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Idol’s New Judge on Season 8

Kara DioGuardi

The premiere of ’s Season 8 is now only days away, and everyone’s trying to get the scoop before the show airs. So what does the reality show’s newest judge have to say about her first season with the show?

, along with the other judges in the panel, has been doing the promotional blitz in the weeks leading up to the show. But DioGuardi is one of the biggest stories of the year - she’s the one who’s new. “I hope people find I bring something to the show that’s different, and I can help these contestants learn something, whether they win or not,” she recently told reporters.

Many are honing in on the fact that DioGuardi will now share a unique position with longtime Idol judge . The latter is no longer the sole female on the panel, but does that mean we can expect catfights? “I’ve never been of the thinking that women should drag each other down,” DioGuardi said. “There’s definitely times Paula and I voice our opinion and it’s of the same ilk,” she admitted. “But it’s all fun. Nobody’s going back to their room crying.”

Ah, but will anyone run off the stage crying? That’s what we’re all waiting to see.

(You can find all the American Idol 8 posts here.)

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Logitech Sells Its Billionth Mouse

Billie the MouseYesterday, Logitech announced that it shipped its billionth mouse, although it hasn’t gone very far as yet. Around since the 80’s, the company claims that it sells 7.8 million per month in about 100 countries. To celebrate the event, Logitech is backing a contest that allows anyone to follow Billie the mouse’s journey and try to figure out where it will end up. You can follow the fun on their BLogitech site where, if you answer a question correctly, may land you a MX1100 Cordless Laser Mouse.

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Nokia Music Almighty Competition

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Design, Music,

Music Almighty EntrantThink you can design a cool set of headphones? Nokia is sponsoring the Music Almighty Contest. Download a “Style Palette” or “Freestyle” template and come up with your creation. You can alter the color, add graphics, and drag and drop components. Five winners get to go to the UK to see their designs become realities. The deadline is Dec. 31. If you want to see some of your competition, head over to their gallery.

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Gearing Up for Mad Men’s Second Season

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For those of you still unsure about joining the bandwagon, there are several ways you can sample the series before the program returns:

  • Rent Season One. (It was just released on DVD earlier this week.)
  • Watch the marathon airing on July 20.
  • View the first 15 minutes of the pilot episode after the jump. (You watch the full show here.)

Already a fan? Well, then I have a few interesting tidbits for you after the jump.

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EA Spore Creature Creator

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Design, Internet, Video Games, Videos,

You may already know that Sims creator Will Right has been hard at work making Spore, a game that involves evolution of unicellular creatures to intelligent life. Electronic Arts has released the Creature Creator, free editing software that you can use to devise your own Spore and customize buildings, vehicles, etc. Over 250,000 of them have already been built and displayed on the Sporepedia Website. If that isn’t enough to keep you busy, there is now a video/dance competition. The $49.95 game will be available for PCs, Macs, mobile phones and Nintendo DS this September.

 

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Win A FriendsWithYou mimobot

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Accessories, USB, PC / Laptop, Storage,

FriendsWithYou mimobot

The good folk at mimoco have added to their Limited Edition FriendsWithYou flash drive series with Malfi, Smiling Malfi, Super Malfi, and Mr.TTT. As with the others, each comes preloaded with soundBytes from designers Sam and Tury, and bonus desktop wallpapers, icons and music. To promote the friendship, the company is sponsoring a Make A Wish contest to give away 5 of them. Submit your wish on their site, but if you don’t want to buck the odds, grab your own mimobot in 1, 2, or 4GB storage capacity with prices of $39.95, $59.95, and $99.95 respectively.

 

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Facecloud Welcomes All Photo Bugs

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Cameras, Design, Internet,

Facecloud logoIf you can’t seem to compete on Flickr, you might want to check out Facecloud’s beta. The site welcomes both amateur and pro photographers. You can upload family photos, artsy stuff, or your cat staring into your camera. To kick off the site, they are sponsoring a Spring Photo Contest. Prizes are in real cash: $100.00 for first place, $50.00 for second, and $30.00 for the third place winner. Upload your images through March 31 and they will be judged on the basis of merit and member comments.
(Thanks, David)

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Caffeine and Tech Combine in Yuno

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Design, Microsoft, PC / Laptop,

YunoFor those who check their e-mail before their first cuppa java (you know who you are,) the Yuno is the perfect answer to allow you to fulfill your quotas in both areas. While you are getting your caffeine fix you can check your e-mail, see a traffic report, or find out how much Google stock is worth now with its touchscreen. It measures 6.25 x 3.75-inches and has a detachable CPU bottom so that you can pop it in the dishwasher. This is a finalist in Microsoft’s Next-Gen PC Design Competition. We like this prototype over most of the others even though we hope that they also make it insulated. Our e-mail takes forever to wade through sometimes. The contest runs through March 15, in case you want to vote for one of the contestants.

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American Idol Review: Top 10 Girls

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So it seems that, largely, 70s week was a bust for the contestants. The theme of both the Tuesday and Wednesday performances seemed to be “pick a better song next time.” But for four of them, there will be no next time.

Carly SmithsonCarly Smithson ended last week’s performances, slating her in the first place position Wednesday night. I loved her black outfit and the power she put into “Crazy On You,” but there were times when everything didn’t quite sound in key. called her performance “good toward the end,” but said that she “over-hit” some of the notes. Paula told Carly, “you are an amazing singer” which started off the tone of her mostly generic comments for the rest of the evening. Simon liked Carly’s performance better than last Wednesday’s, but thinks she hasn’t quite found the right song. He did give her one piece of praise, saying none of the other girls in the competition “can touch you vocally.”

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American Idol 7: The Top 12 Women Perform

American Idol, Top 12 Women

I’ll go ahead and admit it: American Idol, while it’s my primary television obsession, has truly disappointed me. For weeks I listened to promos and comments that this was the best season ever, the most talented performers to date, blah blah blah. Then, I saw the Top 12 men perform. I was not blown away. Not even close.

So it was with great trepidation that I sat down to watch the women take the stage, fully expecting that Wednesday night’s performances surely would not disappoint. It started out pretty rocky, but the girls pulled it together at the end.

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