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Tanked Episode 110 for Tuesday Jun 22, 2010


-World Cup (is you watchin'?) and god damn the Vuvuzela! Vuvuzela app on iPhone and Android

Not Even Gandalf And Middle Earth Can Escape The Vuvuzelas


Google Voice for everyone

A little over a year ago, Google released a beta version of Google Voice, our web-based platform for managing your communications. Which I have been using and loving for about 2 months. Basically it is a web based communications masterpiece. They introduced one number to ring all your phones, voicemail that works like email, free calls and text messages to the U.S. and Canada, low-priced international calls and more—the only catch was you had to request and receive an invite to try it out. Today, after lots of testing and tweaking,they have opened up Google Voice to the public, no invitation required.  I use the voicemail feature, which works in conjunction with my Droid Incredible as my voicemail. It not only records and plays back the messages that are left, but it also transcribes them and can send them to me via text or email.  I downloaded the Voice App from the Android Marketplace and I use it every time I have a missed call. I recommend this service rather than Verizon's voicemail, which if you want to use visual voicemail costs some stupid fee. Well Google not only does it better, they do it better for free!



All the reasons I love Android and am done with Apple...

We’ve been watching the semi-official "when will Froyo come out" thread at Google support forums for quite a while, and lately have been seeing more and more unhappy Nexus One and other Android users, complaining about Google’s failure to deliver Froyo in a promised "within a few weeks" timeline.

Today, after the release of iOS, things have really heated up – there are now over 1275 responses to the thread, all wanting to know the same thing – when will Froyo finally come out?

To ease up the tension, from time to time, Google’s awesome PR machine in the form of a random Google employee or 2 pops into the forum to provide an update.

About half an hour ago, another such sighting was reported. Allow us to present you with the official latest word on Froyo launch:

Ry Guy

Google Employee 
07:03 PM

Hey guys,

Just dropping in to let you know that the FRF72 build that is floating around is not the official update. The Android team is feverishly working to get a final version out the door, but like passion-ate has mentioned this will only happen once a release candidate meets our quality criteria.

Since today is the Summer Solstice, we know things will be heating up a bit so hopefully Froyo will be on its way shortly. Thanks for your continued patience!

-Ry Guy

So… that tells us… not very much but we now know 2 things:

  • FRF72, which was the latest official leaked Froyo build, was not the final version (we kind of already suspected that)
  • and Froyo is still not ready (doh!)

So, while not saying much, Ry Guy actually provided a good status update. I seriously suggest everyone to relax and let Google do what it does best – release software (their PR arm is a whole other business, especially in Android’s case).

Seriously – don’t get in with the panic/hype. Just be patient.


Transformers: War for Cybertron Review

Today Transformers: War for Cybertron comes out and IGN has given it a 9.0, Outstanding... after reading the review I am even more stoked to check this game out.
Honestly after watching the past few attempts at a Transformers game I wasn't too thrilled for this title to come out. Then I read a preview in Game Informer, and that brought my hopes up that a title for this franchise might not suck. Then after watching all the demos that have been running at work for the past few months, my anticipation has been building. The demos actually look good, unfortunately they were not playable, and everything you were seeing was trailor footage, but my hopes were still high. Now with IGN  rating this a solid 9. I may have to break down and pick this title up.  War for Cybertron is set in the last remaining days on the Planet Cybertron, as this title give back story and fills in the gaps of the 1980's cartoon. 
"Transformers: War for Cybertron is actually very good. Fantastic, even. High Moon has taken a fun, fast, third person shooter foundation, crafted a well thought out transformation mechanic on top of it, and designed combat situations around that. The end result is a shooter that has an identity all its own, and leverages its license to make something very cool for fans and newcomers alike." - Arthur Geis of IGN.
Now the game has gotten an average 8.5 from the other press and video game media. It looks though as the early players are giving the game a 6.8

Amazing 8-Minute Live-Action ‘Mortal Kombat: Rebirth’ Clip:
This is not an actual trailer for a film. It was made to help push for a more real life real day style Mortal Kombat. Geri Ryan did the film as a favor to her friend.
Toy Story 3. Breaks record with a 110M pay day for Pixar.
Green Hornet trailer. Wow I am so not looking forward to seeing this film before the trailer. I am so not going to see it now. Accept that Christof Waltz is the bad guy. UGHHHHH
This Movie Looks awesome. I can't wait to see it. Middle Men

‘City Of Scars,’ Aaron Schoenke’s Amazing 30-Minute Batman Fan Film



Naked Cowboy suing Naked Cowgirl

NEW YORK, June 22 (UPI) -- The Naked Cowboy, a fixture of New York's Times Square, is suing a "Naked Cowgirl" he claims is ripping off his street musician act.

Robert Burck, 39, who performs in only a cowboy hat, boots and briefs, is suing fellow Times Square performer Sandy Kane, who calls herself "The Naked Cowgirl," seeking as much as $150,000, the New York Post reported Tuesday.

"Your use of Naked Cowgirl is essentially identical to the Naked Cowboy and is clearly in violation (of the Naked Cowboy trademark)," Burke wrote in a cease-and-desist letter to Kane.

Burke said Kane balked at his offer of a franchise agreement, which would require her to pay $5,000 a year or $500 a month to copycat his act.

"If she's going to sell stuff and make money off of it, then, yeah, she's going to have to pay," Burke told the post.

However, Kane, who performs in a stars-and-stripes hat with a matching bikini, said she doesn't believe she should have to pay Burke at all.

"You know how much money I make?" she said. "Two dollars a picture. I'm not selling any products."



Jeremy London Says Kidnapping Was Real

Jeremy London wants everyone to know he really was kidnapped.

"It's been an absolute nightmare," London said in a videotaped statement released toRadarOnline. "First of all, I want to say it actually did happen. It was one of the worst days of my life. I thought I was going to die. Thank God I made it out alive."

Jeremy London tells police he was kidnapped and forced to use drugs; suspect in custody

The Party of Five alum told authorities that he was kidnapped after two men stopped to help him change a flat tire. The 37-year-old actor said he was forced to use illicit drugs, but was later able to escape the car. 

"I had a gun put to my head," he said. "I had my family threatened. We're working closely with the Palm Springs Police Department to get the rest of the guys. There's one guy in custody. There's two more out there."

London, who has long struggled with drug abuse in the past, said he is also seeking restraining orders against his mother and twin brother Jason, who he claims have spread "outrageous lies" about his kidnapping.

Party of Five alum Jeremy London on drug abuse: "I didn't care if I died"

Brandon Adams, 26, was arrested June 11 on charges of kidnapping, possession of stolen property and vehicle theft. He plead not guilty to kidnapping London.



Pork board squeals over imaginary unicorn meat

PORTLAND, Ore. -- It's official: The National Pork Board says it knows unicorns don't exist.

The industry group says it was only protecting its trademark when it issued cease-and-desist warning to online retailer ThinkGeek for calling a fake unicorn meat product "the new white meat."

ThinkGeek put the fictional item on its Web site as an April Fool's prank. But the 12-page letter from lawyers was no joke.

ThinkGeek issued an apology this week but says the board was being "pig-headed."