After losing $1.1 billion during the first quarter of this fiscal year, GM has plans to cut 25,000 jobs by 2008. Rick Wagoner, GM’s chairman and CEO, has justified his plans by stating that it could save the company $2.5 billion a year. It will undoubtedly save the company money, but its competitiveness will not be reaffirmed by cutting jobs. Hopefully the 25,000 jobs figure will be cut, but that’s wishful thinking - good luck to GM and good luck to their employees.
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Macrovision is in the business of helping content creators keep their works safe from being pirated, providing enterprise level DRM solutions. They recently did a survey on video game piracy, and found that up to 40% of gamers have pirated a game at least once. They have a few very interesting ideas going forward to protect content, such as inserting what are essentially little bugs into games that will self-recognize they have been pirated, changing the game mechanic altogether. We chat with Robert about this and more. Click here to download the MP3, or you can just subscribe to the Gear Live Podcast feed.
Voices: Andru Edwards, Jesse Easley, Robert Ellison - Macrovision Director of Product Management
Length: 9:24, 8.6 MB
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As you can see, this watch only has a minute hand. Upon closer glance, you will also see that the numbers aren’t in the correct place. Truth be told, I think this Gerald Charles A-Evolution watch rocks. Basically there is a windows at the top in which the number of the hour appears, while the minute hand rotates as normal. So the time on the watch at the left is about 1:46. Definitely a cool conversation piece - at least for those that like to stare at your wrist.
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Check it out, you now have the ability to hide the fact that you are geek chic - and the fact that you are a male if you wish. The Lips MP3 player looks extremely similar to a stick of lipstick, but instead of fuchsia makeup, the cap covers a USB stick. Not bad.
Even more Revolution news - we can’t get away from this thing. We know Nintendo is big on the buffet of colors they like to showcase their consoles in, but that green-yellow Revolution looks like vomit. Nonetheless, these are the colors they are currently showing off. No word yet on if they will all be available at launch in the US or Japan, but history says no.
Check this out - the Nintendo Revolution has controller ports for Nintendo Gamecube controllers. Right next to them lie two Gamecube memory card ports as well. Very cool to see the level of backwards compatibility they are taking with this one, although the location of the ports being on top of the console is a bit suspect. Where does this leave us in terms of the Revolution’s controller? Will it be designed for Revolution, N64, SNES, and NES games while foregoing Gamecube design? Nintendo, can we hurry up with the announcement already? Thanks.
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Fearing that we are our own worst enemy, a Microsoft Veep confirmed that Internet Explorer 7 would install with a default reduced privilege mode to aide against attacks. Other features in IE’s next update include RSS support, International Domain Names support, and a more robust search tool that will allow you to choose from a myriad of search engines. IE 7 will also be the first Microsoft browser to feature tabbed browsing.
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Nintendo President Iwata has officially destroyed the rumor that the retro games for the Revolution will be free. Some of the games will have free trials and bonuses, but the games themselves will not be. Interestingly enough though, you will be able to download demos of games for your DS through the Revolution. Iwata did not announce any pricing quite yet, but he has stated that some games will be used in promotions like buy one get one free type of deal. This goes directly against what George Harrison said - but Iwata-san is the big Nintendog in the company.
Referring specifically to online rumours that the company would give away its back catalogue for free on the service, Iwata said that “we have no plans to distribute [our back catalogue] without a fee.”
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I have recently been getting into RSS and studying it for all that it can be, which is a lot more than a method to syndicate blog content. As it turns out, you can use RSS to distribute audio, video, and just about any other type of media you can think of. Think of the marketing opportunities - you have a new product you want to show off; instead of just posting a blurb about it on your site, you can do a video demonstration and include the link in your blurb. Anyone subscribed to your RSS feed automatically received your commercial in their reader, TiVo-style. Or you can have a weekly audio blurb giving a general overview of the textual content you posted on your site over the past week, and it will be waiting in your subscribers iTunes program when they get home. Companies like FedEx are even allowing customers to track packages via RSS, eliminating the need to visit their website for that information. Check out this article from for more RSS marketing information.
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So, we have been pondering either adding a link to each entry which would lead to the Technorati cosmos for that post, or adding a Technorati cosmos section within the permalinks themselves. Today we decided to go with the link on each entry, which we have to endearingly named the TechnoratiBack. Of course, some of our favorite sites have just added similar functionality to their blogs as well. For now, two things are certain - Technorati rocks, and trackbacks will remain while we test everything out.
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