Items of Note:
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Just send us an e-mail by July 28th and we’ll randomly draw a winner from the entries. This is open to US residents only and you must have an iTunes account.
Please note there will be no Monday stream or show on Tuesday because Gozer and I will be in NYC to see The Smashing Pumpkins!!!
It is sad to see that Gozer had to cancel his Blockbuster Game membership for his Droid. However I would like to mention a game trading site named Goozex.com.
I have been a member of this site and in around 8 months done over 100 trades (sending and relieving). They guarantee your trade, it has a good community and their decisions are community driven. Also the games are very well priced and their value fluctuate according to supply and demand.
I hope Gozer continues his gaming at the same speed he was before he got the droid.
Love the show,
Not sure if you have heard but Bungie has been rumored to Jump from XBOX 360 to the Playstation 3.
They say they will not be doing a Halo for Playstation 3 but I am sure Sony will push for it.
Also Richard Branson was on a BBC show the last and was talking about his new venture. It Virgin Media
Online the idea is that XBOX 360 and Playstation 3 owners will be able to play against each other online.
There will be prizes and people will be able to play for money, he has also rumored that there is a possibility
of winning a trip to space!
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Geek This Week:
Gozer: My Gadgets! Made a movie with my camcorder. Took some awesome shots with my SLR in Maine. Went to coos canyon, stood on a bridge and took pics of my friends jumping about 25 to 30 feet into the water filled canyon. Android phone. Telephoto lens came in very handy.
Listened to 2 audiobooks on the way up to Maine. Olivia Munn’s Suck it Wonder Woman and Extra Lives: Why video games matter. by Tom Bissell.
Aaron: Checking out GeekTool to customize my desktop. Also was able to pick up the Handy Light before Apple pulled it! If you happened to see the show’s Twitter stream, you saw me urging people to get it before the Big ‘A’ yanked it.
Tech and Gaming News:
How a 15-yo Kid Tricked Apple With a Disguised iPhone Tethering App
Oh, Nick Lee, you clever boy you. See, Nick here tricked Apple with a very simple iPhone application: Handy Light. On the surface it looked just like any other $0.99 flashlight application. But, secretly, it was a lot more useful.
Handy Light allowed you to make your iPhone’s screen go blank with a color of your choice. You opened it, clicked a swatch from a simple palette, and that was it: Life in technicolor. Another stupid flashlight application like a hundred others. Or so the App Store team thought.
Inside, the app contained hidden code that made it a full tethering application—a program that allows you to use your iPhone as a 3G modem. Using this ability you can surf the web from your computer, using the iPhone as a bridge to the internet. You can do this using your iPhone’s preferences too, but that way you will have to pay the additional $20 per month that AT&T wants you to pay for this kind of service. That is $20 extra on top of whatever you are paying for your iPhone data plan. With Handy Light, the tethering service was completely free.
It worked beautifully: You just needed to set up a Wi-Fi network in your laptop, connect your iPhone to it, change a few parameters in your computer’s Wi-Fi settings, and that was it. Within seconds, your notebook was able to surf the web. And yes, I say was. Unfortunately, it didn’t last long. The app was pulled from iTunes as soon as news of its true nature appeared online. Those who downloaded it, however, can keep enjoying its benefits.
Telltale Games Asking For Input On Upcoming BTTF Game
The company says the results of the 10-15 minute survey will help their team learn what interests fans the greatest in developing this game, although they make no promise that any suggestions will make it into the finalized game.
The company is looking for “respondents who fit a different profile.” So just a heads-up: 45-year-old males need not apply!
