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Microsoft says 'don't call it Metro', call it 'Windows 8', we say call me, maybe?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Aug 10, 2012 2:29 am

ZDNet are reporting that Microsoft have finally decided what terminology to use for their Metro/Windows 8-style UI, where it will simply be referred to as "Windows 8", according to their sources. ZDNet's sources have said that:




Anything currently/formerly known as a "Metro-Style application" (with or without a hyphen) will now be known officially as a "Windows 8 application." References to the "Metro user interface" will now be replaced by "Windows 8 user interface." And instead of saying "Metro design," the Softies and those adhering to their official guidelines will be using the words "Windows 8 design."


Microsoft have been having quite the identity crisis on what they want to name their new UI, where it sat on Metro for quite sometime, but due to a trademark dispute, they changed it to "Windows 8-style UI". This news would make sense, and they've now changed it to something much more simple, "Windows 8". I don't see what all the fuss is over, personally. It's a UI, it's part of Windows 8, why even give it a name and have this much air time about it? Free publicity, maybe?

Next-gen Xbox looks to support Skype, according to a Microsoft job ad

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 10, 2012 2:17 am

According to a Microsoft job advertisement, it has revealed that the next-generation Xbox will support Skype. Xbox maker, Microsoft, are looking for a "UI Designer & Prototyper - Xbox", to work at the company's UK-based Skype division on projects that are related to the "next-gen Xbox". The job ad also says:




The team you'll join is responsible for Skype in the living room (broadly the home), across various devices but with a focus on the large screen and the next generation of Xbox.


The job ad also states that the successful candidate would be "working with the Xbox team directly in Redmond, USA. (both current Xbox and next gen)". Well, is that enough proof of the next-gen Xbox? Or will Microsoft also deny this, and claim it never happened and was taken out of context? Are you surprised that the next-gen Xbox will support Skype? I'm not. The company acquired them, and the next-gen Xbox is going to need to throw everything including the kitchen sink into the next-gen Xbox if it wants to survive in the market when it hits.

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Blizzard gets hacked, emails, answers to security questions and more gets taken

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Aug 10, 2012 1:32 am

The developer behind successful titles such as the recently released Diablo III, and World of Warcraft, oh I suppose we can't leave out StarCraft, has posted an "important security update" to its official website. Blizzard have announced that their security team found an "unauthorized and illegal access into our internal network here at Blizzard".




The developer quickly took appropriate steps to close off access, and started working with law enforcement and security experts to investigate into the matter. At the moment, Blizzard have found no evidence that financial information (such as credit card details) or billing details and real names were compromised. Blizzard's investigation is ongoing, but there's nothing suggesting that these pieces of information were accessed.


What was accessed, were lists of email addresses for global users, outside of China. This mens that players on North American-based servers, such as North America, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia had their personal security question, and information regarding to Mobile and Dial-In Authenticators were accessed. Blizzard have noted that based on what they currently know, this information is not enough for anyone to access accounts.

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Microsoft says Xbox Live switch from MS Points to real money a "glitch"

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:27 pm

It looks as though Xbox Live could soon be doing away with Microsoft Points, even as Microsoft claims the change is just a glitch. On Wednesday, some Avatar items showed up on Xbox Live with real, local currency price tags instead of Microsoft Points. Later that day, the prices reverted back to the traditional Microsoft Points.




Was it a slip? Signs point to yes and this is a good thing. The idea behind virtual currency is that it gets consumers to spend more money than they otherwise would. Hence a change to real currency would be much appreciated by many as users would no longer need to do the conversion to figure out just how much they are spending.


Microsoft told GamesIndustry yesterday:


Yesterday, a few avatar items appeared with an option to purchase with local currency, instead of Microsoft Points. The display error doesn't signal a change in payment options, but rather an error in how the offers were configured in our services which resulted in an inconsistent experience. It is in the process of being resolved.


Rumors showed up in the beginning of 2012 that Microsoft was considering ending Microsoft Points by the end of 2012. As we near the end of 2012, this "glitch" pops up. While they aren't definitely connected, the timing is suspect. Virtual currencies will remain for a bit longer as they still make companies extra money, however, more and more are leaving them behind.

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Facebook trying "Mail a Postcard" feature, mail postcards with your pictures on it to friends

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 9, 2012 10:37 pm

Facebook is trying out a new feature that allows users to send a postcard with one of your pictures on it to a friend. The new feature is powered by Sincerely and allows you to mail a physical postcard to a friend. You can even add a message that will be sent to the friend with the card or send prints of their pictures.




Of course, Facebook isn't doing this for free. The sender is charged a fee, right now at varying price points for the people who have access to the trial, and the card goes out in the mail through Sincerely's service. Sincerely is the company behind Postagram, the service that does basically the same thing for Instagram pictures.


This feature came about from a Hackathon project. If successful, and instituted, the new service could garner Facebook some more earnings through increased interaction with pictures (higher advertising value) and through a possible small profit from the selling of the postcards and prints.


