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Xbox 360 will begin streaming Time Warner Cable later this summer

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 28, 2013 6:10 pm

The Xbox one has this cool little feature that allows users to plug their cable boxes directly into the console which allows the Xbox to facilitate the changing of channels for you. While the Xbox 360 will not have the channel changing features it will be getting the ability to stream cable TV later this summer.

 

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This morning Microsoft announced a deal with Time Warner Cable that will bring its live TV options to the Xbox 360. Unfortunately for this to happen users will not only need a pre-existing Time Warner Cable subscription, but will also need an Xbox live Gold membership before you can download and install the app.

 

Time Warner Cable follows in the footsteps of other content providers such as Verizon which brought its FiOS TV to the console 2011 along with ESPN and HBO to have dedicated apps. How do you feel about been able to stream Time Warner Cable TV through your Xbox? Is it worth paying for an Xbox Live Gold subscription to access the service you already have access to via your set-top box?

Yelp files suit against business selling fake reviews

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 28, 2013 5:52 pm

Yelp has become the de facto service for customer reviews on local businesses, and as with any user submitted review service, fake reviews have began to pop up. While some of these reviews are made by the business owners themselves others are made by companies who are paid by the business owners to flood their pages with good reviews.

 

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This trickery can lead to a business seeing a major rise in customers if enough good reviews pop up during a certain period of time. Yelp attempts to remove most of these fake reviews but new ones are added just as quickly as the old ones are taken down, and now yelp has decided to attempt to put a stop via the legal system.

 

The company has filed a lawsuit against BuyOnlineReview.net which is the owner of BuyYelpReview.com. The complaint which was filed last week looks to shut down both sides through a court injunction as well as complete reimbursement of Yelp's legal fees and three times the amount of revenue either site made from selling fake Yelp reviews.

Windows 8.1 to ditch Messaging app in favor of Skype

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jun 28, 2013 5:37 pm

Microsoft will be trashing its Messenger app in Windows 8.1 in favor of Skype. The Messaging app currently uses Facebook and Messenger accounts to communicate with friends but it appears that Microsoft will be following their word and transitioning all messaging services to Skype.

 

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This move makes perfect sense as Skype was shown off as the primary messaging device for the Xbox One at not only the launch event last month but it was also demoed at the E3 expo and Microsoft Build Conference earlier this month. No word on an official release date has been confirmed but we expect the change to happen when Windows 8.1 is officially launched.

Uber lands its private car service in Taipei Taiwan, second launch in Asia this week

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 28, 2013 5:07 pm

Uber continues its ingress into Asia today as it rolled out its popular private car service in Taipei, Taiwan. Earlier this week, the company made its Asia debut by launching in Seoul, Korea along with three other cities in the region.

 

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This year Uber has raised more than 55 million in funding from investors alone and usually launches a test phase "soft launch" before fully rolling out the service. Over the next 4 to 6 weeks Uber will begin to transition from this test phase into the fully operational service in both Seoul and Taipei.

 

Whether you're out on the town in the Xinyi , go shopping on Zhong Shan Bei Road, or have dinner in Dongqu, Uber (@Uber_TPE) will get you where you need to be in comfort and style, typhoon or shine. The base fare is NT$126, with a rolling charge of NT$30 per kilometer (when travelling over 18km/h) or NT$16.50 per minute (when travelling below that speed - aka affected by traffic jams). The minimum fare is NT$230 and the full Taipei pricing can be found here.

Ellen Page wants her ID back, says Ellie from The Last of US is a direct knock off of her likeness

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 28, 2013 4:10 pm

It's no secret, actors and actresses from Hollywood like to keep a tight rein on their likeness, and rightfully so. It is after all how they make their living. Canadian actress Ellen Page has accused popular PlayStation 3 horror title, The Last of Us, of stealing her facial likeness.

 

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During an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on Reddit, Page told fans that she was very much aware of the similarities between her and the games character Ellie and that she was not so pleased about it. "I guess I should be flattered that they ripped off my likeness, but I am actually acting in a videogame called Beyond: Two Souls, so it was not appreciated," she wrote.

