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The Internet is Not Always Mean

posted Saturday Jun 23, 2012 by Scott Ertz

The Internet can be a wickedly mean place. For once, however, we have a story where real life was mean and the Internet came through to resolve the issue. Here's the situation: you might have seen the YouTube video entitled "Making The Bus Monitor Cry." In this video, a group of 12- and 13-year-old boys harass a 68-year-old bus monitor to the point where she cries. Obviously this was a terrible thing to do to anyone, let alone a senior citizen.

Luckily, since some people on the Internet have a heart, some of that goodwill was directed toward this woman, named Karen. In fact, one man, Max Sidorov, felt so bad about what happened that he used Indiegogo, a crowd-source funding site, to raise money to send Karen on "a vacation of a lifetime." His goal was to raise $5,000 to try and offset her $15,506 annual income and allow her to take some time away from the kids and relax, hopefully getting her into a positive mindset.

His project, however, has gone a little differently from the original plan. He has, as of the writing of this article, raised $620,863 for Karen. This is more than 100 times beyond what he wanted to raise and what he thought he could raise. This is enough money for Karen to never have to work again, and certainly not have to get onto a school bus ever again, which after this event, might be the right decision for her. Hopefully she can take the time she deserves and enjoy life.

Karen, being a caring person, does not want criminal charges pressed against the children, but she does hope they are not allowed to ride the bus for at least a year. While no decision has been made by the school that we have heard of, several of the boys have sent Karen personal messages apologizing for what they did. One child said,

I wish I had never done those things. If that had happened to someone in my family, like my mother or grandmother, I would be really mad at the people who did that to them.

Hopefully this exposure will teach these kids, and others, that respect is required when dealing with other people. If you would like to donate to the fund, you can do so right here.

Windows Phone: Redefined

posted Friday Jun 22, 2012 by Scott Ertz

Windows Phone: Redefined

Microsoft had a very big week. Between redefining Microsoft Surface and a major Windows Phone event, they are showing the new way they do business, and it is a positive change indeed. Windows Phone 8, officially announced Wednesday morning, is a massive improvement on the Windows Phone concept. In addition to some significant interface enhancements, they also changed the technology powering the OS. Unlike WinPho7, WinPho8 is powered by the same core technologies that power Windows 8. This means a wider range of hardware support, more development choices and, of course, performance enhancements.

The new core will allow existing WinPho7 apps to continue to run, recompiled by Microsoft themselves, with no need for developer interaction. It also allows for future development to be done with any of Microsoft's core technologies, like C#, or F#. It also allows app development with HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript. While seasoned developers might not be interested in developing with web tech, it will lower the entry barrier for new developers getting into mobile. It also allows for a more write-it-on, publish-it-everywhere approach for developers who also have to deal with Apple and Android.

The core technology changes allow for better development choices, but it also allows for some nifty interaction updates. Hit the break to find out what they have added.

Microsoft Surface: Redefined

posted Friday Jun 22, 2012 by Scott Ertz

Microsoft Surface: Redefined

If you have been following our coverage of Windows 8, whether it be early looks, the new logo, the consumer preview or the most recent release preview, there has been one consistent question: would Microsoft make a branded device to be the flagship of the OS? That question was answered Monday when Microsoft unveiled Microsoft Surface.

Now, you might recognize that name from CES 2011 or CES 2012 as the Samsung SUR40, a 40-inch, Microsoft-powered, massively multi-touch device powered by PixelSense. Well, that technology will now reside under the PixelSense moniker, as that is really the underlying technology, and the new Windows 8 tablet family will take on the Surface branding in its place.

So, what is so special about this Microsoft flagship Windows 8 tablet? Hit the break to find out more and see Microsoft's announcement video.

The Hip Hop Gamer - Gaming, Music and the Hardwork to Balance the Two

posted Friday Jun 15, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

The Hip Hop Gamer - Gaming, Music and the Hardwork to Balance the Two

What happens when you mix hip hop and gaming? You get The Hip Hop Gamer. The passionate, dedicated, self-made journalist-meets-rap-star was one of the musical acts at the Shifted 2 Reality party and I had the opportunity to speak with him after bumping into him practically everywhere during the convention week.

The Hip Hop Gamer's performance at the event was absolutely great. Part of the greatness around it was that his music is exactly what you would expect it to be: hip hop mixed with lyrics about gaming. The other part of the greatness was that I was able to save the show, as he didn't have a microphone following the performance of a previous act. No worries, our trusty mic we use on camera was obviously ready and available to fulfill its duties to save yet another production and the show went on!

During our short chat, we learned about his career in music, his show and publication which now is hosted through EGM and also about his future possible appearance in a video game. Want to check out the full scoop? We have the video after the break and you don't want to miss how animated he gets during the interview! Oh yeah, and I get to hold his championship belt.

Nintendo Unleashes a Flurry of Hardcore WiiU Titles at E3

posted Tuesday Jun 12, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

Nintendo Unleashes a Flurry of Hardcore WiiU Titles at E3

At the Nintendo E3 press conference, there was a lot riding on Nintendo to deliver the goods and the hardware. While some might have been left with a bitter taste in their mouth because an actual WiiU wasn't on stage, the company did manage to show off 23 new titles that were coming out for the WiiU or 3DS.

However, in true Nintendo form, several of those titles were lumped together in what we like to call their "rapidfire title sequence." The problem, though, is that Nintendo could have really impressed us by going into more detail with some of the upcoming releases, which usually aren't games that people would associate or even see on a Nintendo console.

What are the games that we'll see? Did you miss the "rapidfire" session? It's okay, they covered 7 titles in under 90 seconds. We have you covered with full trailers and more after the break.

AVerMedia - Video Capture Devices for All Occasions

posted Friday Jun 8, 2012 by Scott Ertz

AVerMedia - Video Capture Devices for All Occasions

Every gamer has watched gameplay footage of their favorite game, or funny footage as we are in the studio this evening. There is only one way to capture that footage, and that is with a capture card. AVerMedia is here to make that capability available to the masses with their offering of computer-based and stand-alone capture devices.

If you are recording on computer games, they have an internal, PCIe-powered, capture device that allows you to capture and live-stream your computer screen over the Internet, called Game Broadcaster HD. It even gives the ability to incorporate commentary into the stream, making it a full, self-contained component for the hardcore PC gamer. If you want to record your console play, the company offers something for that, too. With their external capture device, Game Capture HD you can hook up any console, including the Wii, via component cable, and record either to the internal memory, or almost any external storage you may have.

If you have been looking for a good way to capture, stream and commentary your gaming, look no further than AVerMedia.

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