Archive for July, 2007

31
Jul
07

The Ingmar Bergman-Woody Allen Connection

The Film Babble Blog has a post up about the influence of Bergman as seen in Woody Allen’s films. Now, I consider myself a huge Woody Allen fan, but the depth of knowledge of both Bergman’s and Allen’s work this post required absolutely amazes me. As with many of the other posts on this blog, I am completely blown away by the coverage given to this topic. I must now go re-watch Allen’s works and introduce myself to more of Bergman’s films.

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31
Jul
07

Limited Edition Halo 3 Mountain Dew

Halo Mountain Dew Halo Mountain Dew 2

The guys over at Kotaku received a sample 2-pack of the upcoming promotional Halo 3 Mountain Dew. Even though I’m not a huge Halo fan, I have to say these cans look pretty freakin’ sweet, and I might have to get a 12-pack and put them in a corner to collect dust.

31
Jul
07

Facebook Audio is no more

I can’t say that I didn’t see this coming. It was nice while it lasted, but Facebook has nixed the Audio application, which was in my opinion far superior to iLike. iLike is too cluttersome (new word) and loud (bad pun). Audio was simple and small and just did what I wanted… put an mp3 in my profile.

Facebook no doubt caved to pressure from the RIAA. Let’s see if the MPAA targets the Facebook Video application next.

[via Mashable!]

31
Jul
07

Keep Recordin’

All it takes is a third party app with a small footprint to fix any shortcomings with Windows Mobile devices. The latest entry into the “shouldn’t have to exist if WM implemented this anyway” category is Keep Recordin’, which lets you select an alternate storage device (like an SD card) to store audio recordings, enabling long, grainy recordings of your class lectures right on your phone.

[via Download Squad]

31
Jul
07

iPhone alternatives for Sprint customers

Over at jkOnTheRun, Kevin posted a trio of alternatives for you Sprint-locked iPhone coveters. In his post, he covers the HTC Mogul, Motorola Q, and BlackBerry 8830. As a Sprint customer myself, I quite enjoy my Palm Treo 700wx.

.Palm Treo 700wx

The Palm Treo 700wx is a more-than-respectable alternative to the iPhone. At $300 after rebate (or $300 with no rebate if you use the SERO plan) , the phone starts off a good deal cheaper than the iPhone. If you opt for the SERO plan, which I use, 500 minutes and unlimited data is only $30/month which is half the iPhone’s cost. Bump that up to 1250 minutes and you’re at $50/month, which is still less than the iPhone.

The screen may not be as spiffy as the iPhone’s, but browsing with Minimo or Opera Mini is enjoyable. As for music and video, the iPhone solidly trumps the Treo there, since the included Windows Media Player is stodgy and difficult. However, I can do many things with my Treo that cannot be done with an iPhone:
– Tether to my laptop (w/o the phone-as-modem plan) for high-speed Internet access

– Connect to EV-DO for high-speed Internet access

– Expand storage with an SD card

– Expand functionality with an SD card

– Make custom ringtones from mp3s (free ringtones from any song I want?!?)

– Install a plethora of creative and/or useful third-party apps

– Replace the friggin’ battery!

– Turn off the sound with a quick external toggle. This may seem trivial but it beats having to go through 20 menus to turn the phone on silent.

The iPhone may be flashier than the Treo, but for functionality and expandability, the Treo has the iPhone beat.

31
Jul
07

Circuit City latest to leak the Xbox 360 price drop

Xbox 360 Price Drop

First we had a leaked Wal-Mart circular showing a $50 price break on the Xbox 360 Premium, then came a Toys ‘R’ Us circular with the same info. Now we have a Circuit City flyer that shows not only a price drop on the Premium, but also smaller price drops on the Core and Elite. If you’re thinking about buying an Xbox 360 right now, you might want to wait a week.

[via Engadget]

31
Jul
07

The New Incredible Hulk

The Incredible Hulk

The first concept art has been released for the upcoming The Incredible Hulk. Needless to say, this looks absolutely awesome. I was sold when Edward Norton and Louis Leterrier (dir. The Transporter) were signed on. I just hope that they can convey the fact that they are restarting the franchise, not making a sequel to Ang Lee’s farce of a film.