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THIS WEEK: THE ARTIST MEETS ONE RIGHT LEG by Marauder

THIS WEEK: THE ARTIST MEETS ONE RIGHT LEG

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Is it just me? I can’t be the only person alive who doesn’t understand the intrigue of The Artist…can I? It’s a silent film with a sickly sweet message crammed with actors pouring their emotions out like water from an unbridled hose. Simply stated, I’m not a fan. Clearly, the Academy does not agree; the Artist picked up 5 wins last night at the Oscars. At the very least, actor Jean Dujardin could have given us a throw-back to Roberto Benigni Oscar mayhem, but apparently Italians have a bit more joie de vivre. The Artist aside, the Oscars along with Billy Crystal, just felt a bit washed up last night. I enjoyed the 4 hours of Whitney Houston’s funeral the weekend before far more than the night honoring a bunch of films that, for the most part, were mediocre.

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Maybe the solution is to crowd source the nominees rather than giving the power to the Academy. Maybe then, there would be some actual surprises outside of Angelina Jolie’s right leg. Speaking of that, please Ms Jolie. PLEASE EAT. Till next year I suppose.

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In other news, the Samsung Galaxy Beam projects on walls, Facebook plans to release premium ads, The Oatmeal puts HBO on blast, and HTC releases the One X prompting Gizmodo drool.

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Some more Cool Sh-t:

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TECHNOLOGY by Marauder

TECHNOLOGY

Samsung has unveiled an 82-inch LCD panel that a company executive termed the “optimal display for future TVs.” The display, which one report described as “massive,” has a resolution of 3820×2160 pixels — for a total screen resolution of 8.3 megapixels — and is said to be four times better than today’s 1080p TVs. (TG Daily 5/18, The Korea Times 5/18)

LG Display is likely to begin operating next year a new $960 million production line for LCDs, CEO Kwon Young-Soo told analysts last week. The move by the world’s No. 2 LCD maker concerns analysts and investors who say it could cause a glut of the screens in the market. (The Wall Street Journal 5/19)

Large-screen LCD shipments slipped 1.6% in April, to 36.6 million units, a 29.7% annual increase, fueled largely by the information-technology segment, according to LCD researchers WitsView. The firm reported that the TV segment shipped 7.8 million units, a 2.9% decline as demand remained weak for LCDs at 40 inches and above. (Smarthouse 5/19)

With plans to sell Blu-ray players for under $300 this month, Wal-Mart will become a low-cost purveyor of the device, which has failed to gain traction among mass-market consumers largely because of their high price. Wal-Mart will sell a Profile 1.1 Funai player under the “Magnavox” brand with picture-in-picture functionality. Best Buy is expected to offer the player under the Insignia brand for about $350, beginning in July. (Pocket-lint.co.uk 5/19)



FEEL THE LOVE: AYO TECHNOLOGY by Marauder

FEEL THE LOVE: AYO TECHNOLOGY

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Happy Valentine’s Day all.

I’m tired of using technology, I need you right in front of me.

Nothing says Valentine’s Day like 50 Cent’s song ‘Ayo Technology.’

In the spirit of the day, I thought I would bring you notes from the technology world that brings the love.

Ladybug iPod Speakers

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Samsung Mobile Phones

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And of course. . .

Apple RED iPod

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YouTube definitely wins the award for V-Day logo this year. Google. . .slacking.

Google’s V-Day Logo

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You Tube’s V-Day Logo

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Yahoo’s V-Day Logo

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DANCE DANCE REVOLUTION BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE SAMSUNG JUKE by Marauder
November 29, 2007, 7:31 PM
Filed under: MISC | Tags: , , ,

DANCE DANCE REVOLUTION BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE SAMSUNG JUKE

 

The video above was created to advertise the Samsung Juke handset which launched in October on the Verizon Wireless network.  I am studying every move in anticipation of my next dance competition with the co-workers.  Bring it people.  It’s all fun and games until someone breaks an ankle. 

 

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The Samsung Juke is Verizon’s answer to a music-enabled phone at an affordable price.  The phone is currently available online in 3 colors for $79.99 on a 2-year contract (compared to the $399.00 with 2-year contract for the iPhone).  The Juke comes with 2GB of storage (compared to the 8GB of capacity with the iPhone) and a 1.3 mega-pixel camera that works well even in low light (unlike the iPhone).  The Juke swivels 180 degrees to open and reveal a key pad.

I dig the swivel and the lower price but I can’t imagine texting to the degree that I do successfully on that miniature key pad.

Along with the Juke, Verizon released the BlackBerry Pearl, LG Venus and LG Voyager. See below from left to right starting with the Juke).

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Thank you TO for passing this video along.  My dance moves thank you.



GAMING by Marauder
November 27, 2007, 7:52 PM
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GAMING

Starting on December 4th, XBox Live gamers will soon be able to browse the friends lists of their pals in order to connect with old buddies or get all up in the digital grill of complete strangers.  A bit more social networking in the gaming world can’t be a bad thing. (http://www.engadget.com/2007/11/26/fall-xbox-360-update-touches-on-social-networking/ 11/26)

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Sales of Sony’s PlayStation 3 gaming console have responded favorably to the company’s decision to cut prices and introduce a 40GB model. Since the introduction of the new price and model earlier this month, PS3 hardware sales are up 298%, according to Sony officials. (GameDaily BIZ 11/26)

The Chicago Tribune explores this year’s “must-have” gaming titles, including the newly released “Rock Band.” Analysts predict that video games will again post impressive sales this holiday season, as the industry continues to capture a wider audience. (Chicago Tribune 11/27)

Take-Two Interactive Software Chairman Strauss Zelnick recently confirmed that he does not plan to sell the company, which makes the popular “Grand Theft Auto” video game. “I’m much more interested in growing the business than in selling it, to be clear,” Zelnick said. “I would say for the next five to seven years this is a terrific time to be in the video game business.” (Yahoo!/Reuters 11/26)

The widespread popularity of multiplayer online games has attracted hackers and malware uploaders to the genre. “Online gaming sites are a major distribution vehicle for malware. Malware payloads target specific games,” said John Carmichael, security trainer and engineer for Security Innovation. (TechNewsWorld 11/27)




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