The Madden game franchise has been around for a really long time. Yet, they have found another new feature to pack into the game. in 2010, you'll be able to play online co-op style.
For the first time, two players will be able to take their game online together with online co-op play in Madden NFL 10. Team up online with your friends, taking on different defensive and offensive positions, experiencing the game through all-new position specific camera angles.
Here's a video of the action. [Kotaku]
*A-HEM* Now, if only some of my friends had a Playstation 3 *A-HEM*
Forgot about Dre? He's back to remind you to drink some Dr. Pepper (and to remind you that he has a new album coming out this year).
The Good Doctor stars in this new Dr. Pepper commercial, at the end of which is featured the beat to a song reportedly called "Shit Popped Off." If you'll recall, a version of "Popped Off" was leaked back in February and featured T.I. The song was reportedly recorded during the "Detox" sessions, but there's no word on whether it actually will make the final cut of the album.
Panda's around the world and in this blog are offended.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pennsylvania attorney general says a legislative staffer wanted to dress up in a panda costume and have sex with a 15-year-old boy.
Attorney General Tom Corbett says 40-year-old Alan David Berlin, of Carlisle, was charged Thursday with attempted sexual exploitation of children and related crimes.
A Corbett spokesman says the boy's parents alerted authorities after finding graphic messages on his computer. He says agents found wolf- and cat-type costumes in Berlin's home.
A spokesman for Sen. Jane Orie says Berlin has been suspended. Berlin worked in the Senate about a decade, the past several years with the Allegheny County Republican.
Berlin is in the Dauphin County jail. Officials didn't know if he had an attorney.
According to this video of key investor Roger McNamee talking about how the new Palm Pre is the greatest thing in the world. Way to overhype your overhyped product. Sprint...what a bad idea.
I'm not a fan of the MacBook Air. It's very cool looking and small and convenient to carry around. But all-in-all, it doesn't have the punch I'm looking for when I go out to buy a portable computer. First off, it's not as fast as the MacBook (no, not even the white plastic one). Nor does it have too many expandable slots. There are 3 items that can be plugged in, and if you have a odd shaped USB drive, you won't be able to plug in other things. It just becomes a pain.
But, if this rumor is true, I might be able to overlook the crappy aspects of the MacBook Air. According to SiliconRumors, Apple will release new versions of the MacBook Air with the ability to connect to 3G networks and come with a price drop. To me, this is a huge upgrade. To have the ability to connect to a fast network while on the go is what really makes laptops portable. Taking a computer with you without the internet is like having the iPhone with app store Yeah, it's useful, but it could be so much better.
This said, whether or not people will buy more MacBook Airs will probably depend on the monthly access fees for the 3G networks. For the right price, this could very well hike sales of the Air beyond the sales of the current MacBooks. [SiliconRumors]
Now you can watch your favorite Hulu videos straight from your desktop and without the use of a browser thanks to the new Hulu Desktop App. The app from Hulu Labs is available for both Windows and Mac. For Mac users, the app also allows full control using the Apple Remote. [Hulu Desktop App]
Gizmodo has posted this video of the new Zune HD, due out this fall, in action. The new player will feature a huge OLED touchscreen featuring playback of 720p video files and HD radio. [Gizmodo]
The crappy Cleveland tourism video was EJ's neato stat of the night. Apparently one of their producers was able to convince (must have been very easy) the maker of the Cleveland Tourism video to make one up about TNT's Inside the NBA crew. Hilarious...obviously.
ABC/ESPN have begun advertising for the NBA Finals using this evolutionary poster. If LeBron wants in on next years poster, he better carry his team (again) on the road.
The fantasy of all nerds, seeing Olivia Munn bare it all. But don't give up hopes for nip slips just yet. Unfortunately for most and maybe fortunately for her, she is one of the few people invited to pose for Playboy with her clothes on. [oliviamunn.com]
Too much? There's never too much.
