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ReportTT: Instagram seeing roughly half the number of daily users after ToS mess

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 15, 2013 6:01 am

Instagram, the photo-sharing social network owned by Facebook, had a bit of a screw up with its terms of service when it went to update them in December. The changes included clauses that seemingly give Instagram permission to use users' photos, likeness, and username in paid advertising without any sort of compensation, or even permission.

 

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After an outcry by users, Instagram backpedaled the proposed changes, saying that they were unclear and misunderstood by the public. According to data by AppStats, the number of daily users has decreased by roughly 50 percent since the terms of service fiasco. Prior to the change, 16.35 million people were using it daily. On the day of the change, only 5.2 million used the app.

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Wildman, from the developer who bought us Total Annihilation, needs your Kickstarter funds

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 15, 2013 5:28 am

The days of Total Annihilation ruled me, I played tens of hours per week and upgraded my system constantly to play it smoothly at a high resolution like 1600x1200 back in the CRT days. Well, the developer behind it, Gas Powered Games, are looking to release a new game and need your help to fund it. Gas Powered Games require $1.1 million in funding, which will wrap up on February 15.

 

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Gas Powered Games' master and commander, Chris Taylor, is behind things again and below, you'll find the perfect explanation behind the game from their Kickstarter page:

 

Imagine a game where you control a single hero unit-the "Wildman" - in the middle of a raging battle between opposing forces in a specially designed War Zone. You engage the enemy and see your opponent switching tactics, forcing you to reconfigure your army to counter. You push the enemy back to their base before facing your opponent's champion. Over the course of this battle, you upgrade your armies with new technology, execute special abilities, construct defenses, change your army composition, and shape-shift into new forms that grant you new abilities. This is Wildman.

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Google unveils Chrome 25 beta, includes voice search

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Jan 15, 2013 3:13 am

Google unveiled Chrome 25 beta today, with some notable improvements, such as voice search. Other changes include the disabling of silent extension installs, the inclusion of Web Speech API, and a new tab page that includes a search box.

 

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You can pick up the latest Chrome beta on Google's website.

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RumorTT: Samsung Galaxy S IV to feature 5-inch, 440PPI full HD screen

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 15, 2013 1:18 am

Mark down yet another rumor for the Galaxy S IV, though this one has a bit more weight behind it. Anandtech, while in the demo room of Samsung's booth at CES, saw the following, seen in the picture below, which has caused a bit of a stir regarding the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S IV:

 

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The roadmap pictured above has several clues that point to this screen being the one present in the Samsung Galaxy S IV. For instance, the release timeframe is that which has been rumored by several other sites. The other screens line up nicely with releases of other devices, as well.

 

The likely screen to be in the next Galaxy S device should be a 4.99-inch, 440PPI full HD screen. Of course, like all rumors, take this with a grain of salt.

Top Gun to return to theaters for six days in glorious 3D, re-release on Blu-ray after

By: Trace Hagan | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jan 15, 2013 12:03 am

Fans of the movie Top Gun, rejoice! The classic 80's movie is making a return to theaters, but for only six days. The new theatrical release features the movie in 3D glory and should be another IMAX 3D special. You'll only have six days to catch it, so it's likely to be a full house every day.

 

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If you miss the theatrical release, don't be too sad as the movie is also being re-released on Blu-ray. For your money, you'll get a copy of the 3D movie, a 2D copy, and a digital copy. You'll also get some special features, such as a "making of" documentary and music videos, likely of the iconic soundtrack.

 

The Blu-ray release will occur on February 19, though the disc is already up for pre-order. The theatrical release is set to run for six days starting February 8.

Nintendo Wii gets access to Amazon Instant Video

By: Trace Hagan | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jan 15, 2013 12:01 am

Those who rely on their Wii to provide entertainment in the living room have just been given another tool with which to do it. Amazon has released an app through the Nintendo eShop that will allow the Nintendo Wii to access Amazon Instant Video, much like the Wii can do with Netflix.

