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Facebook trialling drag-and-drop to upload photos

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Dec 21, 2012 8:29 am

I don't know what has taken the largest social network in the world this long, but we should soon have drag-and-drop support for photo uploads on Facebook. Stop. The. Presses.




Facebook have confirmed to none other than ABC News that they have been running limited trials of an updated Timeline that shifts the news feed into a single column, replaces the thumbnail navigation with simpler-looking tabs and also makes all profile page information available when scrolling.


Also included in this otherwise bigger update than it sounds, is there would be new privacy shortcuts, activity log and untagging tool should be going live tonight.

SwiftKey 3.1 released, includes new theme languages and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 21, 2012 7:31 am

SwiftKey 3.1 has just been let out of the gate, including some new features and the usual fixes and improvements. If you haven't updated already, you might want to. Here's a full rundown of what to expect:



  • New Berry theme
  • New languages: Armenian, Azerbaijani, Georgian, Hindi, Hinglish, Irish, Macedonian, Spanish (Latin America) and Tagalog
  • Split keyboard for normal-sized devices
  • Improved language pack downloads
  • Improvements in key layouts on some keyboards
  • Fixes for some force close issues


Grab the latest SwiftKey 3.1 from the Google Play Store, or right here.

Lego announces 'Back to the Future' Time Machine Lego sets

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Dec 21, 2012 6:37 am

Back to the Future is one of my favorite movies, but I've never been a big fan of Lego. Well, it looks like Lego have announced Back to the Future merchandise, some thirty years since the movie's release.



Lego have officially approved and will provide the above Back to the Future Delorean set which they've taken to their own Kickstarter-like page, Lego Cuusoo.


On Lego Cuusoo, fans have the ability to design and create Legos and once 10,000 other fans endorse it, it officially goes up to the Lego review board. Lego have announced that the BTTF design has been approved, and will see a 2013 release.

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Gangnam Style edges ever so close to the 1 billion views milestone on YouTube

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Dec 21, 2012 5:35 am

Can you believe it? A South Korean pop-star is close, and will bust through 1 billion views in just a few hours from now. Psy's Gangnam Style has taken the world by storm (or is that by horse?).



The song is currently #1 on YouTube, and at the time of writing had 995,842,897 views - just a few million short of one billion views. The song should reach the 1 billion mark in a few hours, I wonder if Google will do a celebration to that user who becomes the one billionth person to watch the clip.

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Steam Holiday Sales are here once again, let your credit card feel the joy of the holiday season

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 21, 2012 4:14 am

It's that time of year, folks, with the Steam Holiday Sales beginning with a bunch of great games on special. You can grab yourself a single title, or a franchise, or go all-out and grab yourself a Publisher Pack containing many games.




Mirrors Edge was $9.99 but is now $2.49, a saving of 75%. The Hitman and Borderlands' franchises have between 50-75% off each, which should result in some magnificent savings. There are also some 'Flash Sales', with Natural Selection having 60% off, Deus Ex: Human Revolution enjoying 75% off bringing it down from $24.99 to just $6.24, and then we have Publisher Packs.


Publisher Packs will include a bunch of the biggest titles from a particular publisher, with the SEGA Collection going for $99.99 but including 17 games with an individual cost of $196.29, this pack is great value for money. There are plenty of others, and these deals will change daily.


Head on over to the Steam Holiday Sales now to grab a bargain or 30!

New York's attorney general has removed 2,100 sex offenders from online games

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 21, 2012 1:37 am

Your kids are bit safer online now thanks to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. His office has removed more than 2,100 registered sex offenders from popular online games, including those from Gaia Online, NCSoft, and THQ. The removal comes as part of Operation: Game Over, a fitting title for his project.




"The Internet is the crime scene of the 21st century, and we must ensure that online video game platforms do not become a digital playground for dangerous predators," Schneiderman said today in a statement. "That means doing everything possible to block sex offenders from using gaming systems as a vehicle to prey on underage victims."


