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Facebook looks to cut down on spam by implementing '10 second rule'

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 1, 2012 10:31 pm

I imagine most of you are sick of the spam floating around on Facebook; I know I am. Part of the problem is due to OpenGraph and the ability to auto-share. This auto-sharing is the source of many of the annoying, spammy posts that keep showing up in my already crowded news feed. And they crowd out the really important things, such as TweakTown posts.

 

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Facebook has come up with a solution to this problem: the "10 second rule." What this rule does is require a user to read a post or watch a video for at least 10 seconds before it can auto-share it out with the rest of your friends. According to a developer blog post, "Built-in watch and read actions can only be published after someone engages with the content for 10 or more seconds. If a video is shorter than 10 seconds, the viewer must watch the entire video."

 

The frictionless sharing that Facebook introduced a year ago was helpful in gaining views for integrated services, but it has been taken advantage of since then. Thankfully, Facebook has decided to try curbing it with this new rule. Facebook is also requiring developers to access app content without auto-sharing it. It will be interesting to see if the amount of spam is cut down due to these new changes.

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German ISP manages incredible new speed over cable

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 1, 2012 8:27 pm

Think your home internet connection is fast? How about your work connection? How about you try 4700Mbps on for size. That's the new speed that has been reached by a German ISP using existing cable network infrastructure. This speed is incredible considering that most PCs only feature Gigabit Ethernet and this would manage to flood that.

 

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Kabel Deutschland, a German cable operator, is claiming to have created a real-world download speed of 4,700Mbps. This ins't theoretical either as they are claiming this speed in a real-world test. Let's see just how fast that is. Four Gigabit connected computers would be unable to max the bandwidth available.

 

More incredibly, a connection of that speed, if you were able to use it all, could download a full 4.7GB DVD in just a mere 8 seconds. This title isn't the fastest real-world connection, as someone already provided a 40Gbps fiber connection to a residence, but this does use the existing cable networks. The test was carried out to test an upgraded network using the 862MHz spectrum, channel bonding, and the EuroDocsis 3.0 standard.

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Nook version of War and Peace has an LOL moment, replaced "kindle" with "nook" throughout book

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jun 1, 2012 7:29 pm

Occasionally some funky stuff happens with technology. Usually the cause can be traced down. This time, it's not exactly clear what happened, but the story is hilarious nevertheless. It would appear that the Nook eBook version wanted to remove all references to Kindle in the book War and Peace.

 

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In the translated book, all references to the word "kindled" have been replaced by "nookd." The only explanation I can think of is someone got lazy in the conversion from Kindle eBook to Nook eBook. It would appear that someone CTRL +F'd to change the title reference of Kindle to Nook and didn't realize the word was used elsewhere in the text.

 

It's highly unlikely that it was done on purpose, but it is hilarious even if it wasn't. Another example of why people should take the extra time to do a job right. If it was done on purpose, I can't see the reason for it. I'm sure a fixed version will be released shortly, if it hasn't already.

AT&T CEO: Data-only plans for phones coming within two years

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 1, 2012 6:34 pm

It may come as a shock to some of you, but smartphone users really do still make phone calls. Albeit, not nearly as much as they used to, but it isn't a feature that is going away quite yet. Or is it? Probably among some users, it is. With alternatives like Skype, Google Voice, and others, there are ways to not use any minutes and only data.

 

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So why pay for minutes you're not using? Well, AT&T's CEO agrees with you, at least partially. Phone companies make a large majority of their money off of texting and minutes as the calls and texts don't use very much data. This is a prospect that they don't to let go of. But change is inevitable and going to data-only plans is the next logical step in wireless evolution.

 

Randall Stephenson said at an investor conference in New York on Friday that he'd "be surprised if, in the next 24 months, we don't see people in the market place with data-only plans." In this scenario, phone calls would just be considered another form of data. They basically are right now, but the company just bills differently for them.

Google promises to unveil "next dimension of Google Maps" next week

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 1, 2012 5:33 pm

Not only are the browser wars heating up again, but apparently a new mapping war is heating up. The mapping world used to be just a few key players: Microsoft, Google, and a few other smaller ones. But with Apple now rumored to release its own solution at WWDC, the market is about to become a lot more complex.

 

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It would appear that Google would like to steal some of Apple's thunder before its rumored release of a new mapping service. Google is hosting an invite-only press event in San Francisco to unveil "the next dimension of Google Maps." Considering Apple's new mapping service is expected to be 3D, does the mention of "dimension" in the invitation indicate Google is going to be adding more 3D features?

