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Sony finishes production of PlayStation 2 in Japan, fuels rumors resources are going towards PS4

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 2, 2013 3:29 am

An era has come to an end. Sony has finally stopped production of the PlayStation 2 for Japan. The console, which was first released in March of 2000, has been sold consistently since then, and managed to rack up 150 million sales. The device proved so popular that it actually outsold the PS3 for the first three years of the latter's availability.




By ending production of the PlayStation 2, Sony has caused some to speculate that they are putting the manufacturing resources towards the yet unannounced PlayStation 4, a next-gen console rumored to be announced at this year's E3 in June. Incredibly, it's believed that about 11,000 games have been produced for the console.


Sony has not announced plans to end production for other regions, though a 12-year lifespan is longer than most consoles enjoy and is a likely announcement to be made in the future.

Reddit sees 37 billion page views in 2012, 400 million unique views, 30 million posts

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Jan 1, 2013 1:50 am

Reddit has certainly been a smash hit since its inception, but just how big was it in 2012? Well, according to the numbers released by the site, they received a massive 37 billion page views. An incredible number that is even more impressive when you add that those page view numbers were generated by 400 million unique users.




The site also saw 30 million posts, which gained 4 billion votes. Averaged out, it works out to be roughly 133 votes per post. Reddit's AMA with Obama is the record post, bringing in 5.5 million page views.


Reddit has released a post with the top posts of 2012 and the Best of 2012 Awards.

Microsoft gives one month of free Xbox Live Gold to users affected by cloud outage

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 1, 2013 12:23 am

Some Xbox Live Gold users have experienced an outage for the cloud saving feature present in some games. Microsoft has now fixed the patch and automatically credited one month of free Xbox Live Gold to the users who were affected. Some were without their saves for mere hours, others for days.




We want to thank all of our Xbox LIVE members impacted by the Cloud Saved Games service issue for your patience and understanding. It took longer than we expected to get back to full performance as we needed to ensure the integrity of everyone's game saves. Whether you couldn't access your game saves for a couple of hours or a couple of days, we sincerely apologize for the delay and inconvenience. We will be automatically applying a one-month extension to the Xbox LIVE Gold memberships of everyone who was impacted. We can assure you we'll also be doing a thorough post mortem to help prevent this from happening again.


Again, this outage proves that the cloud is not a perfect solution. Local backups are important, and in this case, would have been easy to do. It is nice to see Microsoft being proactive in applying the Xbox Live Gold credit, rather than requiring users to ask for it. That still doesn't help if you were left without your game saves this weekend.

LG seeking ban on Samsung Note 10.1 in South Korea

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 1, 2013 12:02 am

The patent wars continue to move forward with the latest move being LG trying to ban the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 in South Korea. LG alleges that the Galaxy Note infringes upon three of LG's patents on LCD technology used by the display panel. "Through this action, LG Display seeks to completely stop the sale, manufacture and importation of the infringing Samsung product," LG Display said in a press release.




LG has said that they would request compensation of $933,000 per day of continued non-compliance. This patent dispute started back in September when LG Display sued Samsung for infringing upon seven organic light-emitting diode patents. LG alleges five of Samsung's devices infringe, including Samsung's Galaxy S-series of smartphones.


Samsung counter-sued LG alleging that the latter company lured senior Samsung OLED researchers away from the former company, even though they had contracts preventing the working for a rival firm.

Amazon issues apology for Christmas Eve outage that affected Netflix

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Dec 31, 2012 11:19 pm

On Christmas Eve, an issue with Amazon's cloud services caused a service disruption to customers on the East Coast datacenter. Netflix was one of the primary businesses affected by the disruption and left many users unable to watch movies. This came at a terrible time as many people were watching Christmas movies that evening.




"We want to apologize," Seattle-based Amazon said. "We know how critical our services are to our customers' businesses, and we know this disruption came at an inopportune time for some of our customers."


Cloud computing has been billed as a method to outsource data centers cheaply and reduce downtime. As these high-profile outages have demonstrated, moving into the cloud hasn't exactly prevented downtime for many of these services.


