Here's a story for the crazy bin - according to sources inside RIM, the company is planning on launching its BlackBerry Messenger service on Android and iOS devices in the near future. My first thought in hearing this news was that it seemed like nonsense. BBM is what keeps BlackBerry handsets in customers' hands at this point. It's certainly not handset design, minus the Torch, or OS design.
So, what would BBM on Android or iOS mean for RIM? It would certainly mean they would have the ability to completely own the messaging space on 3 of the top 5 mobile platforms. Companies like WhatsApp and Kik wouldn't stand a chance against the powerful features that BBM brings to the table. Their success, however, is entirely based on how well they market the product.
Wait, that seems to be all they are advertising lately. Every time I turn around I am seeing a commercial on television touting the benefits of BBM in the real world. Could this be an indication that they are going to be expanding the application's reach? How about the disastrous
hiring portal that RIM created only 2 months ago? Are they expecting to hire a lot of new people to develop these apps?
How could RIM fail at this? Hit the break to find out.
Sometimes in wandering the Interwebz, I encounter things I just need to share. This week, I encountered a video where a man with WAY too much time on his hands decided to create a virtual machine in VMWare and try to install every version of Microsoft Windows, in order, straight through and see what happened.
He started with an installation of MS-DOS 5.0, which was required for most of the early Windows installations to work. He then installed Windows 1.0 over top, since Windows was merely a GUI shell until Windows 2000. From there, it was upgrade after upgrade; never a clean installation.
At Windows 2.0 he set a desktop and titlebar color scheme that was definitely unique, and that scheme was carried through right up until Windows XP. In Windows 3.0, he created a program group from some DOS applications he had installed, like
Monkey Island and Doom II, which were surprisingly carried through the modern Windows 7. That's over 25 years of software compatibility. You can't say that for all computers.
If you're a big Windows fan and have 10 minutes to watch the process, hit the break and see the compatibility wonderment.
staff of PLuGHiTz Live! have had the opportunity to attend a lot of events around the country since we started this thing 4 years ago. Some are great, some are terrible, most are tolerable. It is very unusual for a first-time event to be a huge success, but if someone could pull it off, it's Wizard World, and they certainly did.
If you don't follow the convention world, you may never have heard of them, but you have probably heard of
their events. From Big Apple Comic Con to Atlanta and Anaheim Comic Cons, this group certainly gets around. They have finally gotten around to Florida and we got Miami Comic Con. Taking place at the newly renovated Miami Airport Convention Center (MACC, formerly the DoubleTree Miami Mart Convention Center), where other Florida conventions have taken place, but never one of this calibur.
To find out who was there and what to expect from future Wizard World cons, hit the break.
This weekend was the first
Miami ComicCon, Wizard World's first Florida event. Regular Florida con-goers and PLuGHiTz Live! Radio subscribers will know the 3000 Brigade. If you don't, they are "a troupe of performers committed to creating enjoyable Nintendo/Video Game-parody shows, rated "M" for mature!"
They have been he highlight of some of our past convention coverage, so we knew we would have to go see their newest show,
The Almost Got-em - Villains Unite Show and, as always, we were not disappointed. Their newest show, debuted at the convention, was the best yet. With new some characters and old favorites, there were more characters than ever before.
If you're still not sure who they are and what they do, hit the break to see the 3000 Brigade Epic History video.
All of us here at
PLuGHiTz Live! have been or are currently involved in projects that have great potential to effect social change. We understand first hand the power and potential that technology has to make a positive impact in countless lives and are always grateful to find more and more groups taking up arms to do so.
One such group is
ConvergeUS which aims to take on problems with early childhood education and families, healthcare, as well as emergency preparedness and sustainability, by using the power of collaboration and technology. TechNet founded ConvergeUS in Spring 2010 and is partnering with Twitter co-founder Biz Stone to create a real-time 24/7 platform where producers and consumers can meet to focus on solving specific problems.
Our three-pronged approach is patterned after the intense focus deployed in solving specific problems like the need to create the atomic bomb in the Manhattan Project and the national imperative to put a man on the moon in the Apollo Space Mission
To find out more about how ConvergeUS will tackle tough social issues, hit the break.
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The last time Blockbuster did something relevant enough to make the news they were
filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last September and getting owned by Netflix. It seems like they finally decided to "shut it down" after 6 months of failing to rent relevance to their customers. Their courtship with bankruptcy reminds me of a movie called The Hours, it should have happened in 90 minutes or less but felt like it had taken months to finish. I'm sure it feels that way to creditors as well which is why four landlords asked a Manhattan bankruptcy judge to make Blockbuster pay rent for 38 locations or give them the authority to evict them. Summit Distribution LLC was told by Blockbuster they will not be compensated for the $6.8 million they are owed for DVDs that include but are not limited to The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, which is a double win as far as I'm concerned. Their financial fiasco can be partially contributed to no details being given about a restructuring plan that they promised after filing for bankruptcy last year. Seems to me like the #125 million they borrowed from billionaire investor Cal Icahn, in exchange for ownership, served another purpose that did not include them continuing business... and after all this they still had the nerve to charge me late fees.
To find out the thrilling conclusion to this made for TV drama about failed business ventures, hit the break.