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Facebook adds "save for later" feature to mobile, desktop versions

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 31, 2012 3:32 pm

Another Facebook update in the course of a couple of days? What a treat! This latest update is somewhat of a unique feature, something I haven't really seen on another social network before. What's the feature you ask? Something Facebook is calling Save for Later. It basically allows you to save posts for later viewing, or up your stalker game, if that's more your cup of tea.




After saving a post, you can navigate all of your saved posts as their own feed. To remove, they have to be physically selected to be unsaved. And for you creepers out there who want to save a post about Jane being single, have no fear as all saved posts are private, meaning there is no way for her to tell that you saved it, other than getting on your Facebook.


On the mobile app, just hold your finger on a post until a popup that says "save" pops up. Click that and the post will be saved. There's no need to download an update to receive this update, so once it rolls out to you, it should be live. The feature is also reportedly present on, however, I have yet to see it on my profile.

Spotify brings Pandora-like functionality to Android, stream free

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 31, 2012 2:02 pm

Stop me if you've heard this one before. There's a new free app that allows you to stream music by creating a radio station based upon a song. The kind of music playing can be adjusted by giving playing tracks a thumbs-up or thumbs-down. Why didn't you stop me? That's basically exactly what Pandora does!




However, the new app I am speaking of is not Pandora. Instead, it is a free streaming offering from Spotify. Spotify's new app does basically exactly what Pandora does, right down to playing ads to free listeners. I'm not exactly sure why anyone would pick Spotify over Pandora as they do the same thing.


Be that as it may, competition is good so we may see better apps out of both companies, fewer ads, or other incentives to use one app over the other. This same app was released for iOS last month and delivers the same functionality. The app is available in the Google Play store for free. Paying users don't have to listen to ads.

China to land exploratory craft on the Moon in 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 31, 2012 10:27 am

China are set to settle for infinity now, and not beyond, with plans to land an exploratory craft on one and only naturally orbiting satellite, the Moon, for the first time. China's third lunar probe, Chang'e-3, is set for take off in the second half of next year, the state Xinhua news agency reported late yesterday. Chang'e-3 is named after the Chinese goddess of the Moon.




Other reports have stated that it would land, and transmit back a survey of the Moon's surface. If China are successful in landing the craft on the Moon, it will mark a very large milestone for its space development. Xinhua have said it is part of a project to orbit, land and return from the Moon. China have said on its last white paper on space that they are working toward landing a man on the Moon, but no time frame has been given.


Beijing sees its multi-billion-dollar space program as a symbol of its rising global importance, growing technical expertise, and the Communist Party's success in turning around the fortunes of the one poverty-stricken nation. If China are successful, it will be quite the media event for 2013.


The one downside to all of this? The United States used to be at the bleeding edge of this type of space exploration, considering all the technological advances we've seen in the past 50 years, it's quite sad to see that China are now looking to land on the Moon for a look around.

Yahoo's interim CEO, Ross Levinsohn, leaves the company

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 31, 2012 9:25 am

Yahoo have been in the news quite a lot lately, for all the right reasons, with ex-Google exec Marissa Mayer appointed the new CEO and president of the company. But, interim CEO, Ross Levinsohn has confirmed that he's leaving the company after not being named for the permanent position.




Levinsohn had allegedly been telling candidates for senior positions that he would be the next CEO, and according to reports, Yahoo employees were hoping that he would stay on with the company in some capacity, as well as help guide the company itself. But, over the weekend, Levinsohn e-mailed, saying:


I wanted to let you know that my time at Yahoo has come to an end. It has been an incredible journey for me and I could not be prouder of what we accomplished over the past few years helping define Yahoo as a leader in digital media and advertising. Yahoo is an amazing brand and company, and I leave knowing we did all we could to help inform and entertain more than 700 million users each month. Leading this company has been one of the best experiences of my career, but it is time for me to look for the next challenge.

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US smartphone numbers for Q2 2012: Android sales drop, iOS rises

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 31, 2012 8:23 am

Research firm Strategy Analytics has some new numbers for everyone to peer at, with the US Android handset sales dropping in Q2, but iOS sales went up. Overall, smartphone shipments for all manufacturers fell a little, by 5-percent to 23.8 million, compared to 25.2 million from the same quarter last year.




These changes in numbers are attributed to a combination of things, such as a volatile economy, and changes in upgrade policies by major carriers. Android sales in Q2 2011 were 15.3 million, taking up 60.6-percent of the market. This year, with the launch of flagship models such as Samsung's Galaxy S III, Android-based phones managed just 13.4 million sales, with 56.3-percent of the market, representing a drop of almost two million handsets over the period.


iOS was the only platform to not lose its footing, where it rose by nearly two million units, the same number Android lost, to reach 7.9 million units sold. It also increased Apple's marketshare from 23.2- to 33.2-percent, even with rumors of a new iPhone coming in the next few months. BlackBerry OS lost a million sales or so, and shrank to 1.6 million, or just 6.5-percent of the current market. This is believed to be the lowest market share RIM has ever had in recent history.

