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Through XBMC & MC360 Presents: The Black Market

Monday, November 12th, 2007

Team Black Bolts Black Market

Thats right the XBMC MC360 Skin is back in Black HAHA, they have a cool new feature that allows you to download and preview 212 skins/themes as of 11/1/07 (I just checked) it allows you connect to a new server that just went up to provide YOU, with tons of skins for your XBMC. They also brought back YouTube, so the new script allows you to watch vidoes again. Theirs all so a new button that lets you update the CORE of XBMC when ever theirs a new build out. I have to say that Team Black Bolt have out done them self AGAIN, this is truelly a great skin and team. Long Live XBMC-MC360 & Team Black Bolt!!

Features of the XBMC Black Market:
Download themes for XBMC
Checks off which themes you have Downloaded
Shows you
-Alphabetical Index
-Latest Additions
-Most Downloaded
-The Size of the theme
Theme preview
And Much More…

The Black Market

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Latest XBMC XBMC-SVN 2007-10-28 Rev10638
Latest MC360 MC360 Skin

Playstation 3 Store Weekly Updates #1

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

It seems that Sony has been active this week adding the latest updates to their Playstation store. They have added two highly anticipated games up for grabs today; one being the calming flOw, and the other being the puzzler Qbert.

flOw is a game about piloting an aquatic organism through a surreal biospehere where players consume other organisms, evolve, and dive into the abyss. It features up to 4 player multiplayer, and it available at full 1080p resolution. This game is truly a calming experience for the PS3, combined with surround sound it just boggles my mind. It seems to have used Sixaxis fully as well, but how it is used, i currently do not know. This game is selling for $7.99

Qbert on the other hand is an 80’s classic retro acrcade game. Qbert a colorful noser is now available on the PS3 with high definition, and is sure to be fun for the retro gamer. Score points by hopping around the pyramid and changing the cube colors, but keep an eye out for the springy nemesis, Coily, and his friends. This game is selling for $4.99.

They have also released two demos for the Ps3 users to try out; these being Ridge Racer 7 and Full Auto 2: Battlelines.

Ridge Racer 7, and Full Auto 2: Battlelines are games that were released in the past and are truly great games. If you hesitated to buy the games due to not knowing how they are these demos are a great test.

Keep checking on for the latest PS3 news.

Microsoft Takes $1.52B Patent Hit

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

A U.S. federal jury found that Microsoft Corp. infringed audio patents held by Alcatel-Lucent and should pay $1.52 billion in damages, Microsoft said Thursday.

Microsoft said it plans to first ask the trial judge to knock down the ruling and will appeal if necessary. It said the verdict is unsupported by the law or the facts.

Alcatel-Lucent had accused the world’s biggest software maker of infringing patents related to standards used for playing digital music, or MP3, files.

"We made strong arguments supporting our view and we are pleased with the court’s decision," said Alcatel-Lucent spokeswoman Joan Campion, declining to discuss details of the decision.

Microsoft said it has already properly licensed the MP3 technology from a German company called Fraunhofer for $16 million.

"We are concerned that this decision opens the door for Alcatel-Lucent to pursue action against hundreds of other companies who purchased the rights to use MP3 technology from Fraunhofer, the industry-recognized rightful licensor," Tom Burt, Microsoft’s deputy general counsel, said in a statement.

Microsoft and Alcatel are locked in a number of patent disputes including a suit over the video-decoding technology in Microsoft’s Xbox 360 video game console.

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Will Google Take On Xbox Live?

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

Google’s $23 million deal to acquire Adscape—first reported by Red Herring last week—gives the search giant a patent that could mean trouble for Microsoft’s Xbox Live online gaming service.

Ownership of Adscape gives Google access to a patent portfolio that could position the company well in a battle against Microsoft to deliver advertisements in video games. Redmond became the king of in-game ads after buying New York-based Massive in 2006 for an estimated $200 to $400 million (see Microsoft’s Massive Purchase).

The most interesting patent, however, could create some headaches for Microsoft’s Xbox Live effort to fuse console gaming with online gameplay. Google’s new intellectual property includes a patent granted to San Francisco-based Adscape—then called BiDamic—in 2005 for a “system and method for interactive on-line gaming.�

“You get a patent that could cause Microsoft some trouble,â€? said Allonn Levy, intellectual property attorney, Hopkins & Carley in San Jose. “It certainly does sound like Google is looking at getting into an area where we know Microsoft is in and interested in. Whether or not the patent works, you’d have to look at the patent closely. It certainly suggests that there is a fight coming.”

Invented by Adscape CTO Dan Willis, the patent is for a complex gaming system that sounds similar to Microsoft’s Xbox Live service, which lets owners of the Xbox console play games and download multimedia via the Internet. BiDamic filed the application in September of 2002, mere months before the launch of Xbox Live.

“The customer located equipment is connected to the gaming service provider through a broadband access network, and includes a gaming console,� according to a description of the patent from the United States Patent Office.

“You would expect a client in this position to be leveraging this patent portfolio,� said Adrian O’Donnell, a patent agent at Freedman & Associates. Freedman filed Mr. Willis’ patent in September, 2002. While he wouldn’t give many details on how the patent stacks up against related technologies on the market—like Xbox Live—Mr. O’Donnell believes a business owning the Adscape IP would look to enforce it via things like cross-licensing deals. “It doesn’t necessarily have to be a head-on collision,� he said.

Google’s Adscape acquisition comes at a time when big consumer brands are searching for new ways to connect with the coveted 18- to 34-year-old audience, and video games are emerging as a tantalizing way to do that. Google’s likely been feeling pressure to offer video games to its suite of advertising options, Mr. Taylor explained, to potentially counterbalance the Microsoft/Massive combination. “The entry of Google with a portfolio of patents and a Rolodex of big-time advertisers has a lot of people really excited,� he said.

The stakes are high. Yankee Group forecasts the market for advertisements in video games will hit $732 million by 2010, up from $56 million in 2005. While still a paltry sum compared to the $10 billion Google earned from online ads in 2006, video games could prove to be a lucrative new frontier for the Silicon Valley icon.

In addition to several pending patents, Google also gets access to Adscape’s AdverPlay and Real World/Virtual World Gateway technologies, which make it possible to deliver dynamic advertisements like billboards in Internet-enabled games and lets advertisers communicate with gamers via email or SMS text messages, respectively.

The acquisition marks Google’s first foray into the in-game advertising business and comes as it has been amassing deals and technologies to deliver ads across many different types of media, including newspapers, radio, and TV. While Mr. Willis said he was unable to discuss the aforementioned patent and Google refused to comment on any Adscape deal, this week the search giant did explain how it views video games. “In-game advertising is an area where we believe Google could add a lot of value to users, advertisers and publishers,� said company spokesman Brandon McCormick.

Many are wondering how Google plans to do just that. “That’s the $23 million question,� said Kelly Hyndman, a Washington, D.C.-based partner with IP law firm Sughrue Mion. Mr. Hyndman believes the search king is likely to use Adscape’s patent portfolio defensively against companies like Microsoft while marshalling the expertise of executives including Mr. Willis to build its own game ad delivery system.

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