The Internet has become a place for the craziest stuff to live and be happy. Where else can you find
Jesus floating in a pool or cups being used for that. All of the craziness has been gravitating to the Internet for years now. If you live in Tennessee, however, you are officially on notice not to enjoy any of it.
A new was passed last week in Tennessee prevents online distribution of any image that can "frighten, intimidate or cause emotional distress" the viewer. Now, while the intent of the law might be to prevent others having to see some of the terrible things I wish I could unsee in my years on the web, the implementation just won't do. This will not just prevent people from seeing decapitations but also anything else. There is someone out there who has a panic attack over a waste of water and would find
this video distressing.
Is this the end of WrongNumberTexts.com? Hit the break to find out.
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I couldn't think of a better way to come back from our week long post
E3 hiatus than to tell you about a German guy who had an odd way of professing his feelings about the motorcycle gang members of The Hells Angels.
Apparently, on the 12th of June, a 26 year old German man had a bone to pick with The Hells Angels and the best way to resolve his grievances involved a rude gesture, a puppy and a bulldozer, in that order. The man drove on the the Hell's Angels clubhouse north of Munich, performed a rude gesture, dropped his pants, threw a puppy and fled the scene. Next, he stole a bulldozer from a nearby construction site and preceded to make a getaway to Munich while causing a huge traffic jam along the way. Eventually the man was captured in his home but what drove him to do these things is still unclear.
Before this I wasn't aware that the Hells Angels were in Germany too but I'm not surprised. For this guy's sake let's hope that PETA isn't. They might actually be worse.
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.
The rule was not yet in effect but Apple was already being lashed at by any and every developer that didn't have a huge margin to begin with. Some companies even said they would remove their apps completely from Apple products if the rule were to go through. Without services like Pandora, would you really buy an iPad?
For more, click the break.
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.
Well, for an unprecedented third time, we here at the show have been right yet again as we should expect to see the HP TouchPad come to life on July 1st! Wow, it feels good to say we are right about this one, as we have been excited since the idea was just a twinkle in HP's eye, $1.2 billion ago.
For more on this, click the break.
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?
Everybody knows Atari. The 2-bit sounds of
Pong still ring true in my head to this day and I'd be furious if anyone bothered me during a serious session of Asteroids. Well, now Atari's looking to come back with new, social games. They're aiming for the Apple products and, sigh, Facebook. This means Atari will be going from arcade games, to home games, to now the digital realm. If you recall, Atari left the console game in '96 after seven million changes in ownership.
What should we expect to see and how will this all play out? My thoughts are after the break.
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.
Apple has experienced some steep growth and the current facilities at 1 Infinite Loop are starting to get a little cramped. In fact, the real problem Apple is running into is that they have to keep buying and renting places further and further away from the campus to accommodate its students and what not. The new campus has been designed to compliment the existing one and not act as a replacement. Hit the break to find out what the Steve Jobs has planned for the new campus.