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Google lets users share websites hosted on Google Drive

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 6, 2013 1:58 am

If you need a place to prototype your latest website and don't want to pay for a host, Google has your back. Google Drive will allow you to host your website by placing all of the necessary HTML, CSS, and other files on Drive. You then simply share the HTML file publicly and the website will load via the link.

 

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Ironically, Google explains the process on this website that is hosted on Google Drive. The change isn't a big one, and certainly not one we expect users to switch to Drive for, but existing users should certainly like the new feature and it may be enough to keep them on Drive if they had thoughts of leaving.

Zynga shares see a boost after company beats Q4 earnings expectations

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 6, 2013 1:30 am

Zynga, the social gaming company that made it big on Facebook, has seen a boost in its share prices after beating fourth quarter expectations. The company announced its fourth quarter results today, which were higher than previously expected and included a 1 cent per share earning on an adjusted basis.

 

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Previous estimates had Zynga losing 3 cents per share. Zynga's stock has received a "buy" rating from Bank of America/Merrill Lynch and has ticked up in after hours trading. First quarter results are expected to be a loss between $32 million and $12 million on revenues of $255 million to $265 million.

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Mophie ships iPhone 5 extended battery case called Juice Pack Helium

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 6, 2013 1:07 am

Looking to extend the battery life of your iPhone 5? Look no further than Mophie's Juice Pack Helium. While it certainly isn't the first extended battery case on the market, Mophie has quite a bit of experience in the extended and portable battery market. Mophie says this extended battery case is their best one yet.

 

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The 1,500mAh case will set you back $80, which isn't something to scoff at. For that, you get a case that is 13 percent thinner than previous Mophie cases and that will provide a reported extra six hours of battery life. The case will basically double the amount of power that the iPhone 5 has available to it.

 

Another nice feature of the Mophie case is that it charges via a microUSB and will charge both the phone and case at the same time. This has the effect of providing the iPhone 5 with a universal connector, something that many people would appreciate. You can pre-order the case, which will ship February 15, on Mophie's site.

ORIGIN launches in-game support client, chat with tech support while gaming

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 6, 2013 12:33 am

ORIGIN has announced a new way to contact their customer support. The new method is a bit different than most companies and should help users reach technical support in the most convenient way possible. ORIGIN's Nexus client will allow users to chat with technical support while in-game or on the desktop.

 

 

Along with contacting support, the client will allow users to chat with friends, take screenshots and video, and live broadcast gameplay. A nice feature of being able to contact support in-game is the ability to be looking at exactly what isn't working while talking to support. This allows you to get the best description of the problem.

 

Kevin Wasielewski, CEO and co-founder of ORIGIN PC:

 

ORIGIN PC's focus has always been to provide the best PC experience to our customers and we are proud to continue our legacy of providing the best support in the PC industry. Thanks to the great client from the Xfire team, ORIGIN Nexus makes it even more convenient for our customers to contact us without ever having to leave their game, and we're really excited to be the first and only company to offer this new level of support in our industry.

 

Chat is available to users during normal business hours. This means you can reach out to ORIGIN's in-game support from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST.

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Cool, hackable quadrotor drone will set you back just $149

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Drones | Posted: Feb 6, 2013 12:02 am

Want a drone and can't afford the crazy expensive models? Well, Bitcraze has you covered with their new quadrotor drone that measures just 4-inches across. This pint-sized drone is extremely extensible due to the use of open-source code and components. The best way to let you check out the drone is with the following video:

 

 

It's small, which allows it to be used indoors. This is something you can't necessarily do with larger drones. Another benefit of the small size is that it makes it safer to use. It's pretty hard to do much damage with something as small and light as the Crazyflie Nano.

 

Pre-orders for this awesome little drone are up on Seeed and will set you back $149. If you want a more advanced drone with more sensors, you can pick up the $173 version that comes with a magnetometer and altimeter, which could be useful for flying without actually looking at the drone.

