The Motions : Blog Reformation

I started this blog off as a place to write my views and opinions on music, film, and art. I stopped writing as a whole due to the failure to launch of “Nobile Press”. Recently I have been felling that itch again. Now that I am focused on only one project strongly vs many projects at once I feel that I can dedicate sometime to actually placing cohesive thoughts into words as opposed to this picture book blog that you see below you.

New Objectives:

Music: 

  • Deliver Great Coverage of New/Loved Albums.
  • Throw in tracks that are currently inspiring/exciting me. 
  • Giving you some great tracks from artist I know personally. 

Film: 

  • Its somewhat hard to tell what will fall into this because I personally do not enjoy giving movie reviews… the explosions and awesome fight sequences make my inner child glaze over and the geek in me explod with white fillings… so for now this might just be personally projects or projects from persons I know. 
  • Good Movie Trailers? 

Art

  • Photos from my own work and the work of others I know or shoot with. 
  • Photos I find on tumblr to be rather amazing… no more hot girls… unless they are also amazing… 
  • Any other art forms that are able to be properly represented as a .jpg image.

My main goal is to train my mind into writing like professional and less of a laggard or illiterate… I may be able to speak well in person but sometimes when I drop my letters on the screen things seam to crumble into miss spelled sad sad little pixels. 

- Damian Estrada 

P.S. I am sure there are typos in this… haha <3

Borderlands 2: 'Mechromancer' shipping ahead of schedule

Did you pre-order Borderlands 2 like a good gamer should have? If so, then you are in for a treat. The fifth playable character, the Mechromancer, will be shipping ahead of schedule. The character was set to ship free of charge to preorder customers 60 days after the full game release. In an interview with Joystiq, at Gamescom, Radny Varnell of Gearbox said, “We’re going to beat that estimate.”

Gearbox was wrapped up in July and sent out for certification. Since then the team has been focusing on the Mechromancer. We had a chance to play Borderlands 2 at E3 and it was impressive. I would personally love to play the Mechromancer on my second play through. Nothing like summoning robots back from the dead and making them “PEW PEW” down the competition!

Source: Joystiq

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AMD Radeon HD 7970 Worlds most powerful Single GPU Card

AMD is coming out strong this year with the reveal its new flagship Radeon HD 7970. This card stands as the world’s most powerful single GPU graphics card on the market. The new card boasts 3GB GDDR5 Memory and a memory clock of 925MHz. The card supports up to 6 displays at once via Display Port 1.2 and supports DX11. The cards run on AMD’s 28nm architecture offering lower power consumption and cooler temperatures. The Radeon 7970 also supports 4k resolution even if the market isn’t ready for it yet. The pricing for the 7970 will be $549 and is scheduled to release January 9th.

AMD is doing a great job of keeping ahead of the curve Nvidia better get its head out of the Mobile market for a second and take notice. AMD has Nvidia looking like some two bit operation. No announcement was made by Nvidia about a desktop GPU. This is going to be a huge year for AMD; it’s refreshing to see the underdog on top. Keep your eyes peeled for AMD’s upcoming Dual GPU 7990 I’m sure it’s going to blow our socks off!

Specs:
    • Up to 925MHz Engine Clock
    • 3GB GDDR5 Memory
    • 1375MHz Memory Clock (5.5Gbps GDDR5)
    • 264GB/s memory bandwidth (maximum)
    • 3.79 TFLOPS Single Precision compute power
    • 947 GFLOPS Double Precision compute power 
    • GCN Architecture
    • PCI Express 3.0 x16 bus interface
    • DirectX® 11-capable graphics
      Partially Resident Textures (PRT) Ultra-high resolution texture streaming
    • Image quality enhancement technology
    • AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology1
      • Up to 6 displays supported with DisplayPort 1.2 Multi-Stream Transport
      • Independent resolutions, refresh rates, color controls, and video overlays
      • Display grouping
        • Combine multiple displays to behave like a single large display
    • AMD App Acceleration2
      • OpenCL 1.2 Support
      • Microsoft C++ AMP
      • DirectCompute 11
      • Double Precision Floating Point
      • AMD HD Media Accelerator
    • AMD HD3D technology4
      • Stereoscopic 3D display/glasses support
      • Blu-ray 3D support
      • Stereoscopic 3D gaming
      • 3rd party Stereoscopic 3D middleware software support
    • AMD CrossFire™ multi-GPU technology5
      • Dual, triple or quad-GPU scaling
    • Cutting-edge integrated display support
      • DisplayPort 1.2
    • Integrated HD audio controller
      • Output protected high bit rate 7.1 channel surround sound over HDMI with no additional cables required
      • Supports AC-3, AAC, Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio formats
    • AMD PowerPlay™ power management technology3
      • Automatic power management with low power idle states
    • AMD PowerTune technology3
      • Intelligent TDP management technology
      • Dynamic clockspeed/performance enhancement for games
    • AMD ZeroCore Power3
      • Ultra-low idle power when the system’s display is off
      • Secondary GPUs in an AMD CrossFire™ configuration power down when unneeded
    • AMD Catalyst™ graphics and HD video configuration software