The outage apparently stemmed from an accidental deletion of data in a maintenance process. The data deleted from the Elastic Load Balancing service resulted in the downtime. At the peak, 6.8 percent of ELB load balancers were affected.

3D-printed records are still in the future, listen to what one sounds like currently

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Dec 31, 2012 10:31 pm

Vinyl records are making a comeback, so one Instructables editor decided to try and print his own at home using a 3D printer. Using Processing, he wrote a program to convert digital audio into 3D models. The 3D model was then printed using a high-resolution 3D printer with plastic material.




The 12-inch record is playable on a standard record player, but it won't sound very good. The issue is that the current 3D printers don't have a high enough resolution to capture the nuances contained in even decent sounding MP3s. The printers also leave a grainy residue or texture on the surface, which interferes with the needle.


It's impressive, from a technical standpoint, what Instructables editor Ghassaei was able to do. Just don't be expecting to pirate vinyl records quite yet.


You can check out the audio in the video embedded in the original source, linked below.

Windows Store has over 35,000 apps, averaging 415 new Win 8 apps per day

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 31, 2012 9:58 pm

Windows 8 users are gaining access to more and more apps, according to stats by MetroStore Scanner. The Windows Store now has more than 35,000 Windows 8 apps and that number is increasing by an average rate of 415 apps per day. Back in November, that number was only increasing by 362 per day, showing developer interest has picked up.




This information is just data, so use it how you will. It doesn't say anything to the quality of the apps, usefulness, or other things regarding the apps, just the quantity. October 30, when Windows 8 launched, it had 10,000 apps. November 6 saw 13,000, November 14, 16,000, and November 22, 20,000.


Some OEMs are saying their poor PC sales are due to poor Windows 8 demand. However, there have been more than 40 million licenses sold so far, and developer interest seems to be increasing, a sign that Windows 8 is a viable platform with plenty of demand.

Charlie the Unicorn returns to YouTube after 3 year hiatus

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Dec 31, 2012 8:56 pm

Charlie the Unicorn has made a return to YouTube. One of the first major hits on YouTube, the show hasn't released an update in three years. But that has all changed with the release of Charlie the Unicorn 4. This mini-adventure sees Charlie visiting the moon, defeating Millipede, and does all of this with the help of Starfish.



Charlie originally hit YouTube back in 2005, the same year as the launch of YouTube. It garnered over 60 million views and had sequels released in 2008 and 2009. Check out the video if you're a Charlie fan and let us know what you think of the sequel.

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LOLTT: Hollywood studio IPs caught pirating movies using BitTorrent

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 31, 2012 8:25 pm

The companies that have been leading the charge against piracy and copyright infringement have been caught infringing upon other company's intellectual property. TorrentFreak, with the help of Scaneye, tracked IPs associated with Hollywood Studios and logged what Torrents the IPs were downloading.




As it turns out, the studio IPs had lots of torrents associated with their IPs. For instance, you can see above that Paramount Pictures employees were downloading several different movies from competing studios. Warner Brothers, Sony, 20th Century Fox, and even Walt Disney had similar lists of downloads.


This shouldn't really surprise anyone. We've known that this occurs for a while now, but it's always good for those advocating against increased copyright laws to be able to show that the companies championing the changes are infringing as well. This new data comes right before the new Six Strikes policy is set to take effect in the US.


This likely isn't the last we'll hear about this.

Acer president defends Windows 8, says consumers just need time to get used to it

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Dec 31, 2012 7:37 pm

Windows 8 has taken a huge beating in the media since it's release, and some feel that the ill will towards Microsoft's current operating system is unwarranted. In a recent interview, Acer president Jim Wong said that Windows 8 is actually very good and that consumers will adapt to it int he coming months.




"Windows 8 is a major milestone for 2012, but it is also a new system that consumers must learn and the learning process will prevent the operating system from taking off quickly," Wong said. "However, many of the concerns and criticisms concerning Windows 8 have been rather unfair."


Personally I am mixed on Windows 8, I feel that Windows 7 is still a viable operating system that is technically still cutting edge when it comes to operating systems. I will give it to Microsoft though, my mother was unable to use her netbook with Windows 7. Once I upgraded it to 8, she took to the Metro UI very quickly and now uses the small laptop for everything.