There’s no way they think this will really work…
FOSS Patents is reporting today that Samsung has filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission, with the express purpose of restricting the import of the following types of products: “Mobile Electronic Devices, Portable Music and Data Processing Devices, and Tablet Computers.”
So in everyday lingo, iPhones, iPods, and iPads. As in, the devices each of yoy has at least one of in your household. Samsung’s publicity stunt comes courtesy of an ongoing battle between Apple and Samsung regarding various patents each company claims the other stole. Apple and Samsung were previously partnered for producing the various gadgets and gizmos Apple’s released, but apparently, Keep Reading
Eh, or not. Close enough though. We talked about OnLive a couple of days ago, and while some of you seemed a bit skeptical, here’s reason for you guys to sit up and take notice. Their CEO, Steve Perlman (who also founded Rearden Companies, of which OnLive has spun out of ), gave a presentation at Columbia recently where he announced that his company basically broke Shannon’s Law, possibly sound the death toll for dropped calls, slow wireless in population-congested aeras, and other limitations on wireless communication.
Okay, there’s a catch—they didn’t break Shannon’s Law, (which states there’s essentially a finite speed at which wireless radio can travel.) They essentially found a way around it. Since I’m not exactly a wireless engineer, I can’t point out the details, but maybe you can Keep Reading
Look upon my works ye mighty, and despair! Myspace today announced its sale to Specific Media for $35 Million—which, while probably more than some of us will ever see in a lifetime, is a far cry from the company that was once purchased for $580 Million by NewsCorp. And in the continuing theme of “There is no way to put a positive spin on this,” not only was Rupert Murdoch hoping to dump the company at $100 Million, but Myspace CEO Mike Jones (Who’s probably one of the most miserable millionaires on the planet right now) announced they’d be laying off employees as well—on top of the 47% cut the company suffered back in January.
And thus the swan song of the once-mighty Social Media company begins to air. Though Specific Media claims it can profit from acess to data about Myspace users and help with their ad targeting, the reality is—who uses Myspace anymore? Ever since the site got filled with Spam, clunky interfaces, and stupid chain messages (Wait, this is starting to sound familiar…), it’s been rendered an unusable digital wasteland Keep Reading
Bwuh? I…honestly don’t know what to make of this. A South African Scientist has submitted paperwork with the Church of England to ask to exhume Shakespeare’s body. His mission? To find out if the Bard smoked weed…
No, I kid you not. The man wants to go Tomb-Raiding in an un-sexy, un-platforming way to find out if history’s greatest author toked up. While I’m sure all the Stoners in the audience are already giggling at the prospect, the rest of us are a little more skeptical Keep Reading
In the news that no-one-but-us must actually care about today, former head of Marvel Studios David Maisel, who orchestrated the sale of Marvel Entertainment to Disney and produced the current adaptations of Marvel properties has jumped ship to be a ‘special advisor’ at Rovio, the studio behind mobile smash hit Angry Birds Keep Reading
Welp. Looks like we’ve got to add another social media integration to www.jacehallshow.com. Someone call up Paul down in IT and get him working on the code. I’m sure he’ll be happy.
So it seems that with the hint of Google Games comes Google+—though there may have been some cart-before-horse putting here, (or, at least Zynga-before-Facebook). A new system designed to tie together all of Google’s many products into one massive Social Media experience. ‘Cause, you know, we didn’t already have a dozen freaking Social Networks and Social experiences already clogging up the internet.
Despite the market bloat, though, there is some hope for this new product. Google’s still one of the top dogs in the tech business, and it’s been spending the last year preparing different aspects of the program to be ready to go at certain points. Despite the failures of Google Wave (Nothing based on Firefly ever lasts) or Google Buzz (A giant ball of ‘meh’), Google’s ready and eager to fight in the Social Media market, and is eager to get Google+ out the gate.
While it’s easy for bloggers to poke fun at Google for its screw-ups, (like Me!) there’s actually some serious lessons to be learned from this exercise. For one, Wired’s article about Google+ has some great education on leadership and management in crises. New CEO Larry Page and new Executive Vic Gundrota (Formerly of Microsoft) sought to shift the state of power Keep Reading
Bear with us on this one Jace Hall Show fans—the signal ain’t coming clear through here. Must have us an ion cloud blocking the sensors. We’ll just poke our heads out and see what’s…going…
Or not. But while the shitstorm outside deals with itself in what will hopefully be a non-fatal fashion, (doubt it), here’s a shitstorm that can go handheld: Capcom announced yesterday that Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D, the 3DS spin-off of the popular mini-game begun in Resident Evil 4, wouldn’t allow players to delete their save files—all their save data would be permanently kept.
