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Comment: Plays Fruit Ninja as well as the Kinect (Score 5, Funny) 129

by uCallHimDrJ0NES (#48330401) Attached to: Amazon's Echo: a $200, Multi-Function, Audio-Centric Device

You just shout "SLICE! CHOP! SLICE!" at it and it makes fruit slicing noises and tells you afterwards how well you did. When you're not using it, it quietly keeps a compressed log of human presence information and keyword flags that get sent to Amazon's supercustomers. Just like the Kinect, but no Xbox required. Awesome innovation.

Comment: Gadget users who think they are nerds... (Score 1) 47

...are gradually replacing computer operators, even on communities like Slashdot, because time and aging and dying and stuff. Those gadget users who don't understand GPOS's and don't want to...they want stuff like this. To me, it looks like a waste of time, but maybe they'll make some money. Not with my help, though.

Comment: Re:I can't speak for others, obviously (Score 1) 39

by uCallHimDrJ0NES (#48273649) Attached to: Signed-In Maps Mean More Location Data For Google

The advantage is that all of the Google maps-based map pages you see embedded at various sites will now be configured the same way, and any pins you've stuck in or any other notes you've made will now be consistent across sites. The disadvantage is that now sites don't have a means of utilizing a Google map without their customers being tracked by Google.

+ - Apple to Face $350 Million Trial Over iPod DRM

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A U.S. district judge ruled last week that a decades-old antitrust lawsuit regarding Apple's FairPlay DRM can move forward to a jury trial (PDF). The plaintiffs claim that in 2004, when "Real Networks launched a new version of RealPlayer that competed with iTunes", Apple issued an update to iTunes that prevented users from using their iPods to play songs obtained from RealPlayer. Real Networks updated its compatibility software in 2006, and Apple introduced a new version of iTunes that also rendered Real Networks's new update ineffective. The plaintiffs reason that they were thus "locked in" to Apple's platform, and as a result "Apple was able to overcharge its customers to the tune of tens of millions of dollars". If the plaintiffs succeed, media content purchased online may go the way of CDs and be playable on competing devices."

+ - They Might Be Giants "Dial-a-Song" returns online.->

Submitted by uCallHimDrJ0NES
uCallHimDrJ0NES (2546640) writes "Why is the world in love again? TMBG's website announced the return of the nerd music favorite "Dial-a-song" service as a website. The plan is apparently a new song every week. The original PSTN-based Dial-a-Song service, which ran on an old-school answering machine, was a staple of nerd culture for years. Remember, those giants don't want to rule the world. They just want your half."
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+ - Cinema chains may boycott Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel->

Submitted by mtbrandao
mtbrandao (3735361) writes "Netflix announced on Monday that it is teaming with The Weinstein Company to produce Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend, and debut it simultaneously at Imax cinemas globally and via Netflix on 28 August next year.

However AMC, Cinemark, Regal and Carmike, which together own more than half the US’s 400 Imax screens, all said they would refuse to screen the film. They are angry because the plan radically ignores the longstanding theatrical “window” which means that new movies are not usually made available to view at home for at least 13-17 weeks after their release in cinemas. Europe’s second-largest chain, Cineworld, and Canada’s largest chain Cineplex also said they would not be screening the sequel."

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