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AOTS Tuesday, September 15

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Posted September 15, 2009 - By Eugene Morton
War is hell, but it's a whole lot better when you're armed to the teeth with the newest technology.
Westin Scott goes behind the lines with one of the nation's most elite SWAT teams in Detroit, MI. Watch as Scott gets exclusive access to their armored vehicles, specialized gun armory and high-risk operation training, armed only with a .38 gun filled with paintballs. This won't be pretty.
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Devin Faraci from CHUD.com fills in for this week's DVDuesday to review the 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' DVD release, as well as the new features available on the Blu-ray DVDs for 'Hot Fuzz' and 'Army of Darkness.'
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What good are your tech toys if you can't take them with you? We've got the best ultra-portable gadgets for the go, like the Nokia 7705 Twist with its full-sized keyboard, the XM Skydock satellite receiver, the foldable Mu Uno bike and the sleek Voodoo Envy from HP.
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The always ferocious but well mannered Wolverine gives today's news feeding with stories on the new Harry Potter theme park from Universal Studios, a new console-less Guitar Hero from Activision, and more.
On set or on location, Attack Of The Show brings you the deets on your favorite things to watch when you're not watching us.
Kevin Pereira brings actress Kristen Renton on stage to talk about her guest role on FX's 'Sons of Anarchy' and take on a ink challenge in the AOTS Tattoo Parlor.
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Move over, Apple because Microsoft releases their new Zune HD today. Fortunately for us, Chris Hardwick and Kevin Pereira review the new media player with its 3.3" multi-touch OLED screen, 720p HD video out and Wi-Fi connectivity, all for $220.
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It's not often that you can get your groove on and your laugh on at the same time, but today's musical Around the Net has videos with cheesy street musicians, dull hip hop drummers and clumsy dancers as well as videos featuring you everyday, average morons and lonely losers.
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Olivia Munn breaks up Kevin Pereira's band with the "Yoko Ono Mode" on The Beatles: Rock Band.

Hello Kitty Desktop Computer

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Posted September 15, 2009 - By Moye Ishimoto

Hello Kitty Desktop Computer

Let's be honest. How much would someone have to pay you to use this Hello Kitty designed desktop PC?

South Korean computer company Moneual is adding a pink twist to their MiNEW A10 nettop, featuring the globally known Sanrio character. The PC itself isn't that big of a deal, but c'mon. It's Hello Kitty. Who can I talk to about getting this reviewed on Gadget Pr0n?

[Via CrunchGear]

Tags: Tech

'AOTS' Friday, May 8

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Posted May 8, 2009 - By Eugene Morton
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Olivia Munn loses a game of Rock, Paper Scissors to Kevin Pereira and has a barrel of snakes dumped on her.
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Obnoxious Groundhog, Fire Alarm Jam Session, Old Folks Sausage, Cleveland 2, Headbangers Make Fire.
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At the practice run for Formula D's first championship race of '09, Alison Haislip interviews drifters, Stephan Papadakis, Ken Gushi and Tanner Foust about the challenges of the sport, the tech behind the cars and what it takes to be a drifting champion.
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Today, Kevin Pereira and Doug Benson review the $200 Canon SD 1200 digital camera and give their opinion on its features, such as face detection, a self-timer and its 2.5" screen.
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Once again, we wonder what's up with the world, illustrated by a robot boy band, a chicken pox remedy from behind the Iron Curtain, and a man with a USB finger.
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Just because fire is perhaps the greatest discovery in the history of human existence, doesn't mean we don't occasionally get burned. This Break Moments is dedicated to that primeval occurrence.
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We take a look at the lovely women who have been a part of the 'Star Trek' universe over the years, including Seven of Nine, Lt. Uhura, Deanna Troi, and T'Pol.
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It's May 5th, and that can only mean one thing, that Kevin and Doug are going to celebrate the Mexican holiday of independence in completely innovative ways. You'll see what we mean.
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Alison Haislip talks with the original Mr. Spock himself, Leonard Nimoy, about the evolution of the character of Mr. Spock, his place in the new 'Star Trek' film, and his impressions of the film.
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Red Shirts, Kevin Pereira and Olivia Munn face dangerous alien monsters and transporter malfunctions in this "lost" clip from the new 'Star Trek' movie.

