As you know, 1UP.com has breathed its last. Such are the vicissitudes of business. Happily, Jose Otero managed to pull together a startling number of former 1UP staff during Game Developers Conference this year for one final podcast. Not everyone was there due to the last-minute nature of this show (or because they had other duties that kept them away), but if you paid any attention at all to the site for the 10 years it lived you're bound to hear some voices you recognize in this three-hour tag-team adventure. Rather than spoil the surprise, though, we'd rather just let you hear the show for yourself.
Thanks for all the years of support. Your enthusiasm for our work fueled these shows, and we very literally couldn't have done it without you. Please enjoy this final gift to you all.
SkyGoblin's The Journey Down has certainly taken a roundabout route to get where it is, but today the journey finally reached its destination with the release of Chapter One.
In this first of four parts of The Journey Down, players control a laid-back owner of a waterfront Gas 'n' Charter. Far behind in their electric bills, Bwana and his brother Kito jump at the chance...
After their mother escapes from Sydney to Margaret River in the 1970's, the two Kelly brothers spend their youth searching for the perfect wave. Out of necessity the family launch a backyard surf business - re-thinking board design, crafting homemade wetsuits and selling merchandise out of their van. Battling big waves, small town conservatism and criminals, the brothers give rise to a global brand. A story of passion, corruption, friendship and loyalty, deadly addictions and fractured relationships, DRIFT tells a tale of courage and the will to survive at all odds.
IFC Films and MPI Media Group will bring to Blu-ray director Conor Allyn's crime drama Java Heat (2013), starring Mickey Rourke, Kellan Lutz, and Ario Bayu. The release will be available for purchase online and in stroes across the nation on September 17th....
[Cross-posted from the Official Google Blog]
In Northern California where I live, summer is here, which means family vacations, kids’ camps, BBQs and hopefully some relaxation. But it also means back-to-school shopping is just around the corner. So in case you’re on the hunt for a laptop in addition to pens, paper, and stylish new outfits, your search just got a whole lot easier. Chromebooks—a fast, simple, secure laptop that won't break the bank—will now be carried in over 3 times more stores than before, or more than 6,600 stores around the world.
In addition to Best Buy and Amazon.com, we’re excited to welcome several new retailers to the family. Starting today, Walmart will be making the newest Acer Chromebook, which has a 16GB Solid State Drive (SSD), available in approximately 2,800 stores across the U.S., for just $199. Look for Chromebooks coming to the laptop sections of a Walmart near you this summer.
And beginning this weekend, Staples will bring a mix of Chromebooks from Acer, HP and Samsung to every store in the U.S.—more than 1,500 in total. You can also purchase via Staples online, while businesses can purchase through the Staples Advantage B2B program. In the coming months select Office Depot, OfficeMax, and regional chains Fry’s and TigerDirect locations will begin selling Chromebooks.
In the 10 other markets worldwide where Chromebooks are sold, availability in national retailers continues to expand. In addition to Dixons in the UK, now 116 Tesco stores are selling Chromebooks, as well as all Media Markt and Saturn stores in the Netherlands, FNAC stores in France and Elgiganten stores in Sweden. In Australia, all JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman stores will be carrying Chromebooks for their customers as well. With our partners, we’re working hard to bring Chromebooks to even more countries later this year.
Chromebooks make great computers for everyone in the family—and now you shouldn’t have to look very far to find one. Happy summer!
Posted by David Shapiro, Director of Chromebook Marketing, long-time reader, first-time poster
Apple has yet to release iOS 7 for the iPad, which has led to speculation about what the operating system will look like on a larger screen.
Over the weekend, photos from the iOS 7 simulator in Xcode 5 surfaced, demonstrating how several stock iOS apps might look on Apple's tablet, and now a tipster has directed us to Russia-based YouTube user Rozetked, who has released a video of what he claims is iOS 7 "alpha" running on an iPad.
Rozetked does not explain where the software came from nor how it was installed on the tablet, so there is no proof that the video depicts a bona fide version of iOS 7 running on the iPad. In fact, at one point, a crash displays the iOS 6 Apple loading icon rather than the flatter iOS 7 version, which means it could be an elaborately crafted rendering.
Though the video's legitimacy is questionable, it does offer a clearer picture of what iOS 7 might look like when installed on an iPad. Both the Notification Center and the Control Center appear in appropriate portions to the screen size and the Control Center lacks the Flashlight setting that was found in the simulated screenshots, instead offering iPad-specific options that include just AirDrop and AirPlay.
iOS 7 Control Center as displayed in the video In comparison, the iPhone Control Center offers a Flashlight along with quick access to the Clock, the Calculator, and the Camera.
