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Star Wars... IN SPACE!!!!!!

posted Sunday Jul 25, 2010 by Josh Henry

Star Wars... IN SPACE!!!!!!

Earlier in this week BioWare decided to issue a mission to the community of TOR calling it "Comic-Con Reveal mission!" via a thread of the forums. The thread stated:

Comic-Con International is almost upon us! You already know about the "Beyond Solo" panel being held on Friday, but we have something extra we want to announce during it. You're going to work for this one, though. If we get at least 200,000 "Likes" on our Facebook page and 30,000 Followers on our Twitter page by Friday, July 23rd, 2010, we will bring you this cool reveal!

Now it's our turn to bribe you. Hit the break to find out the reveal!

Swedish Pirate Party Start Log-Free ISP

posted Thursday Jul 22, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Swedish Pirate Party Start Log-Free ISP

The Swedish Pirate Party have decided that hosting The Pirate Bay on its own servers is not enough to defend people's "right to act politically" and have moved forward with a bigger and better plan. Two members of the political Piratpartiet are launching their very own ISP that will have the service coincide with the views and expressions of the party. Pirate ISP founders insist that the experience will be like no other - users will be responsible for maintaining the service and privacy will be one of their highest priorities.

Click the break to see what exactly this ISP is about.

Cell Phone Contraband Act of 2010 Has Been Passed

posted Thursday Jul 22, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Cell Phone Contraband Act of 2010 Has Been Passed

It looks like we can forget about the crazy prison cellphone jamming ideas that wardens have been wanting for the past few years. The House of Representatives has approved S. 1749, which will now make it against the law for prisoners to be in possession of a mobile phone or any other device that can access any wireless service. The Senate had approved this bill in April and now with the House also passing it, the only step left is the President's signature.

Follow the break to read more and to see a summary of the bill.

You Get a Windows Phone 7! And You Get a Windows Phone 7!

posted Wednesday Jul 21, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

You Get a Windows Phone 7! And You Get a Windows Phone 7!

Microsoft has gone the ways of Oprah! Huzzah! ZD Net's Microsoft connoisseur, Mary Jo Foley, retweeted a company employee mentioning a Microsoft promise to give a WinPho 7 handset to every single one of their 90,000+ employees in the world!

Let's tip our hats to Microsoft for their amazing attempt at word-of-mouth advertising. 90,000 WinPho 7 devices in the world in front of people will be a great way to get consumers excited about the new line of handsets! We've been concerned about how they were going to market and compete with something brand new and different. This might play to their advantage, so long as the units work perfectly in the wild.

I just hope one of these doesn't get left at a bar and taken home by a journalist. That person may get beaten with the phone and then dragged down a road. At different times, of course - that WinPho security team can't do more than one thing at a time.

Rumor Alert: Verizon to Cap Data, Follow AT&T's Path

posted Wednesday Jul 21, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Rumor Alert: Verizon to Cap Data, Follow AT&T's Path

It looks like AT&T won't be the only ones killing off their unlimited data package as Verizon might be following suit sometime soon. Currently, Verizon only has prepaid mobile broadband plans ranging from 100MB to 1GB and from $15 to $50. The issue with that is that 1GB can be eaten up pretty quickly just by visiting YouTube for an hour and 100MB is gone with something as simple as a couple of Google searches. Verizon looks to remedy that with some tiered data packages.

For information on what those packages might be, follow the break.

Droid X Does Have Screen Defects

posted Wednesday Jul 21, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Droid X Does Have Screen Defects

For those early birds who have gotten their hands on the new Droid X, you may have encountered problems with the huge 4.3" display on Motorola's and Verizon's newest smartphone. A number of users have reported seeing flickering, banding, distorting and other weird phenomena. Verizon has confirmed that the screen issues are due to a hardware defect, but have said that the problem is isolated to less than one percent of the total Droid X inventory.

Follow the break to see what Verizon's statement on the matter said.

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