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We’ve mentioned in the podcast that I’m a big fan of (parts of) the Silent Hill video game series. Survival horror! Haunting music! Freudian themes! Boss fights with anthropomorphic furniture! The games are at least as cinematic during their game play as they are during their cut scenes – frequently moreso, thanks to the efficient […]

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Last year, Chris and I did a TechStuff episode about Facebook’s IPO and the controversy surrounding it. Facebook’s opening stock price during its IPO was $38 per share. In theory, a company’s stock price should reflect the value (and potential value) of that company. You take the number of shares that exist, multiply it by the share price and you’ve got a rough estimate of a company’s value. In Facebook’s case, that value amounted to a whopping $16 billion. But questions about Facebook’s real value began to pop up shortly after the IPO and that’s where we run into trouble.

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Nearly two years ago, I recorded an episode of TechStuff with Chris Pollette about deep sea explorations (you can click this link to listen to it). We talked about the barriers to deep sea exploration and the technology needed to overcome those barriers. We also talked a bit about James Cameron, award-winning filmmaker and a man who is intensely fascinated by the underwater world. Now, Cameron is donating his phenomenal submarine to science.

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The folks over at T3 did something really interesting. They took all the rumors swirling around about Google producing a smartwatch. Then they took into consideration the design elements found in Google’s Nexus line of products (smartphones and tablets). From that information, T3 created a mock up of what the watch might look like. They included a basic, compressed version of Google’s Android operating system and the Nexus branding. There’s a video behind the jump.

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If Spielberg and Lucas were to remake Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and set it in present day, our intrepid hero might be attempting to free thousands of computers rather than children from enslavement. According to ZDNet, Internet security firm Kaspersky Labs discovered some malicious code — aka malware — out in the wild that forces computers to mine for bitcoins. So what does that actually mean?

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Jason Schreier of Kotaku wrote about it earlier today — Disney has shut down the LucasArts division of LucasFilm. According to an unnamed source, about 150 people lost their jobs this morning as a result. All projects in development, like the gritty bounty hunter game Star Wars 1313, are dead. While the name LucasArts will remain, Disney is concentrating solely on licensing out the LucasArts properties rather than developing games in house.

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I typed in the title for this blog post and immediately thought, “That sounds like a roleplaying game for a particular niche audience.” And now I want to play it. But the reason I wrote that title is because Amazon.com has announced in a press release that it is extending its AutoRip service to purchases of eligible vinyl records. Audiophiles rejoice!

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In the previous parts of this series, I talked about picking the right tablet for your needs, connecting it to the various systems in your home and how to extend its functionality with apps. In this post, I’m looking at the various accessories you can look into to make your tablet even more useful.

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In part one of this series, I talked about what you should consider before buying a tablet. Part two was all about connecting your tablet to various networks and systems. Now it’s time to talk about what really makes a tablet special.

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In part one of this series, I talked about the questions you should ask yourself before you buy a tablet. I left one question out — purely by accident — but it’s a doozy. Do you want to be able to connect to the Internet with your tablet no matter where you are? If so, you’ll need a tablet with a receiver that lets you connect to cell towers. That also means you’ll probably need to sign a contract with a cell service provider to get access to the network.

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