The FTC is getting paranoid about the lack of uniformity pertaining to privacy rules and information tacking on the Internet. Essentially, they want the industry to set standards in place that allow more simplified privacy policies and simple methods for people to opt out of having their journey through the interwebz documented like a National Geographic special.
A normal person might think it's odd that the FTC wants to use "cookies" as a "one stop shop" for people to relay their choices but the FTC doesn't. In fact, it is their recommendation to solve the problem. FTC Chair Jon Leibowitz gives his perspective below,
A 'do not track' browser setting would serve as an easy one stop shop for consumers to express their choices, rather than on a company-by-company basis.
Hit the break to find out if you have a say in all of this.
Today marks the day that Verizon Wireless has activated their fourth-gen LTE network. Verizon looks to launch in 30 cities by the end of the year and give its users a boost of 10x the speed of their 3G EVDO network. Along with the announcement of the 4G switch being turned on, the wireless company also announced its data package for the network, of course, in a tiered setup. You can get 5GB of data for $50 or 10GB for $80.
Want to see the cities and devices compatible? Follow the break.
On December 1st, a Greek blogger got to have some up close and personal experience with the elusive PlayStation Phone. The actual model is the Sony Ericcson Z1, which is supposed to be running Android 2.3.
To see what all the hype is about
Cloverfied style, hit the break.
Only in Texas. Cedar Hill resident Aron Embry was using his new Motorola Droid 2 phone when suddenly he heard a pop and then, after pulling the phone from his ear, he noticed his ear was bleeding.
I heard a pop. I didn't feel any pain initially. I pulled the phone down. I felt something dripping. I realized that it probably was blood. I went into the house and as I got into the bathroom and once I got to the mirror and saw it, it was only then I kinda looked at my phone and noticed the screen had appeared to burst outward.
The man, 30, was rushed to the hospital to get stitches and luckily did not have any hearing loss.
This isn't the first time a user has had problems with a mobile device. We all know about
Apple's hot pants situation.
Motorola has stated it is not aware of other issues like this and stands firm on saying this is an isolated incident. The company will be speaking with Embry and plans to fully investigate the matter. From what I understand, Bluetooth devices haven't exploded as of yet.
It looks like OnLive is getting their act together. Coming off of the heels of their
OnLive Game System release, the company has announced a new service for its customers, the OnLive PlayPack (BETA).
With OnLive PlayPack, consumers can play all the games that they so desire, for as long as they want to, instantly without needing to download, insert a disc or update the game. At only $9.99/mo and with no contract, OnLive now has a very Netflix or Hulu-like promotion, not to mention it already has over fifteen titles available and it's only in BETA.
The coolest part about this is the fact that until January 14th, the service is FREE to anyone who has the $99 OnLive Game System. So head over to the source link, pickup the console, sign up to the service and start gaming until your fingers explode!
I shall silence the individuals who claim motion gaming will ruin the gaming industry forever, that they will miss their buttons and that motion gaming will never be popular and refute them by saying 2.5 million people disagree. That is because Microsoft announced this week that the Kinect for Xbox 360 sold 2.5 million units in just 25 days! It should be noted that this number indicates units
sold to consumers, not shipped to stores.
This paragraph left intentionally separate to specifically inform that 2.5 million units sold is twice as fast as the Sony Move, which sold 1 million in its first month and it is double that of the iPad which took two months to hit 2 million. Boosh.
Microsoft's president of Interactive Entertainment Business, Dan Mattrick, said this in a press statement,
We are thrilled about the consumer response to Kinect, and are working hard with our retail and manufacturing partners to expedite production and shipments of Kinect to restock shelves as fast as possible to keep up with demand. With sales already exceeding two and a half million units in just 25 days, we are on pace to reach our forecast of 5 million units sold to consumers this holiday.
5 million by January? That's an awesome number to reach if they do indeed get there. Some analysts and fanboys are claiming that Microsoft got to cheat by releasing the Kinect right before Black Friday. My response to that is that Sony and Apple had the same right to the day and that release dates are not owned by certain companies.
My hat is off to Microsoft and to the consumers for getting behind this new gaming enhancement. Now it's up to the developers to come up with some more exciting games for the platform. Please, do not makes a
Dodecahedron Sports Delta Plus.