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Facebook blocks j.mp links from use on their site

By: Don Lynn | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 24, 2010 3:47 am

Tons of people every day use bit.ly to provide nice and short links to webpages that have obnoxiously long original links. Bit.ly also provides j.mp which is very similar, but Facebook is allowing none of these links to be used. If you try, you get this popup:

 

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A Facebook spokesperson provided the following explanation to TechCrunch: "As part of our effort to keep Facebook and the people who use our service secure, we closely monitor the content shared on the site for spam and malicious content. At the time we blocked j.mp, more than 70% of j.mp links pointed to spam or other security issues. We are working with bit.ly to resolve the issue." Bit.ly uses several measures to try to avoid spam sites from being used in the service, but there's obviously only so much they can do. For now, if you must shorten site names, just go with the original bit.ly until this is all hashed out.

iPad 2 to be flatter, include better speakers?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 24, 2010 2:50 am

More leaks are coming out about Apple's iPad 2 with one of them saying the next-gen iPad will have a smaller, slimmer, flatter case, all while including rear-facing, improved speakers.

 

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According to a Japanese blog, an anonymous Chinese source has revealed that the new case shaves 3mm from the length and width which results in a slightly smaller bezel. The source says the 9.7" LCD display will remain.

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The future of FPS gaming is in this video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 24, 2010 12:16 am

Well, the title is deceiving, isn't it. A funny "FPS IRL" video from Freddie Wong of "Behind the Scenes" fame. Give it a watch below:

 

 

It's a well done video, surprisingly made in just a week! The ending is actually quite good and I enjoyed the kill cam shots - they've done a good job.

RumorTT: Microsoft to push PC gaming with Windows 8

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 23, 2010 11:48 pm

Everyone talks about this - PC Gaming is dead/dying. It will always be here, but whether we get AAA+ titles that can only be played on PC and are not gimped or cut down because of console hardware limitations and their ports is the main argument.

 

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Microsoft are stuck - they have on one hand the super successful Xbox 360, on the other, 100's of millions of Windows-based users. Windows 8 is meant to be a push in the right direction for gamers.

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DC Universe arriving on January 11, 2011

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 23, 2010 11:41 pm

Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) have given a release date for their highly-anticipated MMO based in the DC Universe, DC Universe Online. The game has reached gold master status and will be available at retail outlets for PC and PlayStation 3 on January 11, 2011.

 

 

DC Universe Online will cost $50 for PC and $60 for PS3 in the US - this will give you a 30-day game membership with monthly subscriptions costing $15 per month afterwards. SOE have said they will update the game regularly with new episodes featuring DC Comics characters, new instances and major "in-game events".

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Pioneer ships new 3D Blu-ray player line

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Dec 23, 2010 8:00 pm

I think it really sucks that there are still very few 3D Blu-ray flicks on the market today and it sucks even more that the really cool 3D flick Avatar can't be purchased at all without buying Panasonic gear to get the flick. If you still want a 3D Blu-ray player despite the lack of content on the market right now and you like the Pioneer brand the company is shipping its 3D players now.

 

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The line includes the new Pioneer BDP-430, the BDP-41FD, and BDP-43FD players. All three of the players are 3D ready with HDMI 1.4a outputs. The devices come with wired Ethernet ports for connectivity and can be fitted with an optional WiFi adapter as well. All three naturally support Blu-ray 3D and use Pioneer PureCinema tech for upscaling standard resolution video to 1080p.

 

One of the cooler features that all three support is the iControlAV App. This app allows the iPhone or iPod touch to be used as a full function remote control of the players. The devices also support 36-bit deep color. The BDP-430 sells for $299, the BDP-41FD sells for $399 and adds a RS-232 port for custom installs and the BDP-43FD sells for $499 with better components and a rugged chassis.