July 9, 2010 at 12:19 pm
I wasn’t crazy about any of the scenarios. Some didn’t make much sense. For example, taking us to the 30′s sounds awesome, but I’d much rather fight against an Al Capone type Tannen than a gold digger that could make Doc not be interested in science anymore. The Tannen time police one? Where did the time police come from, and why is one of the Tannens a law enforcement officer? They’ve always been trouble makers, right? The Biff Jr. getting into a fight with the Mcfly kids? Way too animated series for me. The only intriguing option scenario, at least for me, is the 60′s scenario where Marty meets his Mom the day before he is born. I like the scenario, but not the potential gameplay options. Hunting for missing pieces of the time machine? Lorraine wearing the flux capacitor as a pearl necklace? I’d much rather see them take an approach similar to what the Ghostbusters game did. Make it like a 4th movie. Keep the style the same, but have them visit different time periods. Add new characters, but don’t go overboard. Just my two cents. Should be fun no matter what though.
Droid 2 launching as soon as August 12, embraces Star Wars roots with R2-D2 edition
Rumor has it that the Motorola Droid 2 for Verizon will be launching on August 12 — although it seems to be something of a soft launch, because marketing efforts aren’t scheduled to kick in until a week and a half later on the 23rd. What’s even more interesting, though, is that there’ll be a Star Wars edition of the phone launching with a white R2-D2 on the back. For the record, this isn’t the first time Verizon has toyed with the Droid line’s Star Wars origins; Motorola actually had to license the name from Lucasfilm, and to promote the original phone, Big Red sent around remote-control Artoos last year to various media outlets. What we don’t know is whether the special edition will be launching at the same time as the stock version — so if the plain-vanilla Droid 2 comes out first, that might automatically make the decision of which to buy for some folks.
GameStop to Evolve Website into Gaming Portal
New CEO suggests site will be a place to “play, learn and purchase games.”
GameStop has been cagey about its plans to deal with the impending digital age, but the new CEO Paul Raines spoke frankly about it in a recent interview with The Street (via GamesIndustry.biz). He says he wants the GameStop Web site to be a “destination for gamers, whether they are getting content via online, mobile, console or any other platform. We are also migrating our website from a purely e-commerce site to a gaming platform that users can visit to play, learn and purchase games.”
He says the company is taking a look at other online companies that have successfully started their transition to digital formats. “We have studied Netflix a lot, and most of their users still absorb physical content rather than streaming,” Raines said. “Now we are looking to see how gaming compares. We are focusing on consumer acceptance. The world won’t be all digital tomorrow, even though that’s what people are claiming. In this business, users still want physical content.”
He also remarked on the difficulty of sustaining a used game sales model, echoing recent comments made at the Develop conference. “In tough economic times the consumer doesn’t want to spend $59 for a new game,” he said. “They may not have $59, but they may have $40 and an old game under their bed that they can trade in for a new title.” He also shrugged off competition in the used games space. “Pricing buybacks and sales is complex. We have a refurbishment facility and last year recycled 100 million units. This system is difficult to replicate.”
GameStop has always seemed unconcerned about the advent of digital content, even dismissing EA’s Online Pass as an opportunity to sell downloadable content. Plans to turn the site into a gaming portal might explain their confidence, but raises new questions about online competition with existing services.
Test a Geek:
1) Question: The Android OS is ranked 2nd among all smartphone OS handsets sold in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2010. What is ranked #1?
Answer: Blackberry OS
2) Question: What video game did Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield talk about when we had her on episode 222?
3) Question: GameStop traces its roots to Babbage’s, a small software retailer that started in Dallas, Texas in 1984. The movements that made Babbage’s into GameStop started in 1994 with a series of mergers between Babbage’s and several other software retailers. Name the first two software retailers they merged with.
Answer: The first was with Software Etc. in 1994, the second was with Funcoland stores in 2000.
Today we welcome Somrat Niyogi, CEO of Bazaar Labs the company behind the check-in application Miso. Miso is used to check into movies and TV shows for a more social experience. You can learn more about Miso at www.GoMiso.com
1. Tell us about Miso and how it’s different than Foursquare.
2. How did you get the idea for Miso?
3. Why just movies and TV shows instead of books, music and other media?
4. Where do you see the whole check-in craze heading in the next year?
5. What sets Miso apart from the competition?
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