Eco Ego: Teaching environmental responsibility early

Blizzard’s President apologizes for Blizzcon ticket fiasco

Blizzard Entertainment’s President and co-founder, Mike Morhaime, publically apologized today for the company’s Blizzcon ticket buying meltdown.  Tickets to the fan convention were scheduled to start on Monday after midnight, but website and other server crashes delayed that until late morning.  Crashes continually brought down the ticket buying site for the next two days until Blizzard suddenly closed sales.  Morhaime posted his apology on the World of Warcraft homepage and said 3000 extra tickets will now be sold on a lottery system.

iFrenzy continues: Speakal launches iPig docking station

New Lara Croft is more than just a model

Unlike previous Lara Croft models that mostly came from the world of fashion or acting, the new face of Tomb Raider: Underworld has a different talent.

How the U.S. Olympic swimming relay team compares to Dell’s MP3 player

Analyst Opinion - I was watching the Olympics over the weekend and couldn’t help but cheer when the US swim team beat the French. Going in, the U.S. team was clearly overmatched – yes, they had a couple strong swimmers, but as a team they were underpowered.  The French team, feeling deservedly confident, publically disparaged the U.S. team and indicated they would “smash” the U.S. team. Well, that isn’t what happened, now is it?  In fact the victory likely wouldn’t have been anywhere near as sweet had the French been a bit more modest. In that sense, I couldn’t help but think of the initial reaction of the Apple faithful to the WSJ article on Dell’s new MP3 strategy. Apple’s FUD machine seemed to go overtime, particularly after it learned that I had been briefed and provided a few minutes of feedback on the product.  

Madden NFL 09 in stores

Shutterfly flutters into social networking offering

Shutterfly, an Internet veteran that sports an online photo site, is going Web 2.0 as it plunges into a new social network offering. The company is calling this new offering Shutterfly Share Sites.

Blizzcon ticket sales collapse Blizzard store

Hitachi kicks out triple media Blu-ray camcorder

Is your iPhone 3G worth a $14,990, diamond-studded case?

Does the idea of a cheap iPhone 3G case make you think twice about wrapping your new phone in it? How about if the case were set with diamonds and projected to cost you around $15,000? That's the idea of this new Diamond Case from Noreve.

Universal challenges iTunes with free music streaming service

Universal is challenging Apple’s iTunes with a new music service dubbed Total Music. The site provide free, ad-supported music streaming, allowing anyone to embed the service on their own site. Its goal: To derail iTunes.

Steve Jobs and Calvin in a cartoon

EA to release Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning on September 18

Electronic Arts today announced that Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning will go live in next month and will be marketed via various subscription models that will cost at least $13 per month.

"Dark Knight" clears $400 million at record pace

Thailand pulls GTA IV after teenager murders cab driver

Video game stores in Thailand have pulled copies of the popular Grand Theft Auto IV game off their shelves after a teenager murdered a taxi cab driver.  19-year-old Polwat Chino told police he was trying to recreate a scene from the game by robbing a cab driver and then stealing his car.  Chino was caught after putting the car in reverse and losing control.

Scrabulous phoenix rises from ashes, reborn as Wordscraper

Like a phoenix rising out of the ashes, Scrabulous has been reborn into Wordscraper.  Two days ago, the Facebook game was momentarily felled by the legal arrows fired by Hasbro’s attorneys and hopefully this new game is just different enough to appease the toy giant.  Wordscraper features circle tiles, different point values for letters and customizable boards.  So far the game is a hit on Facebook with an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars and 3500 daily active users.

Spore creators banning pornographic creators

You can build almost any creature with Spore’s Creature Creator, but the creators of the upcoming game are now banning people who’ve gone a bit too far in their creativity – namely in making obscene creatures.  Due to hit store shelves this fall, the Spore game is a collaboration between legendary game designer Will Wright and Electronic Arts.  Players have almost  unlimited flexibility in building their own creatures and that flexibility includes making creatures that resemble giant penises and breasts.

OCZ to challenge gamers’ brains, promises rich awards

OCZ is promoting its innovative OCZ NIA gaming controllers in unique way:  gamers using the headset in nearly 45 LAN parties in Europe and North America will have a chance to win thousands of dollars in prizes.  The inaugural tournaments will be held at this week’s QuakeCon (Dallas, TX), Digital Storm (Vancouver, BC) and CmaxX Enlarged in Germany.

iPod rumor mill: 64 GB iPod touch on the way?

It time for a new round of Apple rumors. Apple is widely expected to refresh its iPod lineup in August. There is your usual set of rumors out there with some interesting thoughts on likely changes and upgrades. Sources seem to agree that the upgrades will more evolutionary than evolutionary, which, if the sources are correct, may be surprising as Apple’s iPod sales growth shows signs of a slowdown and the company could need a new blockbuster media player rather sooner than later.

LG’s new Blu-ray player gets netflixed

LG today said that it will introduce a new Blu-ray player that will come with Netflix streaming capability out of the box. LG lately has been much more aggressive than most of its rivals in adopting new and bridging multiple technologies, so this new player makes a lot of sense for the company. But, we wonder, does this new player also offer an offlne-online HD format battle in a box and what does this all mean for Blockbuster?