Pocketnow Interviews PhoneBloks, Talks about the Vision and Philosophy for the Project and More

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Phonebloks is probably the most interesting concept we’ve ever seen, and it appears that Google agreed, since they had Motorola partner with them. And when they sold Motorola, they kept that part of the company in Mountain View. What Phonebloks is, is basically allowing you to build the perfect smartphone. That includes being able to switch out the camera module, the storage, the screen, the processor, everything. It’s basically a modular phone. Which we should see it this summer, which is going to be amazing. Our friends over at Pocketnow sat down with the creators of Phonebloks and they had a lot to say.

Phoneblocks talked about the vision and philosophy behind the idea that manufacturers and consumers should collaborate to create a unique ecosystem:

“The basic idea behind Phonebloks is creating a modular phone, so that when a part breaks you’d be able to replace it. At the time the idea was conceived, Dave Hakkens, the founder, was a design student working on his graduation project. He likes technology and he likes the environment. So, he thought he should do something to combine these two. Around that time his digital camera broke, and he decided to fix it on his own. He took the camera apart and saw that the lens motor was broken. But, he could not locate a replacement for that part in any repair shop nor when he talked to the manufacturer. Everyone simply told him to buy a new camera. He didn’t want a new camera though; he just needed that small component. Dave did some research and discovered that electronic waste streams are some of the fastest growing waste-streams in the world, with mobile phones being a big part of that. So, although at the beginning he thought about modularity for all kinds of tech, he decided to focus on mobile phones. This is how he came up with the Phonebloks concept.”

What’s interesting here is that the video that we all know and have probably watched a hundred times, was initially leaked onto Reddit, and it just blew up from there. It’s sitting at over 19 million views right now, which is pretty crazy. You can read the rest of the lengthy interview over at Pocketnow’s website.

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Pastor/Rapper Mase Blasted By Worshipers

Pastor/Rapper Mase Blasted By Worshipers: “He’s Runnin’ With The Devil”

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Pastor/rapper Mase is a fake who has committed blasphemy by using the holiness of the church to advance his very unholy rap agenda … so claim many of the worshipers at his house of worship.

Pastor/Rapper Mase Blasted By Worshipers: “He’s Runnin’ With The Devil”

Reports TMZ:

Some of the worshipers tell TMZ … they believe Mase is living a double life, spending as much time in the studio with hardcore rappers as in the church. And they say his messages from the pulpit drip in hypocrisy, because what he raps about is exactly the opposite.

One of the things that set parishioners off … the TMZ story that Mase — who built both his church and his fortune on his marriage — secretly filed for divorce in January and then withdrew the legal docs a few weeks later.

Some of the parishioners tell us Mase has been going on and on about the virtues of marriage even after the TMZ post, never addressing his own failures … and they’re fed up.

There’s talk now about refusing to fund the church … that’s how bad things have become.

And something new to piss off worshipers … Mase is featured on a new song — “Tricky Situation” — about a man who brags about banging a woman who’s already engaged.

http://www.ebengregory.com/2014/03/27/pastorrapper-mase-blasted-worshipers-hes-runnin-devil/

Microsoft Office Mobile now Free

Microsoft Office Mobile is now Free on the Android Google Play store, there is no 365 subscription needed – get it now: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.office.officehub

Microsoft Office Mobile

Microsoft Office Mobile

Description
Microsoft Office Mobile is the official Office companion optimized for your Android phone. You can access, view and edit your Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint documents from virtually anywhere. Documents look like the originals, thanks to support for charts, animations, SmartArt graphics and shapes. When you make quick edits or add comments to a document, the formatting and content remain intact.*

KEY FEATURES:
Access documents from virtually anywhere:
• Cloud – With your phone, you can access Office documents that are stored on OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, or SharePoint.
• Recent Documents – Office Mobile is cloud-connected. The documents you’ve recently viewed on your computer are readily available on your phone in the recent documents panel.
• Email Attachments – You can view and edit Office documents attached to email messages.*

Office documents look stunning: 
• Great-Looking Documents – Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents look great on your phone, thanks to support for charts, animations, SmartArt Graphics, and shapes.
• Optimized for phone – Word, Excel and PowerPoint have been optimized for the small screen of your phone.
• Resume Reading – When opening a Word document from OneDrive or OneDrive for Business on your phone, it automatically resumes at the place where you left off reading, even if you last viewed the document on your PC or tablet.
• Presentation Views – The Slide Navigator view in PowerPoint lets you browse slides faster, while speaker notes help you practice your presentation.