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Big Trouble in (Not so Little) Silicon Valley

Some big companies might be in some big trouble.  Next week a class-action lawsuit will be heard to help determine whether or not Google, Apple, Pixar, Lucasfilm, Adobe, Intel, and even Intuit (the makers of Quicken) all conspired to eliminate competition from the job market.  Documents from the Department of Justice’s investigation back in 2010 have been made public this morning for the first time.  They appear to support the plaintiff’s case that these companies tried to suppress employee compensation by entering into so-called “no poach” agreements.

Prior to this morning, the only people that had access to these files was the Dept. Of Justice so none of us outsiders (aka the Public) had no idea if the case held any water at all.  Now, after reading over these documents, it’s clear for all to see that C-Level management (at the least) did in fact enter into anti-competitive agreements with each other.

One damning piece of evidence from back in 2005 shows Adobe’s CEO Bruce Chizen emailed Steve Jobs regarding the “Recruitment of Apple Employees”.  In the message, Adobe’s senior vice president for human resources writes, “Bruce and Steve Jobs have an agreement that we are not to solicit ANY employees, and vice versa.”  The evidence also states that the defendants not only agreed to not poach each others employees, but to not give them a job offer if they voluntarily applied.  On top of that the companies were also, according to their agreement, supposed to notify the current employers of any employees trying to switch.  They also agreed to not enter into bidding wars with one another and to limit the potential for employees to negotiate for higher salaries.

Below you can see for yourself the redacted Exhibit Joint Case Management Conference Statement retrieved from Pacer.org. Filed yesterday, it contains evidence from the Dept. Of Justice investigation pertinent to the upcoming civil case.  The documents also explain that there is “strong evidence that the companies know about the other express agreements, patterned their own agreements off of them, and operated them concurrently with the others to accomplish the same objective.”  For example, Lori McAdams of Pixar wrote an internal email to others at Pixar back in 2007 stating, “I just got off the phone with Danielle Lambert [of Apple], and we agreed that effective now, we’ll follow a Gentleman’s agreement with Apple that is similar to our Lucasfilm agreement.”

http://www.scribd.com/doc/78818102/TechCrunch-High-Tech-Employee-Antitrust-Litigation-Exhibit-Joint-Case-Management-Conference-Statement-1-19-2012

The defendants of course, ask for the case to be dismissed, stating that the Department of Justice found “no overarching conspiracy” and that these bilateral agreements were separate. The Dept. Of Justice announced in September 2010 that it had settled with the companies, establishing that they would cease such illegal hiring practices, even though they never had to admit to wrongdoing. The Dept. Of Justice currently has the right to check on the companies for compliance although if currently elected Republicans have it their way, this “unnecessary regulation” would be done away with.  As my wise Republican candidates have pointed out, this kind of thing is proof that the free market—left to itself and without any government oversight, regulation, or interference—will make things better for all of us. The Dept. of Justice needs to get off the backs of these job-creating companies and let them give their employees the freedom that Jesus and Capitalism can only provide when we have a free market with no regulation or oversight. Anything less is socialism.

The plaintiffs seek damages for any salaried employee who worked for one of the defendants during a 4-year period in the late 2000s. That means a lot of Silicon Valley tech workers could receive a payout if the defendants lose or settle the case. The civil case is to be heard by Judge Koh in San Jose starting January 26th, 2012.  I’ll try to keep you guys out there updated.

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Internet 1 SOPA 0

Today Congressman Lamar Smith officially announced his retreat from the SOPA campaign. After writing and endorsing the law he has said, “It is clear that we need to revisit the approach.”

