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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release Star Wars in three distinct sets to meet the needs of every Star Wars fan:
- Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray (9-disc Set includes all six films)
- Star Wars: Prequel Blu-ray Trilogy (3-disc set includes Episodes I-III)
- Star Wars: Original Blu-ray Trilogy (3-disc set includes Episodes IV-VI)
STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA ON BLU-RAY will feature all six live-action Star Wars feature films utilizing the highest possible picture and audio presentation, along with three additional discs and more than 30 hours of extensive special features including never-before-seen deleted and alternate scenes, an exploration of the exclusive Star Wars archives, and much more.
Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray will be available for $139.99 US/$179.99 CAN and the Star Wars: Trilogy Sets for $69.99 US/89.99 CAN. Pricing for each set will vary by international territory.
Flanked by a legion of his finest Imperial Stormtroopers, Darth Vader himself joined Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment President Mike Dunn at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to announce the release, vowing “The forces of the Empire will be at your disposal to assure the success of this endeavor.’’
“The Star Wars Saga is the most anticipated Blu-ray collection since the launch of the high-def format,” Dunn said. “The epic franchise pioneered sound and visual presentation in theaters and is perfectly suited to do it again in the home, with a viewing experience only possible with Blu-ray.”
“With all six episodes available for the first time in one collection, this is a great way for families and home audiences to experience the complete Saga from start to finish,” said Doug Yates, Vice President of Marketing, Online, Distribution, Lucasfilm Ltd. “And with the quality of high-definition, Blu-ray provides the most immersive home experience possible.”
“The Star Wars franchise has been one of the most anticipated Blu-ray releases by Amazon’s customers,” said Bill Carr, Vice President of Music and Video at Amazon. “We think that Star Wars will be incredibly popular with our customers, and we expect pre-orders to be very strong.”
USA TODAY is proud to start off the new year with a new social media partner, Foursquare.
Our account on the popular location-based social network is loaded with more than 250 tips from our travel experts.
The advice comes from our “10 Great Places” feature, which taps local experts, authors and celebrities for the inside scoop on top destinations.
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“USA TODAY has always been a traveler’s companion, so Foursquare is an obvious fit for us. We believe these tips from USA TODAY’s signature Travel feature will help Foursquare users find undiscovered points of interest in their local area and quality attractions as they travel,” said Victoria Borton, general manager of USA TODAY Travel.
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“With USA TODAY’s wealth of content now available on the foursquare platform all over the world, users can discover exciting new places and tidbits of information wherever their travels take them,” said Jonathan Crowley, Director of Business Development for Foursquare.
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By Bob Unruh
(c) 2010 WorldNetDaily
A new report from the Middle East Media Research Institute charges that YouTube has emerged as “the leading website for online jihad,” replacing and surpassing even websites that the jihadists themselves are running.
The in-depth report, with dozens of examples, links and illustrations, documents that MEMRI already has briefed members of the U.S. government and Congress on the issue, and has offered its expertise to YouTube directly to identify videos that “incite violence and terrorist acts for possible removal.’
The report by Steven Stalinsky, the executive director of MEMRI, a donor-supported organization that monitors and reports on media issues from the Middle East, calls the use of the video-sharing service by terrorists worldwide “a grave national security issue.”
The report was published only days ago, but is part of a series of analyses of the issue that MEMRI has been documenting for some time. And in fact the LA Times reported just yesterday that YouTube has created a new option that users now can flag a video for removal because of its promotion of terrorism.
Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Independent senator from Connecticut, called the protocol a “good first step toward scrubbing mainstream Internet sites of terrorist propaganda,” according to the Times.
It was several weeks ago when YouTube banished from its servers videos – numbering in the hundreds – that featured the American-turned-fugitive Anwar al-Awlawki. His videos, however, still can be fouind on the site.
YouTube officials did not comment when WND asked for confirmation that the investigation produced its policy change, but they told the Times that they are committed to making sure the site isn’t used to spread “terrorist propaganda or incite violence.”
MEMRI said it has investigated thoroughly the issues of YouTube, especially relating to al-Awlaki, and in fact, has reported on the videos he posted, those who watched them, the YouTube work of the Taliban as well as the expanding jihadi base committed to using YouTube.