Make quick edits and share*: 
• Documents Remain Intact – Formatting and content remain intact when you edit Word, Excel, or PowerPoint documents on your phone.
• Create – You can create new Word and Excel documents on your phone.
• Comments – You can review comments that have been made in Word and Excel documents on your phone and add your own comments.

* Sign in with a free Microsoft account to create, edit and save documents for home use. A qualifying Office 365 subscription is required to create, edit and save documents for business use. Qualifying plans include: Office 365 Small Business Premium, Office 365 Midsize Business, Office 365 Enterprise E3 and E4 (Enterprise and Government), Office 365 Education A3 and A4, and Office 365 ProPlus.

Requires a phone running Android OS 4.0 or later.

For more information, please visit http://www.office.com/mobile.

Keywords: 
Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Office, Microsoft Office, spreadsheet, presentation, Office 365, Office for Android

Watch “Proof that Most Haunted is Set Up” on YouTube

Proof that Most Haunted is Set Up: http://youtu.be/N3x_JUHDYZ0

South Park – The Sick of Truth

BY LOU KESTEN, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MARCH 21, 2014

Remember when South Park debuted on Comedy Central in 1997? Remember how shocking the cursing, toilet humour and black comedy seemed?

Take that level of shock and multiply it by, oh, 20 and you’ll have some idea of what you should expect from South Park: The Stick of Truth, the new video game written by series creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. (Ubisoft, for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, $59.99), Even fans of the theatrical South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut may be taken aback by the level of raunch on display here.

The curse words are un-bleeped. There’s a sex act that makes the notorious “Hot Coffee” scene in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas look like something off the Disney Channel. There’s a cringe-inducing scenario set in an abortion clinic. And more.

Like its cable TV counterpart, The Stick of Truth gleefully tackles issues such as gun control, racism, sexism and pedophilia. If you’re not a South Park fan, by all means avoid it. Even if you’re a fan, there are moments that will make you say “ick” — even as you’re laughing at the game’s audacity.

Your character is the new kid in town. Cartman, grand wizard of the Kingdom of Kupa Keep (yes, the KKK), invites you on a quest to recover the titular stick from a tribe of elves, led by Kyle and Stan.

The war between the two gangs evolves into something more dangerous, though, once aliens invade and unleash a plague of Nazi zombies. The ensuing romp reels in almost every character from the cartoon’s 17-year run, from regulars that include Kenny and Butters, to guest stars such as Mr. Hankey and Jesus.

The gameplay was designed by Obsidian Entertainment, the California studio known for role-playing games Fallout: New Vegas and Dungeon Siege III.

The Stick of Truth is RPG lite. You get to create the new kid from scratch, building from scores of facial features, clothing items and accessories. As the game progresses, you get more resilient armour and more dangerous weapons. And you learn increasingly effective magic spells that, true to form, typically involve flatulence.

Whenever you encounter an enemy, the screen switches to battle mode, in which you and one partner take turns attacking and casting spells at the bad guys. Most actions, whether offensive or defence, require pressing a button at a certain time to achieve maximum power. The combat recalls Nintendo’s Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi series, and demands more strategy than you might expect.

Those Nintendo franchises have produced some of the funniest games on the market, so perhaps there’s something about the turn-based RPG that lends itself to comedy. In any case, over the 12 hours I played The Stick of Truth, I found myself laughing dozens of times — sometimes at its broad slapstick, other times at more subtle gags.

For example, there are hundreds of collectible items hidden in South Park, and nearly every one has a joke attached. (The profane text accompanying Phil Collins’ Oscar indicates Parker and Stone are still bugged about losing the 1999 best original song trophy to him.)

Some of the targets are outdated — what have Al Gore and Rob Schneider done to anyone lately? But that could be the result of the game’s long, somewhat turbulent development history.