The Official Statement:

“I have heard from the critics and I take seriously their concerns regarding proposed legislation to address the problem of online piracy. It is clear that we need to revisit the approach on how best to address the problem of foreign thieves that steal and sell American inventions and products.

“The problem of online piracy is too big to ignore. American intellectual property industries provide 19 million high-paying jobs and account for more than 60 percent of U.S. exports. The theft of America’s intellectual property costs the U.S. economy more than $100 billion annually and results in the loss of thousands of American jobs.  Congress cannot stand by and do nothing while American innovators and job creators are under attack.

“The online theft of American intellectual property is no different than the theft of products from a store.  It is illegal and the law should be enforced both in the store and online.

“The Committee will continue work with copyright owners, Internet companies, financial institutions to develop proposals that combat online piracy and protect America’s intellectual property.  We welcome input from all organizations and individuals who have an honest difference of opinion about how best to address this widespread problem.  The Committee remains committed to finding a solution to the problem of online piracy that protects American intellectual property and innovation.”

This is great news! It seems to have been completely put on hold. I’m going to guess that another law against piracy will try and form in the next couple years. If the government wants to fight piracy it needs to write some legislation that isn’t detrimental to the internet experience. It seemed more like a shot at taking full control of the internet instead of just eliminating pirating.

Also this may have been a response to overwhelming number of anti-SOPA internet users who participated in the blackouts on January 18th. The internet definitely knows how to voice it’s opinions.

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CES: PS Vita Hands On

Sony Entertainment showcased their new mobile gaming device at CES and we got the chance to be able to demo the PS Vita. The Vita (Vee-Tuh) is Latin for life and Sony has redefined mobile gaming by bringing “life” into their sleek and sexy system.

Specs:
  • Dimensions - Approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth)
    (tentative, excludes largest projection)
  • GPU - SGX543MP4+
  • CPU - ARM® Cortex™- A9 core (4 core)
  • Screen/Touch Screen - 5 inches (16:9), 960 x 544, Approx. 16 million colors, OLED
    Multi touch screen (capacitive type)
  • Rear Touch Pad - Multi touch pad (capacitive type)
  • Front and Rear cameras
  • Built-in speakers and microphone
  • Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope,
    three-axis accelerometer), Three-axis electronic compass
  • Built-in GPS/Wi-Fi location service support
  • Mobile network connectivity (3G)
    IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1x1)(Wi-Fi)(Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode)
    Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR (A2DP/AVRCP/HSP)

First Look:

Unlike its predecessor, Vita will be featuring dual analog sticks that look more reliable than that flat circular thing that you would always end up losing.  They look and feel like they are a replica of PS2/PS3 analog sticks. Directional inputs were more accurate and comfortable especially with the slip-free texture on the tip.

The analog sticks were not the only way to game on the Vita.  It has received a massive upgrade by adopting touch to not only the front main screen, but as well as the backing of the device.  At first I thought that having a back touch pad wasn’t a good approach when it comes to gaming, but my opinion stands false.  Little Deviants on the Vita is a game that can only be played using the back touch pad where in order to reach the goal, you must roll your Little Deviant there by warping the ground with your fingers.  Similar to the front, the back touch screen is very responsive and I was still able to maintain a grip of the Vita because I was holding the device as if I were using it normally while touching the back with my fingertips.

Storage:

A thing to note about the transition from a PSP to a PS Vita is storage and service.  The Vita will be sold at your local store with two different storage types – 16GB and 32GB.  The Magic Stick has also been changed to a miniature chip in comparison to the former Magic Stick inside the PSP. PS Vita also gained partnership with AT&T to provide their new device 3G service so you can access the internet on the go or check up on those leaderboards for your games.  If you choose not to sign for a contract with AT&T, the option to purchase a device that only uses Wi-Fi will also be available on  release date.

"Cross Platform"

Sony’s PS Vita will also be featuring a new type of gaming that involves your very own PS3. Now you can play your PS Vita alongside a PS3 with “cross platform” gaming. With cross platform play, you can play your PS3 games on your console, pause it, and then continue that same game on the PS Vita right from where you left off. Not only is that functional with game saves, but you can also play in multiplayer games on the PS Vita against players on the PS3.

Applications:

Applications has become a new staple for mobile devices and the PS Vita brings forth numerous Apps to look forward to.  With apps on the PS Vita users can access them easily by going onto the home screen, then with a simple touch of the screen your desired app will be running while your game is on standby.

