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RumorTT: Microsoft to release Xbox TV set-top box next year

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 21, 2012 10:17 pm

The Verge reports that Microsoft is building an Xbox set-top box. The report says that it has been confirmed with multiple sources close to Microsoft that the Redmond-based giant is planning to introduce a low-cost variant of the popular Xbox gaming console. It would focus more on the music and movies side of things with the ability to play casual games.




By building a system that is low-power, Microsoft can use a design that can be nearly instantaneously turned on from sleep to provide TV, music, and other home entertainment services. The system would use core components of Windows 8 and ditch support for Xbox games in favor of lighter, casual gaming titles.


By releasing this lower cost system, Microsoft could continue to plant itself square in the home entertainment market, a market that it is fairly recent to. The Xbox 360 has expanded beyond just a gaming platform and now provides a wide range of services and this is a likely continuation of Microsoft.

Facebook looking to end users' right to force a vote on policy changes

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 21, 2012 8:12 pm

Facebook has sent out an e-mail to all 1 billion users informing them of the proposal to modify governance of the site. The proposed changes look to take away the users' right to force a vote by getting more than 7,000 comments on the proposed changes. Instead, Facebook would like to make sure they get high-quality feedback on proposed changes.




To prevent Facebook from taking away this right, users will need to comment on the proposal and then vote, if the proposal comments number in excess of 7,000 after the 7 day period is up. In all likelihood, this change will probably go up for a vote and then not get enough votes to go anywhere.


Facebook requires a 30 percent vote, either yes or no, to make it binding. So even if vocal users get the 7,000 comments, the likeliness of 300 million users voting to block the changes is a pretty slim chance. Instead of voting, Facebook is offering up a way to ask the Chief Privacy Officer questions and they would also have the CPO hold livestreamed webcasts, during which questions would be asked and answered.

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CreepyTT: Fashion brands embedding cameras in mannequins to boost luxury sales

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Fashion meets Tech | Posted: Nov 21, 2012 7:18 pm

Next time you're walking around a store checking out what the mannequin is wearing, it may just be checking you out back. A new mannequin is being sold by Almax SpA called the EyeSee. This new mannequin differs from the traditional mannequin in that it has a camera in its eye that feeds back data to facial recognition software.




It's similar to the technology used at airports by police, however, these fashion companies aren't looking to catch criminals. Instead, they want to gather as much data as possible so that they have a fighting chance of keeping up with online retailers. Online retailers currently have access to loads more personal information than traditional stores do.


It's really a bit creepy, actually. The facial recognition software logs the age, gender, and race of people who walk by. It probably logs other information, such as people who stay in front of the mannequin for long periods of time. According to the manufacturer, companies have already made changes because of the data.


For instance, one store found that after 4 p.m., one-third of visitors coming through one door were Asian. This prompted the store to place Chinese-speaking staff closer to that door. There are legitimately good reasons for doing something like this, but it is still a bit creepy. Just remember, any time you are in public, you're probably on a video camera.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 10th Anniversary available on Android, iOS on Dec. 6th

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 21, 2012 6:00 pm

Last year, Grand Theft Auto III: Anniversary Edition was released onto iOS and Android devices and brought back a ton of great memories I had with the game 11 years ago. Now, it's Grand Theft Auto: Vice City's turn as Rockstar Games has announced it will also be releasing an anniversary edition of the game onto mobile devices.




Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 10th Anniversary Edition will be making its way onto iOS and Android devices on December 6th for $4.99, nearly one year after the released of Grand Theft Auto III: Anniversary Edition.

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Feel the rush of foosball on your iPad with this table

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 21, 2012 5:00 pm

Foosball has been one of those games when my brothers and I see a table, our competitive juices start flowing and we can't help but to jump onto the table and have at it. The problem is finding a table is difficult these days, but now thanks to this creation by New Potato Technologies, all we'll need is an iPad and a thirst for competition.




