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Google Play gift cards get caught on camera, lookin' swish

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 17, 2012 3:25 am

Whenever I walk through my local supermarket, I see so many giftcards, for Facebook, iTunes for League of Legends, and so much more. Google are the latest with Google Play Store receiving some gift cards, which are clearly marked as such.




Android Central have snapped a few photos of the $10 and $25 gift cards, where they display "Google Play" as well as "Music Movies Books Apps & More" down the bottom. The triangle logo is shown off quite well, and should stand out from the crowd of gift cards, hopefully.


Unknown at the moment, is where the gift cards will be made available. I'm based in Australia, so I most likely won't see them until 2015 or so, but if anyone in the US (which is where they'll most likely launch first) sees them, please do let us know in the comments below!

Instagram reaches version 3.0, adds Photo Maps, infinite scrolling and speed improvements

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 17, 2012 2:27 am

Quick, Instagram has been updated, better go out for lunch or dinner and snap a photo! I kid. But, Facebook's acquisition of Instagram hasn't stopped the photo-sharing service from hitting version 3.0, where there's some nice updates.




Instagram has smashed through 80 million users, and has unveiled a new user interface (UI) overhaul today, where geolocation is a very important part of that. Geotagging has its benefits, but the gem here is most likely going to end up being a Photo Maps view. It overlays photos with a map underneath, showing users where they've taken their photos, very cool.


Instagram 3.0 also adds "mutli-line caption editing, more streamlined photo uploading, speed improvements and infinite scroll". There has been a removal of something quite strange, the Twitter "Find Friends" feature, which is due to Twitter turning off their API to Instagram last month, I wonder why. Instagram user? Your thoughts on the new version?

Facebook begins actually deleting photos, will not allow photos to sit in content networks for longer than 30 days

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Aug 17, 2012 1:25 am

Facebook have, for years now, not really been deleting your photos. Yes, they may not be on your profile (or Timeline) but they would be enjoying some cocktails somewhere in the social networking sites content network for months, if not years.




Ars Technica, after some experiments, have reported that this problem should now be over. Instead of the months-long photo storage system migration and now an updated deletion policy, Facebook will now only let photos stay on their content network stream for no more than 30 days.


After this, they're deleted, permanently. This is an improved reaction speed, at 30 days, but still isn't as good as a 'click, delete, gone' method such as other photo-sharing services. I supposed you can't really complain, it's better than them changing your news feed look, again.

HBO & Fox ink new deal that could lead to simultaneous digital sales

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 17, 2012 12:50 am

HBO and Fox have reportedly inked a new deal that renews a rights agreement that was set to expire in 2015. The new deal will see Fox movies continue to air on HBO until 2022, but more importantly, Fox and HBO officials are saying that the new agreement includes a "softening" of something known as the electronic sell-through window.




Previously, HBO stood by a strict policy that while the company was running a movie for the first time, no one else could sell or rent a title electronically. But, this new deal will have Fox still selling the movies, but not renting them, on digital storefronts at the same time as HBO first runs the flick. This new change will hopefully improve the selection of movies on digital services such as iTunes, Google Play and Amazon Instant Video, which in the past have been forced to temporarily pull content to keep HBO happy.


This new deal should also see other studios open up their hearts, too. Are we seeing a digital sea change? Let's hope so.

Disney confirms The Avengers 2 hits theaters May 1, 2015

By: Trace Hagan | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Aug 17, 2012 12:32 am

Avengers fans rejoice! Disney has confirmed that the sequel to the massively successful movie, The Avengers, will indeed hit theaters on May 1, 2015. About two weeks ago, a rumor hit the scene that pegged this as the day that the sequel would hit theaters, but most doubted it as the person claiming this, MTV, didn't name sources.




This morning, Disney unleashed the following press release:




The Walt Disney Studios has announced a release date for Marvel Studios' sequel to the biggest Super Hero blockbuster and third highest grossing film of all time, Marvel's The Avengers. Joss Whedon returns to write and direct the UNTITLED MARVEL'S AVENGERS SEQUEL set for release May 1, 2015.


This means that the name of the movie may not be "The Avengers 2"--that appears to be a made up name that the Internet has adopted for the sequel. The movie will be written and directed by Joss Whedon who was responsible for writing and directing the first movie, and did a great job if you ask most fans.


Joss Whedon has a massive job to do in order to make this sequel live up to the original. If he doesn't, fans will disown him. If he does, he'll have to do it again for a third movie. The press release doesn't give any details beyond the fact they are creating a sequel and that it will appear in American theaters on May 1, 2015. Only 2.5 years left to wait.

