You can forget about the historic election (politics) or Bill Gates stepping into semi-retirement (tech), because according to Yahoo's search statistics, it's Britney Spears who ranked as the top search subject. The pop singer 'did it again,' topping Yahoo's search results for the fourth year in a row and her seventh time altogether. Other pop-culture celebrities making the top 10 list include Miley Cyrus at No. 4, Jessica Alba at No. 6, Lindsay Lohan at No. 8, and Angelina Jolie at No. 9.
But it wasn't just specific celebrities making the list. Wrestling apparently had a good year with WWE placing No. 2, one spot above President-elect Barack Obama. The rest of the top 10 included RuneScape at No. 5, Naruto at No. 7 ,and American Idol taking up the 10th spot.
Surprisingly, no other political figures were represented in Yahoo's most popular search terms, despite being a historic and hotly contested election year. However, when broken down into subjects, Sarah Palin led the way behind President-elect Barack Obama in people of politics search terms, followed by John McCain, Hillary Clinton, George Bush, Ron Paul, John Edwards, Mike Huckabee, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Mitt Romney.
On the subject of economic searches, surfers were most interested in IRS stimulus checks, followed with oil prices, gold prices, gas prices, Dow Jones, Sallie Mae, stock market, AIG, foreclosures, and debt consolidation.
Call it fear of commitment or old fashioned skepticism, but we have no idea how Fujitsu plans to pull off its latest marketing promotion. In what the company is rightfully calling a "unique proposition," Fujitsu's looking to create a life-long partnership with Lifebook owners as part of its new Lifebook'4'Life replacement program.
The way it works is you purchase a new qualifying Lifebook and opt for the extended 3-year warranty, and Fujitsu will then replace your notebook with a brand new one every three years for the rest of your life. Not only that, but Fujitsu will kick in an extra 10 percent of the original purchase price to offset inflation. So what's the catch?
None that we can find, though there are a few niggling caveats. First, the offer is only valid to UK residents (bummer!). Second, while you can choose to keep your laptop after 3 years, doing so boots you off of the program. You also must hold onto your original purchase invoice so you can send in a copy every 3 years. And finally, your laptop has to be "in good working original order." Other terms and conditions apply, but nothing that strikes us as obvious deal killers, which then raises the question, how can Fujitsu afford to do this? For that, we don't have an answer.
Would you pounce on this if it were offered in the U.S.? Hit the jump and tell us what you think of Fujitsu's new promotion.
If you can't beat them, be them, apparently. Browser-based MMORPG Aurora Blade is now clutching for driftwood at the center of a whirlpool of controversy after allegedly stealing art assets from MMOs like World of Warcraft, Ragnarok Online, Maple Story, and LaTale. IGG (the game's Western publisher) posted a statement/threat concerning the mess:
"Note: We would like to explain that SkyUnion(IGG) is not responsible for the developing of the game, that is any character, artwork and graphic is developed by another company and this game is HOSTED by IGG."
"Any thread or post [on the Aurora Blade forums] containing information about other games that including screenshots, game info or any other information will be deleted, as its against the forum rules. We will also take actions against members that will repeat breaking the forum rules.Therefore we have to ban members according to the severity. This may lead to a permanent ban from the forum."
See? Nothing to hide.
Also, we totally didn't nab the above comparison pic from Shacknews, and we're never thanking them. Seriously, though. If you tell anyone about that pic, we'll cut you.
Black Mesa, a Source engine recreation of the original Half-Life, has sported an unwavering "in development" status for the past four years. After a while, we just started lumping it in with Duke Nukem Forever, Alan Wake, and the apocalypse as signs that God does exist -- but that He's one hell of a procrastinator. After checking out the latest Black Mesa trailer, though, we're belting out a different tune. Or at least, we're trying. The cascading tidal waves of drool blasting out of our mouths -- fire-hose style -- make it kind of difficult.
Fortunately, the mod will apparently scale the walls of development hell within our feeble lifetimes. According to a post on the official site for the unofficial remake, "the days this mod stays in development are truly numbered. Hang tight, because at long last, it is coming."
If your mouse just isn’t doing it for you anymore, consider this – $44 is all it takes to change your notebook’s boring LCD monitor into a tablet!