South Park has always been aware of video-game culture, and some of the funniest elements of The Stick of Truth play off familiar tropes from the likes of Call of Duty, Final Fantasy and Skyrim. A tremendous joke about Canada two-thirds of the way through is the cleverest twist I’ve seen in a AAA game in years. But even before then, this game is packed with so much comedy that you’ll forgive some uninspired gameplay.

Just don’t play in front of your kids. Or your parents.

Remember ‘Crazy Taxi’ Arcade Game?

So, I remember playing Crazy Taxi- in the mall arcade and in the theater arcade way back when and also on my Sega Genesis, -I think. Anyway, I’m obsessed right now with all the news and newest goodies from Google, Android, etc.. and I have always loved finding time to bring some nostalgia into my life – whichever form that may be. Those two together have just made a little portion of Mr. Famous even more the happy. If you didn’t know, Crazy Taxi has been available in the Google Play Store for awhile but it was like $4.99, -and screw that. But for the next few days, until 3/19/2014, the word ‘Free’ has been added to the game’s title. Why would they kick the price?

Well, first just hurry and grab the now-free Crazy Taxi from the Play Store, and I would suggest downloading and using an app backup utility (App Backup & Restore) so you will have a copy for future android devices and installs after the 100% off sale ends, and second, here’s why they kicked the price for a few days.. !!! 🙂

“Sega’s using this sale to draw attention to an upcoming entry in the franchise, Crazy Taxi: City Rush. That free-to-play title will introduce modern visuals, but it will also come with less desirable innovations, such as social network integration and in-game currency.” –[androidpolice.com]

Crazy Taxi: City Rush Announcement Trailer

SEGA TAKES TO THE STREETS IN CRAZY TAXI: CITY RUSH

Legendary Crazy Taxi Franchise Returns to Mobile Platforms with New Arcade Experience Full of Signature over-the-top Excitement and Action

SAN FRANCISCO – March 14, 2014 – SEGA Networks, Inc. is pleased to announce the newest game in one of the company’s most iconic franchises: Crazy Taxi™: City Rush. From Kenji Kanno, the creator of the original Crazy Taxi arcade smash hit and Hardlight Studios, one of SEGA’s top mobile developers comes a game reimagined for a new generation of mobile gamers. Crazy Taxi™: City Rush captures the spirit of the beloved Crazy Taxi series with one-touch, intuitive controls that make for a fun and frantic ride everyone can enjoy. In Crazy Taxi™: City Rush, there’s no mission too insane, no stunt too dangerous and no passenger too outrageous…nothing is safe!

Free to download and play for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices, Crazy Taxi™: City Rush was designed exclusively for mobile and will release globally later this year.

“I’m very excited to finally be able to share with you the first news of Crazy Taxi™: City Rush,” said Executive Producer and creator of the arcade original, Kenji Kanno. “We are delivering a truly fun game that captures everything our fans love about the original and infusing it with several new features to create an even more fantastic and memorable experience.”

Swipe to quickly change lanes, whip around corners, onto sidewalks and ramps to send your cab soaring through the air. Drive crazy through an all-new big city setting.

Crazy Taxi™: City Rush will launch with a wide variety of adrenaline-fueled missions, wild challenges – and unique areas to unlock, explore, and master as you progress through the campaign. Customize your cab to increase its power and visual appeal with a wide variety of over-the-top upgrades. Take your friends for a ride and blaze a trail through the city, sidewalks, and alleyways for special rewards.

“Creating a new game for our Crazy Taxi fans is extremely rewarding,” said Chris Olson, Senior Vice President of SEGA Networks. “City Rush embodies the spirit of Crazy Taxi with its signature frantic arcade action and crazy stunts and also delivers a new mobile experience with easy one touch controls and social features.”

Crazy Taxi™: City Rush has soft launched in limited global regions, with plans for a full global release later this year. More information will be released leading up to the game’s official launch.

As a special ‘thank you’ to longtime fans, SEGA is also pleased to announce that the first game, Crazy Taxi, is now free to download on the App Store and Google Play for a limited time.

For more information on Crazy Taxi™: City Rush, please visit the official Facebook, Twitter and YouTube page.

Classic ‘Super Chest’ Photo

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One of my favorite all time younger ‘profile-style’ photos of me.. love it