A new feature being developed by Microsoft is stirring up a bit of controversy, not necessarily for its ability to help you avoid dangerous parts of town, but mainly for its nickname — “Avoid Ghetto”.
According to NPR, the technology is actually part of Microsoft’s “Pedestrian Route Production” patent, which would allow a user to receive the safest route possible to any given desitination based on violent crime statistics.
The idea sounds harmless enough — to help citizens, specifically those travelling by foot, to avoid dangerous areas. However Keep Reading
It appears MegaUpload’s users aren’t ready to just back down to the feds with new reports claiming international pirate organizations are planning on suing the FBI on behalf of users over files that have been lost due to the shutdown.
If you’ve been following along with the MegaUpload case, you’d know that many of the company’s execs are now awaiting trial on charges of piracy, racketeering, and money laundering following the feds shutting down the massively popular file-sharing site Keep Reading
In a recent speech at the TED conference in Brussels, renowned and outspoken British diplomat and politician Paddy Ashdown (who most famously helped negotiate the 1970s nuclear disarmament treaties in Geneva) gave a lengthy list of reasons as to why he thinks the United States’ power is fading fast.
According to Ashdown, specifically, the ‘empire’ that is America will likely last only a mere 10-15 more years. Here’s a list of reasons why.
THOSE WHO IGNORE THE PAST… Keep Reading
You may not be surprised to see “booth babes” in this BBC report from the show floor at CES 2012. However, the report doesn’t just show off the women, but instead the BBC’s Matt Danzico went to CES to find out how females working in the tech industry feel about booth babes.
The report starts out interviewing various female technology writers including Molly McHugh of Digital Trends who says “it’s sending this message of what my sex is here to do… I’d rather be learning about the products”. McHugh says the booth babes’ presence at the shows is “uncomfortable” but in her opinion not degrading. Keep Reading
With the debates surrounding SOPA, and the U.S. Government’s obvious mis-calculations in judging the reaction of the internet community, is it safe to say that the Feds are now AFRAID of its citizens communicating on the internet? You fear most what you don’t understand, perhaps the government is trying to ban something before they make an effort to combat it by understsanding its inner workings?
I pose these questions in reaction to the news that Hana Beshara, the founder of NinjaNet (one of the largest movie streaming sites on the net) has been rushed to jail after being sentenced to 22 months in jail. Keep Reading
Recently Daniel Loton, a psychologist at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia, presented preliminary findings of a study that paints a pretty dark picture in regards to the habits of gamers. It states that excessive gamers report 15% more stress and anxiety and 25% more depression than balanced gamers. (Read the press release of the Victoria University here)
Now, you don’t have to be a psychologist, or a psychic for that matter, to predict what kind of headlines such results will cause Keep Reading
You’d think with 15 trillion dollars in debt the United States Government would find more important things to consider than websites who allegedly harbor people who share content. But like the man who aimlessly waters his window plants while his house is on fire, the Government mulls over the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) while Holllywood lobbyists whisper sweet nothings into their ears.
By now you’ve heard every reason why you should be against SOPA, and you know that the bill in a nutshell aims to stop copyright infringement by threatening to censor sites like Google, Facebook, and other web-sites that gross billions of dollars for the United States G.D.P. Keep Reading
Happy New Year…that’s a wish not a welcome.
But what can we expect from 2012, aside from the usual disaster warnings? Here’s a breakdown of what to look out for, what we can look forward to, and what should cause us to brace for impact. Keep Reading
With apocalyptic predictions and numerous signs that seemingly point towards man-kinds intellectual demise, it’s imperative that we point out the individuals who motivate us to THINK, not to simply REACT. Given that I am an avid blogger, I can be as guilty as anyone of trying to perpetuate a reaction, especially in an age where Huffington Post, TMZ, and basically anything on Yahoo! are referred to as the canon of internet information and are “the competition.”
But there is a columnist named LZ Granderson who I’ve been paying a lot of attention to, and if you are an aspiring writer or someone that is tired of reading articles that are driven by their headlines and not their content, I would recommend following his columns as well. Keep Reading
For those of you who missed it, Common was a guest on DJ Sway’s Sirius XM morning show yesterday on Shade 45 (http://www.siriusxm.com/shade45), and made a few points about a recurring theme in hip hop these days: MCs duking it out, exchanging disses, taunts and threats, and perhaps all in sacrifice of what some might see as the bigger picture — the music and lyrics.
After taking a few seconds to listen to “Sweet,” a new single from his new album The Dreamer/The Believer,Common even told Sway and his audience that he himself was fair game. “Any artist can be a target, especially when you get in and start saying ‘they’re dope’…for me, there’s some cats that are gonna come at me, but I’m a warrior so let’s go. That’s just what it is.” Keep Reading
At first glance, the commercial seems plain enough; equal parts annoying and over-expensive , the consumate staples of any commercial advertising a cell-phone and/or network plan. But listen closely and the latest Holiday commercial from T-Mobile has quite a “unique message” that goes way beyond making sure you don’t drop any calls this holiday. Is T-Mobile suggesting that we’re now living in a world “For The Gays?”