For example: Near is a social networking app that allows users to check in to locations as well as pick up and or leave gifts for other users to find and use in their very own game.  Apps and games can be run simultaneously and can be accessed on the go.  Need to check Facebook while playing Resistance?  Press the PS Home key and go right back into the home screen to launch the PS Vita’s very own Facebook app.

Final Thoughts:

I believe the PS Vita will be a solid machine.  It does everything a gamer dreams of, as well as fulfill every average consumer’s needs. It can play games and communicate with other Vita units with ease using the party app that allow users to chat and voice chat with players that are not playing the same game.  It can do daily tasks using the browser to surf the web and access social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter because there is an app for that.

The Vita can also commemorate moments by snapping a photo of what’s in front of you utilizing the front and back camera featured on the device.  Best of all, it tracks your every achievement in-game with the Trophy app and share it across all your friends with the Near application.

Sony has outdone themselves with their new mobile gaming device and took what they have learned with the PSP and transformed mobile gaming into what we would expect: real gaming similar to gaming inside your very own living room.  Expect the PS Vita to hit stores February 22, 2012 available for $249.99.

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RIP STEVE JOBS - MY HERO

It’s very hard to say that Steve Jobs has passed away. Today, Wednesday, October 5th, will go remembered. Steve passed away at the young age of 56. Not many people have pushed the envelope as far as Steve has. He reinvented the mobile market as well as birthed the tablet market. His ability for innovations will be missed and as we saw yesterday much-needed. It is sad to see a man of this standing pass.

A co-worker asked me while we read the news “Do you feel like this is going to be one of those ‘I remember where I was when Steve Jobs died moments’?” I will have to say for my self that “Yes, I will aways remember this day.”

RIP Steve.

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League of Legends: Talon Patch


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League of Legends: Patch (Talon)

It’s about that time again: Riot has released a new patch for their rising game, League of Legends.

League of Legends is a free to play MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) game developed by Riot that was inspired by Icefrog’s Warcraft III mod, DoTA. LoL is a 5v5 team based battle that puts players inside an arena with 3 different lanes (referred to as top, mid, and bot) that are guarded by tiers of towers in order to protect the Nexus that the enemy team is attempting to destroy.

Patches are released for the game biweekly, give or take, that offer a variety of changes to the game: specifically to various champion skills and stats, bugs and glitches in-game, and various flaws and improvements in the user interface (UI).

With the release of Talon, The Blade’s Shadow, many changes were made to Riot’s game which included a fresh new home page to the League of Legends client as well as a revamped shop interface which makes navigating easy.

(Talon, The Blade’s Shadow)

 

 

 

(Brand New Home Page)

(Improved Shop Interface)

Another improvement is a brand new announcer headline which lists Kill Callouts through a feed on the right side of the screen which is detailed and most importantly, instant!

(New Announcer Streamline)

Other changes in the patch included: New art and layout for the End of Game screen, improved messages for game invites to include game type, updated the design for map/game selection, more character skins and the Summoner’s Rift Autumn map is now directly selectable from the custom game screen.

League of Legends is constantly evolving. It was one of the first games to coin the term “Flavor of the Week” because the game changes on a biweekly basis. Champs that were deemed OP before have now been nerfed in the current patch because all the noobs starting QQing about everything and Riot had to meet their demands. However, this does not stop players from playing the game because the community works together to adapt to these changes and formulate new strategies that keep the game fresh. The curiosity of what the changes in the next patch will be is overwhelming yet exciting, and we can all anticipate what new challenges await us.

League of Legends: Patch (Talon)

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Lightsabers and Credits

I have been playing Star Wars: The Old Republic since before release. The game has had many bugs come and go. It has even progressed tremendously as a whole. However, I believe the game was not ready for release and should not have hit store shelves yet. Economy and PvP (player vs. player) play huge roles in any MMO and both have major flaws in the game as of patch 1.0.1.

The Old Republic’s economy is the same as most in today’s MMO. A player based trading network that allows participants to trade and sell to each other without having to be online. In this game it is called the Galactic Trade Network. You may access the Trade Network window via kiosks placed throughout the galaxy.

