By Soulskill from Slashdot's now-ban-them-altogether-please department
Today the Federal Communications Commission eliminated its sport blackout rules
, which prevented cable and satellite television providers from showing sporting events that were blacked out on a local station. It's common practice in the NFL to black out football games locally if the stadium didn't sell enough tickets. The ruling now removes government protections for the NFL's policies (the NFL can continue to black out local broadcasts). The FCC's decision is based on "significant changes" to the industry over the 40 years since the rules were adopted. Television has replaced ticket sales as the primary source of revenue, and the NFL is incredibly popular. They also don't think there's any chance the NFL will move its games to pay-per-view.Read Replies (0)
By Soulskill from Slashdot's because-7-8-9 department
Today at a press conference in San Francisco, Microsoft announced the new version of their flagship operating system, called Windows 10. (Yes, t-e-n. I don't know.
) With the new version of the operating system, they'll be unifying the application platform for all devices
: desktops, laptops, tablets, and phones. As early leaks showed, the Start Menu is back
— it's a hybrid of old and new, combining a list of applications with a small group of resizable tiles
that can include widgets. Metro-style apps can now each operate inside their own window. There's a new, multiple-desktop feature, which power users have been demanding for years, and also a feature that lets users easily grab objects from one desktop and transfer it to another. The Technical Preview builds for desktops and laptops will be available tomorrow through the Windows Insider Program. They're requesting feedback from customers. Windows 10 will launch in late 2015.Read Replies (0)
By Soulskill from Slashdot's watch-out-for-the-chargeback department
In 2002, eBay bought PayPal
for $1.5 billion in stock. Nowadays, PayPal's yearly revenues exceed $7 billion, and investors are worried that eBay and PayPal together are too big to compete effectively. (They're also too big to be acquired, which is on their minds after the ludicrously successful
Alibaba IPO.) To solve that problem, eBay today announced it will be spinning off PayPal in 2015
, creating two separate publicly traded companies. eBay's current CEO is stepping down, and each of the companies will have a new CEO
. "As part of the separation, eBay and PayPal will sign arm’s length commercial operating agreements to work together
, with payments on both sides for various referrals and services. That’s no surprise since about 30 percent of PayPal’s business is still on eBay, although that is down from 50 percent only a few years ago."Read Replies (0)
By Jacer from TFW2005
Thanks to Grimlockimus we may possibly have our first look at an upcoming Grimlock figure from the new Transformers animated series, Robots In Disguise, which take place after Transformers Prime. Grimlockimus found the image on the new Transformers: Age Of Extinction Blu-Ray special feature section that goes into the development of the toys.
With New York Comic Con just around the corner, keep on eye on the front page while we bring you the latest news on the new Robots In Disguise TV show and hopefully, its toyline.Read Replies (0)
By Tony_Bacala from TFW2005
The fine folks over at Paramount have given us a Transformers Age of Extinction prize pack to give away to the fans! We are holding a simple contest in order to get the goodies to you starting NOW!
Those goodies include...
1 copy of Transformers Age of Extinction on Blu-Ray - signed by Mark Wahlberg
1 Transformers AoE Mouse
1 Transformers AoE Keyboard
1 Transformers AoE Speaker
1 Transformers AoE Shopping Bag
Runner Up (2 Winners):
1 copy of Transformers Age of Extinction on Blu-Ray
All you have to do is...
Post in this thread on the 2005 Boards, explaining what your favorite moment from any Transformers Movie was, and why.
We will randomly choose one grand prize, and two runner up winners from the list of members who participated in the thread on Thursday 10/2. We will collect your information via PM on the Boards, and send it over to Paramount reps who will ship the items directly to you.
Have fun, and good luck!
Transformers Age of Extinction is out now on (Blu Ray
), and Digital HD (via iTunes
). Make sure to pick up your copy today!Read Replies (0)
By StayingInTheBox from TFW2005
Independent group Play With This Too, the company started by several former Hasbro employees, provided an update to their first pair of figures, this time we are introduced to Desolataur. So far we have a design layout of this monster figure and a confirmation from Play With It Too's website
that Desolataur "will feature the same articulation as our other characters and also come with a Tech Drone." The concept of spacemen vs monsters continues to remain in play, which was the main model of the 1988 Pretenders series of Transformers. We may be reading too much into this being the Transformers fans that we are, as there have not been concrete homages connected to these original designs.
Also interesting to note in this latest round of updates is a little background for the toy designers of this company, specifically regarding the head sculpts which will be made available in three packs: "Along with our figures, we’ll also be offering sets of three heads. These heads work with most 6″ action figures – not just figures produced by PWTToo. We’ve given our designers free range to create what they want to create. “After years of working for huge micromanaging corporations with lots of unnecessary oversight where designers are told what to design by marketers, non-product purchasing focus groups and huge brick and mortar stores, our designers can finally get back to being just that… Creative designers.” – Rik Alvarez"
The three head sculpts featured are Terribull, Skull-FCKR, and Madwing, designed by Steve Redinger.
Check out the latest round of updates after the jump and continue the speculation about this new company's toy line.Read Replies (0)
By StayingInTheBox from TFW2005
Hat tip to TFW2005 member almightymaximus
for letting us know about the Angry Birds Transformers Jenga Galvatron, Lockdown, Soundwave and Heatwave being spotted at a Walmart in Connecticut. This is our first reported sighting of the toys, which is sort of a crossover of a crossover combining the game Jenga, Angry Birds, and of course Transformers.
Check them out after the jump.Read Replies (0)