The New Hogzilla

May 31, 2007 at 12:58 pm (Cool News)

Hogzilla the Monster PigIn this photo released by Melynne Stone, Jamison Stone, 11, poses with a wild pig he killed near Delta, Ala., May 3, 2007. Stone’s father says the hog weighed a staggering 1,051 pounds and measured 9-feet-4 from the tip of its snout to the base of its tail. If claims of the animal’s size are true, it would be larger than “Hogzilla,” the huge hog killed in Georgia in 2004.

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eCigarette (not iCigarette… it’s electronic, not virtual)

May 11, 2007 at 2:50 pm (Cool News)

ecigarette.jpgI saw this on digg.  It’s called eCigarette.  It’s an eCig because it’s electronic. It’s a small nicotine inhaler, disguised as a working cigarette. It delivers the needed amounts of nicotine, but without the tar or smoke.  When you breathe in it pushes thick steam in your mouth, so you have something ‘tangible’ to inhale and to exhale.  Even people who are trying to give up smoking and are treating their addiction with gum or plasters feel the need to smoke, because they’ve become addicted to this activity and its effects.  This might actually help.  It caught on in China.

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Microsoft Launches xBox Live TV

November 9, 2006 at 8:05 am (Cool News)

Apple Beaten by Microsoft of all people to TV with Xbox Live Video


MS is going to let us pay for the ability to watch Television shows and movies on our televisions.  Another Brilliant Innovation brought to us by Microsoft.

It has been some time in the making, but Microsoft has finally announced their online video entertainment strategy for the Xbox 360.

Beginning on November 22, Xbox 360 owners will be able to buy and rent over 1,000 hours of programming using the new Xbox Live Video Marketplace. The Marketplace will see Microsoft selling programming from CBS, MTV Networks, Paramount Pictures, Turner Broadcasting, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. “CSI,” “South Park,” “Batman Forever,” and “Nacho Libre” are a few of the titles that will be offered by year’s end. At launch, TV shows will be offered as download-to-own, while movies will only be available as 24-hour rentals.

“This groundbreaking announcement is a win for everyone,” said Peter Moore, corporate VP of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. “It connects our partners with one of the most coveted audiences in entertainment today, and provides even greater value to our Xbox Live community, allowing them to enjoy the games and entertainment they want, when they want it.”

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A hot market taking shape

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Microsoft\’s arrival in this emerging market brings with it some impressive firsts. The company has narrowly beaten Apple in the race to find a practical set top box-like solution to get commercial video downloads to the family room TV without having to move hardware around. Apple is expected to launch its own wireless set top box solution, dubbed iTV, some time in the first quarter of 2007. Apple has already announced a retail price of $299.

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Microsoft\’s plan to combat Apple\’s offering rests in the added value of the complete Xbox 360 package. iTV\’s features are not yet known, but a premium Xbox 360 with an additional wireless network adapter is $480, $180 more than iTV, but considerably more capable. Recall that Apple is likely selling iTV with a considerably cushy margin, while Microsoft is losing money on every Xbox sold. The Redmond giant is hoping that many consumers will opt for the game-playing, HD DVD add-on sportin\’, 1080p playin\’“,1] ); //–>

A hot market taking shape

Microsoft’s arrival in this emerging market brings with it some impressive firsts. The company has narrowly beaten Apple in the race to find a practical set top box-like solution to get commercial video downloads to the family room TV without having to move hardware around. Apple is expected to launch its own wireless set top box solution, dubbed iTV, some time in the first quarter of 2007. Apple has already announced a retail price of $299.

Microsoft’s plan to combat Apple’s offering rests in the added value of the complete Xbox 360 package. iTV’s features are not yet known, but a premium Xbox 360 with an additional wireless network adapter is $480, $180 more than iTV, but considerably more capable. Recall that Apple is likely selling iTV with a considerably cushy margin, while Microsoft is losing money on every Xbox sold. The Redmond giant is hoping that many consumers will opt for the game-playing, HD DVD add-on sportin’, 1080p playin’ Xbox 360. While Microsoft isn\’t likely to publicly bill the Xbox Live Video Marketplace as a console sales generator, the fact remains that Microsoft\’s chief console competition is all about being a Jack of all trades (Blu-ray, downloads, etc.). And Apple is busy making the online movie and music business look simple. Microsoft needed to make a strong move here, and they have. Yet, even if they have beaten Apple to the punch, Microsoft\’s biggest concern will be deflating Sony\’s offering which will likely debut next year.

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There\’s another trick up Microsoft\’s sleeve, as well. The company says that much of the content will eventually be available in High Definition—a welcome development for those of us who don\’t like paying full price for low resolution video. No other commercial service currently sells HD video, although sources have told us that Sony is planning to launch with HD. Microsoft says that 20 percent of the offerings will be in HD at launch, with more to follow.

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Microsoft did not announce pricing, but the company did say it would be competitive. This suggests TV downloads in the range of $2 and rentals for anywhere between $3 and $7, based on offerings out there now.