In addition to displaying the Notification Center and the Control Center options on the iPad, the video also offers a look at several apps, including Music and Videos. Both folder functionality and 2x app mode are demonstrated as well, and several stock app icons are identical to the iPhone versions.
It is unclear when Apple plans to release iOS 7 on the iPad for developers, having chosen to instead focus its attention on the iPhone version of the operating system.
Originally published December 4, 1998, in Comics Buyer’s Guide #1307 A PETER DAVID FILM MARVELMANIC (conclusion) Jack and Rose gasped and threw themselves back against the wall, unable to take their eyes off the spectacle of hundreds upon thousands of spiders. They were skittering along the ceiling, a black mass heading toward, presumably, safety. [...]
Rockstar Games has announced that it is bringing its popular console and PC title 'Mac Payne 3' to the Mac on Thursday. Rockstar has yet to release its pricing, only stating that the Mac version of the game supports "a number of advanced graphics options, scalable high-resolution textures and character models, DirectX11 features, multi-monitor support and 3D."
As far as what users need to run the game, Rockstar recommends the following:
Mac OS X 10.7.5 Lion
Intel Dual Core Xeon / Core i Series 2.4 GHZ or greater
By David Lambert - The Doctor, Sarah and Harry return to Earth in response to the Brigadier's summons. UNIT are investigating a series of attacks on North Sea oil rigs and have set up a temporary HQ in... (more)
DMB announced that they will be performing in South Africa, for the first time in the band’s history on November 30th and December 3rd. The band will stop first at the Grand Arena, GrandWest in Cape Town on November 30th and then at the Coca-Cola Dome in Johannesburg on December 3rd. Vusi Mahlasela will be the supporting act for these dates. Tickets are available now through Big Concerts or Computicket.
Will you be attending the shows? Talk more about this announcement in our forums!
It’s been ten years since we started this thing, and what a long way we’ve come. From a discussion between myself and Mike Little about forking our favorite blogging software, to powering 18% of the web. It’s been a crazy, exciting, journey, and one that won’t stop any time soon. At ten years, it’s fun […]
Redecorating — What a Chore! Last year during the summer of 2011, we began the process of finally updating our house which was built in 1986. Getting hubby Tom to loosen the purse strings is sometimes a chore in and of itself. He earns the $$$$, but does that mean it is his money? I don’t think so. He earns it, I spend it. Isn’t that the way of the American Dream? Yep!
Last summer, 2011, we painted and carpeted the basement to give it a fresh 21st century look. Got rid of the bright colors and went completely neutral with a few colorful accents. Love it. Cozy. Next summer, 2013, will be the BIG job of updating the main floor of the house, in particular the kitchen — new floors, new countertops, fresh paint.
Sooo, this year’s project was redecorating the upstairs. One level a year. Start with the easiest and finish with the most difficult. Twenty + years ago, I thought wallpaper would be pretty in our 20 x 20 bedroom. What was I thinking? Before we could carpet, we had to paint; before we could paint, we had to strip 400 square feet of wallpaper.
Oh, the days of mauve and blue! And, floral! What were we thinking??
Here we go — peeling the top layer. Go, Tom, go!
Are we having fun, yet? What a mess!
Ugh. We learned a valuable lesson — use the green Frog Tape rather than the blue painter’s tape. When removed, the green did not peel the paint.
The old carpet is gone.
New bedroom — all put together + one cute puppy!
Fresh paint, new tile floor, refurbished oak cabinets — new bathroom!
Whew! After about a month of living in disarray, the upstairs is put back together. I still need to make valances for the bathroom windows and add a few decorative knick-knacks to make it look finished. The kids’ rooms — both of whom no longer live with us — are the cleanest they have been in over 20 years. I have cleaned out and donated or tossed so much stuff. Stuff. I now know why people should move every five years or so — to clean out the stuff. The unnecessary stuff.
As I practice blogging in preparation for our next big trip to Vietnam and Cambodia, my Random Thoughts are my replacement for a scrapbook. I write for myself, my children, and my friends. If anyone else reads these Random Thoughts, I hope you are entertained. I have no agenda — except to become comfortable with blogging. I am still having trouble placing pictures in the blog where I want them — side-by-side instead of stacked. Just when I think I have the blog looking like I want it, the pictures seem to move on their own. Hmm . . . . Thoughts to ponder over the next several weeks.