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Facebook updates Home as more than 1 million people install the app

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: May 9, 2013 11:34 pm

Facebook's Home launcher is receiving an update today, bringing new features to the social networking-centric Android interface. Facebook also announced that Home has been installed nearly one million times since its launch. However, that's small fish compared to its one billion strong user base.

 

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Facebook has said that they will not block users looking to sideload the app onto an unsupported device. This update is bringing with it fixes for bugs and some various new features. The new feature set include a "Dash Bar" that lists friends to allow for quickly starting a conversation and a "Dock" to hold your favorite apps.

ReportTT: Amazon working on 3-D smartphone, might be able to navigate content using eyes exclusively

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 9, 2013 10:32 pm

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Amazon is not working on just one, but two new smartphones. One of the smartphones is said to feature a 3-D screen that won't require glasses. The implementation would likely be similar to the Nintendo 3DS, though the sources note that the 3-D works from any angle, something the 3DS isn't capable of.

 

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The WSJ sources added that this is just one of several forays into the hardware world. The projects are being worked on at Amazon's Cupertino Lab126 and are known by letters: Project A, B, C, and D, or collectively the Alphabet Projects. The sources warn that some of these projects may never see the light of day due to performance, financial, or other concerns.

 

We've previously heard rumors that Amazon is working on a smartphone to complement its Kindle line and it does seem like the next logical step. We've also reported rumors that Amazon is working on a set-top box to allow easier access to its Prime video content. We will likely see some of these devices launch in the coming months.

Google introduces "Save to Drive" button, allows users to easily save files to Drive instead of computer

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 9, 2013 10:04 pm

Google is continuing to make it easier to use their cloud service Drive as your every day storage system. As a means to this end, Google has introduced a new website button called "Save to Drive." This new button, when implemented on websites, allows a user to easily save a file to their Drive, rather than download it to their local system.

 

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Bigstock, Delta Dental, Fotolia, O'Reilly, Outbox, Zen Payroll, and Google Notes have already implemented the new button. It's rather easy to add to a website as it just requires a few lines of HTML code, though the advanced developer can certainly exert more control over the button though its JavaScript API.

 

Unfortunately, the button still relies on your local web connection. The file is first downloaded to your local system and then uploaded to Drive. This means you can't avoid uploading a large file on a slow upload connection or on a metered mobile connection. In an ideal world, the file would go directly to your Drive.

Sony doesn't expect to lose money on the PlayStation 4 at launch, unlike what happened with PS3

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 9, 2013 9:31 pm

Sony has said that it doesn't expect to lose money when it launches the PlayStation 4. Unlike the PlayStation 3, the new next-generation console features mostly standard PC hardware, making it both cheaper and more readily available. Additionally, Sony didn't have to spend money developing the hardware as someone already did that for them.

 

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According to Sony CFO Masaru Kato, Sony expects to not incur a major loss at launch. On the conference call held earlier today when they announced a profit for the first time in five years, Kato said, "Unlike PS3, we are not planning a major loss to be incurred with the launch of PS4."

 

At the time we developed PS3, we made a lot of in-house investments to develop the chip, the Cell chip. Development of the chip saw the silicon processing and all the facilities invested by us ourselves. But this time, yes we have a team working on chip development, but we already have existing technology to incorporate and also product investment and all the facilities will now be invested by our partners, other foundries, so we don't have to make all the investment in-house.

 

We are still waiting on actual pictures of the console, but from what Ubisoft developers are saying, the console is quite the capable machine. We have yet to see what Microsoft has in store for the next Xbox, but we believe from rumors that it will feature a similar PC-like hardware scheme.

Assassin's Creed 4 developers talk about PlayStation 4 development and what it's allowing them to do

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 9, 2013 9:03 pm

Ubisoft developers are excited about the upcoming PlayStation 4 and what it's capable of doing. People seem to be the most excited about the 8GB of GDDR5 RAM, but there are a lot of other benefits introduced with the PlayStation 4. The developers discussed the upcoming Assassin's Creed 4 game on video:

 

 

While we still have doubts that the PlayStation 4 will be able to compete with what is possible with a PC, it certainly ups the game for consoles. The new Assassin's Creed 4 looks like quite the game and some of the features discussed in the video, like seamless at-sea boarding, will really help with game immersion.

