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EA offering up a second beta test for SimCity

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 8, 2013 11:02 pm

If you missed out on the first beta test EA and Maxis offered up for SimCity, you're no longer out of luck. After taking into consideration the bugs and feedback they received, they have announced that they are hosting a second closed beta to test the servers. The second beta will run from Saturday February 16 6AM PST to Sunday February 17 6AM PST.

 

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Users can submit an application on the SimCity website in hopes of being chosen for the beta. Registration for the second beta closes as of February 11 at 6AM PST. Along with the announcement of the second beta, EA has released a second trailer for the game, possibly in hopes of encouraging more users to sign up to try it out.

 

 

Hopefully all of the bugs will be worked out of the server before the launch in March. If not, we could have a repeat of the Diablo III fiasco that prevented some people from playing.

Microsoft expanding Surface RT availability February 14

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 8, 2013 10:27 pm

Microsoft is expanding the availability of the Surface RT tablet on February 14 with the release of the tablet in more European countries. The following countries will be able to procure the Surface RT February 14: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

 

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It's important to remember that the Surface RT is ARM based and runs Windows RT as opposed to the full Windows 8. The Surface Pro is launching tomorrow, though it will not be available in the above countries starting tomorrow. It will likely come at a later time, much like the Surface RT has.

Twitter adds lolcat language, similar to Facebook's pirate language in function

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 8, 2013 10:03 pm

Speaking plain English isn't enough for you? How about speaking Internet? With Twitter's new lolcat language, you can have your Twitter experience transformed from a mundane English affair to an all out meme-based Internet language. The changes aren't quite as dramatic and sweeping as that last sentence made them seem, but you can now browse Twitter with some of the terms updated to fit lolcat memes.

 

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For instance, many of the words have been changed to all capitals. A more specific example--and one of the better changes--is the change that "View Summary" underwent. It now reads "VIEW SUMMARY. KTHXBYE!" Additionally, "More Changes" has been changed to simply read "MOAR."

 

The language is currently in beta and will likely undergo changes to perfect it as comments and suggestions come in from Twitter users. The setting can be changed in Twitter's Settings, or you can simply click this link to take you to Twitter with the new language.

iOS Evasi0n jailbreak installed on 7m devices in just 4 days

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Software | Posted: Feb 8, 2013 9:33 pm

The Evasi0n jailbreak continues to make tracks in terms of installs. The tool for untethered jailbreaks of nearly every iOS device saw massive downloads and uptake on Monday when it was first released and demand appears to be continuing. As of Thursday night, the jailbreak had been used on approximately seven million devices.

 

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The way this is being tracked is through the alternate app store Cydia. As of Thursday night, the app store had recorded visits from 5.15 million new iPhones, 1.35 million iPads, and 400,000 iPod touches. Altogether that works out to just about seven million new devices.

 

While jailbreak statistics for previous tools aren't perfectly recorded, Jay Freeman, author of the Cydia app store, says that Evasi0n has brought "insanely more new traffic" than the release of Absinthe, a jailbreak that worked for some iOS 5 versions and devices.

 

If you have an iOS device, have you jailbroken it yet? If not, why not?

Windows Phone 8 scores a Spotify app

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Feb 8, 2013 8:56 pm

Windows Phone 8 users will no longer be left out of the music streaming goodness that is Spotify. Today, a beta version of an app destined for Windows Phone 8 was launched as a free download on the Microsoft Marketplace. Users will be provided with the same 48 hour free trial that doesn't require any credit card information.

 

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If users would like to continue using Spotify on their Windows Phone 8 mobile device, they'll have to pony up the same $9.99 that the rest of us have to for iOS and Android devices. For users on Windows Phone 7, 7.5, and 7.8, it appears that you are still out of luck as the app requires Windows Phone 8.

AOL sees revenue grow for the first time in almost a decade

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 8, 2013 7:30 pm

Who here remembers AOL? Yes that AOL, the one famous for bringing America on to the interwebs. Since the rise of broadband and the decline of the much slower 56k connection, AOL has fallen out of the limelight and pretty much out of the business world altogether.

