Archive for March, 2010

*Pssst* You want that sweet 2.1 update for your Droid?

Posted in News, Tech with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2010 by parasomia

Alright, here’s the deal.  As I posted yesterday, Verizon is finally rolling out the 2.1 update for the Droid.  Of course, they are rolling it out in a scheduled format (probably to prevent overload).  If you don’t want to wait over the next few days or more till you get that magic update notification.. well you’re in luck.

The update files themselves have been released on the internet through some very thoughtful folks.  You can install the update yourself without waiting for the OTA to come to your phone.  It isn’t a difficult thing to do and won’t take much time.  As long as you follow the directions, it’ll be sunshine and green fields.

Check out the droidforums.  This is where you’ll get the directions and the update file to get your phone up to the real 2.1.  This isn’t a joke, it’s the real deal.  And if you need any help, those folks are always helping everyone.  But really, it doesn’t take much effort.  And for the record, I just did this myself in the morning and it worked flawlessly.  I’m quite enjoying my live backgrounds and Google Earth!

And again, this is the same update that you will be receiving from Verizon’s OTA whenever the schedule reaches you.  The same exact thing.  So if you want it now. go have a blast!

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UFC Undisputed 2010

Posted in Articles, News with tags , , , , , on March 31, 2010 by parasomia

Ah, Spring is in the air and soon most of us will forget about the huge amounts of snow that was dumped on us and move on to better things such as cruising in our vehicles with the windows down, playing street hockey, and relentlessly beating someone’s face till they are knocked out.  That’s right, soon we all will be getting our hands on the next UFC game from THQ.  Ready to fight? Continue reading

2.1 update for Motorola Droid is finally rolling out (We hope)

Posted in News, Tech with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 30, 2010 by parasomia

Disclaimer:  I’m just posting the news.  I do not take direct responsibility for any delays or other strange events with Verizon Wireless or Motorola.  Please, don’t shoot the messenger 😉

I think it’s safe to say that the Motorola Droid is finally getting its long awaited 2.1 update!  Yes, we have all been fooled by this a few times already, but this time it seems like the real thing.  Engadget came across an internal e-mail from Verizon which stated that the 2.1 update for the Droid will start rolling out Today!  Yes, as in March 30th, 2010,  not March 30th, 2011.  There is a small catch though – The update will begin rolling out today, but it will roll out in waves.  Just don’t be too upset if you don’t get the update alert today as it will only reach 10,000 users.

Here is the internal e-mail that was leaked.  It shows off what is included in the update and the schedule they have for distributing it.  So Droid fans, let’s all sing in harmony because soon enough we’ll all have the 2.1 update we have been waiting for (and then we can find more cool things to do by rooting it)! Continue reading

GeoHot says, “Don’t Update”

Posted in News, Tech with tags , , , , , , on March 29, 2010 by parasomia

As posted earlier, the new Playstation 3 firmware update will remove the OtherOS function.  After announcing this, Sony has been receiving a lot of backlash from PS3 owners.  No doubt they are justified though.  But there is even more!

GeoHot updated his blog today stating “A note to people interested in the exploit and retaining OtherOS support, DO NOT UPDATE. When 3.21 comes out, I will look into a safe way of updating to retain OtherOS support, perhaps something like Hellcat’s Recovery Flasher. I never intended to touch CFW, but if that’s how you want to play…”

It appears things are going to get real hot over this situation.

Bungie discusses Halo: Reach matchmaking

Posted in Articles, Gaming, News with tags , , , , on March 29, 2010 by parasomia

Bungie posted their new weekly update which explains some things about the new matchmaking features in the upcoming Halo: Reach.

Remember how you just hated a certain map, and then you would all veto it only to get another map you hated?  Well this is being taken care of better this time.  For Halo: Reach, you will have the default map but there will also be three other maps to choose from.  This is how it will work.  Instead of just vetoing the default map, the players will get to choose from the three other maps that are shown, this will give the players far better ability to get a map they can all agree on instead of it being randomly selected.  If enough people dislike the default map then they can all vote on the other maps and of course, if there is enough support, that map will be chosen instead.  This is a very cool idea from Bungie considering it did get annoying to veto a map you hated only to get involved in another one that also wasn’t liked.

