After years of discussion and appeal, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has finally approved the ".xxx" domain suffix for adult entertainment sites. Though it won't be for some time until the 281st domain suffix becomes applicable, the approval has generated quite the controversy nevertheless.
After browsing close to 100 articles on the subject and standing on the sidelines of the numerous anonymous comment wars of tech blogs, the only thing I could glean, for certain, is that the real beneficiary of the dot-XXX suffix would be the company that originally proposed it: ICM Registry. The Florida-based company initiated the process back in 2005, only to be inundated by protests and threats from religious groups and the Bush Administration, who even threatened to enact legislation to override ICANN if it ever approved the TLD suffix. The Obama administration doesn't seem to care, and I'm not entirely surprised.
Red Light Districts exist, whether by name or by principle, in almost ever major city. If you live in a metropolitan area, you're generally aware of those neighborhoods that contain Sex Shops, Adult Bookstores, Exotic Dancing (and in some cases, more lascivious services). Imagine if someone came to your city and built a warehouse that spanned twenty or so square blocks and named it, I don't know, something like The "ALL PORN IN THE HISTORY OF EXISTENCE IS LOCATED HERE, IN THIS WAREHOUSE. SERIOUSLY...ANY
Google have today announced the introduction of the Nexus S 4G from Google, available for Sprint. The Nexus line is quite impressive as Google state "it provides a pure Google experience and runs the latest and greatest Android releases and Google mobile apps".
Nexus S 4G was co-developed by Samsung to tightly integrate the hardware and software, while highlighting the advancements of Gingerbread. Nexus S 4G also takes advantage of Sprint's high-speed 4G network. It also features a 4" Contour display designed to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand and along the side of your face.
AMD blames DirectX for lack of amazing PC graphics, refers to it as "getting in the way" otherwise known as rooster blocking
This is something I've complained about for years but it seems the big players are only just realising this. It won't stop though as I'm sure AMD are bending over backwards trying to get contracts for next-generation console GPU/APU - yet, wonder why PC gaming is suffering... on with the story! AMD's worldwide developer relations manager, Richard Huddy blames Microsoft and more precisely, DirectX for the lack of great looking games on PC.
It's funny, we often have at least ten times as much horsepower as an Xbox 360 or a PS3 in a high-end graphics card, yet it's very clear that the games don't look ten times as good. To a significant extent, that's because, one way or another, for good reasons and bad - mostly good, DirectX is getting in the way.
Huddy sounds like he's pissed off and rightly so. There is so much more horsepower in a single mid-range GPU when compared to current-gen consoles yet the graphics we receive on PC is barely any better. Should this mean we should pay less for our games? PC's get higher resolutions, AA/AF options, but at the end of the day we're simply not seeing the leaps and bounds we used to in the 90s when the PC was the lead innovation for gaming.
Gateway are rolling out some new AMD Vision equipped notebooks shortly which deliver 'enhanced performance capabilities for mobile computing'. The cream of the crop is the Gateway NV51B05u which sports an AMD E-series processor E-350 with Vision Technology and AMD Radeon HD 6310 graphics, both of which allow a user to have a perfect 1080p HD experience and to play casual games - all for just $469.99.
The Gateway NV Series feature a decent ingredients list, full-sized keyboard, 15.6-inch HD widescreen with UltrabrightT LED-backlit display, three USB ports and a HDMI port.
The news is grim for fellow Heavy Rain fans with developer Quantic Dream not interested in making a sequel to its multi-BAFTA winning PlayStation 3 crime saga. Quantic Dream studio boss David Cage confirmed the news at the BAFTA ceremony in London last night where the game picked up multiple awards.
Heavy Rain won awards for technical innovation, story and music - Cage also revealed that Quantic Dreams next game while "still very dark" will explore new territory. He goes on to say:
"We created the genre," he insisted, referring to Heavy Rain's brand of interactive storytelling.
Our Download of the Day today is FrostWire 4.21.4.
FrostWire, a Gnutella Peer-to-Peer client, is a collaborative effort from many Open Source and freelance developers located from all around the world.
Using the most recent version of FrostWire allows users to enjoy the best program functionality. Bugs reported in older versions have been fixed for the latest version. Any users with FrostWire 2.5 or earlier MUST update.
Frostwire's features include:
Completely Free & Open Source!
Faster Download Speeds
No Spyware. No Adware. Guaranteed.
Faster Torrent Speeds
Friendly Online Chat Rooms
Even More Connections
New & Improved Skins
Deal of the Day: Dell Vostro 230 Mini Tower Desktop Computer with 24" Viewsonic 1080P LCD Monitor for Only $449!
Our Deal of the Day today is the Dell Small Business - Vostro 230 Mini Tower Desktop Computer with 24" Viewsonic 1080P LCD Monitor for Only $449!!.
Offer: A very nice deal on a desktop computer that gives you a big 24 inch Viewsonic monitor with 1080P resolution! Features include Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 with VT processor, 3GB DDR3 memory, 320GB 7200 rpm SATA hard drive, 16x DVD+/-RW drive, 15 month license to Trend Micro Worry Free Business Security Service, Gigabit ethernet, Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit and a 1y ear warranty with next business day on site service! Shipping is just $8 and it's set to expire 3/23/11 or while supplies last!
The latest happenings from around the web - March 20th, 2011
- Gateway NV59c @ Digitaltrends
- Hewlett Packard Pavilion DM1Z Fusion Ultraportable @ Kitguru
- Asus P8P67 Pro: Upstanding Member of the LGA1155 Mainboard Family @ XBit Labs
- MSI 890FXA-GD65 Motherboard @ HiTechLegion
- Performance comparison of 38 graphics cards @ HT4U
- ASUS GTX 550 Ti DirectCU TOP @ TechReaction
- PNY GTX 560 Ti OC2 @ Pureoverclock
The swipe of AT&T's ultra-platinum-super-crazy credit card can be heard the world over with news appearing today that AT&T has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom in a cash-and-stock transaction currently valued at approx. $39 billion.
The agreement has been approved by the Board of Directors of both companies, Deutsche Telekom will receive an equity stake in AT&T that gives it an ownership interest in of approximately 8-percent. The deal also allows a Deutsche Telekom representative to join the AT&T Board of Directors. The deal is meant to be sealed, awaiting regulatory approval within the next 12 months.
Microsoft are still trying to throw some bait into the ever-growing tablet market and now partnered with Asus might be able to at least attract some customers to a Windows-based tablet. Enter the ASUS Eee Slate, a 12.1-inch, Core i5-powered, Windows 7 equipped tablet that comes with a Wacom digitizer and dedicated house in its side to slide the stylus into.
Also supplied is a Bluetooth keyboard in the box which lead Microsoft to describe the Eee Slate as a device that is "very PC" and "not very PC". Some of the videos below will make more sense of that, check them out for a look at the upcoming Eee Slate.