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MediaPortal is a rare veteran spinoff of XBMC– a testament to its enthusiast base, but also a sign that it needs a fresh coat of paint. A brand-new 1.3 beta may supply just what house theater COMPUTER users have been trying to find to keep the front end appropriate, at least in the short term. It holds a much more modern (and less Windows Media Center-like) skin with slight tweaks to the layout and total interface. CableCARD support additionally makes its past due appearance, although the shortage of official CableLabs approval keeps the software from acknowledging any copy-protected programs. Do not fuss if those additions aren’t enough, nonetheless– we’ve been offered a hint regarding exactly what the long-in-development MediaPortal 2 will certainly offer with a pair of videos. The clips are mostly top-level reviews, but they allude to mobile tie-ins, events, extensions, more skin support, video backgrounds and updates. With an Autumn Build of MP2 available “right around the corner” for customers, it could not be long before we discover exactly what those brand-new additions are like through first-hand experience.
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Features all-new footage and more duets. Better than the original! This is not a trick taught to Nora. She began sitting at the piano at about one-year-old. She’s almost four now. She plays only when the mood strikes her, which is usually several time a times a day for short periods. A 2010 edition DVD of Nora’s YouTube videos in full-size (for the big screen) is now available on Amazon.com at bit.ly All seven of Nora’s videos are included on the DVD, as well as CATcerto by Mindaugas Piecaitis. For more info on Nora: www.norathepianocat.com Please visit http also. © 2007/2009 Yow!/Alexander, Nora The Piano Cat, LLC
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We’re not sure if the world was anxiously awaiting a follow-up to LG’s Optimus 3D (the AT&T Thrill 4G here in the states), but here it is: the LG Optimus Cube 3D. Only announced for Korean carrier SK Telecom so far, the Optimus 3D Cube is slightly thinner than its predecessor at 9.6mm vs. 10.9mm, a faster 1.2GHz dual-core CPU and 16GB of storage built-in, confirming most of the rumors we’d heard previously. According to LG, it will also be the world’s first that can handle 3D photo and video editing right on its glasses-free 4.3-inch screen, all shot by the dual 5MP cameras mounted on the back. It also has NFC baked in to support the new LG Tag+ stickers that change the phone’s settings when swiped, just like the Optimus LTE Tag. It’s scheduled for release in early March with Android 2.3, and although we didn’t see it mentioned in the Korean press release, will probably be due for an Ice Cream Sandwich makeover sometime soon just like its cousin, the Optimus Vu. Check out the machine-translated specs and press release after the break, there should be a native English version along soon and of course, we’ll be getting a look firsthand when Mobile World Congress kicks off on the 27th.
Gallery: LG Optimus 3D Cube
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The purported successor to LG’s Optimus Pad, or G Slate, has surfaced on Korean news sites. According to reports, LG’s next roll of the tablet dice will feature true 4G connectivity with LTE, a middle-size 8.9-inch WXGA screen and a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor. The tablet will drop the rear-facing dual-lens setup found on the original, cutting down from two five megapixel sensors to a single eight megapixel camera. The device [shown above, left] looks to be running a customized Honeycomb skin, apparently on version 3.1, although we hope to see an Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade a little further down the road. Prices? Dates? These are likely to remain closely guarded secrets for now, but you can grab a closer look in a second leaked shot after the break, or brave the full (Google-translated) report at the source.
After the Logitech Revue lost the CEO who spearheaded its progression into the marketplace and saw its price drop from $ 299 to $ 99, it’s probably not that surprising to hear the new company leader isn’t entirely enthusiastic about it. Guerrino De Luca told investors during the company’s earnings call back on October 29th that Logitech would not be building a successor to the Revue and it would be “on the bench” waiting for an opportunity to build peripherals to present itself. During an Analyst and Investor Day on the 9th, he was even more frank, crediting the launch of the Revue and the company’s issues in the EMEA region as costing it over $ 100 million in operating profit. While still calling Google TV a “great concept”, and believing that success of it or a descendant is “inevitable”, he admitted that a massive marketing push for a $ 300 box with “unfinished” software “cost the company dearly.”
