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RumorTT: Xbox 720, Playstation 4 won't block used

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 23, 2012 7:28 pm

GameStop fully believes that the Xbox 720/NEXT and Playstation 4 will not implement a system to block used games. This belief could be based on hope simply because GameStop relies on the used game market for around half of its profits. GameStop controls somewhere around 60-70% of first-week sales. This means that the game manufacturers need GameStop to stay around in order to market their goods.




"We think it's unlikely that there would be that next-gen console because the model simply hasn't been proven to work. Remember that used video games have a residual value. Remember that GameStop generates $1.2 billion of trade credits around the world with our used games model," said Raines. "So consider taking used games out of that, you'd have to find new ways to sell the games, and our partners at the console companies have great relationships with us."


However, when used games are sold, publishers don't see a dime. Hence they have started using online passes in the past two years to try to make some money off of the used game sales. So, while you may have to pay for a new online pass for a used game, the game itself is not going anywhere for the time being.

Angry Birds Space IS coming to Windows Phone

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 23, 2012 6:32 pm

Forget what Rovio was saying yesterday, Rovio CEO Mikael Hed has done a complete 180 and said that the company is working on porting it to the Microsoft platform. According to him, it is a "big undertaking to support" and that "you have to completely rewrite the application." A new power-up, called Space Eagles, is awarded for progressing throughout the game or can be bought via an in-app purchase.




The game has topping sales charts since it was released yesterday. Currently, the first 60 levels are playable, with more coming through updates. Hed said "We are working towards getting Angry Birds Space to WP7," which indeed confirms that it will be released for almost every mobile segment now available. No release date has been set for sure.

Senator drafting bill to prevent potential employers from requiring Facebook logins

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 23, 2012 5:31 pm

Earlier today, we reported the FaceBook issued a statement regarding employers and the like who asked for FaceBook log in credentials. Well now, a senator in the USA is reportedly drafting a bill to make this illegal. The DOJ has already said they believe breaking FaceBook's ToS, which ban giving your password to someone, is a federal offence, but have sated they will not be prosecuting it.




The senator described the requests as an "unreasonable invasion of privacy for people seeking work," adding that the bill would be ready "in the very near future." The practice is akin to them asking to open your postal mail to see if there is anything interesting in there. With everyone up in arms about the practice, it's no wonder someone thought it to be a good idea to write a law regarding it.

iOS 5 contains Safari bug, opens users to malicious sites

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 23, 2012 4:31 pm

This is a cautionary story for all of those iOS 5 users out there, including the new iPad 3 users. Germany security firm MajorSecurity discovered a bug earlier this month that can be used to trick you into visiting potentially malicious Web sites. The bug was first discovered in iOS 5 and was replicated in iOS 5.1. Apple was informed of the bug by MajorSecurity on March 3, but has not yet issued a patch.




"The weakness is caused due to an error within the handling of URLs when using javascript's method," explained David Vieira-Kurz of MajorSecurity. "This can be exploited to potentially trick users into supplying sensitive information to a malicious Web site, because information displayed in the address bar can be constructed in a certain way, which may lead users to believe that they're visiting another web site than the displayed web site."

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Carpathia wants to delete Megaupload's data, costs $9000/day

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 23, 2012 3:11 pm

The company responsible for hosting the data of the now shutdown Megaupload filed an emergency motion this week in U.S. federal court in Virginia seeking protection from the expense of hosting the data of up to 66 million users. The cost of hosting the 25 million gigabytes of data across 1,100 servers rings up with a $9,000 a day cost.




Carpathia says someone needs to foot the bill or allow them to delete the data. Using the $9,000 figure, it has cost them more than $500,000 since January. Megaupload contends many of its users are legitimate and storing important files on the site. Carpathia said another reason it can't delete the data is because it would "risk a claim by a party with an interest in the data" such as the MPAA who wants it kept for possible civil actions.

