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New digital copies of Diablo III will have to combat through 72 hours of Starer Edition before the game fully unlocks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 22, 2012 6:09 am

Blizzard have just announced that starting with Tuesday's 1.0.3 update, that newly-purchased copies of the digital version of Diablo III will be held back to Starter Editions for up to 72 hours. Blizzard says that digital purchases now require a review period before being completely unlocked in order to combat fraud and other illicit activities.

 

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The reasons behind this aren't exactly clear, but it could be something as obvious as Blizzard trying to stop banned players from quickly getting back into the game, and could help filter out gold sellers and other spammers. Other reasons could be that fraudsters are purchasing the game and cancelling before the funds clear. Naughty, naughty.

 

Diablo III's Starter Edition limits players to Act I of the game, with a 13-level cap. Matchmaking is only supported with other Starter Edition players, with no access to the gold and real money auction houses, Global Play is also unavailable. This might piss some people off, but the people who have pumped hours, days, and weeks into the game are now a bit safer.

Facebook rolls out editing comment ability, to some

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jun 22, 2012 6:03 am

Finally. Facebook have just unleashed the ability to not just delete your comments, but edit them. I don't see how it took them all these years, but the ability seems to be available to some, and not all at the moment. On my account, I can now edit and delete comments.

 

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One of the best things about this new ability is that Facebook will show the full edit history for a comment, so that everyone who takes a look at the conversation, you'll get the full context. Not just the edited bits to make someone look good in an argument, or whinge session.

 

As you can see from my above picture, the ability is there. Don't worry about the conversation, my local retailer are having a buy-one-get-the-second-item-half-price sale, which is pretty damn amazing, and I really want a new TV. There's no ability to edit the post itself, just a 'delete' option which is quite lame considering the new 'edit' ability is live for some.

Nintendo announce new $199 3DS XL, sports 4.88-inch top screen, available August 19th

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 22, 2012 5:26 am

Nintendo have just announced the latest member in their 3DS family, 3DS LL. Nintendo head Satoru Iwata revealed the 3DS LL on Nintendo Direct, where it sports a 4.88-inch top screen and 4.18-inch bottom screen.

 

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The new hardware adds just over an inch to the current 3DS' display, and includes a 4GB SD card, too. The new 3DS LL features just a single thumbpad on the console's port side. Japanese gamers will be able to scoop up the 3DS LL in white, two-tone red/black or silver/white on July 28th for ¥18,900 (about $235).

 

Across the pond in the US, it will be rebranded the 3DS XL and will arrive on August 19th for around $200.

Hideo Kojima, creator of Metal Gear Solid says Snake will return in Metal Gear Solid 5

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 22, 2012 4:47 am

The director and creator of the Metal Gear Solid series, Hideo Kojima, has been quoted in regards to Metal Gear Solid 5, where he has said:

 

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About Metal Gear Solid 5, I can tell you two things. There will be much question of infiltration, espionage, and convincing people to give you a 'favour' like in the last Metal Gear Solid. I liked the idea of social interactions in Deus Ex: Human Revolution, but we will see. And if I say more, the female ninja public relations officer, who is behind the door, I will be carved up into pieces. So it's better that we meet again when the time comes to talk about Metal Gear Solid 5.

 

Metal Gear Solid 5 should also sport the new FOX Engine, and I'm personally pegging it to be released on whatever Sony's next-gen console materializes as, the PlayStation 4 most likely.

Oracle chief Larry Ellison buys Hawaiian island, price between $500-600m

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jun 21, 2012 11:39 pm

If you're wondering what to do when you're worth $36 billion, take a look at Larry Ellison for ideas. The co-founder of Oracle is listed as the sixth richest man on Forbe's list of global billionaires and seems as though he knows how to live life to the fullest. Err, at least spend money to the fullest.

 

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The Hawaiian governor has announced that Larry Ellison is buying 98% of Lanai, one of the Hawaiian islands. The final price is not known, but the asking price is said to have been somewhere between $500 and $600 million. The island is 141 square miles and is currently owned by David Murdock. Lanai is also known as "Pineapple Island" as it was formerly a pineapple plantation.

 

It's not exactly clear why Mr. Ellison wants the island as it currently has 3,200 residents and several luxury resorts. The current company running the resorts and power, water, and other utilities is losing somewhere around $40 million a year. The remaining 2% is not owned by the same company who sold the other 98%.

 

Confiming the successful bid, Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie said on Wednesday: "It is my understanding that Mr Ellison has had a long standing interest in Lanai. He is also a businessman whose record of community involvement in medical research and education causes is equally notable. We look forward to welcoming Mr Ellison in the near future."

