Friday Blurbs…. 26th of March

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Netflix does Wii – According to Jessie Becker, pharmacy a spokes person for Netflix, health care said in a blog posting on the site. Netflix is getting ready for the launch of streaming to Wii. On Thursday Netflix started sending out  instant streaming discs for the Wii to some of our Netflix members. This will allow customers to watch movies and TV episodes from Netflix via Wii, web   at no additional cost, just like many customers do other devices.  You willthe Netflix unlimited plan, a Wii console and a broadband Internet connection.  According to Ms. Becker customers can reserve thier disc today at www.netflix.com/Wii !

Mafia Wars – An anonymous reader writes “One of Italy’s 100 most-wanted criminals, a vicious mafia boss who had been on the run for months, was betrayed by his passion for social networking and flushed out thanks to Facebook. Using the name ‘Scarface’ from the gangster movie starring Al Pacino, Pasquale Manfredi, 33, a boss of the the ferocious ‘Ndrangheta mafia organization from the Calabria region in southern Italy, had logged on to his Facebook account so often that police were able to trace the signal from his Internet key and find his hideout.‘ Seems the Mafia Wars Facebook phenomenon goes deeper than it seemed!” I wonder if this guy was on my wife’s crew!!!

Talk about a Bumper Sticker – Don’t know if this will work or not, but one inventive Europeans has devised a way to beat those pesky red light and speed control cameras…. I wonder if it works with toll booths too.

To Infinity and Beyond! – In a classic case of “why didn’t we think of this first,” Chinese design student Gonglue Jiang has shown us a new way for overcoming the limitations imposed by the scarcity of USB ports on some computers. Instead of forcing you to constantly hot swap devices into that one port, Gonglue’s Infinite USB plugs keep all your cables connected, thereby facilitating those smartphone syncs, spy camera recharges, and — for the ultimate irony — maybe even a USB hub. If you’re thinking this would be brought down by a bout of bandwidth starvation once you start some USB multitasking, you’re probably right, but power shortages shouldn’t be an issue as the author has also come up with an external power connector that joins into his Infinite chain of connectivity. If only this wasn’t just a concept.

Mario Bros New Platform – Nintendo has announced its newest portable hardware, the Nintendo 3DS (a name which is marked as “temp” in the brief press release issued by the company). This new handheld is planned for launch in Nintendo’s next fiscal year, which ends March, 2011.

The new hardware is not an update to the original, 2004-launched Nintendo DS hardware — as its Lite, DSi and DSi XL have been. According to the press release, the new platform will “succeed” the Nintendo DS — which stands as Nintendo’s most successful hardware platform ever.

The platform will allow users to play 3D games without the need for special glasses, the release said. No details on this technology, nor other aspects of the platform, beyond its backward compatibility with existing Nintendo DS and DSi games, was revealed.  Pricing and software lineup details are also presently undisclosed.  The release promised that more details will be revealed at Nintendo’s E3 press conference. The E3 show begins June 15, 2010.

Captain America – Chris Evans (“Fantastic Four” films) has accepted Marvel Studios’ offer for him to play Steve Rogers/Captain America in the Joe Johnston-directed The First Avenger: Captain America . Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely wrote the script. Marvel would not comment on the development, but we expect the official announcement will be made soon. The deal calls for Evans to star in at least three “Captain America” movies, with the first hitting theaters on July 22, 2011. He would reprise the role in The Avengers , which will united Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and the Incredible Hulk (Edward Norton) in one film. That film is scheduled for May 4, 2012.

Martin Swinney

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