 

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While I see the minute similarities, I personally feel that Ellie looks much more like Ashley Johnson, the actress who does Ellie's voice over for the game. In my opinion this is just a publicity stunt used for both Page's career as well as the upcoming game Beyond: Two Souls. TweakTown would like to offer Page a chance to tell her side of the story and we have reached out to her and are awaiting a response.

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean seen on Samsung Galaxy S4, available for testing now!

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 28, 2013 3:12 pm

Android aficionados have something to celebrate this morning as a version of Android 4.3 has been spotted doing some testing rounds on Samsung's Galaxy S4. This early version of 4.3 is thanks to some porting work done by the fellows over at SamMobile.

 

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SamMobile says that the port is fully functional on the standard Snapdragon-powered Galaxy S4 and there's not a single feature which isn't working. They know that the port is not flashable through Odin, it will void your warranty, and they only suggest attempting to install this version of Android 4.3 if you have the skills to flash custom ROM.

 

Even though Google hasn't made Android 4.3 public yet, you can head over to SamMobile (Source #2) and download the ROM now. Keep in mind that Android 4.3 is still in the development phase and currently cannot be considered 100 percent stable, so flash at your own risk and let us know how it turns out.

Google will pull the plug on Reader Sunday at midnight, users scramble to Feedly and other alternatives in preparation

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 28, 2013 2:09 pm

Sunday night after the clock strikes midnight, Google will shut down its Reader service for good. That's right after eight long years the search giant is pulling the plug on its popular RSS feed importer. The project was created back in early 2005 by Google engineer Chris Wetherell and after two years of development was released to the public through Google Labs in 2007.

 

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With the pending shutdown, many alternatives of popped up with big-name sites such as AOL and Digg both developing their own replacements. Other alternatives have been around for quite a while now such as The Old Reader, Pusle, and my personal favorite, Feedly. All of these alternatives except for Pulse allow for the importation of your Google reader feeds via XML file.

 

Here at TweakTown most of us have already switched over to Feedly which seems to be winning the race as the most popular Google reader replacement with more than 8 million new subscribers being added since Google announced Reader's shutdown. This is partially because Feedly makes the importation process so simple as all you need to do is log into your Google account and it will import your Google Reader settings automatically. Additionally, the interface is very Google Reader like with some UI improvements for a more refined experience.

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Microsoft are happy being number three in mobile, aren't afraid of BlackBerry

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 28, 2013 1:25 pm

The mobile war continues, with iOS and Android taking the lead but number three and four positions are taken up by the oldies, Microsoft and BlackBerry.

 

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During an interview with The Verge, Senior Windows Phone Product Manager,e Larry Liberman, said that Microsoft's mobile OS platform is "solidly the third ecosystem right now. That's a huge announcement in some respects". Global market share is different, where they're tied with BlackBerry.

 

Microsoft aren't worried though, where Lieberman adds: "I don't think they can bring to the table some of the things we have. The fact like we're delivering across such a different set of price points to such a large audience."

CyanogenMod working on secure Android messenger called PushSMS, has iMessage in its secure sights

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 28, 2013 12:28 pm

Apple users have their secure way of sending messages through iMessage, but right now Android users are a little left out. CyanogenMod hopefully have the answer to this, where the team are working on a new application called PushSMS.

 

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Devleoper, Koushik Dutta said this week that he has constructed a secure push-based messaging plugin for CyanogenMod which encrypts messages between two CyanogenMod users from end-to-end and is sent over the Google Cloud Messaging service. Dutta adds that the feature is built directly into the CyanogenMod framework, and is compatible with third-party clients like GoSMS and Handcent.

 

PushSMS isn't quite available, and should arrive in a new iteration of CyanogenMod in the coming weeks.

Microsoft increases the update cycle to Office, now sits at every three weeks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jun 28, 2013 11:32 am

Microsoft have just updated their plans and will use their extensive cloud resources to crank out Office updates quicker, increasing the update period to every three weeks.

 

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Jeff Teper, who is the Corporate Vice President for Microsoft's Office division, has told Bloomberg "within a year, users of Internet-based versions of Office productivity software, as well as e-mail, telephony and collaboration tools, will have parts of their software refreshed weekly." Does this news help you at all? An updated Office is a better office, yes?

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