The newest chapter documents the posting of videos of American soldiers being killed by improvised explosive devices and snipers in Afghanistan and Iraq.
“While YouTube should be applauded for adding new staff and a new function to identify and remove jihadi videos, this is only a beginning,” MEMRI reported. “The removal of content is one part of the problem; the other part is keeping these videos from being posted in the first place – as shown by the recent removal of hundreds of Anwar al-Awlaki videos that were quickly reposted to other pages.
“It is no exaggeration to say that hundreds of thousands of assorted jihadi videos can be found on YouTube They include sermons by terrorist leaders, training videos by terrorists, footage of terrorist attacks, songs (nasheeds) to inspire terrorists, and much more. These videos are not only in English, but in dozens of other languages.”
The report said the YouTube action followed the reporting that over the last few months, “numerous followers of Anwar al-Awlkai have been found guilty of involvement in terrorism. They all have one thing in common – they were incited by viewing him on YouTube.”
Cited as an example was a video from “WachdogofAllah1″ who posted a message on Nov. 4, warning of looming violence in Iraq, Egypt and “other countries.”
“You have among us hundreds of thousands of followers, and hundreds of churches,” the video warned, “and they will all be our targets if you do not respond.”
Another video, the report said, praised Nidal Hassan, accused of killing more than a dozen at Fort Hood in Texas, as “a wonderful example.”
MEMRI said among those who have been inspired to jihad by YouTube videos, had have subsequently been arrested, include:
* Zachary Adam Chesser, 02, from Virginia, who was arrested in July 2010 attempting to carry out jihad with al-Qaida in Somalia.
* Abdel Hameed Shehadeh, 21, who was arrested in Hawaii on October 21, 2010, for making false statements in a terrorism case.
* Paul and Nadia Rockwood, Alaska, a converted couple who pleaded guilty in July 2010 after being accused of creating a hit list of local media, religious officials, and military who “desecrated Islam.”
* Mahmood Alessa and Carlos Eduardo Almonte, New Jersey, arrested in June 2010 en route to join al-Qaida forces in Somalia, hoping to kill U.S. troops.
“Al-Qaida and its affiliates use YouTube to spread propaganda online and to train followers for various actions,” the report said. “Most jihadi websites now post links of major terrorist videos directly to YouTube.”
Further, the jihadi-promoting videos include disturbing images of U.S. soldiers being killed in IED attacks as well as U.S. soldiers being shot and images of a decapitated soldier.
One YouTube Channel is marked “mujahidRPG’s Channel” and features video after video after video of coalition vehicles disappearing into a a flash of flame and black smoke.
“In addition to clips of jihad against the West and the Jews, YouTube also has clips by Islamist groups calling for jihad against Christians. In one recent example, dated November 4, 2010, YouTube user ‘WachdogofAllah1′ posted a ‘message from the soldier of the martyr battalion to the Christians in Egypt,’” the report said.
Source to Article: http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=239393
At the United Nations climate confab in Cancun, Mexico, this week, the usual set of phony claims were once again trotted out to try to scare the world into submission.
Claim One: A four-degree rise in global temperature is likely to occur during the 21st Century.
Claim Two: sea levels will rise two meters by the end of the century, with the islands nations of Maldives and Tuvalu already threatened by inundation.
Claim Three: developed countries should immediately implement energy-rationing systems to mandate the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, thus reducing the imminent threats imposed by global warming.
Let’s mow down the first claim first. I drive this point home in my book, Climategate, and the global whiners loath it: Since 1850-the beginning of the Industrial Revolution-the Earth’s average surface temperature has risen only .7o Celsius (just a bit more than one degree Fahrenheit). Point-seven degrees Celsius in 160 years-that’s all. And this minuscule temperature increase coincided with the proliferation of the train, car, truck and even the lawnmower and leaf blower. Oh, and the bulk of this warming occurred before 1940.
The predicted four-degree rise in temperature is nothing more than the wishful computer manipulations of a political activist with a Ph.D.