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Instagram gets an updated website that functions like the mobile apps

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Feb 5, 2013 11:32 pm

Instagram users will finally have a place to go on the web to view pictures posted on the Facebook-owned service. Today, Instagram has introduced a new website that functions primarily like its mobile apps, save for one small feature. The website doesn't offer a way for users to upload pictures to the service.

 

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Other than that, the website will serve all of the same functions as the mobile apps. "As of today, you can now browse your Instagram feed on the web -- just like you do on your mobile device," Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom said. "Your Instagram Feed on the web functions much like it does on your mobile phone. You can browse through the latest photos of people whom you follow with updates as people post new photos."

 

The website took two years to become a reality as Instagram was primarily focused on helping users capture photos on the go. With Facebook now owning the company, they are looking to expand their horizons and provide access to the service across any platform a user would like to use.

 

You can head to Instagram.com to check out the new site.

HTC Thunderbolt getting Android 4.0

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 5, 2013 11:04 pm

Verizon's first LTE-equipped smartphone is finally entering the 21st century. HTC has officially started rolling out an update to the Thunderbolt that will bring the two-year-old device up to Android Ice Cream Sandwich version 4.0.4. The new version of Android even comes complete with Sense 3.6, HTC's Android UI overlay.

 

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If you're a Thunderbolt device owner, you may still have to wait a few days for the rollout to reach you, but you can rest well tonight knowing that you will soon have access to a fairly recent version of Android. It's doubtful that the Thunderbolt will ever get upgraded again as it is almost out of contract.

GoDaddy sees great results from questionable Super Bowl ad

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 5, 2013 10:28 pm

Whether you liked GoDaddy's ad or thought it was disgusting, you have to give them credit as it seems to have worked. The company is reporting that they saw their biggest sales day in the history of their company. The stats are pretty impressive, as you can see by the list below:

 

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  • Hosting sales jumped 45%.
  • Dot-com domain sales rose 40%.
  • New mobile customers increased by 35%.
  • The company added 10,000 customers in total.

 

When looking at the ad, USA Today found that the "Perfect Match" ad spot, created by GoDaddy, scored dead last in its Ad Meter. Apparently the ad was successful, even though people didn't necessarily like the ad. What did you think of GoDaddy's ad? Disgusting or great?

Redbox Instant app coming exclusively to Xbox 360

By: Trace Hagan | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Feb 5, 2013 10:02 pm

Yet another option is coming for streaming movies and TV to your home. Redbox Instant will be competing with Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and others and has decided to release an app for the Xbox 360. For whatever reason, Redbox Instant has decided to exclusively support the 360 for launch, which could limit how pervasive they become.

 

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Microsoft's Major Nelson confirmed that early beta testers will soon be invited to download and install the app.

 

Redbox will likely eventually come to all of the home consoles. After all, Netflix has said that they see the most streaming from the PlayStation 3. Redbox wouldn't want to miss out on the ability to sell its services to a wider audience. We'll continue to watch what Redbox does and keep you up to date on any big changes.

Evasi0n jailbreak sees itself installed on 1.7 million devices

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Software | Posted: Feb 5, 2013 9:18 pm

Since its release just yesterday, the new iOS 6/6.1 untethered jailbreak, Evasi0n, has seen itself installed on over 1.7 million devices, showing continuing want and need for these jailbreaks and jailbreak teams. The jailbreak managed to be installed 800,000 times within the first six hours yesterday.

 

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That's some incredible adoption, for a hack anyway. The mass jailbreaking put strain on Cydia's servers with roughly 1,200 downloads per minute. I know I had trouble with Cydia yesterday, but the wait was definitely worth it. If you have an iOS 6 device, you should consider jailbreaking the device.

 

Forbes talked with the Cydia appstore developer and found out why jailbreaks are rare:

 

According to David Wang, one of the evad3rs' four developers, the program takes advantage of at least five distinct, new bugs in iOS's code. (For reference, that's one more than Stuxnet, the malware built by the NSA to destroy centrifuges in Iran's nuclear enrichment facilities.)

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