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The coming accessory boom

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Microsoft has been telling the press that it has no plans to sell a larger Xbox 360 hard drive, despite a “,1] ); //–> Xbox 360. While Microsoft isn’t likely to publicly bill the Xbox Live Video Marketplace as a console sales generator, the fact remains that Microsoft’s chief console competition is all about being a Jack of all trades (Blu-ray, downloads, etc.). And Apple is busy making the online movie and music business look simple. Microsoft needed to make a strong move here, and they have. Yet, even if they have beaten Apple to the punch, Microsoft’s biggest concern will be deflating Sony’s offering which will likely debut next year.

There’s another trick up Microsoft’s sleeve, as well. The company says that much of the content will eventually be available in High Definition—a welcome development for those of us who don’t like paying full price for low resolution video. No other commercial service currently sells HD video, although sources have told us that Sony is planning to launch with HD. Microsoft says that 20 percent of the offerings will be in HD at launch, with more to follow.

Microsoft did not announce pricing, but the company did say it would be competitive. This suggests TV downloads in the range of $2 and rentals for anywhere between $3 and $7, based on offerings out there now.

The coming accessory boom

Microsoft has been telling the press that it has no plans to sell a larger Xbox 360 hard drive, despite a . With the launch of Xbox Live Video, you can bet that the 20GB drive that\’s currently offered is about to get a big upgrade. Why? 20GB is simply too small. If used for nothing else but video, the 20GB hard drive can only store approximately 24 forty-minute standard definition TV shows, or 4 hours of HD video. We expect a 60GB or 100GB add-on in the not-so-distant future.

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Microsoft has also said that users will be able to re-download content for free, in the event that users delete content to make space for new purchases, or even if users want to sign in to Xbox Live and download the show on another console. Shows will be attached to a user\’s Xbox Live gamertag.

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For now, the service will launch in the United States, but Microsoft plans to expand it to other territories over the coming year.

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So in summary, MS is going to let us pay for the ability to watch Television shows and movies on our televisions.  Another Brilliant Innovation brought to us by Microsoft.

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Just a little late for the “,1] ); //–>mock-up suggesting otherwise. With the launch of Xbox Live Video, you can bet that the 20GB drive that’s currently offered is about to get a big upgrade. Why? 20GB is simply too small. If used for nothing else but video, the 20GB hard drive can only store approximately 24 forty-minute standard definition TV shows, or 4 hours of HD video. We expect a 60GB or 100GB add-on in the not-so-distant future.

Microsoft has also said that users will be able to re-download content for free, in the event that users delete content to make space for new purchases, or even if users want to sign in to Xbox Live and download the show on another console. Shows will be attached to a user’s Xbox Live gamertag.

For now, the service will launch in the United States, but Microsoft plans to expand it to other territories over the coming year.

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Wii Price is High by Historical Standards

October 17, 2006 at 8:19 am (Cool News)

Console Pricing:

Playstation 2:
* US$299.99 (October 26, 2000, Launch Price)
* US$199.99 (May 14, 2002)
* US$179.99 (May 13, 2003)
* US$149.99 (May 11, 2004)
* US$129.99 (April 20, 2006)

Xbox:
* US$299 (November 15, 2001, Launch Price)
* US$199 (May 15, 2002)
* US$179 (May 14, 2003)
* US$149 (March 29, 2004)

Gamecube:
* US$199.99 (November 18, 2001, Launch Price)
* US$149.99 (May 13, 2002)
* US$99.99 (September 25, 2003)

This trend doesn’t really surprise me, but its useful to take a gander at. It is very similar to the situation coming up. The console with the year head start did not bring down its price. Also, looking further into Nintendo:

Nintendo 64 at launch cost 199.99.
Super Nintendo at launch cost 199.99.
Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) at launch cost 199.99.

This is very interesting. Now I am under the assumption that The Nintendo Wii is esentially an overclocked Gamecube. Now I am not entirely sure of the production costs, but I am having trouble understanding why did Nintendo end their 20 year tradition of selling their consoles for under 200 dollars? They said they had millions of consoles (some are speculating 9,000,000+!). I mean, the lower end Xbox 360 is selling for 299.99, and 50 dollars is really not as big as a difference. Also, Nintendo hit some MAJOR competition with the Gamecube:

Gamecube:
Units sold 21 million (June 2006)

Xbox:
Units sold 24 million

Playstation 2:
Units sold 106.23 million worldwide

In fact, judging from these sales and numbers, it would make sense selling it for under 200 dollars and keeping the Nintendo tradition alive. Poor Gamecube had to cut down their prices to a mere 99.99. A sub-100 price for a console has NEVER been done prior to a release of its successor.

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Nuclear Buffet

October 3, 2006 at 12:40 pm (Cool News)

http://news.yahoo.com/s/usatoday/20061003/cm_usatoday/mrbuffettgoestowashington;_ylt=AswIC3wnbduvQIZtsdxstiPSos4F;_ylu=X3oDMTA3YWFzYnA2BHNlYwM3NDI-

Bravo Warren Buffet for creating a nuclear fuel bank and saving the world.

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