Category: Las Vegas


If you’re a gaming fan you’ve heard of the Internet Gaming Network (IGN), the premier gaming source on the Internet for online and downloadable games. IGN is also the company behind one of the most well known gaming download managers, the well known GameSpy application. So widely known is IGN that they claim to reach 1 in 4 males in the United States between the ages of 18-34. Well I’m over 34 and I know who IGN is so I’m inclined to believe that statistic.

To the point however, IGN now has an XBox 360 application! Now you can enjoy all of the best of the Internet gaming world on your XBox 360 through XBox Live!

Web Squad,

Web Design Las Vegas

Advertisements

I just read about this so I’m sorry to say I can’t give you all the details right now but I’m so excited about it I had to post it before I forget about!

I’ve been developer desktop applications (including video games) for over 15 years now and I was excited about Microsoft giving independent and amateur game developers a real chance to develop titles for the XBox 360 with their XNA Game Development kit.  I’m still working on this but as I’ve taken a recent job working for a web design company I’ve been thrilled with the rate at which Google+ has been gaining popularity.  Well this just takes the cake now that they’re opening the doors for real native and hardware accelerated games which should allow game developers to create games of the same caliber as PC desktop games with their Native Client API for Google+.

I just saw one example of this new game development interface with the title, “GT Racing: Motor Academy”.

Read more about it on Games.com News, “Google+ and Native Client: A safe haven for hardcore game makers?

Web Squad,

Web Design Las Vegas

I’m not “pro-IBM”, I just happened to be digging through the IBM site (actually because I’m looking for a firmware update), but found some really cool stuff on their site.

When I ran across this article it made me think about how the culture at the office had changed since the advent of social networking and I realized how important this media is now to the way we think and act.  Especially as of late with terms like “flash mob” and “crowd sourcing” becoming a regular buzz word in the media more and more society is tending towards random congregations at the “drop of a hat” because of something we heard on Twitter or Facebook.  Of course the most recent event which caught my eye was the story about a “flash mob” appearance because of a posting on “Reddit”.

The following article really sums up how effective this media has become in recent years and I believe underlines one of the key principles which successful technology companies in the last 30 years have already proven to be effective corporate cultures like Microsoft, Lucas Arts, Google, etc.  The key to being successful these days is to be socially engaging and foster communication and a sense of community.  At least that’s what I got out of it.

A social business isn’t just a company that has a Facebook page and a Twitter handle. A social business is one that embraces and cultivates a spirit of collaboration and community throughout its organization—both internally and externally.

Read more on the IBM site, “Social Business“.

Web Squad,

Web Design Las Vegas

Here’s an exciting new project from IBM that could generate renewed interest in batter powered vehicles. If successful, it seems like this technology could lead to cheaper and more environmentally friendly solutions for generating power for homes as well, though I’m probably getting ahead of myself by saying thing. Check it out and you be the judge!

How it works: During discharge (driving), oxygen from the air reacts with lithium ions, forming lithium peroxide on a carbon matrix. Upon recharge, the oxygen is given back to the atmosphere and the lithium goes back onto the anode.

Read more on the IBM site, “The Battery 500 Project”.

Web Squad,

Web Design Las Vegas

Yes, it’s late for Easter but apparently the engineers at Google are unaware of this.  In any case, you must now defend your Google searches from dreaded Zerglings.  Read more about it on LockerGnome,  Google Easter Egg Evokes Zerg Rush on Search Results.

Web Squad,

Web Design Las Vegas

Will Apple’s growth continue in China? Or won’t it?

This is a very interesting thread on the future of Apple in one of the fasting growing mobile phone markets (still) in the world. If I may quote myself here as saying the following,

I hate to beat a dead horse here, but I also have to point out that Apple is in last place when it comes to “Cloud” technologies which is another upcoming technology that should spur on innovation in mobile phone software development.

I think the investors today don’t understand how critical software development is to any hardware platform these days. Google is far superior to Apple when it comes to fostering the development community for so many reasons, not the least of which is the barrier to entry. The cost to develop for Google which includes the Google Marketplace, Google Apps and Android is practically zero.

Web Squad,

Web Design Las Vegas

Schemer for IGN

This is a very cool site I found from a posting on Google Plus that I look forward to frequenting in the near future.

IGN is the #1 source for video game, entertainment, and technology news and info. Check out our schemes for recommendations on cool spots and things to do related to games, movies, TV, gadgets, and more.

Check out, Schemer for IGN.

 

German Motors,

bmw repair las vegas

Here’s a good example of how solar power is going to be making waves in a big way. In today’s technology driven society where mobility is a key factor but there just aren’t enough high voltage power sources for the mobile technology warriors, inventions like this should be making their way into the main stream in the next 10 to 20 years.

Provided we don’t find a better power source like say a portable singularity or something, the manufacturing costs for producing these photovoltaic strips (much like Ford forged the way for mass production of cars in the early 1900s) has come way down recently as many more companies are turning to solar power for a greener future.

Fabulous Freddy,

Car Wash Las Vegas

Demonstration of how to apply the Adafruit RFC shield to an Arduino development kit.

In case you’re unfamiliar with Arduino, this is one of the fastest growing amateur electronics kits which can be purchased at popular electronics outlets like Fry’s Electronics.

Parallax and Arduino both offer basic stamp kits and micro controllers for anything from computer controlled climate control systems to robotics.

Fabulous Freddy,

Car Wash Las Vegas

Is Facebook Really Worth $100 Billion?

In a recent article on GigaOM, the author poses the question whether Facebook is really all that it’s cracked up to be.  I have to laugh because I’ve been telling people for over a year that everything they have seen, heard or read about Facebook in the last year has been completely for the purpose of pumping up their stock value for the IPO.

Facebook is yesterday’s technology and with a technology giant like Google stepping into their playground, they have little to no chance of surviving long as the number one social networking site.  They are destined to become a white dwarf like Yahoo! and MySpace has become.  They are certainly not worthy of an $100 billion investment infusion.

And as the author of the following article, “What if Facebook isn’t so special after all?” puts it, Facebook has no tricks up their sleeve.  What you see is what you get.  Whereas Google has a compelling and all encompassing technology strategy which puts their social network dead center as the hub of everything new that’s being developed for their cloud technology, mobile platform (Android), Google Apps, Google Play, Google Market.  Although the following article focuses on the value of Facebook not on it’s competition I really don’t see how you can answer the first question without looking at the second question.

But, don’t take my word for it, read what others have to say about it.

In a recent essay on Facebook’s prospects, investment advisor Josh Brown called it a “red giant” — a star that, having grown too large, starts to consume its own resources and eventually implodes and becomes a white dwarf. Investors who are looking for a meteoric return on the company’s initial offering should consider the fact that they may wind up with shares in something very different.

Read more on “What if Facebook isn’t so special after all?“.

German Motors,

bmw repair las vegas