Selling anything is very easy. You simply drag an item into the appropriate slot in the Trade Network window, set a time limit, name your asking price, and submit for posting. The time limit and asking price will determine a deposit you must pay in order to post the item. The deposit is either returned when you sell the item or kept when your posting expires. There is no way to post the item as an auction to allow players to bid. There are only buyouts for any items being listed. In order to find out what price you should be listing your item(s), you have to search for it. This becomes difficult as you have to deal with the current search functions.

Unfortunately there is no easy way to search for anything you may be looking for. You might be trying to find out the current prices for a specific crafting material or how much you could sell your excess gear at. Currently, in order to search for anything posted for sale, you have to go through a series of at least two drop-down menus in order to get any results. This can be filtered further by two more drop-down menus, a price range, and finally a Name (text) Filter. The text filter only functions after the initial search for items has been complete. Rarity and Name filters do not appear to function for all item searches yet. I was able to use text to filter my search about 20% of the time. It was more efficient for me to group everything alphabetically and flip through the pages of results. This method could become extremely hard to use once more players begin to post items to the auction house and there are hundreds of pages of items.

The game currently has three arenas for PvP: Alderaan Civil War, The Voidstar, and Huttball. All matches consist of two teams of eight players. Alderaan Civil War is a King of the Hill style map in which the two teams fight to control three turrets. The first team to control the towers long enough to destroy the enemy ship is declared the winner. The Voidstar is a two phase match where the teams take turns at being the attackers and defenders. The attacking team must break through three sets of barriers to reach the main goal in order to win the phase. The defending team prevents them from doing so. If neither team can reach the end in the set time frame the match is a draw. Huttball is a bombing run where either team must retrieve the only ball on the map and run it to the opposing team’s side. Players must protect their ball carrier as they move at a reduced rate. The ball carrier may throw the ball to a spot on the ground where any player standing at the ball’s target location may pick it up. The team with the most balls carried to the other side when the timer runs out wins the match.

**Featured image by: MarcusColtrin

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Gaikai makes full of crap prediction

During CES Gaikai Chief Nanea Reeves made a prediction that ether Microsoft or Sony was dropping out of the hardware business saying: “not all of the current console makers will have one more generation. That will be the big news at E3.”

Let me be the first to tell you that this prediction or flat out lie is full of it. Let us look at Microsoft first. With their patent on file for some of the tech going into the 720 we can safely assume it isn’t going to be Microsoft dropping out. Although they are moving away from a core gamer demographic and the implementation of more cloud services in the 720 is likely.

Sony’s Playstation 4 has already been rumored to be a powerhouse and Sony’s Kaz Hirai stated that: “It’s very important that we continue to have a dedicated home-based console […] Relying solely on networks to deliver content is unfortunately just not possible. It’s still very difficult to have consumers download 50 gigabytes of data or more.” From this, we can assume it isn’t the PS3.

This of course leaves Nintendo who everyone knows is working on the Wii U. While the WII U’s development has been rumored to be experiencing difficulties back in 2011, centered around the it’s tablet controller, if development would have stopped you couldn’t get the internet to stop talking about it. So we can rest assured there will be more Nintendo goodness.

It’s not Microsoft, it’s not Sony, and sure isn’t Nintendo. So we can safely assume that this speculation is full of crap. What we can assume to see in the next generation of consoles is implementation of Cloud services into their design but not a full conversion to cloud for gaming.

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Hideo Kojima’s Project Ogre to be Open World

Hideo Kojima is a rock star in the video game development world. Fans will listen on his every word to see if there any hints for any future projects. The projects when they do manifest (typically Metal Gear) will have gamers frothing at the mouth as they eagerly await their release or the next tidbit or preview to come down about the game.

It makes logical sense then that Kojima’s next project be talked about on CNN… no wait it doesn’t. CNN has about as much to do with gaming as the VGA’s do and are becoming increasingly irrelevant in their own field of journalism for their constant lying and failure to report on real issues.

Anyway on CNN Kojima revealed that his next project codenamed Project Ogre (big, tough, scary; sounds like the name you give to an epic game) with be an open world game. Kojima said: "The kind of game I’m making is some game that has a very wide entrance, a very open entrance," Kojima said through a translator in a phone interview with CNN last week. "Rather than making something very cinematic, [I plan to] make something very free.” (Source: CNN)

The only other known fact about Project Ogre is that it will run on Kojima Productions new Fox Engine. The Fox Engine is multiplatform engine that can be run on PC, PS3, and 360. Like all blockbuster engines Fox is capable of rendering beautiful aesthetics with high level graphics. It is the stated goal for the Fox Engine to be the best in the world. A lofty goal and one that Kojima and his team could very well pull off.

