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Facebook now offering PhotoSync to all users; enters into cloud storage market, sort of

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 30, 2012 7:22 pm

A feature that Facebook had been testing on both iOS and Android devices is now becoming available to everyone. The feature, also known as Photo Sync, uploads all of the pictures a device takes to a private photo album on Facebook in the background. Users can then go through and make public those photos they want to share.




This new feature has several implications. First of all, it marks Facebook's entrance into the cloud storage market as they are essentially storing photos for users and they aren't requiring them to be made public. Second, this new feature could increase the numbers of photos shared on Facebook, an important thing for the company.


More photos shared will result in people staying on the site longer, increasing the amount of ads that can be served, which, in turn, increases revenue. It will also take away some of the frustration users experience as they will no longer have to wait for photos to upload. You can find out more information about the feature from Facebook.

Bloomberg: Microsoft will release next Xbox in time for 2013 holiday season

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 30, 2012 7:00 pm

If you were thinking of buying a second or third Xbox 360 this holiday season for your mansion, you might want to hold off on having one of your butlers order it for you as by this time next year, we'll be graced with a new Xbox console.




According to Bloomberg whose sources are "familiar with the company's plans," Microsoft will be making its next Xbox available for retail in time to be available for Thanksgiving and Christmas shopping next year. As of now, Microsoft isn't entirely sure when exactly they should unveil its next Xbox as its currently debating whether to unveil it at E3 in June or at an entirely different event completely dedicated to the unveiling.

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Microsoft claims Google users are getting 'Scroogled' by not using Bing when shopping online

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 30, 2012 5:43 pm

Microsoft has been directing the majority of its marketing campaigns lately directly at Google with its recent campaign pitting Bing directly against Google in blind tests comparing the two services. This week, the company has launched another campaign, this time, going against Google's Shopping search results.




According to Microsoft's new "Scroogled" campaign, it's suggesting Google users are getting the short end of the stick when they search in Google's Shopping section as those results are paid for and not based on relevance of what users are searching for.

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RumorTT: T-Mobile to announce iPhone availability next week

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 30, 2012 4:37 pm

If you're an AT&T, Verizon or Sprint customer, you can go to your store of choice and pick up an iPhone without a second thought, but T-Mobile customers have been left out in the dark as it's currently the only major U.S. carrier that doesn't carry the iPhone. But that could all change if what Merrill Lynch's Scott Craig turns out to be true.




According to Craig, T-Mobile may be announcing the arrival of the iPhone some time next week during their analysts day taking place on December 6 and 7.

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Sony reveals PlayStation Vita with PS Plus Instant Game Collection Bundle for $299.99

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 30, 2012 3:02 pm

I've been enjoying my PlayStation Vita since it was released nearly a year ago, but I certainly have been feeling the big game releases have been too far and in between. With Sony's news of its PlayStation Plus service being made available on the PS Vita, they've decided to deliver a bundle that brings its popular premium service to new PS Vita owners.




The PS Plus Instant Game Collection PS Vita Bundle, which I hope you all take note as it may be a product with the longest name ever, comes with a 3G / Wi-Fi PS Vita, one-year membership to PS Plus, a voucher for Unit 13 and a 4GB memory card for $299.99.

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Facebook use skyrockets to 7 hours a month per user; Google+ just 3 minutes

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Nov 30, 2012 1:54 pm

No matter how many times we'll hear of users attempting to rise up against Facebook due to its ongoing issues with its users' privacy, it's still a destination that is quite popular with the majority of the Internet according to a study conducted by San Francisco's Morrison & Foerster.




On average, Facebook users use the service a whopping 6.75 hours a month with around 29% of those users browsing Facebook while watching television. Other popular social media services like Tumblr and Pinterest had users averaging 1.5 hours of use per month, while Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ didn't even break the 30 minute mark, with Google+ doing the absolute worst at 3 minutes of use per month on average.

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eBay dons the Nexus 4 with high-demand sales restrictions

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 30, 2012 12:33 pm

The Nexus 4 has been one of the most popular devices released this year, selling out in minutes across the world - I was lucky enough to score one here in Australia and you can read our review on it here.




Well, it has been so popular that eBay has deemed the demand high enough that they're enforcing sales restrictions on the quad-core smartphone. These restrictions are normally places on hot items like the iPad or the Nintendo Wii, with the rules covering just how many phones a seller can list.


You may list a Google Nexus 4 with some limitations:


Authorized resellers will be allowed to list an unlimited number of items per week.

eBay Top Rated Sellers will be allowed to list up to 8 items per week.

All sellers meeting minimum performance standards will be allowed to list 4 items per week.

New sellers who've confirmed their personal information may list 1 item per week.

Note: Sellers not meeting minimum performance standards or that haven't confirmed their personal information will not be allowed to list the Google Nexus 4 during the post-launch sale period.


Google Nexus 4 Domain Name and Email Address Sales


Sellers offering Google Nexus 4-related domain names or email addresses for sale on eBay will be allowed up to 4 listings per week.

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Apple finally offers unlocked iPhone 5s in the US, start at $649

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 30, 2012 11:32 am

Apple are finally offering unlocked iPhone 5s in the US, which will be off-contract and will work on GSM, HSPA+, and LTE networks. The unlocked iPhone 5 will come in the same capacities and colors as the carrier-locked versions.




Apple offer the iPhone 5 in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB which are priced at $649, $749 and $849, respectively. All of the variants have a one-week shipping time, which isn't too bad.


But, we now live in a world where Google offer the Nexus 4 smartphone for just $349 - so the iPhone 5 is nearly double the price. Yes it has LTE, but that's about the only killer feature over the Nexus 4, but it costs $300 more. If you're the type of person who wants to stay in the iOS ecosystem, of course, this is finally the news you want to hear - unlocked iPhone 5s in the US.

Dell offers up Ubuntu-based XPS 13, priced at $1549

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Nov 30, 2012 10:39 am

Dell's once internal skunkworks project dubbed "Project Sputnik" eventually launched as the XPS 13 Developer Edition, but now the Ultrabook-based is now shipping with a Precise Pangolin Ubuntu build that comes pre-installed.




It also sports feature-complete drivers that make sure that the maximum peripheral compatibility is great out of the box. The XPS 13 also comes bundled with Project Sputnik's open source tools, such as Profile Tool and Cloud Launcher, that are included to help developers install and deploy their projects in a quick and timely manner.


Hardware wise, the new XPS 13 is quite powerful - sporting a choice of an Ivy Bridge-based Intel Core i5 or i7, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SATA III SSD. The Developer Edition of the XPS 13 costs $1549, which is $50 more than the Windows-based XPS 13.

Microsoft's latest ad for Internet Explorer is actually quite good, company says new IE "sucks... less"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Nov 30, 2012 9:32 am

When first watching this new advertisement from Microsoft about Internet Explorer, I really didn't know what to expect. But as the video rolls on, you see just where they're going with it.



Microsoft are not stating that they are the undeniable champion of the browser space, because, well, they know that Chrome and Firefox from Google and Mozilla, respectively, are hugely popular web browsers.


But, that hasn't stopped the software giant from releasing a new advertisement over it - involving a basement-living Internet troll who attacks IE on sites, forums and Twitter. Eventually, he sees that IE has evolved into something he can actually accept - rather than vehemently attack.

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