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Facebook is for Sinners

posted Saturday Aug 8, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Facebook is for Sinners

The head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales has called you a sinner. Are you going to take that? Go get him! Wait, no. That would only prove the hypothesis. Let me explain.

Vincent Nichols believes that technology is leading people to suicide because it prevents us from being able to make meaningful emotional connections with each other. He gave an interview the Sunday Telegraph, and said:

20,0000 Down BlizzCon in 8 Minutes

posted Saturday Aug 8, 2009 by Jon Wurm

20,0000 Down BlizzCon in 8 Minutes

It's about that time of the year for Blizzard to roll out the red carpet for BlizzCon and this is apparently no well kept secret. Activision has reported selling 20,000 tickets in around 8 minutes so if you still want to go then QQ because as it stands there are no plans to sell anymore. You aren't completely SOL however as Blizzard will have their own internet coverage as well as Direct TV pay per view available. Apparently the company used a new auction selling method that worked out tremendously well. They sold all 20,000 tickets for $125 a ticket.

Hit the break for information from an Activision Blizzard investor conference call.

Square Enix Thinks Outside the Box

posted Wednesday Aug 5, 2009 by Jon Wurm

Square Enix Thinks Outside the Box

Finally, we have some news tidbits of information about the ever so secretive Final Fantasy XIV! It seems there could be some big changes heading our way. Anyone familiar with MMO's knows there ain't nothing wrong with a little bump and grind and if there is then well, suck it. Not anymore however as that convention is about to change. Recently, the producer for FFXIV Hiromichi Tanaka, said that this game is going to be leaving behind the traditional MMO conventions.

Nobuaki Komoto, Final Fantasy XIV Director, said,

New Tweet: The FCC says I'm not a real journalist. Sup wit dat?

posted Sunday Aug 2, 2009 by Russell Isabelle

New Tweet: The FCC says I'm not a real journalist. Sup wit dat?

When reading on the FTC's notion that online bloggers cannot be considered journalists, I start to think of a few things. The FTC believes that because a blogger is sent free consoles/video games to keep for trying out the games for review, it somewhat means that it will automatically breech one's integrity. Yet if you look into music magazines, the companies are given free CDs to review for the magazine. Do we deny magazine reviewers the badge of journalism? Or how about when a movie critic gets free screenings and posters to all just for reviewing a movie? Are we going to cast doubt on his integrity as a journalist?

$400 CrunchPad

posted Sunday Aug 2, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Anyone who follows The UpStream knows we are fans of the guys over at TechCrunch. We get a lot of story ideas from them, but this one isn't from them, but about them. Apparently, the company has been working on a tablet PC that would allow people to browse the web, edit documents, watch videos, etc.

According to reports, the device will have a 12" screen and weigh about 2.5 pounds. It is based on a custom operating system, also developed by the TechCrunch guys, but will house no internal usable memory. Some analysts believe this to be a bad thing, but the point of the device is to take advantage of "cloud computing" which is the practice of using the Internet to do your bidding. The idea is similar to the Google Chrome OS, using things like Google Docs to edit and store your word processing, spreadsheet and presentation documents as opposed to having onboard memory.

Sony Puts the Squeeze on Natal

posted Sunday Aug 2, 2009 by Jon Wurm

Sony Puts the Squeeze on Natal

The way we experience video games has been changing more drastically ever since the Wii made its debut with the Wii Mote motion sensitive controller. Even before that Sony had released their EyeToy and at E3 this year Microsoft put Project Natal in the limelight. Dr. Richard Marks, the special projects manager for Sony gives us his 411 on the continuing battle for motion capture supremacy.

Of course EyeToy came out before Wii, but that does not diminish the contribution Nintendo made to game interfaces. I'm a gamer first, so the way I see it both EyeToy and the Wii controller represent advancements that broadened the gaming market and enabled new experiences. Our new controller takes this even further by combining the strengths of previous interface approaches with responsive new high-precision tracking.

He continues to say this about Natal:

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