Yeah, yeah, it’s all about Halo 3 lately, but there’s an older shooter that demands your attention: Gears of War.

While creator CliffyB is tight-lipped about any sequel plans for the blockbuster, he had a little to say about the Gears of War movie.

  • It’s being developed at New Line cinema with Stuart Beattie, who wrote Pirates of the Caribbean.
  • The screenwriter is a fan, who beat the game several times and is hooked on multi-player.

A California university renowned for US history changing free speech and anti-war movements is embracing the Internet revolution by putting free videos of courses on YouTube.

More than 300 hours of University of California, Berkeley, classes and events are available online at the web address, college officials announced on Wednesday.

University offerings at the dedicated YouTube channel include peace and conflict studies, bioengineering courses, and a science class titled “Physics for Future Presidents.”

“UC Berkeley on YouTube will provide a public window into university life: academics, events and athletics,” said vice provost for undergraduate education Christina Maslach.

This is the new logo for the Republican National Convention. Does anyone else think that elephant looks like he’s about to stomp all over you?

So how serious is the record industry about this whole “if you share files, you are stealing music” stance?

This serious: Yesterday Sony BMG’s head of litigation testified before the jury that making copies of purchased music is just “a nice way of saying ’steals just one copy.‘”

That’s right, according to Sony, even if you legally purchase the music, you are not allowed to make copies under any circumstance. That means, Sony considers transferring songs to iPods and Zunes “stealing.” They would prefer you re-buy the music for every format you want it in. So you buy it on CD, then re-buy it as an mp3 for your iPod, then re-buy it for your Zune, then re-buy it if you want to copy it for a friend, re-buy it to stick on a personal mixtape CD, and so on.

Tonight, Apple debuted its new Refurb storefront, an updated part of the Apple store that allows you to shop for refurbished Macs, iPods and iPhones. New features include a “latest offers” column and a freshened-up overall redesign. So is there anything staggeringly new at this updated store? No, not really. The storefront looks really nice though–and I like that you can see at a glance the new stock as it arrives. Of course, a new-item RSS feed would really rock…

The Nurse

Stripped from the pages of sci-fi headtrip Pure Trance, Keiko the Director and Kaori the Nurse are the first Junko Mizuno figures by Kidrobot. Mizuno has been steadily building a dedicated cult following with her ultraviolent interpretations of a traditionally cute medium. Since that is the sort of thing we love here at Kidrobot, it is only fitting that we proudly debut vinyl figures of Kaori the Nurse and Keiko the Director.

Kaori is an intelligent and responsible nurse, who has found herself working at Center 102 under the direction of the twisted Keiko. Indulge your desires with these figures, and if you haven’t read the Manga, go pick up a copy. It’s well worth it.


Akuma Bomb
Skully`s Revenge

It’s bombs away as Huck Gee drops the Akuma Bomb. This stunning figure is a 3D realization of the character in his Akuma print from the Danger solo show at Kidrobot LA. This figure will be available in two colorways, red Danger and grey Skully, each piece recoloring around the basic red and grey palette but with a totally unique bomb illustration per style. Both colorways of the Akuma Bomb are limited to just 500 pieces, so don’t sleep ’cause this figure is likely to blow up quick


Ever wanted to use your Mac as a DVR? How about using your Mac as a DVR and then watch your recorded shows wherever and whenever over WiFi on your iPhone or iTouch? Elgato’s EyeTV is a godsend.

Using a tiny USB 2.0 dongle you can schedule and record over-the-air analog and digital (HDTV) broadcasts directly (via its built-in tuner) and/or from a set top box through an S-VHS connection and separate IR ‘blaster’ for remotely changing channels. Once recorded the shows can be automatically converted to iTunes for loading onto your Video iPod, AppleTV, iPhone or iTouch. But you can take it to the next level and access the shows recorded on your Mac that’s sitting back at home to wirelessly stream them, through WiFi, anywhere you are in the world on your iPhone and iTouch.

The first RIAA file-sharing case to go to trial just wrapped, and sadly, the outcome isn’t a positive one. Regardless of the incredibly asinine and consumer-hostile comments made by Sony BMG’s head of litigation the other day, the jury found Jammie Thomas, a single mother from Minnesota, liable for willful copyright infringement and awarded the RIAA plaintiffs $222,000 — that’s $9,250 for each of the 24 songs she was alleged to have made available on Kazaa, for those of you keeping track at home, and probably something like, oh, say, $222,000 more than she should have had to pay, since the RIAA plaintiffs weren’t required to show that Thomas had a file-sharing program installed on her machine or that she was even the person using the Kazaa account in question. Of course, this is just one case and there’s always the possibility of appeal, but anything that emboldens the RIAA’s litigation team is never good for the general public.

Disclaimer: Although this post was written by an attorney, it is not meant as legal advice or analysis and should not be taken as such.

Apple has released Battery Update 1.3 for the following Macs:

  • MacBook Pro (15-inch)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch Glossy)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch Core 2 Duo)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch 2.4/2.2GHz)

According to Apple, the update “…addresses battery performance issues with the 15-inch MacBook Pro.” You can read all about it here

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