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RumorTT: More fuel added to claims that Nexus 5 is coming at Google I/O

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 9, 2013 8:29 pm

Reports of British retailers stopping sales of the Nexus 4 have added fuel to the rumors that Google is set to launch the Nexus 5 at Google I/O. While this doesn't definitively prove anything, it certainly points to the idea that the Nexus 4 is soon to be replaced and retailers want to clear their shelves of the older model.

 

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Other locations in the UK, including Google itself, are still offering the Nexus 4 for sale. The Nexus 5 has been rumored to be coming at Google I/O for a while now, but this seems to add more credibility to the previous unsubstantiated rumors. LG is rumored to again be the company behind the next Nexus.

 

Google I/O kicks off next week, so we should soon know if the Nexus 5 is indeed real and coming. We'll be sure to report it as soon as we have concrete proof of its existence.

Netflix ups marketing push for Arrested Development, takes the Bluth's banana stand on tour

By: Trace Hagan | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: May 9, 2013 8:03 pm

I'll openly admit I am an Arrested Development fan. And it looks like Netflix is trying to remind all of us, and maybe even pick up a few new ones, that Arrested Development will be returning come May 26. Ahead of the return, Netflix is taking the Bluth's banana stand on tour; first in the UK, then on to the United States.

 

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The festivities kicked off yesterday in the UK. The banana stand will eventually make its way to London, Los Angeles, and New Your City. The banana stand will move to the United States after May 21 and the specific location will be announced by the Arrested Development Twitter account.

 

As a further marketing push, Netflix has promised surprise appearances by the Bluth family. If you happen to be by the banana stand, check it out and send us your pictures!

DICE announces that DDoS attack continues on BF3 infrastructure despite security measures

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 9, 2013 7:09 pm

Battlefield 3 players will be saddened by the news that Battlefield 3 servers continue to be hit by a distributed-denial-of-service attack, rendering multiplayer basically unplayable. DICE has announced that, despite their security measures, the attack is continuing. They note that they are working around the clock to mitigate the impact.

 

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Despite our security measures, we have been working around the clock to mitigate the impact of an ongoing denial-of-service attack on our Battlefield 3 game infrastructure over the last several days. While the motives are unclear, the focus of the attack has been interference with network communications preventing access to multiplayer gameplay. At this point, no user data is involved. We share your frustration about the impact this has had to our service and the ability for many of you to play Battlefield 3. We are working tirelessly to mitigate the problem.

 

As a part of our efforts to resolve these issues, we've conducted rolling restarts of Battlefield infrastructure servers to apply some updates. Thank you for your patience and support while we work to get everyone back and playing Battlefield 3 as soon as possible. More updates to come.

 

We previously reported how Battlefield 3 and Battlelog servers were under attack.

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Login VSI releases version 4.0

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: May 9, 2013 7:02 pm

Login VSI B.V. has announced a major new release of their flagship performance testing application Login VSI.

 

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Login VSI is an industry standard benchmarking tool for measuring performance and scalability of centralized desktop environments, such as Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and Server Based Computing (SBC). The performance-testing program simulates unique user workloads to test VMware Horizon View, Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp, Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, or any other Windows based hosted desktop solution.

 

The new Login VSI 4.0 dramatically improves ease of installation, test creation, and management. Login VSI 4.0 also offers unparalleled production realism in workload patters, datasets, and test execution.

 

The new Login VSI reduces the test footprint by 90%, smoothing installation and deployment. Management centralization, updates, and logging makes the Login VSI experience more efficient and Direct Desktop Launch (DDL) mode enables large-scale testing with minimal infrastructure.

 

Another great new feature of Login VSI 4.0 is the improved test realism. Standard workloads have been increased from 14 to 48-minute loops, and the workload datasets now offer 1000 different documents per type, larger websites, and a video library in every format to ensure a real-world variety in data usage.

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Netflix app for iOS updated to version 4.1, brings several new features into play

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: May 9, 2013 6:30 pm

This morning Netflix announced that it has updated its iOS app to version 4.1 and has implemented several new features. The updated app now includes Auto Play for TV shows, which will automatically start the next episode, when the one you are watching finishes.

 

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Also included in the update is a new feature that brings recommendations directly into the video player by offering the top three recommendations on a screen after the current movie ends.

 

Netflix said that it has also enhanced the audio and added more second screen options to the app.

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