Fujitsu Is Going To Put One In Apple’s Ass In Ipad Battle

28 01 2010

Just a big ass iphone w/ usb ports

Not only has Apple come under fire for naming their new tablet device the “iPad”, inciting chuckles and references to feminine products, it now appears as though they may have a legal issue on their hands. It looks like as they did with the iPhone, Apple is seeking to use a name that existed before. Fujitsu first laid claim to the name with their Windows CE-based iPad in 2002.

Fujitsu's beat you to the punch player. Such blatant theft is an Apple trademark

According to the New York Times, Fujitsu’s application to trademark the iPad name stalled due to an earlier filing by Mag-Tech, and information technology security company in Seal Beach, CA, for a handheld computer encrypting device. According to the US Patent and Trademark OFfice, Fujitsu’s application was listed as abandoned in early 2009, but the company had revived their application in June 2009.

Just one month later, Apple used a proxy to apply for an international trademark for the iPad. Since then, Apple has filed a number of requests with the Patent Office for more time to oppose Fujitsu’s application. Apple now has until February 28 to say whether it will oppose Fujitsu’s claims to the iPad name.

This time around, it doesn’t look like Apple can easily swoop in and pay off Fujitsu for the name, so they may actually end up fighting for it. And that will involve a lot of lawyers, and even more money.

Maybe they should have just named it iSlate….

[Reposted from the Cleveland Leader]


Rock Band Network beta Going Live TONIGHT For Xbox 360 Users

19 01 2010

Here's your chance to be "discovered"

Ever had the urge to crank out some nasty riffs in the kitchen, record them, and then watch as millions of Xbox 360 owners rush to download your jams? Don’t lie. In a move that marks the next logical step of the Rock Band journey, Harmonix has confirmed that an open beta registration of the Rock Band Network will open up later today for Xbox 360 users, enabling amateur (or professional… or novice!) musicians to record, convert and upload tracks to a network where gamers can judge how awesome / not awesome any given song is. Reportedly, those seen as “good enough” will be made available for sale (you can price each tune from $1 to $3), though we’re hearing that the actual conversion process isn’t a lesson in simplicity. In fact, some outfits are offering their services to take recordings from .wav files to ones that the game can understand, but with rates of $500 per minute (of music), we’re guessing that only serious artists will apply. And if you’ve ever heard “that local band” willing to play shows for free, you’ll agree with us when we say that this barrier to entry is probably a good thing.

[From engadget]

DJ Fashen: January 2010 Charts Mix

19 01 2010

It's Fashen!!

My homie DJ Fashen just put up this mix to get you in the mood to….. well, I guess you’ll have to listen to it and tell me what it puts you in the mood to do.  Check out Fashen’s blog “It’s Fashen,”  and jam out.  PEace!

1. Partysquad – Rage – Top Billin
2. Sound Of Stereo – Velcro – N.E.W.S./Lectroluv
3. Dooze Jackers – Got Line – White Label
4. Telephoned – Dancin On Me – Fools Gold
5. Clipse – All Eyes On Me – Star Trak
6. Pase Rock – Nights (Nadastrom Remix) – Dim Mak
7. Sound Of Stereo – Button (BeatauCue Remix) – N.E.W.S./Lectroluv
8. Gucci Mane feat. Lil B. – Break Yo Self – (Diplo Remix) – Asylum
9. Silver City – Victoria Jam – Deep Freeze
10. Congorock – Babylon – Fools Gold

January 2010 Charts Mix – Fashen

[From It’s]

Best Fails of ’09

12 01 2010

Omg…. Just picked this up from…. The best spills, thrills, and fails from this past year.  Which one is your favorite?

Click HERE to see the funniest clip you’ll see all year long

EA Announces NBA JAM for Wii

11 01 2010
Boom Shaka Laka!!!

Boom Shaka Laka!!!