As for the sea-level rise, Al Gore’s been showing maps of the predicted deluge for several years. If he was so confident of the increase, why did he purchase a multi-million dollar bayside condo in San Francisco? According to the maps, his pad will be swamped. The truth is the oceans have been steadily rising since the last Ice Age. Take your index finger and place it as close as you can to your thumb, without the two touching. That’s how much the oceans rise each year. Over the next 90 years the rise will be no more than several inches, not over six feet.
And about Tuvalu and Maldives? Their surrounding waters show no measurable signs of rising. The problem is the islands of Maldives are relatively flat atolls, composed of coral. Since tourism was first introduced to the nation in 1972, 90 plush resorts have been built, with locally mined coral being the main aggregate for constructing the resorts. Digging up coral on small islands to build large hotels and conference centers is as stupid as sucking the air out of a lifeboat to breathe. The mining has severely compromised the atolls, creating the impression that the islands are sinking.
Likewise, Tuvalu’s problem is not climate change. Tuvaluans’ mess is that their country was never meant for modern habitation. Their primary indigenous vegetable crop, taro, has been gravely over-farmed. There is no fresh water available-only what can be cached from rain. Much of the population on the main island uses a lagoon for its bathing and toilet facilities. The tiny nation ships its garbage to landfills in Fiji and New Zealand. Tuvalu is a tropical island mess being run by imbeciles who are using global warming as a shakedown operation, the likes of which would make a Chicago community organizer proud.
In a 2007 speech at the United Nations, the Deputy Prime Minister of Tuvalu, Tavau Teii, said that major greenhouse polluters should compensate Tuvalu for the impacts of climate change. “We are seeking new funding arrangements to protect us from the impacts of climate change…we believe that the major greenhouse polluters should pay for the impacts they are causing.”
Last year, caving to public pressure, New Zealand finally responded to the fake cries of forthcoming submersion, allowing the Tuvaluans to immigrate.
Then there’s the claim that the solution to climate change is rationing. This is the most troubling assertion of all, as we have an administration running the White House that believes this plan is worthy. Note President Obama’s Director of Science and Technology Policy, John Holdren, who has written, “A massive campaign must be launched in North America to restore a high-quality environment and to de-develop the United States…This effort must be largely political.”
In addition, one year ago, Lisa Jackson, the Director of the Environmental Protection Agency, issued a statement declaring that “the current and projected concentrations of [carbon dioxide]…threaten the public health and welfare of current and future generations.”
Indeed, the 2009 House energy bill calls for an 80% reduction in C02 by 2050. Thank God the Senate never passed similar legislation or we’d be on our way to…rationing!
We need to follow the lead of China, India, Russia and Brazil and begin building lots of coal-fired, natural gas and nuclear power plants, or else, as our population increases, rationing will be our only choice.
Verizon Wireless announced today it is turning on the world’s first large-scale 4G LTE network on Sunday, Dec. 5. Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network will be the fastest and most advanced 4G network in America. Business users will be the first to take advantage of the 4G LTE network with speeds up to 10 times faster than the company’s 3G network.
With the launch, Verizon Wireless is also offering new value-priced 4G LTE Mobile Broadband data plans starting at $50 monthly access for 5 GB monthly allowance, as well as two new 4G LTE USB modems: the LG VL600 which will be available at launch, and the Pantech UML290, available soon.
Dan Mead, president and chief executive officer of Verizon Wireless, said, “Beginning Sunday, Verizon Wireless is making the best network even better. Our initial 4G LTE launch gives customers access to the fastest and most advanced mobile network in America and immediately reaches more than one-third of all Americans, right where they live. That’s just the start. We will quickly expand 4G LTE, and by 2013 will reach the existing Verizon Wireless 3G coverage area.”
Road warriors using laptops will immediately benefit from Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network with super-fast connectivity that’s up to 10 times faster than the company’s current 3G network. The company expects 4G LTE average data rates in real-world, loaded network environments to be 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.
Mead continued, “We are building our 4G LTE network with the same commitment to performance and reliability for which we have long been recognized. Our commitment to superior network performance, combined with broad 4G coverage areas and the strong value of our data plans make 4G LTE Mobile Broadband the best choice for laptop users.”