The cover above for the June 1st edition of The New Yorker was drawn entirely on an iPhone using a $4.99 app called Brushes. Don't believe me? (Or even if you do) Here's a video demonstration of how artist Jorge Colombo created the masterpiece. [New Yorker]
Credit AAshish (who, I've decided, will be referred to as "my editor" from now on) for this post.
I introduce you to the ultimate babe magnet, aka the "Three Wolf Moon T-Shirt." Oh yeah. It's currently being sold on Amazon, but probably not for long, as I anticipate it being sold out within the next seven-and-a-half minutes due to its extreme popularity. Don't believe me? Just go ahead, click that link, scroll down, and read the reviews. No, I'm being completely serious. READ THE REVIEWS. You will not be disappointed.
Among the review titles:
- "Believe the hype!!"
- "Wolf Shirt: 1, Chuck Norris: 0"
- "A Perfect Compliment For My She-Mullet, L.A. Gear Tennies, & Acid Wash Jeans"
My birthday is only nine months away, friends!
[Amazon.com: Three Wolf Moon T-Shirt, Available in Various Sizes]
[Three Wolf Moon T-Shirt Reviews]
Here is a screenshot of a picture of New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano and center fielder Melky Cabrera on a couch with a couple
The screenshot comes courtesy of today's Deadspin Deleted Scenes. For those of you generally unfamiliar with our beloved Deadspin, here is their description of the Deleted Scenes post:
"We get a massive amount of tips in our inbox each week. Some are pretty interesting, but don't get published for one reason or another.
It's usually because they're just so absurd or really lack even the most tenuous of news angles to give them the go-ahead. Other times it's because they're just absolute horseshit. But every Friday until we get sick of running them, we'll present to you some of these not-so-shiny gems."
Lacking news angles indeed. I don't even know what to say about this story, other than, those who would care about this post will care about this post.
It's funny - if you go to the blog that Deadspin links to, and gives credit to for the picture, this is what is said about the less-than-scandalous photos:
"NY Sport Space has some friends in high places. So high that its fairly easy to acquire some EXCLUSIVE photos of Melky Cabrera and Robbie Cano popping bottles and making kissy faces." (Emphasis in original.)
Friends in high places, eh? Acquaintances on the internet works too. In fact, these aren't exclusive at all - they're pretty public. Umm nice try.
Anyway, don't forget to check the Deleted Scenes comments section for a little late-Friday commentary and hilarity. For instance:
Crazy Joe Clark
Cano can do better than that. Melky is probably overachieving right now with those girls, he'll be back to banging the fatties by July.
Melky seems to have summoned the ghost of Jan Brady.
Very nice. HUAN!
PITTSBURGH -- A pit bull owned by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison has reportedly attacked the player's young son.
A spokesman for the defending Super Bowl champions told The Associated Press that this was a personal matter for Harrison and the club would not comment further.
An unidentified neighbor told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette one of the star player's three dogs got loose Thursday and attacked the boy, James III. His age was not immediately available.
The newspaper and WTAE-TV reported the boy was taken to UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. The hospital declined comment. The Post-Gazette reported a second person was hurt.
Harrison is the NFL Defensive Player of the Year. He declined to join the Steelers on a White House visit Thursday. [AP]
Meet Julia Dales. No, she's not trying to buy a laptop at a ridiculously cheap price. She's competing to be the World Beatboxing Champion. The 17 year old is from Canada and won a wild card audition to make it into the competition on May 28th. Defintely better than me.
