After six weeks in beta (not long at all in Google-weeks), the new version 2.0 of iCal-sharing tool BusySync is out. The headline feature for 2.0 is of course the new iCal –> Google Calendar synchronization capability, which opens up a wide world of cloud-based options for families and workgroups already using the LAN-based sync of earlier versions. You can keep multiple iCal users synchronized (even on the same machine), sync remotely via Google, and more.

Yesterday, the official World of Warcraft website announced a new Blizzard-sponsored contest to accompany Level 70 Elite Tauren Chieftain’s new song Rogues Do It From Behind.

The machinima community will eat this one right up. What do you need to do? Create a music video for L70ETC’s new song, which can be downloaded right on the contest page. The video can be no larger than 50 MB and must be recorded in .WMV, .MOV, or .AVI formats. The rewards are pretty swanky, too. Three Grand Prize winners will receive an 8GB iPod Touch, and the five First Place winners will get a G15 Logitech keyboard and a signed copy of the World of Warcraft Battlechest.

Break out the leather: In an announcement that may result in the destruction of the entire earth through Rock and Roll, next week’s Rock Band DLC will be the entire Screaming Vengeance album from Judas Priest.

Your puny game system will probably not be able to handle the rock of this classic, seminal metal masterpiece.

In case you forget, here are the tracks:

  • “The Hellion”
  • “Electric Eye”
  • “Riding on the Wind”
  • “Bloodstone”
  • “(Take These) Chains”
  • “Pain and Pleasure”
  • “Screaming for Vengeance”
  • “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’”
  • “Fever”

Yesterday, Take-Two urged its shareholders to refuse EA’s buyout offer of $26 per share, but EA isn’t backing down. They have extended the deadline on their offer to May 16, 2008.

They have also revealed that “as of 5:00 p.m., EDT, on April 17, 2008, 6,432,787 shares of Take-Two had been tendered in and not withdrawn from the tender offer.”

Take-Two also voted to issue more shares to its shareholders and in response, EA has reduced their offer price to $25.74 per share.

It’s clear that EA wants Take-Two badly, but what will happen after GTA IV releases?

It was only a couple months ago that Starbucks announced that AT&T would take over hotspot services from T-Mobile. Now the WiFi hotspots are rolling out to some of the Starbucks stores. David Chartier, of previous TUAW and now ArsTechnica fame, recently posted an article on his personal blog about the portal and what it offers. He also took the picture that you can see above.

According to David, AT&T is giving WiFi users 2 free hours of access per day. But AT&T didn’t stop there — they designed an iPhone-specific portal to sign onto the service. A local Starbucks manager told David that all 7,000+ Starbucks stores in the US should be “finished by summer.”

Yes, you can has winpwn – for beta values of “can has”. Pwning an iPhone means preparing it to accept custom iPhone firmware bundles (ipsw files) in iTunes. Winpwn 99.1.8 Beta has been released for public testing (though keep in mind that this particular tool is for use with Windows).

If you’re wary of beta releases and not an early adopter, you’ll probably want to keep waiting. There is no 2.0 support. You may run into LIBUSB errors (apparently fine, meaning you probably just don’t have no ibooter). You must have 1.1.4 firmware loaded onto your unit in order to pwn it — whether for Mac or Windows. The developers strongly request that any new users start with this tutorial. For more help, check out the #winpwn and @winpwn-devel channels on IRC server.

Shrugging off a double-whammy of jetlag and man-flu, Oscar winning makeup man Howard Berger pauses only to shovel down throat pastilles as he bubbles with enthusiasm about Caspian’s fauns, minotaurs, dwarves and werewolves.

“Yeah, I was lucky enough to win the Bafta and the Oscar for the first one, which was super-cool,” says Berger. “But we’re also like, ‘OK, we’ve gotta go one-up.’” Meaning? More monsters, of course. “A lot more,” he grins. “We had to make-up 150 creatures every morning for 150 days of shooting.”

Sydney visual effects company Animal Logic has won a contract believed to be worth more than $100 million to produce a new animated feature, Guardians of Ga’hoole. Animal Logic will utilise the expertise it developed on George Miller’s Oscar-winning animated film Happy Feet on the new production.

Guardians of Ga’hoole is based on the popular children’s book series by American author Kathryn Lasky, about a young barn owl and his friends as they escape the evil clutches of a band of rogue owls and embark on a journey to reunite with their families.

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