If you're in the limited group trial, under the photo you are viewing you will see a "Mail Postcard" button. Clicking this opens a screen, seen above, that you can enter your message and the recipient's address on. Click send and off the order goes to production and mailing. Simple, and likely effective.

iOS 6 beta sees new option "Wi-Fi Plus Cellular"

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Aug 9, 2012 9:34 pm

I'm sure we've all been there. You see an open Wi-Fi connection and connect to try to save data from your cellular plan. Unfortunately everyone around you has the same idea and the connection slows to a crawl. If you haven't experienced this, consider yourself lucky. Clearly enough have as Apple has added an option for apps to default back to the 3G connection if the Wi-Fi isn't working.




The new feature is a godsend for some and not a big deal for others. If you're anything like me, you want your e-mail and you want it now. When the option is enabled, some more important apps that have trouble communicating through the Wi-Fi connection will automatically switch back to the cellular network until the problem is resolved.


These apps that are capable of using this feature, as of right now, are iCloud Documents, iTunes purchases, Passbook and Reading Lists. Furthermore, the feature will attempt to keep FaceTime video calls from dropping on the iPhone 4S and above. It's not clear, as AppleInsider points out, just how the cellular companies will react to this.

Google needs help selecting images to be in its Google Drive stock images library

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 9, 2012 8:33 pm

Google needs your help so that they can better help you. Earlier this year, Google launched a stock image library as part of its Google Drive product. Thanks to lots of positive feedback, they are now planning on expanding that library with images that are selected by the people who use the product. That's why they've enlisted your help.




Want to help decide what goes in? It's a simple task, really. Just head over to, select up to 10 images to nominate, and fill out Google's nomination form with the information they require. Easy, and you have helped make Google, and the Internet, a better place. Not to mention you should then be able to use these photos in your Google Drive docs.


Google explains the process in a bit more detail:


Go to and search for images, or browse through them by category. Using the form below, submit the item numbers (linked underneath each image) for up to 10 images you'd like to nominate for use in your documents, presentations, spreadsheets. We'll use your ideas to create and curate the next generation of our stock image library.


Head on over to Google's nomination site to fill out the form.

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Google gets fined $22.5m by FTC over Safari tracking

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 9, 2012 7:33 pm

Google: "Don't be evil." However, it would appear that the Federal Trade Commission feels that Google might have overstepped that by a wee bit, okay, a large bit, judging by the size of the fine levied against the company over the Safari tracking incident. The FTC announced today that Google has agreed to pay $22.5 million to settle the claim, the largest fine ever levied by the FTC.




The FTC charges that Google "misrepresented to users of Apple Inc.'s Safari Internet browser that it would not place tracking 'cookies' or serve targeted ads to those users, violating an earlier privacy settlement between the company and the FTC." Jon Leibowitz, Chairman of the FTC:


The record setting penalty in this matter sends a clear message to all companies under an FTC privacy order. No matter how big or small, all companies must abide by FTC orders against them and keep their privacy promises to consumers, or they will end up paying many times what it would have cost to comply in the first place.


Of course, for its part, Google has a differing opinion on the matter:


We set the highest standards of privacy and security for our users. The FTC is focused on a 2009 help center page published more than two years before our consent decree, and a year before Apple changed its cookie-handling policy. We have now changed that page and taken steps to remove the ad cookies, which collected no personal information, from Apple's browsers.

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Samsung Galaxy S III makes an appearance in all black, not spotted at a funeral

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 9, 2012 6:32 pm

While there has been no official announcement of a coming black Samsung Galaxy S III, a couple of pictures have popped up on the Samsung Olympics Facebook page which include a black Galaxy S III. This is likely to keep interest in the Galaxy S III so that it can better compete with the upcoming iPhone 5.




The first image, shown above, features both a black Galaxy S III and a white one. It's highly unlikely to be an optical illusion as another picture with a black Galaxy S III is also online (see below). At least one black Galaxy S III has to exist, and many more are possibly being manufactured as I type this.


The launch will probably occur sometime around the launch of the next iPhone, rumored to be September 12, in order to draw attention back from the rival's product. The question is, will this be enough to keep Samsung and the Galaxy S III on a hot streak? It's already managed to sell 10 million units in 2 months, but the iPhone will steal at least part of its thunder.

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Ouya console available for pre-order for $109 now that Kickstarter campaign is over

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 9, 2012 5:32 pm

I'm sure most of you have seen our extensive Ouya coverage, especially of the Kickstarter aspect. If not, you can check out all of it here. Now that you're back, let's continue. Since the Ouya Kickstarter campaign has ended, the folks behind the console have put up an official website at where the console is now offered for pre-order.




During the Kickstarter campaign, backers who put up $99 or more are going to receive an Ouya console and controller sometime in March 2013. For those who missed it, the pre-order on Ouya's website is offered up at $109, including shipping, and will be delivered a month later, scheduled to be April 2013.


Other than the $10 increase and month delay, there will be no differences. Both groups will have access to the same games and content library. Pre-orders with varying amounts of controllers can be placed on Ouya's official website. This console could turn the console world upside down. Only time will tell if it ends up being the start of something new.

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