Saturday Night 2009 3D was shown in approximately 80 movie theaters around the United States and Canada. It showcased the Sprite Slam Dunk contest, the Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout, the Haier Shooting Stars, and the PlayStation Skills Challenge.
NBA action in high-definition on a huge movie theater screen in 3D is little piece of heaven. But I have to say I was a little skeptic at first, there was a quick screen freeze at the beginning … Read more
I guess 30 is a milestone huh? I mean in these times it's not saying that much when every Johnny Lunchpail and Sally Housecoat and their brother seems to have a podcast, but hey. Dong and I can now say we finally hit 30 and not be referring to our respective ages.
In this week's show, the Dongster (hey, he asked me to call him that) gets on his very worn soapbox a begins to insult my fellow Americans. He thinks we're all combative and warlike. To which I respond "Screw you pal! Say that again … Read more
I’m no patent expert, but it’s clear after a little research that patent laws were put into place for two reasons: 1) they want to encourage secretive inventors to stop stashing their cool ideas under a mattress somewhere and make them public and 2) they want to rock the boat. Apple has never been accused of keeping new ideas under wraps, but by securing their new patent for “multifunction” touch technology like pinch, rotation, and swipe, they have certainly rocked the boat. We won’t know how or if the boat will be … Read more
Good: You're in an up-and-coming band. Bad: Hurricane Katrina comes along and destroys all your gear. Good: A charity, Music Rising, is set up to try to raise money. They're doing this by auctioning off iPods that music celebs like Gwen Stefani, Faith Hill, and The Britney have loaded with their favorite playlists. Sounds like a win for everyone involved, but it might be too good to be true.
Don't get me wrong, as a former musician and survivor of my own environmental catastrophes (no, not my messy bachelor pad), I understand the need for relief. I … Read more
Having had two separate eBay auctions to sell his rare Xbox Live gamertag yanked off the site for apparent terms of service violations, a New York State man is now moving his business to Craigslist.
Earlier this week, as first reported here, Chris Graziano had put his gamertag, "Hitman," up for auction on eBay. Graziano, a student at SUNY New Paltz, had been hoping to capitalize on the rarity of the moniker to score a big payday, and indeed, in the hours after his auction went up, more than $500 was bid for the gamertag.
"Don't … Read more