 

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It's nice to see Amazon still supporting the older Wii now that the Wii U has been out for a couple of months. The service is only available in the US and there is no word as to whether this will change in the future. It's doubted that they have any reasons for keeping the service to the US only, though, so it should make its way to other regions.

 

Setup is easy. Just download the app from the eShop and head to the special Amazon landing page to register the console.

Microsoft patches IE zero-day exploit today, almost one week after patch Tuesday

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:30 pm

Internet Explorer was discovered to have a vulnerability that would allow hackers to gain control of a Windows PC late last month. In order for the exploit to work, users had to be running an older version of the program, versions 6 to 8, specifically, and have visited a malicious website.

 

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Microsoft attempted to remedy the problem with various workarounds and a "one-click fix," all of which are temporary workarounds. Normally, bugs and exploits would have been addressed during Microsoft's normally scheduled Patch Tuesday, though when it didn't come, IT professionals began to wonder when it would.

 

We now have the answer: today. The patch should be available through Windows Update and marked as 'Critical', meaning it will be automatically installed, as long as the user has Automatic Updates enabled. If you use an older version of Internet Explorer, pre-version 9, you should make sure you install the update, especially if you don't have Automatic Updates enabled.

ReportTT: Prices for the Xbox 720, PlayStation 4 to be roughly $400 at launch, and use standard hardware

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 14, 2013 9:18 pm

Colin Sebastian, an analyst for Baird Equity Research, has made a prediction that the upcoming PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720 will launch for a price of around $400. Along with a prediction of price, the company is also providing a prediction that the new consoles will use high-end computer hardware that is readily available from the likes of Intel and others.

 

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This isn't the first time we've heard the second prediction. In fact, it's been a common occurrence for rumors to say that this is the case. There are several benefits to using standard PC hardware, the main of which is that programmers don't have to learn a new technology or architecture. It would also allow game developers to program only once for one architecture.

 

If standard components are used, it also leaves the door open to the possibility of upgrading the components at a later time. Sony and Microsoft should also be able to keep updating the console with refreshes that use Intel's, AMD's or NVIDIA's latest and greatest parts.

 

It's good to keep in mind that this is just a prediction and that there is no promise that anything this analyst is predicting will come true.

iBUYPOWER announces the Revolt SFF PC at CES 2013

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 14, 2013 8:40 pm

CES 2013 - iBUYPOWER, makers of custom gaming desktops and laptops, announced a new desktop gaming machine at CES 2013 last week. The Revolt is a slim desktop PC that doesn't compromise on performance. iBUYPOWER say that they designed this system from the ground up and turned to what they would like to have on their desk for inspiration.

 

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"We didn't look to the industry for inspiration when we were developing Revolt. What we looked for was the burning question of, what would we like to have on our own desks? We wanted to shake up the industry and make something beautiful. This is what Revolt is," said Darren Su, Co-Founder and VP of iBUYPOWER.

 

Even the pricing revolts against the standard, with an i7-3770K machine only setting you back $1399. For that you also get a GTX 680 and a solid state drive. Pricing begins at the low end with a GTX 650, Core i3 processor, and traditional spinning hard disk drive.

 

The unique case features airflow channels which help provide the cooling capacity of larger systems. This SFF system has been developed in conjunction with NVIDIA, MLG, and Microsoft, so you know it is a quality product.

Apple stock drops below $500 as reports on dwindling iPhone 5 sales surface

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 14, 2013 7:44 pm

Apple's stock dipped below $500 a share this morning after media outlets reported that Apple ($APPL) was decreasing iPhone 5 component purchases due to lowering demand. That is over a $20 drop from Friday's closing price.

 

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The Wall Street Journal has reported that demand for the iPhone 5 has been lower than expected and cited "people familiar with the situation" as saying that Apple has cut its order for iPhone 5 screens in half for the March quarter. The Japanese daily publication Nikkei said that Apple has halved its initial order of 65,000 LCD screens from suppliers.

 

As if on cue, this news rattled investors, sending the stock into a downtrend. The stock started recovering shortly after falling below $500 and at the time of this writing, was hovering around $505 a share.

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