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AT&T and Nokia finishing talks And A Glimpse at possible Leak of the "Ace"

On November 9th AT&T confirmed that they have been in negotiations with Nokia to offer its WP7 devices in the U.S. for 2012. Nokia has been planning to hit the US market in a big way partnered with AT&T will prove a smart move for the carrier. Rumors have it that the Nokia phones offered in 2012 will be AT&T’s first LTE devices and that they plan to use Nokia to push their brand spanking new LTE network.

Word has it that Nokia is gearing up its U.S. Windows Phone announcement to be presented at CES 2012. Rumors say that Nokia will have a huge presence at next years Consumer Electronics Show. Nokia also is in talks with other Rival carriers in order to be able to offer its Windows Phones to as many users as possible.

In other news rumors have taken rise after Nokia’s French general manager let slip that the company was planning a device above the Lumia 800. Due to this Nokia was forced to reply to the rumors circulating, neither confirming nor denying the company’s plans to produce a Windows 8 based Tablet. An unannounced Nokia Lumia Windows Phone somehow slipped into a promotional video on Nokia’s YouTube page. Nokia wasted no time taking it down b4 it could spread like wildfire. Check the Image at the top of the article for what look like a 4 inch screen Lumia phone.

This very well could be a pre-production model of the rumored Nokia “Ace” AT&T Windows Phone. Things are looking good For Nokia the phone pictured from what we can see looks beautiful. All eyes will be on CES 2012 in January and we here at Noble Press will be covering Nokia’s announcement. Stay tuned for full coverage of what Nokia has been hiding up their sleeve to rock the U.S. Market.

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Sleeping Dogs Loves The PC <3

Add Square Enix to the very short list of developers who refuse to source out sub-par ports from console to PC. Not only will we see added bonuses such as HD texture packs, but we’re going to see full on DX 11 features, busier cities in-game, multi-monitor support and gamepad support. I wish stories like this weren’t so rare but I think companies like Crytek and Square Enix are setting a good example. In the future, I hope to see the platform with the most technology being taken full advantage of. That’s the PC if you didn’t catch the hint.

Square Enix has also partnered with Valve as mentioned in the video and anyone who pre-orders the game will get in game Valve inspired clothing, whatever that means. Nevertheless, this game is on my radar now. I might just grab it to take advantage of the DX11 goodness. Oh yeah, I have to get that “Valve Inspired Clothing”. Haha! To be honest, you had me at tessellation Square Enix.

Source: Kotaku

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Google Fiber: A Faster Internet, A Free Internet

Google has announced Google Fiber. This is an ISP that will provide internet speeds up to one hundred times faster than today’s average broadband connection. Google is promising download speeds of one thousand Mb per second — which is good for everything. You can now download songs, stream movies, and play games online from multiple devices. Those speeds are a bit difficult to comprehend. That’s all devices at once, with no lag or buffering. Google states Fiber will be both your internet and TV;  it allows you to record up to eight shows at once and will offer you two terabytes of storage.

Google is also offering a free Android tablet with this package, the Nexus 7. You can use this device as a remote for your TV and internet. This alone has my jimmy’s all rustled, in a good way.

The new service will offer free internet at five Mps. This should be fast enough for most peoples purposes. This hyper speed internet will cost you about $70 and $120 with the TV service included. Unfortunately, it appears that Kansas City is the only location that has the service available at this current time. You can pre-register for Google Fiber today.

Source: Google

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Instagram: Phil Schiller, another reason to hate Apple.

I love a big headed elitist just as much as the next guy. No really… I like elitist, I like people that stand for something. Something that they are willing to die for. Studies have shown that Apple is one of the only brands that spikes the same brain activity as a religion. Its not because its a cult… this is because they make damn great products and they are usually revolutionary.

Elitist are everywhere, you find them playing video games, going to the movies, at comic books shops, and even at restaurants. Proclaiming that they know better than you. Lets be honest now, if they are fully engulfed in one thing… well they probably do know better than you. Its sad but a reality for most. The huge hurdle that most elitist tend to get caught behind is this brand loyalty. Apple fans are nitrous fot his fault. Only sticking to things that they feel are Apple exclusive or Apple made.

