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Olympus Ex-Bosses Plead Guilty to Fraud (0)

Three executives from Olympus have plead guilty to fraudulently boosting the company's true value from 2007 to 2008 by concealing losses in their financial statements. The executives--namely former chairman Tsuyoshi Kikukawa, former auditor Hideo Yamada, and former vice president Hisashi Mori--were charged with fraud, which was revealed last year by Olympus' ex-CEO Michael Woodford. The company's board of directors fired Woodford for blowing the whistle, but reportedly received a large settlement in the process. Since then, the company revealed that they actually have been cooking the books as far back as the 1990s to conceal investment losses. They also confessed in 2011 that Olympus had a billion dollars less in value than previously stated. This has forced Olympus to look for a partner to raise capital. Source: Reuters, via Engadget Read More

How The New And Unique JIC iPhone Case Can Make Your Day (0)

How many times have you wished of recording a phone conversation when you needed to? It may be call from a loved one that you wish to record and listen to again and again. It may be a long winding and yawn-inducing conference call that you need to go over one more time. You may have wished to record your conversation with your boss about a vacation that he may have forgotten. If you frequently encounter such situations, then you might need this JIC iPhone Case. The JIC iPhone Case is not just any ordinary protective casing for your smartphone. JIC, which stands for "Just In Case" serves its purpose of always being on standby when you need it. Its main selling point is that it can allow you to record any conversation you have on your iPhone. All you need to do is push the record button at the back of the case and it will start recording your phone conversations. Once you stop recording, the conversation will be played back to you. You can also use the JIC as a personal recorder when you wish to just record an idea or thought immediately, even without a phone conversation. It comes with a built-in 2GB MicroSD card to store the recordings without affecting your phones internal memory. Its built-in battery provides up to 8 hours of recording time. Since users have instant access with just a push of a button to record conversations, it becomes a convenient feature that not all iPhone users have. The makers of the JIC iPhone Case is currently conducting a crowdfunding campaign at Indiegogo. A $39 pledge will get you one to try out before it becomes available for retail. Estimated delivery for early adopters is on May of this year. Image Source: Indiegogo Read More

Cloak: The anti-social app (0)

While social networking allows us to get connected with more people, one app is using social network to ironically become anti-social. Meet Cloak, a so-called "anti-social app" that lets you spot where your social networking "friends" are so you can avoid them. It is like stalking, but in reverse. I am pretty sure some of us have experienced the awkwardness of getting approached by a Facebook "friend" you have not seen in person for years. They ask how you have been and you tell them a generic "I've been doing well," while at the back of your mind you just want to leave because you are getting late for work. Or what about bumping into your ex-spouse? Or your boss while you are ridiculously drunk? Cloak checks out Foursquare and Instagram to pinpoint where your connections last updated their locations. You can simply look at the map and check the locations you need to avoid or flag certain people and receive a notification when they are located a few feet away from you. Developers of the anti-social app say they will add more social networks, but definitely not Twitter, which they say has a "quite vague" geo-location data. Curiously, one of the founders behind Cloak is Chris Baker, a former creative director for Buzzfeed with a penchant for developing anti-social apps. He developed a browser extension called "Rather," which replaces "anything you want in your social feeds with things you'd rather see, like cats." His recent project is called "Hate with Friends," which determines if you and a Facebook friend mutually hate each other's guts and even alerts you when another friend dislikes you. "Personally, I think we’ve seen the crest of the big social network," Baker wrote in an e-mail to Washington Post. "Things like Twitter and Facebook are packed elevators where we’re all crammed in together... I think anti-social stuff is on the rise." Cloak is available for free in iOS. Source: Washington Post Read More

Mega Stomp Panic: Audio fun for cosplay (0)

Dressing up for Halloween has become a big deal not only for children, but also for adults. You want to show up at parties with the wittiest, most realistic costume, so why not take it to the next level? The Mega Stomp Panic add another dimension to your cosplay by projecting realistic sounds as you step or stomp. Enter the room and move like you are a cowboy, a robot, a zombie, or even a peg-legged pirate. Simply clip the Mega Stomp Panic to your pants, turn the power on, and choose your sound effect. The rest is up to you as you walk like a boss. You can wear it over or underneath your costume if you do not want the device's LED lights to ruin your cosplay experience. The secret is right within the device, using a solid-state accelerometer that senses your body's vertical motion. If your body moves more, the accelerometer assumes you have stomped, signaling the audio-projecting mechanism. Other sounds the Mega Stomp Panic can do are gigantic monster crushing buildings, medieval knight walking in plate armor, an 8-bit gaming hero collecting virtual coins, and even splashing in puddles. It works on 4 AAA batteries, lasting for up to 8 hours of continuous use. Manufactured by ThinkGeek, the Mega Stomp Panic is now available online for only $29.99. Read More

