This week, China bans the future, New Jersey bans a teacher and the FBI bans real life.
Scott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLuGHiTz Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the DDR community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bar Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and judging engineering notebooks at competitions. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors.
With over ten years of audio engineering experience, Nick's addition to PLuGHiTz Corporation is best served when he is behind the mixing board every Sunday night to produce the audio side of F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Piltch Point and PLuGHiTz Live Night Cap. While mixing live every week, his previous radio show hosting experience gives him the ability to co-host as well, giving each show a unique flare with his slightly off-center, yet still realistic take on all things tech. An integral part of the show, you can find Nick always enveloped in coming up with new (and sometimes crazy) ideas and content for the show and you can always expect the most direct opinion on the stories that he feels need to be shared with the world. During the few hours where Nick isn't sleeping or working on ways to improve the company, he spends his free time going to hockey and football games and playing the latest titles on Xbox 360. Email him for his gamertag and add him today for a fun escape from the normal monotony and annoyance that the Xbox LIVE gaming community can sometimes be!
Jon is a F5 Live co-host and UpStream contributor as well as the Chief Cash Officer of PLuGHiTz Corporation. We don't know how he wears so many hats so well or how he still finds time to feed his need for all things tech but some questions are best left unanswered. If you're up for a challenge go find him on Xbox Live @shinobiJon and if you figure him out...let us know.
Allante - also well known as Wolff - is the newest member and co-host for PLuGHiTz Live! Radio. A gifted artist, he is usually found drawing up a character or two or sketching up whatever comes to mind. Do not think that he is not a hardcore gamer because he is about as hardcore as it gets! His favorites range from fighting games to RPGs, adventure and even a racing game here and there. Fighting games are his forte and he relays this message for all who oppose: You mess with the Wolff and you get the fangs!
XB360 - Enigmatic Wolff
PSN - Tsukuyomi_Okami
We've been following the Geohot/Sony lawsuit for quite some time now. Last time we checked in with the story, Sony was awarded the rights to The Hotz' sensitive data on his hard drives. We thought that Sony would throw down on Geohot after finding a whole bunch of illegal things on his drives and after they found him buying and selling various hacking tools and kits.
If you haven't managed to get your hands on the dangerously limited supply of Xperia Neo phones then I've got some more bad news for you. The phone that all Sony fanboys are salivating over will need to wait longer than intended to have their drool wiped off its pristine screen. The recent tsunami has made waves at Sony's factories in the land of the rising sun. This means that if the metaphorical sun in your life was the Xperia Arc, Xperia Play or Xperia Neo phones then QQ. The Xperia Neo was hit the hardest with its major released pushed back from end Q1 or early Q2 next year to Q3 at the earliest.
If you've been following us for a while, you know I am a big proponent of the Spotify music service, who's been based in Europe for a while now but has been trying to make its way over to the States. Recently, I talked about how they were inching closer and closer but were just waiting on Warner Bros. to really get things going. Well, we also knew that they had an awesome free service with 20 hours of listening and very limited ads. Unfortunately, just as we see Spotify docking into a US port, they have cut some of the awesomeness out of their free service. 20 hours have gone down to 10 per month and free users can only play a track five times. No reason from Spotify as to why, but we feel it's because of the major record labels making sure Spotify boosts their paid subscription rate.
I played WOW for a long time before Activision Blizzard decided to ruin the game by destroying the line that distinguished actual good players from recreational players. Also, my account was banned for "manipulating the economy," but that's not near as bad as getting raided by the FBI in real life. That this happened is indeed even more surprising than the fact that people still play WOW and yet another reason not to play.
Flip Video, the company that made it easy for kids and morons to film and publish YouTube videos of people falling down, will soon be no more. As part of Cisco's consumer-focus initiative a few years back, they purchased the then-popular video camera maker to have another major consumer-facing brand, in addition to its popular Linksys home networking products. They have proven over the past 3 years that they do not quite understand consumer products and they now know that.
Wondered what that little update was that you received right before the weekend? It was Microsoft's little way of saying, "We still have the Kinect and it still does awesome things!" The update was released on the 14th which gave our beloved Netflix Kinect compatibility. Now with just the wave of your hand or the sound of your voice, you can make Netflix do jumps and flips and stuff, or, at least play your favorite movie or TV show.
In my continuing effort to seem impartial about next generation game consoles, I feel compelled to congratulate Sony on their monumental achievement of surpassing the 8 million unit mark in sales for the PlayStation Move. I would also like to congratulate them on selling more units worldwide than the Xbox 360 in almost every country except the U.S. The PS3 has over 50 million units worldwide now and it seems that hardcore and casual gamers alike are catching on to the entire Move environment which originally consisted of the navigation controller and camera. The addition of the Move Sharpshooter peripheral enjoyed a 40% attach rate to Killzone 3 at GameStop regardless of a limited supply courtesy of the recent tsunami over in Japan. Senior vice president of merchandising, Bob McKenzie has high hopes about Moving into the future,
Leave it to my wonderful hometown of Paterson, NJ to let Facebook get a little out of hand. The school district has suspended a teacher of first-grade students when they learned from parent complaints that the kids' teacher was posting "derogatory" status updates about her students on Facebook. She wrote that she felt "like a warden" and labelled her young students as future criminals. Now, coming from someone who has lived there, I can understand what she was saying, and that she wasn't too far from the truth, but that's aside from the point.
That's right, children. If you would like to travel to a time when advanced technology was an outhouse, China will not be the place to launch your adventure. That is, if your adventure involves TV, radio or film. China's State Administration for Radio, Film & Television has banned the production of anything interesting that involves the concept of time travel.