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Facebook is testing allowing users to reply to comments, a feature that would be welcomed by many

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 9, 2012 9:28 pm

Facebook is testing a new feature for comments on statuses. The new feature would allow users to thread off and reply to a comment instead of having to reply to the main status. It's similar in function to some of the bulletin boards and comments systems that you've seen around the web, except it will only allow you to go one level deeper.

 

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In other words, a comment upon a status can be both liked and commented upon, but those subsequent comments cannot be commented upon. Facebook has said that at this stage, it is just a small test, so you likely won't see the option. But if you do, be sure to check it out and let us know what you think of the feature.

 

"We are testing a new way to add comments to a post on Facebook. With this test you will be able to reply to another comment as well as the original post," a Facebook spokesperson said. "This is just a small test at this stage."

Yet another iPhone 5 problem discovered, also affects iPod touch 5

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 9, 2012 8:37 pm

Apple's new flagship iPhone has suffered from many bugs since its launch. You had scuffgate, the purple haze, and light leakage, among others, and now a new bug has been discovered. The bug could be either software or hardware and we're hoping it's software so that Apple can fix it quickly and painlessly.

 

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The problem could very likely be hardware, though. The issue is with detecting swipes on the screen, and although the problem isn't going to be a huge concern for most, it could come into play for game players and game developers who need to make repeated swipes across the screen in rapid succession. Fruit Ninja comes to mind as a possible problem game.

 

Take a look at the video below, produced by Recombu:

 

The problem was originally discovered by CMA Megacorp, who noted on Twitter: "Slide finger back and forth diagonally on screen, input events drop out or stop altogether." Since the problem is only present on the new devices featuring the larger 4-inch screen, the problem likely resides in either the driver for the screen or the screen itself.

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Apple getting sued by VirnetX again after the latter won $368 million

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 9, 2012 7:47 pm

Apple is at the receiving end of another lawsuit. This lawsuit is another brought by VirnetX, who recently won $368 million from Apple after a jury ruled that Apple was infringing on patents owned by the company. The new lawsuit is a very similar lawsuit to the last, in that it is dealing with the same patents.

 

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The new lawsuit is suing over the iPhone 5 and iPad mini, which were not released during the last lawsuit's time period. This means that VirnetX did not get any sort of award for these devices, and they feel they should. "Due to their release dates, these products were not included in the previous lawsuit that concluded with a Jury verdict on November 6, 2012," VirnetX said in a statement.

 

With the first case hardly settled, Apple has not issued a formal response to the latest lawsuit. Apple is widely expected to appeal the former lawsuit, and fight this one tooth and nail. Since the lawsuit is basically the same, at least in terms of patents and how Apple is infringing, one would expect Apple to lose this case as well. But with a new jury, the results could be widely different. It will be an interesting case to watch.

Weekly Giveaway: Win an Intel 335 Series 240GB SSD

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Nov 9, 2012 6:40 pm

This week we have teamed up with Intel who are giving away one of its brand new 335 Series solid state drives.

 

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The drive on offer has a solid capacity of 240GB with its new low power consuming 20nm MLC flash, and fast performance with Intel claiming up to 500MB/s read speeds. It's a retail unit that includes a desktop installation kit.

 

This time we are running the weekly giveaway a little differently. In order to comply with Facebook's policies, we are running the giveaway directly through an app on our Facebook page. It's really easy - all you have to do to enter is become (or be) a TweakTown Facebook page fan and enter a valid email address. If you do not claim your prize within two weeks, it is forfeited.

 

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY HERE!

Walmart employees film damaging iPads at Pikeville, KY store

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 9, 2012 4:58 pm

When a person decides they'd like to purchase an iPad, they have a number of options as to where they can acquire their new tablet. They can shop both online and offline directly with Apple, or choose to buy it at retailers like Radio Shack, Best Buy, Target or Walmart. The last thing someone wants to experience when they finally get their purchase home is a damaged product, which is exactly why you should think twice before shopping at Walmart.

 

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A video from YouTube user "Anon Ymous" shows what exactly goes on behind the scenes when merchandise is being sorted. At a Walmart in Pikeville, KY, an employee decided to make a little video on why exactly customers should expect broken merchandise, like the iPad, to probably be damaged if someone decides to buy it from their store.

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AT&T allowing FaceTime LTE calls for tiered-data customers

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 9, 2012 3:44 pm

When iOS 6 was first announced, one of the features most people were very excited about was finally being able to make FaceTime calls over cellular service as Wi-Fi connections aren't always available, especially to those on the go. Almost immediately after Apple had made its announcement, AT&T announced it will be supporting the over-cellular FaceTime calls, but it would most likely charge its users for the feature to be used over its 3G connection, which turned the Internet upside down.

 

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With LTE iOS devices now available, AT&T is now in the spotlight again in regards to its restrictions of FaceTime calls as it will be making them available to iPhone 5, third and fourth generation iPads. As is expected, there's a catch. The only way LTE iOS users will be able to make FaceTime calls is if they have a tiered data plan which leaves those with grandfathered unlimited data plans unable to make FaceTime calls.

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New Grand Theft Auto V details emerge in latest Game Informer magazine

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 9, 2012 3:14 pm

Some new details on Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto V have been released thanks to a Game Informer feature detailing a lot of previously unknown information regarding Rockstar's next open-world title.

 

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One of the first things detailed is the main character in Grand Theft Auto V, or rather, main characters as the game will feature three playable characters who will be switchable by a simple button press which will allow players to experience the same mission through a different angle. Each character has their own back story, skill set and even their own friends who players will be able to interact with.

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Nintendo holding midnight launch for Wii U at Nintendo World in NYC

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 9, 2012 2:35 pm

Have you been keeping tabs on the latest Wii U news, but have yet to pre-order the console and live near New York City? Seeing as how pre-orders for the Wii U are going fast, it might be in your best interest to attend Nintendo's midnight launch event at Nintendo World.

 

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The launch event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 17th at 6 p.m., but if I know one thing about New Yorkers, it's the fact that they tend to wait in line for things way earlier than people expect. I wouldn't be surprised if there were people waiting in line at Nintendo World days, maybe even a week before the Wii U launches.

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Texas woman buys an iPad at gas station; turns out to be mirror

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 9, 2012 1:48 pm

The closer we get to the holiday season, the more people are going to start looking at deals so they don't break their bank account buying presents for their loved ones. One item that will most likely be on most people's holiday list this year, and every year for that matter, is the iPad. But one place you should never buy an iPad is at a gas station in Arlington, Texas.

 

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Jalonta Freeman was pumping her gas at an Arlington gas station, when a man approached her saying he has iPads and laptops for sale. Jalonta, being the savvy consumer, thought she would take advantage of the opportunity by purchasing an iPad from the gentleman, which normally retails for $800, for only $200.

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Australian government to drop mandatory ISP filtering, doesn't mean they still don't want it

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 9, 2012 12:32 pm

I'm based in Australia and I'm completely against mandatory filtering by my ISP - sure, they probably already do it (I could place bets on this), but the Australian government have stepped up and announced they're dropping their plans of a mandatory ISP filter:

 

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The Federal Government has formally abandoned plans to introduce legislation for mandatory ISP filtering, closing a dark chapter in politics concerning Australia's internet.

 

But - come on, you knew there'd be a but - they still want Australian Net feeds to be filtered:

 

Instead, internet service providers will be directed by the Government and the Australian Federal Police to block "child abuse websites" that feature on an INTERPOL block list.

 

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said in a statement that "Australia's largest ISPs have been issued notices requiring them to block these illegal sites in accordance with their obligations under the Telecommunications Act 1997".

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