Archive for March, 2011

Review: Seize the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon

“Hail Glorious Reader: I was born the noble son of a legendary Roman senator. I walked through the ancient world as a general, admired and supreme until a brutal betrayal caused me to bargain my soul. Now I’m an immortal Dark-Hunter, bound to protect mankind from the evil scourge that haunts it. Over the centuries, [...]

Social data is an oracle waiting for a question

We’re still in the stage where access to massive amounts of social data has novelty. That’s why companies are pumping out APIs and services are popping up to capture and sort all that information. But over time, as the novelty fades and the toolsets improve, we’ll move into a new phase that’s defined by the [...]

Is Left 4 Dead Getting Ripped Off?

Survival shooter Left 4 Dead features a whole cast of memorable zombies. So does upcoming zombie game Yakuza: Of The End. Thing is, I remember them being in Left 4 Dead first. The demo for Yakuza: Of The End shows some of the zombies that appear in the game. They seem to be either homages [...]

Pokemon Black – review

Fair-weather fans brought in by the mind-numbing cartoons never really understood the subtle charm of this long-forgotten fad. However, after a period of formulaic releases, Pokemon’s latest is a real move forward. For a start, there are unique areas to explore for Black and White players, set in a region called Unova, far from the [...]

Cellphones, Mobile Software Disgruntled Android developer sounds battle cry, rallies troops, demands Market tweaks from Google

A dude making a living writing Android apps — who, by all appearances, is an upstanding guy with actual quality software in the Android Market — is taking Google to task this week for what he calls “unacceptable” treatment. His beef seems to originate from the unexplained pulling of one of his titles — Rapid [...]

Apple iPad 2: 12 things you need to know

1. iPad 2 is lighter and thinner Apple called it an all-new design. And it is. The main physical thing is that the new iPad is thinner – 33 per cent thinner, clocking it at 8.8mm. Incredibly, that’s thinner than the iPhone 4 which clocks in at 9.3mm. It’s also 15 per cent lighter, which [...]

Record Portion of California Homes Bought With Cash

The share of Golden State homes purchased with cash rose to a record level last month as investors and others took advantage of lower prices and less competition during the market’s winter doldrums, a real estate information services reported. Last month 30.9 percent of all new and resale houses and condos sold statewide were bought [...]

Luxury Real Estate Marketing: Quality Content is Buzz-Worthy

In our previous post we outlined the 10 Keys to Improve the Quality of Your Content on your web pages and in your blog, as a luxury real estate marketing professional.  There is no mistaking quality. Check out this Sapporo beer commercial. If this was played during the Super Bowl it would have been the [...]

How to Turn Deficit to Surplus

By fixing only two things, America could be running a roughly $3 billion monthly trade surplus, instead of the current monthly average deficit of $41.5 billion. The first thing the U.S. needs to address is our addiction to oil. Imported oil made up almost half of our trade deficit in 2010, according to data from [...]

6 Strategies to Stop Wasting Your Raises

Many, many companies are still struggling to recover from the recent recession, and that means raises are hard to come by these days. But if you’re lucky enough to get one, or expect one soon, you’ll have some decision-making to do on how to handle it. The worst thing, arguably, is to ignore the raise [...]

Why The Executive Branch Was Correct in Rejecting An Unconstitutional Act

Last week the executive branch signaled that it would not defend the constitutionality of DOMA – an unconstitutional statute purporting to define what constitutes a valid marriage at the federal level. The case where the issue came up was in the Second Circuit, but the executive’s position is applicable nationwide. In a letter by the [...]

Should Employer Fines Be Cut Because of the Recession?

When jobs for American residents are scarce, should an employer pay smaller fines for ignoring the rules on hiring illegal aliens because there’s a recession? That’s the odd position taken by an administrative law judge (ALJ) who works for the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR), an arm of the U.S. Justice Department. One might [...]

Mr. Bishop and the Actress

Sophie Wallace and Harry Bishop meet when he is drafted by his employer, Lord Shadderly (whose romance is depicted in Improper Relations ) to help get his nephew Charlie Fordham out of desperate financial straits. Harry travels from his employer’s estate to London and encounters Sophie, who is Charlie’s mistress. They meet as creditors remove [...]

Digital Lending Libraries

The big news in the tech world is that Apple is debuting the iPad 2 today which will be lighter and have better resolution and thus be more attractive to those ebook reading folk. I feel super conflicted about Apple because it is acting like such an asshat about allowing content into its stores. John [...]

Are pay TV channels like specialist magazines ?

Last year B&T magazine (20/9/04) asked if Australian pay TV channels are like specialist magazines. And the representatives of these channels replied YES. This is not surprising because they typically pitch pay TV to Australian advertisers as delivering both targeted and highly involved audiences. The argument being that specialist channels attract specialist audiences. And because [...]

The thing that makes it popular…

might be precisely the thing that keeps it from working. Chatroulette was popular because you might randomly see some horrible naked guy. It was like a train wreck attracting rubberneckers. But the very attraction that drew a crowd also ensured it would never be seen as a serious tool. That kid in school that everyone [...]

Dead Space iPhone Review

It’s rare gems like Dead Space on the iPhone 4 that really amaze and spark great interest in someone like myself. When a title that is so graphically visceral on its console counter parts can offer almost the same level of detail and immersion on a mobile device, it’s pretty impressive. Okay, so I lied: [...]

The challenges of developing long, plot-heavy FOSS games

Xenogears is one of my favorite games of all time. For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, it was a Japanese RPG for the Sony PS1 in 1998. Not everyone agrees that it was an amazing game, but it’s undeniably one of the longest, most plot-heavy RPGs ever made, especially given the fact [...]

Visibli Raises $500K To Give Brands And Companies A Way To Personalize Links

Visibli, a startup that gives brands and companies a way to personalize links, has raised $500,000 in seed funding from Extreme Venture Partners and undisclosed angel investors. Visibli solves a pain point for brands and companies that want to send outside links to fans and followers but want to personalize these links. Called the Engagement [...]

Apple iPad 2 review

First up – the new chassis is an immediate and clear improvement; and the primary thing of note is that it is much flatter on its backside – and therefore more capable of sitting on a flat surface. It’s a minor improvement, but it makes a big difference to how comfortable the device actually feels [...]