The Dallas Cowboys revealed the world's largest display. The display costs $40,000 The massive display weighs 600 tons, is 180 feet long and 72 feet tall. It's made of 10.5 million LEDs. [Dallas News]
Give your favorite browser a boost by installing Jetpack for Mozilla Firefox. This could extend Firefox's functions and usability. Jetpack will mostly be used by developers for now but in the long run it could provide for all the little browser upgrades to make Firefox even better. [JetPack via Lifehacker]
Google Chrome has officially left Beta,...for Windows anyway. Linux and Mac users still don't have any sort of full version of the google browser. The video shows off some of the new features, but Google Chrome is a lot faster too. According to this nicely presented graph. They're also working on adding features that users want which is always a plus. When you cater to your customers, you can't lose. [Official Google Blog]
It won't be around for at least 3 years, but the Intel backed Volkswagen Infotainment System looks great. The gesture movements are probably the most interesting part of the whole system. You're still probably better off modding it yourself and installing a netbook with 3G in your car. I'm sure it costs more than $2000 from the dealership whenever it comes out. [Engadget]
The previously unheralded Apple iPhone Apps blog has a rumor post up regarding the next generation iPhone hardware, suggesting that July 17th is the expected date for the new phone to be on shelves (reasonably well aligned with an announcement at WWDC). As 9to5Mac and Gadget Lab note, most of the covered ground is familiar -- better camera, storage bump, magnetometer & turn-by-turn, video recording -- but there are a few interesting tidbits, including the suggestion of an OLED screen, an illuminated backside logo (perhaps capable of doubling as a photo flash?), the integration of Google Street View with the compass for 'visual intelligence' as in the Android demo, and a built-in FM transmitter.
Thank you Jon Barry for showing us how to "defend" "Kobe Bryant" so that he still scores on you. Obviously we shouldn't be taking advice from a person who can't guard him in real life or virtual life. Shouldn't Shane Battier be teaching us this instead? He's nothing else to do.[ESPN]
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Shaquille O'Neal is in training for his next career.
The 7-foot-1 center for the Phoenix Suns is taking a broadcasting course at Syracuse University known as Sportscaster U, a crash course designed to teach athletes about the broadcasting industry. He arrived in Syracuse on Sunday and started school Monday at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
Instructor Dave Ryan, an ESPN play-by-play announcer who started the program, says O'Neal is spending the time taping mock stand-ups, scripting material, and conducting interviews.
O'Neal even scored the first on-camera interview with former Duke point guard Greg Paulus since he announced his decision to play football at Syracuse in the fall.
I'd probably do this, but I tend to have other people in my offices. This is a video from the Imagine RIT Festival at the Rochester Institute of Technology. [Gizmodo]
NEW YORK (AP) -- The recession has been good to "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane. So good that he's bought a plane.
The 35-year-old inked a reported $100 million contract last May that keeps him with FOX through 2012.
The deal makes him the highest paid writer-producer in television.
He's also the creator of "American Dad" and its upcoming spinoff "The Cleveland Show" but MacFarlane says he's received something else out of the deal: help.
Listen for some familiar voices on "The Cleveland Show" including columnist Arianna Huffington. She'll play a talking bear (also named Arianna) whose family lives near the Browns. Kanye West has a cameo as a rapper.
"The Cleveland Show" debuts on FOX in September.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "Star Trek" has been beamed aboard the International Space Station.
Paramount Pictures said they transferred director J.J. Abrams' sci-fi franchise reboot to NASA's Mission Control in Houston. The movie was uplinked to the space station on Thursday.
NASA astronaut Michael Barratt watched the film on a laptop Friday inside the Unity module.
The 50-year-old astronaut said he remembered "watching the original 'Star Trek' series and, like many of my NASA co-workers, was inspired by the idea of people from all nations coming together to explore space."
Here's a video found on youtube of a bunch of new features that seem to be making their appearance in Snow Leopard OS for Mac which is supposedly coming out later this year.
Adium has released 1.4 Beta with some neat new features. You can now incorporate facebook chat and twittering capabilities within your favorite Mac chat app. Theres a whole list of improvements besides these two. Click the link for the list. [Adium Beta]
Here's another instance of an April Fool's joke coming to fruition. Email 'n Walk is a app for the iphone that puts the view from your iPhone's camera in the background. It's pretty funny, but it'll keep you from running into a tree or a street sign, so it might be worth the $.99 it costs from the App store. [Lifehacker via CNET]
Obviously this girl isn't going to Cardozo...First off that laptop that is "$2000" is a full 2 inches bigger than that 13" Dell she ends up with. Second, Yes, you can get a MacBook for under 1700. Heck, you can get almost any MacBook for under 1700! Third, why would you spend less money on a laptop, when "Microsoft" is paying you 1700 for whichever laptop you want! Obviously this girl isn't a law student and that's not really her mother. They are probably both actors...and not even decent ones at that. At least we can give Lauren some credit for that.