4G LTE Mobile Broadband Data Plans, Devices and Coverage Areas
Verizon Wireless customers can choose from two 4G LTE Mobile Broadband data plans: $50 monthly access for 5 GB monthly allowance or $80 monthly access for 10 GB monthly allowance, both with $10/GB overage. For laptop connectivity, two 4G LTE USB modems will be initially available: the LG VL600 is available at launch and the Pantech UML290 will be available soon, each $99.99 after $50 rebate with a new two-year agreement. Both USB modems provide backward-compatibility with Verizon Wireless’ 3G network. If laptop users travel outside of a 4G LTE coverage area, they will automatically stay connected on the company’s 3G network.
The two modems harness the power of the company’s 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network to help enterprise, business and government customers make their workforces more productive, providing super-fast laptop connectivity. Both modems will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores, online at www.verizonwireless.com, by phone by calling 1-800 256-4646 and through the company’s business sales channels.
The company expects consumer-oriented handsets will be available by mid-2011.
Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network is initially launching in 38 major metropolitan areas and in more than 60 commercial airports coast to coast – at both airports within the launch areas plus airports in other key cities. Street level coverage area maps will be available online on Dec. 5. Today, customers can go to www.verizonwireless.com/4Glte to check if their addresses will be in the initial 4G LTE coverage area.
Spectrum and Network Partners
By leveraging its 700 MHz spectrum for LTE deployment in the United States, Verizon Wireless is capable of quickly deploying a high-quality wireless broadband network with excellent coverage. Verizon Wireless’ primary 4G LTE network vendors, Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent, are providing the underlying infrastructure for the 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network.
Visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte for more information about Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network.
Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Initial Major Metropolitan Area Deployment (Dec. 5, 2010)
Charlotte, North Carolina
Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex, Dallas, Texas
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Las Vegas, Nevada
Los Angeles, California
Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota
New Orleans, Louisiana
New York, New York
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Rochester, New York
San Antonio, Texas
San Diego, California
San Francisco, California
San Jose, California
St. Louis, Missouri
West Lafayette, Indiana
West Palm Beach, Florida
Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Initial Commercial Airport Deployment (Airport Name, City, State) Dec. 5, 2010
Austin-Bergstrom International, Austin, Texas
Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshal, Glen Burnie, Maryland
Bob Hope, Burbank, California
Boeing Field/King County International, Seattle, Washington
Charlotte/Douglas International, Charlotte, North Carolina
Chicago Midway International, Chicago, Illinois
Chicago O’Hare International, Chicago, Illinois
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International, Covington, Kentucky
Cleveland-Hopkins International, Cleveland, Ohio
Dallas Love Field, Dallas, Texas
Dallas/Fort Worth International, Fort Worth, Texas
Denver International, Denver, Colorado
Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
George Bush Intercontinental/Houston, Houston, Texas
Greater Rochester International, Rochester, New York
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, Atlanta, Georgia
Honolulu International, Honolulu, Hawaii
Jacksonville International, Jacksonville, Florida
John F. Kennedy International, New York, New York
John Wayne Airport-Orange County, Santa Ana, California
Kansas City International, Kansas City, Missouri
La Guardia, New York, New York
Lambert-St. Louis International, St. Louis, Missouri
Laurence G. Hanscom Field, Bedford, Massachusetts
Long Beach/Daugherty Field, Long Beach, California
Los Angeles International, Los Angeles, California
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International, Metairie, Louisiana
McCarran International, Las Vegas, Nevada
Memphis International, Memphis, Tennessee
Metropolitan Oakland International, Oakland, California
Miami International, Miami, Florida
Minneapolis-St. Paul International/Wold-Chamberlain, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nashville International, Nashville, Tennessee
New Castle, Wilmington, Delaware
Newark Liberty International, Newark, New Jersey
Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International, San Jose, California
North Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada
Orlando International, Orlando, Florida
Orlando Sanford International, Sanford, Florida
Palm Beach International, West Palm Beach, Florida
Philadelphia International, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Phoenix Sky Harbor International, Phoenix, Arizona
Phoenix-Mesa Gateway, Mesa, Arizona
Pittsburgh International, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Port Columbus International, Columbus, Ohio
Portland International, Portland, Oregon
Rickenbacker International, Columbus, Ohio
Ronald Reagan Washington National, Arlington, Virginia
Sacramento International, Sacramento, California
Salt Lake City International, Salt Lake City, Utah
San Antonio International, San Antonio, Texas
San Diego International, San Diego, California
San Francisco International, San Francisco, California
Seattle-Tacoma International, Seattle, Washington
St. Augustine, Saint Augustine, Florida
St. Petersburg-Clearwater International, Clearwater, Florida
Tampa International, Tampa, Florida
Teterboro, Teterboro, New Jersey
Trenton Mercer, Trenton, New Jersey
Washington Dulles International, Dulles International Airport, Washington, D.C.
