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Nintendo 3DS Officially Outed at E3 Gaming Expo

In dramatic fashion, Nintendo has officially unveiled the Nintendo 3DS, a new handheld gaming system capable of delivering glasses free 3D visuals to players.

From a hardware perspective, the 3DS is similar to the DS in many physical respects, like the top and bottom two screen design, d pad, four facing buttons, clamshell design etc. Like the original DS, only the bottom screen is touch capable, with Nintendo's Soturu Iwata noting that "3D and touch don't get along very well."

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Google TV To Invade Your Living Room. Should You Care?

A little less than a week ago, Google, the company known for shaking things up did just that by unveiling their new service called Google TV. Their goal: "combine the TV you know and love with the freedom and power of the Internet."

Now I've been asked several times what my thoughts are when it comes to Google invading the living room TV, because no one is really sure whether or not the search giant can succeed where so many others haven't. The web and the TV united is like the holy grail - whoever manages to pull it off will rule the world.

What is Google TV exactly? Here's their video to try and explain:

Jobs' explains why he hates Flash. Can we have Flash now?

Apple's Puppet Master and CEO published a long and eloquently worded letter (link) explaining, in detail, why he hates Flash and why he (personally) won't ever allow it on his iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

Frankly, I don't give a rats what Steve Jobs thinks.

Don't get me wrong.  His letter contains many thought provoking points no doubt craftily edited by a thousand PR folks, and I applaud him for standing his ground. But in the end, Mr. Jobs is 100% in the wrong, but not for the reasons most would give.

No More XBOX Original Games on Live Starting April 15th - How To Keep Playing with Friends

This day was inevitable, even if unfortunate. Microsoft is finally pulling the plug on XBOX Live support for original XBOX games. Starting April 15th, you'll no longer be able to hop onto XBOX Live for some nostalgic bouts of Halo 2 multiplayer.

I won't drone on here why I believe Microsoft shouldn't cut game support for a paid service (particularly for games they were selling days ago in digital form), but there are two sides to that argument. According to most stats, few gamers out there are playing XBOX original titles on XBOX Live. And, according to Microsoft, continuing legacy support for original XBOX titles is getting in the way of improving the Live service overall.

Apple Jail - Calling It Like It Is

I've mentioned several times in my blog that I'm not a fan of Apple's "controlling" business practices, even going as far as saying Apple treats their customers like "walking ATMs." Apple's clearly continuing this practice with the new oversized iPod Touch they're calling "iPad", which (like its pocket sized siblings) leaves out things like Flash, expandable memory, and all but basic Bluetooth support in order to keep users in Apple Prison.



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