GoDaddy CEO steps down, major GoDaddy investor named interim CEO

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 31, 2012 7:25 am

Ever since the whole SOPA debacle, GoDaddy have been having a hard time. This hard time has turned into the company's CEO, Warren Adelman stepping down after just eight months on the GoDaddy throne. Adelman had replaced former CEO, Bob Parsons, and will be succeeded by major GoDaddy investor, Scott Wagner of KKR Capstone. Adelman said in a release:




I am proud to have been part of a team that has built a terrific business. I've spent close to a decade with Go Daddy, and it has been an amazing and rewarding time in my life. As much as I have enjoyed my roles as CEO and formerly as President and Chief Operating Officer, I have reached a juncture in my life when I would like to spend more time with my family.


GoDaddy really fizzled out with their support for SOPA, but the company still found success by reporting they hit $1.1 billion sales, as well as hitting the 10 million user mark.

Fan remake of GTA III is nearly here, Grand Theft Auto III: Rage Classic, built on the GTA IV engine

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 31, 2012 6:29 am

The original Grand Theft Auto III is set to be released on the PSN store tomorrow, which is part of the PlayStation 2 Classics series. One of the seriously huge letdowns is that its being released without much change at all, so no HD support or trophy system. The game will sell for $10.



But, there's a fan remake on its way in the form of Grand Theft Auto III: Rage Classic. The Rage Classic version of the game is built from the RAGE engine that powered GTA IV, where the cars will reportedly drive better, and the on-foot combat is said to be world's better than the semi-mess GTA III was.


Rage Classic is built by the same people who bought you Vice City Rage, and San Andreas Rage with a forum thread for the project started last July, but doesn't have a release date for the first beta. If you'd like to read more on it, check out the 80-page thread for more details.

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Samsung's 'better-than-Retina' display looks to be baked onto 11.8-inch tablet, sporting a 2560x1600 resolution

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 31, 2012 5:29 am

We know that Samsung are preparing a 'better-than-Retina' display, with a news post a little over 24 hours ago regarding the news. The Verge is reporting that court documents in relation to the on-going Apple vs. Samsung case have revealed that Samsung are working on a tablet codenamed "P10".




Samsung's P10 tablet includes LTE connectivity, as well as an 11.8-inch screen capable of driving 2560x1600. As I said in my post yesterday, Samsung and LG are the makers of the Retina display, so it was only a matter of time before we saw a "Retina-like" display in one of their smart device lines. An 11.8-inch tablet borderlines on the 'portability' side of things, but the extra size should make the resolution of the screen really pop out.


The P10 with a 2560x1600 resolution would sport a pixel density of 256 ppi. Samsung are looking to host an event in mid-August in NYC, which should be geared up to announce the revised Galaxy Note 10.1, but the company could use the event to tease the new P10 tablet, too. The things dreams are made of, eh? Samsung, do you mind flying me out to the event?

Blizzard: Windows 8 'not awesome for Blizzard either'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 31, 2012 5:14 am

Hot on the heels of Valve's founder, Gabe Newell, and his comments on Windows 8 being a "catastrophe", we have Blizzard's Executive Vice President of Game Design, Rob Pardo, sharing a similar feeling on the upcoming OS from Microsoft.




Pardo took to Twitter to call Windows 8 "not awesome for Blizzard either", but this is another PC-centric game developer who doesn't seem to like Windows 8. Both Newell and Pardo haven't gone into detail of what exactly they don't like about the OS, but maybe its the new direction Microsoft are taking? Could it be that the company is trying to compete with Apple, and not really push the OS design, or introduce any new ground-breaking features?

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 PC system requirements released, won't need to sell a liver to play the game

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 31, 2012 4:35 am

BT Games have sneakily posted the PC system requirements for the upcoming Treyarch-made Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. The system requirements are very modest meaning the game should run on even older systems:




  • Processor: Celeron E1200 Dual-Core 1.6GHzor (Intel CPU) / Athlon 64 x2 Dual Core 3600+ (AMD CPU)
  • Graphics Card (NVIDIA): GeForce GT 120AMD GPU: Radeon HD 4550
  • Memory: 2GB
  • OS: Windows XP 32bit (or later)
  • Direct X: DX9HDD
  • Space: 10GB


Can you wait for COD: Black Ops 2? I don't think people will be buying it for the graphics, but the amount of production money that this games budget would be, could afford Activision to spend some money on a new graphics engine, don't you think?

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