HP unveils 2311x IPS LED-backlit monitor and two new LCD displays, starting at $140

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jun 21, 2012 10:33 pm

HP is updating its line of displays and with the refresh comes HP's first couple of IPS (in-plane switching) monitors destined for the consumer market. The 2311x IPS monster has already been announced just over a month ago, but it's worth mentioning here along with the rest of HP's new consumer line up.

 

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The 2311x is a 23-inch screen that features IPS technology which gives it a much better range of viewing angles than traditional LCD displays. Joining the 2311x is the 2011xi which is also an IPS monitor. The IPS panel allows this 20-inch monitor to have a 178* viewing angle and 1600x900 resolution. These start shipping on June 24 of this year.

 

HP is also updating their more traditional backlit LCD monitors. The W2071d is a 20-inch panel that supports resolutions up to 1600x900 and is backlit by LEDs. The big brother to that monitor is the W2371d which, as you probably guessed from the name, sports a 23-inch screen and resolutions of 1920x1080. Both feature VGA and DVI-D inputs. The 20-inch starts at $140 and the 23-inch, $200. No timeline for release yet.

Sprint appears to be getting a white Evo 4G LTE, shown in a marketing image

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 21, 2012 10:01 pm

It would appear that Sprint is getting a white HTC Evo 4G LTE phone, if a picture on the site is to be believed. While it could just be a marketer's wishful thinking, Sprint does have somewhat of a history in carrying white Evo phones. It's fairly unlikely that a marketer would change the color of the HTC for this image.

 

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After all, the image is trying to tempt people away from other networks, so why would they show something they don't offer? Sprint hasn't confirmed that the new color does exist, but going from the marketing image, it's a fair bet to say it does. The picture, while it lasts, is available here on Sprint's website.

 

We will keep you updated with any information regarding this possibly new phone color coming to Sprint. I wonder if HTC's Ice Cream Sandwich phone comes in vanilla ice cream color?

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RumorTT: Apple replacing old dock connector with new, smaller one on iPhone 5

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 21, 2012 9:28 pm

DISCLAIMER: Even though the source of this story is claiming they independently verified it with three different manufacturers, it still has to do with Apple and therefore will be presented as a rumor until an official announcement by Apple is made. With that out of the way, let's move onto the details.

 

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TechCrunch is reporting that the iPhone 5 will ditch the old 30-pin connector that has been the standard since its introduction on the third-gen iPod. Instead, the iPhone 5 is reportedly going to feature a smaller, 19-pin connector that looks similar to a Thunderbolt port. It will, however, have a different pin-out.

 

It's pretty obvious that Apple is more concerned now with saving space inside their mobile devices. Take a look at MagSafe 2 and this new rumored dock connector and you can see that. This new dock connector could force redesigns of accessories as it will no longer provide as much structural stability as the previous one.

 

Additionally, users may be forced to replace their current iPod/iPhone accessories due to the switch which would be good for manufacturers, but not so great for consumers. The manufacturers TechCrunch spoke with are in an uneasy few months while they wait for the standard to be officially announced so they can create devices for it.

Espionage virus sent blueprints to China

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 21, 2012 8:28 pm

In case you needed more examples of why the United States needs to focus on cyber security, take a look at a virus discovered in Peru. "ACAD/Medre.A" is a virus that is committing espionage by sending blueprints to China from companies in Peru. It has already stolen tens of thousands of blueprints, according to ESET.

 

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The virus targeted the software AutoCAD which is a primary tool used by industrial designers and architects. It is believed the virus was first distributed to Peruvian companies through the use of an AutoCAD template given to public bodies. The virus was detected several months ago but has just seen a spike in usage.

 

The virus sends back blueprints to e-mail accounts provided by two Chinese internet firms, 163.com and qq.com. However, this doesn't prove China or the Chinese were behind the virus. What it does prove is that companies and governments alike need to strengthen their cyber security measures to prevent things like this from happening.

 

"[It] represents a serious case of industrial espionage," said ESET researcher Righard Zwienenberg. "Every new design is sent automatically to the operator of this malware. Needless to say this can cost the legitimate owner of the intellectual property a lot of money as the cybercriminals have access to the designs even before they go into production."

Twitter outage is on-going, engineers working on it, caused by bug

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 21, 2012 7:58 pm

Earlier today, we brought you the story about how Twitter is experiencing an outage. At that time, some of the details were unknown, such as the cause. Twitter has updated us with a little more information that we can now share. The outage is an ongoing outage, but engineers are working on fixing it.

 

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They do not have a set time for when it will be fixed or how long it is going to take. All they are saying is that they are working on it and that it is on going. It's likely they will have it resolved by tomorrow, if not sooner, but there is no guarantee of that. We will keep you up-to-date with the latest in the Twitter outage.

 

"Today's outage is due to a cascaded bug in one of our infrastructure components," the company's communications folks tweeted at 12:17 p.m. "We'll provide updated information soon."

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