Will Rogers World, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
William P. Hobby, Houston, Texas
TheFind, a leading shopping search engine and provider of the best in-store price comparison app, today reported that for the holiday weekend (through noon on Sunday EST) mobile shopping trips increased by 4.6x over the year prior. TheFind, which sees roughly 1 million shopping visits per day, also reported that mobile traffic accounted for roughly 25 percent of all shopping visits over the holiday weekend as compared to only 15 percent of all shopping visits for the Thanksgiving weekend in 2009.
“In-store comparison shopping using smartphones is showing incredible growth, and progressive retailers are adjusting their strategies to account for a savvier consumer,” said Siva Kumar, CEO of TheFind. “Indicative of this trend is our partnership with stores such as Best Buy to show contextual and relevant ads to shoppers based on the items they are actually looking to buy.”
TheFind reports that almost half of all the people who have downloaded their app are using the barcode scanner, in addition to taking advantage of the text search capability also built into the app. Also of note is a 3 to 1 advantage for iPhone/iPod/iPad usage over Android devices, while BlackBerry usage of TheFind’s mobile web site actually declined 11% over last year.
With the Web influencing over 42 percent of all retail transactions, according to Forrester Research, people are clearly doing their homework online before ever stepping foot in a store. At the same time, TheFind notes that holiday shoppers are browsing retail stores during the weekends and after work, continuing or completing their shopping trips once they’re back online. The busiest online shopping times on TheFind.com are typically Monday mornings at 9 a.m. while mobile shopping searches spike after normal office hours and on the weekends. As a result, TheFind is experiencing better than forecasted growth for ecommerce, and is running at 26 percent above last year’s level.
“To date, standalone mobile shopping apps have fallen short because they cannot connect consumers’ in store shopping to consumers’ online shopping activity, either before or after they visit a store,” said Siva Kumar, CEO of TheFind. “TheFind Mobile works on the simple premise that a mobile app has more utility when it can scan or search for prices in every store and also be integrated – seamlessly – with the savvy way that people shop from their homes, online.”
By installing TheFind Mobile (for free) on their iPhone or Android device and logging in using Facebook Connect, people automatically create a free account on TheFind that helps them keep track of their searches, items they have saved and preferences for specific brands and stores. Consumers can access this account on both TheFind.com and on their phones with TheFind Mobile app. For instance, when someone scans an item in the store, they can also access that item on their computer; and conversely, when a consumer saves items of interest at home, they can instantly recall those items on their mobile phone when they’re actually at the store.
TheFind Mobile is available as a free download for iPhone and iPod Touch at the Apple iTunes Store, equipping shoppers to search, compare and shop with the touch of a finger. TheFind Mobile is also available for Android phones at the Android Market.
TheFind also reported that the most scanned category are electronic items and video games with Samsung 32 inch LCD TV, iPhone/iPad and Call of Duty: Black Ops being the most sought after items. For text search, traffic is highest in apparel (parkas, jackets, dresses, hats), jewelry and shoes.
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Some of the OWC Black Friday/Cyber Monday Specials Include:
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Toktumi, Inc., the company behind the popular mobile communication app Line2, has signed a deal with former JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater to be the official spokesperson for the company’s “Mile High Text Club” Contest, which celebrates Line2’s in-flight texting capability on Wi-Fi-equipped airplanes. Slater is the ex-JetBlue flight attendant who was so fed up with rude passengers that he decided to exit his airline career on an emergency slide.