 

Google will also offer attendees "a behind-the-scenes look at Google Maps and share our vision. We'll also demo some of the newest technology and provide a sneak peek at upcoming features that will help people get where they want to go - both physically and virtually." Of course, Google already has the 3D Earth, but it requires a plug-in. Could this event be releasing one that runs without a plug-in?

 

We're not sure, and we haven't received an invitation yet, but we will be sure to find out everything that we can to report to you, our reader.

ECS shows production socket FM2 motherboard

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jun 1, 2012 4:29 pm

AMD still has yet to release the desktop version of Trinity, but that hasn't stopped ECS from showing off its latest creation. ECS has released pictures and a bit of information about its upcoming motherboard designed for the AMD desktop Trinity APUs. The full-size ATX board is called the A85F2-A Deluxe and looks pretty good.

 

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About all we know about the chipset is that it is an A85X chipset, which is one that AMD has yet to announce. We have a few more details available about the board such as it features six USB 3.0 ports, four of them near the I/O section. The board sports 7 SATA III 6Gbps ports just in case you have that many SSDs. That number also includes an external eSATA port.

 

The board also features two PCIe-x16 sots for graphics cards. ECS has also said that there are four more FM2 sockets in the works: the A75F2-A2, A75F2-M2, A55F2-A2, and A55F2-M3. Furthermore, the announcement says nothing about backwards compatibility, so for now, I would assume that it is not. And of course, a release date is missing as AMD has yet to release the Trinity APUs.

Judge Alsup rules Oracle Java API elements not copyrightable, claims against Google dismissed

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 1, 2012 3:29 pm

In a move that should help to keep innovation from being stifled, Judge Alsup, the judge presiding over the Oracle v Google trial, has ruled that sequence, structure, and organization (SSO) is not covered by today's copyright law. This, in turn, allowed him to dismiss the claims by Oracle of Google infringing on their copyright.

 

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Instead of creating a massive precedent by making a wide ruling, Judge Alsup focused very narrowly on specific factors in the case which lead to the decision. This way he didn't create a massive precedent. He has also been very careful throughout the trial. So even though appeals are possible, it is likely his decision will be upheld.

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Activision settles lawsuit with Call of Duty creators out of court

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 1, 2012 1:50 pm

It has been confirmed that Activision and Jason West and Vincent Zampella have settled their lawsuit out of court after a brief meeting on Thursday. This settlement brings to an end the two year lawsuit stemming from the termination of their employment. There was a lot of he said she said, but in the end, it seems to boil down to the fact Activision didn't want to pay them royalties.

 

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The settlement terms, as par for the course, were not discussed and are highly secretive. This settlement also settles another lawsuit Activision was involved with. This other lawsuit was over royalties as well. When West and Zampella left, 40 or more developers left shortly after. They too filed a lawsuit saying they didn't get their royalty checks.

 

"All parties have reached a settlement in the dispute, the terms of which are strictly confidential," said Robert Schwartz, an attorney representing West and Zampella. West was in the courtroom, but only grinned widely as he left. Others in the game industry watched closely as it could produce some new case law that would affect somehow.

 

"This legal battle between the old employees of Infinity Ward and Activision is the most significant in video game history," said Evan Wilson, an analyst with Pacific Crest Securities. "It's been a major distraction for senior management at Activision at a time when the industry is going through one of its most difficult periods. It will be good for Activision to be able to move past this."

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Deal of the Day: 9.7" HP TouchPad 32GB Refurb Tablet for $194.99 plus Shipping!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 1, 2012 10:11 am

Our Deal of the Day is 9.7" HP TouchPad 32GB Refurb Tablet for $194.99 plus Shipping!

 

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Woot has refurbished HP TouchPad tablets in stock at $194.99 plus $5 shipping. This tablet features a 9.7" XGA (1024 x 768) IPS LED multitouch TFT, dual-core 1.2Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8060 CPU, 1GB DDR2 SDRAM, Adreno 220 GPU, 32GB storage, 802.11a/b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR with A2DP stereo Bluetooth support, 1.3MP front camera, stereo speakers with Beats Audio, and 6300mAh lithium polymer battery. We've had ours on CM9 nightlies (Android 4.0.4) for awhile, and they're a great value. Good until 6/5/12 or after they run out.

 

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Download of the Day: FinalWire's AIDA64 v2.50

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jun 1, 2012 10:11 am

Our Download of the Day is FinalWire's AIDA64 v2.50.

 

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FinalWire have released the latest version of AIDA64, version 2.50. The latest version brings some new features and improvements, such as:

 

  • Speech API information
  • SensorPanel graphs and gauges
  • Intel 330 and OCZ Vertex 4 SSD support
  • GPU details for nVIDIA GeForce 600 Series

 

You can download FinalWire AIDA64 v2.50 here.

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