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Google enables full-size photo uploads to Google+ from any web browser

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Apr 3, 2013 4:26 am

Google have now enabled the ability for users to upload full-sized photos from any web browser to Google+. All you have to do is enable the option and let it do the photo uploading for you.




There are limits on the file size of the photos, with anything over 2048 pixels across (and videos over 15 minutes long) will still count toward your Google Drive cap.

Android numbers are here again, collection method has changed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 3, 2013 3:37 am

It's that time of the month again, when we find out just how the Android OS is doing with its users. Google have changed up the way they collect these numbers, where they now only collect data from devices that have visited the Google Play store in the last month.




Previously, Google used to count all phones that checked into their servers. This change in collection methods hasn't changed the numbers that much, with Jelly Bean sitting pretty at 25% of the Android market share. Ice Cream Sandwich actually climbed a little, with 29.3% of devices running the deliciously-named OS.

The War Z forum and game database hacked, player data leaked - forces the game to go offline

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 3, 2013 2:34 am

The War Z has had its fair share of troubles, but it has just gotten much more serious with its forum and game database being hacked. This has put users' data at risk.




The user data include e-mail addresses, forum passwords, both of which OP Productions has said were encrypted. E-mail addresses to log into The War Z, game passwords, in-game character names and the IP addresses of gamers on both the forum and in the game were also leaked. OP Productions has said that they don't collect names and passwords of their customers, so unless it was posted on the forum itself, you should be okay.


So if you're using the same (or similar) passwords as your The War Z account, or the forum, we would suggest you change all of your passwords just in case.

RumorTT: Windows Blue to be known as Windows 8.1

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 3, 2013 12:07 am

According to ZDNet's sources, Microsoft's upcoming Windows Blue will be known as Windows 8.1 to the public. As you can see in the screenshot below, the operating system is clearly labeled as "Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro." It looks like Windows Blue could be similar to the service packs of yesteryear.




The update appears to follow along the lines of Windows Phone 7 and 7.5. Windows RT is said to be known as "Windows RT 8.1." Microsoft envisions Windows 8 as a multiple selling season product meaning these refreshes every year or so, somewhat like how Apple updates Mac OS X in that they have 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8 each with their own codename.


It's not clear whether Microsoft intends to charge customers to update, though I would venture to guess they will charge a fee. If I had to guess a number, I'd guess $20.

Nokia Lumia 810 users on T-Mobile won't be getting LTE support

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 2, 2013 11:34 pm

I've got a spot of bad news for Nokia Lumia 810 users on T-Mobile. Even though the Lumia 810 hardware has support for LTE, it looks like users won't be getting access to T-Mobile's LTE network, despite earlier remarks that the device would be upgraded to LTE in the future through a software update.




T-Mobile said in a statement:

While the Nokia Lumia 810 features a chipset, which provides the hardware capability to support both HSPA+42 and LTE, the device will not automatically access our LTE network and, at this time, it will not receive an update to do so.


T-Mobile is committed to enhancing customers' experience with our devices, including providing upgrades to device features and operating systems, and T-Mobile aims to deliver software upgrades when it will provide a better experience for our customers. We'll share additional information on upgrades for the Nokia Lumia 810 when they are available.


I'm pretty sure that LTE counts as a better experience. Who wouldn't want faster mobile Internet speeds? Another issue is some users may have purchased the Lumia 810 because T-Mobile had promised it would receive an update to enable LTE in the future. It's not clear what T-Mobile might do to compensate customers who purchased the device because of future LTE support.

Firefox 20 comes with per-window private browsing

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 2, 2013 11:05 pm

Mozilla has updated its Firefox web browser with per-window private browsing that functions much the same as Chrome's private browsing feature. In addition to per-window private browsing, Firefox 20 comes with stability improvements, bug fixes, HTML5 additions, and a new download experience.



As part of the stability improvements, users can now close a frozen plugin without the entire browser crashing. This is also similar to how Chrome handles plugins. The improved download experience features a new interface and a button that makes opening the downloads list much easier. When downloads are active, the button shows an estimated time to completion.


