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Articles Archive for April 2011

EA Games Announces Need For Speed: The Run

I’ve never been a fan of the Burnout series but have heard many gamers say it was good. I have, however, been a huge fan of the Need for Speed series. While the NFS series has fluctuated in quality from game to game, it is still a series I would always give time to evaluate. I wasn’t much of a fan of the Need For Speed: Underground series. My two personal favorite games of the series were Hot Pursuit 2 (the PS2 original and the 2010 remake) and Most Wanted. Those two games brought the best cars, the best action, the best cop chases, and the coolest maps out of the entire series.

Let This Gadget Find Music For You, For Free

What I am about to say is no secret, we live very busy lives. Although there are excellent Internet radio solutions like Pandora out there, people will notice that they are often bound to a particular channel, not literally of course. It is just that when you are hard at work, it’s not very feasible to “play DJ” and switch back and forth through particular channels on a platform such as Pandora. The new RM50 is an Internet Radio that brings a modern influence to a traditional FM radio. For about $160, you’ll be able to access a multitude of music stations, news stations, local, and specialist radio stations.

Verizon Will Put Location Tracking Stickers On Phones

Verizon is responding to the concerns of many worried individuals in Congress. In a response to Massachusetts Congressman Ed Markey, Verizon has said that they will put a sticker on every phone warning users that they tracked their locations. The removable screen notice would specifically mention that the wireless carriers associated the location data with customer information. Subscribers would then be asked to check their location settings if they were concerned and to be “cautious” when it came to allowing privileges for specific applications.

Redbox Will Soon Carry Videogames In Over 21,000 Locations

Redbox is a popular DVD rental kiosk that is found in many grocery stores. Users walk up to the big red machine and select from a list of popular movies and new releases. Consumers pay one or two dollars, and have a DVD vended out to them. Everything is done electronically of course, and the machines accept multiple forms of payment. To return the movie, customers simply scan the receipt and/or DVD and are merrily on their way.

How To Use Social Media, Effectively

Jason Hiner from ZDNet wrote a compelling article on how we should use different social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. He argues that we should treat different social platforms much like we would treat our own kids. Rather than parenting each child in the exact same way, Hiner notes that it is often best to treat each kid a bit differently and adhere to their individual strengths and weaknesses. Same goes for Social, according to him. Social Media is powerful, it’s growing, it’s now. Rather than cross-posting in Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Foursquare, Hiner thinks it is best to post in such a way that is optimal for each social platform.

Android Users Sue Google For $50M Over Tracking

We just got wind that two Android users have sued Google over claims that their Android phones were used as a tracking mechanism without their consent. The two people that filed the lawsuit are both residents of Oakland County in Michigan.

The lawsuit was filed on April 27th in a Detroit Federal Court. Both residents use HTC Inspire 4G phones and both claim that “[the Android devices track them] just as if a tracking device for which a court-ordered warrant would ordinarily be required.” The two plaintiffs are looking to turn the Android tracking case into a class action and are seeking $50 million in damages, as well as a court order to force Google to eliminate tracking.

HTC Kingdom & HTC Rider- Leaked!

It looks like HTC is up to no good, and by ‘no good’, we mean awesome new phones! Check out the HTC Kingdom (left) and the HTC Rider (right) which have both been spotted and photographed by 911Sniper. So far we are kind of thin on leaked specs, so all we can do at this point is report on what we see from the photo.

The Acer Aspire G3100 Predator, Scared Yet?

Acer has just unveiled its new desktop gaming PC. This powerhouse is called the Aspire G3100 Predator and is fueled by an AMD processor. While most modern computers run on Intel processors, AMD is no lightweight contender, especially when it’s the Phenom II hexa-core (six core) processor, as is in this beautiful machine. The machine comes stock with 4GB of RAM but is upgradeable to 8GB of RAM.

There is also a 1TB hard drive. Users can upgrade to 6TB of hard drives (3 x 2TB HDD), but few people will need that much storage.

Sony Summarizes TV’s History In 60 Seconds; A Must See!

Many of us are used to seeing that stereotyped commercial that shows a product, maybe briefly covers some of that product’s key features, and then “sell” you on the product. Many of us have even grown to appreciate the creativeness that often comes with these types of commercials. It’s not just about the product or its features anymore, it’s how it relates to our lives, or how cool the commercial seems.

Samsung’s Dual-Core Atom W/Chrome OS- LEAKED!

After hearing about Acer’s Chrome netbook in the works, it seems like Samsung will be amongst the first manufacturers to build a Chrome netbook. The details arrived late Wednesday night on a code page for Chromium OS. The netbook is currently codenamed Alex and will carry the same 1280 x 800 screen resolution as the Cr-48, but with more power! The device will feature a dual-core 1.5GHz Atom N550, 2GB of memory and a SanDisk P4 mini-Solid-State Drive.