FaceBook considers legal action against employers that ask for login details

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 23, 2012 2:01 pm

We recently reported a story about how employers were requesting the log-in credentials of prospective employees. We have just learned that FaceBook is considering taking legal action against colleges, employers, and governmental agencies that do this. Finally, it feels as though FaceBook is looking out for my privacy, rather than undermining it.




FaceBook issued a statement regarding the issue. "We'll take action to protect the privacy and security of our users, whether by engaging policymakers or, where appropriate, by initiating legal action" the statement says. There's some major legal risks associated with asking prospective students or employees for their information, the statement also points out. It considers the various legal issues companies and schools could open themselves up to. It seems, at least for the meantime, that FaceBook has your back if someone wants your information. I highly encourage you read the statement if your looking for a job or heading to a college that requires your credentials.

Friday Morning Roundup for March 23, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Mar 23, 2012 1:16 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, March 23rd, 2012.




We saw the launch of NVIDIA's GEFORCE GTX 680 in the last 24 hours, so we'll get those out of the way first!


ZOTAC GEFORCE GTX 680 in SLI - Hardware Heaven

ASUS GEFORCE GTX 680 Overclocking - VR-Zone

ASUS GEFORCE GTX 680 - ocaholic

Reference GEFORCE GTX 680 - t-break

Reference GEFORCE GTX 680 Overclocked - TweakTown

Reference GEFORCE GTX 680 -

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Deal of the Day: 27" Planar PX2710MW 1080p LCD for $209.99 with FREE Shipping!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Mar 23, 2012 12:21 pm

Today's Deal of the Day is Dell Home - Coupon Code for 27" Planar PX2710MW 1080p LCD Monitor with VGA, DVI, HDMI, 2ms Response, and 3 Year Warranty for $209.99 with FREE Shipping!




$209.99 with FREE shipping after a whopping $260 off coupon code ($469.99 original price) gets you a 27" Planar PX2710MW 1080p LCD monitor with 1200:1 contrast, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 2ms response time GtG, VGA, DVI, and HDMI inputs, plus a 3 year warranty.


Use coupon code: R489$XF8VVWJDL for the discount. Expires 3/29/12 at 7AM CT.




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Download of the Day: Afterburner 2.2.0 Beta 15 (NVIDIA Kepler support)

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 23, 2012 11:31 am

Our Download of the Day is Afterburner 2.2.0 Beta 15 (w/ NVIDIA Kepler support).




The main updated features of MSI Afterburner 2.2.0 Beta 15


* Added NVIDIA Kepler graphics processors family support

* Added GPU power consumption monitoring for NVIDIA Kepler series graphics cards

* Added, core clock offset, memory clock offset and voltage offset support for dynamic overclocking on NVIDIA Kepler series graphic cards

* Fixed issue preventing applying new settings from control shared memory

* Fixed issue with video capture timer display, causing hours to be incremented erroneously after each 6 minutes of videorecording

* Skin format reference guide has been updated to v1.5 to document new indicator types support

* Added new "Force fan speed update on each period" option to the "Fan" tab. New option may improve compatibility of software automatic fan speed control mode with some bugged display drivers, overriding manually programmed fan speed under certain conditions


You can download Afterburner 2.2.0 Beta 15, here.

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Griffin begins shipping Heli TC Assault helicopter, smartphone-guided and ready for you to begin heli-trolling

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Augmented Reality | Posted: Mar 23, 2012 11:01 am

Griffin have today started shipping their latest-generation Android- and iOS-guided remote control helicopter, the Helo TC Assault craft. The device is guided by you, and your device, through an app running on your tablet, smartphone or heck, even an iPod touch.


The new version is different to the previous-generation release, where it can actually, wait for it: fire toy missiles from two spring-loaded launchers. YES! While using the app, the user is able to create a virtual joystick on their screen to pilot the helicopter in any direction.




They can also issue the same commands by tilting their device in certain directions. The app also sports the ability to save up to three flight plans for recreating the helicopter's route at a future time - think of it as the future Flight Control, but way better.


The Helo TC is available now, for $60.

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