The backlash from Instagram going to Android was pathetic, annoying, and outright childish. The classic “omg they sold out”. The case got worse when Instagram literally “sold” out. Hearing that people were jumping ship was not a shock to me. Tech-ipsters, not to be confused with a basic hipster, have a habit of leaving up and coming services for newer or fresher start ups.

It’s a bit upsetting to hear thatPhil Schiller, Apples VP of Marketing, deleted his Instagram account. 9 to 5 Mac got a chance to ask him about his leaving of Instagram and these are his responses.

"Instagram is a great app and community. That hasn’t changed.
But one of the things I really liked about Instagram was that it was a small community of early adopters sharing their photographs.
Now that it has grow(n) much larger the signal to noise ratio is different.
That isn’t necessarily good or bad, it’s just not what I originally had fun with.”

Its understandable to leave the service since Apple is not really active in social networking. But for him to go as far as saying that “signal to noise ratio is different” is somewhat absurd. Instagram is great because you get to pick and chose who you follow. Since the addition of Android I have not noticed much chance in the service. There are still illegal tweens posting seductive images and there are still amazing photographers posting great camera phone pics.

I never would have guesssed that a VP of Marketing could be such a tech-ipster.

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Microsoft takes a sh*t in Google's mouth.

We have seen Microsoft making some really genious moves. Arguably they are the best in show in almost every category. They have the best handset on the market, the most transformative and functional desktop OS coming right around the bend, and the console to rule them all only months away.

Do they have have trust? Most people view Microsoft as that sneaky evil douche bag looking to swindle you with re-prepacked products for a high premium. What most consumers fail to see is that Google is slowly becoming what we assumed Microsoft was.

Google services your, mail (Gmail), mobile os (Android), search, social networking (Google +), documents (Google Docs), music, and more. Google has a habit of cutting off their “beta” experiments or transforming current services without much warning. After all of that they manage to siphons through your data to deliver you targeted ad.

Do you trust this all powerful company to do good by you? Microsoft is attacking just that question. Google recently changed its privacy policy to a blanket policy that covers most of its services. With users up in arms about their privacy on the internet Microsoft has taken this opportunity to throw some blows at Google.

I wont lie to you, I would never leave gmail for hotmail. Do you think this is a smart move for Microsoft? I say screw it, they do it for the “lols”.

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X-Box 720 more powerful, Plays Blu-rays, and May Remove Used Games

More rumors about the 720 surfaced from Kotaku today. Confirming and then going beyond a rumor from IGN; the 720 will be 8 times more powerful than the 360 is. This is not a huge feat considering the PS3 is already almost twice the computational power of the 360 and is being used in cluster supercomputers. We should be skeptical about this rumor because it could turn out to be industry hype rather than be based on anything concrete.

Microsoft is finally moving away from the DVD disks that the 360 currently uses; the 720 will upgrade to Blu-ray disks. This is a good thing for gamers, now games can now be longer, bigger, and more impressive than before with the removal of space constraints for the data.

In a clear anti-gamer move the 720 is rumored to have something that prevents used games. This would not be a problem if games were creatively priced, as many consumers and several developers are calling for. Not only would an anti used games system severely cripple the used games market. It would also kill thousands of  America jobs from companies that make their money from used games. A fact over looked by those already staunchly defending screwing gamers over.

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Music: We Are Hunted for Spotify

Spotify has changed my life and the way that I listen to music. Improving Spotify sounds like some outlandish task that could never transpire. Then I stumble upon “We Are Hunted”. Arriving at my fingertips as an “app” for Spotify.

We Are Hunted works like this:
"When connected with your social networks or iTunes, you discover new music based on what you activly share and like, and already listen to."
                                         -We Are Hunted “About” page.


I had installed the app a while back when Spotify had first added “apps” to their desktop application. I had hardly toyed around with We Are Hunted. I thought it was some hipster generated app that would only play obscure music that no one cared about. I quickly realized that I was wrong.

The music pulsing out of Logitech speakers was pleasant and interesting. Some of the tracks were from artist I knew and loved but had ether been to busy or careless to keep up with. I wont lie to you, the “emerging chart” is a hipsters bounty. But to be honest there is nothing wrong with being a little hip every now and then.

