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California Consumers Cut Costs by Enforcing New Energy Efficient Standards

posted Friday Nov 20, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

California Consumers Cut Costs by Enforcing New Energy Efficient Standards

Need a way to save a few extra bucks on your energy bill? Well, it looks like California has come up with a way to do just that. A new plan concocted by the California Energy Commission plans to save the sinking state $1 billion a year by reducing energy use in large quantities.

Beginning in early 2011, California will be the first state to enforce energy efficiency standards on television sets. This could save a huge amount of money for consumers and put the state back on its feet. Televisions from rear-projection sets to plasma high definition sets will be included in this mandate, but it is NOT required that consumers buy a new television. "The real winners of these new TV energy efficiencies are California consumers," according to Karen Douglas, Energy Commission Chairman.

Sony Slices Jobs, Moves HQ to Atlanta

posted Thursday Nov 19, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

Sony Slices Jobs, Moves HQ to Atlanta

Looks like Sony Ericsson is planning another string of job cuts in the next year. The culprit, struggling sales. After already eliminating nearly 400 jobs, another 1,600 employees will be unemployed by August 2010.

The company plans to close offices from Seattle, to Miami, to Sweden and even India. Sony announced that their work force would be cut by 20 percent in April of this year and we are seeing this to be the case.

Another Story of Unnecessary Government Spending...

posted Thursday Nov 19, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

Another Story of Unnecessary Government Spending...

Once again, billions of American dollars wasted. Unesscessary government spending is at an all time high in the United States, and the reasons for this misuse are apalling. You would think with all the debt we have already piled up, the government would stop acting as if there were an endless supply of cash right? Wrong. In 2009, the government made a shocking $98 billion in improper payments! I guess wasting $72 billion last year just wasn't enough, the "leaders" of our country really wanted to outdo themselves in 2009.

We all know that doctor's signatures have always been difficult to read, but you never thought that would be the cause of your wasted tax dollars. That's right, misdirected reinbursements from the illegible signatures along with utter fraud are two leading causes of this big bucks being flushed down the drain, according to figures provided by the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, Peter Orszag.

GameStop Wants to Sell Fake Stuff

posted Sunday Nov 15, 2009 by Scott Ertz

GameStop Wants to Sell Fake Stuff

In August GameStop announced that they had hired a new executive to be in charge of digital distribution. The industry was confused, as it is difficult for a retailer to sell things not retail. This week, GameStop announced their plans for the digital space - selling DLC in their stores.

Now, how effective could this possibility be? I suppose you could trade in a game in the store and use the full store credit to purchase the DLC through the store instead of losing some of the value trading in the credit for cash. The other possibility is that you could use the store credit to purchase Xbox Live points to purchase the DLC yourself from the comfort of your own couch. If you have a PlayStation 3, I suppose that might work.

Perhaps they will have exclusive DLC, like they have exclusive DLC that comes with pre-orders. Maybe even sell the exclusives they already have, like the baseball bat for L4D2.

Would you purchase DLC not in DLC manner?

Xbox Live is Huge!

posted Sunday Nov 15, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Xbox Live is Huge!

It is a good thing Microsoft can see the future. They somehow anticipated that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 might be a big game. Because of this information beamed to them from the cosmos, they decided to bunker down the Xbox Live staff and prepare for what they knew was going to be a big day of online gaming.

What they didn't know was that Tuesday was going to become the largest day Xbox Live has ever had. They recorded more than 2 million gamers on the service at the same time. Dennis Durkin, COO of Microsoft entertainment said, "Tuesday was the biggest day we've ever seen on Live. {It's a} landmark event for our industry."

Have you played COD:MW2 yet? If so, did you play online on opening day?

YouTube Gets a Larger HD

posted Sunday Nov 15, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

YouTube Gets a Larger HD

We absolutely love YouTube already, but it's getting even better! In the upcoming week, the most popular broadcasting site on the web will allow you to post and view high definition videos in 1080p resolution, compared to its current capacity of only 720p.

1080p resolution will allow you to see your videos in a much higher quality on a larger monitor. With most cameras on the market increasing in resolution, YouTube hopes to be remain the leading choice for video hosting, especially after implementing these new features.

Something that makes YouTube even more fantastic, those of you who have already uploaded 1080p videos, will have you videos re-encoded by the YouTube team very soon. Now we can put out HD camera to use!

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