“Stream movies and shows, It’s Santa to go! Walking in a FORGY wonderland”
Google FORGY and you’ll find the acronym: “For the Gays.” Is T-Mobile trying to tell us something? Keep Reading
As a reminder that Barbara Walters is still alive, and rivals Bob Costas as the only human not to have aged over the past 20 years, the list of The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2011 was recently released.
While fascinating is a broad term, we found some of the inclusions on the list rather odd. Nothing against any of the people, we just happen to see things a little differently here at The Jace Hall Show and put together our own, dare we say more accurate, list of the 10 Most Fascinating People Of 2011. Keep Reading
I never was a big fan of fraternities when I was in school. Perhaps it was the fact that you had to pay to belong to them, or acceptance was determined on whether you could withstand a man peeing on you, all while you had to drink a gallon of milk in 5 minutes.
The recent story from the University of Vermont’s chapter of Simga Phi, a fraternity with over 293,000 lifetime members, is quite chilling. The chapter has been suspended for passing around a survey amongst their house asking their members “If they could rape someone, who would it be?”
“Sigma Phi Epsilon and its leadership programs are built on the concept of respect for both self and others. Any behavior that demeans women is not tolerated,” said a national representative for Sigma Phi.
(Meanwhile the Office ho’s and CEO’s party is still on for this weekend at the Delta Chapter…) Keep Reading
Activision officially announced that Modern Warfare 3 grossed over one billion dollars in its first 16 days, quite the feat for the game that was promoted alongside the Jeep Cherokee, Xbox console, Mountain Dew, and last but not least, Gunnar sunglasses.
Love it, hate it, or ignore-it-because-it’s-not-Skyrim, Modern Warfare 3 has shattered video game sales records, but how does it compare to other franchieses and enterprises in modern culture?
While Jace and Tood Roy, the latter of which admits to being in a relationship with the Cataclysm Expansion pack, were busy working on Jace Hall Show season 5, this video popped up asking some very key questions that only 1337 players of WoW would be able to answer. Keep Reading
The promotion was put together by the company’s New Zealand distributor, Fiveight. Their spokesman, Ben Ward, believes gamers don’t just want to hear the experience of a warzone in their headset, they want to experience it firsthand and document it as an online series:
Gamers play in virtual warzones every day and night, and they want the immersive feeling of combat…So we thought we’d take that experience one step further. They want a real experience? Turtle Beach can give it to them.
That certainly sounds entertaining and provocative on a press release, but what is it REALLY that Turtle Beach is doing? Keep Reading
I do read EVERY e-mail that is sent my way by fans and try to respond to as many questions as time permits. With the volume of e-mails, it is just not possible for me to answer them all, even though I do MY BEST TO TRY! If you ever want to send me a quick message on Twitter, as many of you who follow me already know, I am VERY active and can respond to your messages on there as well.
This video is going on 6 weeks old now and is just now becoming viral. Ironically enough, the message of the video isn’t new either, in fact, it’s become something of a broken record that no one has the due dilligence to turn off.
We don’t usually get into politics here, for obvious reasons that the man in this video Dylan Ratigan, mentions. Sure he looks like the love-child between Glenn Beck and Mel Gibson, but he raises many salient points that affect all of our lifestyles, be it Americans or not.
I’ve been coming on TV for three years doing this, and the fact of the matter is Keep Reading
According to China Daily, Liu Yang is a 12 year old boy from the Northeast, Chinese province of Shenyang, one of the most industrial cities in the country. In April of this year, Yang fainted in school because of leg pain and was taken to the hospital. It was discovered that Yang was suffering from Ewing’s sarcoma, a very rare case of bone cancer that’s reported in roughly 0.3 people out of 1,000,000.
Yang’s father has diabetes and can not work. He’s stopped treating himself so that he can pay for Yang’s treatment. The family is renting a temporary house without heat, saving the money from their heat bill to put towards Yang’s treatment. Keep Reading
In a lecture by Jane McGonigal, Professor at the Institute for the Future, online gamers spend a total of 3 billion hours a week honing their craft. Snce the first online Warcraft game emerged in 1994 — that’s nearly a combined 6 million years. And if they have any interest in seriously saving our world, it ain’t nearly enough.
While McGonigal’s speech was earlier this year, we feel it’s important enough to recap as a reminder as the year closes out — after all, it is in the interest of saving humanity.
McGonigol has a list of goals she hopes gamers will help accomplish. She concedes that some of her goals may seem impossible (and also laughable, judging by the audience reaction), An example being that over the next decade, “make it as easy to save the real world as it is in online games.” Keep Reading