NewerTech unveils NuStand Alloy for iPad and Mac mini

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Laptops | Posted: Dec 23, 2010 7:10 pm

It doesn't take long when you use the iPad a lot to realize that having to look down at the screen if you watch movies or read a lot can be a literal pain in the neck. There are a ton of stands on the market for the iPad to prop it up for you making it more comfortable to use. The latest stand to hit the market is from NewerTech. NewerTech makes all sorts of accessories for Mac computers and has for a long time.

 

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The new stand is called the NuStand Alloy and is offered in version of the iPad and a version for the 2010 Mac mini computer as well. The iPad version of the stand is black and is sized to allow the iPad to be used in the stand while a thin case is installed. It has non-skid rubber feet and a rubberized black soft touch finish.

 

The stand holds the iPad screen in landscape or portrait modes at a 15-degree angle. You can pick it up right now for $24.99. The version of the stand of the 2010 mini is very similar with a silver rubberized finish. It has the same non-skid feet and won't scratch your computer at all. It sells for $24.99 as well.

 

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Hoodie for your Blackberry = epic fail

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Dec 23, 2010 6:02 pm

There are all sorts of cool cases on the market for smartphones of all kinds whether you carry an iPhone, Android device, or a Blackberry. You can find a case that won't make people that see you carrying it want to beat you senseless. Just for the record, this hoodie carry case for your smartphone is a case that will make people want to beat you up.

 

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I will go so far as to say if you buy this case for your smartphone, you should get a free punch to the testicles from Mike Tyson with it. The hoodie case has a strap to let you carry the thing over your shoulder like a purse. That strap makes this seem more focused on girls, and we can cut them a bit more slack for carrying this. That said, I would still point and laugh.

 

The image shows a Blackberry inside the case, but it is universally sized to fit a bunch of different devices. The case measures 4" top to bottom and is 3.5" wide. It should fit the iPhone too. You can grab the thing up for $9 and only one (thankfully) is available on Etsy.

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Tron Guy banned from watching Tron: Legacy in his suit by local theater

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Dec 23, 2010 5:04 pm

Any adult male that likes to be known as Tron Guy and wears a homemade replica of the original Tron suit for the 80's flick isn't all there in my book. I bet Jay Maynard peed his Tron Underoos when he heard that Legacy was coming to theaters. As the story goes, Tron Guy called up a local theater in Michigan and told them he was coming to watch Tron: Legacy in his Tron suit.

 

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The theater staff told him that he would not be allowed to watch the flick wearing his suit. Apparently, a middle aged, pudgy dude in a Tron suit is distracting. Who knew? I took my son to see the flick last weekend when it opened and he liked it, though he asked me tons of questions and I didn't get to watch as close as I wanted.

 

It's a bit ironic that my son is nine and I was nine when the original flick came out at the theater. I still remember going to see it with my dad, maybe in 20-ish years when the third Tron flick comes out my son can take his kid. Legacy has much better visuals (naturally) and it was a cool flick if you haven't seen it you should go.

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Kingmax unveils new nudist 2400MHz RAM with no heat sink

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: RAM | Posted: Dec 23, 2010 4:04 pm

I like to see what's on the inside of my gadgets and hardware as much as the next geek as long as that doesn't mean I have to kill my gear. If you like gaming RAM for the speed and performance you probably know that each time a new set of RAM comes out it has increasingly garish and complex looking heat sinks to help keep it cool. Most of the heat sinks are for looks as much as cooling through. If you prefer your hardware to look like hardware with no aluminum or flashing lights Kingmax has your memory.

 

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The company has just unveiled a new set of fast 2400MHz DRAM modules that have no heat sink. The RAM is designed for overclocking and is the only module that can operate at 2400Mhz without a heat sink according to the maker. The Nano Gaming RAM uses nano thermal dissipation tech to cool the chips.

 

The RAM promises bandwidth of 19.2GB/sec with 1.65v of power. Latencies are 9-11-9-27 and the maker promises the RAM is perfect for gamers. The Nano Gaming RAM series has modules with operating frequencies of 1600MHz, 2000MHz, 2200MHz, and 2400MHz that will work with different computer platforms. The 2400Mhz RAM is for Intel P55 chipsets.

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