For those of you who tend to play through a game once and then forget about it, NBD, right?
But for the replayers and the used-game retailers, there’s a problem here Keep Reading
By R. Bryant Francis
Oh hell yes! OnLive’s Joe Benteley today, while speaking with Computerandvideogames.com confirmed that they’re in talks to get OnLive on the PS3 and Xbox 360. While nothing’s official yet, this could open up a whole new world of gaming, and a new way to think about who owns the game, and where you can play the game.
For those not in the know, OnLive is a video-game streaming service that you can access with your P.C or Tablet computer right now. It’s a subscription service, so it ain’t free, but it means your computer from 2001, so long as it has a high-speed internet connection and can basically play a Youtube video, can play high-powered games like Borderlands or Crysis.
The system works by streaming the video of your play session to your computer, so the actual computing for the game is being handled by a computer somewhere far, far away. Instead of putting a CD in your computer (which, hell, thanks to Valve, I haven’t done in ages Keep Reading
So while we’re still trying to get that damn invisibility cloak working. it seems we’ve managed to create something else: Acoustic cloaking technology, capable of hiding objects from sonar detection, which would allow ships the size of a small town to sneak up on you.
In what will hopefully be the last article we publish on Lulzsec, there’s two different bits of news to talk about…
First, Lulzsec is out of the game. The group took to pastebin and Twitter to announce that after their planned 50-day spree. (Planned?), they’d decided to do one last dump of confidential data and ride off into the sunset. Of note, the data they released contained information from Battlefield Heroes, some AT&T user information, and…not…exactly much else. Seems operation #Antisec’s biggest target wound up being the Arizona Police Department, and the good news Keep Reading
Alright, alright, I’ll stop the Armagaeddon jokes now. Still, Tucker Patch is reporting that according to NASA’s Near Earth Object program, a small asteroid identified as 2011 MD measuring at 5-20 meters in diameter has entered Earth’s orbit at a distance that, in relative terms, could be described as “Pretty damn close!”
Don’t worry, your town isn’t about to get pulverized like an Autobot just touched down for a visit. The closest the asteroid’s getting is approximately 22,000 miles above the earth’s surface—inside our ring of satellites but not even close enough to be visible to the naked eye. Thankfully, the asteroid didn’t do any damage to the satellites, but for that, we’d better keep an eye on solar flares.
Still, incidents like this remind us that while we haven’t found other life out there in the galaxy yet—we still have to keep an eye on our non-living neighbors. Who are giant rocks and like to pass by every once in a while and wave at us cheekily. Thankfully, we’ve got the Near Earth Object program, which presumably has a clever defense erected which involves a single, high-powered spaceship.
By R. Bryant Francis
Okay, it’s not an actual warthog, but it’s pretty damn close. Check out the Pentagon’s replacement for the Humvee: The XC2V FLYPMode. It needs a catchier name, but you know what, given how bitchin’ the car looks, we’re okay with it for now.
The car is a result of DARPA’s “Design the next Humvee” project—an attempt to Crowdsource a government contract and let the public design our government vehicles. The results are actually pretty cool—DARPA’s labeled the design the first Keep Reading
Well well well, the fur’s flying in the Console wars again. If last Friday brought us back to the 90′s, we’re now back in the early 00′s, when everyone was arguing between the PlayStation, Xbox, and Gamecube. Speaking with IndustryGamers today, Xbox COO Dennis Durkin laid down some smack talk (albeit polite and not-very smack-natured talk) about the PlayStation Vita.
“I’m not sure I would want to be launching a dedicated portable device right now into that market…if you look at the 3DS, it’s not been as successful as people would have thought. So that’s a very crowded market and a very, very red ocean right now with a lot of change happening.”
OH SNAP! Keep Reading
Didn’t we just go over this? Filtering the internet is a bad idea. Four Australian Internet Service Providers next month will begin voluntarily restricting access to various websites—the latest in a long line of moves from this country to restrict access to indecent content for consumers. (This, from the country that has most of the world’s deadliest animals. You’d think they could take it.)
