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Apple Censors the Dictionary

posted Sunday Aug 9, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Apple Censors the Dictionary

We all know Apple's app approval process is a little less than straightforward. We see apps all the time that are declined for sometimes no reason at all. For example, the Google Voice app, which was declined with no reason stated. Today, I bring you Ninjawords, a dictionary app. Simple, harmless, educational; all these words can be used to describe Ninjawords. That, and vulgar!

Apple actually rejected the dictionary because it contained "objectionable material." Now, there are a few things to consider here. First of all, these are words. Words are in the dictionary. Period. Second, Apple has its own dictionary built into its MacOS, and a quick search pulls up all of the "objectionable content" that made this app so unpleasant. Third, did I mention it is a DICTIONARY?!

Netflix > Pay-Per-Download

posted Saturday Aug 8, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

Netflix > Pay-Per-Download

With such a competitive market for home movie-viewing, subscription services, such as Netflix, seem to be outshining them all. There were many doubts originally about streaming videos, but as we have seen, this method is creating the most revenue and is very economical is this unstable economy, for consumers. Fees can get expensive for these subscription services due to monthly charges, but overall, Netflix is doing much better, with 25 times more downloads then pay-per-download customers and producing 20 times the revenue. Obviously something must be working for them.

Their Friends Call Them The Shack

posted Saturday Aug 8, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Their Friends Call Them The Shack

We all know RadioShack. Most of us in the technology world have even worked there at some point in our careers. In the PLuGHiTz World, that is how most of us ended up working together here (in fact, all current hosts of PLuGHiTz Live! Radio once worked together at a RadioShack). The image of the company has stagnated over the past decade or so. Despite several branding attempts, RadioShack still conjures up images of batteries, cordless phones and resistors to most people.

HDTV is the T-H-I-N-G!

posted Saturday Aug 8, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

High definition televisions are finally starting to take over households in the United States! A recent report has shown that the sales of HD televisions have skyrocketed in 2009. Only 35% of consumers owned a HDTV in 2008, but this number has increased 51% (or 18% of the population) this past year, totaling 53%. More than half of U.S. households own a HDTV!

The number of HDTV owners using HD services also showed a 13% increase in the past year. Another area showing strong growth in sales, are large screen televisions-32 inches and larger, increasing 6% in 2009. HD televisions have by far increased the most in sales compared to other electronic such as PCs, Cell phones, DVD players, and video game systems.

ESPN is Anti-Internet

posted Saturday Aug 8, 2009 by Scott Ertz

ESPN is Anti-Internet

Social networking seems to be a polarizing subject. Until just a few weeks ago, I had resisted the trend, but recently activated a Facebook page. PLuGHiTz Live! recently started using Twitter. On the other hand, several NFL teams have banned their players from using Twitter at all.

Following in the footsteps of the NFL, ESPN has banned their staff from using social networking sites in general to discuss anything ESPN or sports related. The New York Times writes:

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