Boooooom Shaka-Laka is back! EA just announced they will be releasing a new version of the arcade classic later this year. EA Sports is bringing back the classic franchise with vintage NBA JAM gameplay, and all-new features that deliver a fresh new take on the game. Featuring the sights and sounds that fans of the franchise will instantly recognize, EA SPORTS NBA JAM mixes the old school with the new, to deliver a one-of-a-kind sports presentation on the Wii. As a matter of fact, EA is letting you vote on you favorite players old and new to help make up the new rosters, check it out here.  Hurry though!!! Only 6 more days to vote!  Cavs fans remember Mark Price, Larry Nance, Hot Rod Williams, Brad Daugherty, Craig Ehlo, Steve Kerr, Kevin Johnson, Ron Harper, Terrell Brandon, Shawn Kemp, Lebron James, Mo Williams, Delonte West, Bobby Phillips, Chris Mihm, Jason Kapono, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, etc etc…. All good choices, FTW!!!

From LTD Magazine

Brittany Murphy Found Dead At 32

20 12 2009

Brittany Murphy died early this morning after she went into full cardiac arrest and could not be revived, multiple sources tell TMZ. She was 32. A 911 call was made at 8:00 AM from a home in Los Angeles that is listed as belonging to her husband, Simon Monjack, the Los Angeles City Fire Department tells TMZ. We’re told Murphy was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where she was pronounced dead on arrival. Her time of death was listed as 10:04 AM. Murphy starred in such films as “Clueless,” “8 Mile,” and “Don’t Say a Word.” Murphy was reportedly fired from last film, “The Caller,” after reports she was problematic on set.

UPDATE 3:11 PM ET — Sources tell TMZ Brittany Murphy’s mom discovered her unconscious in the shower. We’re told when paramedics arrived, they quickly determined Murphy was in full cardiac arrest and immediately administered CPR. They continued CPR in route to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center — several miles away — and Murphy was unresponsive. She was pronounced dead at the hospital. We’re told the LA County Coroner’s is picking up Murphy’s body from Cedars later today and will launch a death investigation.

UPDATE 4:00 PM ET — We’re also told the LAPD will launch a death investigation.

UPDATE 4:07 PM ET — A rep for Murphy tells TMZ, “In this time of sadness, the family thanks you for your love and support. It is their wish that you respect their privacy.”

via TMZ

Technics To Analog Turntable Legend

27 11 2009

Dead at 35

The DJing community and the greater dance music scene mourns the loss of a clubbing staple today.  No, Steve Aoki hasn’t hung up his record bag, but rather news has emerged that iconic turntable manufacturers Technics will be stopping production on their universally loved Technics 1200s and Technics 1210s.

In a statement re-posted on dance board Global Hardstyle, the company behind the production of the Technics turntables Panasonic announced that they would cease the manufacture of Tehcnics turntables in February next year, citing an increasing decline in sales as the motivation behind the line’s demise.

The Australian arm of Panasonic issued a similar statement today, expressing their disappointment that the brand’s 35 years-and-running legacy was to be put to bed.

“It is a sad day today but due to low sales globally in analogue turntables a decision to stop production has been made on Technics Turntables,” Panasonic spokesman Ian North explained. “For Australia this means we will receive our last shipment in March.”

With the disappearance of Technics decks now imminent it’s becoming increasingly clear that the digital juggernaut is showing no signs of slowing down. We’ve already heard from trance icon Tiesto how he’s abandoned the ‘outdated’ medium in favour and gone for the ease and accessibility of digital tune libraries. Indeed, the new (and might we just say super-sexy) CDJ-2000s from Pioneer look to be making things easier than ever before with USB stick functionality, employed just last weekend by another digital convert Sasha.

Whilst we’re sure the classic Technics turntables will live on in the hearts of many club-reverent folk out there – not to mention in more than a few purist clubs – it’s still a crushing blow to lose the decks, and if nobody minds, we’ll be bringing beer o’clock around early this Friday afternoon.

[Via: In The Mix]