Probably the largest change with Firefox 20 is the ability to have both normal Firefox windows and private browsing Firefox windows open simultaneously. As previously stated, this new method is how Chrome has handled private browsing from the get-go. Firefox used to require the entire session to either be a normal session or a private browsing session.

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Disney Pixar's Finding Dory coming in 2015, is sequel to widely popular Finding Nemo

By: Trace Hagan | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Apr 2, 2013 10:34 pm

When Finding Dory arrives in 2015, it will have taken Disney just 13 years to make the sequel to the widely popular Finding Nemo movie. Ellen DeGeneres confirmed that Finding Dory would be arriving at a theater near you on November 25, 2015 with DeGeneres remaining the voice of Dory.




"I have waited for this day for a long, long, long, long, long, long time," DeGeneres said in a statement Tuesday. Some might say that she just kept swimming for this day. References aside, she says that she isn't "mad it took this long." With her usual humor, she added, "I know the people at Pixar were busy creating Toy Story 16."


But the time they took was worth it. The script is fantastic. And it has everything I loved about the first one: It's got a lot of heart, it's really funny, and the best part is - it's got a lot more Dory.


You can expect to see many of the favorites from Finding Nemo. Marlin, Nemo, and the Tank Gang, along with new characters, will be present and help with the telling of Dory's story. The movie will reunite Dory with her family and teach her a few things about the meaning of family.

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Dan Porter, former OMGPOP CEO, leaves Zynga

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 2, 2013 10:04 pm

Dan Porter, the former CEO of OMGPOP before it was bought out by Zynga for a rumored $210 million, is leaving Zynga, the company has announced today. Zynga is currently in the process of building Draw Something 2 and Zynga's COO David Ko has acknowledged Porter worked on the sequel.




Developing and launching games is a team effort, and we're proud of the great work the Zynga New York team has done with Draw Something 2. Our follow up to the original hit is even more social and engaging, and we're excited to get it into the hands of our players globally. We thank Dan Porter for his efforts in making the Draw Something franchise a success and wish him well in his future endeavors. We're proud to see talent like Sean Kelly take a bigger leadership role as the Head of our New York studio and lead the team to the global launch of Draw Something 2.


Porter is just the latest in what seems to be a never ending stream of employees leaving Zynga after it went public in 2011. Zynga has appointed VP Sean Kelly to take over as head of the New York office. Kelly has been with the company since 2009.

T-Mobile to enable LTE, Visual Voicemail via software update for unlocked iPhones

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 2, 2013 9:31 pm

Users of unlocked iPhones on T-Mobile's network will soon be able to take advantage of LTE and Visual Voicemail. These features had been previously disabled because they did not come with network support. Now that T-Mobile is getting the iPhone, they are able to push out OTA updates to all iPhones running on the network.




The T-Mobile Carrier Update is a minor iOS software update that enables official iPhone support by T-Mobile. When installed, the software update enables a handful of capabilities like Visual Voicemail, MMS Settings and Network/Device optimizations that customers do not have access to today.


On April 5, the software update will begin being pushed via OTA to all iPhone devices on the T-Mobile network with iOS 6.1.x or higher.


The update comes one week before the iPhone is officially released to T-Mobile customers. T-Mobile has long allowed unlocked iPhones to be used with their network, though the users had to deal with slower networks due to network compatibility issues. If you're a current T-Mobile customer with an unlocked iPhone, let us know which feature you're most looking forward to.

LeakedTT: First images of Facebook's upcoming phone surface.

By: Charles Gantt | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Apr 2, 2013 9:23 pm

@Evleaks, everyone's favorite source for pre-release mobile phone information has just released an image of what is said to be Facebook's upcoming smart phone.




As you can see in the image above, the HTC manufactured "First" is a very generic looking smartphone that somewhat resembles an iPhone. The "HTC first" screen looks very much the result of some quick Photoshop work, but coming from @evleaks, we are inclined to trust them.




Lending further credence is that the phone closely matches the description given by 9to5Google last week. Either way, we will know something in a few days at Facebook's big Android focused event. Stay tuned to TweakTown for full coverage of the event!