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Facebook outs Pages-only filter for the News Feed to all users

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 15, 2012 12:26 am

Facebook is pushing out a new update to all members today that will allow users to filter their News Feed so that only updates from Pages that the user follows are shown. The new feature is available on the left-hand side menu and called "Pages feed." A simple click on that will filter your News Feed.

 

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"This new feature surfaces updates just from Pages you are connected to," a Facebook representative told VentureBeat. "It's a 'Pages only' view of your News Feed, making it even easier for people to keep up with the Pages they care about most."

 

The issue at hand is they way that the News Feed works. As most of you have probably realized, you don't see every post from every person. The stories chosen to be shown are determined by an algorithm. Some page owners have been especially vocal about this, saying that it forces Page owners to promote their posts so they are seen by more people.

 

If you want to see more posts by pages, this new feature by Facebook will make that easier.

Apple advertises that the iPad is .37mm thick, same size as pencil lead

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 14, 2012 11:34 pm

If Apple is to be believed, the new iPad is a mere 0.37mm thick, a claim that not even the most Apple-crazed fan could believe. To put that number in perspective, let's take a look at some other things that are roughly that thick. It's about the same as mechanical pencil lead, or four human hairs stacked together.

 

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It's a typo, that's for sure, and a funny one at that. Apple is usually a perfectionist company, a company that would never stand for such an obvious mistake. Of course, the correct size, .37 inch, is stated in the accompanying text and official spec page. I'm just wondering if anyone will get fired over this.

 

Apple seems to be on a downhill trend as of late. Stock price is tumbling, typos are popping up, and products just don't seem to have the same pizazz. Typos such as this are a personal favorite of mine, so if you know of any or find any, please let me know!

Adobe's user forum hacked, company takes site offline

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 14, 2012 10:38 pm

Adobe has suffered a breach on its user forums resulting in the resetting of approximately 150,000 member passwords. The site in question, connectusers.com, was breached by a hacker claiming to be from Egypt. The hacker released 644 records from the site. he says he targeted Adobe because of their slow response to fixing security problems.

 

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Adobe has confirmed that its Connect web conferencing service, among other websites ran by Adobe, were not affected by this breach. We first caught wind of the breach on Tuesday, after the hacker posted on the internet claiming that he stole the log-in combos for 150,000 Adobe customers and partners.

 

It's not clear what all data has been compromised. The hacker has said that he will also release data stolen from Yahoo, though Yahoo did not comment upon this.

Israel, Hamas make use of Twitter to live-blog Gaza skirmishes

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Nov 14, 2012 9:34 pm

Israeli defense forces and Hamas have taken to Twitter to live blog the happenings of a new Gaza skirmish. The two sides in the fight have side-stepped the traditional news organizations, which allow them to release the information they want with the spin they want. It allows propaganda to be easily spread and for the forces to control what info gets out quickly.

 

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Furthermore, it's likely that people will prefer to watch the Twitter feed of what's happening, versus a news source, due to it being quickly updated. True, the source will be biased, something most people hope typical news sources aren't, but it is likely the way wars of the future will be covered: 140 characters at a time.

 

@IDFSpokesperson:

 

We recommend that no Hamas operatives, whether low level or senior leaders, show their faces above ground in the days ahead.

 

@AlqassamBrigade:

 

@IDFSpokesperson Our blessed hands will reach your leaders and soldiers wherever they are (You Opened Hell Gates on Yourselves)

Rightware releases Browsermark 2.0, benchmark designed to test performance of mobile devices

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 14, 2012 8:16 pm

Browsermark 2.0 is now available. Browsermark, a benchmark produced by Rightware, is a benchmarking tool designed to test mobile and embedded devices, though it will work on any browser that has an internet connection. This means the benchmark can be used to analyze high performance desktops all the way down to that single core phone from 2008.

 

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"We are all frustrated with the performance of our browser, based on the device we are web browsing on, and continually ask, 'Am I expecting too much from my tablet?'" said Tero Sarkkinen, CEO of Rightware. "Browsermark answers that question for you! This simple-to-run test will help you decide which browser provides the best web experience for your device. In addition to measuring your own device, consumers can check out the latest results of many devices in our Power Board online database. We believe these two technologies will help to improve the user experience on every device."

 

The test covers the usual: page loading, page resizing, conformance testing, and network speed. However, the new version also covers WebGL, Canvas, HTML5, and CSS3/3D. Best yet, the Browsermark 2.0 benchmark is completely free to use for everyone, which will make it easier for you to compare your shiny new device to your friend's old one.

 

You can try out the benchmark on Rightware's website.

Google Fiber installation begins in Kansas City

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 14, 2012 5:30 pm

Google Fiber is an idea Google has been kicking around for the past couple of years as it aims to become an Internet Service Provider that will offer customers in the U.S. the speeds they deserve at a reasonable price. Earlier this year, they announced Kansas City would be one of the first to receive Google Fiber promising 1 gigabit download and upload speeds for only $70. Today, Google has announced its Google Fiber installation has officially kicked off in Kansas City.

 

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If you live in Kansas City, specifically in Hanover Heights, and see a new box on the side of your home and a sticky note on your door indicating your home is ready for Google Fiber, Google will be contacting you by phone or email within the next couple of days to schedule an appointment with you.

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Need for Speed: Most Wanted demo now available on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 14, 2012 4:00 pm

Before Halo 4 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 took over my gaming time, I was playing Need for Speed: Most Wanted on a very regular basis. Its driving mechanics felt a tad heavy compared to previous Criterion titles, but after spending several hours with the game, I became used to it and enjoyed my time with it before first-person shooters took dominance over all games.

 

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If you have yet to pick up Need for Speed: Most Wanted and are the type to try a game before you spend your hard-earned cash on it, then you should head over to Xbox Live or PlayStation Network as EA has announced a demo for the game is now available.

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Iron Man 3 trailer gets low budget remake

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Online Video | Posted: Nov 14, 2012 3:00 pm

It was just a few weeks ago when the first official Iron Man 3 trailer hit the Internet to which many comic book and action film fans probably thought, "Boy! There sure are a lot of nifty special effects in this trailer. I wonder what it would look like if it received a low budget remake?"

 

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For the twenty-seven of you that thought a low budget remake would be cool to see, you were completely right as Dumb Drum put together a video that accurately replicates the original Iron Man 3 trailer, just without all of those fancy special effects.

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Ex-CIA Director David Petraeus spotted in Black Ops 2

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 14, 2012 2:00 pm

It seems for the past couple of days, the two things that have been on everyone's lips have been Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Ex-CIA Director David Petraeus' uncovered scandal. Who knew that these two topics of discussion would come together in an unholy union of extreme irony.

 

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Apparently, in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Ex-CIA Director Petraus would have still been going strong in the military world making it all the way to become the US Secretary of Defense by 2025.

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BioWare offers Mass Effect Trilogy to Black Ops 2 PC players affected by mishap

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 14, 2012 1:05 pm

Yesterday, we reported on PC copies of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 including a Mass Effect 2 disc instead of the second disc of the game. If you were one of those unlucky few, your luck has instantly changed overnight as BioWare has got a sweet deal for you.

 

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BioWare, who are the developers behind the Mass Effect trilogy, has seen the mixup as an omen which have given these select few a surprise Mass Effect 2 disc. With that said, BioWare is reaching out to those few who were accidentally given Mass Effect 2 discs and giving them the complete Mass Effect Trilogy they never wanted.

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