As I always say to prospective law students, Don't do it! But as I also always say to prospective law students, if you're gonna be able to choose your prison, might as well pick the one where it's most fun to get anally raped everyday. (Too much?) Okay, I don't know any prospective law students, but that's what I would say. To help with this, the good folks at SubtleDig.com have published their first annual Party Law School Rankings...
Cardozo makes another quality showing in this list, holding steady in the "Top Tier" at #45. That's some good consistency. Also consistent: Michigan is the 8th partiest law school, compared to #9 overall on the U.S. News list. The following notables, however, need to step their game up: good ol' Fordham University comes in #53; Penn State is still stuck in Tier 2 at #61; Boston College and Boston University (What's the difference? Not much) come in at #71 and #75, respectively; and American University brings in the rear at #93. Shows what you know, U.S. News and World Report!
[SubtleDig.com Full Rankings and Methodology]
The guys at lifehacker decided to try out NBC.com's mobile site m.nbc.com and as it turns out, the site is awesome. Why? Well, because as people eagerly await a hulu app for the iPhone and Android to watch streaming videos or full eps of tv shows, apparently NBC's mobile site has had it available all along in a Quicktime format! It was the okie-doke! While the quality isn't as good as watching a show on a computer, but it works pretty well, even on EDGE/3G!
There's a ton of full episodes available. They are usually broken down into 4 or 5 parts to make streaming a little smoother. Oh yea, and there are ads (the first ad I saw for the Blackberry Bold, how ironic). Also, Lifehacker says that the streaming on Android seems "clunky" even without a lag. [Lifehacker] [NBC Mobile]
If you're in New York City and head over to the Hines Building at 750 7th Avenue and 50th Street, you can see the first-ever-no-glasses-needed-3D-ad. The ad is from the clever Snickers group (3 Feed, hilarious!) and is displayed in-window on a 42-inch screen. Thankfully, you don't need those corny looking glasses.
When the 42-inch screen is viewed head on by a passer-by, the 3D display appears to project an image of a rotating catch-phrase onto the sidewalk.
“From SMS to motion detection to touch screens, we continue to seek out new and innovative ways to incorporate technology into our Storescapes™ and the introduction of 3D is another example,” said Steve Birnhak, CEO and founder of Inwindow Outdoor. “We have pioneered so many technological and digital firsts in the storefront advertising space and we are very proud to have coordinated the first display with Mars to use 3D LCD technology.” [BusinessWire via Engadget]
If you are in high school and looking to get into Missouri's School of Journalism, make sure you take your iPod Touch or iPhone with you. You're going to need it. According to the Columbia Missourian, the school is going to make it a requirement that all students have one.
According to Brian Brooks, Associate Dean of the Journalism School:
"Lectures are the worst possible learning format. There’s been some research done that shows if a student can hear that lecture a second time, they retain three times as much of that lecture."
Freshmen that have been admitted will be sent a notice indicating the new requirement. However, the requirement will not be enforced, there will not be a penalty for students who don't get the fancy gadget.
"The reason we put required on it is to help the students on financial need," Brooks said. "If it’s required, it can be included in your financial need estimate. If we had not required it, they wouldn’t be able to do that."
The Associate Dean also pointed out that the school's students have received rebates from Apple when purchasing other equipment such as MacBooks and so they may have some sort of rebate for this as well. [Columbia Missourian]
The Denver Nuggets are up 3-0 on the Mavs and the Nuggets Dance Squad is damn good too. Pretty ridiculous that the cheerleaders are probably the worst dancers in this entire video...
The latest trailer of Terminator Salvation features 4 full minutes of BOOM and BANG followed by Oooohs and Ahhhs.
SOBEaR dispenses alcohol depending on how drunk you are. It has a breathalyzer that detects just how much you've already had and pours liquor for you accordingly.
This picture shows off just how well the roomba covers an entire room.