There is also an Active Roster system in place.  What this does is make it less annoying to go find your friends.  Normally, if you wanted to find friends or create parties, you would end up pushing the guide button and having to go through a bit of an unneeded process.  Really, it is annoying.  With the Active Roster system, your friends will be displayed on the matchmaking screen.  You can now easily invite them without that extra hassle.  Simple and smart.

One other thing to touch up on which kind of goes with friend inviting.  A lot of times your friends will already be in the middle of playing a game.  With the new Queue Join function, you won’t have to wait for your friends game to be over and hope that they remember to send you an invite.  Now, it will be like waiting in a queue.  Instead of hoping that you can jump in, the queue function will wait till the friends match is over and automatically join that party.

Pretty cool stuff that will surely save a lot of hassle.  There is a lot more info as well which can be found over at bungie.net

Sony to ditch OtherOS in newest firmware

Posted in Gaming, News, Tech with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 29, 2010 by parasomia

If it wasn’t already disappointing when Sony removed backward compatibility support on the PS3 awhile back, things may get slightly more disappointing.  Sony has announced that their latest firmware (scheduled to be released on April 1st) will not add much, but it will indeed remove OtherOS.

Owners of the newer slim model PS3 systems have nothing to worry about as Sony never included this function in them.  However, everyone who owns a PS3 before the slim models are going to find this feature missing if they decide to take the update.  Firmware v3.21 is scheduled to roll out on April 1st and it doesn’t appear that this will be a fancy April Fool’s Day joke.  Patrick Seybold had this to say on Sony’s official blog:

“This feature enabled users to install an operating system, but due to security concerns, Sony Computer Entertainment will remove the functionality through the 3.21 system software update.

In addition, disabling the “Other OS” feature will help ensure that PS3 owners will continue to have access to the broad range of gaming and entertainment content from SCE and its content partners on a more secure system.”

Ah, security concerns.  This is obviously a reference to the vulnerability that GeoHot found when he decided to take on the PS3.  While not much has come from it just yet, Sony has made it very clear that they are worried about it by acting this way and disabling the OtherOS feature.  There’s always a choice though, and you don’t have to accept the newest firmware unless you want to play online games or use PSN.  Talk about a cock block huh?

Either way, it’s a real shame that Sony is taking yet another feature away that they were so proud of years ago.  I think I’ll be waiting for awhile before taking the update because personally, I like to have all the features that were advertised me… and because of this, I’m actually more interesting in what GeoHot has come up with.  Thanks Sony!

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Peripherals – A Perspective

Posted in Articles, News with tags , , , , , , , on March 28, 2010 by parasomia

Random Shopper:  “Hello sir, I’d like to buy a Nintendo Wii today.”

Employee:  “Oh that’s excellent!  We have a few in stock, I’ll go ring one up for you.”

Random Shopper:  “I really can’t wait to try this out.  I’ve heard it really makes you feel a part of the game with its motion controls!”

Employee:  *whisper “Do you REALLY want to be… in the game?”

Random Shopper:  “Sure! That’s why I’m buying it.”

Employee:  “Then you’ll want some really cool peripherals to use with it!  You simply attach the controller to them!”

Random Shopper:  “Oh really?  Like what?”

Employee:  “Well, you’ll definitely want this plastic gun to get a real feeling for it.”

Random Shopper:  “Okay, sounds good!”

Employee:  “Oh, and how about this sweet Vitality Sensor?”

Random Shopper:  “Um..?”

Employee:  “Yea, it’s great!  It will let the Wii detect if you’re still alive by checking your pulse!”

Random Shopper:  “……..”

Employee:  “Oh and you’ll want this steering wheel, and this tennis racket, and the Wii Motion Plus, and the balance board, and ….”

Random Shopper:  “… Shit” Continue reading