Could Apple be planning a video conferencing iPod?

What even Slashdot isn’t reporting on: patents have been filed for a video conferencing technology to be put into portable handhelds, such as an iPod or cellular phone. What grabs everyone’s attention? The intimate working knowledge the patent holder seems to have of the iPod. It’s almost as if it could be an Apple employee.

Who else would so specifically call the device an “enhanced iPod” in their patent? And immediately offer up explanations of how a revised version of the QuickTime CODEC would do a lot of work? Additionally, schematics of how the hardware would coexist within an existing iPod unit. No, far too much detail for your average-joe-geek-seeking-patent-trolling-idea. I’d have to assume it’s far too late for an April fool’s joke. Maybe I’m just a victim of the Mac equivalent of the rarely-correct news site TheInquirer – but you can read on to the only site carrying the story so far, MacsimumNews.

Peace on ya,

PRL Hacking Phones

Note: this is not an original article, it did not appear on this date. This date is used because I found a HowardForums post that I had made on this date, in reference to the work I was doing. It’s a story worth remembering. So I wrote this piece, but gave it the 2005 date because that was the time I was actually doing this, even though in this article I specifically reference things that happened well after 2005. Continue reading “PRL Hacking Phones”

One Must Fall Battlegrounds review: 2097 is in the past!

Note, I originally wrote this as a product review in 2004 on C|Net, and is being preserved here for posterity. Nearly ten full years since this review, I have to echo some of the same feelings – the game was unique and no other fighting games like it have appeared since. It may have been too much of a departure from 2D fighting games, too radically different to be liked by many people. Below the image is the original review.

One Must Fall Battlegrounds is one of the most unique experiences you will ever have. Visually stunning and originality that would make anyone jealous, the game only receives low scores in reviews because people aren’t ready for this kind of 3D Fighting Game, especially not in the PC world. At least, not yet.

Having played this game from some of it’s earliest beta revisions, the DE team has proven to me that they took on the challenge of learning new skills and techniques, and came out on top. After remaining nearly stagnant in the years after One Must Fall 2097, DE got on the task of Battlegrounds and never looked back. End result was an incredible experience for all gamers.

The single player AI will provide some fun, and can be set to give advanced players quite a challenge. But if that ever gets old, you can always find your way into the online arenas. These Battlegrounds host a large community of players who (most of the time!) are willing to help new comers LEARN more about the game.

Some reviews may make the game sound poor, but the unique experience is only somewhat difficult to adjust to. Once you understand the controls, you’ll find the game more and more exciting. The game play is smooth, the graphics are stunning, the sound quality is incredible, and the system specs required really aren’t too demanding. The game simply is impressive and should not be ignored. I highly recommend this game to everyone, but especially parents who may not know what to get their kids – this game may settle an 11-15 year olds need for “violent video games” without having the head exploding, heart tearing, and limb chopping of other games (not to say they’re bad, but if you’re trying to remain a strict parent while your kid wants fighting games – this is an optimal solution).