The creator shut off all of the lights in his room for 30 minutes and captured a long exposure of the path that the Roomba makes when it goes about cleaning the area. The resulting photo is a mess of circles and lines that somewhat resemble flight paths. I wonder what the paths would look like in a bigger room.
I never felt like getting a roomba, but after seeing this, I really want one...[Doobybrain]
Rumors say today that AT&T may create a price drop for the entry level iPhone plan from $69 to $59 a month. This would be more than likely the case for the iPhone 3G and would take place over the summer when the new supposed iPhone is released.
For customers, this would be a net savings of $120 a year. For AT&T, they would be making room for new inventory of iPhones and attracting new customers for the cheaper iPhone 3G plan. Most likely, the new iPhone plan would be $69 a month and old iPhone plans would either stay the same. There's no reason to drop the old phone's price plan because, well, they don't make them any more and the plan only exists for people who still have that old phone. They can't attract any new customers by lowering that plan.
But of course this is all rumor. [PC World]
Official announcement from MLB will come later today.
Right from Peter Gammons's mouth right now as I watch SportsCenter: Scott Boras says -- and Gammons believes him -- that Manny had an ailment, went to his doctor in Florida who prescribed something for Manny and assured Manny that it was fine to take, turns out it wasn't okay.
The Dodgers are 21-8 (modern record 13-0 at home); Manny's batting .348 with 6 HRs and 20 RBIs. Holy shit.
Manny released the following statement to the press via the MLBPA:
Recently I saw a physician for a personal health issue. He gave me a medication, not a steroid, which he thought was OK to give me. Unfortunately, the medication was banned under our drug policy. Under the policy that mistake is now my responsibility. I have been advised not to say anything more for now.
I do want to say one other thing; I've taken and passed about 15 drug tests over the past five seasons. I want to apologize to Mr. McCourt, Mrs. McCourt, Mr. Torre, my teammates, the Dodger organization, and to the Dodger fans. LA is a special place to me and I know everybody is disappointed. So am I. I'm sorry about this whole situation.
I have to say, this is awful news for baseball fans. I've always liked Manny, even to a certain extent when he was on the Sox (i.e. to the extent that they weren't beating us), him and Papi. Both nice enough guys, funny guys. I hope he's able to get through this relatively unscathed, career wise, but to do that, he's gotta definitively prove everything he said in that statement. Doctor, medication, prescription, failed test, positive tests - everything. Really pulling for him.
Esquire Magazine has created the first ever photo shoot done using a video camera. Meagan Fox's photo video shoot was done using the new super-kick-ass Red One Camera. [KanYe West Blog]
The latest Apple rumor involves Twitter. According to TUAW, Apple is considering buying Twitter for $700 Million. All in all, there is no reason for Apple to buy Twitter. It does nothing for them financially and won't bring in customers. Google's attempt to buy Twitter recently was turned down and there doesn't seem to be a good enough reason for Twitter to accept this offer much less for Apple to even try to make the acquisition. Still, a relatively reliable source has told TUAW,
"Apple is in late-stage negotiations to buy Twitter and is hoping to announce it at WWDC in June."
[Gonna take a pass on the obvious "Here we go again" statement]
[EDIT: This was a complete coincidence. Awesome! Yet totally unsurprising]
ESPN's Ed Werder reports that Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress is going to meet with
Well this is a stupid story. Guess what Favre, you're not getting any younger, and just like any other old guy, your decision making skills (on and -- as this story proves -- off the field) have been rapidly declining. Give it up, please. If not for your sake, then for mine. I don't know whether this story is more annoying or more sad. I'm gonna say more annoying. Just go away Old Yeller. Don't make us break out the rifle.
It was cool. Samuel L. Jackson sat behind me.
I wanted to offer him my seat because I wasn't sure if I could relax knowing that
SAMUEL L. JACKSON WAS SITTING BEHIND ME!
But the highlight of the night was without a doubt, the movie.
It is so good. It is so beautiful. And it sets up the franchise so well. I don't want to give anything away, so that's all I'm going to say about it.