To be fair to the ISPs, the sites they’re restricting are mostly child pornography sites. Which, to be clear, child pornography is one of the sickest and most disgusting things you can put on the internet, and anyone who engages with it should be arrested. What’s problematic about these filters is admitted by the Australian Communication and Media Authority’s own Donna Keep Reading
We’re pretty big about the future here at the Jace Hall show—it’s clear that future video games are going to have different distribution models, and as a result we’re going to see some new types of games and ways to interact with them. Want a good case study though? Take a look at Team Fortress 2.
Gamemaker Valve, also behind the excellent Left 4 Dead games, Portal games and Half Life games, not only finished last night with an announcement that from now on, multiplayer monster Team Fortress 2 would be free forever.
How’d they get here? Well it’s a story that spans a couple of years. Back in 2008, Valve released The Orange Box, a collection of games that included the smash hit Portal, the entire Half Life series, and this little shooter called Team Fortress 2. 8 classes, a handful of maps, and excellent, balanced multiplayer fun. It had a few achievements, but it was just Keep Reading
Attteeennshun! Heads up Gamers, big verdict to be handed down from the Supreme Court on Monday. The high court will give a final verdict on a long-appealed case Schwarzenegger v. EMA, (Or Brown v. EMA, now that Governor Brown is in office), a case that will determine whether or not video game retailers can be fined for selling M-rated games to minors—and setting a precedent that will determine if such laws can be passed by other states.
It’s the 90′s all over again—Hackers are the talk of the town, cybserspace is scary to old people again, and this new generation of internet thieves still relies on absurdly stupid and hard-to-type codenames.
But there’s been such a variety of reports going out we decided to consolidate them all for your viewing convenience. First up—Lulzsec. We’ve covered these bad boys before, and this week their first fruits of operation #Antisec have been revealed. Last night, Lulzsec released a trove of information ripped from the data centers of the Arizona State Police department—personal email correspondence, training manuals, private memos, names, phone numbers, passwords, and weird power points Keep Reading
Can’t say we saw this one coming, but then again, I’m not even sure HP could say they even did.
Former LucasArts producer Haden Blackman, who worked on the kinda-good-but-mostly-eh Force Unleashed games, has started up his own company called Fearless Studios, and a year after his departure from LucasArts, Blackman’s announced they’re making a game for HP’s webOS mobile platform.
Meet Aimi Eguchi. She’s the latest member of J-Pop band AKB48—a band so big in Japan, the group receives millions of votes each year on which of their 61 members is the most popular. She’s just like the other girls—pretty, a winning smile, can woo dozens of Otaku just by showing up on camera…except there’s one catch. She’s not real.
Aimi Eguchi isn’t an actual new member of the musical group. She’s a digital composite, with facial features and body profile borrowed from her fellow group members. But as you can see from this video below, she looks pretty damn life-like.
This wasn’t just a one-shot stunt though—she’s been part of the group “officially” for some time now, complete with her own page on their website that detailed her hobbies, age, and hometown. She even appeared in a photoshoot prior to this.
Of course, this isn’t Japan’s first non-human idol, it’s just the first one where active deception has taken place. While this should evoke questions about the nature of humanity and what the state of existence is for a human-like entity created in a computer and not in the womb…instead mostly just evokes a certain Disney Channel Original movie. Personally, I’m not exactly excited that our first A.Is won’t be awesome, sarcastic badasses, but instead…pop singers.
But hey, maybe you’re okay with this? Or are you with some of her fans, who are shocked by this reveal?
Big fan of Final Fantasy VII? Wish you’d never thrown out that old playstation so you could play it again? Well good news! You may get to play it on Steam!
Oooor not. Some clever folks over at rpgsite.net managed to tunnel into Steam and discover both Final Fantasy VII and VIII had been uploaded onto Steam some time ago, and even modified to run on more modern machines. These attempts appear to have fallen off track, based on the fact that they based on old PC ports of the game released by Eidos, who no longer has the rights to distribution, and the combined fact that Square Enix seems to have no interest of re-releasing an HD version of Final Fantasy VII on the Playstation, let alone for any other system. Keep Reading