Mighty No. 9: Mega Man-esque game raises $1.7M in 6 days (0)

Barely a week since its launch in Kickstarter, a Japan-based startup has been able to fully fund its campaign to develop a video game inspired from the Mega Man franchise. This is no ordinary independent PC game, as Mighty No. 9 is created by a team of veterans with Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune at the helm. Comcept USA has able to reach its funding goal of $900,000, now standing at $1.7 million as of this writing. They have laid out stretch goals to keep the pledges coming, such as releasing versions for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii U if the campaign reaches $2.2 million. The side-scrolling Mighty No. 9 features Beck, the ninth Mighty robot whose mission is to defeat his predecessor Mighty robots that have become infected with a virus. Once Beck manages to defeat the previous models, he would be able to absorb their powers as well, enabling him to tranform into another form and solve more difficult quests along the way. It does sound Mega Man concept-wide, down to the costumes. The company behind the campaign also plans to include their backers' insights, such as having to choose the character design of Beck's partner Call (you know, "Beck and Call"?) and even design the boss villain. Mighty No. 9 is planned to be distributed through Steam and DRM-free download. Interested backers can still get into the campaign for as low as $20 for a digital copy of the game by April 2015. Source: Mashable Read More

“Senran Kagura Burst” Coming to North America (0)

XSEED Games, a console publishing brand based in the US, has announced that it will distribute the battle adventure game "Senran Kagura Burst" for North American digital release in the Nintendo 3DS this fall. The side-scrolling action game features an all-well-endowed-female cast studying in two underground schools for ninjutsu. The video game is popular in Japan not just for its slice-and-dice action, but also how its characters have the ability to draw in their gamer masters with the power of their bouncing breasts, as well as the "strip ninjutsu" style of gameplay. "Senran Kagura Burst" has spawned a successful anime and manga series in the Land of the Rising Sun, not to mention a slew of fan-made porn. The game has two separate storylines, namely "Skirting Shadows" and "Crimson Girls". Skirting Shadows introduces players to the good girls of Hanzo Academy, while Crimson Girls tells the same story but in the point-of-view of students from rival Hebijo Academy. Players can choose from among 10 characters, five from each academy. Both schools have a Ninja Room, where characters interactions unveil the thoughts and feeling of students before and after each mission. Each character has a set of combat assignments, which includes retrieval missions, multi-character fights, and epic boss battles. The objective of the game is rather simple: the first ninja girl to destroy and remove the rival's shinobi outfit wins. The English version of the game keeps the original Japanese voice-overs, with English subtitles. And with the power of stereoscopic 3D, players can witness the full glory the game can deliver. Rated T for Teen by the ESRB, Senran Kagura Burst will be available on the Nintendo eShop in North America later this year. Source: Anime News Network Read More

Monolith Plus iPhone Micro Projector (0)

Business meetings usually involve looking at presentations on a projector screen. But there are certain instances when you have to make a presentation before your bosses only to experience the unthinkable- the main projector doesn't work. No matter how many times you try to fix it, it goes bad on you. Although it is not your fault, you are the focal point of this uncomfortable situation for a certain moment, until the meeting moves on to other subjects. If you want to prepare for such exigencies, you can bring along the Monolith Plus iPhone Micro Projector as a handy alternative. The Monolith Plus iPhone Micro Projector is a new version of the popular Monolith Projector for the iPhone 4. It comes with a cover-style design that fits right into your iPhone 4/4S. Its design makes it look more compact and easier to carry around with your iPhone. You would mistake it for a protective casing until you see it working. The Monolith Plus can provide a 640 x 480px resolution at 35 lumens of brightness for up to 60 inches in projection size. It provides three types of projection modes depending on whether you will be presenting a film, documents or if you want to save up power for the long haul. The Monolith Plus provides up to two hours of projection time on a full charge. Users can even use it to charge their phones on emergencies. The Monolith Plus iPhone Micro Projector is an ideal tool for a busy business executive. It is available at Japan Trend Shop for US$217. Image Source: Japan Trend Shop Read More