 

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For the last eight year in a row, AOL has reported massive revenue losses that are attributed to its once popular, but now almost nonexistent dial-up internet service. Finical reports recently released show that for the first time in almost a decade, AOL saw revenue growth.

 

The company reported revenue of $599.5 million in December, a 4% increase from the $576.8 million it generated during the same quarter in 2011. "AOL returned to growth and generated significant value for shareholders in 2012," said Tim Armstrong, AOL's chairman and CEO, in a statement. "AOL has strong momentum entering 2013 and is positioned to continue on our growth path by executing our strategy to build the next generation media and technology company."

SpaceTT: NASA Astronauts to "hangout" in Google+ and answer your questions from space

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 8, 2013 6:19 pm

Let's face it; most of our readers would love the chance to talk to an astronaut who is orbiting the earth inside the international space station. In fact, Americans have long been fascinated with communicating with astronauts while in space.

 

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NASA has announced that U.S. astronauts Kevin Ford and Tom Marshburn along with Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency will be fielding questions live during a Google+ hangout that will take place on February 22nd at 11AM US Eastern time.

 

It is becoming pretty common for astronauts to communicate with the public during their extended trips on the International Space Station. Recently Hadfield hosted an AMA on Reddit, and has had a back and forth series of tweets with William Shatner of Star Trek fame. I hope to be one of the lucky people to get a question answered during the hangout. Maybe I will see you there!

Microsoft's SkyDrive now hosting over 1 billion documents, following successful Office 2013 launch

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cloud Computing | Posted: Feb 8, 2013 5:13 pm

This morning Microsoft announced that its SkyDrive cloud storage service is now hosting over one billion documents thanks to a very successful Office 2013 launch. The success is credited to users being easily able to upload and download their files from within the new Office software.

 

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SkyDrive is the latest brainchild of Microsoft, and is billed as a cloud storage system for consumer, business and enterprise. Office 2013 is now able to save user documents to both the user's HDD as well as SkyDrive simultaneously, mitigating the need for frequent document backups. In a release Microsoft said:

 

Last week Office 365 Home Premium launched and we've seen a lot of enthusiasm over the seamless integration of SkyDrive for saving and sharing your docs. Recently we reached a big milestone; our customers are now storing over a billion Office documents on SkyDrive!

EA's Origin gaming software comes to Mac users today in the form of Alpha testing

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 8, 2013 4:14 pm

EA's Origin game management software (a competitor against Valve's Steam) features some of the biggest titles in PC gaming and up until now, it has been limited to Windows PC users only. That all changed today as EA officially announced Origin for Mac (Alpha).

 

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In a release this morning, Origin said "With Origin for Mac we'll be able to offer the same Origin experience and features that define our PC app - cloud storage, auto-patching, friends list, and more". While the alpha testing is open to the public, don't expect to download Battlefield 3 just yet. The game store is blocked until the official launch.

 

You may notice that the Origin Store tab is not yet live in this alpha trial; rest assured, the store will be live-with a great catalog of EA and partner titles-when we formally release the client. Additionally, we're not yet able to provide the same one-click streaming live to Twitch in Origin for Mac (we'll be adding this as soon as possible).

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BitRock's BitNami enables OS X to run popular open source CMS's

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Software | Posted: Feb 8, 2013 3:29 pm

OS X has a massive following of web developers who constantly used Linux based web server stacks to run their CMS stacks - it's actually a pretty common trend at the moment. Within Apple's OS X App Store, users can now find four of the most popular CMS's that run inside BitNami - Drupal, Wordpress, Joomla, and a generic MAMP stack (Mac, Apache, MySQL and PHP).

 

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The issues arise when developers wanted to dev on a CMS in the local environment, files would be stored all over the place instead of a simple single directory. BitNami solves this problem by "walling-off" the CMS software and keeping everything nice in neat in a single place. This single directory structure is essential when migrating a site from a local host development environment to a live server out in the interwebs.

 

Traditionally web developers mitigate this issue by building a development server that is hosted on a Linux server somewhere on their local network. I have one sitting beside me at this moment with no less than six Drupal sites in the development phase.

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