New Zealand court rules FBI must release evidence against Kim Dotcom

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 16, 2012 11:29 pm

The United States government just can't seem to catch a break when it comes to the MegaUpload/Kim Dotcom lawsuit. First, the warrant used to raid his house has been overturned by New Zealand. Then, his extradition hearing was pushed all the way back to March, 2013. Now, a New Zealand court has ruled that the FBI must release all evidence against him for his extradition hearing.




This strikes a major blow to the United States as the FBI has been doing their best to keep their evidence secret. The New Zealand court has made a logical argument in which they state that "severely restrict[ing] the ability of [one party] to file relevant evidence would not easily be characterised as 'fair.'"


The New Zealand court asserts that there is no reason that the evidence cannot be presented in New Zealand and subsequently presented in the United States. Furthermore, the court cites the Bill of Rights Act and it's requirements for a fair hearing. Some interesting sections of the ruling follow:

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Ebay to prohibit the sale of spells, hexes, magic services

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 16, 2012 10:29 pm

Ebay has issued its category changes and updates for fall and if you like buying hexes on other people from the auction giant, you're going to have to head somewhere else. On the chopping block are Tarot readings, potions, and spells. Not only are the categories going away, but they will join hexing, curses, conjuring, blessings, psychic readings, and "magic services" on the prohibited list.




Ebay claims that these changes are due to the fact that "transactions in these categories often result in issues between the buyer and seller that are difficult to resolve." It's pretty hard to decide whether or not a magic spell or hex has worked and it's unlikely that a seller is offering any sort of guarantee.


So, if you have magic spells, potions, hexes, curses, readings, or other magic services to sell, you best get on it before Ebay institutes these changes.

Graphics shipments up 2.5% from last quarter, 5.5% over last year

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 16, 2012 9:30 pm

Jon Peddie Research, a company dedicated to research and consulting regarding graphics and multimedia has announced its estimated graphics chip shipments and market share for Q2 2012. The numbers look promising across the board as total chip shipments are up 2.7 percent. The majority of companies increased shipments while a few decreased.




Looking at the numbers, Intel had a great quarter. Their market share went up 2.9 percent, likely due to Ivy Bridge shipments. They shipped 7.8 percent more units this quarter than last. It would appear that all of this positive for Intel was at the cost of AMD. AMD's market share declined by 2.5% and they saw decreased shipments of 7.5 percent.


NVIDIA, still riding the success of Kepler saw improved numbers as well. They shipped 0.4 percent more units this quarter than last, however, their market share is down 0.4 percent. The late introduction of (and still lack of product) in the lower end has likely been a contributing factor to this as these are the products which sell in high numbers.

Android malware level has tripled in Q2 2012

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Aug 16, 2012 8:31 pm

Malware is bad. It's created by people who want to cause you trouble or steal your information. It's a fact of life that Windows will always be a target of malware, but how about Android? It seems as more hackers and scammers are now targeting the mobile operating system with varying degrees of success.




In the second quarter of 2012, Kaspersky Labs found that the number of malware out there targeting Android has tripled. Likely this is the result of an increased number of Android phones giving malicious programmers a wider base to attack. This is the same reason so many different malwares are written for Windows.


During the three months that make up the second quarter, the number of new malware increased to nearly 15,000. 49 percent of the malware were multi-functional Trojans designed to steal data such as contact names, phone numbers, and e-mails. 25 percent were SMS Trojans which send texts to premium numbers to gain money for the programmer.


Trojan Spy malware only constituted 2 percent of the newly found malware and this is a good thing for users as Trojan Spy malware is the most dangerous to users. It is able to transfer information to the programmer which gives access to bank accounts and other sensitive accounts.

Judge Koh not happy with Apple, asks lawyers if they're 'smoking crack'

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 16, 2012 7:33 pm

It's seems as though Judge Lacy Koh is getting more and more frustrated with the Apple v Samsung patent battle every day and most of that frustration appears to be towards Apple. Today, Apple turned in a 75-page brief detailing 22 potential witnesses they might call after Samsung finishes and it pushed Judge Koh over the edge and she let Apple have it.




After the jury left the courtroom, Judge Koh turned to Apple and asked why they would submit such a lengthy document "when, unless you're smoking crack, you know these witnesses aren't going to be called!" William Lee, a lawyer for Apple, stepped forward and said "First, your honor, I'm not smoking crack. I can promise you that."


They then agreed to shorten the document as another of Apple's lawyers claimed they didn't mean to burden the court. As the discourse went on, Koh became even more frustrated with the parties and started charging them time. "I'm billing time because you all are being unreasonable," she said. She wants this trial done on schedule and doesn't want to put up with any more lawyer tactics.

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