Thanks to the Duo Wireless Digital Pen Mouse, all it takes is a clip on sensor and a wireless pen to make the conversion from mouse to touchscreen. Clipping the sensor onto the top of your screen will allow you to doodle all you want, directly on your LCD. Though, at $44 it’s suspected that the resolution might not be up to par with other kits. But if you’re looking for a very cheap alternative (cheaper than some traditional mice), it’s definitely worth checking out.
The exact nature of the impact that video games have on humans is a contentious issue among researchers and any possibility of a consensus seems inconceivable. It is almost like an incessant war between the myriad of video game researchers across the globe with contradictory video game studies being continuously exchanged by them instead of lead.
The founder of the Smith & Jones Centre in Amsterdam - Europe’s very first and sole video game de-addiction clinic - Keith Bakker has downplayed video game addiction, which he believes is immensely exaggerated. Only 10% of all compulsive gamers, according to Bakker, are actually addicted to video games, while the rest are riveted to video games as a direct result of social problems confronting them.
His postulate is remarkable in the sense that it views social isolation to be a cause of compulsive gaming in most cases rather than an effect, as is commonly perceived.
“If I continue to call gaming an addiction it takes away the element of choice these people have,” says Bakker. “It's a complete shift in my thinking and also a shift in the thinking of my clinic and the way it treats these people. In most cases of compulsive gaming, it is not addiction and in that case, the solution lies elsewhere."
Mr. Bakker’s views must have come as a huge disappointment to Hollywood stars, who have been planning to use video game addiction as a pretext for future rehab visits after having expended all other plausible excuses.
Everyone’s favorite (according to sales numbers, at least) smartphone, the iPhone has finally been hacked to run Linux.
The 2.6 kernel only features a bootloader, so if you decide to rock Linux on your iPhone (there are instructions on the Linux on the iPhone blog) you’ll be met with a console that requires a USB connection to access. They’ve also been unable to use the touchscreen, sound, accelerometer and networking functionality of the iPhone.
While admittedly this isn’t a super impressive showing, it’s a great start for the Linux iPhone community. The building blocks have been placed, folks.
If you’re interested in how the whole process plays out, be sure to peep the video!
Adding fuel to the rumor we reported recently that Microsoft is ready to dump the name Live Search for its search engine and redub it "Kumo," ZDNet's Mary-Jo Foley reports today that Microsoft has:
Redirected some search servers to the Kumo.com domain
Registered variations including Kumosearch.com, Kumopics.com, and others
As Foley also points out, the bad news for Live Search just keeps on coming, with the latest being a glitch that fouled up promised huge cashback savings on Black Friday. So, what do you think? Is it time for Microsoft to turn Live Search out to pasture - or is more than a name change in order? Join us after the jump with your prescription for what ails Microsoft's search strategy.
What was once a cult classic has finally hit the big-time – Mozilla’s Firefox web browser (the one that you’re possibly using right now!) has finally broken 20% market share amongst all web browsers. This move dropped Microsoft’s Internet Explorer down to roughly 70%.
Thanks to some data published by Net Applications, we’ve got some exact numbers regarding this matter. Official information for the month of November list Firefox with 20.78% of the market share, up from 19.97% in October. Internet Explorer is now holding only 69.77% of the share, with Apple’s Safari holding a respectable 6.57% and third place. Google’s fancy new flagship browser has been moving fast, hurdling over Opera’s 0.71%, with their own share of 0.83%.
If you’re one of the many that have downloaded, and use Firefox on a regular basis, good for you! I’m sure they’re grateful for the help. If you haven’t given it a whirl yet, there’s never been a better time. It’s a mighty solid platform that’s worthy of your download.
Electronic Arts couldn't have predicted the unprecedented backlash from outraged gamers following Spore's release, or at least not the extent that they would take the anti-DRM crusade. Protests ran the gamut from blasting the title with thousands of negative user reviews on Amazon to not just making the game available on warez sites, but actively encouraging consumers to pirate the title. If you thought it might be awhile before SecuROM saddled another high profile release, think again.
Despite all the recent raucous, Rockstar has decided to implement the DRM scheme on GTA IV for the PC. But before you cry foul and grab the pitchforks and torches, Rockstar says its version will be much more user friendly than the one found on EA's Spore.
Hit the jump to see what makes GTA IV's DRM different than Spore's.