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Police Quest creator to start up a Kickstarter project

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 3, 2013 7:33 am

I'm sure there are some of you out there, like me, who remember the class adventure series from Sierra, Police Quest. Well, the creator of Police Quest, Jim Walls, was interviewed by Chris Pope, the Executive Producer of Guys from Andromedia LLC where he had something interesting to announce.

 

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Walls announced that he is to soon join some of his ex-Sierra buddies, where they'll begin a new Kickstarter project where they hope to raise enough funds to start a new Police Quest-like game. We won't see a proper Police Quest game as Activision own the rights to it, but something like Police Quest would still be great.

 

Walls is asking for help, and would like people who are interested in helping to contact him through his website, but still has full intentions of starting a new Kickstarter-funded project sometime this year.

Foursquare for Business arrives on the Google Play Store

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Feb 3, 2013 6:36 am

Foursquare on their path to location check-in domination, have unleashed Foursquare for Business onto the Google Play Store. What makes this special is that businesses can now edit their locations from their smartphones, instead of using the Foursquare website.

 

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Using the app, business owners can post photo updates, share updates through social networking sites Facebook and Twitter, view their consumers' latest check-ins, learn more about their customers and drive new business through specials run on Foursquare. The application is very specific, and suited only for businesses on Foursquare, so if you're a business owner - you should get on this, right now.

AOSP gets updated to revision 1.2, build JOP40G

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 3, 2013 5:38 am

The Android Open Source Project has left version 4.2.1 revision 1.2 out of the gates, which includes just a small change log of fixes. It will arrive as version JOP40G, and include some power management fixes as well as a tweak in the way Android handles file creation on EXT4 partitions.

 

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These fixes aren't for any specific device, so we should expect the update to arrive on the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 devices. Some users have been experiencing their devices shutting off when they remove them from charge, so this update should hopefully fix that.

Bluehost appears to be down, has set Twitter ablaze with angry customers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 3, 2013 4:55 am

It appears that web host Bluehost are down - and until now, I didn't know who they were. A quick Google and I see that they are "trusted by millions as the best web host". Well, not right now unfortunately.

 

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Twitter is nuts right now with people complaining of Bluehost being down, with countless sites and blogs relying on the web host to be online and working. IsItDownRightNow.com are reporting that is is "DOWN for everyone", and there are a bunch of comments expressing some concern over Bluehost's downtime right now.

 

Are you affected by Bluehost's downtime? If so, let us know in the comments.

Twitter announced they were hacked this week, up to 250,000 accounts could have been compromised

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 2, 2013 3:32 am

Just over 24 hours ago we reported that Twitter was experiencing a global outage, but more information has been released by Twitter where they've announced that they were actually victims of some attacks this week.

 

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Twitter took to their company blog where they said during the week they had detected "unusual access patterns" that led them to see that unauthorized attempts to access users' data was made. Twitter actually discovered one attack as it was happening, where they were able to quickly shut it down shortly after.

 

The social networking site said that the attackers may have had access to information for close to 250,000 different users. Twitter added "usernames, email addresses, session tokens and encrypted/salted versions of passwords" would have been available.

 

Twitter have since reset the passwords and revoked session token for all affected accounts, with affected users to expect an email notifying them of the reset. Because of the hack, Twitter have taken the time to "echo" the recent advisory by the Department of Homeland Security, who have told users to disable Java on their systems for the best security.

Samsung's Super Bowl 2013 advertisement pokes fun at trademarks, features Saul Goodman from Breaking Bad

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 2, 2013 2:32 am

America's biggest sporting event of the year is nearly here, and Samsung are going front and center for their latest ad which features some big Hollywood talent in Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd.

 

 

The two actors are called in to pitch their ideas for Samsung's Big Game ad for The Next Big Thing. They talk to Saul Goodman from Breaking Bad (I can't see him as anyone else, he's awesome in that role). They get suspiciously close to saying "Super Bowl", but can't because it has been trademarked and they don't want to get sued.

 

It really takes a lighthearted poke at Apple trademarking their retail store design recently, which is great.

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Google have pushed Chromebooks into 2000 schools, adoption rate is up 100% in three months

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Feb 2, 2013 1:35 am

Mountain View-based everything giant Google announced on Friday that there are now 2000 schools using Chromebooks for Education all around the world. Rewinding three months there were only 1000 schools, which shows that the adoption rate over the last three months has been a very nice 100%.

 

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Once the milestone was reached, Google showed off a list of schools that recently joined the Chromebook world:

Transylvania County Schools in rural North Carolina deploying 900 devices.

St.Thomas Aquinas High School in Florida going one-to-one with 2,200 devices.

Rocketship Education in the Bay Area of California using 1,100 Chromebooks.

 

It shouldn't be long before more and more schools take advantage of the Chromebooks, but this list would be a bit biased toward Google as those schools most likely ordered the most Chromebook's out of all of the additional 1000 schools from the past three months.

4K UHD over HDMI is now possible thanks to VESA updating DisplayPort Dual-Mode

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Feb 2, 2013 12:29 am

VESA have officially updated their DisplayPort Dual-Mode 1.1 standard which paves the way for better performance, higher resolutions and increased interoperability when using HDMI and DVI ports through a cable or an adapter.

 

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When using Dual-Mode, DisplayPort will be capable of outputting an additional HDMI/DVI-compatible signal alongside its expected DisplayPort link. What this will allow is connectivity for HDMI and DVI-capable devices without the need for cables or converters featuring active electronics. Current DisplayPort Dual-Mode converters/adapters are limited by an output maximum of 1080p @ 60Hz with 24-bit color.

 

This update to DisplayPort Dual-Mode would allow HDMI 1.4 to be quite versatile, handling deep-color, 3D 1080p @ 60Hz and 4K UHD (2160p) @ 30Hz, all through a single cable. These improvements are thanks to a near doubling in the Transitional-Minimized Differential Signal (TMDS) rate, which has been ramped up from 165MHz to 300MHz.

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Google stock continues to increase while Apple's falters

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 1, 2013 11:31 pm

It's a good day to be an owner of Google stock. The price of Google shares continues to rise and has reached a new all-time high. The previous all-time high was $774.38, which was set during October of last year. The current stock price is at $775.60 in after-hours trading.

 

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Apple's stock, meanwhile, is at $453.62. The difference in performance shows how Google's Android is making gains against iOS, along with a more bullish outlook for Google after the company released better-than-expected results for the fourth quarter.

 

Apple still leads the charge in terms of market capitalization, though that could change if current trends continue the way they have been. Apple currently has a market cap of around $425 billion, with Google only have $255 billion.

LeakedTT: Looks like Android Key Lime Pie will launch this spring

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 1, 2013 11:06 pm

According to a document posted up by Android Police, which has since been removed, Android's next major operating system, known as Key Lime Pie, will be launching this spring. The document, which apparently belonged to Qualcomm, had details that suggested just this. The removal request could indicate the details were accurate.

 

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Google's I/O conference is scheduled for May 15-17, which would be a great place for the next version of Android to debut. Who knows, maybe they'll hand out upgraded Nexus 7's running Key Lime Pie. We'll be sure to keep looking around for details regarding the next version of Android, including features that will be included or possible release dates.

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