REVIEW: Aces Texas Hold'em – No Limit for Treo

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Date: Monday, November 28th, 2005, 22:56
Category: Review

aces-texas-hold-em.jpgOne of the single best reasons to own a smartphone is because it makes waiting in line enjoyable. There, I said it. Granted it’s not as fun as sitting on the couch vegging out to the Discovery channel in high-def, so maybe tolerable is more accurate.
I carry a smartphone to keep up with email and surfing the Web, but gaming is the icing on the cake. In fact, my Treo 650 keeps me from pulling my hair out any time I have to get into a queue. Smartphones are a great way to keep productive, especially when the person in front of you seems to have forgotten how to use the ATM, but they’re also great for blowing off steam.
While I’m not a huge gamer, I am a huge fan of poker. Nothing is better on a smartphone than playing poker—Texas Hold’em to be exact. Perhaps it’s my proximity to Atlantic City, or maybe just my addictive personality, but I find gambling games to be quite entertaining on my smartphone.
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How Emory Manages his Media

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Date: Monday, November 28th, 2005, 20:47
Category: Accessory

5819-large.jpegEveryone dreams of having all their media digitized and available on a server somewhere. The utopia world would be filled with cheap, fast broadband so we could stream this and on-demand that but the reality of the situation is that we still maintain certain amount atoms, mostly in the form of shiny 5-inch discs, and they need to be stored somewhere.
Until we Apple opens the iMovie Video Store and we can stream any title we want to our WiMax-enabled SuperPods we’re forced to manage traditional a bunch media delivery vehicles, namely CDs and DVDs. In this installment, we’ll examine how Emory manages his media.

I have been having a hard time finding out just how it is that I’m supposed to manage the massive amounts of media that get archived onto DVDs and CDs in our house. With most of our movie watching and music listening happening on XBox Media Center these days, I needed a good way to stop keeping things in piles all over the house.
What I came up with is pretty simple, and wound up being very inexpensive to boot.

Read the rest of Emory’s “un-informed, un-important blathering” at Incumbent.org.

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NBC May Sue TiVo for iPod Video Plans

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Date: Monday, November 28th, 2005, 02:33
Category: iPod

Despite the fact that it is legal to record free TV broadcasts on your VCR, DVD recorder, and TiVo, there are rumblings at NBC that they might sue TiVo for allowing those same episodes to be recorded on portable devices, namely the newest iPod and Sony’s PSP.
Read more at PVRBlog… (Thanks Digg).

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The Apple Core: Dr. Tiki clears the air

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Date: Monday, November 28th, 2005, 01:57
Category: The Apple Core

In a previous blog entry, Herding video content for the iPod, I mentioned one of my favorite video podcasts—Tiki Bar TV. In my post I referred to Tiki Bar as a viral commercial “custom made for advertising to be placed in and around the programming.”
The line was taken from a press release from another firm that was clearly trying to capitalize on the popularity of the Tikieans. I have since removed that reference as it was in error. To clear things up I spoke with Dr. Tiki himself from Tiki Bar TV headquarters in lovely Vancouver, British Columbia.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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REVIEW: Griffin SmartDeck Save Lives?

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Date: Monday, November 28th, 2005, 00:34
Category: Review

Griffin SmartDeckHow many people do distracting things like using their iPod while driving? C’mon, you know who you are! How many people still have a cassette player in their car? Enough. How many people don’t have a auxiliary input jack available on their head unit? Most, especially those with a cassette head unit. How many people have serious problems with interference and sound quality using an FM transmitter to get iTunes music to their car stereo? Tons, especially in major urban areas. How many people have US$30 to spend on in-car iPod connectivity?
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