'AOTS' Thursday, May 7

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Posted May 7, 2009 - By Eugene Morton
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Bert and Ernie on a Boat, My Little Pony, Bill Cosby Impression, Between Two Ferns, Big Foot Caught on Tape.
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Gearheads, if you're anxious for a glimpse at the future of the automobile then you need look no further than today's Attack This. You'll see all of the astounding concept cars that might tear up the road in the world of tomorrow.
Resident Evil...
Chris Hardwick drops in for this Camera Week review of the Pentax P70 digital camera, and sizes it up versus the other cameras we've seen.
Attack Of The Show knows what you like, what makes you laugh, and has an exhaustive list of your private information that includes your PIN numbers.
Here, now, are some gems that were cut out of the new version of 'Star Trek.' Should they have made it into the film? We'll let you decide.
Attack Of The Show knows what you like, what makes you laugh, and has an exhaustive list of your private information that includes your PIN numbers.
Space is a dangerous place, especially if you're an Enterprise crewman who happens to be a red shirt. Find out just how dangerous on today's show. Engage!
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Blair Herter is here for your Thursday Feed, with stories about new 'Guitar Hero' games, Manny Ramirez being suspended, and a riot at KFC
Women of the Web counts down 10 girls with a hot web presence that makes you just keep on clicking for more.
We take a look at the lovely women who have been a part of the 'Star Trek' universe over the years, and dream of boldly going inside their boudoirs.
Special guests, hot movie coverage, on-location shoots and everything else that only a show like Attack of the Show can show.
He's a billionaire who has recently been photographed waterskiing with his nude model girlfirend. Richard Branson, in short, is the man, and Chris Hardwick sat down to talk with him about his place in the world of high tech.
On set or on location, Attack Of The Show brings you the deets on your favorite things to watch when you're not watching us.
Alison Haislip beamed aboard the Starship Enterprise and interviewed the cast of J.J. Abrams 'Star Trek' including the new Kirk and Spock, Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto. Find out what she learned about the Enterprise's latest adventures in deep space.
Attack Of The Show knows what you like, what makes you laugh, and has an exhaustive list of your private information that includes your PIN numbers.
Kevin Pereira shows off his new Kindle, which is at least a little bit bigger than we expected it would be.

In today's Gadget Pr0n, our tech experts are talking all about Amazon's second generation e-reader, the Kindle 2. If the show's going to foist some form of reading on you, I might as well foist one that has something to do with video games. So, relish my list of the top five video game novels (which will likely be translated into e-books shortly) of all time.

The Five Best Video Game Novels Of All TimeMortal Kombat - I'm not talking about the novel adaptation of the movie, I'm talking about an all new, original novel that covers the history of the greatest characters from the first two Mortal Kombat games. If you've ever been curious about what Scorpion and Subzero were like before the first tournament or ever wanted to know what a ruthless and clever bastard Kano was during his Black Dragon days, pick this one up. It's the most entraining read in all the realms of Shokan.

Mass Effect: Revelation - Who didn't love the action, RPG epic, Mass Effect (PS3 owners, I suppose)? It was engrossing, detailed and expansive, just like the prequel novel by science fiction writer, Drew Karpyshyn. What makes it worth reading is the sections which profile the game's villain Saren just before his betrayal of all humanoid life to the genocidal, robot race, the Reapers. It's chilling and really fleshes out the Mass Effect universe.

Halo: Contact Harvest - I don't know anything about its plot, nor do I care. However, I do know it's a Halo book and you kids love that Master Chief. It's also been thumbed through by TheFeed's [contributer who refused to be named], who started reading the book to review it for the site and later threw it across the office in frustration. You'll probably like it though. I mean, it has the word "Halo" right in the title.

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AOTB Tech Review: Scrapplet

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Posted February 5, 2009 - By Eugene Morton

Not every bit of webtoolery on AOTS strikes my fancy. For example, I couldn't care less about what new social network takes the best features from Twitter and Facebook and mashes them up to form a mega social network (most of the time I prefer that even my best friends leave me the hell alone, so I definitely don't need to have a Twitter page). However, today's website-building, Web Tool, Scrapplet is another story entirely.

I'm a photographer and I'm always looking for a cool place to put my photos. However, building my own site has proven difficult and time consuming and I'm sure I'm not the only one to feel this way. If you've ever tried to build a site then you're aware that unless you know html like the back of your hand or own a copy of Dreamweaver, it can be a real pain in the ass to get even minimal results after hours of work.