EA Unveils “Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare” (0)

Electronic Arts surprised the audience during its presentation at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles with a new twist to the "Plants vs. Zombies" series. PopCap, the series developer, unveiled a third-person shooter version called "Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare". Take note that this is completely different from "Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time", which will debut on iOS on July 18. This sequel retains the traditional tower defense genre seen in the original game. Meanwhile, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare makes use of EA's Frostbite 3 engine, which has been used to power hardcore shooter games like "Dead Space" and "Battlefield" series. The new PvZ title can be played in four-player cooperative multiplayer mode, wherein each player can choose between different plants that each possess different different tactical strengths and weaknesses. The pea shooter, for instance, provides a rapid-fire offense. The sunflower servces as a support class who heals her allies. The cactus, meanwhile, has high-powered sniper-like shots that can take away zombies from long distances. Sadly, the players cannot choose to play as zombies. Much like other PvZ games, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare brings hordes of undead in waves. As the game progresses, more powerful and sillier boss zombies arrive, such as the dancing disco zombies--an update from the undead Michael Jackson impersonators in the previous casual games. "Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare" will debut on the Xbox One, which will followed by an Xbox 360 version. We would have to wait a bit further to learn about the retail value and its release date. Source: NBC News Read More

Pocket Iron (0)

Have you ever experienced having to go on a meeting with your office wear crumpled and untidy? This is usually a no-no especially if you wish to please your boss. Untidiness at the office may be a possible reason why you did not receive that promotion. Taking care of how one looks in front of the mirror is a daily ritual for many people at the office, especially for those who want to look tidy and immaculate always in front of the boss. But how do you tidy up those crumpled and wrinkled areas of your clothes whenever you find them? How can you remove those unsightly creases when the need arises? This Pocket Iron from Japan may be your last resort when ironing is the only option available. The Pocket Iron is a handy portable wrinkle-removing device that you can always bring along with you, even at the office.  It comes in a compact design that fits in your own pocket. You can use it to remove wrinkles in clothes by clipping the affected area in between its heating element. You then close the device and run it along the length of the area you want to straighten out. The Pocket Iron comes with a heating element that heats up to 95 degrees in about 1 to 3 minutes. You can then move it through wrinkles in your dress or shirt to straighten it up. It is powered by three AA batteries and comes with an AC adapter for a standard power outlet to plug it into. This Pocket Iron is handy especially for traveling businessmen going on business trips. This will ensure that they always have a Pocket Iron handy to keep them looking tidy always when going to important meetings. The Pocket Iron is available at Japanese retailer ESupply for 980 Japanese Yen or around US$10. Image Source: ESupply Read More

Pirated Game Dev Tycoon Shows How Piracy Feels Like (0)

Game developers get frustrated over players who download their titles illegally, resorting to overbearing copy protection mechanisms that dishearten legitimate players. Facing the same problem, indie studio Greenheart Games takes a novel approach in battling piracy: by releasing a "cracked" Game Dev Tycoon to a number of illegal downloading sites. There is, however, a catch. Anyone who tries playing the pirated Game Dev Tycoon get to experience how game studios go through when dealing with illegal downloads. A massage pops out, in the form of a sales report, telling the player that people are opting to pirate their studio's game. The report reads: "Boss, it seems that while many players play our new game, they steal it by downloading a cracked version rather than buying it legally. If players don't buy the games they like, we will sooner or later go bankrupt. :-(" Patrick Klug of Greenheart Games wrote in the studio's blog that, within a day after the cracked version was released, over 93 percent of all Game Dev Tycoon downloads were illegal. He also posted response from frustrated players who were experiencing the same struggles his company faces with piracy. "As a gamer I laughed out loud: the IRONY," Klug wrote. "However, as the developer, who spent over a year creating this game and hasn't drawn a salary yet, I wanted to cry. Surely, for most of these players, the 8 dollars wouldn't hurt them but it makes a huge difference to our future!" Greenheart Games is not the first developer to come up with out-of-the-box approaches to piracy. For instance, cracked versions of Crysis Warhead replaced bullets with less effective chickens. Pirated copies of Michael Jackson: The Experience on Nintendo DS drowned the music with an endless barrage of vuvuzela horns. Source: Greenheart Games, via The Verge Read More

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