Registered sex offenders in the state of New York are required by law to hang over all electronic identities to the state. New York authorities review the list and contact game developers asking them to remove accounts that are on the lists turned in by registered offenders.


"Operation: Game Over coincides with recent incidents of sexual predators using voice and text chat functions in online gaming services to lure underage victims across the country," the attorney general's office said today in a statement.


"I applaud the online gaming companies that have purged registered sex offenders from their networks in time for the holiday season," Schneiderman said today. "Together, we are making the online community a safer place for the children of New York."

Google not interested in becoming retailer, according to Head of Shopping

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Dec 21, 2012 1:03 am

Google's Head of Shopping recently sat down for an interview with AllThingsD, during which he expressed that Google wasn't interested in becoming a retailer. He explained that the acquisition of BufferBox was for other retailers to use to level the playing field, rather than for a future Google retail operation.




Sameer Samat, Google Shopping's VP of product management: "We aren't planning on being a retailer. We don't view being a retailer right now as the right decision."


And about BufferBox: "We are trying to provide a level playing field for retailers."


AllThingsD points out how some of Google's Shopping pages have become somewhat Amazon-like in their appearance. Nevertheless, Google maintains they aren't interested in becoming a retailer. Google is continuing to change and tweak the shopping experience, such as now requiring companies to pay to have their products listed.


That change has prompted Microsoft to run the "Don't get Scroogled" campaign against Google. Of course, I wouldn't rule out Google becoming a retailer in the future. They have lots of consumer data at their fingertips that they could put to use. It's just not in the cards quite yet.

Websites to have moment of silence for Sandy Hook victims via a SOPA-style blackout

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Dec 21, 2012 12:31 am

The school shooting that happened at Sandy Hook Elementary was a big deal. The country has been left reeling in the aftermath. Websites will be participating in a moment of silence Friday by blacking out in a manner similar to the SOPA protests. Websites that want to participate can place a small piece of JavaScript code.




If you're a website owner and would like to participate, the Web Moment of Silence page has a sign-up form where you can be e-mailed the code snippet. The moment of silence will take place on Friday at 9:30am EST. The webpage-based tribute will be able to be closed, unlike the SOPA protest, so that normal browsing can continue.

Twitter featured a login bug that caused passwords to be sent in plain text

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Dec 21, 2012 12:04 am

Twitter isn't the most secure platform. They've had several data breaches and now a bug has come to light that allowed passwords to be transmitted in plaintext. Plaintext passwords are never a good thing to be sending around on the public internet, so this bug has been quickly patched by the engineering team.




Twitter's main page uses SSL (HTTPS) to send the login information. However, when logging in from the drop-down box on a tweet detail page, a bug in the menu sent the passwords unencrypted. The issue was orignally discovered by Dome9, who then detailed it to TheNextWeb who tried it out and contacted Twitter.


Twitter has reportedly patched the bug now, and it was apparently not used by anyone--at least not widely used. Security is important when you're dealing with personal data, though I'd be a bit more concerned if this bug was found on Facebook.

Facebook recounts some of their favorite 2012 hacks from Hackathons

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Dec 20, 2012 11:32 pm

Facebook holds hackathons quite frequently to continue to encourage the hacking culture that gave Facebook its start in the first place. Now that we are coming up upon the end of the year, Facebook has taken a look back at all of the hacks generated during these hackathons and have picked their favorites.




One of the especially cool ones is pictured above. Facebook engineer Paul Tarjan was inspired by a conversation during a flight. The person next to him explained how people in a part of Michigan were actually Packers fans. He hacked together the view seen in the picture above, which correlates NFL team Likes with the counties of the people who liked the team on Facebook.


He found that the girl was right, and also hacked together a pretty interesting visualization of some of the data Facebook has available. Head on over to the source link to check out all of Facebook's favorites.