Clearly, he’s working on getting the company back to basics working on high end accessories and remotes — there’s also a note about . Whether or not Google TV — or any other connected TV platform — hits it big, expect to see Logitech hawking popcorn in the stands rather than on the field with an IR blaster connected box no one asked for, and running a bunch of creepy ads. Check out both transcripts on Seeking Alpha for more gems — we’ll wait to hear how other Google TV partners react going forward.
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The COICA bill, a piece of legislation that would eliminate a good deal of due process and free speech guarantees on the internet, is being succeeded by a new bill, the PROTECT IP Act. And yes, that’s an acronym. It stands for “Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property” — the most transparent attempt to whitewash a bill I’ve seen since PATRIOT.
The act itself, rather than responding to concerns that it placed too much burden on the accused and added easily abusable controls on internet content, goes even further in allowing instant lockdown of “infringing” sites. Part of that is the ability of not just the government, but private entities such as rightsholders, to directly accuse a site and get it taken down with nothing more than a court’s approval.
Even in a perfect world (such as the one obviously envisioned by this bill’s creators), there would be problems. The fact that a private rightsholder can bring an action against a site via a court, and the injunction can be issued without any notification of the site is extremely disturbing. It’s very much a shoot first, ask question later type setup, which is harmful everywhere, especially where there should be a presumption of innocence.
It also requires that search engines censor their results, something I seriously doubt is going to happen in a hurry for every Joe Rightsholder who says this or that site is infringing their rights.
TechDirt has some more commentary, as well as the full text of the bill, if you’re interested. I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about this poor excuse for a law in the next few months. Copyright legislation is a real need, but this isn’t the right approach. This is legislation for the status quo, by the status quo, interested only in streamlining their legal process.
Remember Crush the Castle? Although the upstart Angry Birds has overshadowed their glory, Crush the Castle was one of the best “throwing stuff at stuff” games on the iPhone and iPad. To that end, the company has decided to create Siege Hero, a more cartoonish sequel to the more realistically violent CTC. I haven’t played it yet but I hear it’s fabu!
The game will be available on the iTunes store next Tuesday but I can get you a copy right now. All you have to do is Tweet me at @johnbiggs or email me at john at crunchgear.com with the subject like “SEIGE ME.” Mention what version you’d like, iPad or iPhone, and I’ll give five to the twooters and five to the emailers, first come first served.
UPDATE – Just gave them all away. Thanks for playing!
While the original and beloved NES version of River City Ransom had a number of spin-offs in Japan, it’s only the first that actually came to the US and charmed a generation. There was a remake in 2004 for the Game Boy Advance, but we haven’t had a real follow-up… until now.
Yes, it’s a real sequel, developed by Miracle Kids and will be designed with online play in mind. It should be released in 2012 in Japan as Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari 2 (Downtown hot-blooded story 2) — and although there are no plans at the moment to release it in the US, I think it’s a no-brainer. Interestingly, it’s coming out for consoles and PC. Didn’t see that coming.
Man, the original was just great all the way through. If you have a Wii, grab it on the virtual console and give it a playthrough with a friend. Still one of the best beat-em-ups out there.
Remember the Skitterbot? You know, that weird little remote robo-thing that scuttled across the ground like a roach? The Trekbot is the next in the line-up, a wheeled version of the same USB-rechargeable chassis. I know you’re excited.
Basically it’s a tiny remote control car — one of the kind that’s pretty much impossible to flip over. Run it into your wall again and again, make it go off jumps… whatever, man. There’s nothing wrong with spending $ 20 on a doodad like this. You’re worth it.
One of the best games from the Dreamcast is finally getting a proper sequel: Bangai-O! Those who played it remember it fondly; a version for Nintendo DS was released, but (despite being pretty good) it didn’t really have the same savor as the original. I have a feeling this new one is going to be the sequel I’ve been hoping for.
It’s called Bangai-O HD Missile Fury, and the developers promise “sensory overload of thousands of missiles.” It should debut at PAX this weekend. Hell yes.
Props to CrunchGear