"You have artist such as Steve Aoki, M83, BATHS, Ladytron, RJD2, Nero, and The Glitch Mob on the same charts"

I have spent the past few hours listening to the “Electonic: Genera Chart”. The mix is quite eclectic but yet cohesive. You have artist such as Steve Aoki, M83, BATHS, Ladytron, RJD2, Nero, and The Glitch Mob on the same charts [playlist]. If you want to discover some new artist and possibly new tracks from old favorites check out We Are Hunted [they also have a web version]. If you already have Spotify you are only a few clicks away from enjoyment.

How To:

To experience We Are Hunted simply jump into Spotify on your desktop. Click on the “App Finder”, located on the sidebar. Find "We Are Hunted" click “view”. Now you will see a sea of artist names and faces.  Click “add”, this will add the app to your sidebar. Bam! You now have your very own radio station playing today’s “emerging, mainstream, and genera specific, charts.

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Hands on with the Razer SWTOR Keyboard & Mouse

Let’s get real right now. A Razer keyboard with a touch screen display and customizable “dynamic adaptive tactile” keys? Count me in!

At first you might be a bit taken back by the slew of terrible Star Wars branded products on the market.

Personally, I am not one for licensed peripherals. Usually they are cheap products with overlaid graphics and low quality hardware.

Razer’s line of Star Wars the Old Republic peripherals is top notch. The build quality on the keyboard and mouse is slightly higher quality than what you have come to expect from Razer.

You don’t get this sweet package for cheap. With a $249.99 price tag you would expect to get a roundtrip ticket to Coruscant. Let’s hope this keyboard is worth its weight in credits.

Dynamic Adaptive Tactile Keys

These keys are very similar to the keys found on the Razer BladeThe only difference would be that the keys actually work well. From the time I had to play with the keyboard this is what I gathered.

You can remap the adaptive keys through Razer’s software. Layouts will change based on what programs, applications, and games you happen to be using.

The keyboard can switch its layout automatically or you can jump between layouts you have customized. Of course you can always get back to basic layout with a few keystrokes.

Through the software you are able to create hot keys and short cuts that you can use in game. You can even go as far as giving each key its own little photo/icon!

That’s next level if you ask me.

Multi-Touch LCD Track-Panel

I am a MacBook Pro guy, so I am extremely picky when it comes to trackpads.

This trackpad was not half bad. Loaded with the standard touch gestures and sensitivity of your standard trackpad, I found myself not missing much.

You also get a bonus LCD panel under your fingers. Want to watch a YouTube video on your keyboard? I don’t know why anyone would want to, but you can if your heart desires!

That’s the beauty of this thing, so much function and so little use.

I do find practicality in the scenario of Pro applications. I would love to have some visual shortcuts to Photoshop actions and keybindings. In a gaming sense you would likely never be watching or staring at your keyboard while gaming.

Unless of course you’re a noob…

Gameplay/Features

Those keys are so clean! Golden back-lit keys with an elegant typeface. The thin keys allow “for faster actuation and shorter travel distance”, apparently this is great for gaming.

The LED lighting surrounding the keyboard can be customized “up to 16 million customizable colors, which also respond to actions in game”.

So let’s say you happen to be getting attacked, the LED strips would light up red to visualize your demise. This might make the game a bit more immersive when gaming in low light situations.

Extreme Anti-Ghosting allows you to input up to 10 keys at a time, that’s all of your fingers at once. If my button mashing has told me anything, I can currently only input 5 keys at a time.

During gameplay the keyboard performed well, the keys were smooth and responsive. A huge setback I noticed was that I had to force myself to look down at the keyboard in order to take advantage of the customizable hot keys.

Reality

The dynamic adaptive tactile keys and LCD track-panel are placed in a really strange place for gaming. The placement makes a bit of sense on the Razer Blade but not much on this keyboard.

Generally, someone that buys a keyboard is using it with a desktop. That same person usually has a mouse. So why exactly would I need an advanced trackpad and customizable keys for “gaming” when, I will never look down at my keyboard while in game, and my “mouse hand” will always be on my mouse not a random track-pad.

Why exactly should I buy this? Because I can!

If you have the spare coins to pick this baby up, it’s the ultimate luxury fanboy keyboard. Razer’s SWTOR keyboard is an example of form and function at its finest. This is a solid product with great features and a fancy exterior.

The real question is how many men (bounties) will I have to kill in order to get that $250.

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