The Mile High Text Club Contest invites travelers to text their “craziest” (i.e. most outrageous) flight stories to 222-222-2222 to enter to win prizes, including iPod touches, free Line2 service, and a Grand Prize of a weekend holiday shopping trip for two to New York City. Texts must be sent from the Line2 app, which can be downloaded for a 30-day free trial from the iTunes App store. The texted stories will appear on the www.milehightextclub.com website, where anyone can read them and vote on their favorites. As an expert on crazy flight stories, Steven Slater is a natural fit as the spokesperson and as one of the judges for the contest.
“In order to spread the word that Line2 allows airline passengers to text from the sky, we hired one of the most famous guys in the airline business today, Steven Slater,” explained Peter Sisson, Founder and CEO of Toktumi. “After talking with Steven, I realized that despite his dramatic approach – which he regrets – he was making a statement about the need to return civility and common courtesy to flying. He’s a perfect judge for a contest concerning the current state of air travel.” He was a flight attendant for 20 years, and both his parents had long careers in the airline business.
Toktumi’s Mile High Text Club Contest, which runs November 16 through December 3, will be a wickedly funny forum where entrants share their craziest flight stories by texting about them using Line2. The texts will be displayed at the contest website www.milehightextclub.com, where voting for the best stories takes place. The top 21 vote getters will get points that count towards winning the contest. A panel of judges including Mr. Slater will select all prize winners based on criteria including originality and humor. Mr. Slater will advise the grand prize winner and 7 second prize winners during a conference call with them using Line2’s conferencing system.
The grand prize in the Mile High Text Club Contest is a weekend holiday shopping trip for two to New York City, including air travel and hotel for the winner and a companion. 7 second prize winners will win an Apple iPod Touch. Thirteen third prize winners will each win a gift card for six months of free Line2 service.
The “Mile High Text Club” champions the cause of communicating in flight via texting rather than talking so that other passengers are not disturbed by loud voice calls. Traveler surveys consistently show opposition to voice calls on planes, which not only disturb fellow passengers but are often prohibited by airlines.
“Line2’s SMS texting is really useful while in flight,” Sisson says. “You can let people know about delays, make plans for the evening, or just pass the time texting with your friends and family while you fly.”
Line2 Version 3.0 is the first VoIP calling app to feature carrier-grade SMS texting, allowing customers to exchange unlimited text messages with any SMS-enabled phone on any carrier. The result is a texting experience that is indistinguishable from traditional SMS text capabilities offered by the major cellular carriers. Unlike competing texting-only applications, Line2 combines VoIP calling capabilities and carrier-grade texting in one app, so that customers can use one number for both types of communication. There is no other calling app available on the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch that offers the complete calling, call-handling, and texting capabilities available from Line2.
Line2 customers can get unlimited calling and unlimited SMS texting for just $9.95/month, which is less than half of the $20.00/month cost that AT&T charges iPhone users for unlimited texting alone. When calculating the savings achieved by moving to the most affordable AT&T calling plan and using Line2 over Wi-Fi for voice calls, users can reduce their cell phone bill by as much as $50 per month.
Jimmy McMillan, of the now-famous Rent Is Too Damn High Party, proclaimed Flight Doodle for iPhone, “a helluva game.” During last-minute campaigning, and just two hours before poll closing, New York State Gubernatorial candidate, Jimmy McMillan, took a few moments to try out EyeDip LLC’s popular title. He offered the game very high praise in the midst of a final round of photo ops and handshakes.
McMillan, of Brooklyn, New York, rose to immediate Internet fame after delivering his riveting and spirited message at the New York State Gubernatorial Debates last month. His YouTube videos have generated millions of views in the few weeks since the well-publicized debate.
Flight Doodle is a tilt-controlled, hot-air balloon game for iPhone and iPad, and coming soon to Windows Mobile 7 devices. Players customize their aircraft and fly as high as they can while collecting tools and power-ups, and exercising agility to avoid varied enemies and obstacles. The game’s elements combine to create a unique and delightfully light-hearted mobile gaming experience.