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Sony Loves the Chrome

posted Saturday Sep 5, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Sony Loves the Chrome

Google's Chrome web browser has been a semi-big hit. Although it only holds 3% of the Internet browsing market, it still holds the number 3 spot behind Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Mozilla's Firefox. IE and FF hold these places because so many computers come with them already installed. If you have a Windows machine, you already have IE, and many manufacturers have added FF to their pre-installed lineup as well.

That is all about to change, though, because Sony has decided to bundle Chrome on their new computers. This makes me believe that Sony has already struck up a deal with Google to start including the Google Chrome OS on their netbooks once Google is ready to launch the new Cloud-based operating system.

iPhone 3G Gets MMS in USA

posted Saturday Sep 5, 2009 by Scott Ertz

iPhone 3G Gets MMS in USA

I remember how exciting it was when Sprint PCS launched the first phones to have color screens and cameras in 2002. The Samsung A500 may have only had a 720kbps data, and the camera was 320x240, and an attachment (and sold for $99 on top of the $399 pricetag for the phone), but the feature everyone was excited about was MMS. Now, if you have an iPhone 3G or 3Gs, you can relive the excitement of 2002 all over again!

AT&T announced that the iPhone 3G and 3Gs will be joining the ranks of those 7-year-old handsets (and almost every other handset on the planet today) on September 25th with the addition of MMS. Though MMS has changed a lot since the early days, it still shouldn't have taken this long for any modern phone, especially one that is billed as a multimedia phone.

Are any of our iPhone users excited about this, or have you already downloaded an app to allow for MMS? Will this convince any iPhone holdouts to finally make the switch?

Sony Knows Their Mistakes

posted Saturday Sep 5, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Sony Knows Their Mistakes

We all know that Microsoft made multiplayer what it is today with Xbox Live on the original Xbox. Microsoft has always said it was essential from day one to have a network setup to allow people to play together remotely. Sony, on the other hand, has always seemed to scoff at the idea of online play, until recently. Well, in an interview with Edge Magazine, SCE president Shuhei Yoshida said:

RUMOR: Grand Theft Auto V in 2010?

posted Saturday Sep 5, 2009 by Scott Ertz

RUMOR: Grand Theft Auto V in 2010?

It seems like we just went through the hustle and bustle of the Grand Theft Auto IV release. And we can't even escape the clutches of GTA4 now, with the release of The Ballad of Gay Tony coming out next month as DLC, and The Lost and Damned already available to download. This holiday, these two pieces of DLC will be released as a standalone, download-free game.

Now, analysts from Wedbush Morgan are predicting that we will see Grand Theft Auto V next year. Certainly an interesting prediction, and possibly one that could come true. I, however, think that they are probably incorrect, and here is why. First, let's start with the whole first paragraph of this article.

Left 4 Dead 2 - Dark Carnival Screens

posted Saturday Sep 5, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Anyone who listens to the show know just how much co-host Nick and I LOVE Left 4 Dead, and just how much we are looking forward to Left 4 Dead 2. As Valve is known to do, they gave us some new screenshots from the next campaign - Dark Carnival.

Because we love you as much as they love us, hit the break to see them in all their glory!

V for Virgin Airlines

posted Saturday Sep 5, 2009 by Scott Ertz

V for Virgin Airlines

The Virgin company seems to be everywhere you look. From music to books, cell phones to airlines. One of the newer brands, V Australia, is one of the Virgin airlines. They are running an interesting promotion involving two of the strangest things to combine: Sydney, Australia, one of the coolest places on the planet, and Twitter, the bane of our existence.

Here's how it works: 3 friends will be spending 3 days and 3 nights in Sydney and must send 4320 Tweets, one for every minute of the day. Definitely a challenging way to see Sydney, but for a chance to win a trip around the world it is definitely worth a shot.

My fear would be I would get 4250 Tweets in, get slightly distracted and miss one by a few seconds and be out both the prize and 3 days in Australia. We will see how it all goes starting in 4 days.

Would you be interested in a contest like this or would you rather find a better way?

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