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Tanked Episode 113 for Tuesday July 13, 2010 


-Update on Aaron
-I've been Geo Caching like a mad man this week.  Free Android App c:geo
-I travel all over Michigan this weekend with family in tote... should provoke divorce. lol
-Maker Fair is end of July in Dearborn MI this year and some podcasters are turning out. One Leo Laport


iPhone 4 - consumer reports, reception woes, recalls, oh my!

Apple  iPhone 4 antenna  problem solution tape
One solution to the Apple iPhone 4's antenna
problem is to cover the lower left corner with tape.

We did, however, find an affordable solution for suffering

Despite giving it the highest rating for current smartphones, Consumer Reports says that it cannot recommend
the iPhone 4 for it's well-known signal woes as of late.  As we all know bridging the antenna gap on the lower-
left hand part of the phone results in a dropped call after a few seconds.  Despite the fixes that can be made
with a phone case or a bit of duct tape people are getting pissed.  PR experts have gone as far to say that a 
recall is imminent while that class action lawsuit we mentioned last week is ramping up speed.  Apple sending
out that press release earlier this month stating that software dictating the onscreen signal display (displaying
a stronger signal that what actually exists) is to blame is not helping either.

ASUS declares GPU war with ARES

Naming tech hardware (or anything for that matter) after the god of war means your item has to live up to its
name big time.  ASUS appears to have done this with its latest graphics card ARES.  ARES declares war on 3
slots of your PC with a custom board, twin Radeon HD 5870 GPUs, 4 gigs of GDDR5 memory and massive
amounts of copper.  The card weighs almost 5 pounds and needs a 750 watt power supply over 3 connectors to
run. Although the card scored amazing on testing the gameplay tests were slightly less impressive (still leaps 
above existing GPU hardware though).  The ARES is neither quiet nor is it cheap coming in at $1200 for this
limited edition card.  



Blu-Ray and YouTube are going 3D on the PS3


According to a presentation made by European Sony executive Mike Hawking, 3D Blu-ray

support will be added to the PlayStation 3 in a firmware upgrade this September, and support

for 3D YouTube will come within the next 12 months. You’ll eventually be able to use the c

onsole to show off photos taken with 3D cameras, too.

CVG quoted Hawking saying that the PS3 already has all the hardware it needs to handle 3D

games and videos thanks to its compatibility with the HDMI 1.4 connection. The console can

detect the size and 3D hardware in any TV it’s connected to, so it can be adapted to support

most new 3D technologies with simple software or firmware updates.

Microsoft's XBOX hasn't announced shit.



Review of Predators (Ric & Chris)
Last Airbender Fucking BLOWS!!!

 Edward Norton Won't Play the Hulk in 'The Avengers' -- So Who Will?



Money looks to be the major issue for the studio.
As movie fans continue to recover from the possibility that MGM's financial woes may prevent us from ever seeing two awesome The Hobbit movies, there was a lot of news this week about MGM's other hugely popular franchise: James Bond. It was just a few months ago that we were hoping to soon see the third Daniel Craig-starring Bond movie directed by Sam Mendes (American BeautyRoad to Perdition) from a script by Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon). And now, not only is that project on hold (as reported a few months ago), "James Bond 23" might be totally scrapped altogether. Now, EON will probably eventually find some way to revive James Bond, but the real immediate issue is that the longer this particular version of James Bond is delayed, the less likely it will be that we ever see it happen. And that includes the very idea of Daniel Craig as our current leaner, meaner Bond for the 21st century. By the time Bond gets revived, we might be hearing stories about younglings like Robert Pattinson being considered for the role (I mostly kid, but a big part of me knows that's not entirely impossible). If there was good news on the James Bond front this week, it came from Inception/The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan who said on the red carpet this week that he'd "love to do a Bond film." That doesn't mean that he will direct one, but it's nice to know that one of the directors most in a position to get dream projects made has an interest. Meanwhile, in other MGM franchise news, the company is reportedly considering the possibility of selling off its rights to The Hobbit to New Line Cinema and Warner Bros for the extra cash to help the studio recover as a whole. Of course, in Monopoly terms, that would sort of be like auctioning off Boardwalk so that you can build houses on Baltic.





Nude mannequin draws ire from community

A window display in Beatrice, Nebraska has angered the local community to the point of police intervention.   A mannequin in the window of Hannah's Treasures was depicted wearing only shoes and pants around it's ankles

(technically not naked).  Police concealed the window at the request of many offended locals and are still collecting
reports on the semi-nude mannequin.  Store owner Kevin Kramer later put a bikini on the offending mannequin
and said a lawsuit over the dispute is not out of the question.  Kramer's lawyer later stated that "nothing about a
naked mannequin constitutes obscenity."



Australian bitten while trying to sit on crocodile

PERTH, Australia – A man ejected from a pub in Australia broke into a zoo and climbed onto the back of a crocodile named Fatso, which bit him on the leg but then let him go. Police said they're surprised the croc didn't inflict worse damage. The 36-year-old man, who police said had just been thrown out of a pub for being drunk, told officials he scaled the barbed wire fence surrounding the Broome Crocodile Park in remote northwest Australia on Monday night because he wanted to give the 16-foot Fatso a pat.

"He has attempted to sit on its back and the croc has taken offense to that and has spun around and bit him on the right leg," Broome Police Sgt. Roger Haynes said.

The saltwater crocodile then inexplicably let the man go, and he climbed back over the fence to safety, police said.

The man, who was a tourist from eastern Australia and whose name was not released, suffered some "very nasty lacerations" and was taken to a hospital, Haynes said.

"Saltwater crocodiles ... once they get hold of you, are not renowned for letting you go," Haynes said. "He's lucky to have escaped with his life."

Saltwater crocodiles are the world's largest reptile and can grow up to 23 feet (7 meters). They have become increasingly common in Australia's tropical north since hunting that almost extinguished the species was banned in 1971.


Police: Man torches car, posts photos on Facebook

BELFAST, Maine – A 36-year-old man was arrested on Monday and faces a felony arson charge

after he allegedly set a Mercedes-Benz on fire and then posted photos of the burning

vehicle on Facebook. The Bangor Daily News said the arrest came two weeks after police

found the burning 1982 Mercedes.

Police said the man told officers he saw the car with a "small campfire" in the back seat.

The Bangor Daily News said the charge came after police scrutinized surveillance tape from a
Belfast store and seized the man's cell phones

NM man set on fire after losing drinking bet

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – A 47-year-old man's friends set his prosthetic leg on fire after

he lost a drinking bet, causing him to suffer severe burns to his buttocks and lower back.

Dona Ana County sheriff's deputies found the man naked on the side of U.S. Route 70 with

his prosthetic leg in flames. Deputies learned that the man and his friends were drinking

Monday and bet that whoever drank the least would be set on fire.

The man told investigators that at six beers, he drank the least, and agreed to let his

friends set him on fire.

He said his friends ignited his prosthetic leg, and the flames spread to his body.

The sheriff's office said the man took his clothes off because of the pain and his friends decided

to take him to the hospital. But they got nervous and instead dropped him off

on the side of the highway.

The man was taken to a Texas burn treatment center.