This week ,we're wrapping up our E3 2011 coverage, speeding up our Internet speeds and pissing off our competitors. This is season 5, refresh.
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!
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For those of you who have listened to PLuGHiTz Live! Radio - Episode 207 - E3 2011 Day 3, I have some good news and some bad news for you. For those of you who have not, you should listen and then I can explain. The good news is I was right again about my analysis of Nintendo's press conference announcements. The bad news is I didn't want to be right.
Every E3, the concern is that one of the Big 3 will eventually make a lousy presentation or product that will sink them to the bottom of the gaming ocean, which would then open up a spot for someone else to take the reigns. For me, Sony is still teetering on the brink of destruction and Nintendo isn't too far behind, so what better time, then, for Atari to come out and say they want back in the gaming market?
We have been following HP's moves very closely as of late. From the $1.2 billion Palm buyout to the beginning rumors about the webOS' new uses, it's been a very interesting couple of months for the company. More recently we covered the two new webOS phones and the coveted beginnings of the TouchPad and even had the rumor mill churning with the TouchPad arrival for the summer.
In 2006 Apple acquired 50 acres of land with something in mind and last November they added the 98 acre former HP Campus to their inventory. Just recently, on June 7th, we found out what all the land was for in a presentation that the Steve Jobs gave to the Cupertino City Council about a new Apple campus.
This week Apple did something that Apple usually doesn't do, they went back on a hard rule they set a few months ago. In February, Apple said that they'd be taking 30% of all your subscription earnings as a developer and you had to offer your service through the iTunes App Store. Apple, after probably hearing thousands of people yell at them, took an unannounced do-over and decided to alter the rule to allow magazine, newspaper, video and music publishers to not have to specifically sell via iTunes.
This has been a big week for Sony - first they presented incredibly well at E3 2011 and now arrests have been made in the PSN hacking and outage case. The Spanish National Police announced on Friday that they had detailed 3 individuals in charge of hacking into the Sony network as well as several international business and government systems.
It is no surprise to most people in the US that Internet access is expensive. It gets even more expensive when you want that access to be fast. Connections in the 40-100 Mbps range can cost $100-200. RoadRunner Lightning, for all of you Time Warner Cable and Brighthouse Networks customers is around $100 for a whopping 40 Mbps. One California company, Sonic.net, is trying to change that.
Even though Newegg does quite well and has been around for a while, they have managed to remain relatively quiet and under the radar until a certain TV and YouTube commercial of theirs hit too close to home with Best Buy. Watch the attached video and you will notice two things. The employee portrayed in the commercial looks a lot like a Best Buy employee and certainly acts like one. Also the 'Take it from a Geek' slogan at the end seems to have rubbed Best Buy's Geek Squad the wrong way. Those two things also seem to be why Best Buy served up a cease and desist order urging Newegg to stop hurting their employees' feelings and to stop infringing on Geek Squad's good name. It's really quite amusing to read. The entire first page is Best Buy telling Newegg about how awesome Geek Squad is, I highly recommend you read it over. Hit the break to watch the controversial commercial and have a good laugh.