The foosball table houses the iPad inside of its frame which has four rods on both sides of it, an abacus-style point keeper for each player and small, stubby legs to ever so gently place upon your coffee table. Keep in mind the foosball table is compatible with the third-generation iPad and below as it contains a 30-pin dock rather than the fancy, shmancy Lightning connector.

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Jetpack Joyride now available on PlayStation Network for $3.99

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 21, 2012 4:00 pm

One of my favorite mobile endless running game has to be Halfbrick's Jetpack Joyride. The game launched as a free-to-play title and now it's available on the PlayStation Network for $3.99.




Halfbrick has made the Jetpack Joyride on PSN the most recent version of the game which includes gadgets, unlockable jetpacks and other goods and challenges.

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Hulu Plus launches on Wii U with full GamePad support

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 21, 2012 3:24 pm

The Wii U may have stumbled over the finish line when it launched this past Sunday as days before its launch, Nintendo unofficially announced delays in video streaming applications such as Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Instant Video until December. Netflix made its way to the Wii U a few days ago, and now Hulu has stepped into the Wii U video-streaming ring as Hulu Plus is now available to download.




Hulu Plus for the Wii U takes full advantage of the Wii U GamePad as users will be able to use the service not only on their TV, but also on the GamePad if the need to suddenly give up their television arises.

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Windows 8 pirates use Microsoft promotion to activate stolen copies

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 21, 2012 3:06 pm

In the ongoing battle between pirates and owners of copyrighted material, Microsoft has always been one company software pirates have had a somewhat difficult time fully pirating its Windows operating systems. But today, it looks as though pirates may have the upper hand for once thanks to one of Microsoft's current promotions.




Microsoft is currently giving away a free Media Center upgrade to Windows 8 Pro users, to which software pirates have found the keys the company is providing will fully activate a copy of Windows 8 that was temporarily activated by using a Key Management Service, which previously only activated the Windows 8 copy for 180 days.

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DriverTT: AMD releases Catalyst 12.11 Beta 8 drivers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 21, 2012 12:34 pm

AMD have released their Catalyst 12.11 Beta 8 driver, which offers up some improved performance in some games. We're looking at a 5% increase in performance for Max Payne 3, single GPU improvements for Far Cry 3, and more. Here's the full list:

  • Improves performance up to 5% in Max Payne 3
  • Includes single GPU performance updates for Far Cry 3
  • Improves CrossFire scaling for Planetside 2 (Crossfire scaling is still limited to ~30% at 2560×1600)
  • Resolves the Skyrim lighting issue (missing a lighting pass) for the AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series
  • Resolves the hang encountered playing Dishonored on the AMD Radeon HD 6000 and AMD Radeon HD 5000 Series
  • AMD Catalyst 12.11 Beta 8 for Linux includes significant performance improvements for Left for Dead 2




Download the AMD Catalyst 12.11 Beta 8 drivers:


12.11 beta 8 For Win7, Win8 and Windows Vista

12.11 beta 8 For Win7, Win8 and Windows Vista with .NET 4 support

12.11 beta 8 For Linux

Zynga promotes from within, makes Tim LeTourneau the new CCO

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 21, 2012 11:33 am

Zynga have been losing employees left and right, but it looks like the FarmVille maker has just promoted from within for the position of Chief Creative Officer. Tim LeTourneau is the new man in the CCO chair, leaving his position as Vice President of Games in charge of FarmVille 2.




He was in charge of overseeing their most successful game launch ever, FarmVille 2, over the last couple of months. In his new role, he'll be away from the day-to-day job operations of FarmVille 2, and will spend more time on game design across the whole Zynga board. LeTourneau will report to the President of Games, Steve Chiang, with Maureen Fan becoming FarmVille 2's new general manager.


LeTourneau joined Zynga from EA a little under two years ago, after working with EA since 1990. During his 20 years at EA, he spent most of his time within the Sims franchise - so you can see why he's a fitting choice for the super-addictive FarmVille franchise.

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