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This is Only a Test – Episode 30 – Minecraft Minecraft Minecraft – 9/30/2010

by Alex Martin in Games, TechOctober 1st, 2010 @ 9:05 am

Will, Norm, and Ana start this show with some of the landmark feats of engineering exhibited in Tested’s Minecraft server. They also mention the exotic, fecal coffee they’ll be testing next week before moving on to the week’s news.

The Nintendo 3DS (yay!) will be $300 (boo!) in Japan. The price could change by March, when it’s released in North America and Europe.

Blackberry kicks off its tablet-computing push with the sportily-named Playbook. It looks impressive, but Will’s not convinced it can live up to its concept.

DisplayMate’s rigorous tests of five smartphone screens found, in short, that the Apple iPhone 4 and Motorola Droid screens were the best. Will and Norm explain the differences between the various technologies in screens.

As Norm saw in the Tested-Giant Bomb Quick Look, Microsoft have updated the Xbox 360 user interface. Apart from Kinect motion-control, they’ve added some Zune music features, and EPSN sports-viewing.

Mozilla won’t release an iPhone browser, but Firefox Home will sync your desktop browsing session, bookmarks, and history. Meanwhile Xmark is to shut down their cross-browser bookmark-syncing service this year.

Sony Ericsson’s bluetooth watch that integrates with Android phones has piqued Will’s interest, while some changes in the iOS4.2 beta have irked him.

After discussing a law that brings an end to loud commercials, they answer some listener questions. Listeners ask about gaming mice, netbook maintenance, and why bandwidth is so expensive.

Covered topics: Minecraft, Kopi Luwak coffee, Nintendo 3DS, Blackberry Playbook, smartphone screens, Xbox 360 dashboard, Firefox Home, Xmark, Sony Ericsson LiveView, iOS4.2 beta, Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act, gaming mice, netbook maintenance, bandwidth prices.

This week, Norm, Ana, and Will talk Minecraft, the Blackberry Playbook, the new Xbox 360 Dash update, and a whole bunch of awesome.

Runtime – 1:02:23

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