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Pro-Tip Friday: Nintendo recommends updating Wii U before wrapping it for under the tree

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:29 pm

Nintendo has tweeted out a good piece of advice for parents purchasing the Wii U for their kids this Christmas. The tweet suggests that anyone giving a Wii U should open it up and download the 5GB update before wrapping it up and placing under the tree. While it's probably more important to do this for little kids, the advice holds true for anyone giving it to a non-tech person.

 

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Keep in mind that if power is lost during the update, the console could become bricked. If you're currently in a storm, you might not want to do the update right then. I'm not so sure that this should be called a pro-tip, though. As comments on Neogaf suggest, the real pro-tip would be to have manufacturing install the update before shipping them out.

 

That said, if you're getting a Wii U for a kid, you should probably do this so they can get to playing as soon as they open it.

 

Edit: Reader Ryan points out that the console will only brick if you lose power during the actual update portion, not the downloading part.

Gangnam Style hits 1 billion views on YouTube, world continues to exist

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Online Video | Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:01 pm

YouTube has posted on their blog about how Gangnam Style has officially hit 1 billion views, the first video to ever do so. The next highest song, and the previous record holder for most views is Justin Bieber's "Baby." We had posted that the moment was coming earlier, but it has now officially past the mark, with no damage to the Earth caused.

 

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If you check out the awesome chart by YouTube, seen above, you can see how much quicker Gangnam Style took off compared to Justin Bieber's "Baby." PSY has many more cool stats to go with the one billion views, but that is probably the best of them all.

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Seinfeld and other funny guys remake the classic 'Who's on First?'

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Dec 21, 2012 10:28 pm

Abbott and Costello's "Who's on First?" comedy routine has been a staple since the 1930s. Through the years many have tried to copy the routine or improve upon it. The latest to join the group is Jimmy Fallon, Billy Crystal, Jerry Seinfeld, and Steve Higgins. They redid the skit, which you can check out on NBC. The original is embedded below:

 

 

It's a bit different from the original, and not too terrible. With the world ending today, watch the video and enjoy some levity in the last few hours on Earth. Let us know what you think of it in the comments.

 

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Senator looks to regulate data caps, introduces bill

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 21, 2012 10:14 pm

Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, has introduced a bill that would regulate data caps imposed by ISPs and would only allow data caps to be instituted to alleviate network congestion. It would prevent ISPs from arbitrarily applying a data cap just because they can.

 

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"Data caps create challenges for consumers and run the risk of undermining innovation in the digital economy if they are imposed bluntly and not designed to truly manage network congestion," Wyden said in an e-mail statement.

 

Not only does he want to regulate data caps, he wants to provide more accurate and granular information to consumers. His bill authorizes the FCC to regulate ISPs' methods of measuring bandwidth usage so that they will be as accurate as possible.

 

Finally, the bill provides for net neutrality. If a data cap is enabled on a network, the provider can not "provide preferential treatment of data that is based on the source or content of the data."

 

"Future innovation will undoubtedly require consumers to use more and more data-data caps should not impede this innovation and the jobs it creates," Wyden said. "This bill is intended to help consumers manage their data more effectively and ensure that data caps are used only to serve the legitimate purpose of addressing congestion."

Say 'hello' to Poke, Facebook's new app that is set to compete with Snapchat

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 21, 2012 9:16 pm

Facebook has released a new app today. Poke is a new app that is designed to directly compete in Snapchat territory. The new app allows content to be shared between users with it disappearing after a short period of time. Poke supports everything Snapchat does: photos, videos, and text can all be sent.

 

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With the Poke app, you can poke or send a message, photo, or video to Facebook friends to share what you're up to in a lightweight way. You can poke an individual friend or several at once. Each message expires after a specific time you've set, either 1, 3, 5 or 10 seconds. When time runs out, the message disappears from the app.

 

In other words, the app functions nearly identically to Snapchat. It's not clear if the data is deleted off of Facebook's servers. Snapchat deletes any data transmitted through its servers, so it truly is a self-destructing message. Also not clear is if the app warns you when a chatting partner takes a screenshot, something Snapchat does.

 

You can pick up the app in the iOS App Store.

