While the Wii U made a splash with some of my co-hosts at
last year's E3, I knew that what we had seen demonstrated was not nearly a final product. In fact, it was guaranteed that the hardware on display was possibly even pre-alpha, in that we never saw the console itself (and still have not). It all felt very Palm Pre debut, not ready for manufacturing yet. That said, this week some new photos were leaked of a possible release candidate for the new Wii U controller, and the alterations are pleasant.
One of the primary concerns we had was the analog sticks. The original handheld had the flat, rolling style, like can be found on the 3DS. On the 3DS it makes sense, as there is a cover that needs to close, and there s no other option. On this controller, however, it felt like it was done because they had them lying around, not because they are a good control. The new, altered controller has standard, mushroom-style analog sticks, which will make using them more pleasant.
For more on the changes and photos of both the original and leaked design, hit the break.
Pakistan made an interesting move this week, finding a middle ground between their
sweeping Internet blocker and publicly canceling the RFP when they Blocked all of Twitter because of an art contest. Now, this wasn't just any art contest; it was a "draw Muhammad" contest on Facebook.
Yes, you read that right - Twitter was taken down for a contest on Facebook. Let me explain. While the contest was accepting official images on Facebook, that didn't stop people from sharing and promoting the contest on Twitter. The government decided that Twitter was personally responsible for this, and asked them to take down the content. When they refused, Twitter access was suspended nationwide for most of a day.
While some think this is an isolated incident, others consider it to be a warning shot at the culture of the Internet.
After learning that Philip Falcone, CEO of LightSquared's top investor, Harbinger Capital,
may step down as public head of the company earlier in the month, we figured the tough times for the company would be over or at least kept to a minimum. Well, something rare has happened and we were wrong. I know, I'm shocked, too.
This week, LightSquared Inc. has filed for bankruptcy as it is still trying to work through the FCC rejection of its network that was supposed to supply blazing fast 4G LTE Advanced speeds to over 260 million people.