However, Scrapplet's simple drag and drop interface makes building amazing looking websites a breeze. Heard that before? Of course you have, but I'm telling you, I've used it and seen better results in a shorter period of time than I have using similar "build a website based on a template" services like Squarespace (a Web Tool from last September, which I also use).

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Sometimes, the perfect combination of utility and whimsy catches the eye, and, when it does, my job as a delivery system of knowledge must not fail me, so I am bound by my agreement as an editor at Attack of the Blog to tell you about the 512 meganosh Bagel Drive from Bupkes Bakery in Baltimore, MD.

A bagel that most closely resembles a Lender's Bagelette, the Bagel Drive is a lacquered actual bagel with a shmeer of cream cheese (made of some putty or such) and a USB connection protruding from it, which makes it appear as if there is a bagel in space, floating in front of your computer as you use it. Brilliant! It was easily recognized by my computer, and functioned well and quickly.

The bagel drive is available for purchase at www.bageldrive.com, and is $24.95 for a 1G (giganosh) model. The website also has a Yiddish glossary for those gentiles who like bagels and tech all at the same time, and technical advice from Tanta Sophie, who is, apparently, the most wired resident of her retirement community.

Seriously, we see lots of tech stuff every day here, but this is awesome and clever, all at once. Check it out.
 

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Steve Jobs recently stepped aside as CEO of Apple, taking five months off to deal with health problems stemming from his battle with cancer. If you've been following Apple's stock price, it tends to rise and fall with the health of Jobs.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (ask your dad) will be conducting a review of Apple's reveal of Jobs's health to determine if they attempted to manipulate their stock price by concealing or timing the release of information.

An SEC review, however, does not mean guilt is assumed and no one is saying that yet. In fact, Apple stock price has actually gone up since the SEC review was revealed. Wacky, huh?

Hit the jump for in-depth financial analysis from the only "person" that understands how the stock market actually works: Dr. Snuggles.

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Tags: Apple, iPhone, Tech

Yesterday, I wrote about a naughty Belkin employee that was paying people to game Amazon.com's user reviews on the company's products. Belkin has fessed up to the dastardly deed (dramatization). InformationWeek has obtained a letter from Mark Reynoso, Belkin's president, that states:

"Belkin does not participate in, nor does it endorse, unethical practices like this. We know that people look to online user reviews for unbiased opinions from fellow users and instances like this challenge the implicit trust that is placed in this interaction. We regard our responsibility to our user community as sacred, and we are extremely sorry that this happened."
 

Reynoso also said that the company is taking action to remove the fake reviews. It's nice to see Belkin taking responsibility for this. It shouldn't have happened and it sucks that it did, but Belkin is trying to make things right.

A few of you left comments saying that you don't think much of user reviews. Certainly there are some that are just dumb (browse through EB Games, for example), but I find a lot of Amazon user reviews very useful -- especially when it comes to thinks I know very little about (vacuum cleaners, for example). What don't you like about user-generated reviews?

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A business development rep from Belkin, makers of computer and gaming accessories, has supposedly been paying people to write five-star reviews on Amazon.com. Using a service called Mechanical Turk (Reno and Rude's side business?), Belkin's Michael Bayard was apparently paying people 65 cents a pop for each rigged review. Furthermore, he was supposedly encouraging people to mark low reviews as "not helpful". The Daily Background did some excellent sleuthing, exposing Bayard and his connection to Belkin. The site reported:

"Yep, that’s right, according to his LinkedIn profile, Bayard is the Business Development Representative at Belkin International in charge of 'Sales of Belkin products to major .com accounts such as Amazon.com.' In other words, this guy is paying people to post fake good reviews of his own products which, according to most people who actually use them, suck (and ironically, he’s using Amazon’s own service to screw up their own review system)."

Should this story be true, It's a shame that Belkin has stooped to such shady practices. User reviews on Amazon can be a great resource and it sucks that companies are trying to game a community-driven effort. Fake reviews can really break the system. That said, I have to admit at laughing out loud at a fake review of The Beatles' White Album, which said that it was good, but didn't measure up to classics like Guns 'n Roses' Use Your Illusion II.

Does this news make you think less of Belkin? How about Amazon's user reviews?

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Tags: Tech, Videogames
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