Nicholas Deleon

Nicholas likes video games, soccer, UFC, and astronomy–particularly the study of asteroids. He went to NYU.

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  • Senator To Propose New Internet Sales Tax

    The second most senior Democrat in the U.S. Senate, Dick Durbin, will propose a new scheme that would force online retailers like Amazon and iTunes to collect local taxes for each and every transaction. He’s expected to make the proposal the day after Tax Day, and it’s expected to be controversial within two seconds of having been announced. Read More

  • Senator To Propose New Internet Sales Tax

    The second most senior Democrat in the U.S. Senate, Dick Durbin, will propose a new scheme that would force online retailers like Amazon and iTunes to collect local taxes for each and every transaction. He’s expected to make the proposal the day after Tax Day, and it’s expected to be controversial within two seconds of having been announced. You already know the story. Durbin… Read More

  • Video: Eddie Izzard Walks Us Through iTunes Software Update

    “But you said you’ve read the terms and conditions… even God has not read the terms and conditions.” Read More

  • DARPA Wants Full-Disk Encryption For Android, iOS Devices

    DARPA has put out a request for full-disk encryption for iOS and Android-based devices. The deal is that the Defense Advances Research Projects Agency wants to have greater choice when it comes to smartphone selection, having used the BlackBerry for years without complaint. That’s because it was only the BlackBerry that met the agency’s encryption requirements. Read More

  • Claim: Forget About Traveling The Solar System With Current Knowledge, Technology

    Wiki’d We just had a pretty fascinating discussion in the official CrunchGear chartroom about how you’d respond to complete, humanity-threatening disaster. How would you prepare yourself? Stock up on gasoline, food, and medicine? What happens when that runs out? A gun might come in handy for a number of different reason, but what happens when you run out of bullets—do you… Read More

  • Sony, GeoHot Settle PS3 Hacking Case

    Sony and GeoHot have officially settled their differences. A notice on the PlayStation Blog notes that Sony Computer Entertainment America and George Hotz have reached a settlement in the case. No monetary terms were mentioned. Read More

  • Estimates Put Nintendo 3DS At 500,000-750,000 Units Sold In North America

    Early sales estimates of the Nintendo 3DS continue to trickle in. Depending on which analyst you want to believe, Nintendo sold anywhere from 500,000 to 750,000 units during the five days in March it was available here in North America. The only problem with these numbers is that Nintendo can now expect consumers to confused as to what system they should get, the 3DS or plain ol’ DS. Read More

  • Study: Smartphone Users Wasting Hundreds Of Dollars Per Year On Unnecessary Contracts

    A new study says that smartphone users are overpaying for their service by several hundred dollars each and every year. The study, put together by Billmonitor, notes that people are overspending primarily because they’re on contracts that wildly overshoot their needs. People have a habit of signing up for contracts with far more voice minutes than they use, and it’s primarily for… Read More

  • Minecraft Leaves Beta On November 11

    Minecraft will leave beta on November 11 of this year. That is to say it will be released on 11/11/11. Look at all those ones. Read More

  • Crytek Confirms Crysis 2 DX11 Patch

    Crytek has now confirmed that there will, indeed, be a DX11 patch for Crysis 2. This is the real deal, and not some Twitter rumor nonsense. Read More

  • FCC Mulls Over Mobile Phone Signal Booster Approval


    Oh, here comes controversy. The FCC has preliminarily approved the use of mobile phone signal boosters, but let’s say it’s only put one foot in the water. A 55-page notice of proposed rulemaking [PDF] has been put online that details what the FCC has in mind. The idea is to give consumers a limited ability to boost their mobile signal in times of need. Wireless providers, like… Read More

  • Interstate Tariff? Connecticut Pushes For Amazon Taxes

    What are the three guarantees in life? Death, taxes, and people saying that “death and taxes” are the only two guarantees in life. It’s fun. But this Amazon situation? Who knows. The company has been fighting off having to collect and pay local taxes across the U.S. for years now, with Connecticut becoming the latest state to push it for the collection of local taxes. One… Read More

  • Report: Only Half Of Nintendo 3DS Units Shipped To Japan Have Been Sold

    The Nintendo 3DS isn’t selling quite as quickly as Nintendo may have wanted. Media Create, which is sorta like a Japanese NPD, says that Nintendo has sold 836,000 units since its release in late February. The New Normal would have liked to see at least 1 million units sold, particularly since Nintendo shipped 1.5 million units out of worldwide total of 4 million to Japan. What gives? Read More

  • Study: Nearly A Quarter Of U.S. Students Say They're Addicted To The Internet

    Are the kids alright? Probably not, if you follow this study from the University of Maryland that says students today all but admit to being addicted to the Internet and media consumption. One student in the study likened prolonged separation from the Internet drug addiction, saying she was “itching like a crackhead” after not using the Internet for a bit. Not healthy, no. Read More

  • Video: LA Noire's Third Trailer. Hollywood Should Be Taking Notes.

    We’re just a few weeks away from the release of LA Noire on May 17, and today Rockstar has released the game’s third trailer. Read More

  • Homeland Security Taps Twitter, Facebook For New Alert System

    The Department of Homeland Security plans to use Twitter and Facebook to warn citizens about threats with its new National Terrorism Advisory System. The new program will in part replace the old color-coded system, put in place following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, that’s being phased out. Please RT, etc. Read More

  • Apple-Created Touchscreen Shortage Blamed For RIM PlayBook Delay

    Research In Motion—RIM to you and me—was forced to delay the release of its PlayBook tablet because Apple pretty much exhausted the supply of touchscreen displays. The tablet has been delayed for about a year now, so a few extra days probably won’t make too big a difference. And, of course, no tablet other than the iPad matters, so it’s all a bit moot. Read More

  • Spar Kinect-Style With Urijah Faber In UFC Personal Trainer

    You knew something like this was coming as soon as Microsoft announced the Kinect way back when. It’s UFC Personal Trainer, and it’s exactly as you’d expect: flail about in front of your TV while an on-screen avatar carries out the moves. THQ says the National Academy of Sports Medicine helped design the game, and pro fighter gave their input as well. Hearings before the… Read More

  • Homeland Security Taps Twitter, Facebook For New Alert System

    The Department of Homeland Security plans to use Twitter and Facebook to warn citizens about threats with its new National Terrorism Advisory System. The new program will in part replace the old color-coded system, put in place following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, that’s being phased out. Please RT, etc. The new system, which the AP says is expected to launch on April 27, will post… Read More

  • Mortal Kombat Tournament Hits Las Vegas May 15

    Presumably not too many of you are sitting here watching Fernando Torres do his best impression of a footballer, but I’ll leave that alone until tomorrow. In the meantime, and having nothing at all to do with Chelsea Football Club, the Champions League, or Mr. Torres, there’s word of a big Mortal Kombat tournament that will take place at Bally’s in Las Vegas on May 15 and May 16. Read More