Meet the Pi-To-Go: A Raspberry Pi, screen and keyboard stuffed into a 3D-printed case

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Dec 21, 2012 8:48 pm

It's no secret that I am a huge fan of the Raspberry Pi, and this is one project I could not pass up on covering. Dubbed the Pi-To-Go, this micro linux laptop was created by Nathan Morgan.

 

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Nathan managed to stuff a 640x480 LCD, QWERTY keyboard with touchpad, rechargeable battery, Raspberry Pi model B, and a Samsung 64GB SSD all into a 3D printed case.

 

With WiFi, and more than 10 hours of battery life, this is one awesome little DIY computer! Nathan has been generous enough to share the build instructions, code and 3d files so you can build your own. You can see more photos and find all the build info at the source link below.

Apple fined 200,000 euros in Italian AppleCare Case

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 21, 2012 6:57 pm

Apple has been fined 200,000 euros or about $246,000 by Italian Regulators over the company's handling of AppleCare warranties. The Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato is reporting that Apple has since fixed its warranty policies, but between March 28 and November 10th, Apple was still pushing a 2 year Apple Care plan on Italian consumers even though Italian law guarantee that as a minimum.

 

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This fine comes on top of an initial 900,000 euro fine back in March when the Italian government first began cracking down on AppleCare. The 200,000 euros fine actually breaks down into six smaller fines. Apple Sales International was tagged for 120,000 euros; Apple Italia owes 40,000, and Apple Retail Italia is due for another 40,000.

 

With this final fine, the AGCM has closed the case on the isse and Apple has made 14 changes to its stores, terms, and website. Furthermore Apple has removed AppleCare from its retail stores, leaving it available only online to Italian consumers.

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SpaceTT: NASA releases breathtaking image of Saturn's dark side

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Dec 21, 2012 6:48 pm

NASA recently released a new image of Saturn that can only be described as breathtaking. The image was captured by the Cassini spacecraft and features a view of Saturn's dark side with its rings and upper atmosphere being backit by the suns light.

 

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NASA positioned Cassini into Saturn's shadow on October 17th in order to capture the high solar phase, giving astronomers a look at the rings and atmosphere that otherwise would not have been seen.

 

NASA attempted a similar shot back in 2006 by stitching together over 160 photos taken over a period of three hours. This time however, Cassini was positioned in a much closer orbit which resulted in a much more detailed mosaic that only used about 1/3 the number of photos. Those seeking a high resolution image can find it avaliable for download on NASA.gov

Steve Jobs' high-tech yacht impounded in Amsterdam over alleged unpaid $3.6 million bill

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Dec 21, 2012 5:27 pm

Venus, The 80 meter, $132,000,000 super yacht that was the brain child of the late Steve Jobs, has been impounded in Amsterdam over claims of non-payment.

 

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Completed in October, the massive and luxurious vessel has been impounded due to claims by the designer, Philippe Stark, that he is still owed $3.96 million dollars for work completed on the ship. The yacht was impounded on Wednesday and will stay locked to the dock until lawyers representing Jobs and Starck sort things out.

 

Venus is said to be the essence of minimalist luxury with teak decks and large panes of ceiling-to-floor glass throughout. In true Jobs fashion, the boat is said to have seven 27-inch iMacs on board, with 6 placed at one counter.

RumorTT: Ubisoft looking to purchase THQ's Assets

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 21, 2012 4:43 pm

As we reported on Wednesday, THQ has filled for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy after the popular Humble Bundle event that seemed like a huge success. As a result of the bankruptcy, THQ handed over its assets to Clearlake Investments, an investment firm that deals in buying and selling businesses.

 

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Game maker Ubisoft has reportedly tossed their hat into the game and expressed interest in purchasing the THQ assets. No word has been released on how much Ubisoft is willing to pay, but sources are saying that they are holding out for a bottom dollar price.

 

If successful in acquiring THQ, Ubisoft would take over five studios - including Vigil Games, Relic Entertainment, Volition, and THQ Montreal - and attain the rights to such titles as Darksiders, Saints Row, Company of Heroes, Homefront, Metro and Red Faction, as well as the licencing deals for games based on WWE and some of the Warhammer titles.

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